Cortex 24: Open Field In Every Direction


  so we're recording earlier than usual [TS]

  today and I woke up [TS]

  luckily in time just barely you woke up [TS]

  10 minutes before we're supposed to be [TS]

  recording I'd forgotten we were [TS]

  recording today super professional yep [TS]

  why were you such a lazy bones waking up [TS]

  so late so i went to sleep at 3am ok [TS]

  that's not an excuse because i was [TS]

  playing pokemon oh well here's the thing [TS]

  here's the thing with most people he [TS]

  would say that too they would chastise [TS]

  you for being terribly irresponsible but [TS]

  I as a fellow gamer though I do not play [TS]

  pokemon i have ever played pokemon i [TS]

  completely understand the notion of oh [TS]

  it's after dinner I'm going to start [TS]

  playing a video game and then [TS]

  oh it's three in the morning when did [TS]

  this happen [TS]

  I have no idea when this happens so you [TS]

  have my sympathies because basically the [TS]

  is 20 years since the original pokemon [TS]

  games came out yeah yeah I've seen the [TS]

  pokey heads all over Twitter talking [TS]

  about 16 time for all of us and they [TS]

  re-released the original games on the 3s [TS]

  so I was playing pokemon yellow which is [TS]

  my favorite of the originals those kind [TS]

  of not slightly original just so upset [TS]

  out so don't get to follow up but i [TS]

  think people understand what I'm getting [TS]

  at and there is a Pokemon the 115 first [TS]

  pok√©mon called Mew great mu is [TS]

  extremely rare and you can actually [TS]

  catch Mew in the game but you would use [TS]

  to be able to get codes from like game [TS]

  stores or events to unlock the character [TS]

  but there is a glitch in the game and [TS]

  I'd never done that before and I figured [TS]

  why not give it a go [TS]

  took me four hours and 22 get it to work [TS]

  there's a lot of steps that you have to [TS]

  do on one of the steps is basically just [TS]

  a ton of grinding until you can catch a [TS]

  specific pokemon that you need so it [TS]

  took me a long time and then when I got [TS]

  close to it happening [TS]

  I then had to finish it and then 3am [TS]

  rolled around but you got your mew I [TS]

  take get me yeah i am at least familiar [TS]

  with you because i had a friend in [TS]

  college who watched the pokemon TV show [TS]

  so I've seen episodes of it such a great [TS]

  show you [TS]

  is on Team Rocket okay enough no yeah [TS]

  the cat on Team Rocket the ones who [TS]

  always known over the horizon at the end [TS]

  no that's me listen I'm a pokey expert [TS]

  here all right because that's like four [TS]

  sides of a TV show in a random order [TS]

  like 12 years ago 15 years ago I know [TS]

  what I'm talking to you got it the team [TS]

  rocket cat that's the one talking about [TS]

  that yeah that's what I'm talking about [TS]

  yeah yeah yeah okay we're on the same [TS]

  page yeah you bang on with that one [TS]

  great great thank you [TS]

  what's your email address again it's [TS]

  none of your business at cgpgrey com [TS]

  you should have that as an email address [TS]

  we're talking about this message the day [TS]

  we were talking about business cards [TS]

  yeah you are going to the business [TS]

  dinner for the UK top tech people think [TS]

  uh-huh and you're making me thinking [TS]

  like oh I need a business card and of [TS]

  course then it's like oh well have [TS]

  actual work to do let me speak out of [TS]

  business card for myself instead on [TS] like this is but this is a good [TS]

  thing to do which then of course [TS]

  derailed into like Oh what contact [TS]

  information am I going to put on this [TS]

  business card because i don't want to [TS]

  give out my actual daily email address [TS]

  like I want to have something different [TS]

  which then devolved into a good 30 [TS]

  minutes of trying to think of a cool [TS]

  email address to put on my card that I [TS]

  could use a filtering systems that if i [TS]

  do hand someone my card their email will [TS]

  go through the high priority queue [TS]

  because I know like oh yes this is a [TS]

  person I've given a business card too [TS]

  so you've given this person a piece of [TS]

  paper like that is a you know that's [TS]

  high on the gray system i think yeah [TS]

  okay what did realize like okay I have [TS]

  spent 30 minutes trying to come up with [TS]

  something kind of cool and interesting [TS]

  as a secret email address for my card [TS]

  eventually came up with something that I [TS]

  quite liked which I'm obviously not [TS]

  going to share on the podcast right now [TS]

  but this is a business looks like you i [TS]

  think i need to design a business card [TS]

  even though i have had no reason to hand [TS]

  out of business card to anyone in maybe [TS]

  the past six months [TS]

  business cards when you do that type of [TS]

  stuff that we do ever really interesting [TS]

  thing because i have maybe five or six [TS]

  times a year that i would be in a [TS]

  situation where i would hand out [TS]

  business card and about point 1 times a [TS]

  year where I do it [TS]

  like it just never happens so much so [TS]

  that last year I thought I had some [TS]

  business cards made this is maybe last [TS]

  year or the year before I had some [TS]

  business cards made and I took them with [TS]

  me to a trip and I think I left them in [TS]

  the hotel so I lost like a hundred fifty [TS]

  business cards but had like a one in my [TS]

  bag of maybe 25 also i still have them [TS]

  write like therefore better still got [TS]

  him [TS]

  so we're all good but I i I'm thinking I [TS]

  should probably order some more again [TS]

  why I don't know because i never had [TS]

  them out to anybody but just in case you [TS]

  want to be in separate we had them and I [TS]

  did handout one business card at my [TS]

  business at my business dinner [TS]

  see there you go so I'd I've done my [TS]

  point one [TS]

  yeah that's the thing with the business [TS]

  cards right is is you almost at least in [TS]

  our situation anyway you almost never [TS]

  need them but on the rare occasion when [TS]

  you do it's really helpful to have it [TS]

  just to be able to give someone a piece [TS]

  of paper and say here is how you get in [TS]

  touch with me if you ever want to and [TS]

  you don't have to faff around with [TS]

  spelling out an email address making [TS]

  sure the person's typed it correctly you [TS]

  don't have to deal with anywhere and it [TS]

  can be handy because mean you are both [TS]

  in the situation there are names don't [TS]

  immediately just pop into somebody's [TS]

  head is how you spell them because i use [TS]

  Y and you use an e right where I don't [TS]

  use it's in there but also you've got [TS]

  the letters right which people get wrong [TS]

  constantly yeah so it's useful to have [TS]

  it written down or something [TS]

  I was just trying to find my first [TS]

  business cards that i posted on Twitter [TS]

  a while back I'll send this to you [TS]

  this is from 2012 obviously we can [TS]

  actually post this because it still has [TS]

  my email address on there so I'll have [TS]

  to be sure to get rid of that his [TS]

  background his background as a fool [TS]

  would just give up my act of email [TS]

  address [TS]

  yeah yep i'll paint the other word [TS]

  picture shall I yeah you paint a word [TS]

  picture it looks like you made in kina [TS]

  yeah I think I did [TS]

  yeah it's just black with cgpgrey on one [TS]

  side with the dots in the middle [TS]

  yeah which I don't think you do [TS]

  girlfriend d 0 d this is like a style [TS]

  guide thing right how do you how do you [TS]

  actually want to write it and I used to [TS]

  always write it with the dots but i have [TS]

  moved away from the dots [TS]

  ok this is gonna sound a little a little [TS]

  overly picky but I moved away from the [TS]

  dots because to get the dots to look [TS]

  right so that they're actually initials [TS]

  like they're supposed to be the kerning [TS]

  never works with the dot after the p [TS]

  versus the dots after the sea and the G [TS]

  so it always looks like the dot from the [TS]

  pieces floating off in space and on a [TS]

  few things where I have it like I think [TS]

  on my website I've manually current over [TS]

  the dot so that it looks right but most [TS]

  of the time when you type it looks [TS]

  terrible so this is why i have now just [TS]

  gone to c GP without dots as though that [TS]

  is my first name which basically feels [TS]

  like it is [TS]

  yeah that's the other thing is i don't [TS]

  think the dots work because cgp is your [TS]

  name now [TS]

  yeah it's not see g.p yeah right like [TS]

  it's not that I completely agree [TS]

  actually do have a text document on my [TS]

  computer which is a pretty cool i called [TS]

  like the gray style guide we're gonna [TS]

  make these decisions i write them down [TS]

  sometimes when I forget things like [TS]

  there's a couple little picky things [TS]

  about how do i wanna do stuff and where [TS]

  the way i'm riding on my website or with [TS]

  where link things and yeah what a while [TS]

  back I made the decision to get rid of [TS]

  the dots and I think it was the correct [TS]

  decision i think that was a good way to [TS]

  go and then on the flip side you have a [TS]

  bunch of links you have that cgpgrey you [TS]

  have cgpgrey dot-com with a www.start [TS]

  nice yeah that's like you know it's 2012 [TS]

  up then you have secret email address [TS]

  and then [TS] slash cgpgrey ya think i'm [TS]

  trying to find which I can't find and i [TS]

  enjoyed quite a lot was I that was the [TS]

  very first card that I had made up but [TS]

  the second time I went to a conference I [TS]

  made up a card that said cgpgrey and [TS]

  then for my title beneath my name i [TS]

  wrote a professional explainer but with [TS]

  a question mark because i think i like I [TS]

  didn't even know how to describe what i [TS]

  was doing and so we're trying to make it [TS]

  as like a joke on my own business card [TS]

  like ohio st to be great [TS]

  what do you do for living i'm a [TS]

  professional explainer I guess right [TS]

  like that that was like the shrug that [TS]

  my business [TS]

  I was doing which was not a very good [TS]

  idea if I have time I'll see if I can [TS]

  give you a copy of my current business [TS]

  card will look like when i get them [TS]

  printed and sent to me i will put a link [TS]

  in the show notes to my my car business [TS]

  cards [TS]

  oh yeah yes yeah they look at you have [TS]

  you have the multiple color business [TS]

  cards [TS]

  yeah that wasn't an idea from our [TS]

  designer he he put together my card for [TS]

  me i'm going to get them reprinted like [TS]

  that because I like them a lot I don't [TS]

  mind just say it has a logo on it says [TS]

