December 23, 2014 at 4:45PM •
1 hour 8 minutes
TOPIC: The Opacity of the Stack
In this depressing holiday episode, Dan and Merlin talk about how tenuous our modern infrastructures feel. How great it is when everything in the stack "just works"; how increasingly seldom all the pieces work; and how frustrating it can be to figure out exactly what's broken.
December 16, 2014 at 3:30PM •
1 hour 12 minutes
TOPIC: He'll only do three of these.
This week, Dan and Merlin mark their 200th episode by responding to listener feedback and talking about Led Zeppelin and lunch tables.
December 9, 2014 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 21 minutes
TOPIC: When You Love a Voice.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about podcasts they're loving right now. And, yeah, Merlin rants a little about overthinking and fetishizing podcast production.
December 2, 2014 at 3:45PM •
1 hour 18 minutes
TOPIC: Time to reboot.
This week, Dan and Merlin respond to a note from Listener Tim on how to stay busy and active during his garden leave. The Boys encourage him to experiment with the personal rebooting that's almost impossible to do when you're stuck at an official jobby-job.
November 25, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 42 minutes
TOPIC: Mail Bag.
This week, Dan & Merlin respond to listener email and toots. Specifically, dealing with passive-aggressive team members, bulbous "
CC:" lines, and what constitutes "stability."
November 20, 2014 at 3:45PM •
1 hour 48 minutes
TOPIC: Hakuna Matata.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about home pest control, misleading beef jerky, and becoming a more conservative electronics consumer.
November 11, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 42 minutes
TOPIC: Working alone together.
This week, Dan and Merlin look at the many ways workplaces have changed over the years, and how they can be great or not so great.
November 4, 2014 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 24 minutes
TOPIC: What gets us on the moon?
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about varieties of clowns, rogue walruses, bloody elevator buttons, taking risks, and catching footballs.
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.