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I’m Merlin, and I make my living at sea, catching wild dolphin fish and tracking the elusive “Savant Crabs of the Farallones.” My ship, “The Mrs. Olsen” is based out of Panama and runs on diesel and unconditional positive regard.

I’m just shy of seven feet tall, and I eat pert near my own weight in baitfish by 10 each morning. My teeth are made of fool’s gold but my eye patch was sewn from General Tito’s baby blanket. Legend is I once killed a man—just because I needed a really good cry.

I do know I’m pretty good at Robotron, french kissing, and skimming ladies’ fashion magazines. I drink scotch whiskey, and I shit scotch tape. I’m an excellent driver and I just finished the rest of your cheeseburger while you were fucking around with your cellphone.

This land is my land from California to the New York island, but you’re welcome to stay as long as you pitch in for gas and never call me “Copernicus.” But you knew that.

Let’s do this thing.

There are two people in merlinmann’s collective.

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  1. 95: Two Mics, One Sandwich — Unprofessional

    Adam Lisagor talks about human perspective and storytelling in the age of technology.

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  2. Electric Shadow 7: Irons in the Fire

    Ben Thompson joins and Guy English returns to discuss the "Puck Problem" and WWDC 2014. Do we really want one centralized box, or is specialization the new convergence? Will Apple shake up Microsoft and Sony, or can they address a market that no one is really going after?SPONSORSDrobo: mass storage for the masses. Use offer code MOISES for $50 off Drobo 5D or 5NBackblaze: unlimited, secure, online back up your computer for just $5/month. Visit this link to support the show and learn more.PANELISTSBen Thompson has written a series of articles about Apple, TV, and the future of content distribution found in the show notes. He writes Stratechery and co-hosts Exponent, a relatively new (and excellent) podcast.Guy English is best-known for being on the first episode of Electric Shadow, and is also known (we suppose) for being a brilliant developer, podcaster, and blogger.SHOW NOTESThis episode pairs nicely for listening after this week’s ATP, which Moisés and Ben were listening to while they threw this episode together with no planning.Ben’s most recent post, about whether Apple will disrupt the major consoles. MacSparky seems to agree, with a particular focus on Metal.John Gruber’s post picking out a couple of Ben’s points in said article.Indie Game: The Movie is available at a ridiculously cheap sale price as I write this, with one bundle option including a copy of all the games, the movie, and the extras for ten lousy dollars.The Original Trilogy of "Ben re: Apple and TV" posts from 2013: (1) The Cord-Cutting Fantasy (2) Why TV Has Resisted Disruption (3) The Jobs TV DoesThe Appendices/Footnotes to said posts: (A) Steve Jobs on Television (B) My AppleTV Prediction (C) Additional Notes on TVCNET compares MFI ("Made For iPhone) game controllers.9to5Mac says Apple will finally make the (very short) list of MFI-controller-supported games searchable by customers.Moisés and Horace Dediu talking about the Beats acquisition, the morning of the day that it was officially announced.Watch Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue at CodeConf the day after the Beats deal was officially announced. Interesting that one of them sticks to a narrative of "the way things are", and Iovine sticks to "entertainment and tech can work together better and smarter".Vince McMahon’s WWE Network plan blew up in his face, like a top-rope suplex to his stock portfolio and net worth.


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  3. Roderick on the Line, Ep. 114: “The Gentleman’s B Party”

    The Problem: We’re all compressed into the same cattle chute.

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  4. I Never MetaFilter I Didn’t Like with Matt Haughey (Episode 78) — The New Disruptors

