You are you, a person with a ton of free time and a rubik’s cube you will never finish. You are bored out of your mind and have run out of things to do. You decide to listen to a podcast. “Operation: Have A Conversation”. You figure it will be a good way to pass […]
Time is an illusion, the year 2021 doubly so. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the standardized end of the decentralized arm of the Internet’s plumbing lies a really simple protocol for syndication. Clinging to this is a mostly harmless, audio-based feed whose infrequent updates feature content so amazingly niche that the show notes […]
This is your final chance. After this, there is no un-reading this description. You stop after this sentence—the story ends, you go on with your life, blissfully unaware of what follows. Or, you read to the end—to learn about how Jack, Mikhail, and Mark discuss audio routing, fitted t-shirts, VM’s, VPN’s, and the sandy texture […]
What a year to stay inside. Get cozy and join Mikhail, Jack, and Mark as they discuss indentation buttons, cloud syncing services, IP theft, and answer the age-old question: Who needs the great outdoors when VR disc golf exists? Oh, they also talk about Bo Burnham’s “comedy” special, Inside, I guess. Subscribe on iTunes or […]
Whoops. This one’s all Corner Case Corner. Join Mikhail, Jack, and Mark for a truly precedented number of bizarre tales from the periphery of situations our modern society has been equipped to handle that will boggle your mind and make you wonder, “How the hell did they get themselves into that mess in the first […]
Having fun isn’t hard when you have an ereader and online access to your local library’s collection of ebooks. Join Jack, Mark, and Mikhail for an extended discussion of keyboard shortcuts, books, and MacBooks with a healthy sprinkling of smooth segues between topics. Like, really smooth. Like, smoother than a rock eroded by wind, rain, […]
After a long period of neglect, Mikhail, Jack, and Mark finally get around to responding to the backlog of listener feedback. Climb on in to hear yet another discussion of various popular Linux audio back ends, the efficacy of foldable backpacks, hypothetical numpties who peaked in high school, and the possible ramifications of scorpion-kicking a […]
Tick tock, dot, and dot dot. On this episode of OHAC, Mikhail, Jack, and Mark each give breaking updates on developing Corner Case Corner stories, Jack and Mikhail dink about in a clock of Mark’s imagination, and, in an unprecedented turn of events, Jack is prepared for Hot Takes ahead of time. Like, wow. Subscribe […]
As ever, Mark, Jack, and Mikhail round the infamous Corner-Case-Corner before diving head-long into a field of study in which none have training. On this episode of OHAC, you can hear their philosophizations on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, its relation to the Blackfeet Nation, and truth; all based on an episode of the Psychology Podcast […]
The I-am-an-adult switch has been activated. Prepare for adult topics such as personal organization, self-improvement, and mild cursing. On this episode of OHAC, Mark dives into the convoluted world of online curriculum program funding legislation for public schools, Mikhail gets the run-around from overcautious security software while trying to do his taxes, and Jack is […]
Version 1.33.0: Small UI fixes and performance improvements. Mark, Mikhail, and Jack are now available offline. Retracted implications of extraterrestrial involvement. Introduced tautology in error messages. Fixed bug where Jack was actually prepared for Hot Takes. Loving the podcast? Don’t forget to rate 5 stars and leave a review! Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite […]
Come one, come all, and bring your kids! This time on OHAC, Jack, Mark, and Mikhail have an uncharacteristically positive Corner Case Corner, discuss the implications of an intergalactic pancake, and learn the very important lesson that spaghetti is toast. Now, finish your oatmeal and let’s get going! Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast […]
The lights come on to reveal a digital time display which starts to blink. It’s counting down. The pressure is on as dramatic music slowly swells bringing the tension to ever greater heights. But don’t worry, it’s non-diegetic. Mark, Jack, and Mikhail slog through the ever-expanding corner case corner only to be faced with the […]
While the world outside is frightful, inside (at their respective places of residence) Mark, Jack, and Mikhail get insightful. In this episode, the boys see the long-awaited return of a dangerously bloated Corner Case Corner and a discussion of their yearly themes, a more helpful alternative to New Year’s resolutions. Subscribe on iTunes or your […]
We, the people who have listened to this particular episode of the Operation: Have A Conversation podcast and have read this paragraph of the show notes for the aforementioned episode where Jack, Mikhail, and Mark discuss games, semi-autonomous cars, and the pronunciation of Asus, could reasonably concede that this episode description contains unnecessarily specific and […]
