Cortex

Cortex 20: New Year

 

  so Mike did you enjoy your court xmas [TS]

  little too much i think that's the [TS]

  problem with court xmas is it's the time [TS]

  when we take a break from work and relax [TS]

  for a while and sometimes it's a little [TS]

  bit hard to get back into the swing of [TS]

  things I've been trying very hard the [TS]

  past couple days just to get back into [TS]

  working again post holiday season and i [TS]

  have just failed repeatedly but this [TS]

  recording of cortex was on the schedule [TS]

  you wouldn't let me move it and so it's [TS]

  like oh I can hold longer be in denial [TS]

  that the holidays are still going on [TS]

  like oh it's january fourth that's still [TS]

  sort of christmas new year time right no [TS]

  not anymore [TS]

  now we're recording now work for the [TS]

  rest of the year is starting again you [TS]

  try to drop this in in a message [TS]

  conversation we had [TS]

  we are probably recording a show [TS]

  tomorrow youyou full well we were it was [TS]

  just children dish attempt to get out of [TS]

  it i just get 1 i'll go [TS]

  yeah but maybe maybe you want to push it [TS]

  back you know another week or so i [TS]

  received a early Christmas gift in the [TS]

  form of an ipad / coloring book app [TS]

  finally your wishes come true Mike is so [TS]

  glorious as well it's called pigment em [TS]

  and it's two superb visit everything [TS]

  that you hoped it would be about ninety [TS]

  percent of why would like it to be [TS]

  it's missing a couple of things like it [TS]

  doesn't have like narrator blue so if [TS]

  you call something accidentally you have [TS]

  to like go in and select the white color [TS]

  and color out again real coloring books [TS]

  don't have erasers if you're a little [TS]

  kid and you're calling with crayon [TS]

  there's no crown eraser they also has an [TS]

  undo function so I media you've got to [TS]

  embrace the technology i also have like [TS]

  one pencil and an unlimited amount of [TS]

  colors I wanted you to see my work [TS]

  there's one of the links in our in our [TS]

  document now yeah is is a selection of [TS]

  my favorite work i mean again make every [TS]

  time I see this coloring book stuff I [TS]

  want to be impressed like I was about to [TS]

  say oh wow that looks really great but [TS]

  then I remember of course you haven't [TS]

  drawn any of this [TS]

  the mind to other colors yeah right [TS]

  decide to choose the colors i make it [TS]

  look the way i want and i think i like [TS]

  the lion one that's my favorite one [TS]

  those two lines here that there see I [TS]

  thought that was a lie until I finished [TS]

  it was like oh it's a bad that's why [TS]

  it's that color [TS]

  I thought it was a lion really good [TS]

  teacher gonna be one wants to wants to [TS]

  write on that bear great effort ! that [TS]

  you are so condescending of your [TS]

  marketing no you can't be condescending [TS]

  when it's physics physics is either [TS]

  right or it's wrong then it's mostly [TS]

  wrong so you never go to say great [TS]

  effort to someone then no because effort [TS]

  doesn't count it all and in math and [TS]

  physics so your effort is irrelevant [TS]

  this was really easy and you got it [TS]

  right it's worth just as much as you [TS]

  greatly struggling and getting it right [TS]

  talking about struggling yeah you back [TS]

  on the internet so I'm gonna take a [TS]

  guess and say that you are in some ways [TS]

  because I i noted that you were tweeting [TS]

  from tweet baht which means that you've [TS]

  at least on some devices you have it [TS]

  installed again I feel like you stalk me [TS]

  Mike because you're looking closely [TS]

  enough to see well what what device have [TS]

  by tweeted from like it's a little [TS]

  disconcerting when you're like oh I know [TS]

  that you tweeted from tweet by I'll tell [TS]

  you how I noticed this right see you [TS]

  tweeted a picture of your devices right [TS]

  that the home screens it was the [TS]

  Christmas decorating for iOS devices [TS]

  yeah so I went on to it and I saw that [TS]

  it said Twitter webclient like so i [TS]

  looked at it because i was going to grab [TS]

  the link to talk about it at some point [TS]

  and it said to a web client and then I [TS]

  started looking around them and then saw [TS]

  that there was things coming from we [TS]

  plot because it didn't come from buffer [TS]

  which meant that you were accessing it [TS]

  from somewhere [TS]

  mmm this is all show prep gray you have [TS]

  that's what it's not stalking its show [TS]

  prep it's not stalking her pro yeah so [TS]

  the the end of the year has come and you [TS]

  know I did the dialing down for november [TS]

  and then I said that was going to extend [TS]

  it for a while and [TS]

