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Cortex 27: Danger Inches Away

 

  so I have to warn you that you are [TS]

  stepping into a podcast with a person [TS]

  who hasn't slept very much in five days [TS]

  and has not prepared at all and is [TS]

  already at the worn thin edge of all of [TS]

  his nerve so good luck to you with this [TS]

  one Mike alright so as we're recording [TS]

  in case you hadn't already guessed grey [TS]

  is in an animation coma [TS]

  I think coma coma would be sweet relief [TS]

  it'sit's all the activity that's the [TS]

  problem like I'm trying to think of what [TS]

  the term would be right because when [TS]

  you're in a coma your kind of like stuck [TS]

  right is nothing you can do your kind of [TS]

  imprisoned within yourself i guess in a [TS]

  way right and i'm trying to think what [TS]

  the animation is doing to you like [TS]

  animation j or something that what how [TS]

  would you describe this euro I've [TS]

  basically giving you sweet relief from [TS]

  animation for an hour or so [TS]

  the only reason i am talking to you [TS]

  right now is because I physically need [TS]

  to take a break and so you are my quote [TS]

  break at the moment but yes what was the [TS]

  proper analogy [TS]

  let's see let's try not to not try not [TS]

  to overblow it I animations sweatshop [TS]

  maybe that's a good one [TS]

  yeah because that's what it feels like [TS]

  just to clarify in case there are any [TS]

  legal representatives listening it's [TS]

  only great in this sweatshop which is [TS]

  something we'll talk about later on [TS]

  actually but right now the sweatshop [TS]

  consists of only you there are no other [TS]

  people [TS]

  yeah that you're forcing to do the look [TS]

  yeah it's just it's just me i am talking [TS]

  to you from the room in which i have [TS]

  been sitting not looking at my watch now [TS]

  or four days straight of animation so [TS]

  yeah I'm going a little crazy so [TS]

  basically the video the the encryption [TS]

  video that you made it will be out by [TS]

  the time the show comes out this is what [TS]

  you're currently in the midst of [TS]

  creating yes that's correct that's [TS]

  correct but you say you've been there [TS]

  for four days straight [TS]

  like what is that like you sleeping in [TS]

  that room you what how many hours are [TS]

  you sleeping like I'm just interested in [TS]

  understanding that the [TS]

  crunch what is happening here so what [TS]

  happens here is this little routine that [TS]

  I've talked about before is that it's [TS]

  for various reasons i have always just [TS]

  found that the way that I work is just [TS]

  by doing all of the animation in one big [TS]

  go that this is just the way it works [TS]

  for me this is what sort of takes less [TS]

  time than trying to spread it out [TS]

  although there are other reasons why I [TS]

  tend not to spread it out but what i [TS]

  have done is that I get up I'm getting [TS]

  up usually around six or so and i live [TS]

  by timers for the time that I'm [TS]

  animating so I have a little loop that I [TS]

  just repeat until I fall asleep and so [TS]

  the timer's go 40 minutes 7 minutes 40 [TS]

  minutes 20 minutes [TS]

  repeat and so this is what I do so it's [TS]

  a 40 minute bursts of work a quick seven [TS]

  minute break another 40 minutes of work [TS]

  and then a longer 20-minute break where [TS]

  I'm trying to stand up and maybe get [TS]

  something to eat or take a walk around [TS]

  the block or whatever it is and so I [TS]

  just repeat that until i go to sleep in [TS]

  the end so i have been tracking my time [TS]

  and and it's just yeah it's a huge it's [TS]

  a huge number of minutes that are poured [TS]

  into animation over the in the entirety [TS]

  of the day this is a horrible way to [TS]

  look but it's only for a short time or [TS]

  at least the what hat what happens what [TS]

  happens is i always think like others [TS]

  will just be two days but i have been [TS]

  realizing that particularly with the [TS]

  last couple things that were working on [TS]

  them and slightly bigger slightly more [TS]

  complicated projects and I originally [TS]

  anticipated and so while it's like I'll [TS]

  do this just for two days [TS]

  this is now turned into like a four days [TS]

  probably it'll be finished up in in five [TS]

  actual days and then it will be done but [TS]

  yeah I don't like it but this is this is [TS]

  how the sausage gets made right but [TS]

  there's a problem [TS]

  if there is a significant problem which [TS]

  is clear to me and I'm sure to you that [TS]

  is manifesting itself because of these [TS]

  crunch Sprint's that you do and that's [TS]

  RSI you tweeted a couple of weeks ago [TS]

  that you were really struggling with [TS]

  some RSI stuff and I know from [TS]

  conversations that we've had that it's [TS]

  been particularly bad recently who [TS]

  so what is going on here with your RSI [TS]

  is it any different to before and what [TS]

  are you doing about it [TS]

  yeah sorry sighs the thing that we've [TS]

  touched upon before in this show and [TS]

  different ways to try to to manage it [TS]

  and to deal with this one is one of [TS]

  these problems like it's an ongoing [TS]

  thing like if you start to get it you're [TS]

  going to have to manage it over over the [TS]

  long term [TS]

  now what happened to me recently the [TS]

  thing that I tweeted about was when I [TS]

  was animating the previous video which [TS]

  was the the Q&A video that i put up i [TS]

  don't know like two weeks ago an hour at [TS]

  the time we were recording because that [TS]

  video is just very long and because i [TS]

  did have a bit of an advertising [TS]

  deadline but I needed to hit like I was [TS]

  busy and a meeting that thing as much as [TS]

  I possibly could and I think they no [TS]

  small part because of the thing that we [TS]

  might touch upon later as well like i [TS]

  have been sitting at my computer much [TS]

  less than the normal over the past many [TS]

  months like this is the thing that has [TS]

  really escalated and so now it's a funny [TS]

  situation that when I sit down at my [TS]

  computer it's a it's a place where I [TS]

  don't normally sit and so I think my [TS]

  body is finding itself in this position [TS]

  of like oh we don't do this a little bit [TS]

  every day it's now changed to a thing [TS]

  where it's like we don't normally do [TS]

  this hardly ever and then suddenly we do [TS]

  this for several days in a row it's [TS]

  probably like a shock to your system [TS]

  I think that's what it is like i have [TS]

  been finding the last animation and this [TS]

  animation much more physically difficult [TS]

  to do than previous ones and i really [TS]

  think it's a sign [TS]

  effective just not being at the computer [TS]

  very much at all [TS]

  so your pain is is in the wrist right so [TS]

  i have here [TS]

  welcome to the old man complaining about [TS]

  problems bodka you know that it's not [TS]

  all right because I mean I've had this [TS]

  problem and I'm but a spring chicken you [TS]

  are Mike you weren't funny spring [TS]

  chicken affects us all the things i have [TS]

  to have two problems [TS]

  neither of which are our fun the one [TS]

  that I I worry much more about is that [TS]

  my right hand in particular because this [TS]

  is the hand amusing to do the vast [TS]

  majority of my animation that hasn't [TS]

  just a a kind of stereotypical RSI [TS]

  problem that after a while no matter how [TS]

  much i'm switching between the pen [TS]

  tablet and between a mouse in between a [TS]

  trackball like eventually my three [TS]

  primary fingers like my index middle and [TS]

  and thumb and the the hand itself like [TS]

  can run into pain just losing them see [TS]

  my the pain that I've had in the past [TS]

  was completely localized to my wrist [TS]

  mm it was like burning yeah like just [TS]

  not like not good stuff [TS]

  yeah it can be bad and this is this this [TS]

  plugs into y like I'm I'm so intense [TS]

  about using the Apple pencil like why [TS]

  one of the reasons why i like using that [TS]

  so much of my iPads is because one of [TS]

  the ways of the pain can manifest itself [TS]

  is just physically touching things like [TS]

  so if I'm touching things with the tips [TS]

  of my fingers that can aggravate the RSI [TS]

  a little bit if it's particularly bad so [TS]

  being able to indirectly touch something [TS]

  by like holding a pen and then tapping a [TS]

  touch target like that is that is way [TS]

  better [TS]

  mhm but the thing that really caught me [TS]

  out last time which was a little problem [TS]

  that i have had and that i have tried to [TS]

  manage but that suddenly became a really [TS]

  terrible problem was that I in on my [TS]

  right arm on my shoulder blade around [TS]

  there i guess i have a kind of muscular [TS]

  problem that has developed i think from [TS]

  sitting in chair [TS]

  there's for a long time basically but I [TS]

  got it I got a big I got a big scare for [TS]

  the last video because i think i have [TS]

  been animating for something like three [TS]

  days and then I woke up in the morning [TS]

  and the great six o'clock like to have [TS]

  to go to work and when I stood up like I [TS]

  just had like this horrific pain kind of [TS]

  rip through my right shoulder blade and [TS]

  it was this muscular problem and i just [TS]

  had to not do anything for the whole day [TS]

  like I just lost a day of work because [TS]

  like man I am having a hard time moving [TS]

  around my apartment let alone like [TS]

  sitting at a desk and working all day I [TS]

  so that was a thing like before it had [TS]

  been like oh I have a small muscular [TS]

  problem in my back that aggravates me [TS]

  sometimes and then it kind of exploded [TS]

  into the like no no you're going to be [TS]

  lying down all day you're going to be [TS]

  doing nothing like I hope you I hope you [TS]

  enjoy finishing off this season of [TS]

  standalone complex but like you can do [TS]

  nothing else all day you can't work [TS]

  you're not going to be able to [TS]

  manipulate anything with your right arm [TS]

  so RSI it's been it's been on my mind [TS]

  then that's but not great so the way [TS]

  that you've rehabilitated but from this [TS]

  injury is why i like one week later [TS]

  getting back into the animation chair [TS]

  okay well first of all it's like two and [TS]

  a half weeks later that i'm working on [TS]

  another video all that's okay [TS]

  yeah it'sit's forever it's probably why [TS]

  please let me retract my statement [TS]

  yeah but now it in between those two [TS]

  times I have seen like a massage like a [TS]

  physical therapist person here in London [TS]

  is extremely I've been seeing her for [TS]

  maybe about a year to try to help deal [TS]

  with this one problem in my back and she [TS]

  was clearly really annoyed with me last [TS]

  time [TS]

  mm when I showed up she was like poking [TS]

  my back is like what did you do [TS]

  occasionally it's all hard back here [TS]

  like this is not this is not how arms [TS]

  are supposed to be so you're also having [TS]

  back pains [TS]

  yeah it'sit's really this like muscular [TS]

  problem around my shoulder blade is what [TS]

  it is like that's that's that's what it [TS]

  is and then I go to this person who [TS]

  bends my arm around in funny ways and [TS]

  pokes and process [TS]

