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



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#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…

#120: Where the Packages Sleep

December 19th, 2019 · 95 minutes

In the interest of timeliness, this episode, recorded Tuesday evening, has been rushed to you on an accelerated schedule.

John continues to Prepare the Way, his wife can't close one eye, and there's a Spoiler Slot on HBO's Watchmen.

(Recorded on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.)

#119: Emcee of Thanksgiving

December 12th, 2019 · 101 minutes

Things kick off with a review of Thanksgiving results that quickly swerves into a deep dive on hotels. Why is Merlin obsessed with this one Marriott in Gold Country, and how come John avoids bunking with roommates?

Then, there's a swerve back to the holiday of gratitude, and the boys envision a world in which you won't get anywhere near the tu…

#118: THAT's the Star Wars!

November 27th, 2019 · 114 minutes

Things kick off with a check-in on Watchmen. Is John feeling more confident about it? There are MacGuffins inside of MacGuffins. John is still enjoying the Apple TV+ shows, and Merlin thinks expectation deflation can really work in your favor. John didn't remember that Jennifer Aniston was in Office Space.

In a related mini-topic, Merlin wa…

#117: That’s Not the Rigatoni

November 14th, 2019 · 113 minutes

Things kick off with some quick Macintosh and video game nostalgia. John redrew his sprites, and Merlin enjoyed some stolen pinball. Merlin did lots of work this week. Your hosts discuss Sayonara Wild Hearts in particular and Apple Arcade in general.

Merlin's family recently rented a very large automobile, and its various interfaces are revie…

#116: Brown Sludge Water

October 31st, 2019 · 103 minutes

John opens with some follow-up questions, and Merlin realizes it's going to be one of those episodes. John calls out Merlin's racism against his people. Both your hosts are now living the arms-free lifestyle.

Merlin has follow-up on his ongoing Siri and Apple TV experiment, and, improbably, this leads to further discussion of Cupertino's frus…