Augmented reality is not quite here yet

MC: Awesome. And then we could all use it to measure our cake pans.

LG: That is true.

BB: I, too, think I remember sharing a cab with Lauren at CES that year and suddenly going to stare into the distance for a minute as she received a text.

LG: That is true. It was going to be like, you tell me something and I’m like, “Oh, this thing is happening at the Golden Globes,” or something like that. It was ridiculous. And you were like “What?”

BB: Although I enjoyed the update. I am a huge fan of the Golden Globes.

LG: I think it was the Golden Globes. It was something like that.

MC: I can’t wait for our technology to make us even more distracted than we already are.

LG: Law. I think Brian was probably telling me a really cute story about his family, wife and kids, and I’m like, “Uh huh, uh huh. Ooh, news alert on my face.”

[Brian and Mike laugh]

MC: Okay. Let’s take a break, and then when we get back we’ll make our recommendations.


MC: Okay. Happy to see you again. Brian, you are our guest. What’s your recommendation?

BB: I will recommend a book again. I like to recommend books. It’s called A children’s bible by Lydia Millet or Millet. I’m sorry not to know if this has French pronunciation or not. It’s great. It’s a real punch. It is a parable of climate change for the modern age. Everyone should read it, and it really goes with you.

MC: How long is that?

BB: It’s not that long. It’s a quick read. I read it in a day and am not the fastest reader.

MC: Nice.

LG: Is this a new book?

BB: It came out last year. So new, but not hot off the presses. But it is taking place in modern times. It’s very allegorical in places, but not in a way that makes you feel like you’re in AP English.

MC: A children’s bible by Lydia Millet. Millet. Thanks Brian. Lauren, what’s your recommendation?

LG: Brian is a wonderful guest, but I miss Gilad a bit this week. Gilad was on our show last week and he joined us just for the recommendations part of the show and things got really out of hand. So in honor of Gilad not being on the show this week, I’m going to make a recommendation similar to Gilad’s, which is to take a bath. I really like the baths.

BB: You should talk to Lily Newman, another senior WIRED writer, who wrote that the definitive baths might be better than the internet shower articles when she was at Slate.

LG: Really?

BB: Yeah. She is, for better or for worse, she is the online presence for baths are better than the showers movement.

LG: Let’s include this in the notes of the show, because it sounds like a fantastic song. And I haven’t even read it yet and I can tell it’s probably the one I support. Because I have always been a bath fan, but especially during the pandemic era, I really enjoy a nighttime bath. I put things in the bath, things like arnica, which is good for sore muscles, or Epsom salts or a bubble bath. And what I learned is that showers are too labor intensive. You have to get up in the shower and move around to clean yourself. And if you have long hair, it often gets wet in the shower unless you go through the work of putting on a shower cap, which, again, is more work. While in a bath, you can just put it in a bun and it won’t get wet.

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