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Back to Work

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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

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Great Podcast

By Chi Sox Keith - Apr 10 2019
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Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

Great show but what the....

By andyselby - Mar 12 2018
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What the ever loving hell with the 8000 year ridiculous outro music???

iTunes Ratings

1985 Ratings
Average Ratings
1721
107
44
55
58

Great Podcast

By Chi Sox Keith - Apr 10 2019
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Great podcast from Dan and Merlin. Good check in on two online friends.

Great show but what the....

By andyselby - Mar 12 2018
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What the ever loving hell with the 8000 year ridiculous outro music???

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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

230: My Emotional Reservoir

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With Merlin on sabbatical, Dan is joined by John Roderick to talk about being a candidate, taking care of yourself, managing introversion, trying on ideas without fear, the Thirty Years War, and the struggle of being a generalist.

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Jul 21 2015

2hr 8mins

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155: Newton's Fifth Law of Politeness

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TOPIC: Isolation and Identity

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about civility, identity, Florida, and how you can't unsee Idiocracy.

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Jan 21 2014

1hr 31mins

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263: The Working Definition of Love

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TOPIC: No one cares about your demo anymore.

This week Dan & Merlin talk about realizing when life isn't all about you and getting better at learning how to say "thank you."

Also, lots of great practical (and philosophical) suggestions for getting started with or back into comics.

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Mar 15 2016

2hr 7mins

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403: It's Just a Salad

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Discussed: Why Tuesday is the optimistic day; pourover coffee for Dan's wife; confirm shaming; updates on iPad keyboards and covers; approximately annual history of "Bawk Bawk!"; some thoughts on Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart; kids and learning Programming; the things that are difficult to teach anyone.

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Dec 04 2018

1hr 22mins

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450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

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Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."

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Nov 05 2019

1hr 6mins

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372: Hole That Rabbit

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This week, the boys discuss Drafts, The Archive, Merlin's love of Spotify, some great playlists, and weird rules for cheerleaders.

In extensive follow-up, your hosts talk about the listener who was having trouble with addressing employees and social media use. This goes lots of interesting places.

Next up, even more input from listeners on social media policies and living life in a fishbowl.

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Apr 17 2018

1hr 31mins

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140: Silicon Circus

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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.

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Oct 08 2013

1hr 24mins

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448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

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This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!

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Oct 22 2019

1hr 20mins

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329: Stop all the OTUS

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TOPIC: Thirty cable boxes.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about beloved late night talk shows, Planet of the Apes, and the future of TV. Dan introduces his new thought technology about "Protoforms."

Your hosts also respond to listener questions about using Chromecasts and how to start the day.

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Jun 20 2017

1hr 51mins

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152: Tiny Hands, Large Desires

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TOPIC: Consistency, Change, and Counting-Down

This week, Dan and Merlin return to the evergreen topic of new year's resolutions. Remember: in the main, you are what you've already done a lot.

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Dec 31 2013

1hr 15mins

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185: David Foster Wallace Morning

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TOPIC: The Durable Impossibility of Email.

This week, Dan and Merlin return to an evergreen topic: the impossibility of email.

Chaotic, paradoxical, debilitating, frustrating, buoyant, and occasionally capable of causing short-term madness, email is still the medium that we'll never get right.

But, quixotically, it never stops us from trying.

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Sep 02 2014

1hr 29mins

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260: Stuck in Green Forever

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TOPIC: Grab Bag.

This week, Dan and Merlin cover the waterfront. This wide-ranging episode covers lots of listener feedback, corrections of egregious errors, D&D alignment, the danger of guessing why people are how they are, some fun Tumblr recommendations, considering the yak-shaving ordeal of time-shifting broadcast TV, plus further discussion of last week's topic re: kids and computer access.

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Feb 23 2016

2hr 1min

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433: The Muscle of Worry

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DISCUSSED: Dan has found a terrific solution for his son's iPad case; on the benefits (and challenges) of getting away from our devices for a while; listener recommendations for YouTube keyboard commands, a book about cities, and some Disney scholarship; and, finally, your hosts respond to a listener's question about "circular thoughts."

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Jul 02 2019

1hr 8mins

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188: The Smell of Snake Anxiety

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TOPIC: Media, Rarely Well Done

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the modern consumer media landscape and how we seem to be changing almost as fast as the technology. Almost.

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Sep 23 2014

1hr 48mins

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193: Disappointment Delivery Mechanism

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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.

