Back To Work

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Sinopsis

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.

Episodios

  • 529: Different Flavors of Fear

    529: Different Flavors of Fear

    04/05/2021 Duración: 01h26min

    DISCUSSED: Dan is actively gaslighting Merlin, and this can be proven; please stop stealing focus; praise for Ferris Bueller in general and the knees of Sloane Peterson in particular; passing thoughts on fear, procrastination, impostor syndrome, and solving the right problem; Merlin is delighted to discover a much-improved Little Snitch; Dan has thoughts on his Ford’s weird button; in gadget updates, Dan has found some useful headphones and has thoughts on trying to use his new Google dingus; finally, just in general, try to keep your hands away from the dragon’s mouth.

  • 528: Half a Parachute

    528: Half a Parachute

    27/04/2021 Duración: 01h30min

    Merlin has a whole new setup, and Dan has a whole new TV.

  • 527: Classic Mentos Situation

    527: Classic Mentos Situation

    20/04/2021 Duración: 01h04min

    DISCUSSED: Merlin is reporting live from the show floor; sleep is complicated; food is complicated, too; Dan tries to build muscles the right way; he also has strong feelings about TV shopping; Merlin just wants someone to tell him which is The Good One.

  • 526: Above-Average Practices

    526: Above-Average Practices

    13/04/2021 Duración: 01h33s

    DISCUSSED: some important movie follow-up; films (and other media) can be a powerful way to talk about things we aren't supposed to be talking about; Merlin has some links to help think about what comes next as we get back to ““normal""; plus, follow-up on Dan's Kindle journey, including some really useful tips.

  • 525: The Pollution of Modernity

    525: The Pollution of Modernity

    06/04/2021 Duración: 01h30min

    DISCUSSED: fake southern accents lead to some movie talk; Merlin apologizes; Dan does not want to spend a night in The Box; please utilize the restroom that conforms to the color of your gender; a guardsman pitches Merlin's wife; Merlin goes off on a surprisingly long tangent on kung fu movies--especially the work of The Great Gordon Liu; Dan needs a syllabus to get Cash even more into Godzilla movies; there are some words on DC movies; your hosts begin a dive into the Kindle ecosystem that turns into a dive into ""The Kindle Ecosystem""; Friend-of-the-Show, Moisés, provides some beneficial real-time follow-up regarding the king of monsters; Merlin needs some movie backstory but also wants wants to make it extremely clear that he is very attracted to an English actress.

  • 524: The Silver Linings Guy

    524: The Silver Linings Guy

    30/03/2021 Duración: 01h33min

    DISCUSSED: iOS has gotten really good; still, there's some Apple stuff we'd love to see get better; some Covid updates; anxiety and OCD in these fraught times; finally, Dan and Merlin need your advice for some networking upgrades.

  • 523: My Fingers Know It

    523: My Fingers Know It

    23/03/2021 Duración: 01h22min

    DISCUSSED: DST and rebooting sleep; some quick documentary talk; a challenging H.R. Giger poster; updates on sane prepping, looking at some interesting sources for electric power; on rational prepping; oh, boy, fatbergs; and, finally, a quick dive into the joys of "The Everything Button" and the myriad benefits of learning the key commands.

  • 522: Where All the Memories Go

    522: Where All the Memories Go

    16/03/2021 Duración: 01h27min

    Diving deep on the power of infrastructure. Yes, for you, too.

  • 521: Nozzle Tov

    521: Nozzle Tov

    09/03/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    DISCUSSED: Merlin has a lot to say about fizzy water and the drugs of Florida; someone please help Dan get his old Twitter name; talking recent media and deciding when a kid is "ready" for it; some Marvel talk; Jack Kirby ruled; finally, hey, tell us what you'd like to hear on topics related to preparation and infrastructure.

  • 520: Preemptive Punishment Food

    520: Preemptive Punishment Food

    02/03/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    Preparing isn't just for preppers. But, how do you incorporate scope and infrastructure without turning into a nut?

