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#69: Concentric Circles of Hangers-On

January 11th, 2018 · 103 minutes

This week kicks off with follow-up on The Barkley Marathons and the totally bananas mental and physical capacity of endurance athletes.

Your hosts dive into an accidental mini-topic on the art of podcast titles and show notes. Merlin tries really hard, but John knows he can always do better.

The next mini-topic ends up being abou…

#68: Bellicose Phone Booth

December 28th, 2017 · 130 minutes

This week kicks off with some talk about a recent Holiday Party and a rumination from Merlin on why people like podcasts. Quick follow-up on kids and passwords yields to a resigned shrug about the seemingly impossible epistemology of children’s anecdotes. John worries about Merlin’s office and offers some new notes on his pronunciation.

This l…

#67: Everything That’s Good About Garlic

December 14th, 2017 · 113 minutes

This week kicks off with some discussion of humidity, noisy clothing, an attempted delivery, and that whole ongoing “are flats a thing?” debate. Under protest, Merlin is persuaded by John to discuss a recent acquisition of new technology. Merlin thinks security is a little like a mall, and John gauges success by a relative dearth of complaints. Th…

#66: Inherent Injustice

November 30th, 2017 · 144 minutes

This week kicks off with the traditional monthly discussion of Skype. Even as John disallows another word from the program, Merlin tries to explain the intricate interplay between all the great shows. Your hosts agree there are too many services they pay for and that credit cards are annoying.

In a lively mini-topic, John brings up **teaching k…

#65: The Mustard of My Father

November 15th, 2017 · 121 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin having a rare on-air beverage to celebrate, but not too many, unless he feels like it. John helps Merlin remember some things that he couldn't remember he’d forgotten. Luckily, we record this program.

John thinks the water fountain story has been robbed of its power, and Merlin learns that cornhole is real. John …

#64: All Fight

November 2nd, 2017 · 122 minutes

This week, John drives, and Merlin leads from behind.

Your hosts are pretty sure they remember talking about having trouble remembering whether they’ve talked about memory before, but no way does that stop them from taking their deepest dive yet into the many troubles with human memory. Or, at least it’s the deepest dive that they can remember …

#63: Five Stars for Jeremy

October 18th, 2017 · 114 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin’s Bon Jovi snobbery and John’s concerns about Bono. The excellent Vietnam War series is discussed and mutually endorsed.

With the overdue return of Ordinary Time, your hosts cover some exciting Nest IQ Cam follow-up and debate face recognition in the macOS Photos app.

There’s some worrisome follow-up on tho…

#62: The Old Lady and the Duck

October 5th, 2017 · 94 minutes

This week kicks off with a meander through Skype avatars, back-to-school night, and personal metadata quirks. Merlin feels bad about getting a new TV, and John assures him it probably won’t be terrible. On separate occasions, John and Merlin both demonstrate a lot of restraint.

Merlin apparently doesn’t know how to (not) turn off his PlayStatio…

#61: Rat King of Glue Traps

September 21st, 2017 · 91 minutes

This week kicks off with dives into religious time, talking like a wizard, kid manners, and the times your hosts did and mostly did not get recognized. Google me!

John gets hung up on Merlin’s avatar choices, and both hosts get Happy-Go-Jackie on the junkiness of Apple’s Mac apps. John’s kid made a comic, and Merlin has some diminished expect…

#60: Anything Can Be a Smoothie

September 7th, 2017 · 86 minutes

This week kicks off with some Daisy updates and surprisingly deep dives into online banana quizzes and proper application of The Bristol Scale. Merlin hates having a freezer full of fruit, and John has frankly had it with all the Britishisms. Merlin kindly offers to buy John a new dingus, and John demurs with extreme prejudice.

Moving onto John…