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.
February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 12 mins
It’s a shame Herman Melville isn’t still around to finish writing his magnum opus, Moby Dick 2: Watts in the Box. Or put another way: a multi-year journey through the world of travel chargers reaches its climax.
This week: sleep shirts, subscription software, and Xzibit heard you like smart home hubs so he added a hub to your hub to control you bridges. 🤯.
January 28th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
Okay. Open Overcast. Tap play.
"This episode will begin after a brief message from Tom Steyer..."
Wait what the?
This week: car dealership slogans, a Peacock gets its feathers, and we mark 10 years of the iPad not being very good. 😬.
January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 18 mins
Rumor has it that Amazon is considering a reboot of "Field of Dreams" but this time it stars Pete Buttigieg getting lost in a cornfield on his way to the next wine cave fundraiser.
This week: encryption quid pro quo, paper towel math redux, and a special impeachment edition of Still or Sparkling. 💦.
January 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
Our podcast makes one guarantee: fall asleep to it for up to 100 nights and if you don’t love it, we’ll refund you your time. Really. Just draft a signed affidavit saying you didn’t laugh once and mail it to the Treasury Department, care of Steven Mnuchin. Terms and conditions apply, see our S-1 for details.
This week: going to the mattresses, USB-C whale watching, and Ryan makes a troubling admission. ⌨️.
January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
In 1992, then President George H.W. Bush was forced to admit he didn’t know how much a gallon of milk cost, painting him as out of touch with the general electorate. In light of a recent smart home catastrophe, we want the 2020 candidates to answer two questions:
1) How much is a 4-pack of AAA store brand batteries?
2) How many Hue lights is too many Hue lights?
This week: Carlos has a head cold, Ryan almost has his kitchen back, and LeBron thinks you need to Calm down. 🧘♀️.
December 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
OH in Mill Valley: “This week is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. This week is — wait did someone say affordable housing? Not on my watch. Get the Range Rover, Jeeves.”
On this episode: transit trends, a circuitous burger conversation, and Carlos may or may not know what espresso is.
December 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
Okay, follow me here: it’s an alarm clock that orders a case of coconut La Croix every time you hit the snooze button. Boom: insomnia solved. Get Shark Tank on the phone.
This week: ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas — but make it app updates, first class startup scandals at coach prices, and mulling over the new Mac Pro. ✈️.
December 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
When everything is bad, sometimes — if you wish hard enough, a hero appears. That hero is: Baby Yoda.
This week: Ryan joins Team Fancy Camera®, Carlos kicks the tires on a Model 3, and the scourge that is Bublé station creep. 🇨🇦.
November 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 4 mins
We take a couple of weeks off for some R&R and demo days and all of a sudden two new streaming services launch. Cord-cutters beware: the holiday season is nigh and it appears we have the power to double your entertainment budget at the drop of a mic.
This week: Carlos discovers his true calling as a Trader Joe’s influencer and spills the beans about store mascots, Ryan outs himself as an unrepentant 12:30AM email sender, and an iconic coffee sugar bomb pairing is back. ☕️.
October 23rd, 2019 | 1 hr 25 mins
We've accidentally pivoted to being Car Talk for people in the 25-34 demo.
This week: the King James Version of the NBA controversy, Disney going hard in the paint, and feeding the customer sat machine. 🏀.
October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
Worlds are colliding. Joanna Gaines just installed Still or Sparkling® taps at her new coffee shop and we couldn't be happier. There's a 10% royalty attached to that branding though and we only accept payment in Chalk Paint.
This week: backup shaming, infrastructure talk, and for the first time ever, we circle back, literally, to something from last week's parking lot.
October 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 32 mins
When Bryce Harper was traded to the Phillies by the Washington Walgreens, fans in America’s capital did not find it quite so Nice!. #expiredjokes
This week: taking a number at the IKEA DMV, browsing the aisles at Target, and pondering the looming regulation of a 4,000 pound pack of batteries on wheels. 🚗.
September 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 35 mins
Quick! Download this episode before TiVo gets the bright idea to sell pre-roll ad inventory against podcasts too!
This week: what we talk about when we talk about always on displays, long exposure risotto, and Carlos hates on an Ed Sheeran collab before getting all the facts. smdh. 🍔.
September 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 28 mins
When the robots come for our jobs, what they’ll remember was if you were mean to those autonomous Bolt EVs in San Francisco rush-hour traffic and if you helped a Roomba off a cliff. Choose wisely.
This week: shucking hard drive oysters ordered from Amazon at 3AM, waking up early is the new staying up late, and seasonal food gimmicks for millennials. 🧀.
September 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
Due to the passage of California AB-11, which puts a mandatory waiting period on issuing hot takes, this week’s show was recorded a day late for compliance purposes. Please enjoy these cogent, room temperature takes.
This week: mixed recycling, the villains of the Trader Joe’s line, and a new way to make cold brew. 🎃.
September 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
Look. We'll make you a deal. Become a founding member of our show before Flag Day and we'll give you three years for the price of one. That's only... wait — what's zero divided by 36?
This week: problematic TV of the '90s and early aughts, ice baseballs, and fresh margs in a pickle jar. 🥒.