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Nearly Coherent: Many Moose

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD!, Jeff, Dave, and Val discuss a pair of Dave’s News Corners and an instance of mistaken identity.

One of Dave’s two news stories is painfully bad, you really need to hear it to believe how terrible it is, honestly.

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Jeff Bezos: No Thank You, Mr. Pecker.

Amazon.com founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was investigating how The National Enquirer got ahold of the steamy text messages he sent to his mistress. The National Enquirer, you might imagine, wasn’t keen on that:

Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.

Good on Bezos for standing up to these buckets of slime posing as humans at The National Enquirer, but woe be unto us, the rest of humanity, as the likelihood that we’re going to see Bezos’s Bits has increased 700%.


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Nearly Coherent: Hell is Other People

There’s a new episode of Nearly Coherent!

eD! and Jeff discuss customer service, dental hygiene, and BBQ.

We also veer from customer service to a brief conversation about existential literature, which is entirely keeping with the theme of this podcast. I’m pretty jazzed about that.

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Mat Honan’s Review of the Google Pixel 3 is Very Good

We are captives to our phones, they are having a deleterious effect on society, and no one is coming to help us. On the upside, this is a great phone.

It’s a month old, so you probably already read this but, if you hadn’t, it’s worth a look.

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Nearly Coherent: Medical Marvel

While there’s a bunch of things we talk about in this episode, I also talk about my reactions to the Apple event on Tuesday, and it gets spicy, in a very nerdy way.

You can give it a listen here, if you’re so inclined.

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Nearly Coherent: The Hundredth Episode

Did you know I had a podcast? If not, surprise! You can go listen to our 59th episode, which is actually our 100th episode, right now!

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Movies! But, Like, Anywhere!

Since 2014, if you had purchased a digital copy of a movie from Disney (or one of their studios, like Pixar or Marvel), you redeemed the code at Disney Movies Anywhere. This unlocked the movie not only on their app, but added it to your iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Amazon accounts as well, making streaming it to your favorite device insanely easy.

In contrast, if you purchased a movie from Sony Pictures, Universal, or Twentieth Century Fox, you’d get the choice of redeeming that movie on iTunes or, if you hated yourself, redeeming it on UltraViolet. Warner Bros., in their infinite wisdom (and because they’re an investor in the technology), only let you redeem movies on UltraViolet.

This sucked. Your digital movies could be awkwardly spread out amongst any number of providers and, unless you purchased a variety of set-top boxes, you might not be able to get everything in one place. Add the cognitive load that is trying to remember where the hell you purchased Elf that one time, and digital movies hardly seemed worth the trouble.

Until today!

A partnership between Disney, Sony, Fox, Universal, and, much to my shock and delight, Warner Bros. was announced this morning, launching a new platform based on Disney Movies Anywhere, cleverly called Movies Anywhere. Using Disney’s “Keychest” technology, the service syncs your purchased movies between iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Vudu1, making life about a million times easier.2

Additionally, it appears as if movies you might already own in standard definition might be upgraded to high def — this was the case with the aforementioned copy of Elf I got on Google Play as a promotion. I would also imagine that iTunes upgrading of HD to 4K UHD at no additional charge will be done, too, but I don’t have any anecdotal evidence of that at this point, so ¯\(ツ)/¯.

You can sign up for Movies Anywhere here, or read more about it on The Verge.


  1. Although, at this moment, trying to connect to Vudu isn’t working whatsoever, which is starting to annoy me considerably. I want my Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in iTunes already, dammit! 
  2. Sure, Paramount and Lionsgate aren’t part of it yet, but if they could convince freakin’ Warner Bros. to join up, I’m sure they’ll come around in no time. 
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Nearly Coherent 037: The Kimmy Gibbler of Worlds

This episode is proof-positive we’re in the Darkest Timeline. Sorry!


Trump v. Sportsball

No one is more upset than I am at Trump’s feud with the NFL and Stephan Curry, both because I’m a hard-line supporter of the First Amendment and because now I know things about sports, which is the last thing in the world I wanted.

In case you missed it because you’re the luckiest son of a bitch on Earth, here’s a good explainer of Trump versus the NFL, and here’s what’s what with Trump versus the NBA, both from Vox.com.

If you’ll excuse me, I have to go find a not-ugly Golden State Warriors hat.

It's me.

The Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Tracking

The Apple Watch got a whole bunch of great updates with watchOS 4, including showing resting heart rate, walking heart rate, recovery rate, and will even give you a head’s up when your heartbeat is spiking for no reason whatsoever. However, these features only work on the Series 1, Series 2, and new Series 3 Watches… the Series 0, which is the original Apple Watch, doesn’t have the hardware capable of handling that.

