December 19, 2017 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 39 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about keyboard preferences (and their noises), Merlin catching Dan's weird "Mr. Robot" bug on Apple TV, feedback about "inside jokes," exclusion as a weapon, more good Robert Wright interviews, a deepish dive on Netflix personalization techniques (alongside some speculation on how well it's working), platforms and technologies as lobster traps, the problem with cartoons about screaming, how much kids love YouTube, the challenge of partnering with podcast middlepersons, a new Netflix show Dan likes, possibilities for new Marvel properties, and listener feedback on the potential benefits of using work tools you don't prefer.
December 12, 2017 at 4:00PM •
1 hour 45 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about (partial) resolution to Dan's Apple TV bug, some venting about delivery problems, general complaining about customer service, a good TV podcast episode, a very good Buddhism podcast episode, some excellent Buddhism talk, listener follow-up on Dan's strange video mail package, shakeups and wild innovation in the TV bidness, that creepy/mean Netflix tweet, and a listener's question about whether the tech requirements at a promising new job should be a deal-breaker.
December 5, 2017 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 40 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin discuss theories on Dan's Mr. Robot/Apple TV bug, living in an opinion bubble, an update on flu shot efficacy, Dan's recent insane mail delivery, speculation on how giant ad buys work, consternation about memory-holed media.
Your hosts respond to a listener's question about the difficulty of choosing a career path that wasn't what you'd expected.
Merlin also explains his shaving strategy.
November 30, 2017 at 8:00PM •
1 hour 43 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about…so many things. Merlin had a lot of coffee.
Big topics include:
- Flickr nostalgia (and smart photo backup tips)
- Dan's crazy Apple TV bug
- A terrific podcast episode about Buddhism and the human mind
- A tough listener question about gracefully leaving a job
November 21, 2017 at 3:15PM •
1 hour 30 minutes
This week, your hosts discuss: holiday disruptions, life patterns, the joys of regularity, discovering unnecessary existential vulnerabilities, scheduling as a video game, getting your head around sous vide cooking, modern kids' arithmetic, CBD dosage stuff, using the Sway app, meditation for improving attention management, dealing with the character who speaks your internal voice, some hot tips on starting meditation, a historical video series Merlin's family likes, a quest for a typeface, nostalgia for teeny tiny fonts, a listener question about how to end a conference call, a recommendation for Netflix's The Punisher, and some angry attempts to conceal ma' secret formular.
November 14, 2017 at 3:45PM •
1 hour 42 minutes
TOPIC: Integrity and Fear.
This week your hosts discuss: sandwiches, solar power, some recent movies and what makes them memorable (or not), the glory of Edgar Wright, fun movie commentaries, Dan's rowing machine, big changes for Chairman Bendis, a cool free font from IBM, awesome creativity from a listener, some thoughts on apps for meditation and relaxation (and the important distinction between those things), the downside of Competitive Mindfulness and similar, some excellent feedback on last week's episode, the fear of integrity loss, Dan's trip to NYC, follow-up on resetting an iPhone, and the fine art of computer troubleshooting.
November 7, 2017 at 10:00AM •
1 hour 44 minutes
TOPIC: Trials, Trophies, and Trying Harder.
This week, the boys arrive from either the past or future to talk about Dan's spoon problem, the refuse racket, the slog of incremental improvement, the perils of black and white thinking, folding paper seven times, and Dan’s mad cart-riding skills.
This leads to this week’s main topic: an epic exploration of success and failure. No spoilers, but this is a good one.
October 31, 2017 at 3:00PM •
1 hour 21 minutes
Dan and Merlin talk about Halloween, the Chromebook, Apple, WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), and hair removal.
October 24, 2017 at 2:00PM •
1 hour 29 minutes
TOPIC: Too much ambiguity in time.
This week, your hosts discuss hot weather adjustments, Merlin's Skype woes, the state of the union on Skype replacement contenders, ruminations on Mac troubleshooting, the fraught future of retail comic book stores, a side rant on the really dumb economics of the comics industry, hobby shop nostalgia, lobby bell techniques and triangle mounting options, some great tips for pressing things on iOS Safari, the joys of Safari Reader mode, Chrome vs. Safari, changing our browser habits, and Dan's weird screen problem.
Then, Merlin just goes freaking OFF on the problems with how we talk about time.
October 23, 2017 at 5:00PM •
1 hour 19 minutes
TOPIC: Turns out.
This week, the boys talk about audio problems, hot dogs, kegeling, Merlin's next meet-up, Tsum Tsums, comic suggestions, Battle of the Sexes, excellent recent TV series, All the President's Men, the app Pacifica, warming buns, Dan's encounter with Koo Koo Kanga Roo, a dearth of good information about VPNs (yikes!), levels of "Turns Out," a podcast episode about gluten, and hot phones with possibly low batteries.
In a very surprising "turns out," Dan has a surprising call that leads to a very interesting experience with a hardware device. Dan really wants macOS on an iPad. Don't at him.
There's also some fruitful if fraught discussion about habit-building. Merlin is not a fan of "The Countdown."
Dan is attacked by a sky spider and might have to move now.