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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

Location:

Austin, TX

Description:

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more. Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.

Twitter:

@5by5

Language:

English

Contact:

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


Episodes

527: Classic Mentos Situation

4/20/2021
DISCUSSED: Merlin is reporting live from the show floor; sleep is complicated; food is complicated, too; Dan tries to build muscles the right way; he also has strong feelings about TV shopping; Merlin just wants someone to tell him which is The Good One.

Duration:01:04:12

526: Above-Average Practices

4/13/2021
DISCUSSED: some important movie follow-up; films (and other media) can be a powerful way to talk about things we aren't supposed to be talking about; Merlin has some links to help think about what comes next as we get back to ““normal""; plus, follow-up on Dan's Kindle journey, including some really useful tips.

Duration:01:00:33

525: The Pollution of Modernity

4/6/2021
DISCUSSED: fake southern accents lead to some movie talk; Merlin apologizes; Dan does not want to spend a night in The Box; please utilize the restroom that conforms to the color of your gender; a guardsman pitches Merlin's wife; Merlin goes off on a surprisingly long tangent on kung fu movies--especially the work of The Great Gordon Liu; Dan needs a syllabus to get Cash even more into Godzilla movies; there are some words on DC movies; your hosts begin a dive into the Kindle ecosystem that...

Duration:01:30:54

524: The Silver Linings Guy

3/30/2021
DISCUSSED: iOS has gotten really good; still, there's some Apple stuff we'd love to see get better; some Covid updates; anxiety and OCD in these fraught times; finally, Dan and Merlin need your advice for some networking upgrades.

Duration:01:33:04

523: My Fingers Know It

3/23/2021
DISCUSSED: DST and rebooting sleep; some quick documentary talk; a challenging H.R. Giger poster; updates on sane prepping, looking at some interesting sources for electric power; on rational prepping; oh, boy, fatbergs; and, finally, a quick dive into the joys of "The Everything Button" and the myriad benefits of learning the key commands.

Duration:01:22:23

522: Where All the Memories Go

3/16/2021
Diving deep on the power of infrastructure. Yes, for you, too.

Duration:01:27:24

521: Nozzle Tov

3/9/2021
DISCUSSED: Merlin has a lot to say about fizzy water and the drugs of Florida; someone please help Dan get his old Twitter name; talking recent media and deciding when a kid is "ready" for it; some Marvel talk; Jack Kirby ruled; finally, hey, tell us what you'd like to hear on topics related to preparation and infrastructure.

Duration:01:06:03

520: Preemptive Punishment Food

3/2/2021
Preparing isn't just for preppers. But, how do you incorporate scope and infrastructure without turning into a nut?

Duration:01:09:42

519: Designated Toilet

2/23/2021
DISCUSSED: Dan has updates on Texas's recent weather events and the unanticipated cascading effects on complex and interconnected infrastructures; then, for dessert, your hosts explore the delights and insights of the "isolated tracks" rabbit hole.

Duration:01:11:40

518: 10% of a Headache

2/16/2021
DISCUSSED: As The Lone Star state struggles with a surfeit of anomalous weather events, your hosts dig into the challenges inherent to all sorts of complex, interconnected systems.

Duration:01:11:13

517: How Daddy Make That Paper

2/9/2021
DISCUSSED: Doing pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good; Dan discovers a shark is menacingly circling one of his product names; there's a reason Merlin is not in the corner office; your hosts fondly recall the Avon products of their youth; Dan shares a terrific anecdote about George Harrison and Phil Collins; please don't use my things for things those things aren't things to be used for; Mission: Impossible movies are very good; if you want to really appreciate something, it helps to make...

Duration:01:08:10

516: The Steely Dan Dad

2/2/2021
No way am I even going to attempt a description this week. With that said: [this is a good one]

Duration:01:03:09

515: Please Do Not Tapdance for Me

1/26/2021
DISCUSSED: There are things that one wants to see less or fewer often; is this particular button actually hooked up to anything?; there is literal must-see TV and you must see it literally immediately; everything is catching on fire; four basic steps for being a successful adult (who has to deal with other adults); thoughts on creativity and focal length; the process of unpandemicizing, or: do we still know how to put a Casual Corner in a mall?; Dan is loving his iPad; Merlin introduces a...

Duration:00:58:47

514: Chicken Wipe

1/19/2021
DISCUSSED: Dan continues to explore the exciting possibilities of his latest hardware acquisition.

Duration:01:02:14

513: A Preferred Testicle

1/13/2021
DISCUSSED: life's relentlessness continues apace; Cash enjoyed Dan's modified Godfather trilogy; celebrating Lil' Inappropriate Books; a terrific recent use of "Layla"; some Inside Baseball talk about a recommended app segment; then, for the balance of the episode, your hosts start diving into Dan's exciting new acquisition and how best to put to good use.

Duration:01:16:29

512: You Have a Mustard Fetish

1/5/2021
DISCUSSED: Merlin looks at a shelf and then, for some reason, discusses it; walls and Japanese beds and jokey-sized dishwashers all benefit from wheels; life is different when you live on a boat; it's important to find the right tool for the job; some people see forests, while others see trees; Merlin performs his very good Gordon Ramsey impression; Merlin also performs his very good David Lynch impression; in Follow-Up, we learn the extremely unsatisfying reason Personal Requests weren't...

Duration:01:12:41

511: One Ringy-Dingy

12/29/2020
DISCUSSED: Making a problem go away is not the same thing as solving the problem.

Duration:00:47:45

510: I Cannot Afford Your Loyalty

12/22/2020
DISCUSSED: The generational struggle to understand things we can't understand, dealing with other people, and Star Wars.

Duration:01:37:16

509: The End of the River

12/15/2020
Sometimes, no one can see the ball—let alone reach the ball.

Duration:01:02:40

508: Oscarbation

12/8/2020
DISCUSSED: Habits, cycles, and patterns of thinking. Why it's difficult to rehearse success—but surprisingly easy to rehearse failure.

Duration:00:52:43