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



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#76: The Dandelion of Content

April 18th, 2018 · 121 minutes

This week’s episode has lots of really good follow-up. Follow-up on accents, Face ID, how Roderick records, and Merlin’s new internet friend.

John provides much-requested follow-up on Twitter’s recently announced changes. This leads to a broader discussion of free speech and platform ownership.

John and Merlin embarrass their families, f…

#75: The Most Popular Meat Grinder in Town

April 4th, 2018 · 129 minutes

This week, things kick into gear quickly with a mini-topic about Instagram. Why isn’t Merlin on it, and why does John like it so much? John likes it as a refreshing break from word things, but Merlin still thinks there are too many hashtags and birds on wires. Merlin really misses the salad days of Flickr, but of course John derails it to ye…

#74: Stingy on the Fives

March 22nd, 2018 · 126 minutes

This week’s first mini-topic concerns John's office chair. Honestly, why can't people just leave John's chair alone? Why always with the moving and the replacing? A chair is a very personal thing, and John likes his chair. So, what, now he has to get a bike lock or something? Merlin wonders if the form is actually hooked up to anything, and …

#73: Ladyhawke Times

March 8th, 2018 · 133 minutes

This week kicks off with a return to an old chestnut: Twitter. John doesn’t want too many things to check, and Merlin finds some therapy. The distinction of the “muffle” is highlighted.

This week’s mini-topic concerns the new Google Calendar UI. Merlin thinks there’s just too much clicking, and John would like some better information de…

#72: The Seventh Alarm Clock

February 22nd, 2018 · 108 minutes

This week kicks off with recalibrating some expectations and repeatedly clicking some buttons. Merlin likes dog shopping and dislikes that dumb Winston Churchill movie.

In follow-up, John scores a monarchical point to listener, "swilliams," and Merlin likes Parliamentary questions. In an accidental nano-topic, your hosts discuss the decline …

#71: Racist Uncle Baby

February 8th, 2018 · 111 minutes

This week kicks off with John tweaking his settings and then slides into a quick tour of some cool commands that a lot of veteran Mac users don't know about. John's not looking for thanks; he's just making a point. Merlin observes that the commands are in his fingers, not his brain.

Some follow-up commences, covering scoot-scoots, Patriot, p…

#70: Where the Fish Was

January 25th, 2018 · 105 minutes

This week kicks off with Daisy making a run for it and pretty much everything being Merlin’s fault. Merlin gets mobbed up in a terrible app, and John considers funding a big, beautiful fence.

This week’s mini-topic finds John voir-diring Merlin about his weird new means of transportation. Merlin just wants us to explore our options, but John …

#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…