My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 481: I Have Seen Every Bird
October 14, 2019 4:02 PM - Subscribe

Look, the title ain't lying, and you'd have no way of proving it if it were. One of us has seen every bird, full stop. We're the new high score on the birdwatcher leaderboard, and who's gonna argue against that? The birds? Probably not the birds. Suggested talking points: Spookily, Raccoon Trash Strats (feat. John Hodgman), Dickbilled Priebus, Freakied and Fridayed, Ammunition for the Soda Wars
posted by Tevin (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
They mentioned Meta Filter!

Notice me Senpai!!!
posted by Tevin at 4:02 PM on October 14, 2019 [9 favorites]


I've long suspected one or more of the boys reads these comments. (Hi Travis!)
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:09 PM on October 14, 2019 [3 favorites]


I dunno the way he said "And it's on Metafilter, who knew!" could go either way. Alot of regular metafilter users still don't know any of the subsites even exist!

Maybe I just don't understand what it's like to be a parent but any time they talk about their kids watching weird youtube stuff I just get stressed out because like.. the baby is 2 and is a baby... you are in charge of what they watch. Knowing what we know about how youtube poisons peoples' brains and you're just going to... sit them down in front of it and let them have a ball until they start throwing tantrums when you take it away? You know you could have just, not sat them down in front of weird youtube? I don't get it. There's so much kids programming out there but you put garbage in front of your kids and then complain about it like it's something they did? Or are actively doing to you in Justin's case? Literally why? Then I was thinking well maybe it's important that your kid come out of your house with the same brain poisoning as the rest of their generation so they will fit in later and I guess maybe that's legit but is that really why?
posted by bleep at 5:33 PM on October 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


That extended segment about their babies bullying them with what they choose to watch followed up by yet another guest segment made this the first episode I just had to turn off because I was too annoyed.
posted by bleep at 5:34 PM on October 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


Also to be clear I'm not really criticizing their parenting choices I'm more criticizing them for the content of their comedy podcast which to me is so hard to understand that I can't really find it funny.
posted by bleep at 5:36 PM on October 14, 2019


i know i said last week i didn't like guestperts but also i would be fine if john hodgman was on every week.

bleep i really think your issues with the podcast are yours and yours alone, i find your opinions completely unrelatable
posted by JimBennett at 1:19 AM on October 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


The jokes they make on their comedy podcast don't necessarily reflect their real-life parenting choices; I don't think we really need to worry about their kids getting brain poisoning. Geez.

I'm usually a little lukewarm on the guestperts but John Hodgman is always a delight. (I listened to Judge John Hodgman every day when I was pregnant and having anxiety problems so when this kid turns out weird we'll know who to thank.)

and I *gasped* when Justin mentioned Metafilter. Squeeeee!
posted by beandip at 7:49 AM on October 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


I haven't gotten to the MetaFilter bit of the podcast yet but am simultaneously feeling anticipation AND apprehension about getting there because!!!! worlds! colliding!

As for the actual content of the episode I have already listened to: idk how much of this can be attributed to personal bias or simply being inured to the brothers' sense of humor due to having a very similar sense of humor myself, but I thought it was clear that the whole bit about weird Youtube and putting as much garbage as possible into their children's brains was just an extended form of hyperbolic riffing. Personally, I was also lukewarm about it, but I also don't think that the MBMBaM podcastsonas are a totally sincere/accurate representation of the brothers' actual selves outside the podcast, so the concept of the brothers allowing their young children to watch Youtube didn't bother me as much as the inevitable derail my mind Pavlovian-reflexively took upon hearing the word "Youtube" (e.g. thinking about monetized algorithms and the fact that so many teens have now limited their career aspirations to Next Big Vlogger and also wondering what other vlogger besides Olivia Jade might have been featured in the movie Eighth Grade if the college admissions scandal had broken before the movie's filming?).
posted by rather be jorting at 5:13 PM on October 15, 2019


Other things keep interrupting my podcast attention span - does anyone have a general timestamp for when MeFi gets mentioned?
posted by rather be jorting at 5:59 PM on October 15, 2019


Just when I was about to give up all hope of ever hearing the mention on my own, Justin came in clutch at the 56th minute! Exactly where and when I least expected it!
posted by rather be jorting at 6:20 PM on October 15, 2019 [5 favorites]


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