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Author: Mark and Grant

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122 Episodes
Grant is killing the game, and Mark refuses to let it go. Some Thanksgiving retrospective is had, including totally legitimate cooking advice from Mark. Grant brings Red and Rover, and surprisingly allows Mark to lecture him on mathematics. Do you have math anxiety? This episode probably won’t help, but maybe a couple things will be interesting.Note: Mark did a little research when editing this episode, and his recollection of Knuth Up-Arrow Notation wasn’t entirely correct. Read more about it here.Mark brings In the Sticks. Grant reads it, and Mark thinks it’s funny.Send feedback to
A little grocery shopping action leads nowhere for Grant, while Mark took a different approach. Mark’s a fan of cheese pairings, but not in the way Grant would like.Mark brings a Reality Check comic, hoping to discuss childhood organization. Grant opted not to do work, while Mark promptly forgot it existed.Grant brings a Nancy comic for a quick discussion of how your hosts could best impart a skillset on the populace.Send feedback to
Your hosts begin by discussing a sneeze of apocalyptic proportions, and a rather strange super power. They also go metric.Grant brings a Grand Avenue comic to talk about getting old and feeling older. Mark has quite the opposite feeling and is gifted with an abundance of youth.Mark brings a Junk Drawer comic for a brief discussion of avoiding insanity on an island.Send feedback to
Mark is a bit chilly, and suddenly finds himself in a sticky verbal situation. Talk of hot chocolate follows.Mark brings an Oh, Brother! comic to talk of experiences on the playground. Grant marched to the beat of his own drum, and Mark got caught up in the Wall-Ball phenomenon.Grant brings a Fred Basset comic. Mark is not big into DIY, but it may just be due to lack of imagination. A little anecdote about apartment neighbors sneaks in at the end.Send feedback to
After some light banter, Mark attempts to broach the topic of the election. Keep in mind this was recorded before the election (as were these show notes written), but it’s important to address.Grant brings a Barkeater Lake comic, and Mark surprises him with all his awl talk. But really, there are better screw types out there.Mark brings Doodle for Food, and asks Grant a rather similar question about kitchen utensils.Send feedback to
Grant’s hanging left, and Mark has been reading. Yet more merchandising opportunities are discussed.Mark brings a LeftyBosco Picture Show to discuss eggs of all varieties. What even is an over-easy egg? Are they good with sriracha and sauerkraut? Get this and more culinary information.Grant brings a Luann comic, looking for inspiring bits of life improvement through the purchase of items.Send feedback to
118: Circle Time

118: Circle Time


Grant has a watch-based conundrum, and luckily he went to Mark’s fashion house for advice. They disagree on the power of accessories and outfit components.Grant brings a Luann comic. He has another conundrum, this time book-based.Mark brings a DeFlocked so your hosts can reflect on their car purchases a couple of years ago. Turns out, they made pretty good decisions.Send feedback to
Mark had some video game success. Grant took a couple of naps, but Mark can’t watch a couple of movies.Mark brings a Medium Large comic to discuss the breakfast carb hierarchy. Grant blows that away quite quickly with a strange revelation.Grant brings Sarah’s Scribbles, with several questions from which Mark can choose. Mark chooses one, and then another.Send feedback to
Mark and Grant are hanging less than ten, and Mark has one or two, maybe three, very specific reasons for it.Grant brings Red and Rover, as chosen by the gods. After quite a failed attempt at a topic, a passive-aggressive conversation about scarves turns into a thorough discussion of differing opinions.Mark brings a Haircut Practice comic to let the episode fade out.Send feedback to
Grant hurt himself, and Mark tries to help him come up with a cool story for twin neck bruises. Some other dithering occurs.Mark brings Jim’s Journal as your hosts dive into the world of jingles and marketing. Cable companies need a rebrand, and Grant would watch broadcast (or is it network?) television.Grant brings a Berkeley Mews comic to let Mark briefly opine on certain rare Pokemon.Send feedback to
114: One Weird Noise

