October 28, 2014 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 35 minutes
TOPIC: You Are That Little Dot.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about notifications, beeps, bloops, flashes, and all the stuff we have zero control over. There's about a million ways people can contact us and just as many ways we can unintentionally disappoint every one of them.
There's sanity in realizing which stuff you actually control, which stuff you have to let go, and how many of the expectations in-between can be reasonably managed.
October 21, 2014 at 12:00PM •
1 hour 33 minutes
TOPIC: Reinforcement, Aikido, and Fear
This week, Dan and Merlin try to tackle positive versus negative reinforcement.
October 14, 2014 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 27 minutes
TOPIC: People, amirite?
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about neighbors, dogs, Macs, MLB.tv, and
flavors of reinforcement.
October 7, 2014 at 2:45PM •
1 hour 21 minutes
TOPIC: The Ultimate Existential Investor
This week, Dan and Merlin vent about Apple as only its superfans really can. What happens when things…don't…just work?
September 30, 2014 at 10:00AM •
1 hour 17 minutes
TOPIC: Starting the stuff we haven't started.
This week—after some entertaining random talk and a handful of hardware and software recommendations—Dan and Merlin dive back into a familiar evergreen topic: why is it so hard to get started with a project? And, just as importantly, what can we learn from that persistent difficulty?
In a nut? Just start trying to suck more regularly.
September 23, 2014 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 48 minutes
TOPIC: Media, Rarely Well Done
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the modern consumer media landscape and how we seem to be changing almost as fast as the technology. Almost.
September 16, 2014 at 4:00PM •
1 hour 29 minutes
TOPIC: Knowing What You'll Need to Know
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about a recent presentation Merlin gave on expertise and curiosity. They also pour out a 40 for Macworld Magazine.
September 9, 2014 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 6 minutes
TOPIC: Grab bag.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about—what? Well. They talk about privilege, empathy, bikes, bass players, Merlin's new mic, more bathroom signs, and a controversial anecdote about how Apple was maybe kinda not nice to a customer.
September 2, 2014 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 29 minutes
TOPIC: The Durable Impossibility of Email.
This week, Dan and Merlin return to an evergreen topic: the impossibility of email.
Chaotic, paradoxical, debilitating, frustrating, buoyant, and occasionally capable of causing short-term madness, email is still the medium that we'll never get right.
But, quixotically, it never stops us from trying.
August 26, 2014 at 11:00AM •
1 hour 28 minutes
TOPIC: Is there anything else you want to tell me?
This week, Dan and Merlin discuss what bathrooms can teach us about learning, expertise, and empathy.