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



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#12: Hobbit Tendencies

October 22nd, 2015 · 159 minutes

The centerpiece of the episode is a lot of talk about travel, focused on the myriad reasons your hosts find it so terribly difficult. Observations on helplessness, motion sickness, money, and the titular "Hobbit tendencies" emerge.

#11: Frog Board Room

October 8th, 2015 · 92 minutes

John ruefully updates us on the stressful state of renovations to his house—and how his quest for quality collides with whatever passes for quote-unquote craftsmanship today.

#10: That Darn Cat

September 24th, 2015 · 177 minutes

The boys settle into a detailed exploration of "Merlin's world of music." From AM radio (through a pillow speaker) to abortive accordion and trombone lessons to impersonating Pete Townsend through the Bacon Ray years.

#9: Late Bloomer

September 10th, 2015 · 130 minutes

This week's main topic focuses on the many aspects of being a "late bloomer." From secondary sex characteristics and serial social prickliness through figuring out how to be in a family and studying the anthropology of the opposite sex.

#8: Devouring Essence

August 27th, 2015 · 143 minutes

John educates Merlin about the first-person shooter game, "Destiny." Merlin feels overwhelmed, while John says we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

#7: 50 Shades of John

August 13th, 2015 · 132 minutes

This week, John and Merlin do some follow-up on John's picky eating and his family's failures at meal planning. Both men cop to loving soup.

Then on to the big topic: how does John's mind work, and how did he get that way?

#6: Mud and Gaffer's Tape and Broken Lenses

July 30th, 2015 · 109 minutes

This time we learn that your hosts and their families are both/all screwed up and hopeless in different ways. Merlin is weird, but not bulimic; John is picky, fretful, and hopeless; and children continue to be a problem that cannot be solved.

#5: Shiny and Chrome

July 16th, 2015 · 101 minutes

This week is dedicated to a spoiler-heavy look at Mad Max: Fury Road. If you haven't seen it, treat yourself to a cinema viewing as soon as you can.

John and Merlin's world is blood and fire.

#4: Ohio Intervention

July 2nd, 2015 · 91 minutes

John probes Merlin's spotty history with video games, then sketches out the current console landscape. Merlin is assigned preliminary homework to start catching up.

#3: Helena Sell

June 18th, 2015 · 143 minutes

This week, John and Merlin finally set themselves to the task of beginning to argue about their differences.