  Michael co-founder as my email address [TS]

  my phone number my twitter handle and [TS]

  then kind of a little bit of what real [TS]

  anthem is on the card I think they look [TS]

  good because they're also the vertical [TS]

  business card which i think is a good [TS]

  move it looks like yeah yeah that was [TS]

  another thing he just kind of the design [TS]

  came through it was inverted cross like [TS]

  okay that's what we'll do it this time [TS]

  its work and it also has the official [TS]

  real a slogan which I never remember it [TS]

  is switch on [TS]

  yeah which nobody ever uses including us [TS]

  only ever gets really used on our [TS]

  business cards and sometimes on twitter [TS]

  headers but it's at the bottom of our [TS]

  website because I never remember this [TS]

  like all right yes that's it [TS]

  alright we have some extremely important [TS]

  follow-up oh yeah I guess we do [TS]

  probably the most important follow-up [TS]

  the wheeler half yes it is exciting news [TS]

  that Apple has made a PR announcement [TS]

  huh that using the pencil for navigation [TS]

  is going to be restored in the next [TS]

  version of the iOS beta [TS]

  yes i am very much looking forward to [TS]

  that as always with these things I still [TS]

  always feel nervous about something [TS]

  until it actually happens and at the [TS]

  time that we are recording the next beta [TS]

  has not yet come out [TS]

  although if the past cortex releases are [TS]

  anything to go by Apple seems to wait [TS]

  for us to put up a show and then [TS]

  releases the beta so we will see how [TS]

  that works out but i guess i am [TS]

  extremely extremely pleased and relieved [TS]

  that this is what's going to happen in [TS]

  the next beta thank you have all thank [TS]

  you so much [TS]

  prosperity should i do a little chain of [TS]

  events what happened from the last [TS]

  episode of this episode of people [TS]

  listening in the future we'll have [TS]

  context you have for the archives [TS]

  yeah right ahead so after our episode [TS]

  last week this situation side to pick up [TS]

  steam a little bit as well as us [TS]

  continuing to talk about this a bunch [TS]

  there was an article written on I'm or [TS]

  by friend of the shows Frederico low and [TS]

  you were quoted in the article by direct [TS]

  quote online at not just from the show [TS]

  that's how people on Twitter knew that I [TS]

  was really serious because it's like you [TS]

  talk to a reporter you never talked to a [TS]

  reporter that he was like yes I'm here [TS]

  this circumstance for an issue as [TS]

  important as the Apple pencil i will [TS]

  talk to a reporter then a [TS]

  ran a piece where they incorrectly [TS]

  attributed the court from you to me [TS]

  saying sources in the note confirm the [TS]

  moving the functionality pencils a [TS]

  decision inside of Apple it's not a bug [TS]

  right which mean you know to be true at [TS]

  the time was so they ran that so that [TS]

  was good and then I got picked up by a [TS]

  few other places and basically over the [TS]

  space of like 24 hours i think from the [TS]

  last episode posting this became a thing [TS]

  that was popping up in a lot of places [TS]

  to with Apple then release that [TS]

  statement [TS]

  yeah it looked like basically this [TS]

  little steamroll happened that our [TS]

  episode went up the article on I more [TS]

  went up it got picked up in a few more [TS]

  places and then ultimately landed on the [TS]

  front page of daring fireball [TS]

  yeah and it i think all of this together [TS]

  was enough of the thing that Apple [TS]

  started worrying about this becoming a [TS]

  much bigger story and I was like this is [TS]

  picking up steam a little too fast a [TS]

  little too quickly and so they release [TS]

  this announcement which there has been [TS]

  some debate about this announcement [TS]

  because it's a little bit strange [TS]

  because the pr announcement says that [TS]

  Apple was always planning to bring back [TS]

  the navigation and that they just [TS]

  temporarily turn it off while they were [TS]

  working out some bugs and this is one of [TS]

  those moments to your listeners where [TS]

  you have to decide who you're going to [TS]

  believe [TS]

  because all I'm going to say is that i [TS]

  have several people in the know who [TS]

  confirmed to my satisfaction that that [TS]

  was not the case that there was [TS]

  definitely a debate inside of Apple that [TS]

  went one way to change things so it's a [TS]

  bit of it's a bit of a weird thing like [TS]

  I'm very happy that Apple has taken [TS]

  feedback and they have changed their [TS]

  mind on this topic but it's also a [TS]

  little weird that they released a press [TS]

  announcement giving the impression that [TS]

  they had never changed their mind so [TS]

  it's just it's a bit strange but i'm i'm [TS]

  very happy about it and it seems like [TS]

  this is a as jason l actually said on [TS]

  clockwise on one of his episodes which I [TS]

  totally agree with I like this new apple [TS]

  i like the idea that they are open in [TS]

  the beta's that they are releasing new [TS]

  features at random times that people can [TS]

  see ahead of time like this is the point [TS]

  of a beta is it not to get feedback from [TS]

  people and to take that on board or to [TS]

  not take that on board but to be open [TS]

  about it so I'm a overall I'm very [TS]

  pleased with the way things have gone [TS]

  yes so there's one of a little thing I [TS]

  just want to see I this is funny to me [TS]

  somebody suggested this to me and I [TS]

  think it's very funny so I want to bring [TS]

  up those there was rumored to be an [TS]

  apple event happening on the fifteenth [TS]

  of March mm it's now been pushed back [TS]

  apparently to the 22nd has and I think [TS]

  you're responsible [TS]

  oh yeah you think this is my fault yeah [TS]

  yeah i think they've had to leave [TS]

  they've had to leave 9.3 in the in the [TS]

  in the oven for another week because of [TS]

  us and no I see right because this [TS]

  wasn't planned to be in the actual [TS]

  release know that they're busy ripping [TS]

  out all the code [TS]

  yeah which tells the pen pencil is your [TS]

  inputs and so they need another scrum [TS]

  week to get the 9.3 release out [TS]

  that's what I think it is I don't care [TS]

  if you're right i'm going to think that [TS]

  you're right because it's funny [TS]

  is there somebody said to me and was [TS]

  like there's no way that's the case [TS]

  however i think that's hilarious [TS]

  so I'm gonna run with it [TS]

  I like it I like it very much we also [TS]

  have a very important announcement [TS]

  yeah the official campaign logo for [TS]

  great holy 2016 has been created [TS]

  ok SI you have gone crazy with it made [TS]

  you made this offhand joke in the last [TS]

  episode at the very end about great [TS]

  early 2016 when we both at the same time [TS]

  that Apple should do the right thing a [TS]

  little joke i like okay that's funny [TS]

  little joke it's great keeping the [TS]

  podcast but since then you have had the [TS]

  relay designer working haha my campaign [TS]

  posters and photo shopping stuff and you [TS]

  keep sending me this stuff I message was [TS]

  like you know we're not actually running [TS]

  for president like Bridget like getting [TS]

  getting the posters already this was [TS]

  just one of those little things that [TS]

  struck me and I thought it was really [TS]

  funny [TS]

  mhm so I just asked Frank if he would do [TS]

  something and I think he's turned out [TS]

  pretty fantastic logo he has he has [TS]

  agree it looks very good [TS]

  it looks very American it fits in with [TS]

  all of the design language for campaign [TS]

  posters so i presume it will be in the [TS]

  show notes [TS]

  yes people to check out okay yep and I'm [TS]

  yeah I'm just thinking now well else we [TS]

  can focus our campaign so we have that [TS]

  going for us clearly we've been very [TS]

  successful so far [TS]

  yeah in our only real official point [TS]

  we've we've completely unsuccessful mr. [TS]

  we have made the ipad great again [TS]

  yep we sure have bumper stickers [TS]

  incoming [TS]

  okay so while this has been all fun and [TS]

  games [TS]

  I do have one very sad very tragic piece [TS]

  of Apple pencil related news with [TS]

  personal to my life [TS]

  the Apple pencil that I got back when [TS]

  they were first made available that's [TS]

  been working with me tirelessly every [TS]

  day since I got it [TS]

  inevitably tragically it had a fatal [TS]

  interaction with a washing machine huh [TS]

  it was only a matter of time but sure [TS]

  enough it was left in my pocket my own [TS]

  carelessness led to the death of such a [TS]

  beloved tool [TS]

  all i can say though is I'm at least [TS]

  glad that my pencil lived long enough to [TS]

  know that the campaign that it was [TS]

  fighting for for the right of Apple [TS]

  pencils the world over to be able to [TS]

  interact with the navigation that this [TS]

  campaign was victorious [TS]

  so while my pencil has fallen pencils [TS]

  around the world will be able to rise up [TS]

  and take their proper place in the apple [TS]

  ecosystem but i will ask out of respect [TS]

  for our fallen hero for a moment of [TS]

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  recommendation so the next book that we [TS]

  have decided to do on the cortex [TS]

  business book club is creativity ink by [TS]

  EDD cattle who is one of the cofounders [TS]

  of pixel and he has managed creative [TS]

  people for years and years and he just [TS]

  kills everything that he has learned [TS]

  into this book creativity ink so I'm [TS]

  looking forward to reading i haven't [TS]

  read it yet but I have heard great [TS]

  things so I'm looking forward to this [TS]

  one this is actually my pic is it was a [TS]

  book that I really wanted to read so you [TS]

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  know exactly everything that we're [TS]

  talking about now the second book that i [TS]

  want to recommend is a book called the [TS]

  second coming of Steve Jobs this is my [TS]

  favorite book about Steve Jobs so this [TS]

  book was written in 2001 long before the [TS]

  iphone came around [TS]

  so a lot of this story actually does [TS]

  focus on pixar because at this point and [TS]

  Steve Jobs his life this would also [TS]

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  helping build pics are up to be the [TS]

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  Steve Jobs got involved in Pixar and [TS]

  then kind of how he helped build it up [TS]

  it really is a very interesting look [TS]

  inside the story of pixar so that is [TS]

  another test that recommendation maybe [TS]

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  inclined but you can choose from any of [TS]