  I am I am now slowly opening up the [TS]

  gates again to these parts of the [TS]

  internet that I have left behind and in [TS]

  my own attempted preparing for this show [TS]

  I was trying to think about what are the [TS]

  lessons that I have learned from these [TS]

  two months of quasi self-imposed [TS]

  internet isolation can take a quick [TS]

  guess and say you've learned nothing [TS]

  yeah well because i like what i want to [TS]

  do what i want to do is to come down [TS]

  from high on the mountain like with ipad [TS]

  pro in each hand [TS]

  yes chiseled on ipad pro that tells [TS]

  people here's how you should live your [TS]

  internet lives and in the end I I just [TS]

  have this very ambivalent feeling about [TS]

  a lot of it and particularly about [TS]

  Twitter like I'm going to say right at [TS]

  the beginning I am very glad that I did [TS]

  this for two months think I think this [TS]

  was definitely something worthwhile to [TS]

  do but it's very hard for me now to know [TS]

  where am I going forward from this like [TS]

  twitter is a good example because it's [TS]

  at the intersection of a couple of [TS]

  things and like I realize the value that [TS]

  I get out of twitter is being ambient [TS]

  Lee aware of what people in my life who [TS]

  I'm interested in are doing and I've [TS]

  been really aware over the past couple [TS]

  months that a bunch of the people that I [TS]

  follow who I don't instant message with [TS]

  on a regular basis but who I'm friendly [TS]

  with like I have no idea what they're [TS]

  doing because I'm not on Twitter and i'm [TS]

  not just seeing what they're up to and [TS]

  so then I have far fewer reasons to just [TS]

  interact with someone [TS]

  how do you feel about that the way I [TS]

  feel about that is it is a kind of [TS]

  disconnection that I wouldn't say that [TS]

  it isn't good but the presence of it is [TS]

  good like I I like a certain amount of [TS]

  ambient awareness of what people are up [TS]

  to [TS]

  because in no small part i am the [TS]

  world's worst person at keeping up with [TS]

  people like i am terrible about sending [TS]

  email [TS]

  and I messages to people like I'm just [TS]

  very bad at staying in touch [TS]

  this is just something I know about [TS]

  myself everyone I've known about myself [TS]

  for a very long time since I remember [TS]

  however when I was graduating from high [TS]

  school and and going on to college [TS]

  everybody was always talking about how [TS]

  like I will keep in touch we'll keep in [TS]

  touch and i would say things like oh [TS]

  yeah we'll keep in touch but inside I [TS]

  was thinking I know I won't keep in [TS]

  touch lightly will never talk ever again [TS]

  that's what's gonna happen here shit [TS]

  yeah it's not one of your strong suits [TS]

  yeah that's exactly right chitchat a [TS]

  certain kind of social grooming is not [TS]

  is not my area of strength and so that's [TS]

  where I feel like twitter is an [TS]

  interesting tool for me in that it [TS]

  provides a certain amount of value and [TS]

  even just I went through twitter again [TS]

  as I was kind of preparing to come back [TS]

  online and as you have done I called [TS]

  down the number of people i was [TS]

  following once again so now I'm under a [TS]

  hundred now for how many people are on [TS]

  following so this is the part of Twitter [TS]

  that I i want but then I'm also really [TS]

  aware of one of the things that's been [TS]

  great over the past couple months is not [TS]

  having just like this source of constant [TS]

  distraction just even available is going [TS]

  on it just like okay this is just simply [TS]

  not an option like it's not installed on [TS]

  any of my devices I've set on my [TS]

  computer so it won't open like this [TS]

  thing just won't be there and so I I [TS]

  like not having the distraction [TS]

  the other thing is that if I have [TS]

  twitter open the the source of just at [TS]

  messages from random people that I don't [TS]

  know is a source of distraction and so [TS]

