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



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#228: Big Filter Boy

February 16th, 2024 · 94 minutes

John has Follow-Up on the Ides of March that leads to an examination of Roman numerals, contextual adjectives, and the challenge of adapting software for the peoples of Volapük.

#227: Settled Business

February 2nd, 2024 · 104 minutes

Your hosts begin unpacking some of the things it took them too long to realize

#226: A Weak Button

January 19th, 2024 · 90 minutes

John shares some updates on "Secret Weird Things [Other] People Do,"

#225: Leavings and Learnings

January 5th, 2024 · 117 minutes

On the complexities and frustrations around seeking medical help. Especially when it involves more than just finding an egg.

#224: A Second Lap of the Babies

December 23rd, 2023 · 85 minutes

The main topic this week is ideal versus actual holiday plans.

#223: The Problem Is It’s Accurate

December 9th, 2023 · 82 minutes

Merlin's networking is not working, John continues to be vexed by UK speakers, and they both can't stop talking about the software and services that ostensibly exists to help them watch moving pictures on the TV.

#222: It’s Captured My Almonds

November 24th, 2023 · 95 minutes

Your hosts return to topics around AI—with a focus on the new class of wearables intended to bridge the gap between meatspace and The Great Intelligence.

#221: Best, First, Favorite

November 10th, 2023 · 104 minutes

As a main topic, your hosts officially introduce their concept of "Best, First, Favorite" (or "BFF"). An exegesis ensues on the distinctions and purposes of this powerful new Thought Technology.

#220: The Light From a Dying Star

October 31st, 2023 · 80 minutes

Your hosts talk about pronunciation and BFFs.

#219: Theater Kids and Sad People

October 13th, 2023 · 98 minutes

Your hosts discuss Station Eleven and strategies for surviving a given apocalypse.