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  the show and really FM this is turning [TS]

  into a pretty monumental episode great [TS]

  oh yeah yeah i mean we've had our first [TS]

  real success as a show and now we're [TS]

  finally going to be addressing a topic [TS]

  from at was brought up in episode one [TS]

  that I think I still hear about every [TS]

  week for people ask me what we're going [TS]

  to talk about it [TS]

  mm and it's calendaring oh yes [TS]

  calendaring so we would we will address [TS]

  today my original claim to you that even [TS]

  sleep is blocked down your counter which [TS]

  was a fact i discovered during our [TS]

  conversation of evergreen to do the show [TS]

  together this was a conversation we had [TS]

  even pre cortex conversations yeah just [TS]

  talking about work in general and this [TS]

  came up as a thing but if I think it was [TS]

  when we were sitting [TS]

  dinner hashed crashing out the idea to [TS]

  do the show yeah maybe maybe that sounds [TS]

  right because you had things happening [TS]

  on your counter because I'd over on my [TS]

  time with you that [TS]

  yeah that's right my guy i was i was [TS]

  counting the grains of sand as they fell [TS]

  out of the hourglass of how much time [TS]

  you have left with me that's all that I [TS]

  wonder if I could pee pre-computer [TS]

  cgpgrey he would have used systems like [TS]

  that i can only imagine you just have [TS]

  you'd be carried around like a trailer [TS]

  full of our glasses that just took off [TS]

  the certain things you have to do each [TS]

  day i'm pretty sure that if I was a monk [TS]

  or something i would be using our [TS]

  glasses because i use timers all the [TS]

  time maybe the idea of a timer is not [TS]

  intrinsically connected to my phone or [TS]

  my watch so i'm pretty sure that yes I [TS]

  was [TS]

  if I was a monk 200 years ago you know [TS]

  doing whatever monks to transcribing [TS]

  books all day or something I would be [TS]

  doing the exact same thing of working in [TS]

  units for her mind turning my hourglass [TS]

  over and over again and having a smaller [TS]

  hourglass for breaks [TS]

  you know just using that one of them i [TS]

  am confident that's what I would be [TS]

  doing this point in the direction I [TS]

  wasn't anticipating historical cgpgrey [TS]

  yeah let's start with what apps and [TS]

  services we both use the calendar and [TS]

  because I i use the calendar right like [TS]

  many people I think it might be [TS]

  interesting to position how i use a kind [TS]

  of how you counter and how they're [TS]

  completely different living [TS]

  reply what we're trying to get them i [TS]

  use fantastical em on all of my devices [TS]

  which it's a iOS and mac app that I [TS]

  really love my favorite thing about [TS]

  fantastical is the natural language [TS]

  input so you for example would type [TS]

  lunch receipts to be gray and it enters [TS]

  all of that into your calendar right so [TS]

  it's all you can set up lunch cgpgrey at [TS]

  the lunch place then it would put an [TS]

  event that says lunch to be great [TS]

  location will be lunch place and it [TS]

  would know the time you put twelve [TS]

  o'clock or whatever and enter it that's [TS]

  what i really like about it mainly is [TS]

  that natural language stuff because it [TS]

  makes more sense the way that I want to [TS]

  do things rather than check in a bunch [TS]

  of boxes [TS]

  and I use a combination of iCloud [TS]

  calendars because i have been using it [TS]

  for years and calendaring on iCloud is [TS]

  one of the things i have no problem with [TS]

  you know we'll talk another time about [TS]

  address books or something [TS]

  nothing just nothing I put something in [TS]

  one device never comes up on the other [TS]

  1i got changed your little icon from [TS]

  waving grade to the gray logo couple [TS]

  weeks ago I had to change on all of my [TS]

  devices independently [TS]

  okay well that that's how thinking work [TS]

  like oh yeah forgot that you are the [TS]

  sync service i have so I'm the [TS]

  go-between and i also use a little bit [TS]

  of google calendar of stuff because [TS]

  people sent me invites to my email [TS]

  address right which is a google apps [TS]

  account but what do you use I use a [TS]

  combination of fantastical and apples [TS]

  built-in calendar that's what I'm i'm [TS]

  using for for different reasons on [TS]

  different devices and the way they [TS]

  display different things I think maybe [TS]

  before we get too into the nitty-gritty [TS]

  details of it is likely there's like a [TS]

  big question about how you use calendars [TS]

  like what's your calendaring philosophy [TS]

  and what is your calendaring philosophy [TS]

  Mike so I'm you're the person who has to [TS]

  actually deal with lots of stuff [TS]

  happening at specific times for my life [TS]

  my life mike is just an open field in [TS]

  every direction right with the wind [TS]

  gently blowing now it sits nice and [TS]

  relaxed and and zen and your life as we [TS]

  have discussed before is is like this [TS]

  horrific obstacle course with jail bars [TS]

  that you build for yourself about that [TS]

  constrain where you can be at specific [TS]

  times and all kinds of a complicated [TS]

  landscape and so it seems like a [TS]

  calendar is a tool that you have much [TS]

  more need for than I do [TS]

  yeah thanks for that accurate [TS]

  description of how our lives are my [TS]

  calendar is used for appointments so [TS]

  things that happen at certain times or [TS]

  if I am away order from holiday i'll [TS]

  block that out [TS]

  so I know it's happening on certain days [TS]

  that kind of thing so for example today [TS]

  i have record cortex on my kinda have [TS]

  recorded upgrade on my calendar so the [TS]

  shows but I record all on my calendar so [TS]

  i know that if i get any requests for [TS]

  meetings or appointments or calls that [TS]

  time is blocked out i can see at a [TS]

  glance [TS]

  okay i know that i'm going to be doing [TS]

  this then then i put in things that I do [TS]

  with my girlfriend we have a shared [TS]

  calendar that sort of stuff goes on [TS]

  there so if we're going somewhere then [TS]

  I'll put it on there and i also use our [TS]

  shared calendar as a way to update her [TS]

  about certain days out that i'm going to [TS]

  be taking so she has an idea where I am [TS]

  at certain times if needs be [TS]

  and I is also put like conference calls [TS]

  and meetings and things like that so [TS]

  it's purely appointments and events that [TS]

  will take time up [TS]

  what I don't put on the calendar of [TS]

  things like edit cortex-m because for me [TS]

  that doesn't need to happen at a [TS]

  specific time that is a task for me and [TS]

  I will have it trigger a certain time [TS]

  and only focus to tell me to start doing [TS]

  it then and then I will do it then if i [TS]

  can do it right then I'll move it around [TS]

  so i use ice use those two things very [TS]

  differently and I considered anything [TS]

  that's a task anything that requires a [TS]

  completion will go and only focus [TS]

  anything that is happening at that fixed [TS]

  time because you've agreed it was [TS]

  somebody else goes in my calendar [TS]

  mm that's my calendaring philosophy [TS]

  yeah so this this to me sounds like it [TS]

  lines up very closely with what is the [TS]

  strict getting things done [TS]

  interpretation of calendaring which is [TS]

  only events that happen at a specific [TS]

  time where there is an external [TS]

  requirement in the world that you be [TS]

  doing something at exactly that time and [TS]

  so the rest of your calendar is [TS]

  presumably clear-rite nothing is nothing [TS]

  is listed on there [TS]

  exactly and it sounds this is almost [TS]

  sounds like a dumb thing to say like how [TS]

  you put appointments on a calendar but i [TS]

  think a really important thing to keep [TS]

  in mind is just like to be [TS]

  very clear on what is this tool for what [TS]

  is it not for and so yes if if if you [TS]

  don't want to put something like editing [TS]

  cortex on the calendar that's quite a [TS]

  reasonable thing to do because you think [TS]

  like okay well this can happen at almost [TS]

  any time whether it like it is not the [TS]

  same thing as like if we didn't we know [TS]

  we're recording an unusual time this [TS]

  this week if we didn't record this [TS]

  episode now we wouldn't be able to [TS]

  record this episode for maybe another [TS]

  week because of scheduling conflicts [TS]

  between the two of us coming up like [TS]

  this has to happen right now so it has [TS]

  to be on the calendar but there's tons [TS]

  of stuff with doesn't have to happen at [TS]

  a specific time and that is the like I [TS]

  said that is the getting things done [TS]

  interpretation of calendars and so when [TS]

  I used to have a life that was much more [TS]

  like yours when i was working as a [TS]

  teacher I would do the same thing of [TS]

  like okay I'm going to have all of my [TS]

  classes that I teach they're going to be [TS]

  on calendars any appointments or [TS]

  meetings or anything like that that is [TS]

  all on the calendars but the spaces [TS]

  between classes were almost always just [TS]

  clear and I would do the same thing that [TS]

  you would do is like okay I have a task [TS]

  list i have a bunch of checklist of [TS]

  things that I want to do during the day [TS]

  and any space on the calendar that it's [TS]

  clear that's when i'd switch tools and [TS]

  say okay I'm not using the calendar i'm [TS]

  now switching to the task list which is [TS]

  presenting me a bunch of things to do [TS]

  and i'm going to try to grind through as [TS]

  many of those as possible and then [TS]

  because the calendars electronic like [TS]

  it'll beep you when something comes up [TS]

  on the landscape of like okay and now i [TS]

  need to you know prepare for this class [TS]

  or go to this dumb meeting and that kind [TS]

  of thing but they're two different tools [TS]

  like task list vs calendar are very [TS]

  separate things [TS]

  alright so sleep being blocked out right [TS]

  this is this is something that I like [TS]

  all of our listeners have been very [TS]

  interested to understand more about [TS]

  because I don't know the answer i saw [TS]

  this i said we should talk about that [TS]

  one day and then left it and it's [TS]

  something that I think about a lot [TS]

  because I can't fully understand [TS]

  and why you do this now just from my [TS]

  perspective allow me to explain to you [TS]

  why I think this is strange to see ok so [TS]

  it might at least help paint the picture [TS]

  for why I i think it's peculiar you know [TS]

  you're going to sleep every day right [TS]

  that like that is gonna happen right [TS]

  sleep will occur because it kinda has to [TS]

  eventually lose that battle it's going [TS]

  to happen exactly even if you're busy [TS]

  catching muse eventually it's going to [TS]

  happen eh yeah it did it really snuck up [TS]

  on me there and I assume that you have a [TS]

  pretty good idea of the time that you go [TS]

  to sleep every day you keep talking man [TS]

  ok that it's not like you could just [TS]

  forget now you could do what I did where [TS]

  you could stay up too late but no [TS]

  calendar event was going to make me go [TS]

  to sleep because i was busy i was [TS]

  catching them all man [TS]

  so why do you block sleep out on your [TS]

  calendar [TS]

  okay so here's the thing we're talking [TS]

  about calendaring out of a funny time [TS]

  for me and the way I use calendars [TS]

  because i'm beginning to change a little [TS]

  bit the way that I work but one thing [TS]

  that i find is quite useful with [TS]

  calendars is ok will you have this idea [TS]

  of ok here are my appointments they're [TS]

  going to happen at various times but the [TS]

  other thing that a calendar can be [TS]

  useful for is as a way to plan out how [TS]

  you want to spend your time and this for [TS]

  me as a person who as I mentioned before [TS]

  is just standing in the middle of this [TS]

  opens and like field there is no [TS]

  structure on the day most days so I am [TS]

  the person who has to impose the [TS]

  structure on myself and so I have always [TS]

  found a calendar to be a useful way to [TS]

  try and get a handle on how much time do [TS]

