Back to Work 140

Merlin Mann, 5by5

This week, Merlin is joined by Bionic co-host, Matt Alexander. They discuss ““technology ecosystems,”” life as a self-described trans-atlantic, tech scenes that thrive and don't, dating someone from Florida (and her Mum), and getting back into Marvel comics.
Special guest Matt Alexander.

With Mr. Benjamin in New York for Brooklyn Beta this week, Merlin was kind enough to invite me to co-host this week's episode of Back to Work

As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun. 

Unlike my pseudo-absurdist podcast outings each week with Myke, Back to Work 140 took a slightly more serious (at least in moments) route. We discussed Bionic and the broader journalistic landscape, nationality, the democratization of startups, dating girls from Florida, and comics.

It was a genuine honor to appear on (and potentially ruin) such a venerable podcast. 

I owe a huge thanks to Merlin and Dan for extending me the opportunity. 

Fifty (Podcast) Years

Last week, Bionic turned 50.  (Accurately, in this instance.)

In other words, Myke and I have been broadcasting our show for over a year. During that time, Bionic has won an award or two, been subject to its fair share of controversy, and has moved to 5by5. Not to mention sexy cruises, android toilets, tearaway trousers, and other such valuable  content.

For those who don't know the back-story, it took Myke several weeks to convince me to co-host the show with him. He'd arranged the name, artwork, concept, and sponsorships, but I was simply not ready to dive into the world of podcasting. Of course — Myke being a persuasive British personality — I eventually signed up.

And I couldn't be more grateful that I did so. 

Today, as I'm becoming ever-increasingly involved in the startup ecosystem in the U.S. and Europe, OneThirtySeven suffers due to my lack of time. I simply don't have the cognitive freedom to sit down and write a few thousand words about Instagram the same as I did six months ago.

In its place, however, Bionic keeps me very much attuned to the technology world. From an agnostic perspective, Myke and I cover the biggest entities in the technology ecosystem. And, for those who listen, you'll be aware that my opinions can often be expressed just as they would here on OneThirtySeven  (i.e., lengthy monologues about the state of the industry).

In many respects, Bionic is better than it has ever been. We've hit our stride post-70Decibels (rest in peace) and my opinions are often exclusively being aired via the show. 

So, for those who miss more frequent content here, I highly recommend experimenting with Bionic.  We're a mature, 50-year-old podcast now. (A PILF, if you will?)

For those who simply want to see more content right here, I've made it a goal to do just that, too. I'll be writing one or two long-form articles every week.

Although people have expressed a desire to see more ephemeral content on OneThirtySeven  — as it was in the early days — I simply will not have the time to do such content justice. Accordingly, various pieces of (frequently inappropriate) ephemera will be shared almost exclusively on Twitter.

OneThirtySeven  will be home to regular columns about the state of our industry, Bionic will be home to my long-form, specific thoughts on the latest news, and Twitter will be where I link to BuzzFeed listicles.

This site's readership continues to grow on a month-to-month basis, for which I am outrageously humbled and grateful. And I will do my utmost to serve that readership in the very best way possible. 

So, subscribe to OneThirtySeven 's RSS, Bionic via 5by5 (or iTunes), and find me on Twitter. It'll be glorious.

Giant Size #27: Unraveling Craziness

Moisés Chiullan

Moisés and John are joined by Bionic's Matt Alexander to look back at the first six months of Marvel's NOW! initiative. In this first of two parts, they cover most of the X-books and Avengers titles. This week's interview: superstar artist Phil Noto, on the floor of Dallas Comic-Con.

For several years, I've been quietly and inconspicuously enjoying comic books on a fairly regular basis. Much like the launch of this website, it has taken me a very long time to acknowledge and embrace this penchant for superheroes and audacious story-lines. 

Last week, however, I was involved in an exhaustive  dive into the world of Marvel NOW! on the fantastic — and all-new — show, Giant Size. (I believe our discussion was, in fact, split in half due to the volume of detail.)

And it was liberating to open up and chat about it.

Marvel NOW!, in my eyes as a newcomer, seemed the ideal chance to learn about new titles and to start afresh with certain characters who'd been subjected to decades of convolution and time travel. Although NOW! hasn't quite delivered on my naive hopes, I have been thoroughly enjoying the first six months of the initiative.

I've been keeping up with a large number of these books and was thrilled to have the chance to share my perspective.  And I'll try to be more open on the topic on Twitter and this site, too.

Moisés and John have a fantastic show. You ought to listen.

(I certainly hope my amateurism hasn't ruined the discussion of such a valuable topic. )

Gian Size 27 is available from 5by5.