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



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#130: Good Quorn

May 13th, 2020 · 92 minutes

Quarantine updates, Banana Results, follow-up on John's sleep heat needs, and home improvement is also sheltered-in-place for now.

In a main topic, John asks Merlin to talk about why he loves improv comedy so much. What part of your brain do you want scratched?

#129: Chocolate and Toy Story

April 29th, 2020 · 95 minutes

Things kick off with Merlin bemoaning John's emerging role as his primary existential creditor. John reminds Merlin that all that grinding is just continually sharpening him.

In follow-up, your hosts thank the many, many listeners who remembered the movie that John and Merlin clearly could not. Turns out, it was not "Batman." Or "The Notebo…

#128: Ciao, Francesco Rinaldi!

April 17th, 2020 · 64 minutes

Things kick off with John describing an unknown movie in bullets and Merlin thinking it sounds a little like Batman. Of course, this just ends up leading to John chiding Merlin for not utilizing his quarantine time to finish his long-overdue homework.

The guys end up talking about the confusingly-titled resurrection of Merlin's old podcast. Joh…

#127: Advice Nurse

April 2nd, 2020 · 102 minutes

On top of all the sheltering-in-place, John is nursing a new injury, and Merlin doesn't love hearing it described at all. This leads to some medical technology discussion plus an on-air debriding agent demo.

In a main topic, your hosts try to share some ideas on sustainably working remotely from home. History and experience can be pretty good t…

#126: Social Distancing

March 20th, 2020 · 114 minutes

Things kick off with some soap talk, and then there's a deep dive into the current state of…things. Stay home, friends.

There's some follow-up on Billy Joel Results.

In the main topic, your hosts discuss what makes for a good car movie. John thinks it's different for car people, and Merlin saw a Tesla. Sometimes, it can be difficult to enjoy…

#125: You Can't Hang a Graduation on the Wall

March 5th, 2020 · 102 minutes

This week kicks off with some virus talk. Merlin is worried that we've lost the recipe for ice, and John is feeling very cynical. Don't worry about the giant barrel full of explosives; the water will cushion that. John remembers chicken pox parties, but Merlin is confused about exactly how a quarantine works.

In follow-up, your hosts wrap up th…

#124: Figures of Action

February 19th, 2020 · 100 minutes

Merlin is healing just as John is getting sick. Merlin has chained several bad decisions, and John has concerns about Merlin's office wall. John has moved some things around in the doc.

In follow-up, John has acquired some Studio Ghibli from iTunes and reports back. This leads to further discussion of the beauty of Miyazaki films and a consider…

#123: Squirrel List

February 6th, 2020 · 87 minutes

This week kicks off with some accidental video and an update on Merlin's ill health. John has been maintaining some lists, and Merlin shares some confessions of the Banker's Box lifestyle. Many things still need to leave my house. A litany of the lost things is presented and analyzed, and a catechism for finding the lost things is interrogated.

#122: A Fib of Omission

January 24th, 2020 · 99 minutes

Things kick off with an administrative meeting about the doc. Merlin tries to keep John from sneaking in, and John thinks Merlin should just use his eyeballs. Analogy sandwiches and their contents are debated. John lives with an unnamed two-towel person, and Merlin thinks he knows who it is.

Spock loses his phaser, and Merlin earns his first m…

#121: Impotent Hydra

January 9th, 2020 · 99 minutes

Things kick off with John's Mac Pro prep mess. This is all well beyond Preparing the Way. This leads to a surprisingly detailed exploration of the challenges posed by setting up a new workspace given the constraints of the room and gravity. Cables, man. Cables.

In a related topic, Merlin is struggling with post-holiday mess stress. Sisyphus…