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Reconcilable Differences

A Society and Culture podcast featuring 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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Reconcilable Differences 115: Rational Twilight
John has some questions about productivity, and Merlin has realized the new dragon is an attractive nuisance. Merlin has questions about his costly new chair, and John offers some further arm removal encouragement. John's flying monkeys chime in, and Merlin gets a reference in one. Merlin's family watches some Star Trek, and technical drawings are considered. John gives Merlin some stick about his entirely proper USPS formatting. Next, John has follow-up on using the Apple TV TV TV app, and Merlin is very impressed with his results. Believe it or not, this leads to discussion of problems with using the Apple TV. How do you click left on a diving board? John agrees to skip talking about the new dragon for now, but, somehow, still manages to work in some side dagger. The PG&E power debacle is discussed. Merlin assures John that his spreadsheets are safe. Your hosts return to their Secret Weird Things People Do project. You'll have to just listen and judge for yourself: are John and Merlin secretly weird? (Recorded on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.) This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by: Moo: Custom business printing and design. Save 15%. eero: Get your WiFi fixed as soon as tomorrow! Free overnight shipping. Links and Show Notes: Credits Audio Editor: Jim Metzendorf Admin Assistance: Kerry Provenzano Music: Merlin Mann The Suits: Stephen Hackett, Myke Hurley Support Reconcilable Differences with a Relay FM Membership [PDF] 442 Gesture Chair - Control Replacement Roderick on the Line #355: The Lieutenant Colonels of Hell Why does walking through doorways make us forget? - BBC FutureForgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford. How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot: John Muir, Tosh Gregg, Peter Aschwanden: 9781566913102: Amazon.com: Books"First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the practical skills to keep their Volkswagen running smoothly." 5by5 | Hypercritical #42: The Wrong Guy TextExpander abbreviation design - All this 5by5 | Back to Work #446: Charm Offensive 'A complete loss': $15,000 worth of yarn stolen in San Francisco car break-in - SFGate"The incident was every knitter's nightmare…" Delivery Address | Postal Explorer"All capital letters."
Reconcilable Differences 114: Confronted with a Jar
Thanks to everyone who pitched in to raise money for St. Jude! Your hosts talk about playing Apple Arcade games with a PS4 controller, and Merlin wants to hear John's take on the new Apple TV app functionality. John doesn't want anything to screw up his place, and Merlin never wants to watch something with the Starz app. Believe it or not, this leads to some criticisms of Apple TV. John thinks he might be getting sick, and Merlin remembers when children were pumped full of cold medicine. John considers mixing up some placebos. In a mini-topic, your hosts discuss Merlin's chair results. John again makes the case for removing the arms. Games are discussed a little more. In a side-door main topic, middle school is discussed, and this leads to an exploration of the value of test prep and learning how to understand and exploit systems. Not everybody learns that. John thinks everyone needs to learn how to find food, and Merlin finally appreciates the gentle wisdom of his high school Drama teacher. This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by: ExpressVPN: High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN Service. Get 3 months free with a 1-year package. Simple Lobby: Effortless Offer Management Burrow: The Luxury Couch for Real Life. Save $75 and get FREE one-week shipping. Links and Show Notes: Credits Audio Editor: Jim Metzendorf Admin Assistance: Kerry Provenzano Music: Merlin Mann The Suits: Stephen Hackett, Myke Hurley Support Reconcilable Differences with a Relay FM Membership
Reconcilable Differences 113: Ambient Pleasure Generator
Things kick into gear fast as John interrogates Merlin about his weird reaction to the recent Apple event. Why all the Charlie Brown? John has calibrated his expectations for these things, but Merlin still struggles to articulate what felt so off this time. Maybe it's just not understanding the profile for the Apple customer any more, but who knows? Then, your hosts return to Secret Weird Things People Do, and this week it's John's turn. Merlin wants to learn about the benefits that John gets from keeping his things nice. John's introduces a fascinating new thought technology involving the swirly circles emanating radiation from sources of pleasure and pain. Merlin thinks minimizing entropy can be a great source of pleasure plus a bulwark against madness. The benefits of the Tiny Life Improvement Project are extolled, and ways of detecting sources of both radiation and weirdness are examined. (Recorded on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.) This episode of Reconcilable Differences is sponsored by: Pingdom: Start monitoring your website performance and availability today, and get instant alerts when an outage occurs or a site transaction fails. Use offer code DIFFS to get 30% off. Sanebox: Clean up your inbox in minutes. Sign up for a two-week free trial and a $20 credit. Backblaze: Unlimited cloud backup for Macs and PCs for just $6/month. Links and Show Notes: Credits Audio Editor: Jim Metzendorf Admin Assistance: Kerry Provenzano Music: Merlin Mann The Suits: Stephen Hackett, Myke Hurley Support Reconcilable Differences with a Relay FM Membership Apple Events - Keynote September 2019 - Apple Reconcilable Differences #112: Here Comes the But - Relay FMThis week's main topic is the backdoor pilot for a multi-episode arc: secret weird things people do. Are we even able to even realize when there's something extremely weird that only we do? 5by5 | Back to Work #442: Dog Eating Chair DigestionDan and Merlin discuss the upcoming big Apple event and why this one's potentially interesting.
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Started
Jun 3rd, 2015
Latest Episode
Oct 16th, 2019
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No. of Episodes
116
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About 2 hours
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