April 8, 2014 at 12:00PM • 54 minutes
TOPIC: The future we can't know.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about how quickly technology is evolving, how janky that evolution can be, and how terrible we all are at forecasting what will come next and beyond.
Could Merlin have ever imagined he'd pay $3.00 for an episode of Under the Gunn? No, he could not.
April 1, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes
TOPIC: Words mean things.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the blight of buzzwords, jargon, and douchespeak writ large.
March 25, 2014 at 1:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes
TOPIC: Curiosity & Creativity
This week, Dan and Merlin talk more about expertise and how it relates to the ineffable qualities of curiosity and creativity. Can curiosity be inspired or taught? Or, is it just something you either have or don't? How do we buck the implicit authority to explore the vast universe of "unnecessary things?"
March 18, 2014 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 26 minutes
TOPIC: LEGO and Expertise
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about LEGO and what becoming a Master Builder can teach us about expertise.
Also: tooth fairies, binder clips, and the pedagogical warning shot.
WARNING: This episode of B2W contains information about holiday-related personalities that may be of a sensitive nature. Listener discretion is advised.
March 11, 2014 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 24 minutes
TOPIC: ““Experiencing Issues”” with Customer Service
This week, Dan and Merlin analyze what's really going wrong when we get bad customer service. Spoiler: The brand is only as sound as its day-to-day implementation.
March 4, 2014 at 7:00AM • 1 hour 32 minutes
TOPIC: Time, Sleep, and Aspirations
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about impossible trade-offs and the benefits of remembering this is actually your life.
February 25, 2014 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 14 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about shaving, lights, and Dan's amazing new superpower.
February 18, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes
Merlin and Dan talk about Library Elf, app launchers like Quicksilver and Alfred, Stanley Kubrick, pushing people to create greatness, not knowing what you like until you see it, the typefaces of Moon, and more.
February 11, 2014 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes
TOPIC: Why We Have Doors.
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about internet nostalgia, hacking vs. whacking, and why we have doors for a reason.
February 4, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 22 minutes
TOPIC: The Spreadsheet of You
This week, Dan and Merlin talk more about sleep and how self-quantization can goose your mindfulness.