September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 32 mins
Retail may be dying, but that's not stopping IKEA from opening up an urban concept store downtown. Perhaps that's why Herb Caen always lovingly referred to San Francisco as Jokkmokk-by-the-Bay.
This week: an update on Epic Games' $257,000,000 free ride, Consumer Reports gives Tesla FSD the business, and Peloton doubles down on its pandemic prospects. 🏃♀️.
September 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 36 mins
Look, it's like Sam Hinkie always said: trust the app review process. Or was that Eddy Cue? Guess we'll never know — there's no possible way of looking it up.
This week: Hue light seances, mixologist plumbers, and a double dose of Still or Sparkling (with a PSL cameo). 🎃.
August 26th, 2020 | 1 hr 20 mins
The NFL is planning to come back this fall with 20% of usual stadium capacity. Risky and dumb? Sure. But the real loser here is Bill Belichick. Cheating is probably way trickier and easier to catch in a socially distanced arena.
This week: air purifiers, Roomba goes back to school and smartens up, and mulling over Phil Schiller’s scorched earth App Store IAP legacy. 🧨 .
August 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 46 mins
Gen Z is doomed for several reasons. Recessions, the pandemic, the 116th Congress. The biggest, however, is that they never developed the work ethic shaped by blowing on NES cartridges and reinstalling Windows 98 every three months.
This week: symmetrical bandwidth, weather patterns, and the fruit company that kept looking a regulation horse in the mouth. 🐴.
August 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 24 mins
With movie theaters on ice for the next 12 to 96 months, top-tier first run movie releases at home will become more common.
Word is the next Apple TV may have a FasTrak Flex strapped to it to identify how many viewers to charge you for. Eddy Cue will be making houses calls to check if you're being truthful. No fudging.
This week: fitted sheets, silo design critiques, and the last of the Intel Macs. 🖥.
July 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
Sure, the Seattle Kraken brand identity is pretty great, but it feels like it's for a different time. What's a more honest mythological thing to name a hockey team in 2020?
May we humbly suggest the King County Sisyphus-es? Oh no. Looks like the rock is rolling back down the hill again...
This week: brisket and ribs, self-emptying Roombas, and the makings of the longest shortest baseball season. ⚾️.
July 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 21 secs
Alaska summers mean it's light out for more than 19 hours a day, an 80/20 split. How'd the bears in Katmai swing a better deal with the sun than developers have with Tim Apple?
This week: a new season of Cereal, the bubble bounces forward, and premium pods in lean listening times. 🎧.
July 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
Like Strunk and White said a hundred years ago: two exclamation points is kind, just one is super passive aggressive. Also, Cc-ing the recipient's boss to light a fire is a so two thousand and late.
This week: pandemic sports chat, purportedly popular movies, and the 🦚 has landed at 30 Rock. 📺 .
July 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
We’ve been wondering. Just how does a “bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, eventually grow up to be a hero and a scholar”?
Someone should do a deep dive on the subject, write a book about it, and then have it adapted into a musical.
This week: mouse swears, Zoom room critiques, and an unprecedented live-to-tape taste test. 🍍.
July 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
A modest proposal: turn all soon-to-be defunct Microsoft Stores into socially distanced, open-air Spindrift® tasting rooms. Or perhaps when enclosed spaces are permissible again, an accounting pop-up to help you understand why your nine different skinny bundles total more than your car payment.
This week: softball interviews, frothing teasers, and conservation considerations when charging for chargers. 📱.
June 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 48 mins
EXT. MCENRY CONVENTION CENTER, SAN JOSE, JUNE 2020.
(tumbleweeds). Wait, where is everybody?
This week: Costa Rican pineapples, Coronatalk®, and a very brief discussion of this week’s WWDC keynote. 🍍 .
June 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 22 mins
With credible rumors mounting that Apple is indeed switching to ARM processors for its Mac line, the only question is how they will incorporate a leg into the final design to justify the price. 🥁 .
This week: grinding up some follow up, getting our WWDC predictions locked in before the Scottish teens, and some wholesome Friday fun courtesy of HBO To Go. 📺 .
June 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
For maximum freshness, this episode should be stored in a cool, dry place.
This week: playing ball for prorated peanuts, planning with The Wirecutter for when the wire is cut, and mulling over Twitter and Facebook’s differing approaches to moderating elected officials. 🐦 .
June 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
Having identified a weakness in having the majority of its sales being driven by its iconic 20% off coupons, Bed Bath & Beyond is seeking to diversify its total revenue with, drumroll please, services. No joke here. Tune in to find out the very creative name. Give it a few more quarters and BBBY be making its own TV shows too.
This week: HBO Max spreads its feathers, the NBA saved enough pennies for a Disney vacation, and a surprise white whale appears. 🐋 .
May 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 25 mins
Shots, shots, shots, shots! Espresso shots, that is. Thanks for the reminder, Lil’ Jon. Very prescient of our current work from home situation. Yeeeeeeaahhhhh, etc.
This week: Korean baseball, Ryan’s new Ziggurat desk, and considering whether HBO Max’s marketing already needs to “Pivot!” ¹. 🛋
¹ This is the only Friends quote I know, tbh.
May 20th, 2020 | 59 mins 23 secs
We’re going to level with you: it’s week nine of sheltering in place and we’ve gotten to the point where we’re just taking quizzes off the HGTV homepage. Email complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week: more Coronatalk®, United airline’s clean skies initiative, and the lose-lose-lose world of food delivery.