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Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.

Location:

Austin, TX

Description:

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin on productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Back to Work is a regular podcast scheduled for live broadcast every Tuesday at 2PM EST. Episodes may sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled due to Mann's travel schedule.

Twitter:

@5by5

Language:

English

Contact:

5by5 Broadcasting 5114 Balcones Woods Drive Suite 307-292 Austin, TX 78759-5273


Episodes

466: The Maturation of Pillow Forts

2/25/2020
DISCUSSED: Skype steals focus, and Merlin ate your poem; music is pretty great; some odds and sods and recommendations; everyone should have a bell; learning to trust your system (and yourself); listener mailbag; Dan loves his new backpack; more on bulwarks against madness.

Duration:01:18:52

465: That 20-Minute Sting

2/18/2020
DISCUSSED: Merlin isn't quite awake yet and has some audio struggles in the midst of a new project; Dan is bringing back The Podcast Method; committing something to media can still be very special; podcasts are cool, and you should make one; praise for Temple Grandin, a Jason Snell video, and a big upgrade over the stock Home app for iOS; solid syncing has raised a lot of boats; updates on the iOS text editor landscape; and, finally, thoughts on the future of sustainable iOS app development.

Duration:01:25:33

464: Winter's Not Done with Me Yet

2/11/2020
DISCUSSED: new muting!; infrastructure is hard; on dogs; Dan gets a podcast recommendation from his fish guy; who we're 'shipping on Star Trek; a free musical performance for a beloved sponsor; some good TED talks; do we like ligatures in monospace fonts?; Dan is getting restarted with OmniFocus, and Merlin has many, many thoughts and suggestions; finally, your hosts conclude by communicating The Pig Joke. Classic.

Duration:01:35:53

463: Begloved in Otherness

2/4/2020
DISCUSSED: thoughts on hand-washing and habit-building; Dan has a really good scarecrow joke; Merlin still can't figure out how many 12-year-olds Dan owns; Dan has a question about laptops and backpacks; the Tao of Backpacks; how to listen to a podcast; Dan has a question about iPhone cases; what we talk about when we talk about ad blocking; Merlin recommends a TED talk and a podcast about delight; Dan's new Picard podcast is going well; Dan has questions about OmniFocus; finally, Dan has...

Duration:01:04:59

462: A Contract About Your Future

1/28/2020
Merlin is pretty out of it this week, and Dan shares some listener questions.

Duration:01:09:30

461: Dead Noon

1/21/2020
DISCUSSED: strongly-held podcast preferences; Skype hates you; praise for Rogue Amoeba and Strong Songs; a small B2W milestone passes; Dan likes 1917; what Jack did; praise for Match Game; a couple app and font reccos; tips for tricking out your Logitech mouse; no, seriously, Skype actively hates you; Merlin nabs an excellent new domain name for the program; Merlin continues his deep dive into LaunchBar; and, finally, some thoughts on burritos and tacos.

Duration:01:32:56

460: Listen to the Jar

1/14/2020
DISCUSSED: A fun and creepy new face swap app; Twitter is not creating much new happy; this leads to a discussion of generational perceptions about what's acceptable or even desirable (especially with Apple products); praise for the podcast, The Dream; Merlin gets a new clock; the origin of #MerlinsPoopList; who pays $168 for a bikini?; Merlin has uvula problems; Dan explores P&S Liquid and an upsetting gurgling noise; and, finally, "Back to the Mac 2020™" kicks off with a first dive into...

Duration:01:16:34

459: Alley Oop to Yourself in the Future

1/7/2020
Merlin needs help in the NOC; Dan discovers sensitive sauce; there are thresholds; hurting your roller skating muscles; new printer; and, finally, Merlin conducts a long exploration of unnecessary efficiencies, evolved technologies, and the minimum viable productivity system.