    Matt Haughey founded MetaFilter, a well-moderated forum for discussions about interesting things that expanded to also answer questions. At just a few months over 15 years old, it’s a veterans of many Internet lifecycles. In the last couple of years, however, MetaFilter began to face an existential challenge, which we’ll talk about in this episode, along with its history, nature, and future. (Photo by Chris Ryan.)You can download this episode directly, too, or find it at iTunes.Sponsors & patronsThis podcast is made possible through the support of sponsors and patrons.Thanks to Harry’s for sponsoring the show: A great shaving experience for a fraction of the price of its competitors. $15 gets you a set that includes a handle, three blades, and shaving cream shipped to your door. Use coupon code DISRUPT for $5 off your first order.We’re also brought to you by Cards Against Humanity: We’ve started a new kind of sponsorship: "indie ads"! If you’re a solo creator or small firm, we’re offering discounted short ads with the kind underwriting of Cards Against Humanity. (CAH just launched a site where you can buy directly from them, including their Bigger Blacker Box and their 2012 and 2013 holiday packs, the profits from which are donated to charity.)Thanks also to patrons Bryan Clark, Rönne Ogland, and Mike Mansor for supporting us directly through Patreon! You can back this podcast for as little as $1 per month. At higher levels, we’ll thank you on the air and send you mugs and T-shirts!Show notesAtex was the first digital composition system, used widely in the newspaper and magazine world into the 1990s, when PageMaker, QuarkXPress, and other software superceded it. Matt worked at Pyra Labs on Blogger for a short stint in its early days with Ev Williams, Meg Hourihan.We mention Tim O’Reilly, a publisher and thinker who invested in Blogger and a number of other interesting early-stage ventures. He founded Global Network Navigator (GNN) in 1993, which was sold to AOL in 1995. He is part of O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures.David Carr, the New York Times’ media critic, used the terrible, terrible term platisher to refer to Medium, which is a combination of a platform and a publisher in a recent article.An OC-12 line is up to 622 Mbps of throughput. MAE-West was once the major interconnection point for ISPs on the west coast. The MAE stands for Metropolitan Area Exchange. In 1995, I wrote "The Experiment Is Over," about the how the National Science Foundation was shutting down its contracts for NSFNet, because commercial organizations could now directly operate the Internet backbone.A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtualized instance of an operating system running on a host alongside potentially many others, each of which is allotted guaranteed amounts of CPU usage, storage, and the like. VPSes are just like running a virtual machine on one’s own computer, but designed for efficiency and reliability.Glenn uses Linode, which recently switched all its drives to SSDs and doubled many system parameters. Digital Ocean is slightly cheaper (it used to be much more so). Amazon EC2 is another alternative for rapid scaling.After years of pictures of cats in scanners, MetaFilter set up to house those and its memories.BREAKING! Cat-scan is dead and its file lost forever!BREAKING! File were found and it’s fixed. As you were.The community at Ask MetaFilter produces some remarkable answers. A poster asked for help deciphering coded messages her grandmother on index cards before she died in 1996. Within 15 minutes, there was an answer. Andy Baio asked about an image he used a decade ago for the soon-to-be-revived Upcoming, and Boing Boing’s Rob Beschizza had an answer four minutes later.Einstein probably didn’t tell a story about "no cat," but it’s an interesting history of where the apocryphal quote came from; and my original Google Answers query, for which I was willing to pay $15 if someone had an accurate reply.Jessamyn West is part of the lifeblood of the interesting part of the Internet. Matt blames his PVRblog for the rise of content farms.On Medium, Matt explained MetaFilter’s Google search and AdSense predicament. But the good news is that even after we recorded this episode, donations continued to pour in. They’ve now received about $40,000 in one-time donations and a commitment of $10,000 per month in recurring ones. That monthly figure is about one-third of the site’s Google ad revenue, and thus a good cushion against future drops.

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  5. Roderick on the Line, Ep. 113: “Big Comedy Rock Solo”

    The Problem: John’s guitar doesn’t have B♭ minor.

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  6. Episode 20: Self Doubt with Merlin Mann — The Nudge

    How can we be sure that we’re on the right track? Doubt is the rust that eats away at our ability, as designers, to be confident that what we’re producing is good and worthwhile.

    In this episode Ross and Josh speak to professional speaking human Merlin Mann about overcoming or, perhaps, embracing self-doubt, to become better producers of quality work. Are we allowed to change our minds and how do we deal with the criticism that results from that?

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  7. Food Safety Talk 61: I Needed a Semenko — Food Safety Talk

    Ben shared he has been listening to Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun. Downie will be familiar to FST podcast listeners as the Canadian rock musician, writer, occasional actor who is the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Don noted that he had backed the new Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Album kickstarter project.

    In the follow up segment the guys noted that a new show noter was still needed, before moving on to a listener question from Jon Kimble about the protective effect of wine in foodborne disease outbreaks. Ben also talked about his experiences at a raw milk conference he attended in Canada. Fortunately for Ben, Dave Semenko was not needed.

    The Outbreak flashback segment of the show flash all the way back to the 1981 listeriosis outbreak linked to coleslaw made from cabbage fertilized with sheep manure. Ben noted that sheep were also one among many possible Listeria sources in Jensen farms outbreak, as also indicated by fashion plate and Apple guy, Dr. Lawrence Goodridge quoted in the story.

    Ben wanted to talk about Hep A and Tevana, when the show finally started, because he is a mall rat. This led to a discussion about Hepatitis A vaccinations for Foodservice workers. While it might not be "cost effective", it still might be the right thing to do.

    The discussion then turned to sous vide cooking, and a new product on the market, and Don’s interactions with the reviewers as well as the product manufacturers in the comments. Don was less successful in leaving comments on a recent sous vide NPR blog post, but thanks to Doug, Don was able to weigh in on barfblog.

    Don then quizzed Ben (who is from Canada), regarding whether he now lives in the South.

    The show ended with a mention of the passing of noted self experimenter Seth Roberts, including the predictable reaction from hacker news. More on his cause of death has been provided on his blog, posted after FST recorded.

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  8. Roderick on the Line, Ep. 112: “The Takeaway Dream”

    The Problem: John has measured the portables.

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  9. Giant Size 7: The Passionate Task

    Rich Stevens and Merlin Mann join Moisés and John to discuss the state of digital comics, content discovery, and recommend some good reads.


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  10. Roderick on the Line - Ep. 111: “The Handjob-Industrial Complex”

    The Problem: It’s like the City of Rome.

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