Episode 49 - The Field of Completion
John Gruber joins Merlin to talk about blog engines, Lego, bias, credibility, the project triangle, and (duh) Star Wars.
Initially Released January 10, 2012
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Episode Page The Field of Completion
Recurring Topics and Characters
|Incognito||This episode is being done behind Dan's back. John goes into detail about how he has complete control of everything at Daring Fireball and spreads into talk of old Content Management Systems. |
|almost 10 minutes|
[start - 9:51]
|Star Wars||Unofficial Star Wars edits and Star Wars toys as they relate to Movable Type, Legos, and software. |
|about 12 minutes|
[9:52 - 22:11]
|Lego Kits and other toys||The problem with modern Lego kits, branding in toys, and the mixed bag of Sesame Street. |
|about 9 minutes|
[22:12 - 31:23]
|Ruining Your Kids||Commercials, Star Wars exposure (1,2,3?), and smoking kids. |
|about 14 minutes|
[31:24 - 45:16]
|Bias||More of Gruber's thoughts about bias in his reporting on Daring Fireball and his view of the rest of the industry. Includes thoughts on objectivity, truthfulness, political bias, worldview and what is good. |
|about 36 minutes|
[45:17 - 1:21:37]
|Google in 6 months||The farcical nature of Eric Schmidt's announcement of a world class tablet and Android developer dominance within 6 months as not respecting the Project Triangle. |
[1:21:38 - 1:25:35]
|more Project Triangle||Clearing up the Project Triangle, management understanding the triangle, triangle choices in an acquisition. Includes the AOL/Time Warner acquisition, Next acquisition and OS X transition, and a little more on bias. |
|about 15 minutes|
[1:25:36 - end]
Basecamp works flawlessly as long as you think like Jason Fried.
-Merlin, probably quoting Mike Monteiro on the inherited development choices that come with any system. [5:19]
If you're smart enough and creative enough you can use those pieces to create something distinctly different from what was imagined...
-Merlin, on the open ended freedom of Legos and open source software. [21:30]
I can't imagine how much the people in charge of making those commercials hate themselves.
-Gruber, on commercials aimed at kids. [41:21]
The nature of your, what I would define as focus, you have a smaller field of completion to cover, but your field of completion is, and I just made that up, that term, your field of completion is whatever interests you.
-Merlin, on bias being relative to the focus of the reporting. [51:24]
Objectivity is a branded version of truth.
-Merlin, on balance and bias in news. [54:24]
You get to hold two corners and I get to hold one.
-Merlin, on managing features and benefits through the Project Triangle with clients. [1:27:23]