Duration:01:08:23

458: 2 Fury 2 Road

12/31/2019
For this very special end of the century, fin de siècle episode, Dan and Merlin make bespoke personal recommendations for music, podcasts, apps, TV shows, YouTube videos, and gadgets.

Duration:01:12:50

457: A Buddhist Gift

12/25/2019
DISCUSSED: holiday lizard talk; some benefits of using "Environment" and "Journal" calendars; nostalgia for the Palm family of products in general and Graffiti in particular; responses to listener letters about: finding a "hook" for a new habit, physical media follow-up, HomeKit dinguses, Markdown editors, the joys of the TaskPaper lifestyle, advice on recovering from a disruption, and, finally, some thoughts on the unexpected benefits of disruption.

Duration:01:23:57

456: Urinal Cup

12/18/2019
DISCUSSED: Dan presents a curious new bathroom project; some thoughts on OCD, procrastination, and empathy; praise for Fury Road, Inglourious Basterds, and Dunkirk; Dan has follow-up on his awesome new laptop and the state of Unix shells; Merlin makes the case for occasionally getting unused to things.

Duration:01:15:11

455: Talc Mandala

12/10/2019
DISCUSSED: Drafts for Mac is out!; check out Damon Lindelof on The Watch; suggestions for HomeKit power strips; and responses to listener letters on rediscovering the joys of physical media and getting started with addressing chronic pain.

Duration:01:12:25

454: Enough Women Nation

12/3/2019
Discussed: the commercials you get in your head listener feedback on music management first results of Merlin's own deep dive on music management alternatives thoughts on the "safety" that ends up making us less safe the perverse magic of "ghoti" thoughts on Dan's cool new laptop getting the shell you want sometimes Daddy needs to go in the closet

Duration:01:08:37

453: Shoulder the Brunt

11/27/2019
DISCUSSED: Merlin has an email confession; Dan steps up with a shoulder; listeners have given your hosts a season of the show; praise for HBO's Watchmen; a discussion of curating media for kids; Merlin exercises Personal Privilege; everybody is different!; praise for the new MacBook Pro (and who it may or may not be good for); the beginnings of what could be an extensive series on reclaiming control of your own media; some Plex homework for both listeners and your hosts; a brief rant on the...

Duration:01:19:11

452: Wine is My Travel Drink

11/20/2019
updates on travel and packing a new notebook Merlin likes finding a notebook that accommodates both your brain and the shape of your day Merlin's bespoke six-block notebook method Dan struggles mightily with his hotel room a notional badge for gauging lifetime exposure to a ubiquitous TV celebrity some more travel talk, including the promise for a future dedicated episode on travel updates a suggestion for trying iOS Voice Control finally, in some detail, we return to Synology Corner

Duration:01:27:43

451: I Am Not a Herpetologist

11/15/2019
Our worst episode ever. Enjoy!

Duration:01:34:34

450: Slow-Motion Hypocrisy

11/5/2019
Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."

Duration:01:06:59

449: Tom Hardy Blindness

10/29/2019
DISCUSSED: coincident birthdays; mathowie's gigantism and very online Ex Machina house; extensive actor and media talk; you probably hadn't heard, but, The Revenant was very difficult to make; Apple TV+ is getting…not great notices; success is a great deodorant, but could iPhone : 2010s Apple :: Windows : 1990s Microsoft?; hardware follow-up on Merlin's new modem and UPS setup; the value of always showing hustle, and why you should always run out first base; Dan's in a jam-up with his...

Duration:01:17:26

448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti

10/22/2019
This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!

Duration:01:20:35

447: Mating for Life

10/17/2019
It's Infrastructure Week! Dan and Merlin start with California's power crisis and end up pivoting to phones, cable TV, and, of course, Apple. What happens when a resource we think of as a solved part of our infrastructure suddenly isn't so solved? And, what would Apple look like if it treated all of its services as seriously as it once treated the Mac? Also: lizard updates, but please don't Google "hornworms."

Duration:01:18:23