  make me feel like a chicken like you're [TS]

  never more aware of like the internal [TS]

  muscular and bone structure of your meat [TS]

  sack body then when someone else is like [TS]

  pushing it around and you might break it [TS]

  like I got it so physically [TS]

  uncomfortable [TS]

  why do I have to be reminded that i am [TS]

  made of meat in this way and they do [TS]

  those things to you which makes it feel [TS]

  like your heads going to blow up ya [TS]

  advice [TS]

  it's horrible it's really horrible i had [TS]

  had this had this one experience where [TS]

  it's like hard to describe she's bending [TS]

  my arm but I need to keep laying down [TS]

  flat but the way she's bending my arm [TS]

  like the natural implication is to like [TS]

  sit up right you want to kind of sit up [TS]

  and move with emotion but like that's [TS]

  not what you're supposed to do so she's [TS]

  like now lay down flat so she bends the [TS]

  arm and I kind of sit up and she just [TS]

  like pops me on the nose she's like down [TS]

  like you have to go to get out right [TS]

  down boy [TS]

  whatever the thing was there was just [TS]

  like such a physically startling moment [TS]

  which is a real no-nonsense person like [TS]

  what I need to fix your broken dumb arm [TS]

  right and you're not helping you can [TS]

  compute them [TS]

  eggs-actly what do you do all day like I [TS]

  wasted all day [TS]

  no that is not good for you it's [TS]

  effective for you so yes I i have been [TS]

  have been seeking professional help but [TS]

  i do think that not working on my [TS]

  computer combined with the last couple [TS]

  projects being bigger and further apart [TS]

  like this is this is becoming a problem [TS]

  that I i I'm needing to manage in a in a [TS]

  different way that I need to work around [TS]

  to some extent and in the future like I [TS]

  have a few ideas about that which we may [TS]

  get to but it's definitely a it's a [TS]

  thing that I worry about now being an [TS]

  old man i am both concerned and [TS]

  frustrated at you [TS]

  oh yeah in regards to this so I worried [TS]

  about you but I'm also kind of annoyed a [TS]

  year because you're putting yourself in [TS]

  this situation by the weird ways that [TS]

  you work when you could actually just [TS]

  not do this someone could do this for [TS]

  you and it's very interesting to me that [TS]

  we're in the year of less but you're [TS]

  still doing this [TS]

  well the year of less has many parts to [TS]

  it and I talked about the year of less a [TS]

  while back and even in the beginning of [TS]

  the year like the animation was [TS]

  something that was on my mind that falls [TS]

  into the theme of the year of less right [TS]

  and I sort of kind of did that with the [TS]

  star trek video of having someone else [TS]

  generate all the artwork although that [TS]

  was as we discussed at the time of [TS]

  project that i discovered like oh [TS]

  actually this doesn't really save me the [TS]

  time that I thought animating I just [TS]

  sort of shifts the work in this around [TS]

  in a slightly different way [TS]

  there are a number of things that are [TS]

  connected to this year of less and i [TS]

  feel like i have made progress on a few [TS]

  of them so far but the and the animation [TS]

  is on my mind it but it is definitely [TS]

  the thorniest most important and biggest [TS]

  and hardest one to two work around but i [TS]

  think that the my recent RSI and health [TS]

  problems are like accelerating the [TS]

  importance of this in the list of things [TS]

  that I am attempting to do under the [TS]

  banner of the year of less precious [TS]

  about the animation [TS]

  what do you mean by that so the star [TS]

  trek video is not a good reason for why [TS]

  getting an animator it's difficult like [TS]

  the time and effort that it took to put [TS]

  that video together I don't think [TS]

  equates to the reason that having [TS]

  somebody to animation for you is tricky [TS]

  because the animation and the [TS]

  illustration style was far more complex [TS]

  than what you usually do [TS]

  whoo-hoo so I don't really think that [TS]

  it's like candy you can say i look how [TS]

  much harder longer this took how much [TS]

  more expensive maybe it was to produce [TS]

  because you would go in for something [TS]

  completely different [TS]

  will like I i love your animation style [TS]

  but it's not complicated [TS]

  well for something to do [TS]

  and I think that like you you could find [TS]

  a skill animator who could replicate [TS]

  what you do quite easily you know like [TS]

  there's one person that draws the [TS]

  simpsons you know that they're skilled [TS]

  animators are able to replicate a style [TS]

  and I don't think it would be very [TS]

  difficult or would take too much work to [TS]

  kind of mold somebody into to wanting to [TS]

  work the way that you do like somebody [TS]

  could understand how to do the stuff [TS]

  that you do i think quite simply and [TS]

  then it would be a case of you working [TS]

  with that person to establish systems [TS]

  for how you would then be directing the [TS]

  videos who like it's a new type of work [TS]

  which i think is probably what's making [TS]

  you hesitant of it but I think in the [TS]

  long run I don't think it would be [TS]

  incredibly difficult to do that like [TS]

  let's use occurs because that in a [TS]

  nutshell as an example like that is way [TS]

  more complicated animation style [TS]

  don't be i think more difficult to [TS]

  replicate right like they have a their [TS]

  visual style is as iconic as yours I [TS]

  think it's way more complex than fair to [TS]

  say oh yeah oh yeah if you look at any [TS]

  of the any other slides on on one of [TS]

  their videos the number of the number of [TS]

  elements is enormous [TS]

  so beautiful right oh yeah it's a great [TS]

  style it's absolutely great style and [TS]

  your style is equally great but is [TS]

  simpler so I think it would be easier [TS]

  for somebody to pick it up so I'm just [TS]

  feeling like one of the main reasons you [TS]

  haven't done this yet because you don't [TS]

  enjoy it right like you don't enjoy this [TS]

  part of that is how you don't enjoy the [TS]

  animation [TS]

  oh yeah the animation has always been [TS]

  the part that feels like a real slog to [TS]

  me like that's not a that's not a secret [TS]

  to go along with what you're talking [TS]

  about here like a couple points first [TS]

  was first was doing the star trek video [TS]

  made it much clearer to me this idea [TS]

  that like oh there might actually be two [TS]

  separate roles here there is a set an [TS]

  artwork generation and that there is [TS]

  animation and as dumb as it sounds in my [TS]

  mind because I [TS]

  I'm the person who does everything I [TS]

  didn't actually realize that there are [TS]

  two distinct roles like oh I can get [TS]

  someone who does artwork and then there [TS]

  could be someone else who does the [TS]

  animation that these don't have to be [TS]

  the same person and in some ways it's [TS]

  like that makes things much easier to [TS]

  understand like oh I'm not looking for a [TS]

  magic person who does everything i could [TS]

  actually have to freelancers filling [TS]

  these two separate roles and then what [TS]

  is my role like maybe I am coordinating [TS]

  the actions of these two people i think [TS]

  we've fallen into the trap of cooling [TS]

  animation everything [TS]

  yes so like I was a little illustration [TS]

  and the work in Final Cut that they are [TS]

  two different things but we think of [TS]

  them as the same thing [TS]

  yeah it in my mind I I never separated [TS]

  those two things never really occurred [TS]

  to me but of course we talked about like [TS]

  a creativity ink if you episodes ago [TS]

  like well there are people who work in [TS]

  digital animation and their only job is [TS]

  textures like they don't do anything [TS]

  except just textures it is there's no [TS]

  one who's drawing the entirety of like [TS]

  Sully in monsters inc right someone's [TS]

  just working on the first someone's just [TS]

  working on the eyes so these these [TS]

  things are definitely broken down but it [TS]

  in in my mind from my own work it was [TS]

  all just mixed together in this ball of [TS]

  like here's how a video gets made and I [TS]

  do all of these things and would really [TS]

  didn't help clarifying that is the [TS]

  process that I'm going through right now [TS]

  is that I am mixing these things like i [TS]

  generate some assets and artwork and [TS]

  then I animate them and see how it looks [TS]

  and then I go back and generate new [TS]

  assets and artwork and add them to find [TS]

  out like I keep going back and forth [TS]

  between my two programs escape to draw [TS]

  and final cut to animate and so that [TS]

  further blurs things in my own mind and [TS]

  that's why I think like the star trek [TS]

  video was really quite a useful thing to [TS]

  do and to make it just much clearer like [TS]

  okay I have a better sense of what I [TS]

  might actually be looking for even when [TS]

  I [TS]

  you need to bring on help now the second [TS]

  point that I wanted to bring up that [TS]

  which is when you talk about being [TS]

  precious about the animation the one [TS]

  thing that i have always been aware of [TS]

  is like when I'm writing the script I [TS]

  have an idea of what I want on the [TS]

  screen at the time and I think that [TS]

  really helps make the videos this [TS]

  consistent entity and then I'm also [TS]

  aware that when i'm working through [TS]

  actually animating it there's just a ton [TS]

  of stuff that I think to add while i am [TS]

  in the video creation process and this [TS]

  is part of the reason why it always ends [TS]

  up taking longer than I anticipated it's [TS]

  going to be because i'm i'm putting [TS]

  something together like oh this would be [TS]

  a great little visual reference to put [TS]

  in this scene or oh you know what i want [TS]

  to do this this way I keep wanting to [TS]

  like add all of these things and i do [TS]

  think that a lot of the stuff that I [TS]

  come up with while i am in the process [TS]

  of animating adds to the final product [TS]

  like things that it didn't occur to me [TS]

  to do until I'm just kind of playing [TS]

  around with art and animation seeing how [TS]

  does this work together who what can I [TS]

  do with this [TS]

  but but one of the things that that i'm [TS]

  thinking a lot about is how to get the [TS]

  entirety of my job done without having [TS]

  to touch my computer and I'm i keep [TS]

  coming to this idea like well I may need [TS]

  to have videos take a much longer time [TS]

  from start to finish because maybe there [TS]

  is a role for me as the like constant [TS]

  director and refiner of animation work [TS]

  that is happening and i think that it [TS]

  didn't quite occur to me that maybe lots [TS]

  of these things that I come up with [TS]

  while I am animating instead i can come [TS]

  up with [TS]

  while i am reviewing the work of what an [TS]

  illustrator or an animator is doing and [TS]

  just accepting the fact like you know [TS]

  what is going to be a ton of going back [TS]

  and forth between [TS]

  animators and illustrators with like [TS]

  let's add this like can we do this can [TS]

  this thing go over here like maybe [TS]

  that's the way forward but it will mean [TS]

  that like you know let's let's say it [TS]

  takes four weeks to do a script from [TS]

  start to finish [TS]

  I got very used to this idea of like oh [TS]