  I have available to do [TS]

  various things and it is a very [TS]

  interesting exercise to sit down with [TS]

  the calendar as a self-employed person [TS]

  and try to plan out how much time do I [TS]

  have [TS]

  how much time do I want to have for [TS]

  various kinds of tasks in my life and so [TS]

  speaking of tools and tricks for the [TS]

  moment one of the reasons why i use [TS]

  fantastical particularly on mac is [TS]

  twofold first it allows you to look at a [TS]

  two-week view which is much more useful [TS]

  for my life I tend to think in two week [TS]

  chunks [TS]

  I don't like the one week one week is so [TS]

  small and constraining two weeks is way [TS]

  better [TS]

  and secondly it has the ability to [TS]

  switch between different calendar group [TS]

  so i have so many calendars in my system [TS]

  that sink back and forth with so many [TS]

  people and for so many different things [TS]

  but they fall into two broad categories [TS]

  which is different kind of appointments [TS]

  which is kind of like that action [TS]

  calendar but then I have a whole other [TS]

  set of calendars that i use to just plan [TS]

  out how in theory do I want to spend my [TS]

  time and so the reason that sleep is on [TS]

  my calendar is because the first big [TS]

  unmovable block always when planning out [TS]

  my time is ok [TS]

  in theory when do I need to go to bed [TS]

  and when do I need to wake up and so I [TS]

  put that on my calendar as part of the [TS]

  planning my life section of calendars [TS]

  that I have because I want to visually [TS]

  see look man if you're working the whole [TS]

  day when do you need to be awake by and [TS]

  when do you need to go to sleep by and [TS]

  then how much time is left in the day so [TS]

  sleep is on there because it is the [TS]

  biggest chunk of the day and I want to [TS]

  visually see it on a calendar when i'm [TS]

  looking at something like a 14-day [TS]

  planning my theoretical perfect [TS]

  two week time period that's why i put [TS]

  sleep on the calendar let's listen to [TS]

  that mean you don't like that at all but [TS]

  you wouldn't share something at like 3am [TS]

  right now I'm not going to schedule [TS]

  something at 3am you okay look you know [TS]

  I understand why do understand i just [TS]

  had to say that I understand what you're [TS]

  saying you just want to be able to see [TS]

  it visually it's not because you might [TS]

  accidentally put something and I've just [TS]

  wanted to say you wouldn't show you [TS]

  something at 3am to you for about six [TS]

  months so i have to get out [TS]

  yeah that's fine let me send you [TS]

  something like you're doing something [TS]

  right [TS]

  I hate to keep bringing up the samsung [TS]

  damn trip I'm gonna bring it up again I [TS]

  don't bring it up people because again [TS]

  it was like the great incorporated [TS]

  retreatants I got all these great ideas [TS]

  and had this huge effect on me so I [TS]

  apologize if I keep mentioning this trip [TS]

  but it really didn't matter so on the [TS]

  most recent trip i didn't use a calendar [TS]

  i used the ipad pro to do it let me send [TS]

  you Mike me putting together a sample [TS]

  two-week period for myself so I'm going [TS]

  to instant message you something right [TS]

  now so you can see actually you can put [TS]

  this in the show notes as well if people [TS]

  want to see well then there's a calendar [TS]

  ok what if i just sent you Mike the [TS]

  scribblings of a madman [TS]

  it looks like the look at it look like [TS]

  the scribblings of a madman I think not [TS]

  i think the listeners can decide [TS]

  alright so okay because radio is a [TS]

  theater of the mind we have across the [TS]

  top we have Monday Tuesday Wednesday [TS]

  Thursday Friday it carries on [TS]

  I think you got what three weeks planned [TS]

  out here it's two weeks two weeks okay i [TS]

  see and then down the the button which [TS]

  is the part [TS]

  see this is where this is where i am [TS]

  trying to get away from sin x axis and y [TS]

  axis because I can never remember which [TS]

  is which [TS]

  can you help the people it's the [TS]

  negative y-axis see this is why I can't [TS]

  do it is getting more computing on the [TS]

  negative y-axis we have it starts at six [TS]

  six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve [TS]

  12 34 m now I'm assuming that's you [TS]

  saying you're going to be away from six [TS]

  tool for [TS]

  right six in the morning until four [TS]

  that's that what you're looking at is a [TS]

  piece of graph paper where I was sitting [TS]

  down and open as a bunch of letters and [TS]

  scribbles that's the one thing that [TS]

  commission right i was sitting down and [TS]

  trying to plan out a theoretical two [TS]

  weeks [TS]

  that would be perfect like a two-week [TS]

  block of how do i want to spend my time [TS]

  and then repeat that two-week block [TS]

  forever over my working career I like [TS]

  like what does a perfect two-week block [TS]

  look like in my life and so this is an [TS]

  exercise that is extremely helpful so on [TS]

  this piece of graph paper each block [TS]

  represents an hour and I was going [TS]

  through and writing in various things on [TS]

  each of the blocks for how much time do [TS]

  I want to spend on this how much time do [TS]

  I want to spend on that you know what [TS]

  activities are going to happen when and [TS]

  in the theme of the year of less it's a [TS]

  very eye-opening experience to do this [TS]

  and again to be forced to look at the [TS]

  constraints of how much time do you [TS]

  actually have available to do various [TS]

  things and so yeah and in theory my [TS]

  workday here is really no starts at six [TS]

  and sort of ends at four and there's a [TS]

  bunch of things that I want to do and he [TS]

  was like oh there's actually not a whole [TS]

  lot of time in here like it of this [TS]

  things that i am going to schedule [TS]

  there's less than you think there is so [TS]

  this handwritten thing I eventually [TS]

  converted into a bunch of calendars that [TS]

  are in my system so that i have it on my [TS]

  computer and everything but this was me [TS]

  brainstorming and thinking about how do [TS]

  I want to arrange this kind of stuff in [TS]

  my life I can see me on this Conda oh [TS]

  yeah you can see you what do you think [TS]

  you are Mike pc and CC oh yeah that what [TS]

  you think you are ya good podcast cortex [TS]

  oh yeah I don't know what the sea would [TS]

  stand for because I would expect that to [TS]

  be an e editing cortex and i came to [TS]

  this because there's a ph and a CH and I [TS]

  assume that's podcasting hello internet [TS]

  and I don't see is hello Internet can [TS]

  think what was C this is now you you [TS]

  can't this [TS]

  like the Enigma Mike you're not going to [TS]

  crack this code constructing it was not [TS]

  gonna have creating craft thing [TS]

  correcting that that film ok that feels [TS]

  more like wait what is it was the sea [TS]

  I'm going to leave it then we leave it [TS]

  to your imagination well I like though [TS]

  is the hello Internet has two full days [TS]

  to like day entries here [TS]

  presuming that the hello Internet [TS]

  editing which you are totally right yeah [TS]

  hello Internet takes up way more another [TS]

  three that's three editing things here [TS]

  and that is because we share the data in [TS]

  load which i think is different hello [TS]

  internet right so i take a parson you [TS]

  take a plus i think that's what is that [TS]

  yeah that's it that's exactly why it's [TS]

  it's it's different on the different [TS]

  weeks [TS]

  what's the C stand for i can tell you [TS]

  just because it's fine and this also [TS]

  would leave the listener something to do [TS]

  yet please suggest listeners what that C [TS]

  stands for if you assume that what we're [TS]

  doing is it cutting i'm not i'm not [TS]

  telling you anything [TS]

  okay just leave it leave it man i can't [TS]

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  to a new more logical system [TS]

  no you don't understand like this is the [TS]

  only reason sleep isn't on here is [TS]

  because the graphing paper isn't big [TS]

  enough [TS]

  like I just pulled up the graphing paper [TS]

  template on my iPad brown and here i [TS]

  don't need to have 24 hours [TS]

  written by looking at my looking at my [TS]

  calendar on my actual computer i have [TS]

  sleep marked off as well because in [TS]

  theory for my planning mode where I'm [TS]

  looking at how do i want the days to go [TS]