114: One Weird Noise


Grant is hanging in there, and Mark had a lot of meetings last week. He also explored some wonderful spots in San Francisco while slightly damaging his car. Grant was a monster.Grant brings For Better or For Worse. After mistaking pepperoni for a carrot, Mark engages in Grant’s conversation about COVID restaurant protocol.Mark brings a Scary Gary comic, and lets Grant voice his feelings about creepy-crawlies in his apartment.Send feedback to
Mark has a new idea for you Comical Starters, and Grant has some tweaks. After a brief aside about TV, the brainstorming continues.Mark brings a Lucky Cow comic to talk food substitutions, and Grant blows his mind. A wild flavor combination is presented.Grant brings a Crabgrass comic, and Mark doesn’t get angry.Send feedback to
It’s hot out folks, but Mark is taking one for the team in the name of audio quality. Roommate dynamics are explored, and Grant practiced self care. Mark is sizzling up some good stuff.Grant brings Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal to discuss evil things. Horizontal surfaces (maybe) and sunbeams both appear, and Mark just can’t help being pedantic.Mark brings a Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comic. He never gets a chance to reveal why, but some administrative details of their GoComics account are handled.Send feedback to
Mark has a lot to say about being back in San Diego.Mark brings a Viivi and Wagner comic. After some critiques by Grant, a measured discussion of armchairs and recliners. Grant’s of a recliner lineage, and Mark finds them optimal for reading.Grant brings a Cornered comic, and is jealous of Mark’s jeans-buying ability.Send feedback to
Grant had trouble starting the episode, and Mark has a new brother. A lot of feelings reside in the intro.Grant brought a Ziggy comic, asking about risk in society. Mark can’t quite pin down what Grant is asking, and they don’t necessarily get anywhere specific. It was interesting though.Mark brings The Other Coast. A simple question about ferrous materials and iceboxes follows.Send feedback to
109: My Nothing Box

109: My Nothing Box


After a morbid start, Mark talks camping a bit, and Grant cleaned. Your hosts plan some live tours.Mark brings The Lost Bear to explore the recesses of Grant’s mind. Does he get lost in thought, and is doing so ever a good thing?Grant brings a Monty comic. A surprisingly interesting conversation is had about an inane question.Send feedback to
108: Dodgy Advice

108: Dodgy Advice


Mark explains why the audio quality might be a bit poor, while Grant pats himself on the back for moving some small rocks. Boomerang is back on the conversational menu.Grant brings a Cornered comic to talk about instinct. Mark has a bone to pick about that word’s interpretation.Mark brings a W.T. Duck comic, allowing Grant a short tirade on modern photography.Send feedback to
Mark requires more accuracy and precision, and walked quite a lot. Grant and Mark plan their cornering of the Clickbait market. Mark and Grant briefly discuss their bona fides for becoming Navy SEALs, and talk about music libraries. Grant has a surprise story for Mark.Mark brings a Wawawiwa comic. Grant nails the Lego on the brick by guessing a discussion of Lego is forthcoming. Mark proposes an episode idea taken from a different podcast.Grant brings a Pickles for a short discussion of braggarts. Mark never really answers his question.Send feedback to
Mark asserts that Grant should work at a menswear store. A larger conversation around retail and customer service evolves.Grant brings The Knight Life. A convoluted description later, Mark is venting about some training he’s been stuck doing at work. Some things are just chores.Mark brings a Foolish Mortals comic. Vitriol is spewed about seagulls, and that’s about all there is time for.Send feedback to
The pizza challenge was met. Tune in to see the results.Mark brings a Life on Earth comic to establish Grant’s role in a rock band. After a bit of dithering, a position is agreed upon. The formation of said band is punted to a later conversation.Grant brings a Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comic. He wants to know how adventurous Mark is in the kitchen. Send feedback to
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