Reconcilable Differences

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


episode 161: ASCII Salad Bar

Exploring Italian food, celebrating markup languages, and (finally) beginning to tackle the topic of college.

(Recorded on Tuesday, July 13, 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
Get an ad-free version of the show, plus a monthly extended episode. Setext - Wikipedia

Setext (Structure Enhanced Text)[1] is a lightweight markup language used to format plain text documents such as e-newsletters, Usenet postings, and e-mails.

TidBITS announces its move to Setext

"Welcome to TidBITS-100 and our new setext format!"

(January 6, 1992)

Little Original Joe's How to make a decent Italian hero at home - YouTube Dean Allen - Wikipedia Daring Fireball: Dean Allen

"Every few months, though, it would occur to me that I dearly missed Textism, and I’d think to write Dean and tell him so — and to tell him that his offhand compliment in 2003 was still something I thought about all the time."

Daring Fireball: Introducing Markdown

"I’ve written a text-to-HTML formatting tool called Markdown, which is now available for download."

Dean Cameron Allen

"It is with unspeakable sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Dean Cameron Allen, on January 13, 2018 at the age of 51….His absence is unfathomable.
We miss him with every


Archive of the late Dean Allen's lovely website, ca. 2001.

Markdown reference links Fleetwood Mac - "Tusk" - YouTube E-mail addresses it would be really annoying to give out over the phone - McSweeney’s Illuminion: Infocom - classic text adventures

"A venerable old trophy case stands in a corner. You curiously open the lid and peek inside."

Inside Job (2010) - YouTube

"'Inside Job' is a 2010 American documentary film, directed by Charles Ferguson, about the late 2000s financial crisis."


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