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557 Back to Work 557: Food Court of Pain Dec. 7, 2021
A classic odds and sods episode covering: Rush lyrics; personal pronoun tips; Fitness+ meditation; more melees with various voice assistant ecosystems; a big shout-out to the iconic Listener Rachel A.; and Merlin's newfound love of Keyboard Maestro.
556 Back to Work 556: The Only Way Out Is Claws Dec. 3, 2021
The Boys are back, and they're not sure how big this thing gets.
555 Back to Work 555: The Accretion of Non-Essential Things Nov. 16, 2021
Merlin starts tentatively sketching a unified field theory for rethinking how we think about and use space.
554 Back to Work 554: Not the Water's Problem Nov. 9, 2021
DISCUSSED: please stop changing the clocks; our kids are not us; the people of England have spoiled or corrupted several very good words; The Ellis Island Bit; surnames mean things; getting pelted with rocks and garbage; a Michael Penn playlist for 1 to 3.5 of you jackals; some Mad Max …
553 Back to Work 553: Bioavailable Chambers of Flexibility Nov. 2, 2021
This is what happens when Merlin stays up til 2 a.m. watching a movie and then has to record a podcast at 9 a.m. Because, your day is a continuum.
552 Back to Work 552: Youth is the Anomaly Oct. 27, 2021
Considering how best to set up a device that provides structure and motivation without all that beeping, beeping, beeping.
551 Back to Work 551: Life Is for Using Oct. 19, 2021
You hosts talk about music, Apple Watch, and getting out of your kid's way. Also: life and MacBooks Pro.
550 Back to Work 550: Ampersands and Raisins Oct. 12, 2021
Your hosts dive further into browser extensions and why they're so critical to filtering your world.
549 Back to Work 549: A Typical Feisty Boy Child Oct. 6, 2021
Merlin shares a bunch of Safari extensions that do new stuff—or do old stuff in a cool or interesting way.
548 Back to Work 548: The Results of This Dog Sept. 27, 2021
Scratching the surface of iOS 15's many clever and life-enhancing new features.
547 Back to Work 547: Backyard Butt Doctor Sept. 22, 2021
Dan and Merlin almost talk about iOS 15.
546 Back to Work 546: Snow Day for Nerds Sept. 13, 2021
Reporting live from the show floor and looking at options for time tracking.
545 Back to Work 545: The Cat's Fine Sept. 7, 2021
DISCUSSED: The rules of "Rabbit Rabbit"; exploring the magic of Domino's probability-altering powers; forests versus trees and past versus future; Chevy Chase and a familial ninety-ten inversion; and, finally, praise for Lulu Miller's mind-blowing thoughts on the downsides of imposing "order" onto chaos.
544 Back to Work 544: Tentpole of Nostalgia Aug. 31, 2021
543 Back to Work 543: Clownitentiary Aug. 24, 2021
Nicholson movies; Synology yums and yucks; difficulties of shows about music; upcoming rabbit rabbit plans.
542 Back to Work 542: MRSA Mann Aug. 17, 2021
DISCUSSED: Catching up; Merlin's Travel Results; praise for "Best in Show" SCTV, and public libraries; Dan has a new computer.
541 Back to Work 541: Proprietary Escape Key July 27, 2021
A celebration of M1 devices, the benefits of learning how to learn, and considering when a new learning curve might be worth the climb.
540 Back to Work 540: Extreme Medical Sloth July 20, 2021
Find the tool you need—but, keep asking yourself, "Soooooo…*now* what?"
539 Back to Work 539: Where the Ghosts Live July 13, 2021
Things get pretty silly, yet somehow land on some extremely Back to Work points about time management, compression, values, and moving your own goalposts. For some reason, McDonald's becomes an important controlling metaphor.