  I want every single hour occupied on [TS]

  that calendar now that sounds crazy [TS]

  doesn't mean that i want to be working [TS]

  every single hour but it doesn't mean I [TS]

  also block off what is free time I was [TS]

  so hot in the calendar i will I don't [TS]

  want white space when I'm trying to plan [TS]

  how does a week look I want to actually [TS]

  put in this time is time that is [TS]

  unallocated and I just really think this [TS]

  is just like I think every self-employed [TS]

  person should have a spreadsheet that [TS]

  tells them what is their return on [TS]

  investment per hour time per project [TS]

  like I think that is a vital thing to do [TS]

  i think everyone who is self-employed or [TS]

  anybody who's trying to be self-employed [TS]

  or anybody in the working world or [TS]

  students or anybody should really at [TS]

  some point go through the exercise of [TS]

  saying what would a ideal week for me [TS]

  look like and block out what all of that [TS]

  time would look like on the calendar it [TS]

  is surprisingly revealing now it doesn't [TS]

  mean that you are some kind of machine [TS]

  that just does this perfectly right so [TS]

  like when I tried to talk to people [TS]

  about calendar sometimes you always get [TS]

  these replies are people like oh you [TS]

  have every single hour blocked off and [TS]

  so you just do things automatically when [TS]

  they happen it's like listen listen [TS]

  nothing like that happens in the world [TS]

  it's just like having it to do list [TS]

  right having the to-do list doesn't mean [TS]

  that you just sit down and always get [TS]

  everything on the to-do list dot but [TS]

  it's way easier to put go to the gym on [TS]

  the calendar than it is to actually [TS]

  always go to the gym but it's it's a [TS]

  starting point it's a frame of reference [TS]

  that helps can [TS]

  strain and focus you on how many things [TS]

  can you actually do and going through [TS]

  this calendar when I was brainstorming [TS]

  it out and trying to think about how do [TS]

  you want to spend my time this was very [TS]

  much part of what led me to this whole [TS]

  idea for the year of less and realizing [TS]

  like man you know the project that i [TS]

  mentioned a couple episodes ago of [TS]

  killing of realizing like if this is [TS]

  successful I've just added a whole [TS]

  nother youtube channels worth of work to [TS]

  my life was by looking at a calendar [TS]

  thing like there just isn't time for [TS]

  this that projects that i do in the [TS]

  future have to be able to be converted [TS]

  to self-sustaining on their own or I [TS]

  can't take them on at this stage and [TS]

  part of that is sitting down and being a [TS]

  grown-up and facing the constraints of [TS]

  life and how much time do you actually [TS]

  have available to two things [TS]

  okay yeah does that make sense to you [TS]

  Mike [TS]

  not so much so in that some of the other [TS]

  things that we've done have made me [TS]

  think about my system differently than I [TS]

  just I I get why you're doing this [TS]

  I just don't have any desire to do it [TS]

  this way myself [TS]

  mhm because my projects are mainly [TS]

  podcasts and they tend to be on my [TS]

  calendar who I have a price feel like [TS]

  right now I have a pretty good handle on [TS]

  what I can complete every week [TS]

  mhm and because my work is more [TS]

  structured than your work [TS]

  mom I know if I just already know always [TS]

  if I can take on a new project on that [TS]

  because I know what my structure is yeah [TS]

  your calendar because your life is so [TS]

  appointment constraint-based your [TS]

  calendar in a way is more naturally like [TS]

  this [TS]

  yeah right it you this is less of the of [TS]

  an exercise that it has utility for you [TS]

  than it does for me I still think it [TS]

  would be interesting for you to try to [TS]

  map out all the time around that just to [TS]

  see what you want to be doing with the [TS]

  other time that is available but yes the [TS]

  more the more of a schedule you have [TS]

  because of external constraints the less [TS]

  value that is and it's like I never felt [TS]

  the need to do something like this when [TS]

  I was employed whereas now it feels [TS]

  vital that it feels like how like [TS]

  after i left my teaching job and before [TS]

  i started doing this maybe about a year [TS]

  ago I feel like how did I even get by [TS]

  without thinking about this in the two [TS]

  years in between those those timeframes [TS]

  does anything else does any normal human [TS]

  activity other than sleep make its way [TS]

  onto your calendar now I believe if [TS]

  memory serves the reason this originally [TS]

  came up is you had an Apple watch [TS]

  notification when we ride in that time [TS]

  telling you is time to read [TS]

  ok yeah so this conversation did come up [TS]

  because of the Apple watch originally [TS]

  and and that was the Apple watch was [TS]

  very new when we were first having this [TS]

  conversation think it to just come out [TS]

  maybe a couple weeks earlier and I was [TS]

  playing around with how do i want to use [TS]

  it and one of the things that i have [TS]

  found very useful which I'm doing again [TS]

  is using the utility face on the Apple [TS]

  watch which at the bottom allows it to [TS]

  display what your current calendar item [TS]

  is and i really like this i think this [TS]

  is this is a very nice feature and even [TS]

  as someone who doesn't have as many [TS]

  appointments as most people do because [TS]

  of the meta because my meadow my life is [TS]

  the meadow [TS]

  I have found in the past couple weeks of [TS]

  switching back to the utility watch [TS]

  phase really helpful that when i [TS]

  happened to check the time my watch [TS]

  isn't showing me a what's next on your [TS]

  calendar in the way it would do for [TS]

  normal people [TS]

  it always shows me at the bottom what [TS]

  did past you think would be the best [TS]

  thing for you to be doing right now and [TS]

  so in theory if this is a perfect day [TS]

  when you happen to check the time as you [TS]

  do many dozens of times over the course [TS]

  of the day my watch always shows me at [TS]

  the bottom [TS]

  this is what if you have a perfect week [TS]

  you should be doing right now and i find [TS]

  that at like a very helpful [TS]

  mm almost like it like a compass or like [TS]

  a northstar sort of always pointing the [TS]

  way towards what you should do [TS]

  that's an interesting way of putting [TS]

  that to me that just feels like judging [TS]

  see it's not judgment at all it is just [TS]

  guidance because this is one of the [TS]

  things that is very hard for me to [TS]

  communicate to people even though i'm [TS]

  looking right now at a calendar on my [TS]

  computer that has a two week time frame [TS]

  where literally every single hour is [TS]

  blocked off what that is is guidance to [TS]

  me write it is not a requirement and [TS]

  many many times I just totally blow off [TS]

  what that calendar says and this past [TS]

  week has actually been a great example [TS]

  for the last seven days i have totally [TS]

  blown off everything that's on my [TS]

  calendar because i have been busy [TS]

  animating and and getting a note and [TS]

  getting a video ready to upload which is [TS]

  actually processing in the background as [TS]

  we record this episode up but so I don't [TS]

  feel like my calendar is judging me [TS]

  because I'm not following through on on [TS]

  what it says [TS]

  instead it feels like now I am a person [TS]

  who was made a decision that if I want [TS]

  to get this video up by this particular [TS]

  date i'm having to blow everything off [TS]

  on the calendar that's that's part of [TS]

  what it is like this can be revised its [TS]

  not chiseled into stone it is a thing [TS]

  that is adaptable and when I'm being [TS]

  particularly good about things [TS]

  I will just delete everything off the [TS]

  calendar now when i make that decision [TS]

  for like the past few days I have had [TS]

  nothing on the calendar because I know [TS]

  like I'm just gonna be animating as much [TS]

  as I can and taking breaks and I feel [TS]

  like I need to and then going back to [TS]

  animating and there's no point in trying [TS]

  to put this on the calendar i'm just [TS]

  going to be grinding through stuff so [TS]

  it's it isn't judgment its guidance it's [TS]

  helpful guidance from a past me [TS]

  that's what it is do you have lots of [TS]

  shared calendars mean you share a [TS]

  calendar do you do so people [TS]

  oh my god okay let me let me tell you my [TS]

  calendars here Mike before we talk about [TS]

  shared calendars [TS]

  okay i have UK holidays us holidays [TS]

  posts which is any kind of things i'm [TS]

  going to post on the website changes a [TS]

  social calendar personal calendar a work [TS]

  calendar [TS]

  miscellaneous calendar a hello Internet [TS]

  calendar cortex calendar a free time [TS]

  calendar a health calendar a [TS]

  high-intensity work calendar a [TS]

  low-intensity work calendar and [TS]

  landscape calendar these are all the [TS]

  calendars that I have late most [TS]

  landscape [TS]

  oh man landscape is super useful ok [TS]

  landscape is a thing where I want to be [TS]

  aware of something that is going on in [TS]

  the world that doesn't necessarily [TS]

  affect me directly so for example I have [TS]

  you on my landscape calendar on this [TS]

  thursday as Mike in dallas anytime [TS]

  somebody else is doing something that I [TS]

  want to be aware of that goes on the [TS]

  landscape I think of this is like the [TS]

  landscape of people around me and how [TS]

  accessible are there you could also call [TS]

  it stalking calendar it's not stalking [TS]

  calendar i only put it on if it's ever [TS]

  going to matter like sometimes I might [TS]

  need to get in touch with you and it's [TS]

  helpful to be aware of [TS]

  oh you aren't around yeah so for example [TS]

  on [TS]

  hello Internet Brady's doing just a ton [TS]

  of traveling this year so i have a bunch [TS]

  of things where I know he is not going [TS]

  to be around where I have it marked off [TS]

  as like Brady is not going to be [TS]

  available i even put on things like uh I [TS]

  have WWDC marked off which is this [TS]

  summer I [TS]

  don't have any plans to go to WWDC but a [TS]

  lot of people that I interact with i [TS]

  know will be less available during that [TS]

  week or on the YouTube side of things [TS]

  like I have VidCon marked off on my [TS]

  calendar in landscape again I have no [TS]

  intention to go to VidCon but I need to [TS]

  just be aware like if I'm trying to [TS]

  reach some youtube people like there is [TS]

  going to be very hard to read them on [TS]

  that day because it's VidCon and so [TS]

  anything like that i like to put on that [TS]

  landscape calendar future potential [TS]

  conferences that people make reference [TS]

  to travel plans for other people just [TS]

  anything that's going on that might [TS]

  affect my ability to get in touch with [TS]

  other people or might affect what's [TS]

  going on in my own life I will put on [TS]

  there another example of a thing that I [TS]

  put on that which is useful is on the [TS]

  occasions I've had family visiting me [TS]

  here in London I want to be able to [TS]

  block off like when is this going to [TS]

  happen so that i'm aware if someone else [TS]

  wants to try to schedule something say [TS]

  during a week if my parents are visiting [TS]

  or something like I am less available to [TS]

  other people during this time so that's [TS]

  what the landscape calendars for it's [TS]

  very useful i highly recommend it [TS]

  you know that one does sound pretty [TS]

  useful going to say yes thank you i'm [TS]

  convincing you hear you sounded so [TS]

  skeptical at first but this is good [TS]

  ok so shared calendars then my god [TS]

  so you have shared counters of lots of [TS]

  people [TS]

  yeah is anybody allowed to put something [TS]

  on your calendar [TS]

  oh yeah okay all right in terms of [TS]

  shared calendars have a shared calendar [TS]

  with my wife which is for various social [TS]

  events so I'm aware of when she will be [TS]

  out of the house or when we are doing [TS]

  something together with other people so [TS]

  obviously that shared between my wife [TS]

  and I and for the most part my wife add [TS]

  things to that because i am anti social [TS]

  hermit crab-like of social things like I [TS]

  don't want to plan for or put these [TS]

  things on a calendar so if if I had to [TS]

  do all of our social arrangements we [TS]

  would have no social arrangements it's [TS]

  probably more accurate accurate to say [TS]

  that your wife has a social calendar [TS]

  that she invited you to that is actually [TS]

  what happened yeah [TS]

  it's so we have that that social [TS]

  calendar the hello Internet calendar [TS]

  obviously is shared between myself and [TS]