  I've been feeling like okay I'm trying [TS]

  to figure out how to get back onto the [TS]

  internet with something like twitter i [TS]

  almost wish there was a way on twitter [TS]

  that I could only see at messages from [TS]

  people that I follow you know how you [TS]

  get that [TS]

  well the web version does it right well [TS]

  if you're verified when you're talking [TS]

  about those on the regular web version [TS]

  there's there's a tab that says like [TS]

  activity from people i follow or [TS]

  something like that yeah there is a if [TS]

  you are verified then like there are [TS]

  specific tools that you get the other [TS]

  people don't get which I like that [TS]

  Oh [TS]

  isn't that interesting yeah I wonder if [TS]

  anybody who listens to cortex happens to [TS]

  work at Twitter get in touch i would [TS]

  like that as well just to have the tick [TS]

  I don't need a tool like listen if you [TS]

  work at twitter I'll take the reverse of [TS]

  Mike you don't have to give me the [TS]

  verified tick I don't care at all about [TS]

  that i just want the tool i just want to [TS]

  be able to see only @ mentions from [TS]

  people that I actually follow so that's [TS]

  one of the things that like spending [TS]

  this time away from twitter has [TS]

  distilled in my mind what it is that I [TS]

  actually want from twitter which is a [TS]

  subset of what Twitter wants to actually [TS]

  offer me so I'd like I don't really know [TS]

  when we may have an actionable point [TS]

  forward from here from that but I just [TS]

  need to say this because I've always all [TS]

  the people get list will not help lists [TS]

  never help who have anything issues when [TS]

  I went through my Twitter experiment [TS]

  everybody told me that what I wanted was [TS]

  lists and what I don't want these lists [TS]

  how do i make the list work well I mean [TS]

  you could say I'm sure there's something [TS]

  you could do with lists because people [TS]

  always find things to do with list [TS]

  I've never used a single Twitter list i [TS]

  don't even really know what it does [TS]

  just don't it's not going to help you so [TS]

  what about having a at another account [TS]

  you considered that like a private [TS]

  account [TS]

  no I don't think that's just too much [TS]

  trouble that's just way too much trouble [TS]

  this is the last thing I want is to [TS]

  double the twitter when i'm trying to [TS]

  think about how do i want less Twitter [TS]

  so what you want is an a.s account with [TS]

  small amount of people that you follow [TS]

  so you don't see too much and you get [TS]

  the kind of the ambient what's going on [TS]

  in people's lives you feel connected to [TS]

  them and also for you to just see the [TS]

  mentions from the those people as well [TS]

  yeah like I'm up like i just opened up i [TS]

  just opened up Tweetbot right now on my [TS]

  computer and you know it sounds like [TS]

  there's a little message that it's like [TS]

  oh there are 200 plus tweet since the [TS]

  last time you looked right but i like [TS]

  the thing is what i really just want to [TS]

  know is are there any are there any a [TS]

  dimensions from people who I follow like [TS]

  that is the the valuable sub [TS]

  set of this to me and like there are [TS]

  definitely times when I would want to [TS]

  see all the at mentions but i would like [TS]

  the default to be just a dimensions from [TS]

  people that I actually follow [TS]

  yeah I guess on the Twitter webpage [TS]

  right you can just go to the people you [TS]

  follow as you said and and you can get [TS]

  it so broken down that way [TS]

  is that what you want them yeah the one [TS]

  that you have on the Twitter website now [TS]

  I want to be able to have that in a [TS]

  Twitter client that that's precisely [TS]

  what i want a great i have some instant [TS]

  follow up for you in the settings of the [TS]

  official twitter app under the [TS]

  notifications tab you can feel to it to [TS]

  only people you follow okay but that's [TS]

  that's notifications that's not as [TS]

  timeline now which is notifications tab [TS]

  really yeah look at this we're doing [TS]

  some real stuff here [TS]

  look at us I'm going down I'm going to [TS]

  install it right now we're going to see [TS]

  if this works which is a couple a couple [TS]

  of quick things and while twitter is the [TS]

  one that I've been thinking about the [TS]

  most because it's the one that I've had [TS]

  that kind of ambient Lee in my life I've [TS]

  also now just be like slowly going back [TS]

  on on reddit and hacker news and slowly [TS]

  going back to podcasts and things I'm [TS]

  just just trying to figure out precisely [TS]

  what i was saying months ago which is [TS]

  what is the place for these things in my [TS]

  life and it's [TS]

  it's interesting because i think in some [TS]

  ways one of the clearest lessons is that [TS]

  podcast were definitely this thing that [TS]