  I script is done and then within a week [TS]

  at most i have the video up and isn't [TS]

  that great like well you know what maybe [TS]

  what's really going to have to happen is [TS]

  that the production cycle is something [TS]

  more like eight weeks right that there's [TS]

  four weeks of writing for weeks of [TS]

  back-and-forth with people working on [TS]

  the video but during that people working [TS]

  back and forth on the video i can be [TS]

  writing the next video because that's [TS]

  the other thing that has been on my mind [TS]

  is like I can't keep blasting a hole in [TS]

  my schedule like knocking out a week [TS]

  every once in a while where it's just [TS]

  total animation time like an everything [TS]

  else in the world falls by the wayside [TS]

  so I know you've been bugging me about [TS]

  this mike and i know that my body is [TS]

  certainly more than bugging me about it [TS]

  so it's like something something has to [TS]

  change and i'll just say I took a big [TS]

  gum on one of my breaks I took a big [TS]

  walk around a particular area in London [TS]

  that I like and I was just trying to [TS]

  think about ok how how is it sensible to [TS]

  try to go about maybe bringing on some [TS]

  help and I have come up with an idea [TS]

  that I think will work about how to try [TS]

  to get this process started [TS]

  so there's something on my mind which [TS]

  might might come out soon about like how [TS]

  can I try to make this snowball get [TS]

  started rolling downhill good [TS]

  because if you don't fix it [TS]

  there are many more videos yeah well [TS]

  that's that that's the other thing right [TS]

  is this like okay I've had two videos in [TS]

  a row now where the the production has [TS]

  been physically difficult and I'd like I [TS]

  don't anticipate that is going to change [TS]

  and so yeah if I don't change something [TS]

  I could just wake up one morning was [TS]

  like oh now you have a permanent health [TS]

  problem right now is to light the case [TS]

  you didn't put anything in place [TS]

  yeah that's exactly it i feel like well [TS]

  I am I am trying to get this in motion [TS]

  before it's a real emergency and this is [TS]

  people people like people are like oh [TS]

  boy wouldn't it be amazing to be [TS]

  self-employed right and it's like well [TS]

  it depends a lot on your personality if [TS]

  it would be amazing to be self-employed [TS]

  and one of this scariest things about [TS]

  being self-employed is exactly this kind [TS]

  of moment of like you know what you [TS]

  could wake up one morning and it's just [TS]

  all over right you can wake up one [TS]

  morning and you just have a physical [TS]

  problem and you can't do this thing [TS]

  anymore like the business world changes [TS]

  outrun you feel like you're always [TS]

  standing on this precarious cliff you're [TS]

  like wow this view is magnificent but [TS]

  like there's danger inches away [TS]

  that's that's kind of what it's like to [TS]

  be self-employed and this is this is me [TS]

  quite recently coming up against one of [TS]

  these little moments of like man you [TS]

  gotta be real careful here because it [TS]

  could be a could be in a really bad [TS]

  situation if i don't if I don't pay [TS]

  attention so last year of less me there [TS]

  are going to be people that will now [TS]

  want to be our animator yeah maybe i'm [TS]

  going to get a bunch of CVS then [TS]

  basically which I look forward to [TS]

  receiving it thanks [TS]

  it's now time to break the bodies of [TS]

  young humans that's that's effectively [TS]

  what we're going to do now i'm going to [TS]

  stop breaking my body and breaking other [TS]

  people's well actually it's an [TS]

  interesting thing because I'm when you [TS]

  mention that because I've been talking [TS]

  to some people who get animation work [TS]

  done like I've been I've been kind of [TS]

  behind-the-scenes sending out feelers [TS]

  about like how do you work how do you [TS]

  work like how to all of these things go [TS]

  and one of the things i just realized [TS]

  like mad [TS]

  when people would give me estimates [TS]

  about how many seconds per day of [TS]

  animation their team's producer like [TS]

  what you can expect from people [TS]

  producing animation all of these numbers [TS]

  i realize like holy god i am doing what [TS]

  is regarded as an insane amount of [TS]

  animation work per day [TS]

  ah so you're actually working at the [TS]

  level of a team because of the insane [TS]

  hours that you put yourself in [TS]

  yeah thats basically what i realize is [TS]

  like okay I am doing somewhere between [TS]

  two to four times more animation work [TS]

  than anybody expects out of an animation [TS]

  employee per day was like okay this is [TS]

  this is an interesting thing here like I [TS]

  could it was just it was interesting to [TS]

  consistently get numbers across the [TS]

  board that were like these are these are [TS]

  insane unsustainable levels of animation [TS]

  production so it's like okay right [TS]

  that's part of why i was thinking about [TS]

  how I know the animation is going to [TS]

  have to take longer because i cannot [TS]

  possibly expect that anybody is going to [TS]

  be doing the same amount of work that [TS]

  I'm doing like it i would be the world's [TS]

  worst boss was like okay I expect you to [TS]

  get up at six and you're going to go to [TS]

  bed between 10 and 11 and you're going [TS]

  to animate the entire time and you're [TS]

  going to do that for 45 days in a row [TS]

  that would just be monstrous like it's [TS]

  just it's wildly wildly undoable and so [TS]

  that's why it's like well other people [TS]

  can work more sustainably and other [TS]

  people won't also have the problem that [TS]

  i have like well I don't sit at this [TS]

  chair accept all of a sudden for huge [TS]

  amounts of time so i do not think that [TS]

  it is breaking the bodies of younger [TS]

  people i think it is asking other people [TS]

  to like work in a sustainable way that I [TS]

  am obviously not mentally capable of [TS]

  working at i'm very pleased that you're [TS]

  being shown proof now of why the way [TS]

  that you do this stuff shouldn't [TS]

  continue who this makes me feel happy [TS]

  them some worried about you [TS]

  in the same way that when I was [TS]

  exhibiting RSI problems you were going [TS]

  crazy at me [TS]

  yeah I was going crazy at you but it's [TS]

  also because you make your business [TS]

  owner I like you someone here though [TS]

  yeah it's just three right it's like all [TS]

  mixed together what it's just me right [TS]

  like it's one person can sit down to [TS]

  read the email revisited and write a [TS]

  whole org chart from my company because [TS]

  there's only one person even though I [TS]

  totally can I totally should [TS]

  and I bet you already have not only have [TS]

  yeah that's true haha but pictures of [TS]

  myself everywhere I did so yeah it's [TS]

  it's just one of these cases like being [TS]

  a self-employed person it all gets [TS]

  muddled up together and and this is a [TS]

  moment that is causing me to be much [TS]

  more much more clear about separating [TS]

  things out and as longtime listeners of [TS]

  the show will know like well this is not [TS]

  really surprised any surprise that I'm [TS]

  here now he's like well there's a reason [TS]

  i want to talk about e-myth revisited [TS]

  recently and there's a reason that this [TS]

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  FM have been drinking a lot of coffee [TS]

  today [TS]

  yeah I had I had an unusual amount of [TS]

  coffee today [TS]

  oh yeah why for you i went to the bars [TS]

  today LOL for your beard straightening [TS]

  and my haircut yeah so I more I more [TS]

  pristine but I got coffee before I went [TS]

  in and then a coffee when I left and [TS]

  we're talking like the strong hipster [TS]

  coffee right so I'm gonna come on a real [TS]

  high right now [TS]

  no that's just wrong coffee that's the [TS]

  idea before six thirty in the morning [TS]

  you go to prep that you know that [TS]

  nothing now I know this this morning of [TS]

  mom it's all it's all homegrown filter [TS]

  coffee today for the past several days [TS]

  actually i'm home grown from Amsterdam [TS]

  yeah i would totally love to see like a [TS]

  blood toxicology report my Kathy levels [TS]

  right now it's all good man [TS]

  yeah I won't worry about it oh I'm not [TS]

  worried i know you know today like I was [TS]

  an interest like it's really [TS]

  entertaining that sometimes when i drink [TS]

  coffee I i have the feeling like I could [TS]

  run the world like I could just [TS]

  completely rule the world and everything [TS]

  would be fine do you ever get that [TS]

  feeling like I'm just like I could do [TS]

  anything right now like I'm unstoppable [TS]

  no well I think it's because you drink [TS]

  more coffee than me [TS]

  yeah yeah so that's why you don't get [TS]

  the rule the world feeling that i [TS]

  sometimes get yeah I don't get [TS]

  I don't get make a little Megan I can't [TS]

  say no metal mania Magdalene min idol [TS]

  make them make the look of Michael yeah [TS]

  yeah I don't get that when i drink [TS]

  coffee [TS]

  ok just not good that's gonna all gray i [TS]

  did i did i did a thing i did a real [TS]

  thing last week I bought an ipad but [TS]

  another one so your fault really [TS]

  yeah yeah I know I know it's my fault i [TS]

  know it's my fault it's my fault for [TS]

  being so reasonable [TS]

  mhm about why multiple iPads multiple [TS]

  iPads pros are thing that's totally [TS]

  useful i recorded with you on friday i [TS]

  went to the apple store on Tuesday only [TS]

  because i was busy on monday and i [TS]

  bought a gold ipad pro 9.7 oh and I want [TS]

  I want to give my my personal reasoning [TS]

  for this so I'm very much on board of a [TS]

  lot of the stuff you were talking about [TS]

  last time about setting up devices for [TS]

  different kind of mindsets and and [TS]

  different ways of working and I am [TS]

  completely on board with the multiple [TS]

  screens as like pieces of paper idea [TS]

  like I'm sold on that completely but the [TS]

  thing that kind of tip me over the edge [TS]

  when thinking about multiple iPads is [TS]

  thinking about how over the last few [TS]

  years i have used and how it's been [TS]

  completely acceptable for people to do [TS]

  this to have multiple max I've had a [TS]

  laptop and a desktop for years because i [TS]

  use them in different ways i'm operating [TS]

  them in different ways and doing [TS]

  different things with them and I figure [TS]

  why wouldn't i have multiple iPads for [TS]

  that same reason especially when in the [TS]

  ipad pro line those two devices on the [TS]

  face of it seems similar but when you [TS]

  actually use them you realize they're [TS]

  very different devices [TS]

  oh how because of how iOS operates on [TS]

  those devices [TS]

  the the 12.9 inch iPad pro gives a far [TS]

  superior multitasking of you who so it [TS]

  really does to me feel like a computer [TS]

  use the different things so my current [TS]

  kind of arrangement is the 9.7 inch iPad [TS]

  pro is being used for the consumption of [TS]

  things so Twitter reading taking very [TS]

  basic notes on stuff for shows watching [TS]

  videos and things like that while I'm [TS]

  around the house or in the morning or in [TS]

  the evening and then the larger iPad pro [TS]