  Brady which we use for planning [TS]

  recording there's a cortex calendar [TS]

  which is shared between you and myself [TS]

  which is also used for planning the [TS]

  recording but on all of those shared [TS]

  calendars i also have my personal [TS]

  assistant shared across those things so [TS]

  she is aware of when I have available or [TS]

  not available for things [TS]

  yes I found out to my surprise one day [TS]

  well yes you you were annoyed because I [TS]

  had my assistant bulk update a bunch of [TS]

  cortex posting dates because it so much [TS]

  that I was annoyed [TS]

  it was like who is this person in my [TS]

  calendar right who just added 20 events [TS]

  over the next couple months 4 episode [TS]

  release date yes but the most important [TS]

  calendar that my assistant is in charge [TS]

  of which is shared between us is the [TS]

  calendar that I call changes and you [TS]

  know how in three laughing at great name [TS]

  what's with either by the name changes [TS]

  it's just funny thing about it like what [TS]

  do you think changes for I don't know I [TS]

  don't know I don't know [TS]

  I it's I don't know what it could be [TS]

  just the the calendar with the name [TS]

  changes is just a very peculiar name to [TS]

  me [TS]

  ok so changes is for anything that is [TS]

  different in the week that I almost [TS]

  certainly need to be notified that it's [TS]

  different [TS]

  so this is for like looking at my [TS]

  changes calendar for this upcoming week [TS]

  i listed on there like tomorrow i have a [TS]

  boring business bank appointment that I [TS]

  have to go to on thursday i have a [TS]

  medical examination that I need to go to [TS]

  so those two things are listed on this [TS]

  changes calendar because i'm going to [TS]

  want alerts ahead of time to remind me [TS]

  to pop up on my watch or whatever that I [TS]

  need to go to these things but like a [TS]

  bank appointment is not going to be a [TS]

  recurring event like this isn't going to [TS]

  be every other week i go to the bank [TS]

  it's just going to happen this one time [TS]

  isn't this just like an appointment [TS]

  calendar them why is it changes it isn't [TS]

  this just an appointment yeah I mean I [TS]

  guess it could be appointments but to me [TS]

  changes feels like the right word [TS]

  because I mean I guess I gotta know in [TS]

  in some ways I could almost title this [TS]

  calendar interruptions to my life but [TS]

  changes is just a shorter way of saying [TS]

  that's like there's a normal week and [TS]

  then here are the changes in that week [TS]

  so the I guess it is an appointment [TS]

  calendar really ok changes the word the [TS]

  reason i ask that then I've been that's [TS]

  just semantics but i wanted to know if [TS]

  there was more to that calendar than [TS]

  that you know like i have a calendar [TS]

  there's just called general because that [TS]

  was the name that it was given right i [TS]

  think automatically that's my blue [TS]

  calendar which is where stuff like that [TS]

  goes like this is not a thing that would [TS]

  have its own calendar because it doesn't [TS]

  happen all the time but it's a thing [TS]

  that I have to do today which is [TS]

  different you know and it might be [TS]

  something like go to bank go get a [TS]

  haircut that type of thing [TS]

  yes that kind of thing is useful to have [TS]

  and that to me is this changes calendar [TS]

  is this like i said in some ways is the [TS]

  primary default calendar because it is [TS]

  the one that most often i need to add [TS]

  something to wear my assistant is adding [TS]

  something to and so these are [TS]

  appointments that get scheduled that's [TS]

  the way this works and that's a shared [TS]

  calendar where I get it so homeostasis i [TS]

  get a notification that something has [TS]

  been added to that is like here comes an [TS]

  appointment I can't wait to find out [TS]

  appointment I can't wait to find out [TS]

  but it is it's not normally happy news [TS]

  when something gets added that like out [TS]

  gotta go to the bank gotta go to the [TS]

  dentist gotta go to the doctor you don't [TS]

  want to do it [TS]

  my sister has a bunch of rules about how [TS]

  she is to add things to this calendar so [TS]

  i set down up a bunch of guidelines [TS]

  about ok never booked anything before [TS]

  1pm unless there's absolutely no other [TS]

  time that it can happen because it I'm [TS]

  very protective of my mornings and [TS]

  trying to do work then and then I have [TS]

  no preferential days about when it [TS]

  should be added so it's like okay [TS]

  tuesdays are the best days to add [TS]

  calendar events and thursdays of the [TS]

  worst days to add calendar events and [TS]

  then a few other things like if there's [TS]

  already an appointment on a Tuesday just [TS]

  let's book as many things on that [TS]

  Tuesday as we possibly can [TS]

  like I'd way rather have one day with [TS]

  four appts than four days with one [TS]

  appointments and so that kind of gets [TS]

  all clumped together if possible that's [TS]

  the way I like to kind of arrange things [TS]

  to be easier just easier to deal with [TS]

  that way [TS]

  yep but yeah so I do have very many [TS]

  shared calendars looking at all those [TS]

  little radio icons on my little sidebar [TS]

  there and yeah the the whole [TS]

  notification system with calendars a bit [TS]

  weird when other people and stuff for [TS]

  you add stuff like everybody gets [TS]

  notified that could be a little bit [TS]

  annoying but it's the best thing that [TS]

  works as we said before i use iCloud to [TS]

  keep it all synchronized and pretty good [TS]

  pretty good i don't have any problems [TS]

  with that [TS]

  so all those little icons in different [TS]

  colors eyes as i said i use colors full [TS]

  of mine and I know all of my calendars [TS]

  by the colors and kind of think of them [TS]

  in color other than what they are [TS]

  oh yeah color color is vitally important [TS]

  like but they can't be enough colors in [TS]

  this in the system to hold all the [TS]

  calendars you have oh ok so the number [TS]

  of times i have thought human vision is [TS]

  too constrained for how many colors i [TS]

  want my calendars right because we [TS]

  really have essentially seven colors [TS]

  that a human can really clearly at a [TS]

  glance distinguish yeah yeah you're not [TS]

  you're not looking for Lila confusion [TS]

  here [TS]

  yeah 77 is not enough seven is not [TS]

  enough [TS]

  so just just runnin runnin through my [TS]

  own colors which it's so personal but [TS]

  it's like oh I can't envision it any [TS]

  other way it's been this way for many [TS]

  years and years but work stuff is blue [TS]

  personal stuff is green health stuff is [TS]

  red [TS]

  I have free time is blocked off in [TS]

  yellow the changes calendar it's very [TS]

  important I use the color orange for the [TS]

  changes calendar not because that's the [TS]

  color that I want to use but it's [TS]

  because it's the color that stands out [TS]

  the most on Apple calendar one thing [TS]

  that i am kinda frustrated with the [TS]

  Apple calendar thing is how it wants to [TS]

  make everything super pale which is very [TS]

  frustrating but they're orange color [TS]

  happened to stand out the most [TS]

  even when it was pale so like eight [TS]

  years ago because of this way that Apple [TS]

  calendar works like I chose orange as my [TS]

  changes color like forever until the end [TS]

  of time now changes always will be an [TS]

  orange I think about the song is gonna [TS]

  be in my head all day now and i have [TS]

  holidays as pink and posts and podcasts [TS]

  and stuff are also blue because from my [TS]

  perspective they are a subsection of [TS]

  work and purple i use for nothing [TS]

  because purple is an abomination [TS]

  so because of the amount comes i have I [TS]

  effectively don't have any color overlap [TS]

  so I have podcasts calendar which is [TS]

  orange and on that calendar is my [TS]

  recordings but also calls and [TS]

  appointments related to podcasts go in [TS]

  orange [TS]

  I have a cortex calendar which is yellow [TS]

  mhm adina that's no yellows free time [TS]

  though Mike that's all wrong [TS]

  wow I thought I could do about it hang [TS]

  on a second is there a gray color sleep [TS]

  is growing all right i need to have to [TS]

  change the color of my contacts calendar [TS]

  to gray how did I not think of this [TS]

  partner who from edina has a camera that [TS]

  she shares at me which is just kind of [TS]

  things that she's doing and that's green [TS]

  my general calendar is blue [TS]

  this is all wrong this is subjectively [TS]

  alright subject there you go that's it [TS]

  subjectively all wrong [TS]

