kung fu grippe


  1. merlin:

Toaster Day (June, 2011)

Best day ever.

Yeah, THIS just happened. Breville. 1800 watts. Toast. BOOM!Photo courtesy of @e_shirtmlkshk.com/p/399R— Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) June 9, 2011

[via e_shirt on mlkshk]

Sigh.

    merlin:

    Toaster Day (June, 2011)

    Best day ever.

    [via e_shirt on mlkshk]

    Sigh.

  2. The Hypercritical Way - David Smith

    I started to think retrospectively about Hypercritical and why I liked it so much. John has demonstrated that it is often far more satisfying to understand why you like something than to just blindly hold an opinion. I began the process of re-listening through the entire Hypercritical catalog, all 158 hours of it. My goal was to be able to clearly describe why I love the show so much. The result is a critique methodology that I’ll rather overbearingly refer to as The Hypercritical Way.

    […]

    While going through the archives I figured I’d also keep notes of all my favorite moments and combine them into a short highlights reel. This ended up around 20 minutes.

  3. pantsformation:

    “Trying to talk somebody out of the stuff that they enjoy in life is like trying to talk them out of their faith or their sexuality. It’s a pointless exercise that can never be anything but acrimonious and will only highlight unnecessary amounts of difference about things that ultimately don’t really matter. Buy the steak you like, worship the god you love, neck with the people that you treasure and don’t worry about the numbers.”

    Merlin Mann // Taken from Episode #91 of Back To Work (1:07:00-1:07:24)

    I am consistently floored at Merlin’s ability to take some aspect of our collective existence that often completely escapes the majority of us and then turn it into something absolutely profound that all at once inspires me and nearly moves me to tears.

    Wow.

    Thanks for the amazing compliment, PF. What a wonderful thing to say.

    And, yes: I am totally quoting myself on my own site. Because I think the head-shaking thoughts contained in that paragraph maybe four times every day, and, frankly, I am very unlikely to ever put it any better than that.

  4. robpolivka:

A drawing in honor of my favorite podcast, Back to Work. I intended to submit this as an entry for their “BULK Bag” newsletter, but I just couldn’t keep it to the required dimensions.
Listen to an episode all the way to the end to get a feel for the show. It’s really good.

Nothing short of sublime. This is an extreme honor, Rob. Very nicely done!

    robpolivka:

    A drawing in honor of my favorite podcast, Back to Work. I intended to submit this as an entry for their “BULK Bag” newsletter, but I just couldn’t keep it to the required dimensions.

    Listen to an episode all the way to the end to get a feel for the show. It’s really good.

    Nothing short of sublime. This is an extreme honor, Rob. Very nicely done!

  5. jimmymarks:

Trying to find the “B”.

Way of the FUTURE. (right around the :35 mark)

Hang on. Are you the one who’s a seamstress?

Hm.

Let me start over.

    jimmymarks:

    Trying to find the “B”.

    Way of the FUTURE. (right around the :35 mark)

    Hang on. Are you the one who’s a seamstress?

    Hm.

    Let me start over.

  6. I’m embarking on this 110+ hour project of revisiting the back episodes of “Back to Work” and write something interesting about it.

    backtobacktowork.

    Godspeed you, my friend.

    (And wow thanks!)

  7. Your new ringtone.

    Siracusa said so quotes:

    "I’m hitting the Fast Forward Scan button three times — LIKE AN ANIMAL — to skip commercials, that’s no way to live! I don’t want to see the commercials scan past me as a series of little fuzzy images!" (ep. 58, min. 92) ∞

  8. Download MP3

    Back to Work #29: I Download FLAC - 5by5


    With Dan on sabbatical, Merlin is joined by TV’s Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital, The Daily Show, Hot Tub Time Machine) to talk about Getting Things Done, writing, fear, and finding success as a blood-soaked clown.

    Here’s the thing. I’m pimping this one hard, because it’s really fucking good, plus, yes, you need to be watching Childrens Hospital.

    See, the thing is, pretty much everything we talk about on our dumb show—whether good, bad, or otherwise—can be seen in Technicolor with our pal, Rob, as well as in the other three mystery guests you’ll hear in our Dan’s Sabbatical series.

    So, on the one hand, yeah I’m sorry to (I hope atypically) clot your attention with the same dumb link. But, like I say: this is really fucking good.

    If you record yourself talking to one of your favorite people about Guided by Voices, farts, Lost, and simply being terrified, I hope you’ll post it where I can find it too.

    Thanks for listening in every sense.

    Ladies?

  9. chainmailformanatees:

Inspired by Dan Benjamin & Merlin Mann’s brilliant podcast, Back To Work, and imitating the awesome artwork by Jory at Sensible World.

Eric? I Love You™.