  12.9 that's where the works getting done [TS]

  that's where i'm filling out spreadsheet [TS]

  and stats are i'm doing invoices you [TS]

  know that that's where i'm communicating [TS]

  with multiple people and coordinate and [TS]

  stuff and doing my email and writing [TS]

  scripts for ads like that's all [TS]

  happening there [TS]

  hmm i love it's the best is one of the [TS]

  best things that's ever happened to be [TS]

  i'm so happy people think i'm crazy i'm [TS]

  trying so hard to convince people [TS]

  basically every show I produce right now [TS]

  is me trying to talk about why I think [TS]

  this is fantastic [TS]

  Oh Mike I know I know because since i [TS]

  have been animating I've been listening [TS]

  to a lot of podcasts and I feel like you [TS]

  are my little Thomas Henry Huxley going [TS]

  out into the world bulldogging this idea [TS]

  about multiple iPads bro like a good [TS]

  hearing you like singing the sweet [TS]

  gospel like every show that record about [TS]

  this is you know what it is i funny to [TS]

  me is nobody says that you're being [TS]

  crazy they just call me crazy because [TS]

  people just like great deals what grade [TS]

  does right like we can't understand him [TS]

  and just goes and does his thing the [TS]

  thing that's really funny about this to [TS]

  me is is like we had that we had the [TS]

  conversation of i am i am using three [TS]

  ipads the framing of that was there has [TS]

  been an ipad consolidation for me [TS]

  exactly going to freaky is like a [TS]

  smaller number that I used to have when [TS]

  we first talked about ipads a while back [TS]

  right [TS]

  I'm totally wear that it's it does seem [TS]

  as this funny kind of like who knows [TS]

  what that guy is doing things like but [TS]

  you Mike you are relatable and therefore [TS]

  you see more crazy somehow in the minds [TS]

  of others I think it's yeah yeah you [TS]

  know what that's probably it like I'm [TS]

  more of the everyman right you know like [TS]

  a man of the people right and now that's [TS]

  exactly right now it's like I'm turning [TS]

  into cyborgs right as I'm moving more [TS]

  towards robot gray you know like I'm in [TS]

  that transition period but there have [TS]

  also been people that have been tweeting [TS]

  us who have gone this way to MH and and [TS]

  can understand the superiority of having [TS]

  multiple hats [TS]

  oh yeah oh yeah i mean one of the things [TS]

  out we sort of lost for the show notes [TS]

  so i apologize to whoever this was but [TS]

  someone sent us a while back on on [TS]

  Twitter this picture of their daughter [TS]

  doing her homework and it was this girl [TS]

  on her bed just like surrounded by iPads [TS]

  right she's working on a whole bunch of [TS]

  stuff like she had her phone and a [TS]

  couple of ipads on the bed and I guess [TS]

  this is this is obviously a great way to [TS]

  work in certain circumstances when [TS]

  you're doing stuff like its it is just [TS]

  clearly so nice to be able to do that [TS]

  one of the things that I'm finding [TS]

  interesting is the management of the [TS]

  devices that's something that I'm really [TS]

  trying to wrap my head around because [TS]

  I'm not doing this in the same way that [TS]

  you are like i'm setting the devices up [TS]

  differently but not like purposely [TS]

  differently i'm not like locking them [TS]

  down in the way that you do you know [TS]

  like you only have certain apps and [TS]

  certain devices and pretty much [TS]

  replicating them but trying to work out [TS]

  what the best way is to manage that is [TS]

  an interesting is an interesting dilemma [TS]

  that I'm going through but i really i [TS]

  really love it like it's just just [TS]

  superb [TS]

  yeah if you're trying to keep 2 i've had [TS]

  in perfect sync with each other you you [TS]

  need to go to some higher-level solution [TS]

  like what you know what the various [TS]

  Apple device management solutions like [TS]

  that's just what you need to do [TS]

  whereas if you're using the grey method [TS]

  clearly superior method which is [TS]

  limiting iPads for purpose then you [TS]

  don't have any of these problems right [TS]

  what it's like [TS]

  this is these are opposite philosophies [TS]

  like I want a device for particular [TS]

  purpose and it is setup explicitly for [TS]

  that purpose and then that negates an [TS]

  enormous number of the managing devices [TS]

  trying to keep them all in sync [TS]

  headaches and and problems that can [TS]

  occur but i think it's the you know it's [TS]

  the better path [TS]

  you shouldn't have all the same apps and [TS]

  all the same devices it's not exactly [TS]

  the same but it's pretty much the same [TS]

  and I just need to see how it's going to [TS]

  go for me over time because I like being [TS]

  able to like if I'm using the small ipad [TS]

  and I need to do something in a certain [TS]

  app i like that i can just grab it and [TS]

  do it i'm not really as far down that [TS]

  route as you are i mean i think what you [TS]

  can tell the listener over the course of [TS]

  the show is i'm slowly transitioning or [TS]

  being brainwashed to work like you so [TS]

  who knows what's gonna happen is that if [TS]

  you know and yeah there's no [TS]

  brainwashing you yourself said that last [TS]

  time but the things i'm doing they might [TS]

  sound ridiculous but if I if I have a [TS]

  chance to explain them they're actually [TS]

  quite reasonable [TS]

  that's what makes it so frustrating is [TS]

  that everything seems like just madness [TS]

  but then you break it down and I seem to [TS]

  be able to understand it [TS]

  yeah I'm very reasonable very reasonable [TS]

  guy there was something that I wanted to [TS]

  put in the showers because it made me [TS]

  laugh so much and it was a guy Cody on [TS]

  Twitter created a breaking news image of [TS]

  the two of us [TS]

  oh yeah it's so I just I just want to [TS]

  put this in here because it's so [TS]

  perfectly encapsulates mean you [TS]

  yeah that this was at an excellent piece [TS]

  of cortex related artwork mind Cody [TS]

  Williams and I just absolutely love it I [TS]

  love it because of the coloring so what [TS]

  they did was they took the the version [TS]

  of me from the star trek animated one [TS]

  the ultimate gray right to get gray ok [TS]

  gray alright and then they took you [TS]

  posted this like Powerpuff version of [TS]

  yourself huh on the internet and they [TS]

  combine the two of these like [TS]

  you looking like a powerpuff girl with a [TS]

  pink star and all of these colors are on [TS]

  the projection screen that i normally [TS]

  use when i'm talking about stuff but [TS]

  everything in my universe is just great [TS]

  there's no there's no color at all and [TS]

  even just the way the things look like [TS]

  of course my animated version of myself [TS]

  has no mouth or anything but like you [TS]

  have these huge eyes and like big smile [TS]

  and it's just that the contrast of these [TS]

  two images i think is hilarious like [TS]

  this is this is a great great piece of [TS]

  show artwork and the news headline is [TS]

  like a breaking news thing like you did [TS]

  news anchor and this is breaking news [TS]

  bitman pies to ipad pros doubles [TS]

  productivity [TS]

  yeah perfect it's good it's just so good [TS]

  ten out of ten that that's the award for [TS]

  that one it's really good i also noticed [TS]

  was to an ipad productivity you posted a [TS]

  little blog post kind of going into [TS]

  detail a little bit more on the [TS]

  precariously created transformer [TS]

  workstation oh oh yeah so credit i [TS]

  forget the timeline of like when have i [TS]

  posted things I have no idea but i guess [TS]

  this came up after the last last show [TS]

  but yeah i'm looking at these pictures [TS]

  and those tables that one of the legs [TS]

  isn't like completely us just so [TS]

  dangerous looking to me make it like [TS]

  just that front left leg on the top [TS]

  table is not like completely on the [TS]

  table that is resting on [TS]

  I know it's you I know what you think [TS]

  you're seeing but they're way more [TS]

  stable in person than they look [TS]

  those those legs have a weird at like [TS]

  sheath that goes around the outside of [TS]

  them so it makes them look more [TS]

  off-center than they actually are but [TS]

  trust me the contact point is entirely [TS]

  is entirely on the table so don't worry [TS]

  about my crazy double table standing [TS]

  desk there it's working just fine it [TS]

  doesn't move an inch and i actually use [TS]

  it but yes for listeners of cortex i did [TS]

  put a very brief article up on my [TS]

  website where i was just detailing a [TS]

  little bit the details of of how I set [TS]

  up what I'm thinking it was my you know [TS]

  writing monastery here where the place [TS]

  that I just go to write and it was just [TS]

  a couple of things about how you can [TS]

  actually hook up a mechanical keyboard [TS]

  to an ipad [TS]

  which I wasn't 100% sure if i could get [TS]

  that to work because i was using some [TS]

  older Apple technology that's like [TS]

  lightning camera adapter thing like [TS]

  maybe this has a USB port maybe i can [TS]

  plug my keyboard into this and plug it [TS]

  into the ipad and it totally works and i [TS]

  have to say this is gotta be like my [TS]

  favorite way of writing ever is having [TS]

  the ipad as the screen and especially [TS]

  that the big pro like that gigantic [TS]

  screen and then having a mechanical [TS]

  keyboard connected to it is just writing [TS]

  bliss like I totally totally love this [TS]

  setup it is it is just fantastic [TS]

  it's absolutely fantastic also talking [TS]

  about things that make me feel [TS]

  uncomfortable [TS]

  the stand that you're using em the fact [TS]

  that it doesn't I really grip the ipad [TS]

  properly [TS]

  I don't like that that's terrifying me [TS]

  it's fine it grips that mostly gonna [TS]

  mostly suppose he's fine and everything [TS]

  on it cost a thousand dollars mostly [TS]

  gripping it whilst sitting atop two [TS]

  tables is no problem you know it's hard [TS]

  but I couldn't find any better ipad [TS]

  stands at the time and it's it's fine i [TS]

  think it's more secure than it looks [TS]

  yeah I was I've been looking for stands [TS]

  and it doesn't really seem to be much in [TS]

  the way of like being able to hold [TS]

  something up in front of your face [TS]

  yeah because that's the key thing like I [TS]

  want that to be vertical and at eye [TS]

  level like that that's what I'm looking [TS]

  for and that's what I've accomplished [TS]

  with this with this setup but it is [TS]

  glorious glorious Mike mechanical typing [TS]

  on an ipad pro its living the dream [TS]

  that's what it is there's something in [TS]

  this image the I've noticed and there [TS]

  are two docs in this image what looks [TS]

  like a phone dock any watch doc on that [TS]

  table which makes me wonder make an [TS]

  assumption that when you write you take [TS]

  your watch off and your phone you put [TS]

  them there so they don't distract you [TS]

  part of this is that like to have the [TS]

  ability to charge whatever wherever I am [TS]

  so I just want to have it like a never [TS]

  want to have the inconvenience of not [TS]

  being able to charge something [TS]

  mhm [TS]

