The Menu Bar

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


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


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


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 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:

SPONSOR: Take 30% off of 'Take Control of Home Automation' by Josh Centers with offer code: THEMENUBAR

The Menu Archives - Now on Patreon for $5 or more Patrons

Relevant Federico Links:

Federico Viticci on Twitter






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.

PS - If you donate $10 or more to App Camp For Girls, direct message @themenubar and you may receive a cool thing in the future.

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


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 Wikipedia

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

Install an SSD in your iPod Classic

MacBook Keyboard Woes

The Menu Bar: Episode 01 - The Return


Lights on, drinks poured - welcome back to The Menu Bar! Zac and Andrew find out what’s been happening these past 3 years, the rebirth of Nintendo, and what the heck is happening with Apple?! It’s a packed episode harkening back to classic TMB... what are you drinking?

Zac drank a Seagram's Ginger Ale

Andrew drank a Banrock Station Moscato

Relevant Links:

The Menu Dot Bar

Donate on Patreon

Follow Dan Masters

Warp Pipe

Religion Part of the Brain