The Talk Show
‘Christmas Mitzvah’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Merlin Mann returns to the show for a Thanksgiving-week holiday spectacular. Topics include the history of Markdown, nerding out with Keyboard Maestro, kids today and the computers they want to use, caring about idiomatic native UI design, a look back at last year’s election, and more.
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Various apps mentioned during the show:
Justin Williams’s now-defunct Elements — the first Dropbox-backed text editor for iOS
Bartender — a Mac utility for managing all those stupid little menu bar apps
Vanilla — another Mac menu bar app manager
Apple Support technote documenting standard Mac text editing keyboard shortcuts.
Reconcilable Differences #65 — Merlin and John Siracusa talking about Steam.
The Elements of Eloquence — the book that explains the implicit rules of adjective order in English.
Dr. Drang on Excel.
Last year’s day-after-the-election “Holiday Party” episode.
PredictIt — Website where you can gamble on election and political predictions.
Max Temkin’s US Politics Twitter list.
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.