About the show
A thoughtful, unpretentious, mostly weekly conversation about the companies, ideas and products that are transforming our world. We look at what it is, why it matters and where it fits in the broader business of consumer technology. So, grab your favorite Blue Barn sandwich, put the Giants game on mute and join us.
Hosted by Ryan Fretwell and Carlos Gomez.
Episode 341: Nature’s Car Wash
March 14th, 2023 | 1 hr 32 mins
The Star Wars cinematic universe is in disarray under Iger, so says Ryan. How many more actors will have to hang up their taun-tauns and change careers to quippy, jaded therapists just to get a payday from Tim Apple?
This week: Animal Planet x Home Depot collabs, Michael Trout’s crib, and the continued messy world of midwestern cable sports rights. 🐟.
Episode 340: Adult Candy Bars
March 7th, 2023 | 1 hr 20 mins
Well, I suppose “Charge your non-Tesla” was the third least ****-ish way to title the option so kudos, Elmo & Co.?
This week: our bi-monthly pizza chat, Amazon scales back the “Go” concept in SF and NY, and Stevie B. in a hard hat. 🍕.
Episode 339: It Means No Worries
February 21st, 2023 | 1 hr 12 mins
Look, until Overcast adds a tip screen for when you finish each podcast episode, just use Venmo or Cash App: $ShedDaddy415 and $LightroomBarista.
This week: Martha Stewart’s sour grapes, magic beans, and Eddy Cue introduces Han Solo to Sigmund Freud. 🛋️.
Episode 338: Burrito Season
February 15th, 2023 | 1 hr 41 mins
If Apple were a teenager, which SVP would be the one running to the mailbox to try to get the report card before their dad Tim saw it?
This week: right and wrong opinions on fast casual, dollar menu thoughts on streaming, and putting on our Judge’s Table hats for Apple in 2022. Which one of us is Gail in this analogy? 🔪.
Episode 337: Calling an Audible
February 8th, 2023 | 1 hr 11 mins
If a Live Activity falls in the forest and there’s no one around to see it, does it make an appearance on a Dynamic Island? Okay not the best but also you get what we were going for…
This week: absurdist energy drinks, Apple sold a lot of things but not as many as people hoped, and more on squishy sports media economics. ⚾.
Episode 336: Salty February
February 1st, 2023 | 1 hr 28 mins
While we personally don’t know a single person who has ever watched whatever this NCIS show is, the data shows a Cocomelon NCIS crossover would literally break the internet. Free idea, Bobs.
This week: E3, EVs, RSS, OTT, and Ryan reveals his age-ism against the greatest generation (of news aggregator websites). 👴🏻
Episode 335: Zeitgeist-ey
January 25th, 2023 | 1 hr 34 mins
When sports were the only thing keeping people from cutting the cord and now that’s not enough, what do you do? No, really — what do you do? There’s a lot of money in it if you know the answer.
This week: crushing on Peter K., mulling over Apple’s upcoming foray into VR, and a visit to the LA Coliseum. 🏀
Episode 334: Let Me First Not Answer Your Question
January 18th, 2023 | 1 hr 35 mins
Hey Siri, who first said “sooner or later, everything old is new again?” Asking for a frie-, uh, HomePod.
This week: new Macs, somebody finally told Elmo third-party Twitter clients were a thing, and Tesla cuts prices across the board. 🚗.
Episode 333: Event Shed
January 11th, 2023 | 1 hr 29 mins
When you have so much money you have to make your Sonoma estate look like Apple Park, the Wall Street Journal is there. Or rather, Carlos teaches Ryan the art of the hate read. This is a good one.
This week: cycling directions, EV sell through, and a hypothetical touch screen MacBook Pro. Boop. 👆🏻
Episode 332: Don Draper Hat
January 4th, 2023 | 1 hr 9 mins
I mean, if we’re talking about a secondary character taking over the entire show with extremely mixed results — is there even a difference between Elon and Elmo? @ ryan, not me.
This week: a trip to the Social Security office, a Matter explainer, and more choice is good thing. 🚗
Episode 331: Bag of Wemos
December 14th, 2022 | 1 hr 43 mins
You don’t come at Taylor with that weak af Christmas album and expect to come out on top, Bublé.
This week: forgotten pre-orders, a more considered take on the villain of our streaming future, and Ryan’s sweet solution for smart home woes. 💸.
Episode 330: Young Person's Game
November 30th, 2022 | 1 hr 48 mins
You know that pet project you spend 10 years on and it never really gets any better? That, but it’s a listening device in millions of homes that cost tens of billions in R&D that sometimes turns off your lights when you ask.
This week: mood lighting, holiday lighting, and the Ford F-150 Lightning. 🛻.
Episode 329: Man vs. Sous Vide
November 9th, 2022 | 1 hr 29 mins
We’re happy to report that we’ve been offered our own show on Peacock. Follow us as we upgrade one of the Painted Ladies with the latest in smart home connectivity and gadgetry. Uh, you’ll understand why it’s rated TV-MA for language pretty quickly.
This week: proper puck prep, network naming nuances, and assorted ancillary alliteration. 🏡.
Episode 328: Non-First Party
November 2nd, 2022 | 1 hr 34 mins
Fivey Fox told us the best predictor of partisan lean during a midterm election cycle is average spend at Dunkin’ Donuts divided by number of Casper mattresses discarded per year in a particular district.
This week: anti-social shared photo libraries, sports media rights, and a reluctant look at Tesla bro’s purchase of twitter dot com. 🐦.
Episode 327: Timflation
October 26th, 2022 | 1 hr 44 mins
Yeah yeah, sure the Matter standard is finalized but when will someone come out with a smarter ‘hide-a-key’ rock? Is that what Thread is about?
This week: Gonger’s food truck, Carlos’ haunted iPhone, and Taylor’s new album. 🕛.
Episode 326: It's Spooky Season
October 19th, 2022 | 2 hrs 4 mins
The defining quality of strong character is being willing to change your mind when presented with new information — about mesh WiFi. Nothing else though, stick to your priors politicians.
This week: golden sandwich ratios, watchOS 9 can’t catch a vibe, and Apple’s non-event fall event.🍎