July 25, 2017 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 15 minutes
TOPIC: Mapping Your Focus and Motivation
This week, Dan talks about a cool new addition to his Fireside.fm service, and Merlin interviews him about how he likes to choose, plan, and evolve the features of an app.
Two questions this week, both from Listener Jonathan.
First, your hosts address the era of Peak TV, including how they choose their TV services and how they recommend narrowing in on finding the best stuff to watch (and when).
Next, the evergreen topic of calendars and todos returns. How do you decide what goes where? And how do combine focus and motivation to derive a functional map of your time terrain?
Dan considers acquiring a house mammal.
July 18, 2017 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 20 minutes
TOPIC: Help! My bosses are doing a really dumb thing!
This week, Dan and Merlin help a listener and his youngster get started with Spider-Man. Also, hey, support your Local Comic Shop!
Listener Molly asks how to help prevent a terrible, damaging change from happening inside her company.
Dan talks about War for the Planet of the Apes, and Merlin knows when to exit on a good bit.
July 11, 2017 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 40 minutes
TOPIC: Making the spice flow.
This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the thriving ecosystem of Florida's ad hoc roofing and lawn care professionals. Merlin gets The Boeing Contract, and Dan leaves a check under the mat.
Your hosts admit they don't really understand the big kerfuffle over 1Password, but they admit to feeling the pain of being an indie developer today. Dan just wants the beef ribs he'd been promised.
1:19:30, the spoiler horn fires off for a squee-filled celebration of Spider-Man: Homecoming. (Seriously. Just go see this movie.)
July 7, 2017 at 2:45PM •
1 hour 31 minutes
TOPIC: Time Tetris in Difficult Mode
This week, Dan and Merlin do a VERY deep dive on one listener's question about life with an excruciating shared Google Calendar. Merlin, unsurprisingly, has a lot to say about this. No. Like, really. A lot a lot.
Other topics include Food Lion bleach meat, God's only sandwich, Adventure Time Mashup Pack (Finally!), Agape love, and, importantly, "What’s Happening To Sleep Train?"
June 27, 2017 at 4:45PM •
1 hour 1 minute
TOPIC: Drawing effective water.
In this week's tight and bright episode, Dan and Merlin do dome followup on food bars and CBD oil, then discuss how to get better at letting people just enjoy what they like.
In this week's main topic, your hosts address how to think more productively (and more realistically) about what you need from a task management app.
June 20, 2017 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 51 minutes
TOPIC: Thirty cable boxes.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about beloved late night talk shows, Planet of the Apes, and the future of TV. Dan introduces his new thought technology about "Protoforms."
Your hosts also respond to listener questions about using Chromecasts and how to start the day.
June 13, 2017 at 2:45PM •
1 hour 43 minutes
TOPIC: Asterisks and Question Marks.
This week, Dan and Merlin cover corgis (and other pets), asking for lettuce wraps, high-floor sandwiches, bread in a tube, John Wick (no spoilers), and the wonderful comic infographics of Kate Willaert.
There is some ecosystem talk regarding ride sharing statistics and Apple's announced addition of podcast listening analytics. How many bits of identifying information are you sending?
Your hosts answer Listener Tim's question about when to accept that you can't do everything and should just let go of old project ideas.
June 6, 2017 at 5:15PM •
1 hour 26 minutes
TOPIC: She was only 15 years old!
This week kicks off with some thoughts on yesterday's WWDC Keynote and some potentially promising signs for Apple's future.
Dan declares YouTube videos from The Trip to be the greatest thing Merlin has ever shown him, and he is correct. Merlin is infatuated with Nebo.
Then, the boys answer listener questions about calendars, GTD and Buddhism, and how to choose a browser.
May 30, 2017 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 37 minutes
TOPIC: "The results have been increbidle."
This week, Dan and Merlin opine about various Apple feelings and wondering where the heck things are going. Merlin is sanguine.
Merlin is mad at KFC, and Dan reminds us how great 1974 was for movies.
Finally, your hosts respond to listener feedback.
May 23, 2017 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 22 minutes
TOPIC: Again with the motivation.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about what motivates the companies who make set-top boxes vs. the providers of the content for those dinguses. What attracts fans to a given platform, and why are we getting so resistant to straight-up buying movies and TV shows? ("I learned it by watching you!")
In listener feedback, your hosts examine whether and how various apps and services can be deployed in the service of building better habits.