Interesting approach, flawed execution
Two smart guys chatting in free form. Meh.Both John Gruber and Dan Benjamin made their names with tech blogs featuring careful analysis, unique insights, and wit. Their voices are different, but complimentary, and so the chance to hear them in conversation--without regular segments or features to constrain them--seemed like the ideal format. It could be a place to work out the sort of ideas that appear in more refined form on Daring Fireball and Hivelogic (their respective websites). Right? In practice, though it turns out to be a mess.Those moments that are interesting devolve into Gruber hiccuping "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know" as a tick. (It's like he's playing coy, trying to draw Benjamin in to beg that he share his genius with the rest of us.) Or both of them discussing their favorite sports teams and why they think Kubrick is so cool. Their most recent thing is ending each episode with discussion of a James Bond film. Ugh. At least they put it at the end, so I can cut out early; the rest you have to wade through. (NB: I'm not one of these folks saying they can't talk about non-tech things--of course they can . . . I don't even think DF or HL has to be all-tech all the time. It's just that I don't care about their opinions in these other matters. And when I see a post on something I'm not interested in, I can skip it. In contrast, when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a 20-minute segment of uninformed chatter about the Beatles, what recourse to you have? Unsubscribe, I guess.)What they need is a producer or a director or at an editor. Some outside voice to shape the conversation a bit, or at least polish the end result.Without that, though, too often halfway through one of these I find myself thinking, "Why am I still listening to this? What am I doing with my life? I hate myself. Why can't I be more productive like my brother?" Maybe that's my own issue. OMG, I just had a breakthrough! That's why I can never hold down a sustained relation. Sorry, gotta run--gotta go call my shrink.
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