Rumor has it that Eric’s making desktop wallpaper versions of this, so follow his (wonderfully Kubrick-obsessed) Tumblr for updates.

    chainmailformanatees:

    Inspired by Dan Benjamin & Merlin Mann’s brilliant podcast, Back To Work, and imitating the awesome artwork by Jory at Sensible World.

    Eric? I Love You™.

    Rumor has it that Eric’s making desktop wallpaper versions of this, so follow his (wonderfully Kubrick-obsessed) Tumblr for updates.

  10. After Dark #8: After Back To Work 009 - 5by5

    This is what happens after Dan and his co-hosts hit “STOP” and their official shows are over. Behind the scenes, casual, unedited, and uncensored.

    This week (after B2W s01e09 - “Out of Scope!”):

    Drop-shipping some elk, rolling ferry v. monorail1, when Eleanor was on first, waterproofing R2-D2 for Schlachthof-Fünf, fucking lasers, when Harry Shearer (“tour de force”) very kindly wrote me back, the big one’s named “Bitey,” moving my chassis, finding some forced perspective on Reedy Creek, passing out from eating weed at Kids in the Hall, Karl Van Hœt creation story (“Pred-ni-soooone…”), stupid drop ceilings and “”funny”” mirrors, the hard lessons of North Haverbrook, and, literally urinating on my feces. Literally—with anger. Literally. Good riddance? Sure: I’m expendable.

    (Probably our “best” one yet. Definitely the most chaotic.)

    MP3

  11. That’s my favorite (non-useful) 105 seconds in the latest episode of Back to Work.

    Because everything is connected.1

    Speaking of which.


    Ahem.

    Now. I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here.2

    So, let’s move on to a question that should be asked and answered honestly:

    Q: Merlin, will you be pimping this new show of yours this often and widely for the foreseeable future?

    A: Friend, THAT is a very good and extremely perspicacious and canny question. The honest answer is, yes, yes, yes! Yes, I will. Yes, I will be pimping this new show often and widely for the foreseeable future.

    Yes. Yes, I will. And, I will tell you why. Via a sampling of approximately 4.5 reasons:

    1. For 7 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “talk more about ‘productivity’”
    2. For 5 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “make more (and more consistent) podcasts”
    3. For 2 years, I have been systematically beat over the head to “do something besides blather about [my] unfinished book”
    4. For 1 year, I have systematically beat myself over the head to “make the second-ever podcast that I’ve ever been really, actually, genuinely proud of”

    So, I’m doing Back to Work with my friend, Dan. We talk about productivity. We record and release it like clockwork. We do way more than blather about my unfinished book.

    All of which is well and good. In part because, truly, I am now officially Responsive to The Community. Whatever that means.

    But, that most important fourth reason is, yes: I am really, actually, genuinely proud of Back to Work. We’ve made something unique that is (at least by my standards) really polished and approachable without dumbing anything down.

    And, completely unexpected to me, the co-host? I’ve discovered that in each of the four episodes we’ve recorded so far, I end up saying something honest and revealing and weird and personal that I had no idea that I even thought or felt before we hit “RECORD.” Which, with all respect, I sure never got while gossiping about what a rumored order for “OLED displays” might mean.

    So, yeah. I’ll be talking about this new show a lot. Because it’s my new thing. And, because a person doesn’t get the chance to do that many things that feel special.

    I totally understand if you are now or soon will be sick of hearing about this. Because you will certainly not be alone. But—understand this though I do—and, per half of the point of this entire latest episode, I don’t have a lot of control over what anyone else thinks or does or expects. Which I’m actually kind of strangely grateful for.

    Thing is: as immodest as I may sometimes seem, I don’t actually love every single thing I make. Not by a long shot. Not by a longity long long long McLongLong shot.

    But, I do really love this. And, I really hope you do too.

    Why mention this here on my personal weblog—or, “blog?” Easy.

    Because, if you take the time to follow this space for anything more than remarks about funny signs, oversaturated photos of a toddler playing with Buzz Lightyear, or scratchy VHS videos of 80s bands you could take or leave, then you are—even on the most superficial level—interested in what I do. On some level. Right? Kinda? Maybe.

    If that’s not the case, don’t sweat it. But if it is the case, please try our show (Link | RSS | iTunes).

    Honestly? I’d like you to listen because it is me being me and it is me doing something I’m really, actually, genuinely proud of.

    And, that is—I promise you—a single-malt of extremely limited production. For now, the foreseeable future, and perhaps many years beyond.

    Thank you, and I Love You™.

    Changelog

    [FIXED] tweak for clarity, tune word choice, and non-semantically remove instances of suck. (2011-02-09_12-47-19)

    Notes


    1. Just so you know? The lady with the gorillas was “Bob Fosse.” Bob Fosse

    2. I have ALWAYS wanted to say that.