  I was listening to way way too much and [TS]

  when like when january first rolled over [TS]

  I was like okay let me put podcast back [TS]

  on my phone and let me let me try doing [TS]

  this and realize immediately like no way [TS]

  man I think podcast have to stay off [TS]

  your phone forever like there can be [TS]

  other circumstances in which you listen [TS]

  to podcast like I've been trying just [TS]

  playing podcast like over the speaker at [TS]

  my house while I'm like cleaning up or [TS]

  doing the dishes are like putting stuff [TS]

  away kind of thing like I'm not sure [TS]

  that I can actually just that i really [TS]

  want to have a podcast available all the [TS]

  time wherever I am like I think it's [TS]

  just too much of a distraction and too [TS]

  much of it like I really like listening [TS]

  to podcast so i always want to listen to [TS]

  podcasts so it's just it just makes you [TS]

  think again of that little image of [TS]

  somebody marked up from a previous show [TS]

  or is like where they quoted me as [TS]

  saying like I don't watch youtube videos [TS]

  and I don't listen to podcasts cgpgrey [TS]

  professional youtuber and podcaster I [TS]

  think that it's like that's definitely [TS]

  the case because again two months in I'm [TS]

  really aware that not also following all [TS]

  the educational videos and all the [TS]

  educational podcast like that is [TS]

  definitely also a big improvement so I [TS]

  think those are those are changes that [TS]

  are going to stay like I don't think i'm [TS]

  going to get back into following like [TS]

  what are all the other videos that [TS]

  everybody's putting out like i think i'm [TS]

  just leaving that behind and all of the [TS]

  various educational podcast shows that I [TS]

  listen to like all of those i'm not [TS]

  going to resubscribe to and even the [TS]

  podcast that I do listen to like I i [TS]

  still need to limit those so is it just [TS]

  been an interesting interesting [TS]

  experience overall that i'm very glad [TS]

  that I have done i would highly [TS]

  recommend anybody else if they feel the [TS]

  same way that i was about being kind of [TS]

  distracted or overwhelmed [TS]

  this is a thing to try maybe not for as [TS]

  long as I've done it but you know [TS]

  definitely try it because I i feel like [TS]

  i have some inarticulate sense of away [TS]

  the things should be different like it [TS]

  is really hard to talk about because [TS]

  like4like for example i was on hacker [TS]

  news the other day which is a reddit [TS]

  like site which hacker news people do [TS]

  not want you to say what are you [TS]

  laughing at you i know you only say [TS]

  because it annoys people don't i don't [TS]

  know any other faster way to describe [TS]

  hacker news for people who don't know [TS]

  what hacker news is but it's it's a read [TS]

  it like site in some ways but there [TS]

  happens to be this the got one of the [TS]

  guys who kind of runs y combinator which [TS]

  runs hacker news is a guy Paul called [TS]

  Paul Graham who have been following for [TS]

  years he's had this very very [TS]

  interesting career and he writes these [TS]

  essays every once in awhile which are [TS]

  very interesting to read and there was [TS]

  just a huge big brouhaha on Hacker News [TS]

  over two essays that he wrote recently [TS]

  which were about income inequality and [TS]

  that were just huge discussions about [TS]

  these articles of people arguing like [TS]

  Izzy right is wrong dude he totally [TS]

  missed the point as he has he gotten to [TS]

  the core of something really interesting [TS]

  and this is exactly the kind of thing [TS]

  that I just didn't have any exposure to [TS]

  over the past couple months not going on [TS]

  these kinds of sites and this to me was [TS]

  just a perfect example of like man I [TS]

  just love this kind of stuff there's [TS]

  something about certain kinds of people [TS]

  arguing on the internet in long comment [TS]

  threads that I just love like I just [TS]

  love that and that's the thing that I [TS]

  don't want to eliminate from my life [TS]

  like I just I really get into that kind [TS]

  of thing like i love seeing people [TS]

  arguing over a topic and I just don't [TS]

  know now how much of that i'm going to [TS]

  necessarily let back in because even [TS]

  just opening opening up the doors again [TS]

  to going back on reddit and hacker news [TS]

  it's like boy it's very easy to just [TS]

  some kind of spend an afternoon clicking [TS]

  around looking at everything way past [TS]

  the point when you're really feeling [TS]

  like oh this is a great comment thread [TS]

  and you're still just like looking for [TS]

  more stuff so so I just don't know I [TS]

  just don't know Mike but for the time [TS]

  being I am back on the Internet to some [TS]

