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 167: A Close Italian Reading


John will not relay messages from Merlin to John's wife, and Merlin feels like he's finally getting over whatever passes for summer. Marco hates it when his phone hits his junk, and both of your hosts consider how an eagle, a monkey, and a bucket of water can do heroic work together. Also, Merlin can't remember several things, but he claims to have a method for back-solving the stack.

In vitally important Follow-Up, Merlin has found the original recipe for "Bachelor Pasta," which, naturally, leads to a deep dive on The Modern MAN'S Guide to LIFE. Together, your hosts learn how to buy a computer in 1987.

Merlin has finally gotten religion on Twitterrific muffles, but John seems a little reluctant to lead a challenge involving regular expressions.

As a main topic, your hosts wonder how many cults they've each been in—and, hey, what even is a cult anyway?

The Most 1987 Book Probably Ever

(but not the pea juice)

Why did it have to be snakes?

Yeah, but where'd the bucket come from?

The LEADS are weak?

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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. Gotcha Day Wonder Twins ATP 450: Distending My Wardrobe — Accidental Tech Podcast Source of Merlin's beloved "Bachelor Pasta" recipe The modern man's guide to life (eBook, 1987) The Modern Man's Guide to Life - Amazon.com Incorrect Franchise Meme example Twitterrific: Twitter Your Way Muffling and Muting Tweets in Twitterrific Oneida (the silverware sex cult) MLM - Multi-Level Marketing What is a cult? The Seven Signs That You're in a Cult - The Atlantic

Several years ago, the founder of IHOP, Mike Bickle, created a list of seven ways to recognize the difference between a religious community and a cult. Written down, the signs seem clear:

What Makes a Cult a Cult? | The New Yorker

The line between delusion and what the rest of us believe may be blurrier than we think.

Regular Expression Tutorial - Learn How to Use Regular Expressions RegexOne - Learn Regular Expressions - Lesson 1: An Introduction, and the ABCs Steven Oniki Obituary (2014) - Sarasota, FL - Herald Tribune Regular Expression Tutorial - Learn How to Use Regular Expressions Archive.org: John Hodgman Reads 700 Hobo Names Hypercritical: Better Pasta

I’m specifically not talking about preparing or cooking fresh pasta, how to execute any particular pasta recipe, or why you should never, ever buy pasta sauce in a jar. (You really shouldn’t, though.) This is just about the basics: how to cook and serve dried pasta as part of some larger recipe, the details of which are out of scope, for now.


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 2021-10-16  1h41m