March 29, 2016 at 4:45PM •
2 hours 4 minutes
TOPIC: Welcome to Costco. I love you.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about breakfast sandwiches, the pain and suffering of dealing with Apple IDs, managing kids and their iOS devices, Merlin's weird week with Playstation Vue, and the science (or otherwise) behind iOS's Night Shift.
The main topic this week focuses on quality, values, and self-improvement. Are Dan and Merlin just cloud-yelling old men for wishing writers (and everyone for that matter) would try a little harder? Maybe. Maybe not.
March 22, 2016 at 5:00PM •
1 hour 59 minutes
TOPIC: Serving the super-motivated super-fan.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about:
- a modest request from Merlin
- some interesting new options for viewing OTA broadcast television on Apple TV
- the evolution (and often lost opportunities) of media delivery
- highlights of yesterday's Apple event
March 15, 2016 at 3:30PM •
2 hours 7 minutes
TOPIC: No one cares about your demo anymore.
This week Dan & Merlin talk about realizing when life isn't all about you and getting better at learning how to say "thank you."
Also, lots of great practical (and philosophical) suggestions for getting started with or back into comics.
March 8, 2016 at 4:30PM •
2 hours 23 minutes
TOPIC: Staying out of Technology Detention
This week, Dan and Merlin do another giant-size grabbag episode that covers a lot of ground, including:
- movies, kids, and ratings, oh my!
- better text editing on iPad, faster typing on iOS
- complexities of picking the right pairings of Apple devices
- what's up with apps not launching in iOS?
- Hound, and the future of voice-controlled computing
- staying provisionally joyful about the possibilities of new technology
- exploring Merlin's early experience with a Synology NAS
March 1, 2016 at 5:45PM •
2 hours 2 minutes
TOPIC: That's Not How the Future Works.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about evolving technology culture, the weird landscape of semi-smart devices, and why Merlin does and kinda doesn't do Getting Things Done so much anymore.
February 23, 2016 at 4:15PM •
2 hours 1 minute
TOPIC: Grab Bag.
This week, Dan and Merlin cover the waterfront. This wide-ranging episode covers lots of listener feedback, corrections of egregious errors, D&D alignment, the danger of guessing why people are how they are, some fun Tumblr recommendations, considering the yak-shaving ordeal of time-shifting broadcast TV, plus further discussion of last week's topic re: kids and computer access.
February 16, 2016 at 4:00PM •
1 hour 44 minutes
TOPIC: Epistemology and Parenting as Dumpster Fire
This week, Dan and Merlin end up talking a lot about what they don't know and how they know they don't know it. The biases, errors, and frames that make us feel wiser than we probably are.
Sometimes it pays to learn how to be a dummy.
Also, Dan learns what a "film projector" is.
February 9, 2016 at 3:45PM •
1 hour 45 minutes
TOPIC: Feelings, Slide Rules, and The Franklin Test
This week Merlin hasn't had enough coffee and may have early-onset toxoplasmosis, so he and Dan respond to great feedback from listeners, mostly on feeling feelings.
February 2, 2016 at 4:00PM •
1 hour 34 minutes
TOPIC: Information, Context, and Courage.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the reaction to last week's episode about work and identity and respond to follow-up questions from listeners.
Also, Merlin buys a faucet.
January 26, 2016 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 37 minutes
TOPIC: Coder, Kayaker, Father, Person.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Dan's attempt to vastly rejigger his schedule in the interest of mental and physical health.
This leads to a long discussion of work, identity, expectations, and choosing which of the voices in your head to listen to and when.