Go ahead. Poke the internet and watch the digital ripples cascade into the bustling information superhighway of data that is collected, collated, and geo-located into demographic information eventually resulting in a targeted pre-roll ad for a very specific brand of rubber duck. Join Mark, Jack, and Mikhail as they dip a toe into the deep […]
Ever had one of those dreams? With vaguely familiar classrooms, impossibly long hallways, and a creeping sense of déjà vu that makes you wonder if you’ve ever had one of those dreams? With vaguely familiar classrooms, impossibly long hallways, and a creeping sense of déjà vu that makes you wonder if you’ve ever had one […]
After promising to “keep it short,” Mikhail leads Mark and Jack down a 40 minute rabbit hole into the weird and convoluted world of alternative keyboard layouts. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen on Google Play! Discuss this episode on reddit. SHOW NOTES Sylvan Lake, South Dakota Zsh vs. […]
It’s a dark time for the OHAC coalition. Mark has begun dabbling in the dark arts of artificial intelligence. Jack was forced to make the harrowing journey back to the People’s Republic of Illinois. Mikhail’s lights now stay off the entire night through. Yes, dark times indeed.Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen […]
“I’m the bread from the oven and I want to have a life! I want to experience love and the joy of reading classic literature! I want to feel heartbreak and the frustration of pouring through poorly documented command-line tool manual pages! I want to watch the original Star Wars Trilogy raw and unedited, the […]
The world may still be in lockdown, but that won’t stop Mark, Jack, and Mikhail from discussing the finer points of minor discrepancies in digital calculations. They also compare notes on habit tracking, haircuts, and the state of the podcasting world as a whole. Stay hydrated out there. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast […]
Strange times have befallen the world. Many are confined to their homes while others are still searching far and wide for but a single roll of toilet paper. But, because Mark, Jack, and Mikhail have been doing this through internet video chat since the beginning, nothing here has changed except the mood. Enjoy. Subscribe on […]
The boys played another text adventure written by Mark. Although there were some fun ideas, and they had a good time, it ended on a sour note and the competitors did not finish. In fairness, requiring a gold pen to fix the coffee maker did not put Mikhail and Jack in the mood to find […]
The boys are back and getting in sync. Mikhail, Jack, and Mark once again discuss yearly themes as the much more practical cousin to the flaky and unreliable New Years resolutions. The themes discussed are eerily similar which was totally not at all planned in advance. How neat is that? Subscribe on iTunes or your […]
Egads. This episode has it all: linguistic peculiarities, real fake hats, beta software issues, pending elopations, and call-backs out the wazoo. Mikhail, Jack, and Mark have done it again. But should they have? Yes. Get into it. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen on Google Play! Discuss this episode […]
The aggrieved whinging over niche technological issues continues to permeate the show. Can Mikhail, Mark, and Jack turn back the tide? Or will the plague of bespoke complaints spread until OHAC is reduced to a tech review podcast crafted with an Atari 2600 joystick as the sole input device? Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite […]
You’re lost in the woods. With only a canteen, tarp, watch, and a piece of paper in your pack, two voices in your head shouting instructions, and a relentlessly cruel parser, will you survive the night? Probably not. Hold on to what’s left of your sanity as Jack and Mikhail attempt to navigate Mark’s newest […]
After quite the respite due to a failed recording, the boys are back and better than ever. Technology talk is split up with an unprompted spoiler-filled discussion of the MCU. They talk about the thoughts they think about what they thunk. Strap in. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen […]
Is “dressing to impress” selfish? Will airports ever get their sh!t together? Why is code so rarely cross-browser compatible? Jack, Mark, and Mikhail come up with what may-or-may-not be deep answers to what may-or-may-not be deep questions. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen on Google Play! Discuss this episode […]
A ways back in the past in a collection of star systems a sizable distance from here… Mark, Jack, and friend of the show, Grant, are led by Mikhail through a Star Wars based roleplaying game of pure imagination and online dice rolling simulators. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! […]
