The Menu Bar

The Menu Bar
A place to relax, talk tech, and drink.
33 - Room For Improvement: Less Nazi Talk
Dec 10, 2018 • 61 min
Zac reacts to recent criticism that we might be Nazi sympathizers, and Andrew challenges Zac on why he’s so afraid of vulnerability.
32 - Me, Here, With My Sad Box
Nov 26, 2018 • 61 min
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.
31 - You Can’t Just Have The Frosting
Nov 19, 2018 • 58 min
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.
30 - They’re Going To Get You Absolutely
Nov 12, 2018 • 74 min
Andrew comes back to the bar for a very heavy episode.
29 - People Seem To Be Liking iPads, With Josh Centers
Nov 5, 2018 • 77 min
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.
28 - Never Forgive Google, With Android Lust
Oct 29, 2018 • 49 min
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 is…
27 - The Mutant Theater, With Juno Reactor
Oct 15, 2018 • 68 min
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
Oct 8, 2018 • 105 min
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…
25 - Religion Disrupted, With Micah Redding
Sep 23, 2018 • 76 min
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…
24 - Beauty in Accidents, With Rob Sheridan
Sep 4, 2018 • 83 min
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…
23 - Secretly The Sequel To The Secret
Aug 27, 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.
22 - The Turok Tales
Aug 12, 2018 • 62 min
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…
21 - No Such Thing As Half Pregnant
Aug 6, 2018 • 62 min
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…
20 - This Was a Huge Mistake, With Dieter Bohn
Jul 30, 2018 • 66 min
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,…
19 - Seeking Perfection that Doesn’t Exist
Jul 16, 2018 • 74 min
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,…
18 - Intel Burning, With Ashraf Eassa
Jun 25, 2018 • 73 min
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…
17 - Alive from WWDC!
Jun 11, 2018 • 60 min
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.
16 - Who Are The Meme Lords?
May 25, 2018 • 71 min
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!
15 - A Theory of Everything
May 4, 2018 • 68 min
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…
14 - The Mark Gurman Subtweet Memo, With John Gruber
Apr 28, 2018 • 97 min
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,…
13 - CryptoKitties, With Bob Burrough, Sonya Mann, and Josh Centers
Apr 21, 2018 • 89 min
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.
12 - They Argue Like We Do, With Rene Ritchie
Apr 13, 2018 • 66 min
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…
11 - Progress is Violent
Apr 6, 2018 • 76 min
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…
10 - Going Where the Conversation Isn’t, With Robin Hanson
Mar 30, 2018 • 76 min
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…
09 - A Question of Trust, With Ben Bajarin
Mar 25, 2018 • 95 min
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…
08 - A Rather Dark Interview, With Alex Proyas
Mar 16, 2018 • 63 min
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…
07 - Being Balanced is Not Sexy, With Federico Viticci
Mar 9, 2018 • 90 min
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…
06 - Weaponized Cheerleading, With Kelly Guimont
Mar 2, 2018 • 83 min
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.
05 - Context Collapse, With Sonya Mann
Feb 23, 2018 • 86 min
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…
04 - Make Mac Great Again, With Marco Arment
Feb 16, 2018 • 81 min
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.
03 - The Solution of No Solution, With Dan Masters
Feb 9, 2018 • 75 min
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?’
02 - The Experts Have Taken Over, With Bob Burrough
Feb 2, 2018 • 69 min
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.
01 - The Return
Jan 25, 2018 • 96 min
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 back…
00 - An Introduction
Jan 20, 2018 • 2 min
A brief introduction to what you can expect from The Menu Bar.