  I have a can of the cord work which is [TS]

  also green but nothing goes on there [TS]

  anymore because I don't have a job I [TS]

  have a red calendar called holiday mom I [TS]

  have a yellow canonical gigs for [TS]

  concerts but I don't go to concerts [TS]

  anymore so cortex and gigs being the [TS]

  same thing like pigs it hasn't been used [TS]

  in years what a bizarrely specific [TS]

  calendar to have I used to go in my in [TS]

  my prime I used to go to about two [TS]

  concerts a week [TS]

  oh that's why that that's okay and then [TS]

  me and Audrina have a shared calendar [TS]

  which is purple but now any gigs and [TS]

  concerts and stuff would go in the [TS]

  purple calendar because most likely me [TS]

  and it would be going together i also [TS]

  have a dark blue calendar which is our [TS]

  live show schedule calendar but I'd hide [TS]

  that I don't see it because i already [TS]

  have all of that and orange that I need [TS]

  to know about and I have a dark green [TS]

  calendar which is invites to my google [TS]

  account there you go little tip here for [TS]

  you might get together that that gives [TS]

  calendar I do have one other calendar [TS]

  which is gray which is just called old [TS]

  calendars when you go to delete a [TS]

  calendar that you no longer need apples [TS]

  calendar program asks if you want to [TS]

  move it to move all of the past events [TS]

  to a different calendar and so I have [TS]

  one calendar called old calendar that is [TS]

  just a collection of things that don't [TS]

  exist anymore like all of the various [TS]

  calendars I used to have to manage [TS]

  school stuff i've deleted those [TS]

  calendars because i don't use them [TS]

  anymore but the events are still all [TS]

  there in this great out old calendar so [TS]

  i can go back and look and say oh what [TS]

  was my schedule like when I was teaching [TS]

  six years ago a tech school in case I [TS]

  ever need to see it so that that's a way [TS]

  that you can still keep all of the old [TS]

  stuff without having to have your [TS]

  sidebar cluttered up with calendars that [TS]

  you haven't used in years like you do so [TS]

  good idea [TS]

  nothing here that I'm currently changing [TS]

  that [TS]

  there we go to the record cortex condors [TS]

  is now is now grey there you go that's [TS]

  that's what I'm proud of myself now [TS]

  fantastic and it is still the wrong [TS]

  color because greys for sleep or for [TS]

  archives calendars [TS]

  oh yeah yeah I can i go how can I got in [TS]

  that room that use that [TS]

  yeah it's just like hearing you even [TS]

  describe something like whatever was [TS]

  just a work calendar being green my [TS]

  brain just rebelles against that was [TS]

  like two green it's for personal data [TS]

  but fantastical on iOS doesn't have a [TS]

  gray color so it's going back to yellow [TS]

  you can pick an exact color and [TS]

  fantastical it'll it'll just sink over [TS]

  on iOS Oh didn't it didn't do that oh my [TS]

  god now my colors are changed [TS]

  why did that happen I can't give you [TS]

  live tech support while recording a [TS]

  podcast Mike why they changed the colors [TS]

  are all garbage anyway so it doesn't [TS]

  matter that quick calendar tip which i [TS]

  really like this thing is a thing that I [TS]

  do all the time [TS]

  fantastical on iOS has a today widgets [TS]

  that you can install the thing that I [TS]

  like about it is that you can set only [TS]

  some calendars to appear in the today [TS]

  widget and this is one of the little [TS]

  habits that i have that every morning I [TS]

  swipe down on notification center and [TS]

  look at that little widget because it's [TS]

  a great way for me to just see what [TS]

  things have to happen today [TS]

  so in fantastical i have it set so that [TS]

  my changes calendar [TS]

  hello Internet calendar the cortex [TS]

  calendar and the posts calendar are the [TS]

  only things that show up in that [TS]

  fantastical widget right so like when I [TS]

  swipe down on it today [TS]

  it shows me there are 2 items that are [TS]

  all day items which are the posts which [TS]

  is the next video in the next episode of [TS]

  Hello internet are each going up today [TS]

  and then it lists record cortex and it [TS]

  shows the exact time so i really love [TS]

  that too always just have a quick little [TS]

  overview of I don't want to see the [TS]

  whole calendar i just want to see a [TS]

  subset of my calendars and i love that [TS]

  like I use that every morning every day [TS]

  to kind of orient myself about what what [TS]

  is going to happen today big picture [TS]

  wise [TS]

  is there anything in this system that's [TS]

  missing like it is that they're things [TS]

  that you wish your system did better or [TS]

  things that you've tried to implement [TS]

  and have failed to do the one thing that [TS]

  I would like that I've i have tried to [TS]

  replicate in in some ways but I wish [TS]

  there was was better notifications for [TS]

  different kinds of items so I would like [TS]

  to know that like that the do app timer [TS]

  that that app has this great feature [TS]

  which is like this little remind me [TS]

  every five minutes when the timer goes [TS]

  off feature i absolutely love that and I [TS]

  wish a calendar app had something that [TS]

  was similar to that like keep bugging me [TS]

  about this thing when it's supposed to [TS]

  start like don't just again because so [TS]

  many of the things on my calendar art [TS]

  things that don't absolutely have to [TS]

  happen so like with with going to the [TS]

  gym for example I would love to be able [TS]

  to have my calendar nag me about that [TS]

  repeatedly instead of just once having a [TS]

  little notification come up that's [TS]

  probably the only thing that I would [TS]

  like there are there are a couple ways [TS]

  that I'm getting around that using a few [TS]

  apps we might talk about it some point [TS]

  in the future but it would be nice if [TS]

  that was directly built into a calendar [TS]

  i think anything i'm missing is for a [TS]

  kind of their app to complete all the [TS]

  things on my calendar for me without [TS]

  media into anything so maybe i can join [TS]

  you in the meta that would be that would [TS]

  be quite nice i would like that too [TS]

  same with the new app if i get to do app [TS]

  that would actually do the items for me [TS]

  that'd be perfect [TS]

  cool do but none i don't do anything [TS]

  they don't do anything that's worthless [TS]

  where he could not do right undone [TS]

  that's going to be the name of my to-do [TS]

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  fan have you found us an office space ya [TS]

  ice watching you sorry haha no i have [TS]

  not found us an office space i will [TS]

  never find us on office space never say [TS]

  never [TS]

  I'm saying Never Never Say Never already [TS]

  did Mike what if it's huge [TS]

  what if i win the lottery and offer to [TS]

  apply a massive complex for the two of [TS]

  us but you just need to find it and it's [TS]

  big enough that we'll never run into [TS]

  each other but it will be the same [TS]

  building [TS]

  ok listen i will agree to that [TS]

  if we have separate elevators on [TS]

  separate sides of a building that go to [TS]

  separate floors at that that's my [TS]

  conditions there you go Mike [TS]

  all I know what I'm trying to do is [TS]

  understand the parameters so i have now [TS]

  established them that's fine so now you [TS]

  can never say never [TS]

  okay yeah there you go you're right [TS]

  never with a master's got em [TS]

  functionally equivalent Never Never Say [TS]

  Never is a problematic phrase don't know [TS]

  where to go with that you don't need to [TS]

  go anywhere but just left you hanging in [TS]

  there [TS]

  I don't know what to say so how is your [TS]

  officers going not well Mike no no not [TS]

  well it's not going it's not going well [TS]

  at all [TS]

  uh-oh i'm assuming is nowhere can [TS]

  provide you for you require remember a [TS]

  few episodes ago we talked about the [TS]

  horrors of be open plan office and so my [TS]

  initial probings into trying to find [TS]

  office space have revealed that the [TS]

  open-plan office is a virus that has [TS]

  taken over everywhere and so okay when [TS]

  I'm when I'm thinking about on i'm going [TS]

  to get an office for myself and my [TS]

  father is self employed as a lawyer and [TS]

  when I was a kid he had various offices [TS]

  that he rented in different locations [TS]

  like then they were office buildings [TS]

  that had many offices that people could [TS]

  rent and this is sort of what I had in [TS]

  my mind that I want to try to find [TS]

  something like this but looking around [TS]

  all of the relatively new office [TS]

  buildings and buildings within like the [TS]

  last 10 years are all built as single [TS]

  endless open floors [TS]

  yeah so that they're like the building [TS]

  itself doesn't even have any structure [TS]

  within its to provide for private [TS]

  offices for people it's just endless [TS]

  open floors and so when i try to contact [TS]

  some places and say oh do you have [TS]

  office space for rent [TS]

  they say why yes we do [TS]

  how many tables do you need as I oh no [TS]

  what do you mean like oh well we have a [TS]

  grid of ten by ten tables / floor that [TS]

  we're friends out to companies how many [TS]

  of those tables would you like on the [TS]

  floor you gotta be kidding me [TS]

  that sounds awful for companies that's [TS]

  not at all what I'm looking for you have [TS]

  any private space and like what do you [TS]

  mean by private you mean like with the [TS]

  door now we don't do doors that's that's [TS]

  the response that i often get but I say [TS]

  the open plans thing is like a virus [TS]

  because even trying to find office space [TS]

  and what to me look like older buildings [TS]

  it seems like many of them on the [TS]

  interior have converted as much as they [TS]

  can to open plan space so I've seen a [TS]

  few buildings were thinking surely [TS]

  building when you were originally made [TS]

  because this is london right so the [TS]

  building's thousands of years old [TS]

  you weren't built with an open-plan [TS]

  office in mind but clearly at some point [TS]

  you realized it was more profitable to [TS]

  sell office space by the desk and by the [TS]

  floor and so you just got rid of all of [TS]

  the interior walls so it has not been [TS]

  promising so far Mike it has been it has [TS]

  been disappointing to be looking for a [TS]

  place that is private as opposed to a a [TS]

  place that is just a table in a room of [TS]

  other tables so you've been conducting [TS]

  this such personally I have been [TS]

  personally approaching buildings that [TS]

  i'm aware of and I've had my assistant [TS]

  searching out various options and [TS]

  neither of them have returned promising [TS]

  results so far I feel like you might [TS]

  need to go to accompany you know that w [TS]

  can provide you can just provide this [TS]

  search for you i was wondering if such a [TS]

  thing exists i go there but there must [TS]

  be companies that can do this there has [TS]

  to be if there are letting agents for [TS]

  personal property there are letting [TS]

  agents for commercial property [TS]

  yeah i guess there i guess they have to [TS]

  be but the problem is is I am on a very [TS]

  strange scale of it i don't think so [TS]

  you're a small business there are small [TS]

  businesses looking for offices [TS]

  yeah maybe I don't know everything I've [TS]

  come across is just weirdly wrong in a [TS]

  in a bunch of ways and it's it's just [TS]

  frustrating because it feels like I [TS]

  in central London there are offices [TS]

  everywhere this commercial real estate [TS]

  in every direction as far as the eye can [TS]

  see they're sad office drones working in [TS]

  every building i think through all the [TS]

  windows and many of those buildings have [TS]

  phone numbers on them that you can call [TS]

  about for office space but just none of [TS]

  them so far I've had private office [TS]

  space [TS]

  the only places that do have private [TS]

  office spaces that have found so far are [TS]

  unacceptable because they are out of [TS]

  central London yeah and then suddenly is [TS]

  like wait a minute i can get some nice [TS]

  offices that might work for me just as a [TS]

  single person but then suddenly i have [TS]

  made for myself the morning commute it [TS]

  like that huh i have worked too long and [TS]

  too hard to work myself back into a [TS]

  commute like no no I have done that for [TS]

  many years and I cannot imagine like I'm [TS]

  not getting on the underground at six in [TS]

  the morning for a 30 minute train ride [TS]

  out to the outer rim of London just to [TS]

  have a private office like a no this is [TS]

  and come join us out here the office [TS]

  space is plentiful you're not 30 minutes [TS]

  away you're like two hours away about [TS]

  two hours away [TS]