  I do two things that are happening here [TS]

  one of which is that I do sleep with the [TS]

  Apple watch and so Apple Apple watch [TS]

  gets charged a little bit in the evening [TS]

  and a little bit in the morning but [TS]

  sometimes like depending on how long [TS]

  it's been charging in the evening or in [TS]

  the morning the apple watch charge can [TS]

  be a little low and so I wanted an Apple [TS]

  watch charger in this office space [TS]

  because when i was running into [TS]

  sometimes like okay if my Apple watch [TS]

  charge is slightly low and then it is [TS]

  also a day where i'm going to the gym [TS]

  and i'm using the explicit Jim tracking [TS]

  exercise tracking stuff in the Apple [TS]

  watch which drains the battery a lot [TS]

  like I was occasionally not getting [TS]

  through a full day with the Apple watch [TS]

  is kind of annoying so I have a little [TS]

  charger here so that if the battery [TS]

  happens to be low i can just pop it on [TS]

  while I do a bit of writing and then [TS]

  it's totally fine for the rest of the [TS]

  day so I don't actually take the Apple [TS]

  watch off entirely for distraction [TS]

  purposes like I'm not a crazy person [TS]

  like right like we all have we all have [TS]

  our limits right so if I just do it if [TS]

  it means to be charged that that's the [TS]

  only thing the phone however uh my [TS]

  gigantic iphone six-plus yes I do take [TS]

  it out of my pocket and I put it on the [TS]

  charger there because I don't when I'm [TS]

  pacing back and forth somehow the [TS]

  bigness of it is more physically [TS]

  noticeable in my pocket like when I'm [TS]

  taking three steps forward like turning [TS]

  around and walking three steps back [TS]

  I don't know something about it then [TS]

  just really does bother me so I do put [TS]

  the phone on that dock while I'm pacing [TS]

  back and forth so that's that's what [TS]

  those things are therefore so you wrote [TS]

  a little bit about your peculiar set up [TS]

  and i were a little bit about mine [TS]

  oh yeah I've basically on on my my blog [TS]

  I just detailed out the modifications [TS]

  that I've made to the Apple pencil [TS]

  because people mention this to me quite [TS]

  a bit or they asked me questions so the [TS]

  main modifications that I've made is [TS]

  adding a pen clip to stop the pencil [TS]

  from rolling [TS]

  I've added a pen loop to my ipad so I [TS]

  have somewhere to put the pencil or time [TS]

  so it's always attached to my iPad and [TS]

  then of course the Apple pencil skin by [TS]

  D brand so I just wanted to kind of put [TS]

  the links to those in a specific place [TS]

  where I could people could find the more [TS]

  i could send them and also talk about [TS]

  why I do the things that i do with some [TS]

  of my devices and a lot of it is about [TS]

  customization for me when I truly love [TS]

  something like global product or love [TS]

  some device something I have always [TS]

  found that I customize it to make it [TS]

  feel more like my own which is why i put [TS]

  stickers on the devices i love because [TS]

  for me it's like I'm making this mine [TS]

  mm which is why that the skin is on the [TS]

  pencil like it does add additional grip [TS]

  but I'm like no this is more fun this [TS]

  feels more like it's part of my [TS]

  personality than just this white stick [TS]

  so that's why that that's there but you [TS]

  know I think the other things especially [TS]

  the pen loop the pen loop is easily the [TS]

  best thing i've done here because my [TS]

  pencil is always attached to my iPad and [TS]

  i love that [TS]

  why don't you keep it in your pocket no [TS]

  because it doesn't make any sense one [TS]

  time at home you have a pocket in my [TS]

  pocket army doesn't work just always [TS]

  attached to the ipad we mean it doesn't [TS]

  work I don't understand what you're [TS]

  saying [TS]

  what did you walk around the home in [TS]

  your home in your pajamas and a pencil [TS]

  in your pocket the Apple pencil I feel [TS]

  like it is always either in my hand or [TS]

  in my pocket but but like your pajamas [TS]

  if I'm like sitting on the couch in my [TS]

  pajamas and a pencil in my hand probably [TS]

  on the ipad right and I see look [TS]

  my thing is I don't want to ever have to [TS]

  remember to pick this thing up like five [TS]

  got my ipad my pencils with it it's not [TS]

  something else I have to remember to [TS]

  pack it's not i never lose it i know a [TS]

  lot of people that lose them or [TS]

  misplaced and this never happens because [TS]

  we're not using it it's in that pen loop [TS]

  which is attached to my ipad ya again [TS]

  for listeners who were just hearing this [TS]

  mike has this like velcro e sticker [TS]

  thing that's that's on the side of his [TS]

  ipad that has a little loop you can [TS]

  stick the pencil through ya little ass [TS]

  the group i'm not sold on this it looks [TS]

  like you would make the ipad rock on [TS]

  surface maybe it has it is possible but [TS]

  I don't ever have the back of the ipad [TS]

  just touching the surface because i have [TS]

  the smart keyboard on all the time so [TS]

  the ipads laying flat the small [TS]

  keyboards on and just rock on this [TS]

  monkey balls on it maybe the worst enemy [TS]

  i think is a good addition for people i [TS]

  definitely think a clip as well as good [TS]

  yeah much much more sold on your this [TS]

  the clip like I keep thinking about I [TS]

  need to order a couple of those and try [TS]

  to try to attach them to a pencil and [TS]

  see how it works like because they can't [TS]

  get in my pockets right so I would liked [TS]

  it [TS]

  put the clip on the edge of my pocket [TS]

  right when im have it in my pants but [TS]

  yeah this is this is a tricky things [TS]

  like I say in the post like the clip I [TS]

  don't necessarily recommend for like [TS]

  heavy-duty clipping on to things because [TS]

  the clip will slide off unless you try [TS]

  and tighten it so you know using a pair [TS]

  of pliers to kind of shrink the space at [TS]

  the thing and then kind of force on a [TS]

  pencil and walk it will work but i don't [TS]

  recommend done I i mainly use the clip [TS]

  just stop the thing rolling [TS]

  unless you glued it on I can glue it on [TS]

  I could live with that that would be the [TS]

  other thing is if you glue it on there [TS]

  and then you but you be good to rock and [TS]

  roll [TS]

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  and relay FM when we had lunch the other [TS]

  day you mentioned to me that you wanted [TS]

  for ipads ok now if we were just we were [TS]

  just know you said this and then I said [TS]

  I'm putting it in the document and I [TS]

  pulled out my phone and I open quip and [TS]

  i added it into our document because you [TS]

  said for okay so you were you know [TS]

  you've been saying on the show that you [TS]

  consolidated but now you're expanding [TS]

  again [TS]

  ok so let's just briefly briefly what [TS]

  we're looping back here to using [TS]

  multiple iPads uh-huh and i will say [TS]

  that that when we first talked i had [TS]

  just barely been using the two ipads pro [TS]

  and and the ipad mini yeah and the iPad [TS]

  Mini which is functioning as a kindle [TS]

  that's I i still say that barely counts [TS]

  i just mentioned because people get [TS]

  angry if you don't but so one of the [TS]

  things that I was originally thinking [TS]

  and we discussed lat [TS]

  episode was when i'm working out ok what [TS]

  is every device four and i have to say [TS]

  now having I done this for awhile longer [TS]

  than then at the time we spoke I am [TS]

  absolutely totally loving the completely [TS]

  pared-down phone right that the the [TS]

  phone I'm just constantly stripping as [TS]

  much off of there as I possibly can and [TS]

  I can tell that that guess this is the [TS]

  correct decision like I really do like [TS]

  this [TS]

  I'm much happier about this that as much [TS]

  as I cannot have the phone do I want [TS]

  that to be the case and so moving [TS]

  activities to the ipads instead and so [TS]

  my baby pro is acting in this is dual [TS]

  role of it is both the ipad that if I'm [TS]

  just sitting on the couch and watching [TS]

  TV late at night they'll relax with like [TS]

  I'll play a game on it you know i [TS]

  mentioned last time [TS]

  XCOM with the pencil is super fun on the [TS]

  baby pro I gets a great example of a [TS]

  game that just works better if you have [TS]

  a precision pointing device but i'm also [TS]

  using that pro as my notification center [TS]

  so as much as possible I'm funneling all [TS]

  work notifications through that and this [TS]

  means lots of instant messages lots of [TS]

  slack VIP email notifications and thread [TS]

  notifications these are the kinds of [TS]

  things that I'm saying like which device [TS]

  in the house is going to be the device [TS]

  that displays notifications it's this [TS]

  one and I have filtered it so that the [TS]

  device itself doesn't really beep or [TS]

  make any noises but i've set it up so [TS]

  that all of these things appear in [TS]

  Notification Center when I pull it down [TS]

  and so this is my way of of trying to [TS]

  say like okay I have this device that I [TS]

  can use to relax but that if I flip into [TS]

  a specific mode if I pull down [TS]

  Notification Center I can see like all [TS]

  of the stuff that's that's there waiting [TS]

  for me and when we spoke and i made this [TS]

  remark about having for ipads I was [TS]

  originally thinking maybe I need to [TS]

  split this one into to that there's like [TS]

  an administration work machine here [TS]

  and there's also a personal device like [TS]

  is it better to have these separated and [TS]

  having worked with it so far like I'm [TS]

  not actually sure that it is i think it [TS]

  has actually been quite good for me to [TS]

  be able to see like when people on [TS]

  work-related stuff sent me messages on [TS]

  slack even when i'm just sitting on the [TS]

  couch like I actually kind of like [TS]

  having these two devices be the same [TS]

  thing so i'm not actually like dying to [TS]

  go to run out and buy like yet another [TS]

  ipad pro I think it's actually been [TS]

  working out really well for me to have [TS]

  these these two things be in a single [TS]

  device and I think people that I work [TS]

  with have noticed and commented on that [TS]

  it like the turnaround times between [TS]

  sending me stuff and getting replies has [TS]

  definitely gone down like i have been [TS]

  more responsive to people with this [TS]

  setup so i'm actually on actually quite [TS]

  liking it so far though I am I have [TS]

  using the baby pro in this somewhat [TS]

  hilarious way in that i am using the big [TS]

  pro keyboard with the baby pro all the [TS]

  time because now that my big bro is [TS]

  mounted as a display in my writing [TS]

  monastery it's like I have this keyboard [TS]

  that I don't need to use all right but [TS]

  the smart connector it works on both of [TS]

  these devices like like I totally love [TS]

  using the giant keyboard with baby pro [TS]

  like sitting on the couch and using that [TS]

  keyboard with with the baby pro it's [TS]

  super stable it's really easy to type on [TS]

  it's very light like I really I'm really [TS]

  quite enjoying this as a little [TS]

  workstation even though it looks quite [TS]

  dorky to actually use it that way you [TS]

  know I loved one of the lucky few that [TS]

  was able to get one of the little [TS]

  keyboards [TS]

  yeah I have to say whoever is on the [TS]

  ipad pro keyboard design team like those [TS]

  people deserve like the biggest a plus [TS]

  ever because i think they have such [TS]

  incredible design constraints and they [TS]

  have pulled off like an amazingly usable [TS]

  keyboard given what they have to work [TS]

  with and when i first ordered my baby [TS]

  bro I didn't even bother getting the [TS]

  keyboard cover because I thought [TS]

