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The Menu Bar

The Menu Bar

A place where we invite friends in the technology world to have a drink and discuss everything from weekly tech developments, to movies, to general life stuff. Anything is possible.
The Menu Bar: Episode 02 - The Experts Have Taken Over, With Bob Burrough

1:09:55 | Feb 3rd, 2018

Bob Burrough drops by the bar to discuss his history as a software engineer, the seven years he spent at Apple, his reasons for leaving, and we ponder why we care so much about this company.
The Menu Bar: Episode 33 - Room For Improvement: Less Nazi Talk

1:01:22 | Dec 10th, 2018

Zac reacts to recent criticism that we might be Nazi sympathizers, and Andrew challenges Zac on why he’s so afraid of vulnerability.
The Menu Bar: Episode 32 - Me, Here, With My Sad Box

1:01:50 | Nov 26th, 2018

Zac and Andrew sit down to discuss that feeling of design VS chaos, mysterious coincidences, emotional openness, working with the universe as opposed to against it, and much more.
The Menu Bar: Episode 31 - You Can't Just Have The Frosting

58:48 | Nov 19th, 2018

This week Zac and Andrew debate monogamy VS polyamory, whether Tinder has been a good or bad development for human relationships, and the difficulty men have with finding substantiative friendships.
The Menu Bar: Episode 30 - They're Going To Get You Absolutely

1:14:50 | Nov 12th, 2018

Andrew J Clark is back this week for a very special, somewhat heavy episode. We discuss our recent injuries, what happened in Hawaii, the paralytic fear that comes with being real and honest, the stories we tell ourselves, the lack of substance in po...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 29 - People Seem To Be Liking iPads, With Josh Centers

1:17:06 | Nov 5th, 2018

Josh Centers is the managing editor of long running Apple blog TidBITS, and he joins Zac at the bar to discuss Apple’s recent iPad and MacBook event.
The Menu Bar: Episode 28 - Never Forgive Google, With Android Lust

49:19 | Oct 29th, 2018

Shikhee of Android Lust sits down with Zac to discuss how she got started as a musician, the problem with algorithms, the importance of albums, how she leverages technology in her work, her experience funding projects through Kickstarter, why Google ...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 27 - The Mutant Theater, With Juno Reactor

1:08:28 | Oct 15th, 2018

Zac sits down with Ben Watkins AKA Juno Reactor to discuss what turns him on creatively, the delight of collaborating with The Wachowski Siblings on The Matrix sequels, our shared love of Barbarella, and his latest album ‘The Mutant Theater’
The Menu Bar - Episode 26: We Should Always Be Afraid, With Marco Arment

1:45:37 | Oct 8th, 2018

We are joined by Marco Arment for iOS for a candid discussion about the state of podcasting in 2018, why podcasts should — and probably will — remain decentralized, why podcasters should always be a little afraid, then we deviate a bit into the the p...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 25 - Religion Disrupted, With Micah Redding

1:16:53 | Sep 23rd, 2018

We sit down with Micah Redding to discuss how each of us came to our individual belief structures, Micah’s attraction to Christian Transhumanism, institutional denial, the ever present need for deeper interpretation, ways Christianity agrees with the...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 24 - Beauty in Accidents, With Rob Sheridan

1:23:33 | Sep 4th, 2018

Rob Sheridan visits the bar to discuss how he came to join Nine Inch Nails at 18, his creative kinship with Trent Reznor, finding happy accidents in doing things the wrong way, the inception and lasting impact of Year Zero, Trent and Rob’s role in ar...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 23 - Secretly The Sequel To The Secret

0:00 | Aug 27th, 2018

Zac and a slightly woozy Andrew meet and discuss acupuncture, being hugged by a dominatrix, pseudoscience, synchonicity and quantum physics, the pathology of extreme’s, the secret darkside of buddhism, and how we all use Twitter to escape.
The Menu Bar: Episode 22 - The Turok Tales

1:02:49 | Aug 13th, 2018

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: Frien...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 21 - No Such Thing As Half Pregnant

1:02:38 | Aug 6th, 2018

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

1:06:35 | Jul 30th, 2018

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 no...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 19 - Seeking Perfection that Doesn’t Exist

1:14:02 | Jul 16th, 2018

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, info...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 18 - Intel Burning, With Ashraf Eassa

1:13:29 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 M...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 17 - Alive from WWDC!

1:00:14 | Jun 12th, 2018

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.
The Menu Bar: Episode 16 - Who Are The Meme Lords?

1:11:23 | May 26th, 2018

Zac's away this week so Andrew chats to Victor Agreda and Kelly Guimont about their origins in blogging, Apple as moral example, the tribal mentality of forums, and the infinite subdivision of ideas and content online. Also aliens!
The Menu Bar: Episode 15 - A Theory of Everything

1:08:56 | May 5th, 2018

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 a...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 14 - The Mark Gurman Subtweet Memo, With John Gruber

1:37:23 | Apr 28th, 2018

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

1:29:25 | Apr 21st, 2018

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

1:06:28 | Apr 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 11 - Progress is Violent

1:16:02 | Apr 6th, 2018

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

1:16:36 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 th...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 09 - A Question of Trust, With Ben Bajarin

1:35:37 | Mar 25th, 2018

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 Faceboo...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 08 - A Rather Dark Interview, With Alex Proyas

1:03:39 | Mar 16th, 2018

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

1:30:55 | Mar 10th, 2018

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 change...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 06 - Weaponized Cheerleading, With Kelly Guimont

1:23:01 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Kelly Guimont joins Zac and Andrew to discuss hard to pronounce last names, clacky keyboards, App Camp For Girls, what can be done for women already in tech, growing up with technology, being a Portland weirdo, and the incredible power of enthusiasm.
The Menu Bar: Episode 05 - Context Collapse, With Sonya Mann

1:26:29 | Feb 24th, 2018

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 havin...Show More
The Menu Bar: Episode 04 - Make Mac Great Again, With Marco Arment

1:21:42 | Feb 17th, 2018

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

1:15:20 | Feb 10th, 2018

Zac and Andrew are joined by Dan Masters to discuss the big issues that Twitter faces, the relationship between ads and censorship, how Apple's privacy policy is a non-solution, and we ask 'What do we want anyway?'
The Menu Bar: Episode 01 - The Return

1:36:13 | Jan 25th, 2018

THE MENU BAR RETURNS! 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 the what the heck is happening with Apple?! It’s a packed episode harkening...Show More