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Oct 28 2014

1hr 35mins

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404: Very Advanced Camping

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Discussed: Merlin worries that Dan is getting ground down; web sites are getting very thirsty; Dan thinks it's like pads in football; Dan has updates and more thoughts about doing development work on an iPad; Merlin thinks we should talk more about which devices we choose for doing which things; the boys also have some recommendations.

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Dec 11 2018

1hr 13mins

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257: Homemade Science Mayonnaise

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TOPIC: Information, Context, and Courage.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the reaction to last week's episode about work and identity and respond to follow-up questions from listeners.

Also, Merlin buys a faucet.

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Feb 02 2016

1hr 34mins

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333: Your Whiteboards Will Not Survive Reality

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TOPIC: Help! My bosses are doing a really dumb thing!

This week, Dan and Merlin help a listener and his youngster get started with Spider-Man. Also, hey, support your Local Comic Shop!

Listener Molly asks how to help prevent a terrible, damaging change from happening inside her company.

Dan talks about War for the Planet of the Apes, and Merlin knows when to exit on a good bit.

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Jul 18 2017

1hr 20mins

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408: The Pwn Key

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DISCUSSED: Optimistic Tuesdays; office cleanup; a grave bleach mishap; follow-up on Wirecutter; a listener suggestion on, of all things, acupressure; Dan loves his cool new keyboard, but has a big caveat; Merlin is working with magnets; on "Hardware Disease"; request for Riordan-style book recommendations; exciting follow-up on the Burger Decay Project; plus, some closing thoughts on Apple's recent results dustup and what it might suggest about near-future tech trends.

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Jan 08 2019

1hr 15mins

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258: Means of Egress

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TOPIC: Feelings, Slide Rules, and The Franklin Test

This week Merlin hasn't had enough coffee and may have early-onset toxoplasmosis, so he and Dan respond to great feedback from listeners, mostly on feeling feelings.

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Feb 09 2016

1hr 45mins

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455: Talc Mandala

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DISCUSSED: Drafts for Mac is out!; check out Damon Lindelof on The Watch; suggestions for HomeKit power strips; and responses to listener letters on rediscovering the joys of physical media and getting started with addressing chronic pain.

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Dec 10 2019

1hr 12mins

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454: Enough Women Nation

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Discussed:

  • the commercials you get in your head
  • listener feedback on music management
  • first results of Merlin's own deep dive on music management alternatives
  • thoughts on the "safety" that ends up making us less safe
  • the perverse magic of "ghoti"
  • thoughts on Dan's cool new laptop
  • getting the shell you want
  • sometimes Daddy needs to go in the closet

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 8mins

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453: Shoulder the Brunt

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DISCUSSED: Merlin has an email confession; Dan steps up with a shoulder; listeners have given your hosts a season of the show; praise for HBO's Watchmen; a discussion of curating media for kids; Merlin exercises Personal Privilege; everybody is different!; praise for the new MacBook Pro (and who it may or may not be good for); the beginnings of what could be an extensive series on reclaiming control of your own media; some Plex homework for both listeners and your hosts; a brief rant on the downsides and limitations of renting other people's music; Merlin is birthday-gifted with Planty II plus some awesome @pants materials.

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 19mins

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452: Wine is My Travel Drink

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  • updates on travel and packing
  • a new notebook Merlin likes
  • finding a notebook that accommodates both your brain and the shape of your day
  • Merlin's bespoke six-block notebook method
  • Dan struggles mightily with his hotel room
  • a notional badge for gauging lifetime exposure to a ubiquitous TV celebrity
  • some more travel talk, including the promise for a future dedicated episode on travel updates
  • a suggestion for trying iOS Voice Control
  • finally, in some detail, we return to Synology Corner

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Nov 19 2019

1hr 27mins

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451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

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Our worst episode ever. Enjoy!

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Nov 14 2019

1hr 34mins

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450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

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Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."

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Nov 05 2019

1hr 6mins

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449: Tom Hardy Blindness

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DISCUSSED: coincident birthdays; mathowie's gigantism and very online Ex Machina house; extensive actor and media talk; you probably hadn't heard, but, The Revenant was very difficult to make; Apple TV+ is getting…not great notices; success is a great deodorant, but could iPhone : 2010s Apple :: Windows : 1990s Microsoft?; hardware follow-up on Merlin's new modem and UPS setup; the value of always showing hustle, and why you should always run out first base; Dan's in a jam-up with his internet provider over a seemingly unnecessary piece of harware; further hardware follow-up from Merlin on spreading his wings with his Synology; Dan has a new keyboard he loves; praise for several Logitech products; and, finally, why Merlin just can't quit his MX Master Mouse.