  I've never used a constrained little [TS]

  keyboard that was usable at all but i [TS]

  did want to just try it out in the apple [TS]

  store like just out of interest to see [TS]

  how did it work i was amazed like oh I [TS]

  can type on this thing better than I've [TS]

  ever been able to type on any tiny [TS]

  keyboard yeah what I what I did in the [TS]

  apples door haha has like okay let me [TS]

  see how this works [TS]

  I took the the the tiny keyboard off and [TS]

  physically held it over one of the [TS]

  larger keyboard and then it was like [TS]

  okay I can see what you've done your [TS]

  Apple you have just barely barely [TS]

  squished together the typing keys like [TS]

  the minimum amount that you possibly [TS]

  could [TS]

  by sacrificing all of the side keys like [TS]

  the tab and the shift in the carriage [TS]

  return all this stuff their old super [TS]

  tiny those ones [TS]

  yeah they are really tiny but the end [TS]

  result is like oh this is actually a [TS]

  surprisingly impressive little keyboard [TS]

  so I maybe i'll use that in the future [TS]

  maybe i won't i I don't know but I [TS]

  behind their way like a plus double [TS]

  thumbs-up work [TS]

  Apple foldable keyboard team like you've [TS]

  done an amazing job with these things [TS]

  had a little bit of a tweet [TS]

  had a little bit of a tweet [TS]

  storm the other day about like my vision [TS]

  of of the ipad future and I went to I [TS]

  went to find the image of you know like [TS]

  a star trek captain somewhere using a [TS]

  bunch of ipads yeah I found this image [TS]

  of the card using having like a whole [TS]

  big pile of ipads on his desk again so [TS]

  that immediately reads to the audience [TS]

  of like that man was getting a lot of [TS]

  work done this [TS]

  thats everywhere but what I didn't [TS]

  realize until i went to find that image [TS]

  is that they're called pads in Star Trek [TS]

  like I never knew there was a name for [TS]

  those things that it's like badd i [TS]

  forget you know it's personal something [TS]

  digital device lookout okay well i'm [TS]

  even more sold now right-click out how [TS]

  close could this possibly be like Star [TS]

  Trek always always predicting the future [TS]

  or even called pads captain's use a [TS]

  whole bunch of them [TS]

  this is just the way it's going ready [TS]

  for trucks you want to talk about trucks [TS]

  like yeah I feel like a weight we should [TS]

  have spoken about trucks weeks ago we [TS]

  should have spoken about trucks week [TS]

  weeks ago but we've been so busy we have [TS]

  been so busy and poor you talking to me [TS]

  today I I maybe only mentally capable of [TS]

  talking about trucks at this point so [TS]

  American Truck Simulator it came out if [TS]

  he boy did it boy did its and it's so [TS]

  good so good i've played a bunch i [TS]

  haven't been playing recently because [TS]

  I've I haven't had the situation so it [TS]

  gives i tend to play it when I'm editing [TS]

  something or i'm just sitting at the [TS]

  computer for a long period of time and I [TS]

  haven't really had that stuff recently I [TS]

  just want you to a bunch of travel [TS]

  things but I hooked up a playstation [TS]

  controller to my mac and it's perfect [TS]

  for me because that was my problem when [TS]

  I was trying to play euro truck is I [TS]

  just couldn't enjoy it with the keyboard [TS]

  and being a console peasant as I am Who [TS]

  I i decided to try out the playstation [TS]

  controller and wanting to do is plug it [TS]

  in with the mini USB into my mac you can [TS]

  use bluetooth to but its most products [TS]

  and doesn't let accidentally time my [TS]

  playstation and I'm able to just drive [TS]

  everything around a customized the bunch [TS]

  of buttons [TS]

  so it does all the things that i need [TS]

  and i am driving back and forth from Las [TS]

  Vegas man and I am just having the very [TS]

  best time just the very best time [TS]

  yeah we've been overdue on a little bit [TS]

  of video game talk on this show I i know [TS]

  i know people might find it weird that [TS]

  on a on a podcast which largely focuses [TS]

  on are working world that we also like [TS]

  tack on video game talk at the end but I [TS]

  really do feel that for me like the [TS]

  video games are a part of the cycle of [TS]

  work and so I forget when American Truck [TS]

  Simulator came out exactly but it was [TS]

  just slightly before my last push the [TS]

  videos i think it was i think it was the [TS]

  star trek what I can't remember [TS]

  no I think it was America box we have [TS]

  course of course that's right it was [TS]

  America box part 2 that's what it was [TS]

  of course I was like it's something in [TS]

  my brain that it's not hard because it [TS]

  was some huge thing I was working on so [TS]

  yeah it was America box but i totally [TS]

  view this as part of like the working [TS]

  the cycle and after getting a video up [TS]

  and after having that big push to get it [TS]

  up and and like the kind of relief of [TS]

  having something up especially for [TS]

  producer like me who like with the [TS]

  videos there's not a huge number of them [TS]

  it's not like podcast that come out all [TS]

  the time so there's less fanfare with [TS]

  them [TS]

  the videos are just these big stressful [TS]

  huge events in my working calendar and [TS]

  so I always just deeply feel the need to [TS]

  decompress after one of those and the [TS]

  harder work has been the the more I feel [TS]

  this need to compare decompress and yeah [TS]

  that America box video I remember when [TS]

  that was out I was just so mentally [TS]

  exhausted that America truck simulator [TS]

  was like a gift from heaven to me at [TS]

  that point I just played it i think for [TS]

  two days straight and i did an unusual [TS]

  thing which is normally if i play a game [TS]

  like that I'll be listening to something [TS]

  like an audiobook or podcast or whatever [TS]

  like they just go together so well but i [TS]

  wasn't even mentally capable of doing [TS]

  that I was just playing [TS]

  just silence right just the engine noise [TS]

  companies just sitting there [TS]

  that's how I actually tend to play the [TS]

  game I don't know how you do that [TS]

  normally that's crazy i like listening [TS]

  to the sounds the cause and yes it is [TS]

  nice but yeah this is not my normal [TS]

  experience but I i just did that for two [TS]

  days because it's like it it is almost [TS]

  meditative it is one of the very few [TS]

  ways in which I can just kind of call my [TS]

  brain and don't think about work and [TS]

  just do this thing that is quite [TS]

  possibly the best way to describe this [TS]

  game when I play American Truck [TS]

  Simulator i am in like another world em [TS]

  like because i don't think i played a [TS]

  Les unless high-stakes game in this [TS]

  however now I'm there are no snakes in a [TS]

  minute truck simulator like if you crash [TS]

  into someone that's fine [TS]

  yeah like nobody dies no cause explode [TS]

  like you know you might just lose a [TS]

  hundred dollars like just things [TS]

  whatever it's like this fine you can [TS]

  just just side like just sideswipe [TS]

  something [TS]

  no problem yeah it's fine which is you [TS]

  know you get a ticket but if you know if [TS]

  you have a couple of employees working [TS]

  for you whatever it doesn't matter [TS]

  though they'll pay off the ticket very [TS]

  shortly [TS]

  you don't have to worry about it see [TS]

  that's like pro level stuff you know the [TS]

  way that I'm playing currently is [TS]

  probably a way that nobody plays this [TS]

  game i'm driving until I on enough money [TS]

  to buy my own truck but like outright no [TS]

  loans [TS]

  I'm just gonna keep doing it keep taking [TS]

  these ten-thousand-dollar jobs or [TS]

  whatever until I have raised a couple [TS]

  hundred thousand dollars and i'm going [TS]

  to buy my very own truck and now i'm [TS]

  just gonna drive around [TS]

  yeah see now I at least have to have [TS]

  some kind of state because i'll take out [TS]

  a half-million-dollar loan and buy [TS]

  everything that I possibly can and then [TS]

  you have to work towards paying off the [TS]

  loan that's Jessie ware so that's [TS]

  putting stress into the game [TS]

  I i just wanna but he had a truck and he [TS]

  driving then the way the game is set up [TS]

  it's almost impossible not to be ok [TS]

  right like you're good you're going to [TS]

  be fine even if you take it out of five [TS]

  hundred thousand dollar loan like you if [TS]

  you keep playing [TS]

  you're gonna pay off that loan you can't [TS]

  not pay off that loan but this this [TS]

  totally goes back to this idea it's like [TS]

  a meditative state like you're just [TS]

  doing thing [TS]

  you're playing this game it requires [TS]

  attention if you have to be focused on [TS]

  it if you don't focus on it you will [TS]

  drive off the road almost immediately [TS]

  but the attention that it requires is so [TS]

  narrow and so limited in scope [TS]

  yeah there's just there's something [TS]

  about it which is clearing to the mind [TS]

  so one of the great things about the [TS]

  american version is just lots of highway [TS]

  driving [TS]

  yeah that's what makes it so much more [TS]

  pleasurable to me is that there are [TS]

  massive stretches of the trips where [TS]

  it's just straight roads [TS]

  yeah it's so nice I particularly think [TS]

  like when you know what I used to do the [TS]

  road trips across America you do have [TS]

  this little bit of stress of driving in [TS]

  the city but then you get on the highway [TS]

  and and you look at the GPS and it says [TS]

  something like six hours until your next [TS]

  left hand turn [TS]

  ok so I'm just straight for the next six [TS]

  hours beautiful but that's just that's [TS]

  just what I want to see you know [TS]

  intersections nothing to worry about it [TS]

  is absolutely fantastic [TS]

  it's it is really like the therapy that [TS]

  I need after a big work bush and you can [TS]

  be sure that when this next video of [TS]

  mine goes up like I'm going to be [TS]

  playing American Truck Simulator for a [TS]

  little while to just just clear clear [TS]

  the mind so thank you to this company [TS]

  who made the game I I am anxiously [TS]

  awaiting the release of additional [TS]

  States like I just think let's get let's [TS]

  give more of this map in place as fast [TS]

  as possible [TS]

