Like many of you, I listen to a lot of Mac/Apple-centric podcasts. I keep hearing about this Merlin Mann character, and I've checking him out to see what all the broo-hah is about. I have to be honest, I really don't get this guy, and I don't get the people that are so head over heels into him. I've browsed his website, 43Folders, listen to his podcast with Dan Benjamin ("Back to Work"), and I've heard him on other podcasts too like Mac Power Users. I can hardly find out much about him, other than he is someone who has made a few websites, that are aligned along mostly motivational speech. His eccentricity seems manufactured in a way that a man named "Merlin Mann, [the] III" was designed to be eccentric. He talks about being productive and creativity, yet his "product" is essentially telling others to be productive, ironically in a long winded and tangential sprawl. He's supposedly a productivity guru who is a paid speaker at many events, yet he has no credentials to back that up. I've honestly tried to listen to him through the above listed podcasts, but I couldn't bear the pointless pseudo-philosophical eccentricity. The "Back to Work" show is rarely about work, and stands in stark contrast to shows like Marco Arment's "Build and Analyze" which is very engaging, thoughtful, and enlightening. Granted, my profession is in Medicine, not in Tech/IT/Web Development, so maybe I'm just out of Merlin Mann's loop.