Botanist, sous-chef, dog father of two fur-babies. Not really, but legally that's how all internet bios are required to be written these days. We checked.
In brief, Carlos is a UCSB grad and Bay Area transplant that dreams of owning the San Francisco Giants but will settle for a day game in the shade with some garlic fries. On the show, he serves as the grizzled, set in his ways character that has seen it all and adds the context and skepticism necessary in a world full of the new and exciting. He's going to go out on a limb and say that this whole "Internet" thing may have legs.
June 22nd, 2016 | 1 hr 32 mins
It would appear that everyone in the Bay Area is in a perpetual state of auditioning for their very own reality television show. As such, your hosts survey the field of pizza phoners, calamitously loud typists, and skeevy middle fingerers. But it's not all bad news for Northern California – the Giants are second best in the major leagues, though Ryan laments that the regular season has too many games and too few power plays on ice. All this plus: Google acquires Webpass for its Fiber operations, 1Password at 10 years, rumors of the upcoming iPhone ditching the headphone jack, watching television at 1.6x, and once again, dogs on IG.
June 15th, 2016 | 2 hrs 5 mins
Annual vacations to Italy, frequent rafting trips, an adorable dog, improbably photogenic friends. One would think the meticulously selected members of the Apple Stock Photography family have it all. But who are they — really? We investigate.
And what's the deal with this guy on Amazon that sleeps with full cup of coffee on his mattress in the middle of the workday? We tackle these difficult questions this week plus: updates on WWDC 2016, E3, the NBA finals, our picks of the week, and your hosts vehemently disagree on whether Chopped is a good television program.
June 8th, 2016 | 2 hrs 1 min
Good evening and welcome to the show. Would you like still or sparkling water with your podcast this evening?
As with most things in life, it's never that simple. This week, we pour out a can of La Croix passionfruit water for the short-lived Keurig KOLD, discuss under what circumstances you should complain at an establishment or send something back at a restaurent (spoiler: never), and why we may or may not be feeling 'the Bern'. Plus: subscription app pricing in the run-up to WWDC, predictions for Monday’s keynote, podcasts as a medium, Bill Simmons on HBO, and Internet mattresses. 🛏.
June 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 35 mins
$10 artisanal toast? Okay. $15 sustainably farmed arugula and caper salad? Fine. A French themed hypo-allergenic bakery for dogs in the Marina? Shut it down, everybody. Carlos encounters a review of said dog bakery ghostwritten by a proud "dog mom" from the perspective of her "furbaby" Tater Tot and loses his mind; Ryan adds context and perspective. Plus: puppuccinos, DayQuil, face computers, unconfirmed delays of unconfirmed products, the new Union Square Apple Store, ‘second date ice cream’, and a hyperlocal conversation about Bay Area food you'll probably fast forward over. 🍦.
May 18th, 2016 | 1 hr 44 mins
Carlos makes the case that while yes, millennials are most certainly the worst, they came of age during the best possible period of technological change. Ryan advocates for running with open hands and an open heart, armband optional. Plus: corgis in mailboxes, gBoard, Google I/O, the Giant Race, and we co-opt a segment from a far more popular podcast. 💯
May 11th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Instagram redesigned their app and everyone lost their minds, but the Internet mob is missing the forest through the trees. What they really should be asking themselves is: which pups are the best Instagram pups? Should I follow more dogs than people? Am I a bad person if my Explore tab isn't mostly dogs? Listen for the answer to these questions plus: the tyranny of alkaline watch batteries in 2016, Apple Watch follow-up, that NYT podcast article, Google Chirp and the Nexus Q that never had a chance to orb. 🔮
May 4th, 2016 | 1 hr 34 mins
As part of a surprising management coup this week, In-N-Out hired away Super Duper's VP of deliciousness in the midst of the all important Bay Area Burger finals. Super Duper, the no. 1 seed remains confident this will not negatively affect their garlic fry game. Also: a year with Apple Watch, the knock-off watch band market, an update on backup strategy, and our picks of the week. 🍔
April 27th, 2016 | 1 hr 24 mins
Two grossly unqualified urban dwellers discuss the future of autonomous and semi-autonomous transportation systems. Yes folks, it's time for the self-driving car episode. Also, other things.
April 19th, 2016 | 1 hr 29 mins
Sure, cold pizza may have all the calories and only a fraction of the taste, but our listeners needn't worry — this week's episode is fresh out of the oven. Grab a mimosa and let's talk new Kindles, Prime-by-the-month, with a side of Model X claim chowder. Plus, opening up the time capsule that is our Amazon.com purchase history.
April 12th, 2016 | 1 hr 26 mins
Stepping up to the plate, batting eighth for the Los Angeles Lakers of Anaheim, Kobe 'The Akron Hammer' Bryant.
This episode, get a rundown on an historic week of professional basketball, follow up on baseball walk-up anthems, and a much deserved condemnation of the 2016 Prius. Also: 3D touch, landscape calendars, subscription software and the dying art of building a PC.
April 6th, 2016 | 1 hr 33 mins
Ryan’s got a feeling … that tonight’s gonna be a good podcast … that tonight’s gonna be a good good podcast. Also this week: our long college basketball nightmare is over, staying loyal to a team vs. players, IKEA meatballs in VR, and it is revealed that Carlos is a backup fraud. Plus, picks of the week; l’chaim.
March 30th, 2016 | 1 hr 49 mins
Alexa, write a brief summary of this episode." Ok. It will take you about 32 minutes to get to work via US-101. smdh. Also this week in a super-sized episode: everything Apple, the FBI was like 'lol jk nvm', Oculus, and the return of baseball.
March 16th, 2016 | 1 hr 26 mins
Wayne Gretzksy never waited two whole days for UPS to deliver a hockey puck and neither should you. This week, get expert bagel rankings and ice cream pint picks with a generous side order of Apple rumors. Also discussed: the new A4, Amazon's expanded Echo line, Sony trying its hand at VR, and more.
March 1st, 2016 | 1 hr 30 mins
Carlos helps Ryan with a refresher in the American classics and offers estate planning advice in advance of his marathon. Plus updates on the week in Apple, Mac encryption, scary Google robots and which backpack goes best with a three piece suit.
Also, a big thanks to Jacquelyn for the awesome new cover art.
February 24th, 2016 | 1 hr 8 mins
Your resident futurists discuss whether VR will ever go mainstream or if Alexa is a more interesting future that’s already here . Also covered: Apple holding its position against the US government, Siri in OS X 10.12, Google Fiber, and that time Carlos tried to buy a video game.
February 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 25 mins
After answer some of Carlos’s spots questions, your hosts discuss the utility of a standalone camera, Omnifocus, Momentum, being happy with what you have, virtual reality, Bill Simmons’s new website, and the FBI’s lawsuit against Apple. They also provide a recap of the season premiere of “Better Call Saul” and their picks of the week (Techmeme’s historical headlines and Firewatch).