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  1. My_Feedback.ppt - The Talk Show - Mule Radio Syndicate

    The Talk Show

    Episode 61

    November 16, 2013



    with Merlin Mann

    Very special guest Merlin Mann joins John Gruber for an as-usual rambling discussion about presentation slides, the new iPads, the Major League Baseball schedule, and Malcolm Gladwell.

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    Websites we mention:

    Cabel Sasser’s talk at XOXO

    Merlin’s talk, Scared Shitless, at Webstock

    John at Webstock

    “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell

    On Writing Well, by William Zinsser

    The Schedule Makers

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  2. A Therapeutic Dose of Imodium - The Talk Show - Mule Radio Syndicate

    The Talk Show

    Episode 25

    December 1, 2012

    A Therapeutic Dose of Imodium

    1:54:54 Download MP3 (52.6 MB)

    Very special guest Merlin Mann joins John Gruber to talk about booze, iTunes 11, and the sorry state of over-the-counter cold medication in the U.S.

    Websites we mention:

    Services Manager

    Music Brainz

    Eagle Rare Bourbon

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  3. Like Giving Natalie Portman a Trucker Cap - The Talk Show - Mule Radio Syndicate

    The Talk Show

    Episode 8

    July 6, 2012

    Like Giving Natalie Portman a Trucker Cap

    2:10:52 Download MP3 (60.0 MB)

    Merlin Mann joins John Gruber for a quick two-hour holiday-week chat.

    Websites we mention:

    Amy Jane Leibovitz

    Brett Terpstra’s Markdown Service Tools

    Knoll Chadwick Chair

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  4. Kerning, Orgasms And Those Goddamned Japanese Toothpicks

    Freud popularised the term, “The Narcissism of Minor Differences”, to describe how adjacent villages—identical for all practical purposes—would struggle to amplify their tiniest distinctions in order to justify how much they despised one other. So you have to guess how much he would have enjoyed design mailing lists. And, Perl.

    Truth is, to the untrained (un-washed, un-nuanced, un-Paul-Rand’d, and un-Helvetica’d) outsider, discourse in the design community can sometimes look a lot like a cluster of tightly-wound Freudian villages.

    So, how is the role of design perceived by the people who are using the stuff you make? What role (if any) should users expect in the process of how their world is made and remade? What contexts might be useful in helping us turn all of our obsessions into useful and beautiful work?

    Can an Aeron chair ever be truly ‘Black’? Will there ever be a way to get Marketing people to stop calling typefaces ‘fonts’? And, when, at last, will the international community finally speak as one regarding the overuse of Mistral and stock photos of foreshortened Asian women?

    By leveraging his uniquely unqualified understanding of design, Merlin will propose some promising patterns for fording the gap between end-users and the unhappy-looking people in costly European eyeglasses who are designing their world.

    Is there hope? Come to Brighton, pull up a flawlessly-executed mid-century-Modern seating affordance, and we’ll see what we can figure out together. One village to another.

    Merlin Mann is best known as the creator of, a popular American website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

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