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Supercharged 200: Lifehacker Reunion: Part I

Whitson Gordon joins Tommy and Adam for an old-school Lifehacker-style podcast to discuss tips, tricks, downloads, and tools for doing things better.

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Posted on 18 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

Back to Work 376: Alexa, Light It Up!

Discussed: lame patents, Salvador Dalí, allergy season, backpack discrimination, friend cosplay, things Dan can't say, AT&T woes, Merlin saw a bear, a YouTube rabbit hole, and some excellent historical Disney content. Dan and Merlin answer a listen's questions about sleep tracking and leveraging Alexa at the office.

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Posted on 15 May 2018 | 7:30 pm

On Taking Pictures 316: Nice Sallah There

This week, a pre-show discussion about Tom Petty and crafting the perfect pop song leads into our sense memories around specific film stocks. It sounds strange, but there’s a throughline there if you give it a chance. Also, is Instagram just one big performance art piece? Plus, a listener question prompts a discussion around objective vs subjective challenges and moving the needle. Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger are our Photographers of the Week.

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Posted on 15 May 2018 | 5:30 pm

DLC 232: Sorry on Behalf of Canada

Jeff and Christian welcome Marissa Roberto from Heads Up Daily TV to the show this week to discuss Walmart Canada's potential E3 leaks, Nintendo's Switch Online service, the death of the Virtual Console, and more! The Playlist: Fortnite x Thanos, Far Cry 5, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Jurassic Park Genesis; X-Men 2: Clone Wars, The Sword of Ditto Quick Questions Parting Gifts! BONUS CONTENT: Jeff interviews Sam Robinson, level designer on The Sword of Ditto

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Posted on 14 May 2018 | 5:00 am

Supercharged 199: Immersive Experience

This week Tommy and Adam speak with immersive experience creator Spencer Williams about what it takes to elevate film, theater, video games, and more beyond a simply interactive experience. Also, the big news coming out of Google I/O this week and Adam's thoughts on the Oculus Go.

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Posted on 13 May 2018 | 1:15 am

Supercharged 198: Tommy Gets a Laptop!

Tommy talks about his new laptop, and he and Adam discuss a few casual news stories of the week—including some confusing aspects of everyone's favorite too-good-to-be-true deal: MoviePass.

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Posted on 13 May 2018 | 12:00 am

Road Work 110: The Story of John Roderick

John and Dan discuss the unauthorized database of John Roderick's life.

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Posted on 12 May 2018 | 11:00 pm

On Taking Pictures 315: A New Branch On The Tree

This week, we talk about refining the scope of personal projects so that they can be more productive and less of just a time suck—sometimes, you just need to tweak the brief. Also, what happens when a portrait is not a portrait but is still manages to capture the essence of a person? Plus, does your love for photography wax and wane, or is it constant? Jim Krantz is our Photographer of the Week.

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Posted on 9 May 2018 | 10:00 am

Back to Work 375: Night Punching

Discussed: time flies, nesting dolls, cloud saves for Switch, oy vey the service subscriptions, wheat and chess boards, WiFi and health, abdomen cinchers, more Netflix recommendations, the hollow face illusion, Marked 2 update, and a couple more recommendations. Dan and Merlin answer a listener's question about balancing work momentum and "down time."

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Posted on 8 May 2018 | 8:15 pm