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Oct 29 2019

1hr 17mins

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448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

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This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!

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Oct 22 2019

1hr 20mins

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447: Mating for Life

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It's Infrastructure Week! Dan and Merlin start with California's power crisis and end up pivoting to phones, cable TV, and, of course, Apple.

What happens when a resource we think of as a solved part of our infrastructure suddenly isn't so solved?

And, what would Apple look like if it treated all of its services as seriously as it once treated the Mac?

Also: lizard updates, but please don't Google "hornworms."

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Oct 17 2019

1hr 18mins

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446: Charm Offensive

Oct 08 2019

1hr 9mins

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445: Hipster DMV

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This week, Dan and Merlin talk about Apple's OS rollouts, changes in Apple retail, and week two with the new Apple Watch.

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Oct 01 2019

1hr 15mins

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444: Seasoned Horologist

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This week, Dan and Merlin focus on the new Apple Watch.

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Sep 24 2019

1hr 35mins

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443: Immediate Electric Smugness

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DISCUSSED: Merlin has a cool new voice from talking to friends late last night; Dan has an automotive collision anecdote, while Merlin has thoughts on how preparation fails us in extreme moments; in follow-up, Listener Steve has terrific advice on dealing with bad hotel room technology; your hosts love insider information from pilots and other category pros; Dan ordered a watch, and Merlin is apparently not actually wrecking a plane; the guys respond to listener letters about ages of people in movies, Dan's world-destroying Disney fact (that he can't remember), plus a listener's concern about company password hygiene; and finally, Dan has great news about refreshing an iMac, but less great news about household password hygiene.

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Sep 19 2019

1hr 19mins

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442: Dog Eating Chair Digestion

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Dan and Merlin discuss the upcoming big Apple event and why this one's potentially interesting. Also, dog anecdotes.

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Sep 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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441: Boggle, Boggle!

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  • hurricanes!
  • hyperactivity
  • exposing kids to the canonical films
  • that weird, affected Hollywood accent
  • a name for that time comparison phenomenon
  • making your voice interactions more fun
  • catching up on the Platinum Age of TV
  • dealing with device charging at scale

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Sep 03 2019

1hr 43mins

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440: It's Never Been About the Suit

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Lots of talk about the changing media landscape, plus some odds and sods.

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Aug 27 2019

1hr 38mins

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439: Servant of the Red Badge

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DISCUSSED: finding an actor's age and height; time analogies; Merlin needs help naming two critical phenomena; Dan is dissatisfied with how cars look; could Wolverine get a Caillou tattoo, and would it grow back, hmmmm?; Merlin is getting into plants (no, not sexually); the return of that time when Danny held the license plate; and finally, Merlin has a long stemwinder on an admittedly amorphous topic: the unimpeachable benefits of undoing most of the buttons we've clicked.

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Aug 20 2019

1hr 30mins

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438: The Mashed Potatoes Need You

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DISCUSSED: Merlin has a little visitor today. Dan has some thoughts on conference scheduling. This leads to a broader discussion of the sensitivities we may or may not have to other peoples' limitations and constraints. It's nice to meet people.

For some reason, religion, churches, and clergy are discussed. "This is what Peter did say!"

Finally, the guys answer a listener question about working from home. Merlin poses a challenge.

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Aug 13 2019

1hr 13mins

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437: The Credit Section

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Dan and Merlin explore the complexities of personal style. Not personal style as in fashion, but as in preferences, identity, and modes of interaction. How do we let others know how we are?

How do we derive a sense of what works best for us, and why is it such a shameful struggle to effectively communicate that to others? What do AirPods, Snapchat, and Bloomberg Terminals potentially have in common?

And, would it be cool if I just listen to this podcast instead of talking about my blouse and the weather?

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Aug 06 2019

1hr 5mins

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436: Better Than a Lipstick

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DISCUSSED: the admirable candor of B.B. King; the simple joys of the Ordinary Night; movies that are or are not dated and how that affects your enjoyment; how sci-fi seemed to mostly miss the internet; our embarrassment of media options; tech in media and what it means for plot stuff; technology adoption curves are definitely speeding up; doing everything you can not to use your phone as a phone; more generational stuff; how time and context changes our perception; should they take all the smoking out of movies and tv?; remember: you're not making errors—you're adding information; and, finally, Dan has an exciting announcement and a wet notebook.

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Jul 30 2019

1hr 10mins

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