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The Merlin Show: Interview with Jonathan Coulton

002: Interview: Jonathan Coulton | The Merlin Show

My new video podcast launches today with an interview I recently did with Jonathan Coulton.

JoCo is an internet troubadour and former developer who may be best known for wonderful songs like "Code Monkey" and "Skullcrusher Mountain," although he also has gigs podcasting for Popular Science as well as playing guitar for his best friend (and sworn nemesis) John Hodgman.

We talk about life as an independent artist, including how Jonathan captures ideas and may or may not be similar to Michael Jackson.

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Nice show. I love the...

Nice show. I love the music and the fact that you've filmed the interview in a coffee shop - kinda gives the whole thing a classy-yet-quirky style. Or at least it does in my head.

Quick comment about ubiquitous capture: in his book Sometimes the Magic Works, Terry Brooks (award winning best selling fantasy novelist guy) talks about how he used to engage in ubiquitous capture, but then later on went onto a kind of idea-darwinism type of dealie - just letting things swirl around in his head, and if they're good they'll stay, but if they're not they'll die back and it won't matter. Which I find kinda interesting.

I also think it's insane, as I'm very much into ubiquitous capture myself, but I guess it goes to show how different methods work for different people.




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