John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



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#73: Ladyhawke Times

March 8th, 2018 · 133 minutes

For something like a main topic, things turn to trying to talk to kids about…stuff. A "Predestination"-style thought experiment is considered.

#72: The Seventh Alarm Clock

February 22nd, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week's main topic: "What If Productivity, but Too Much?" In the pursuit of efficiency and professional development, how do you know when you’ve gone too far? And what are the downsides when you do?

#71: Racist Uncle Baby

February 8th, 2018 · 111 minutes

This week's broad-ranging main topic is lyrics. John wonders how many people care about the words as much as he does, and Merlin considers what happened when Lisa met Chelsea at the knocking school.

#70: Where the Fish Was

January 25th, 2018 · 105 minutes

John has fence problems, Merlin is riding a weird new vehicle, and the guys discuss “Patriot.”

#69: Concentric Circles of Hangers-On

January 11th, 2018 · 103 minutes

In this week's Spoiler Slot (starting at 1:04:39), your hosts discuss "The Last Jedi."

#68: Bellicose Phone Booth

December 28th, 2017 · 130 minutes

After firing off the spoiler horn at 1:27:12, your hosts enter the Spoiler Slot to talk about a remarkable documentary called "The Barkley Marathons."

#67: Everything That’s Good About Garlic

December 14th, 2017 · 113 minutes

This week’s main topic goes into kids and security. Or, more specifically, what kids learn (or don’t) about password hygiene and the broader landscape of basic InfoSec.

#66: Inherent Injustice

November 30th, 2017 · 144 minutes

For this week’s main topic (and Spoiler Slot), we find Merlin playing "The Last of Us."

#65: The Mustard of My Father

November 15th, 2017 · 121 minutes

Dad Hole, garbage robots, Northern European runts, and a system forged in the crucible of terrible people.

#64: All Fight

November 2nd, 2017 · 122 minutes

Many mini topics.