Episode 54 - Freemium Mason
Merlin and Dan talk about returning to paleo, the nature of wieners and discouragement, crown vic habits and anxiety addiction.
You won't beat it without a cocktail of grit and care with just the right amount of sacrifice.
Initially Released February 16, 2012
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Episode Page Freemium Mason
Recurring Topics and Characters
|Intro, Wieners, and Paleo||Merlin is committed to get back on Paleo after his first Hot Pocket.|
|About 15 minutes|
[Start - 00:15:17]
|Follow Up||Merlin has some followup about Kindacritical, the Glif, and Episode 53.|
|About 15 minutes|
[00:15:18 - 00:29:44]
|Sponsor||Smile||[00:29:45 - 00:40:29]|
|Topic Selection||Merlin suggests leading and lagging economic indicators, how corporate culture is like parenting, and grit. Dan prefers grit and culture.|
|About 7 minutes|
[00:40:30 - 00:47:08]
|Grit||What makes you stick to your guns in the face of discouragement?|
|About 25 minutes|
[00:47:09 - 01:12:50]
|Sponsor||Squarespace||[01:12:51 - 01:22:57]|
|SXSW and Kickstarter||Merlin wants to kickstop Scott toilet paper but won't go to SXSW. Unless someone pays for it.|
|About 6 minutes|
[01:22:58 - 01:28:30]
|Culture||How corporate culture is like parenting.|
[01:28:31 - End]
I think most of the Hawaiian language is made up on the fly.
You think they're gonna be around for a while?
-Merlin, on Apple's forward-glancing statements.. [00:03:47]
I would sidle up just a little bit too close to the person at Safeway - which is always dangerous - and I would smile a little bit and pause a little too long and I could go 'Where are the packages of multiple wieners?' And then I'd wink.
It's like something from D&D. It's like something you'd put in somebody's ear and they keep discovering it for a year.
-Merlin, on Hot Pockets. [00:10:20]
A Morning Zoo though? A guy like you shows up, you bring the zoo with you. You bring the zoo along with you.
It was a privilege to be allowed to talk on the show for a short period of time.
I wish I had a trebuchet where I could fire Jeff Veen directly at certain websites.
We BS and we shuck and jive and the guy who worked on Star Wars is sitting there listening to this. That's not right.
How about a Kickstopper? Is there a way that I could fund things that I don't want people to make anymore?
I think one of the best things that you can do to maintain whatever you want in your company is to keep remembering what about your relationship makes it special and then be ready for that to change. And think - if you like, to use a word you don't like - proactively about instead of being sad and baleful and nostalgic about how it used to be, how do you remember that that relationship is constantly evolving and if you're a leader inside that company it's mostly your job to get out of the way. And if there is stuff that you can improve, yes it is to fund that."
You can't keep 700 people 4 years old.
-Merlin, on company culture growing up. [01:31:40]