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



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#96: Mr. Scrapie

January 23rd, 2019 · 96 minutes

This week kicks off with a warning. Merlin has had some small reboots, and John learned about a new brain disease. John confronts Merlin on his disloyalty, and this leads to John interrogating Merlin's newfound fondness for NBA basketball. Yes: sports are discussed.

Then things turn to some follow-up on Merlin's recent office cleanup, and John …

#95: Shadow Childhood

January 10th, 2019 · 88 minutes

This week, John is just back from his holiday trip, and Merlin thinks he's a titan. Merlin's daughter wants to be a monk, and the art of AD&D is discussed. John has more questions about Merlin's Britishisms. We are introduced to "Hello, Richard" and the flats of San Francisco are re-litigated. The taxonomy of the Google doc is also re-litigated.…

#94: Hiding the Machete

December 26th, 2018 · 108 minutes

Things kick off with some discussion of the recent Do By Friday Holiday Party, then John takes the axe to Merlin's latest experiment with the show doc.

In follow-up, John catches us up on how his jammed thumb is mending, and your hosts talk about TV fixes and calibration. John reminds Merlin what they've already talked about. The list of Big …

#93: Forty Gronks

December 13th, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week kicks off with a dive into the sad world of middle-aged injuries and afflictions. John missed a step, and Merlin experiences a grave sweatpant malfunction. Does it always take this long to heal, and why do people keep putting things in other people’s areas?

John interrogates Merlin about his heartbeat, and Merlin reveals he’s conducti…

#92: Zoom in on the Fish Head

November 29th, 2018 · 96 minutes

This week’s wraparound episode kicks off with coverage of Merlin's new overalls and baby-bottle-nipple hat. John has some thoughts on this new sartorial turn, and Merlin has questions about John's sleep. Merlin gets an alarming message.

Merlin expresses gratitude for John's introduction to a new band, and this leads to a discussion of how you…

#91: Truck Stop Floor Mat

November 14th, 2018 · 93 minutes

This week kicks off with the Mid-Term Election Extravaganza. Merlin is definitely not watching the results, and John realizes he shouldn’t have checked in at all.

Listeners are assigned Spoiler Slot homework being the Amazon Prime series, Homecoming. Also, upon John’s recommendation, Merlin bought a very large book. Your hosts talk about the …

#90: Cargo-Cult Thoreau

November 1st, 2018 · 98 minutes

This week kicks off with some Dear Evan Hansen talk, and Merlin admits he still hasn’t earned the second act. This leads John to interrogate this odd affliction of Merlin’s. Both hosts finally address how, whether, and when they commit to the full consumption of cultural products. Why does John so often stick with the whole season of a C-plus …

#89: Popcorn Problems

October 18th, 2018 · 85 minutes

This week, Merlin has a lot going on, and John has questions about how Do By Friday works behind the scenes. In turn, Merlin has some iCloud questions for John. There is discussion of photo management and the trend line for Apple’s dependability in services. John worries about losing his hearts, and Merlin gets some really terrible prints made. …

#88: Static Contraction

October 4th, 2018 · 123 minutes

This week, John has a musical request for Merlin, and Merlin agrees to hop on the court. This leads to a discussion of musical fingernail trimming, and the revelation of an upsetting new callus.

John has questions about Merlin’s crazy bandwidth. This leads to misty, water-colored memories of the way we downloaded. Time was, no one could get ISD…

#87: Looking for Something to Manage

September 20th, 2018 · 111 minutes

This week kicks off with some complaining about Google’s UI cruft. Also, why are school websites so bad? Technology old and new is discussed. John just wants to upload a photo, and Merlin learns a lot about targeted individuals. John is skeptical about whether this is really a thing, but Merlin is pretty sure it is.

John thinks Merlin missed …