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  them so it's january january and january [TS]

  is the time for new years resolutions [TS]

  oh boy so this is something like when I [TS]

  initially thought about talking to you [TS]

  about this like I I've had the idea of [TS]

  New Year's resolutions in my big topic [TS]

  list for a while because I thought it [TS]

  would be something interesting to talk [TS]

  about with you and the whole time that [TS]

  I've been thinking about it I can [TS]

  not work out in my brain what I think [TS]

  you're going to say as to whether you [TS]

  set new year's resolutions because the [TS]

  idea for tradition like this seems like [TS]

  something you would not get involved [TS]

  with because you tend not to get [TS]

  involved in traditions like this right [TS]

  like everyone does this thing which kind [TS]

  of mean it's completely arbitrary but [TS]

  the more i think about it it's like [TS]

  goals and objectives which is something [TS]

  that you love so I can't work out if you [TS]

  set new year's resolutions or if you use [TS]

  January as a time for goal and objective [TS]

  setting [TS]

  well you got to put some money on the [TS]

  table mike make a bet what do you think [TS]

  all right in the traditional sense of a [TS]

  new year's resolution i would say that [TS]

  you do not do that you are correct [TS]

  don't get in the way that I think most [TS]

  people mean it when they say new year's [TS]

  resolutions i do not do new years [TS]

  resolutions do you know now why don't [TS]

  you do it so I think you might be quite [TS]

  right in your assessment about why I [TS]

  don't do new years resolutions but [TS]

  otherwise your reasons as well it's just [TS]

  a pointless like it's pointless to be [TS]

  like always January I'd set those goals [TS]

  i do set goals for myself i have used [TS]

  January as a time to set goals for [TS]

  myself who but not as like a this is my [TS]

  new year's resolution [TS]

  I mean like many people when the new [TS]

  year begins unlike it's like a time for [TS]

  reflection was like okay let me think [TS]

  okay this is something i want to try and [TS]

  do that kind of thing and I've I've used [TS]

  it as a way to discuss goals and [TS]

  objectives and other shows before like [TS]

  we're doing now [TS]

  right and then as part of that set goals [TS]

  but I never treat them as like new years [TS]

  resolutions right like the same things [TS]

  like I'm now i am now a low-carb diet [TS]

  gray oh really yeah really yeah because [TS]

  you sound about as happy about it as i [TS]

  do like when I go all in on it at first [TS]

  some fuckin hungry [TS]

  of all the time that's the problem but [TS]

  the air [TS]

  I you know yeah I dinner is setting [TS]

  meals for me because otherwise i just [TS]

  want to do it like and as I said to her [TS]

  a great motivation for me is to not is [TS]

  to just make sure i'm just trying to [TS]

  knock her off right for that is this is [TS]

  a good motivation in my life and if she [TS]

  sets the meals I don't want to get I [TS]

  don't want to not do it because then I'm [TS]

  going to annoy you put all the work in a [TS]

  great motivational tool for me [TS]

  mhm so i'm i'm doing that and most of [TS]

  the time like the meals are fine i just [TS]

  live in a state of constant hunger now [TS]

  and I'm saying this it's been like four [TS]

  days but I've been hungry for four days [TS]

  of a little bit cranky i think that was [TS]

  what I didn't want to do the show today [TS]

  because now we're like an hour in and I [TS]

  feel like I'm gonna pass out but I [TS]

  haven't got anything to eat for the next [TS]

  two hours because I've already a lot of [TS]

  things on my meal plan anyway that's [TS]

  what you do have a new year's resolution [TS]

  i wouldn't even really call it that it [TS]

  was just like there's no we decided we [TS]

  wanted to do this in like late november [TS]

  or whatever and there is no point trying [TS]

  to set something like that up in [TS]

  December yeah yeah of course of course I [TS]

  i have any we knew we were gonna talk [TS]

  about goals today but I i have on here [TS]

  just a note about my own weight goals [TS]

  like this is something I've been setting [TS]

  and and talking about on on hello [TS]

  internet but I was as as I was in like [TS]

  the middle of december i was creeping [TS]

  close to my goal weight of to be under [TS]

