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



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#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…

#59: Herbal Bourbons

August 24th, 2017 · 140 minutes

This week kicks off with some travel woes, news stress, and how Merlin is laboring to save “Planty.” John learns his concerns about Merlin’s multitasking afternoon bath habits were well-founded. The beauty of non-obvious movie effects and CGI are lauded.

This week’s main topic is Mid-Life Crisis. What even is it? How do you know if you’re…

#58: Elective Plumbing

August 14th, 2017 · 117 minutes

This double wraparound episode kicks off with updates on John’s ongoing struggle with Daisy’s potty habits. Merlin tries to help, but John suffers neither his analogy nor his blatant Male Answer Syndrome. Merlin still thinks John may be a doggie racist. Further, few differences are reconciled in debating which are the best <abbr title="Marvel Ci…

#57: Losing my Stormtrooper

July 27th, 2017 · 129 minutes

This week kicks off with Merlin walking John through his exciting new nap workflow. John has significant safety concerns. In dog news, it seems Daisy has discovered toilet paper.

This week’s accidental main topic finds your hosts ending up talking a lot about 80s Music. Why are all the lyrics sites wrong? U2 vs. R.E.M.? How even would y…

#56: Living Inside an Apology with Pie

July 13th, 2017 · 116 minutes

This week kicks off with thoughts on breaking-in new stuff, a tutorial on washing blue jeans, and, regrettably, the official retirement of Barrel Week. Eighties comedies are problematic, Richard Dawson had a pretty sweet mic, and our calendars are still such a mess.

John’s got beef with deliberately-distressed stuff, Merlin commits to a n…

#55: Dog-Shaped Dog

June 29th, 2017 · 111 minutes

This week kicks off with some discussion of Yakov Smirnoff’s beard, why Merlin wants to buy a drill, and how John feels a little vindicated about his read of Fight Club.

In follow-up, John catches us up on how things went after his wife listened to the house duties episode. Merlin just wants to be loved, and John just isn’t sold on the benefi…

#54: Literally the Least I Could Do

June 15th, 2017 · 109 minutes

In this wraparound episode, your hosts kick off with follow-up on Arrival (no spoilers) and why John gets sad when people don’t listen to the program. Merlin has questions about YouTube influences and quickly forgets John is on The Incomparable.

Do dogs like NPR, and how would we even know? Can you please turn the TV off, please? George is…