  • 519: Designated Toilet

    519: Designated Toilet

    23/02/2021 Duración: 01h11min

    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.

  • 518: 10% of a Headache

    518: 10% of a Headache

    16/02/2021 Duración: 01h11min

    DISCUSSED: As The Lone Star state struggles with a surfeit of anomalous weather events, your hosts dig into the challenges inherent to all sorts of complex, interconnected systems.

  • 517: How Daddy Make That Paper

    517: How Daddy Make That Paper

    09/02/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    DISCUSSED: Doing pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good; Dan discovers a shark is menacingly circling one of his product names; there's a reason Merlin is not in the corner office; your hosts fondly recall the Avon products of their youth; Dan shares a terrific anecdote about George Harrison and Phil Collins; please don't use my things for things those things aren't things to be used for; Mission: Impossible movies are very good; if you want to really appreciate something, it helps to make yourself be an amateur again; a recommendation for a very smart Mac location managing app; Merlin presents a lengthy and disordered jeremiad on HomeKit, HomeKit apps, and the new iOS playground; which is mostly all just to say: why are email apps still so terrible?

  • 516: The Steely Dan Dad

    516: The Steely Dan Dad

    02/02/2021 Duración: 01h03min

    No way am I even going to attempt a description this week. With that said: [this is a good one]

  • 515: Please Do Not Tapdance for Me

    515: Please Do Not Tapdance for Me

    26/01/2021 Duración: 58min

    DISCUSSED: There are things that one wants to see less or fewer often; is this particular button actually hooked up to anything?; there is literal must-see TV and you must see it literally immediately; everything is catching on fire; four basic steps for being a successful adult (who has to deal with other adults); thoughts on creativity and focal length; the process of unpandemicizing, or: do we still know how to put a Casual Corner in a mall?; Dan is loving his iPad; Merlin introduces a theory on The Velocity of Writing Instruments; and, finally, a quick celebrity cameo.

  • 514: Chicken Wipe

    514: Chicken Wipe

    19/01/2021 Duración: 01h02min

    DISCUSSED: Dan continues to explore the exciting possibilities of his latest hardware acquisition.

  • 513: A Preferred Testicle

    513: A Preferred Testicle

    13/01/2021 Duración: 01h16min

    DISCUSSED: life's relentlessness continues apace; Cash enjoyed Dan's modified Godfather trilogy; celebrating Lil' Inappropriate Books; a terrific recent use of "Layla"; some Inside Baseball talk about a recommended app segment; then, for the balance of the episode, your hosts start diving into Dan's exciting new acquisition and how best to put to good use.

  • 512: You Have a Mustard Fetish

    512: You Have a Mustard Fetish

    05/01/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    DISCUSSED: Merlin looks at a shelf and then, for some reason, discusses it; walls and Japanese beds and jokey-sized dishwashers all benefit from wheels; life is different when you live on a boat; it's important to find the right tool for the job; some people see forests, while others see trees; Merlin performs his very good Gordon Ramsey impression; Merlin also performs his very good David Lynch impression; in Follow-Up, we learn the extremely unsatisfying reason Personal Requests weren't working on a HomePod; there is discussion of the power of Siri alongside frustrations with its poor documentation; interesting bugs are discussed; your hosts explore the similarities between good documentation and good recipes; weird comic book feet are explored; tips on good media your hosts are enjoying; and, finally, there's some rapid-fire app and scripting recommendations.

  • 511: One Ringy-Dingy

    511: One Ringy-Dingy

    29/12/2020 Duración: 47min

    DISCUSSED: Making a problem go away is not the same thing as solving the problem.

  • 510: I Cannot Afford Your Loyalty

    510: I Cannot Afford Your Loyalty

    22/12/2020 Duración: 01h37min

    DISCUSSED: The generational struggle to understand things we can't understand, dealing with other people, and Star Wars.

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