The Menu Bar

The Menu Bar: Episode 22 - The Turok Tales

Zac and Andrew meet at the bar for an indiscrete chat about creative match-making, enjoying conspiracy theories, how companies have become governments, the problem with literalism, playing old videogames, how Pixar took over Disney, and Thanos: Friend or Foe?

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The Menu Bar: Episode 21 - No Such Thing As Half Pregnant

Zac and Andrew occupy the bar to discuss Andrew's settling in SF, deactivating Twitter, why people enjoy being outraged, how to be genuine on the internet, the obsolescence of free speech, imposter syndrome, the future of public commons, and what even is the point of these social networks anyway?

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The Menu Bar: Episode 20 - This Was a Huge Mistake, With Dieter Bohn

Zac and Andrew sit down with Executive Editor of The Verge Dieter Bohn to discuss crazy podcast setups, Mac customization, Apple’s awkward spot with the MBP keyboard, mixed feelings about Surface, why Dieter thinks Mac should have touch screens by now, why the future of input methods might be every input method, some discussion about AR, and we touch on all of the things should have discussed with Dieter instead!

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The Menu Bar: Episode 19 - Seeking Perfection that Doesn’t Exist

Zac and Andrew discuss how The Social Network perfectly captured early startup culture, why Facebook is definitely evil, how Christianity can evolve, how angle of approach alters the way we interface with reality, why we don’t agree with 2x-ers, information overload, the problem with relentless negativity, Apple’s commitment to Mac, and more!

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The Menu Bar: Episode 18 - Intel Burning, With Ashraf Eassa

We talk to chip expert Ashraf Eassa of The Motley Fool about how Intel’s chip delays mess with Apple’s roadmap, to what extent Intel is on fire, why Apple is likely moving away from Intel, why Switch may have serious staying power for Nintendo, how Marzipan points to Apple avoiding the Microsoft misstep, speculation about Project Star, a way Apple could get around saying ’No’ to a hybrid, Intel’s ongoing talent hemorrhage, the path for Apple migrating to ARM, a little bit on where AMD stands, and Apple’s bonkers silicon advantage.

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The Menu Bar: Episode 17 - Alive from WWDC!

Zac and Andrew go to WWDC! They discuss the broad implications of AR, Apple’s dichotomy of needing to push boundaries while acknowledging the negative impact of using your phone, and so much more.

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The Menu Bar: Episode 15 - A Theory of Everything

Zac and Andrew discuss mapmaker and storyteller Ken Wilber and how his Theory of Everything just might help make sense of all the the raised tension, culture wars, and general chaos happening out there on the internet. Buckle up, because things are about to get heady and strange.

Relevant Links:

Kosmic Consciousness with Ken Wilber - Audiobook

A Chart of Worldview Stages

Loevinger’s stages of ego development - Wikipedia

Theory of multiple intelligences - Wikipedia

Intro to Integral Theory in 6 mins - YouTube

Bill Clinton talks about Wilber - YouTube

The Menu Bar: Episode 14 - The Mark Gurman Subtweet Memo, With John Gruber

Zac goes one on one with John Gruber to discuss the Apple memo that leaked about Apple leaks, why Beats was a good purchase, why John thinks Netflix might buy Spotify, how Apple might bundle Apple Music and TV shows, iPad productivity low hanging fruit, and more.

Relevant Leaks:

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In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information - Bloomberg

Beats Music Commercial full - YouTube

The Menu Bar: Episode 13 - CryptoKitties, With Bob Burrough, Sonya Mann, and Josh Centers

In our first ever ‘Takeover’ episode, Josh Centers sits down with Sonya Mann and Bob Burrough to discuss lizard people, creating a TOR site, ways to solve humanities struggle with data tracking, and a whole lot more.

Relevant Links:

Tor Browser

CryptoKitties | Collect and breed digital cats!

Why I Was Banned from WATCH ABC and Hulu - TidBITS

An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It

BitChute

Communications Decency Act - Wikipedia

How Much Would You Pay For Ad-Free Facebook?

When Jack Dorsey’s Fight Against Twitter Trolls Got Personal

The Menu Bar: Episode 12 - They Argue Like We Do, With Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie sits down with Zac and Andrew to discuss Wing Chun, free will, who you’re allowed to be on Twitter, the importance of asking why companies make the decisions they do, Apple’s MacBook Pro keyboard dilemma, the problem with batteries, big changes Apple has had to adapt to, and of course — Aliens.

Relevant Links:

The Menu Bar is creating Podcasts | Patreon

iMore

Vector | Rene Ritchie

Complete Wing Chun: The Definitive Guide to Wing Chun’s History and Traditions

The Menu Bar: Episode 11 - Progress is Violent

Zac and Andrew sit down to discuss The Atacama Mummy, Zac’s haunted mirror, Reiki healing, atheism with benefits, the fragility of our memory of history, the linearity of worldview development, the inevitability of concrete, why Star Trek aliens are mostly human, cosmic horror, humans as the perfect virus, finding validation through others, the folly of judging others, the conversations humanity ought to be having, the cost of using Twitter, and we debate whether or not progress is real.

