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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

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Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

    Episode 590: A Load-Bearing Feeling

    Episode 590: A Load-Bearing Feeling

    Feeling bad about feeling bad is ultimately optional.





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    Amazon.com: Beard Apron Cape for Men Shaving and Trimming with Suction Cups Adjustable Neck Straps Beard Apron for Dad Father Husband Boyfriend Brother Gift : Beauty & Personal CareWhy Buddhism is True | Book by Robert Wright | Official Publisher Page | Simon & SchusterStream 74 Heart of a Gambler by ✪ The Talk Show | Listen online for free on SoundCloud — Special guest Glenn Fleishman joins John Gruber to discuss Bitcoin -- how it works, the problems it solves, where it's going, and more. Also, Apple's "goto fail" security bug, and some Jeopardy and Blackjack game theory.Brief History of the Royal Family - YouTubewisdom/wisdom.md at master · merlinmann/wisdom — By Merlin Mann.

    It's only advice for you because it had to be advice for me.Daring Fireball: Diffusion Bee 1.0: Easy to Install Stable Diffusion for Apple Silicon Macs — Be warned if — like me — you have a busy week ahead. These AI image generators can be a real time sink.divamgupta/diffusionbee-stable-diffusion-ui: Diffusion Bee is the easiest way to run Stable Diffusion locally on your M1 Mac. Comes with a one-click installer. No dependencies or technical knowledge needed.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 589: The Outgassing of Ancient Woods

    Episode 589: The Outgassing of Ancient Woods

    From choosing a pencil to relocating your ladder, one big and complex part of Knowledge Work is deciding how to do what you do.
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    MacMenuBar.com | A curated directory of 700+ Mac menu bar appsAmazon.com : Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holder (780 C) : Mechanical Pencils : Office ProductsAmazon.com : Staedtler 502 BK A6 Mars Rotary Action Lead Pointer and Tub for 2mm Leads, 502BKA6,Blue : Pencil Sharpeners : Office ProductsAmazon.com : Staedtler Mars Carbon Lead, 2mm, 2H, 12 Lead : Mechanical Pencil Refills : Office ProductsAmazon.com: How to Draw Adorable: Joyful Lessons for Making Cute Art: 9781954854475: Tipsey, Carlianne: BooksAmazonSmile : AFMAT Long Point Pencil Sharpener, Pencil Sharpeners for Artists, Charcoal Pencil Sharpener, Manual Pencil Sharpeners for Art/Drawing/Sketching Pencils(φ6-8mm), Adjustable Points : Office ProductsBlackwing Matte Pencils (12 Pack) | An Iconic Pencil | Blackwing602.comGigaverse — Radiolab — OvercastGigaverseDrawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition: Edwards, Betty: 9781585429202: AmazonSmile: Booksyak shaving - Wiktionary

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 588: Quid Pro Crow

    Episode 588: Quid Pro Crow

    DISCUSSED: Your hosts talk about some of their favorite Mac apps available via Setapp.



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    Setapp | The best apps for Mac in one suiteTexas vs. Florida: Is It Better to Live in Florida or Texas? - RetirepediaSize of Texas compared to FloridaPodcasting Conference Apologizes for Ben Shapiro's Presence — "PM has made mistakes," tweeted Podcast Movement. "The pain caused by this one will always stick with us."Preposterous TV censorship: Fight a Stranger in the Alps - YouTubeTucker Carlson has become Jiminy Glick.The Very Best of Jiminy Glick - YouTube

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 587: I'm a Map

    Episode 587: I'm a Map

    We've got a man on the boat.
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    Murder of Dee Dee Blanchard - WikipediaThe Day Breaking Bad Was Born - YouTube — Exploring the origins of Breaking Bad, and the elements that made it great, until we find the first perfect episode.Seinfeld I MiniEpisode I Tim Whatley, I'm a jew I The Yada Yada - YouTube — "Chrissy, give me a schtickle of Fluoride."Setapp | The best apps for Mac in one suiteBuy PDFpen or PDFpenPro | Nitro

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 586: We Have Met the Audience, and He Is Us

    Episode 586: We Have Met the Audience, and He Is Us

    DISCUSSED: A very moist man's lawyer learns how Dropbox works; Merlin introduces "The Bump"; Dan has a cool new calendar technology; and Merlin speed-rounds some odds and sods.








    Links:
    Songlink/OdesliTed Leo and the Pharmacists - "The Tyranny of Distance"Start Here (fs.blog)The Feynman Learning Technique — Information is learned when you can explain it and use it in a wide variety of situations. The Feynman Technique gets more mileage from the ideas you encounter instead of rendering anything new into isolated, useless factoids.There are two types of smoke alarm. One of 'em ain't so good. - YouTubeOnelink | Smart Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide AlarmAmazon: Onelink Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector | Battery Powered| First AlertDrafts on Twitter: "If you use TextExpander with Drafts on iOS, please read this update about TextExpander’s future integration plans: https://t.co/8ewSNATHHn" / TwitterTextExpander Changes Coming on iOS - News & Updates - Drafts Community — "If you use TextExpander integration on iOS, be aware that the direct integration in existing versions of Drafts will stop being able to refresh snippets and fill-in snippets will cease functioning after a TextExpander update sometime this Fall. Around the same time, TextExpander support will be removed from Drafts in an update."TextExpander - We’re Saying Goodbye to SDK — We’ve been hard at work on a new TextExpander keyboard that incorporates much of the in-app functionality enabled by the TextExpander touch SDK.