  I've really wanted to across country and [TS]

  of course everybody wants to do a [TS]

  cross-country everybody wants to do a [TS]

  cross-country to talk about the actual [TS]

  game for a second though the only thing [TS]

  that does slightly worried me about the [TS]

  game is that I do find that this scale [TS]

  of the map is a little small scale is so [TS]

  wrong [TS]

  yeah and some of the trips are so quick [TS]

  i would prefer that the scale to be a [TS]

  bit more i expect what they're doing is [TS]

  making the highways massively shorter as [TS]

  someone who's driven up and down [TS]

  Californians driven cross country like [TS]

  this the scale of this stuff feels too [TS]

  short and the thing that concerns me [TS]

  slightly just thinking forward to the [TS]

  future is when you look at the geography [TS]

  of America like the west coast is [TS]

  relatively spread out and the east coast [TS]

  is pretty compact and I like I [TS]

  understand that if you're building a [TS]

  simulation of driving across America [TS]

  like scale is fundamentally a difficult [TS]

  thing for you to deal with because in [TS]

  the middle of America you have these [TS]

  just tremendously long stretches of [TS]

  absolutely nothing [TS]

  it would be kind of stupid to build a [TS]

  scale like to actually scale I i don't [TS]

  think that would be fun [TS]

  well here's what here's what I'm [TS]

  concerned about right and here's what [TS]

  I'm thinking is if you take this scale [TS]

  at which they have built California and [TS]

  then you just shifted over towards the [TS]

  east coast it's going to have to be [TS]

  something like Oh driving from New York [TS]

  to Boston is going to take a minute [TS]

  it's just everything is just way too [TS]

  close on this scale so what I wonder is [TS]

  like as as the map gets expanded are [TS]

  they going to be pulling like relativity [TS]

  tricks here where yeah they stretch and [TS]

  squished together different areas I [TS]

  because the city's feel pretty pretty [TS]

  good right like driving from vegas it's [TS]

  like okay this disc fit the scale of [TS]

  this part feels better than the scale [TS]

  between vegas and LA [TS]

  hmm so I feel like the scale is fluid [TS]

  anyway I did see some postings on some [TS]

  of the forms that they're definitely [TS]

  screwing with time and scale when you go [TS]

  into a city boundary and like that is [TS]

  definitely occurring that the the speed [TS]

  at which you drive through Las Vegas [TS]

  it's like you're near a black hole or [TS]

  something everything has slowed down and [TS]

  then when you leave Las Vegas that the [TS]

  scale speeds up again so yeah they're [TS]

  definitely doing that a little bit I [TS]

  just I don't know I I almost feel like [TS]

  open if they do that for the big scale [TS]

  for the macroscale it just feels like [TS]

  cheating somehow i don't know I i feel [TS]

  like the experience of driving across a [TS]

  cornfield and feeling like dear God is [TS]

  this cornfield ever going to end [TS]

  or am I just going to spend the rest of [TS]

  my life driving [TS]

  this cornfield I think that is a [TS]

  valuable experience like I think that is [TS]

  part of the feeling of driving across [TS]

  America is just like God are the Middle [TS]

  States just barren sorry everybody who [TS]

  lives in the middle states but it's [TS]

  totally true and so I like I'm just [TS]

  worried that they're going to compress [TS]

  that a little bit too much and then end [TS]

  up making a cock cross-country journey [TS]

  field just weird and feel messed up in [TS]

  terms of scale and and take away a [TS]

  little bit the feeling of accomplishment [TS]

  like i have driven across the country [TS]

  and in this manner so i don't i don't [TS]

  know what they're going to do I'm very [TS]

  curious to see how this progresses i [TS]

  know as we are recording currently they [TS]

  have california and nevada are the parts [TS]

  of the map that are available [TS]

  Arizona is coming next and it's going to [TS]

  be new mexico and texas after that so I [TS]

  think by then we'll have some sense of [TS]

  how much are they screwing with the [TS]

  scale if they do so at all because Texas [TS]

  is pretty big Texas will be fun I think [TS]

  Texas would be yeah I wish they were [TS]

  going to this Pacific Northwest first [TS]

  but the way that they are expanding [TS]

  makes total sense [TS]

  like if they're trying to just increase [TS]

  the number of states you want to do [TS]

  states that are more similar instead of [TS]

  having to map out like radically [TS]

  different geography right there is like [TS]

  I'm a bit disappointed that they're [TS]

  going around that scoop but that's fine [TS]

  like I understand that's what they want [TS]

  to do when they want to get long drives [TS]

  in as fast as possible but ultimately I [TS]

  don't know if they have plans do it but [TS]

  I really hope they include Canada as [TS]

  well like I would just I would totally [TS]

  love to do a drive from like New York to [TS]

  San Francisco to Deadhorse Alaska that [TS]

  would just be the greatest thing ever [TS]

  I don't know if they're going to do it [TS]

  but boy that would be it like shut up [TS]

  and take my money if you want to put [TS]

  canada in there as well [TS]

  Luke name your price company that makes [TS]

  American Truck Simulator I will pay it i [TS]

  would be surprised if they didn't [TS]

  because I feel like they're in a very [TS]

  unique position where this is a game [TS]

  that will just keep expanding who and [TS]

  they can just keep charging for the [TS]

  expansions because they're like natural [TS]

  expansions that people want [TS]

  because they know what they want they [TS]

  know what they're gonna get that people [TS]

  want to drive their own States right [TS]

  yeah i think it's a very interesting [TS]

  model and I hope that works out that way [TS]

  because i want all of it and i'm sure [TS]

  many people do so i will bye every [TS]

  expansion because i want all of the u.s. [TS]

  in this game [TS]

  oh yeah yeah i'm i am i am going to be a [TS]

  paying customer for years on this [TS]

  because it's like i said this just feels [TS]

  like a little therapy session a little [TS]

  bit of downtime meditation time in a way [TS]

  that no other game is so I just it's [TS]

  funny to think that you know whatever [TS]

  was a year-and-a-half ago I was totally [TS]

  laughing at the idea that truck [TS]

  simulator games were even a thing and [TS]

  how I'm like I am the number one fan [TS]

  like waving a foam finger with a little [TS]

  cap on like Darren turn in my virtual [TS]

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  support for cortex and of course great [TS]

  early 2016 and really have them thank [TS]

  you so much harder for their support of [TS]

  this show I've expressed our show a [TS]

  desire that i have for me and you to [TS]

  drive this game together at some point [TS]

  the European truck simulator had a [TS]

  multiplayer mod I imagine that it's [TS]

  coming for american truck of it hasn't [TS]

  already you have expressed desire to not [TS]

  do this no interest in doing what you [TS]

  did do was take a drive with hundreds of [TS]

  other people behind my back and you [TS]

  twitch streamed ok it's not it's not [TS]

  behind your back it's the thing that I [TS]

  did announce it on twitter i don't think [TS]

  that counts is behind your back and it [TS]

  is you can tell me I didn't know it [TS]

  happened and understand your emotional [TS]

  feelings toward this are you wouldn t [TS]

  know but no you totally totally [TS]

  different thing it's totally different [TS]

  thing to do it streams so you did this [TS]

  one time right [TS]

  it's easy and set up a YouTube channel [TS]

  and you went to GP play which is very [TS]

  funny and you'd stream to to our video [TS]

  if you haven't done it since [TS]

  did you enjoy the trip streaming you [TS]

  never gonna do it again ok so a little [TS]

  bit of a back story here as we mentioned [TS]

  the year of less earlier one of the [TS]

  things that that we haven't really [TS]

  talked about on the show that i have [TS]

  been super successful with under the [TS]

  theme of the Europe less is not thinking [TS]

  about or working on side projects that [TS]

  would require constant attention [TS]

  this is the thing that used to take up a [TS]

  bunch of my time and has taken up none [TS]

  of my time since January like I have [TS]

  this very clear set of rules in my mind [TS]

  now [TS]

  what kind of projects makes sense for me [TS]

  to work on and what kind of projects [TS]

  make no sense for me to work on and one [TS]

  of the things that makes no sense for me [TS]

  to work on is a side project that I [TS]

  killed which was i I have been thinking [TS]

  forever about doing some kind of video [TS]

  game-related youtube channel i went so [TS]

  far as I have a bunch of scripts that [TS]

  were written that were reviews of video [TS]

  games like I had this whole thing that I [TS]

  was kind of working on and cgp play was [TS]

  this youtube channel i had set up a long [TS]

  time ago is like the placeholder for [TS]

  this eventual product project it was [TS]

  that channel that was one of the things [TS]

  that kind of led to some of these [TS]

  initial thoughts about like what are you [TS]

  doing that like even if this is [TS]

  successful great like now you just have [TS]

  a whole bunch more work for yourself for [TS]

  this other thing i did upload it to this [TS]

  cgp play channel simply because like I [TS]

  thought oh ok well I'm i like I've [TS]

  killed this project I've never actually [TS]

  gonna do anything seriously on it but I [TS]

  i have I happen to have set up for [TS]

  myself like this little place that works [TS]

  for video game related stuff if I ever [TS]

  want to put it up so so that's why it's [TS]

  there that is a tiny peek into like an [TS]

  abandoned side project that will never [TS]

  be but sort of incidentally saw the [TS]

  light of day because of this [TS]

  what's that sound oh that's a bunch of [TS]

  reddit comments I can hear them I can [TS]

  hear the reddit comments just coming in [TS]

  they're flooding in hey gray please do [TS]

  it a youtube video game channel [TS]