Relevant Links:

Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange - The New York Times

DR. STEVEN GREER URGENT SPECIAL! STANFORD ATACAMA COVERUP NEW INFO/MESSAGE! Carol Rosin Show 3-30-18 - YouTube

The Russian Atacama: Alyoshenka - Wikipedia

Art Bell: The Antichrist Line (1998) - YouTube

What Is Reiki?

What Andrew Actually Meant - Decline effect - Wikipedia

Ancient Rome Concrete Mystery Solved by Scientists | Time

The Menu Bar: Episode 10 - Going Where the Conversation Isn’t, With Robin Hanson

Robin Hanson joins Zac and Andrew to talk about a future with emulated humans, why our current technological curve only seems important, the hidden motives that drive human behavior, why no one predicted social networks, the value in going where the conversation isn’t, why humans don’t necessarily understand what motivates their behavior, and why everyone you know is an imposter.

Relevant Links:

Robin Hanson - Wikipedia

Waking Up Podcast #119 — Hidden Motives

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life When Robots Rule the Earth

This Company Will Freeze Your Dead Body for $200,000

Amazon.com: The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

The Menu Bar: Episode 09 - A Question of Trust, With Ben Bajarin

Ben Bajarin sits down to talk with Zac and Andrew about recent UFO headlines, Bigfoot, Apple's ongoing struggle with Siri, what it means for Apple to make a significant contribution in services, why Apple gave up on TV as a platform play, the Facebook whistleblower story, the social media privacy tipping point, why Apple News might be Apple's dark horse, and how Apple could make a bigger dent in social.

Relevant Links:

Support The Menu Bar on Patreon

Delete Facebook

Navy Pilot Encounters UFO

The Information's Siri Article

Facebook & Cambridge Analytics

Follow Ben Bajarin on Twitter

The Menu Bar: Episode 08 - A Rather Dark Interview, With Alex Proyas

Acclaimed writer/director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, Garage Days, I Robot, Knowing, Gods of Egypt) sits down with Zac and Andrew to discuss his inspirations, why risky filmmaking has fallen out of favor in Hollywood, what's broken about Rotten Tomatoes, the difficulties marketing Gods of Egypt, why streaming platforms might not be the salvation auteurs are looking for, and hope for a future where filmmakers can steer their own destiny.

Relevant Links:

Alex Proyas on IMDB

Alex Proyas on Wikipedia

The Menu Bar: Episode 07 - Being Balanced is Not Sexy, With Federico Viticci

Zac goes one on one with Federico Viticci to discuss the tech angle having puppies, the line Apple walks with privacy, the scaleability of ethics in business, the difficulty of being balanced online, the big ideas of Beats Music, how playlists changed the way artists make music, why Netflix binging might be bad, the emotional element that's missing in digital consumption, and the benefit of Thinking Different.

Relevant Links:

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Relevant Federico Links:

Federico Viticci on Twitter

Macstories

AppStories

Connected

Remaster

Canvas

The Menu Bar: Episode 06 - Weaponized Cheerleading, With Kelly Guimont

Kelly Guimont joins Zac and Andrew to discuss hard to pronounce last names, clacky keyboards, App Camp For Girls, Kelly's ideas for helping women like her in tech, growing up with technology, being a Portland weirdo, and the incredible power of enthusiasm.

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Relevant links:

Matias mini TactilePro

App Camp For Girls

App Camp Quiz Compendium

The Portland Unipiper

Moshow: The Cat Rapper

Donate to App Camp For Girls

The Menu Bar: Episode 05 - Context Collapse, With Sonya Mann

Sonya Mann joins Zac and Andrew to discuss crypto currency diet philosophies, Netflix's ratings system, Apple's potential streaming play, peak Apple, whether or not Steve Jobs was a monster, the potential for blockchain to change the world, how having kids effects Zac's worldview about tech, the increasing difficulty of communicating online, toeing ideological lines, the next step in human evolution, one giant wave, determinism V free will, and the danger of tying a company with your identity.

Relevant Links:

Sonya Mann's Articles on Inc

I Ate Nothing But Meat For Two Weeks

RateFlix Chrome Extension

NetflixBestOf on Reddit

Apple Buys Amazing Stories

Ben Thompson's Stratechery

Elon Musk's Flamethrower Company

Birdchain

You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier

Waking Up with Sam Harris

The Menu Bar on Patreon

The Menu Bar: Episode 04 - Make Mac Great Again, With Marco Arment

Marco Arment joins Zac and Andrew at the bar to talk about Ads vs Patreon, the end game for social networks, the trouble you get into for criticizing Apple, iPod as the new Vinyl, and the very sad state of affairs with newer MacBook keyboards.

Relevant Links:

Podcasting Microphones Mega-Review

The Menu Bar on Patreon

App.net Wikipedia

The Menu Bar: Episode 03: The Solution of No Solution, With Dan Masters

Install an SSD in your iPod Classic

MacBook Keyboard Woes