New Year’s resolutions are for suckers. Instead of that nonsense, Mikhail, Mark, and Jack (clap order!) have a rousing discussion about their deepest, darkest, most-well hidden hopes and dreams about how and where they want their years to go by establishing Yearly Themes! Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen […]
So, you’ve come to the show notes for spoilers, eh? Well, joke’s on you. You’ll still never guess how it ends. Guess you better just give it a listen, huh? Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen on Google Play! Discuss this episode on reddit. SHOW NOTES OHAC 10: Mio […]
In a world of sails, wooden ships, and ridiculous acronyms, Jack and Mikhail attempt to navigate the text-based world formed from the poetic descriptions of Mark, the heartless command parser. With a little help from well-timed sound effects and a bit of imagination, join the classic crew as they play through the game, Sail Away! […]
Modern society: A curse? A blessing? Both? It’s definitely both. But why though? Join Jack, Mark, and Mikhail as they discuss war, peacecraft, and what early hominids lost while becoming modern humans besides a decent amount of body hair. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Listen on Spotify! Listen on Google Play! Discuss […]
Stop the presses! Or, on second thought, don’t. Those things generally take several hours to restart. What a hassle. Anyway, on this episode, Jack, Mark, and Mikhail tackle the issue of news media, satire, and political disparity while only being interrupted by a fire alarm less than five times. What a day. Subscribe on iTunes […]
They may have moved to three separate, fully-disclosed parts of the continent, but that doesn’t stop Jack, Mark, and Mikhail from growing ever closer through the magical – nay, mystic – power of friendship and conversation. Jack can’t find parking, Mark is where the beer is, and Mikhail fails to adequately describe a table.
In a rare return, Mark finds himself attempting to write the show-notes in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute. Jack is busy, so in this first of an uncertainly-recurring 3-hour segment, Mark and Mikhail discuss productivity, values, personal-style guides, and of course their electronic devices.
Look! Up in the waveforms! It’s a burp! It’s a phone ringing! No! It’s a special guest! Grant joins the classic crew to discuss technology, coyote genitals, and Escapology: the puzzle room in which everyone definitely made equal contributions towards solving. Don’t worry, Grant is totally introduced right away and not at 12 minutes and 40 seconds into the episode.
Guess who’s back, back again. Jack, Mark, and Mikhail are back, tell a friend. Under the direction of the new fearless editor in chief, the gang makes a beautiful segue from grumbling like crotchety old men about technology to discussing the true value of college and the finer points of friendship. I mean really, like wow. The transition is seamless.
In this episode, we discuss the finer points of humanity’s relationship with the impending embrace of death. Is growing old and dying a natural part of life? Or a tragic fate to which our race has developed an acute case of Stockholm Syndrome?
To cap it all off, we give our best 1-2 minutes on each of an eclectic collection of topics in our newest section of the show: HOT TAKES.
In this episode, we play the analog text adventure Action Castle. We also talk more generally about what constitutes a game, what we each like to play, as well as the finer points of documenting the beauty of nature.
We had every intention of releasing an episode soon, yet we were foiled by inferior audio technology. For those wondering what we talked about, it was based on the essay A circumpolar night’s dream by anthropologist Tim Ingold. (If you try, you can probably find a [totally legal and acceptable] pdf which may contain this essay.) […]
In this episode, we talk about what we wish had been taught in schools. We discuss the finer points of computer literacy, history in non-history courses, and science. Fueled by nostalgia, we get introspective at the end. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcast app! Or download from Internet Archive here. Or watch on YouTube here. Discuss […]
In the first episode released after being officially available on the iTunes store, we talk mostly about personality tests — those that are serious, and those that are fun. In addition, we talk about Lord of the Rings, time-tracking, and sea monsters. Get yourself a proper podcast app and subscribe on iTunes! Or download from Internet Archive […]
In this episode we discuss the essay A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart, which lays out interesting ideas about mathematics education. We then talk about whether the current public education system is any good, if we can anthropomorphize society. We also learn two new words. Or download from Internet Archive here. You can also find this episode […]
In this episode we discuss gift giving, word use, sarcasm, and how to solve all the world’s problems. Or you can download the episode on Internet Archive here. Discuss this episode on reddit.