The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball. Long digressions on Apple, technology, design, movies, and more.
347: ‘After Steve’, With Tripp Mickle
Special guest Tripp Mickle joins the show to talk about his new book, *After Steve*, reporting on the last decade at Apple.
346: ‘Like Neo Dodging Bullets’, With Zach Gage
Zach Gage joins the show to talk about game design and creativity, including his new game Knotwords.
345: ‘A Fake Crank on the Web’, With Michael Simmons
Michael Simmons returns to the show to talk about the Studio Display's camera (and this week's beta firmware update to tweak its quality), how things have gone two years into Flexibits' move to subscription pricing for Fantastical and Cardhop, and Panic's now-shipping Playdate.
344: ‘Devastation, Pessimism, and Rage’, With Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman returns to the show to talk about Elon Musk’s impending acquisition of Twitter, Apple’s credibility problem when arguing against being required to allow sideloading on iOS, and Glenn’s new (and much-needed) book, “Take Control of Untangling Connections”.
343: ‘Fussy Typography Improvements’, With Paul Kafasis
Paul Kafasis returns to the show to talk about Friday Night Baseball, Rogue Amoeba’s new Audio Hijack 4 release, and a bit of speculation on WWDC.
342: ‘Doggy Lake’, With Matthew Panzarino
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show to talk about Apple's new Mac Studio and Studio Display.
Too many annoying guests get in the way
Gruber has great insights, as evidenced by what he writes on his site. The big problem with this podcast is the many insufferable guests. Recently, Merlin Mann and Ben Thompson have stood out in particular as people who talk over him constantly and are neither funny, insightful nor informative on any level. The Ben Thompson “I need to push the metaverse at all cost because I got to interview Zuck, please forget how I pushed Clubhouse a few months ago thx” took the cringe crown. Other guests behave better but have too many axes to grind with Apple, which is not fun to listen to nearly every week. This brings me to how Gruber and others, from 2015-2020 absolutely, positively had to devote about 30 minutes of every single podcast to how bad the butterfly keyboard was. I don’t want to hear the same thing constantly.
It's not The Talk Show without Dan.
John Gruber is the #1 Apple blogger on the internet, lets just get that out of the way. He is also dour, unfocused, mumbles and in general doesn't come across as an engaging personality when speaking live on a podcast… UNLESS he has the right co-host or host. The "Talk Show" produced by 5by5 and Dan Benjamin was outstanding. With the radio ready voice and steady guide in Dan it helped Gruber come alive and created an entertaining and informative 60-90 minutes. Now John Gruber has apparently, and without warning to listeners OR his long time partner Dan Benjamin, taken the title and whole show away to another Podcasting company and produced this new "Talk Show." He is acting as the primary host with guests. Its about as big a disaster as you would expect. This show was terribly unfocused, unentertaining, and frankly unprofessional.
While you can be certain I will continue to follow John Gruber on his excellent website I no longer want to listen to this, the magic is gone and sadly this appears to be the kind of move (and way it was handled) that Gruber has spent years railing against on his website.
I'm not angry, I'm just sad.