  I mean isn't that they're very loud I [TS]

  don't think there's gonna be any [TS]

  comments about you don't think that now [TS]

  is not our single comment about no okay [TS]

  demands for video game channel [TS]

  no not going to be listened real is not [TS]

  going to be a single comment about it [TS]

  could be tumbleweeds mhm but so I did [TS]

  this I did this twitch stream partly [TS]

  because when these things like it just [TS]

  it just kind of struck me i was in the [TS]

  mood to try to do something just a [TS]

  little bit different [TS]

  there's all these things as well like as [TS]

  you get older in life I think it's [TS]

  important and valuable to not just like [TS]

  dismiss or cut off experiences of like [TS]

  what the young kids do these days [TS]

  it's a video game streaming is this [TS]

  thing that has always seemed like kind [TS]

  of ridiculous to me like I sort of get [TS]

  it but I just sort of don't and so I [TS]

  wanted to do with twitch stream entirely [TS]

  just because like first of all can I [TS]

  just set this up can I get this working [TS]

  and let me experience the subjective [TS]

  nature of what it is to do a twitch [TS]

  stream and the answer was at least for [TS]

  the first one it was so hilarious that [TS]

  there are sections on that video where [TS]

  you don't hear anything because what's [TS]

  happening on my end is i'm laughing so [TS]

  hard that it's silent laughter where [TS]

  there's tears streaming down my face [TS]

  laughter circuits broken like error [TS]

  error right and it was just too funny [TS]

  because you can't see it on the screen [TS]

  but like people make jokes and the whole [TS]

  just the whole situation seemed absurd [TS]

  like at one point or another they were [TS]

  like 300 people watching and it turned [TS]

  out like I was the number-one live [TS]

  streaming American Truck Simulator [TS]

  flight her but like I didn't I didn't [TS]

  set it up right so the video didn't have [TS]

  any title it was just like untitled [TS]

  stream and I like it done everything [TS]

  wrong and the whole thing was just [TS]

  ridiculous but thing i love about the [TS]

  internets like people make really funny [TS]

  jokes when they're in semi-autonomous [TS]

  situations like that's just the way [TS]

  humans work and so people were talking [TS]

  to me over text and I was kind of [TS]

  talking back and the whole thing seemed [TS]

  absurd and I cannot really talk when I'm [TS]

  playing video games and so if you watch [TS]

  the stream you will see like the truck [TS]

  is swerving all over the place like your [TS]

  horrific it's the worst driving I've [TS]

  ever seen [TS]

  yeah like you're just going down a [TS]

  highway just sneaking the thing it's [TS]

  horrible [TS]

  yeah yeah as someone pointed out that [TS]

  there's a point in the middleware what [TS]

  I'm trying to do is I'm trying to like [TS]

  eat my lunch while I'm driving and [TS]

  there's a point at which i have to take [TS]

  my hands off the controller to open up [TS]

  this this protein bar that I was eating [TS]

  tons of people point out like the [TS]

  driving all of a sudden becomes way [TS]

  better when I just take my hands up put [TS]

  up with them actively trying to drive [TS]

  the truck but it is because i can't talk [TS]

  and play the game at the same time like [TS]

  these seem to be mutually exclusive [TS]

  areas [TS]

  the brain that's when double check [TS]

  something you set off the wheel you [TS]

  haven't got a wheel have you now I don't [TS]

  have a real way okay i know you wanted [TS]

  one so I wanted to just well I want a [TS]

  wheel i want to be our headset too i [TS]

  want an emotion simulated receiving like [TS]

  I want all of these things you wanna VR [TS]

  headset this is something I was [TS]

  interested in finding out for me if you [TS]

  were interested in VR it sounds like you [TS]

  are great i don't know i don't know [TS]

  maybe maybe that's gonna that's gonna [TS]

  we'll come back to that [TS]

  yeah what will blow over here isn't he [TS]

  our is gonna be a thing like this year [TS]

  guys you wait for that i'm so excited [TS]

  about psv are because i don't have a [TS]

  desire to buy a multiple thousand-dollar [TS]

  windows pc to use an oculus I'm afraid [TS]

  you'll get it eventually i'm sure maybe [TS]

  but yeah so is the thing i did and it [TS]

  was fun and so I played American Truck [TS]

  Simulator with a bunch of people that is [TS]

  fundamentally different from just doing [TS]

  some kind of multiplayer game with you [TS]

  yeah of course it is you know it's just [TS]

  totally wrong yeah all right now what I [TS]

  want out of my video gaming experience [TS]

  at all is is like right there next to me [TS]

  making me feel uncomfortable with his [TS]

  presence will be somebody sitting in the [TS]

  truck with you in a different truck [TS]

  that's just just want to drive on the [TS]

  highway by myself into the sunset [TS]

  that's what I want to do before we wrap [TS]

  up today [TS]

  yeah omnifocus we should revisit [TS]

  something of only focus okay we do have [TS]

  to mention this but we can't not right [TS]

  otherwise there will be so many tweets [TS]

  that I just don't want to deal with ya [TS]

  so after the show went out and came case [TS]

  who is the CEO of the only group make [TS]

  OmniFocus issued a public statement [TS]

  basically saying that you know based on [TS]

  our show they are working on something [TS]

  that they think will make you and cause [TS]

  existence very happy and then [TS]

  subsequently over the next couple of [TS]

  days [TS]

  what they have announced is a kind of [TS]

  scripting that is being done it only [TS]

  focus like a template and that they're [TS]

  putting into place which [TS]

  you will execute in an external [TS]

  application which will allow you to [TS]

  create project templates inside of [TS]

  OmniFocus and they're taking advantage [TS]

  of a bunch of features inside of iOS [TS]

  that people use that callback URL and [TS]

  stuff and i'll put a link to kind of a [TS]

  post written by Ken caisson on if they [TS]

  only focus kind of forum about this yeah [TS]

  this is a little bit over my head [TS]

  what's going on here yeah there's two [TS]

  there's two things that are occurring [TS]

  here it is two separate things here as [TS]

  well it's a little bit complicated but [TS]

  what you said there's they have a URL [TS]

  scheme that they have built URL schemes [TS]

  are how automation was first done on iOS [TS]

  back in I don't know how is seven or [TS]

  eight things I don't remember [TS]

  yeah when this is around then that was [TS]

  already started to kick off basically [TS]

  they are away for apps to talk to each [TS]

  other and so what OmniFocus has made [TS]

  available is this URL scheme and what [TS]

  this means is that other apps can now [TS]

  talk to OmniFocus in more specific ways [TS]

  than what we were discussing last time [TS]

  about just being able to add something [TS]

  to the inbox so they built the URL [TS]

  scheme that contains data for like start [TS]

  dates twofer date and a bunch of other [TS]

  pieces of information that can be [TS]

  included here so this is in beta for [TS]

  them meaning that other applications can [TS]

  then start to develop their own things [TS]

  to work with this and presumably fingers [TS]

  crossed hopefully workflow will be one [TS]

  of the apps that will do something like [TS]

  this so just like as we were discussing [TS]

  last time workflow has this plugin for [TS]

  to do that allows you to write scripts [TS]

  and to automate a bunch of stuff so that [TS]

  workflow can talk to do hopefully that [TS]

  is something that will be coming at some [TS]

  point in workflow for OmniFocus that [TS]

  they can build in a way to talk to [TS]

  OmniFocus in a in a scripted [TS]

  programmable manner [TS]

  I mean that that's what I want because [TS]

  that the way that they're doing it right [TS]

  now is basically you're writing out the [TS]

  script by hand and I can't really wrap [TS]

  my head around this really easily [TS]

  yeah i can with workflow so which would [TS]

  you're touching on [TS]

  there is that there's there's a second [TS]

  totally unrelated thing that is also [TS]

  happening at the same time which is that [TS]

  OmniFocus is building in a direct [TS]

  understanding of like task paper so that [TS]

  you can write out a project in task [TS]

  paper format and have a program like [TS]

  editorial which understands task paper [TS]

  feed that into OmniFocus this is a [TS]

  separate thing it requires like a [TS]

  separate script to convert a task paper [TS]

  into OmniFocus what is task maple i [TS]

  would say the one sentence description [TS]

  might be tasked paper is marked down for [TS]

  to-do lists [TS]

  it's a way to specify very basic to-do [TS]

  lists just using a few symbols [TS]

  ok so you have a text file and you would [TS]

  say something like encryption video [TS]

  project and then you put a colon and [TS]

  that's an indication like this is a [TS]

  project and then you do return space [TS]

  hyphen and then you start typing out [TS]

  like task 1 and hyphen task to I [TS]

  fantastic very kind of like a [TS]

  programming language foot to-do lists [TS]

  yea the very basic is most simplest one [TS]

  ever like how markdown is a simplified [TS]

  version of HTML that's exactly it [TS]

  that that's what task paper is now I [TS]

  have never used task paper because it's [TS]

  just way too simple for my needs [TS]

  if I was going to go text only task [TS]

  manager i would go for org mode call out [TS]

  to all the emacs people out there give [TS]

  me high-five [TS]

  I have no idea what you're saying like [TS]

  these words don't you worry your pretty [TS]

  little head about it like okay so i've [TS]

  never used task paper but I've been [TS]

  aware of it and i think this is a really [TS]

  interesting thing that Omni is doing [TS]

  because it allows you to have a text [TS]

  file that can be the representative of a [TS]

  project like this text file is the [TS]

  template for what I want to do now [TS]

  unfortunately because i am in the middle [TS]

  of this huge animation push like I saw [TS]

  that this was available can case was [TS]

  nice enough to get me in [TS]

  headed into the beta which I immediately [TS]

  accepted and I want to play around with [TS]

  a little bit [TS]

  the only thing i was able to do was just [TS]

  get it on my phone [TS]

  confirm that i could run the example one [TS]

  that they did like he had a little [TS]

  three-line example so i just got that [TS]

  installed i wanted to see like can I get [TS]

  this to work [TS]

  boom okay great installs i would love to [TS]

  play around with this more this is this [TS]

  is exactly the kind of thing that I [TS]

  should be talking about in more detail [TS]

  on cortex but because this has come in [TS]

  the middle of my huge animation push i [TS]

  was able to give this exactly 20 minutes [TS]

  of my attention on one of my breaks so [TS]

  unfortunately i can't speak fully about [TS]

  it right now but you can be sure that [TS]

  after the video is up after I Zen out my [TS]

  brain on American Truck Simulator then [TS]

  i'm going to be giving this a lot of my [TS]

  attention and seeing if it will suit my [TS]

  needs I think that's the right kind of [TS]

  way to look at it because it is in beta [TS]

  is real early people were putting it [TS]

  through its paces I think if you tried [TS]

  to do it now your opinions would be very [TS]

  different what they might be in a couple [TS]

  weeks time some of the bugs are being [TS]

  ironed out [TS]

  yeah yeah and I I just very quickly [TS]

  tried like one modification and [TS]

  immediately ran into a problem that was [TS]

  like you know what I can't even start [TS]

  down this road of thinking about it all [TS]

  like just just you know abort abort come [TS]

  back later come back later and also as [TS]

  we have discussed slightly before I am [TS]

  increasingly you more reluctant as a [TS]

  person to be running super important [TS]

  parts of my life on on beta software but [TS]

  I can definitely say like how many group [TS]

  you definitely have my attention with [TS]

  this and I can't wait to play around [TS]

  with it a bit more and i'll let let [TS]

  cortex listeners know what the result is [TS]

  once I've been able to do that and [TS]

  campaign continues to march on as we're [TS]

  pushing for more ipads in every home and [TS]

  more information in every aspect though [TS]

  is that is that part of the great early [TS]

  2016 campaign yes party manifesto is far [TS]

  the platform [TS]

  yes I campaign platform is iPads in [TS]

  every home automation every app [TS]

  great i love it sold great early 2016 [TS]