This isn’t really a big deal — you can always expect pretty big leaps in technical capabilities between the first generation of a device and the second or third, and you can especially expect it when the device is made by Apple. The people who might be a little annoyed by this, though, are the people who bought the first generation solid gold Apple Watch Edition, which started at $18,000. They might have expected a little more longevity out of their purchase.

Then again, they were dumb enough to buy an $18,000+ Apple Watch, so they’re kinda getting what they deserve, honestly.

A $350 Jean Jacket

Jean jackets are back, much to my dismay, and Levi’s released their new Commuter Trucker denim jacket yesterday, which retails $350. Admittedly, it’s a jacket with a li’l technological trick up its sleeve… by swiping or tapping the fabrics on the left cuff, you can control your smartphone via Bluetooth. It’s also made in partnership with Google, so you don’t have to worry about the technical know-how of the fine folks at Levi’s in the hopes that the thing will work, which is nice.

That said, for $350, you can also buy an Apple Watch and not look like a time traveler from 1997, which might be a better look all-around, if you ask me. But hey, it’s your money, spend it how you want, weirdo!


There’s plenty more in the episode to entertain and probably horrify you, so visit Nearly Coherent or wherever you get your podcast fix to give it a listen.

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Nearly Coherent 036: Useless Trivia & Poops

About 92% of Nearly Coherent is Jeff and I talking about random crap we’ve seen on the internet. We used to say we’d tweet out links for these articles so that anyone can follow up on whatever we’ve discussed, but we’d usually forget.

Well, we won’t forget anymore!1 Here’s all the stuff we talked about in episode 36 for your further-reading pleasure!


iOS 11

Apple released iOS 11 on Tuesday, bringing with it a bevy of new enhancements. Instead of talking about that, though, I focus on the aspect that excited me most that day — an update to the Procreate app that allows for wet-on-wet painting like you’re Bob Ross. It’s pretty delightful, and you should absolutely buy Procreate on the App Store.

Bob Ross

Speaking of Bob Ross, Jeff and I share a weird fascination with the guy, and I’ve blown entire days in crazed Google Holes about the guy and his painting method. If you’d like to also be weirdly intrigued by the guy I refer to as my life coach, you should read the Wikipedia entry on him.

If you want to get to the saucy part — the dismissal of the New York art world of his work and his rivalry with his mentor William Alexander — you’re going to want to skip right to this New York Times article on Ross from 1991.

Mesh Networking

Jeff had a few questions on mesh networks, and, lucky for him, I had several answers. If you’re looking to get a mesh networking system of your own, I recommend the Netgear Orbi, which you can purchase from Amazon.

And just in case you think I’m totally full of crap, that’s also the one that The Wirecutter recommends, so there.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I’m a font of useless information, and when we got into the topic of Bob Hoskins, our discussion naturally turned to one of my favorite movies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. After Jeff asked me if I had ever seen Cool World, and I went into a whole bit about why the work in Roger Rabbit holds up better than just about any other live action/animation mix movie made. The source of that rant is this post from an article on Sploid, which has a video that goes into detail about the work done to make the world of Roger Rabbit feel more real than Cool World or Mary Poppins ever could.

The Mad Pooper

If there’s a story about poop, you can bet we’re going to find it and talk about it in great detail. While Jeff only skimmed the headline, I read all about Colorado’s Mad Pooper on Deadspin, and now you can, too!


That should just about cover it! Go listen to the episode yourself at Nearly Coherent or wherever you go to get your podcasts, we’re easy.


  1. Probably. Whatever, I’m dumb occasionally. 
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WIRED: Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Jigsaw, Google’s think-tank, has used Google’s search advertising algorithms to help dissuade people searching for information on joining ISIS to, y’know, not join.

The program, which Jigsaw calls the Redirect Method and plans to launch in a new phase this month, places advertising alongside results for any keywords and phrases that Jigsaw has determined people attracted to ISIS commonly search for. Those ads link to Arabic- and English-language YouTube channels that pull together preexisting videos Jigsaw believes can effectively undo ISIS’s brainwashing—clips like testimonials from former extremists, imams denouncing ISIS’s corruption of Islam, and surreptitiously filmed clips inside the group’s dysfunctional caliphate in Northern Syria and Iraq.

That’s brilliant and an actual display of courage. Google deserves all the high-fives.

Source: Wired.com