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Reconcilable Differences

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John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way. Hosted by John Siracusa and Merlin Mann.

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John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way. Hosted by John Siracusa and Merlin Mann.

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Two guys who mistake references for jokes.

By iamiend - Sep 14 2019
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Two guys who mistake references for jokes.

Needs more 2019 Mac Pro talk

By mkppk - Jun 17 2019
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Needs more 2019 Mac Pro talk 😉

iTunes Ratings

337 Ratings
Average Ratings
303
15
6
6
7

Two guys who mistake references for jokes.

By iamiend - Sep 14 2019
Read more
Two guys who mistake references for jokes.

Needs more 2019 Mac Pro talk

By mkppk - Jun 17 2019
Read more
Needs more 2019 Mac Pro talk 😉

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Reconcilable Differences

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John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way. Hosted by John Siracusa and Merlin Mann.

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Rank #1: Reconcilable Differences 118: THAT's the Star Wars!

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Things kick off with a check-in on Watchmen. Is John feeling more confident about it? There are MacGuffins inside of MacGuffins. John is still enjoying the Apple TV+ shows, and Merlin thinks expectation deflation can really work in your favor. John didn't remember that Jennifer Aniston was in Office Space.

In a related mini-topic, Merlin wants to talk about The Mandalorian as a way to explore what we like about Star Wars. Unsurprisingly, John is avoiding a poster, and Merlin gets schooled on the importance and greatness of Return of the Jedi. Thank goodness for our fellow fans who grew up to make new Star Wars for us.

John has qualms with Merlin's neologism and doesn't even like when people do that anyway. The summer of 1982 was wild.

Your hosts try to explain live TV to their children. Also: telephones.

Finally, it's time to clear out some more Secret Weird Things People Do. No spoilers. Just…listen.

(Recorded on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.)

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How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer - YouTube
Fountains of Wayne Hotline
ScreenCrush - Watchmen - YouTube
The Mandalorian
Return of the Jedi on The Incomparable - Part 1
Return of the Jedi on The Incomparable - Part 2
Summer Movies: 1982
11 YOUTH-TARGETTED TV SITCOM FAILURES 1977-79 - YouTube
Cut For Time: Gus Chiggins, Old Prospector - SNL - YouTube

Nov 27 2019

1hr 54mins

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Rank #2: Reconcilable Differences 117: That’s Not the Rigatoni

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Things kick off with some quick Macintosh and video game nostalgia. John redrew his sprites, and Merlin enjoyed some stolen pinball. Merlin did lots of work this week. Your hosts discuss Sayonara Wild Hearts in particular and Apple Arcade in general.

Merlin's family recently rented a very large automobile, and its various interfaces are reviewed. John declares the vehicle to be as ugly as it is large. Where is innovation welcome, and where is it mostly preferable to avoid? And what happens when that "innovation" was really just kind of a cheat?

Apple TV+ is on the docket, but, first, Merlin wants to share the detailed results of his scientific Apple TV and Siri experiments. This leads to him saying much more than "exactly one thing," and it takes much longer than the promised thirty seconds. Strap in, because this one is quite a ride.

John takes over to talk about his thoughts on the new Apple TV+ shows. Viewers and critics seem to really disagree, but John found things to like. Reviews and ratings come up again. Mikhail Baryshnikov is not the guy from Die Hard, and there is so much TV.

Damon Lindelof seems like a really smart guy. John gives a thumbs-up to The Space Show but feels like Watchmen is still walking a line. John crosses-over with Do By Friday.

(Recorded on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.)

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How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control | TechHive

A similar frustration can emerge if the Apple TV tries steering you into the wrong app for given program. After signing up for HBO through Apple TV Channels, for instance, Apple might prompt you to install HBO Go instead of launching shows directly. If this happens, grab the remote and scroll down while viewing the info page for any show until you see the “How to Watchâ€

Nov 14 2019

1hr 53mins

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