November 26, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes
TOPIC: Perfectionism and Procrastination
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about why the classic meanings of perfectionism mostly miss the mark; it's less about being scared to finish and more about being terrified to start.
November 19, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 35 minutes
TOPIC: Going Mobile-er.
This week, Dan and Merlin are very sick, so they talk about being sick. Then, they talk about what it would take to move to using just an iPad Air on the road.
November 12, 2013 at 5:00PM • 55 minutes
TOPIC: Grab bag
This week, Dan takes a minute to sit down with Merlin to talk about bathroom GIFs, Marvel movies, private school ejection, and a new interview with Merlin that is very very long.
November 5, 2013 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes
TOPIC: Perception and Perspective.
In their second ever live, face-to-face episode, Dan and Merlin talk about goats, noise gate, and taking a step back for a better view of where you are.
October 29, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 22 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about preparation.
October 22, 2013 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 33 minutes
TOPIC: Traveling Like a Gentleman.
This week, Dan and Merlin revisit the travails of air travel. How to prepare, how to survive--and how to be a better and more mindful person along the way.
Also, some timely discussion of this morning's Apple product announcements.
October 15, 2013 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 13 minutes
TOPIC: Learning the Wheres and Whens of Productivity
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about learning from how you work to improve your basic productivity infrastructure, with specific attention to using Perspectives in OmniFocus.
Whether it's consolidating shopping lists, eliminating task rot, or leveraging geolocation, there are innumerable tricks for lightly tweaking a system in powerful, non-fiddly ways.
Also: learn Dan's Unified Field Theory of Grocery Shopping.
October 8, 2013 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 24 minutes
TOPIC: Special Guest, Matt Alexander
This week, Merlin is joined by Bionic co-host, Matt Alexander. They discuss ““technology ecosystems,”” life as a self-described trans-atlantic, tech scenes that thrive and don't, dating someone from Florida (and her Mum), and getting back into Marvel comics.
Special guest Matt Alexander.
October 1, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes
TOPIC: Grab Bag, plus Tasks vs. Calendar Items
This week Dan and Merlin administer an epic grab bag episode, chockablock with new app, book, podcast, and music suggestions.
Also, a return to the evergreen topic of where stuff goes. How to decide whether a given thing goes on a calendar, a todo list, reference files, or an alarm. Great ninja stuff.
September 24, 2013 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 30 minutes
TOPIC: Informal Background Self-Quantization
This week Dan & Merlin discuss the merits of self-quantization. Which is fancy way of saying, "Merlin got a new Fitbit."
Why is anecdotal self-reporting a sucker's bet? What are the benefits of making your life a little video game? And, why is Merlin's scale accessing APIs via the internet?