January 5, 2021 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 12 minutes
DISCUSSED: Merlin looks at a shelf and then, for some reason, discusses it; walls and Japanese beds and jokey-sized dishwashers all benefit from wheels; life is different when you live on a boat; it's important to find the right tool for the job; some people see forests, while others see trees; Merlin performs his very good Gordon Ramsey impression; Merlin also performs his very good David Lynch impression; in Follow-Up, we learn the extremely unsatisfying reason Personal Requests weren't working on a HomePod; there is discussion of the power of Siri alongside frustrations with its poor documentation; interesting bugs are discussed; your hosts explore the similarities between good documentation and good recipes; weird comic book feet are explored; tips on good media your hosts are enjoying; and, finally, there's some rapid-fire app and scripting recommendations.
December 29, 2020 at 2:30PM •
DISCUSSED: Making a problem go away is not the same thing as solving the problem.
December 22, 2020 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 37 minutes
DISCUSSED: The generational struggle to understand things we can't understand, dealing with other people, and Star Wars.
December 15, 2020 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 2 minutes
Sometimes, no one can see the ball—let alone reach the ball.
December 8, 2020 at 2:45PM •
DISCUSSED: Habits, cycles, and patterns of thinking. Why it's difficult to rehearse success—but surprisingly easy to rehearse failure.
December 1, 2020 at 3:15PM •
Discussed: the paths of thought and emerging from a rut the size of the Grand Canyon.
November 24, 2020 at 1:30PM •
1 hour 26 minutes
DISCUSSED: From Jerry Lewis to a drinking bird in a scant 80 minutes.
November 17, 2020 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 26 minutes
DISCUSSED: lot of projects going on!; praise for Nicki Minaj; some recent TV shows that are important to your hosts; Merlin is a little obsessed with a new Mac productivity app; interrogating problems with deliveries and porch pirates; vehicle theft can be very confusing; and, finally, some insight nobody asked for into Merlin's ambitious new hardware project.
November 10, 2020 at 4:30PM •
1 hour 23 minutes
DISCUSSED: Merlin's additions to Bunch have him stepping on his own dingus; maybe it's time to invert the permissive legacy model for who gets access to us (as well as how and when); there's no amount of technology that can make other people be decent; Oh. Hey. Defaults? Be better; also, please quit stealing my focus; Dan is not buying anything new; your hosts talk about the various (often non-obvious) costs of adding, changing, or removing features; maybe building your whole business on Facebook wasn't such a great idea; passing discussion of Bloom County, Muppet dogs, and a Tilikum bottle; the tale of Underscore's unexpected success, and the costs it brought; talk of affordances; and, finally, Just cough up some dough, Mac!
November 3, 2020 at 2:15PM •
1 hour 10 minutes
DISCUSSED: Merlin has a lot to say about the benefits of making lists; this leads to an old-school stemwinder on "Journal" calendars, functional playlists, shared Notes, the lessons of the cutlery drawer, desire paths, arbitrary grids, "Reference" albums, urban bike hooks, auxiliary paper towel holders, and more; praise for The Boys; the magical combination of Halide and Pixelmator Photo; Dan resurrects a beloved podcast; and, finally, Merlin endorses a really weird British weather report that can help you sleep.