  I'm 45 minutes from the center of London [TS]

  45 minutes from the center line you [TS]

  might as well you're just you're not [TS]

  even in London technically are you know [TS]

  yes there you go it's just too far i'm [TS]

  in another County yeah that's no good no [TS]

  good at all like out there with your [TS]

  tumbleweeds not interested I'm very [TS]

  aware of that the don't need you to tell [TS]

  me but that is exactly the problem like [TS]

  here is here is the seductive part about [TS]

  living in the center of the city even [TS]

  for all of the the problems that has [TS]

  like incredibly high costs frustratingly [TS]

  small places to live the seductive part [TS]

  about where I live is everything I need [TS]

  in my whole life is within walking [TS]

  distance and so my co-working space my [TS]

  gym several grocery stores a couple of [TS]

  parks even my wife's place of employment [TS]

  and is within walking distance and so [TS]

  like I've occasionally met her after [TS]

  work to walk home like ninety-nine [TS]

  percent of everything I need I can walk [TS]

  to within 15 or 20 minutes at the [TS]

  absolute most [TS]

  that's just absolutely great and so what [TS]

  I would just I just want like magically [TS]

  there to be an office space that i can [TS]

  rent that is also within this tiny [TS]

  radius of of my world but so far so far [TS]

  nothing like it is sad is disappointing [TS]

  we did have some follow-up about your [TS]

  working environment in general because [TS]

  there were quite a few people taken with [TS]

  how you were working and the kind of [TS]

  constraints that you put yourself in [TS]

  during the location to who and and [TS]

  fireballs 73 on reddit pointed out [TS]

  something that you were surprised about [TS]

  the iphones very interesting which is [TS]

  the idea that many bands go to remote [TS]

  locations to record their albums this is [TS]

  a very normal thing so for example a [TS]

  band from London may go to a recording [TS]

  studio in LA to record their album and [TS]

  this can be for for a few different [TS]

  reasons but sometimes it's just to get [TS]

  the feel of a different city to help [TS]

  them with the music right like to kind [TS]

  of inspire them creatively that are in [TS]

  different surroundings and it might make [TS]

  them record different sounding music you [TS]

  know some people will go to a specific [TS]

  place because they're trying to capture [TS]

  the sound of that place therein no music [TS]

  and some people do it so they just away [TS]

  from the usual distractions of their day [TS]

  i'm not sure if you were trying to [TS]

  capture the sights and sounds of [TS]

  amsterdam for your recent video or not [TS]

  you know I guess people can make their [TS]

  mind up about that depending on how many [TS]

  colors are in the video i guess but this [TS]

  is something that you're clearly not [TS]

  alone in doing i know i'm not alone [TS]

  doing this [TS]

  yeah I didn't know I didn't know about [TS]

  bands yes I'm not interested in the [TS]

  world of music really but yeah i was i [TS]

  was surprised by like always this thing [TS]

  and apparently it is the thing but it it [TS]

  makes sense in retrospect that like oh [TS]

  yeah of course that that is something [TS]

  that i could see bands definitely doing [TS]

  for the exact same reason that i did [TS]

  it's like app [TS]

  having a different environment and also [TS]

  having a environment where you are out [TS]

  of the normalcy of your life is very [TS]

  effective for limited periods of time [TS]

  and also meet by on reddit wondered if [TS]

  and I i thought was quite an interesting [TS]

  idea if your brain could maybe be [TS]

  tricked by different lighting into [TS]

  thinking that you're working in [TS]

  different scenarios that you consider [TS]

  something like this so they suggested [TS]

  maybe one of these bulbs that you can [TS]

  change the lights of like a Phillips you [TS]

  or something like that [TS]

  Oh Mike my house already has a few [TS]

  lightbulbs in every socket [TS]

  what do you use them for I first thought [TS]

  that this was i don't know like a [TS]

  gimmick the hue light bulbs [TS]

  I can't remember why i got the very [TS]

  first one but I had some specific reason [TS]

  why I want to just try one out and then [TS]

  as soon as you have one [TS]

  yo I want every light bulb in the house [TS]

  to be just like this they are [TS]

  surprisingly surprisingly handy and the [TS]

  the thing that's really great is again [TS]

  on notification center when I pull it [TS]

  down on any of my iOS devices i use an [TS]

  app called i connect Hugh and this [TS]

  allows me to have presets for the lights [TS]

  in the house so at any point I can turn [TS]

  all the lights on and off or change it [TS]

  to a whole bunch of presets that my my [TS]

  wife and I have made and it is just [TS]

  really great and really convenient to be [TS]

  able to do that so we have different [TS]

  settings for movies we have we have two [TS]

  movie settings one which is called [TS]

  serious movie and then we have another [TS]

  one which is called not-so-serious movie [TS]

  which is depending on how much we want [TS]

  the lights up or down we're watching a [TS]

  movie together but not so serious movie [TS]

  has brighter lights because we're going [TS]

  to be getting up and going to the [TS]

  kitchen and moving around more because [TS]

  we're not paying attention as much [TS]

  there's a setting that I use all the [TS]

  time which is that i tend to go to bed [TS]

  much earlier than my wife does but she [TS]

  doesn't want the the lights in the [TS]

  bedroom all the way off when she comes [TS]

  to bed she can't find her way and the [TS]

  room like it doesn't want to stumble [TS]

  over stuff to have a setting that i use [TS]

  which has the lights very low [TS]

  and very red in the bedroom when i'm [TS]

  going to sleeps like it doesn't bother [TS]

  me but it's still visible for her to to [TS]

  move around like boy is that great use [TS]

  them every single day [TS]

  there are a few other things that we use [TS]

  them for but this person mentioning [TS]

  about tricking with the lighting like my [TS]

  wife does have it set so that all of the [TS]

  lights in the house [TS]

  slowly come on when she gets up in the [TS]

  morning she wakes up later than i [TS]

  usually do and think that is a very nice [TS]

  feature she also has one of these [TS]

  Phillips sunrise alarm clocks which [TS]

  tried to wake you by having this kind of [TS]

  fake sunrise happen in the room i wish i [TS]

  could use these because I wake up [TS]

  earlier than my wife and it doesn't make [TS]

  sense from the for her to wake up at the [TS]

  time that i'm going to wake up so if one [TS]

  of us is going to get the sunrise it's [TS]

  going to be her but let me tell you [TS]

  anybody out there who's trying to wake [TS]

  up in the mornings the the light trick [TS]

  is amazingly effective like it really [TS]

  does help you wake up quite naturally to [TS]

  have the lights slowly come on like the [TS]

  half an hour before you want to wake up [TS]

  you should totally do it [TS]

  I really want one of these [TS]

  I really want one of these light bulb [TS]

  systems the only reason we haven't done [TS]

  it is i don't know what the light [TS]

  fixtures are going to be in the house we [TS]

  move to so I don't want to go ahead and [TS]

  buy all of that stuff now and then have [TS]

  to change in six months [TS]

  it's a big investment like the hue light [TS]

  bulbs are not cheap they're not cheap at [TS]

  all so you don't want to buy a whole [TS]

  bunch and then and then realize you need [TS]

  different ones in six months that that's [TS]

  no good [TS]

  so have you tried anything like this to [TS]

  to maybe have a setting for podcast [TS]

  editing a setting for script writing and [TS]

  to maybe try and trick your brain into [TS]

  the different location that way i don't [TS]

  explicitly do that with work I do so I [TS]

  do sort of do it because i like the [TS]

  lights at a different setting that my [TS]

  wife does so I like them much whiter and [TS]

  brighter than she does [TS]

  and so when she's gone I set them that [TS]

  way and then I have them actually [TS]

  automatically slowly [TS]

  set back to her preferred setting around [TS]

  the time that she comes home so there is [TS]

  this interesting thing that happens in [TS]

  your brain like I'm ambient Lee you [TS]

  aware of about the time she is coming [TS]

  home because the lights have changed [TS]

  ever so slightly [TS]

  it's interesting that your brain does [TS]

  learn to pick up on these q's i am not [TS]

  sure that like the lighting effect I [TS]

  imagine is maybe five or ten percent [TS]

  helpful and I think ninety percent of [TS]

  the battle for me is having a different [TS]

  location that i can go to that is not [TS]

  working in my house so why like it's [TS]

  like oh yeah maybe they would be helpful [TS]

  really what I still just want to focus [TS]

  on is trying to find an office and a [TS]

  dedicated space for writing and editing [TS]

  work and things like that that that's [TS]

  going to help me way more than messing [TS]

  around with the lights and trying to [TS]

  train my brain like you when the lights [TS]

  are blue [TS]

  you're supposed to be writing and [TS]

  Gabriel's suggested the idea of if mean [TS]

  you were to ever share just space and [TS]

  it's never gonna happen [TS]

  yeah we're not going to share it is ok [TS]

  it would make for a fantastic sitcom [TS]

  which I agree with and I i have a title [TS]

  for that sitcom if we ever decided to go [TS]

  ahead and make it maybe you two can [TS]

  throw some of that red money our way now [TS]

  and we can make an original and I feel [TS]

  like we should call it the gray area no [TS]

  such a good name [TS]

  I'm just saying youtube if you want to [TS]

  throw some money because he you know [TS]

  gray will bend to this if you throw [TS]

  enough money at him you said before they [TS]

  will sell out so you can you can call me [TS]

  up with a picture my business cards in [TS]

  the show notes so summon up make it [TS]

  happen [TS]

  gray area you need to be so many zeros [TS]

  on their check [TS]

  so many zeros they got the money [TS]

  can we just briefly mention American [TS]

  Truck Simulator I have nothing to add [TS]

  about this i think it's like it just it [TS]

  let's not talk about that now i want to [TS]

  talk about because I've been playing the [TS]

  hell yeah i know you have but let's save [TS]

  it until next time the hell out of it [TS]

  I have made many trips i'm saving for a [TS]

  truck I'm sorry we'll talk about next [TS]

  time [TS]