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Back to Work 427: C. Thomas Hobbled

DISCUSSED: nasty, brutish, and short sleep; watching TV with a game controller; Dan has to deal with suite concatenation; your hosts crave the expertise of a craftsman; Merlin realizes he and his lady friend see very different forests (spoiler: hers is way better); popcorn ceiling comes in cans; your hosts contrast their views on kipple, sentimentality, and need; Dan struggles to turn off his buttons, and Merlin loves his iPad's Paste button; provisional, anecdotal praise for AT&T's Call Protect service; there's a distinction between long sleep and good sleep; Dan has to stab a prestige TV doppelgänger, and Merlin learns about Night Company; Merlin has recommendations for a Mac automation app, a new David Sparks Field Guide, and a handy new IoT dingus; speculation that smart home adoption truly won't tip until the interactions get less dorky; mobile charging options for travel are debated; everybody needs a Dad Hat; and, finally, with only three days of school left, Dan receives a very concerning email.


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Posted on 21 May 2019 | 7:00 pm


DLC 286: Chloe Dykstra: Minecraft Earth, Epic Game Store fail, WoW Classic, Rage 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Ghost Giant

Jeff and Christian welcome Chloe Dykstra to the show this week to discuss Minecraft Earth, the ups and downs of the Epic Game Store sale, confusion for WoW: Classic, and more! The Playlist: Portal, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Rage 2 VR Talk: Ghost Giant Parting Gifts!


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Posted on 20 May 2019 | 6:00 am


Road Work 149: To Be Left Alone

John and Dan discuss the whole world, and ask for your feedback about the show's relationship with listeners. The special additional hour-long secret show can be found here, but only for people who are actually care about John and Dan's personal welfare and the future of their families. If this isn't you, you don't get to listen, ever, because you're being a jerk.


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Posted on 17 May 2019 | 11:00 pm


Supercharged 237: Preparing for the Future: Part I

Tommy and Adam discuss an interesting law suit against Apple's alleged use of facial recognition technology, DNA security issues, and more reasons you need to be informed and prepared for rapidly evolving future technologies.


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Posted on 16 May 2019 | 5:00 pm


5by5 at the Movies 32: 5by5 At The Movies - Episode 32

LATE EPISODE: This week we talk about REBOOTS! A LOT! 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids', 'Mortal Combat', and 'Space Cases'! Some interesting 'Star Wars' news from Disney and Bob Iger. Bond 25 filming news, Waititi's Akira (say that 5 times fast), and the Disney Deal for Hulu. PLUS: We talk about Mason's weird fandoms! Co-host: Dan Richardson


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Posted on 16 May 2019 | 5:00 pm


Back to Work 426: New Wave Night

DISCUSSED: Dan has a new setup, and Merlin randomly recommends a kids' book; your hosts remember too much; Dan realizes he took the wrong shop class, and Merlin realizes why Generation X was (and remains) mostly useless; Dan walks us through his new setup, and the boys talk about the joys of VNC; Merlin is excited about the new "Guard" functionality of the Amazon voice dingus; Ferris Bueller's Day Off is still very good; what is the sound of one Koan falling?; your hosts discuss an article proposing why everything should take 20 minutes; Merlin dives deep on his own longstanding use of this heuristic; this leads to some classic #productivity talk; there's some instamatic camera nostalgia; Dan has a new project, and you should maybe contact him; Once AGAIN!; the glory of Spirited Away is discussed; Dan recommends a good TV show for date night; and, finally, Dan and Merlin admit they'd probably watch basically anything about Watchmen.


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Posted on 14 May 2019 | 7:15 pm


DLC 285: Shareef Jackson: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Nintendo E3, Mortal Kombat 11, Baba Is You, Phoenix Wright trilogy, Cuphead, Steamworld Heist

Jeff and Christian welcome Shareef Jackson from Spawn on Me to the show this week to discuss a new Predator game revealed, a trailer for Final Fantasy VII remake, the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint announcement, and more! The Playlist: Mortal Kombat 11, Baba Is You, Phoenix Wright trilogy, Cuphead, Comix Zone; Virtua Racing; Outrun, Steamworld Heist, Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech VR Talk: Oculus Quest, Ghost Giant Tabletop Time: Being a DM in D&D


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Posted on 13 May 2019 | 6:00 am


Road Work 148: Wire Mothers

John and Dan discuss life planning, goals, and emotional pressures.


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Posted on 10 May 2019 | 3:30 pm


5by5 at the Movies 31: 5by5 At The Movies - Episode 31

This week we talk about "It: Chapter Two", How Keanu wants Wick to die, Erotic Australians, and we get excited about "SONIC!" Plus we talk about the GIGANTIC Disney timeline that got dropped, the "Far From Home" trailer, and even more "Endgame" recapping. Co-host: Dan Richardson


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Posted on 8 May 2019 | 5:00 am