Reconcilable Differences

John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way. Hosted by Merlin Mann and John Siracusa.

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episode 156: Feeding the Meetings


Things kick off with the usual disagreements about who’s driving and who’s in the trunk, but then things briefly settle into an interrogation of the purpose behind begging for podcast ratings and reviews. Does it actually, really help new people to discover the show?

John tries to remember a song, and Merlin fondly recalls un cheval maladroit.

Next, John has some thoughts on grass and how it grows. Merlin wonders if it might be another “Trust Your Mechanic”-type situation. Both of your hosts agree it seems like there’s maybe a lesson about life in there somewhere.

Then, at last, it has come to this: The Reconcilable Differences Quorn Pre-Post-Mortem Spectacular.

While it is (obviously) way too early to talk about this business as if it’s done, it does feel like a useful moment to look back at what we’ve learned and what has changed—even as we look forward to what we might continue to learn and what might continue to change.

What BS did you miss, and what BS would you be happy to never have to deal with again? Whither handshakes and awkward hugs? When will we stop doing that weird retail crab walk? Will mask people remain mask people? Should more of us learn “the claw?”

What about subtlety and uncertainty? What about society and culture? Has the epistemological cherrypicking of The Dumb Guy just become our permanent way of life?

Finally, your hosts share some preliminary wish list items for post-Quorn life and work.

(Recorded on Tuesday, May 4, 2021)

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Links and Show Notes: Credits
  • Audio Editor: Jim Metzendorf
  • Admin Assistance: Kerry Provenzano
  • Music: Merlin Mann
  • The Suits: Stephen Hackett, Myke Hurley
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 2021-05-13  1h43m