Merlin Dean Mann III is an American writer, blogger and podcaster. Mann launched Roderick on the Line, a weekly conversation with musician/writer John Roderick.
This week’s challenge: RTFM.
DISCUSSED: Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures; then, for dessert, your hosts explore the delights and insights of the "isolated tracks" rabbit hole.
The Problem: Would you bring me some tape? (Recorded on Monday, February 22, 2021.)
Merlin meets a new neighbor, and John still wonders whether he lives in the woods. This leads to a deep dive on clothes that don't fit. John has doubts about Merlin's reported height. In follow-up, John corrects the record on the provenance of his family's Christmas tree stand. In what turns out to be an ongoing stretch of sematic satiation, this leads to an exploration of Stephen King. Are any of the adaptations as good as his books? And what happened when a canine-having Mainer wanted some of those Mahzes-bahs they have up to the store? Next, the focus turns to TV stands. While pretty much all of them are incompatible with John's house, this generates a careful visual interrogation of the bizarre manner in which Sony thinks your home works.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Nov 26th, 1966
Location
San Francisco, CA, USA
Episode Count
1946
Podcast Count
15
Total Airtime
2 months, 3 weeks
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 622545