    In light of this, we’ve decided to sunset the TextExpander Touch SDK in favor of this new enhanced user experience.From TextExpander to Keyboard Maestro… again - All this — And I decided to tackle the one big advantage TextExpander had over Keyboard Maestro: the ability to make a new snippet quickly. By combining AppleScript with Keyboard Maestro itself, I now have a way to make a KM snippet out of what’s on the clipboard.Do-By-Friday/How To Bump.md at main · merlinmann/Do-By-FridayCalm CalendarDon't Talk to the Police - YouTubeFormer FBI Agent Breaks Down Interrogation Techniques | WIRED - YouTubeThis Is Why You Should NEVER Talk to Police - YouTubeAlex Jones’ Damning Texts ACCIDENTALLY Sent to Sandy Hook Lawyer — “You know what perjury is, right?” attorney Mark Bankston asked the Infowars host on the stand. “You lied.”Tucker Carlson ‘Shitting Himself’ Scared That His Alex Jones Texts May Leak — …the Fox News star is deeply concerned about his personal texts with the raving conspiracy blowhard possibly leaking.Alex Jones's Lawyer Face Plants In EPIC Discovery Fail - Above the LawAbove the Law — Apparently, Reynal put the digital copy of Jones’s iPhone in a shared Dropbox folder, and then blew it off when Bankston sent a HEY, IDIOT notice. And now, it’s too late.Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 on Twitter — "Sandy Hook families’ lawyer confirms that a naked photo of Alex Jones’s wife was on his phone, but adds that Alex sent that naked photo of his wife to Roger Stone."

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 585: The Wahlberg Uncertainty Principle

    Episode 585: The Wahlberg Uncertainty Principle

    Frankly, it was a bit of a fever dream, but your hosts discuss sportsball, collective singular nouns, Coleridge's trap street, LEGO, and a handful of Merlin's recent wins.





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    Matter — via Alex CoxWalk With Me | To The Best Of Our KnowledgeTextSoap - Automate Your Text CleanupSearchLink - BrettTerpstra.comForgetfulness - Billy Collins Animated Poetry - YouTubeMasterClass - Chris Voss Teaches the Art of NegotiationFirefox (film) - WikipediaYayText: A text styling tool for Facebook, Twitter, etc.» 30 for 30 Shorts: ‘The Schedule Makers’Galaxy Explorer 10497 | LEGO® ICONS™ | Buy online at the Official LEGO® Shop UST. rex Breakout 76956 | Jurassic World™ | Buy online at the Official LEGO® Shop USHagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue 75947 | Harry Potter™ | Buy online at the Official LEGO® Shop USHow to get an upgrade: Tips from FBI hostage negotiator Chris VossAmazon.com : Maruman MNEMOSYNE Notebook 8.27 x 5.83 Inches (A5), 5mm dot grid, 80 Sheets (N105), white : Office Products — Merlin's preferred desk notebook.Amazon.com: Tul Retractable Gel Pens 0.5mm Needle Point, Black (8 Pack) : Office Products — Merlin's preferred ink pen.The Greatest haka EVER? - YouTubeHomepage - WahlburgersAmazon: Small Ceramic Dipping Bowls, White Oblong Dishes (3 oz, 12 Pack) : Home & Kitchen — The ramekin, evolved.

    Watch out, chickens.Archers of Loaf - "In the Surface Noise" (2022) — The new Archers of Loaf single.Archers of Loaf - "Raleigh Days" (2020) — Merlin's favorite Archers of Loaf song since their 90s glory days.Archers of Loaf - "Harnessed in Slums" (1995) — Probably Merlin's favorite Archers of Loaf song.Archers of Loaf - "Wrong" (1994) — A close second place for Merlin's favorite Archers of Loaf song.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

corpse1973 ,

Bok-Bok

I can’t wait to listen to this every week. Amazing show. “Good Morling Dan”. This is a must listen and funny as f@#%. Bok-Bok!

Jarruzza ,

Canonical

Two neurotic middle-aged germ freaks bloviate about productivity and superheroes.

Five stars!

gamerbob34 ,

Makes you feel better about life... somehow

I won't say that this is strictly a productivity podcast because they spend so much time talking about other things but I do find myself feeling more sure about my own life and work the more I listen to this show. And I've picked up lots of good ideas about how to enjoy my life and work more (and be more productive) from the show.

Though nothing I can put on a "Top 5 things..." list readily.

Just listen to it.

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