  200 pounds and it was something like [TS]

  december 15 there's something I was [TS]

  thinking boy I really if I really push [TS]

  it for the rest of the month like I [TS]

  could be under 200 pounds before the [TS]

  start of the new year realize like yeah [TS]

  what fantasy land to you live and we're [TS]

  doing December 15 in january first is [TS]

  going to be the time that you are the [TS]

  most disciplined ever get ever gonna [TS]

  happen and also there was this is [TS]

  probably the one way to do it but then [TS]

  because I knew this was coming [TS]

  I i will blow out the war in December [TS]

  man yeah you're really stuck up [TS]

  oh yeah the week before Christmas I had [TS]

  three lunches that included buggers in [TS]

  the rear [TS]

  days nothing wrong with burgers on the [TS]

  down low carb you know as long as you're [TS]

  not eating the bread [TS]

  well that's the thing well that's the [TS]

  thing is that extra bread buckyball have [TS]

  all of the bread [TS]

  boy do I miss spread i did have a bagel [TS]

  today which was which was great but ok [TS]

  yeah over 60 yeah you've already fallen [TS]

  down here you haven't I was all the meal [TS]

  plan man [TS]

  Paul the meal plan yeah there's no [TS]

  there's no way there's no way a bagel is [TS]

  keeping you under your your carbohydrate [TS]

  limits huh [TS]

  I know but I don't write the meal plan [TS]

  work a little plants that I could have [TS]

  one so i add one all right I'm gonna [TS]

  have to talk to Audrina then I'm gonna [TS]

  I'm gonna get are sorted on you here [TS]

  I feel like she's trying to ease me into [TS]

  it like I get a bagel this week you know [TS]

  next now you need to give me her you [TS]

  need to give me my message didn't I need [TS]

  to chat about that is never gonna happen [TS]

  I miami in with some meals right Vitas [TS]

  right [TS]

  the other thing is its distance makes me [TS]

  smile a low carb tortillas which have a [TS]

  description is tastes like home meal one [TS]

  are you local club idea what my you [TS]

  because you're not home mail right what [TS]

  tastes like almost I don't want to know [TS]

  they were kind of okay you kind of okay [TS]

  with a ringing endorsement [TS]

  most of the food I me now is kind of [TS]

  okay but anyway [TS]

  Oh Mike so have you ever set a new [TS]

  year's resolution [TS]

  yeah i think the answer to that is no I [TS]

  haven't ever really set a formal new [TS]

  year's resolution [TS]

  I almost feel like maybe this is going [TS]

  to sound horrific be uncharitable when [TS]

  people tell me like this when I used to [TS]

  be at school and and people would talk [TS]

  about their new year's resolutions [TS]

  I swear I always felt like anyone who [TS]

  framed their goal in terms of a new [TS]

  year's resolution all i can hear in my [TS]

  mind like you are planning to fail like [TS]

  this yes [TS]

  seems to me the way you're doing it like [TS]

  that you might as well people select my [TS]

  new year's resolution is to lose weight [TS]

  or whatever [TS]

  ice like in my head I might as well have [TS]

  translated into I wish to lose weight [TS]

  like that that's what the new year's [TS]

  resolution sound like to me like people [TS]

  making birthday wishes i think that's [TS]

  that's the way it seems to be culturally [TS]

  done i just i almost died i just had a [TS]

  really hard time taking anybody [TS]

  seriously who was telling me about their [TS]

  new year's resolutions I feel like there [TS]

  is a small but important difference [TS]

  between New Year's resolution and using [TS]

  January as a time to set a goal [TS]

  yeah i think there is there is a real [TS]

  difference there this there's something [TS]

  about the new year's resolution phrased [TS]

  in that way that that is just like a [TS]

  wish I i think that's the best way to [TS]

  put it yet the reason that the new [TS]

  year's resolution probably began is [TS]

  because january is a great time to make [TS]

  a change but it then over time became [TS]

  this like society thing like oh what's [TS]

  your new year's resolution well if [TS]

  everyone has one I guess I'll stop [TS]

  smoking around and then nobody ever does [TS]

  right right because we're all [TS]

  collectively holding each other's hands [TS]

  right under the exact same thing up [TS]

  let's all close our eyes and wish to [TS]

  stop smoking at the same time maybe [TS]

  Santa will bring it making well you are [TS]

  a person who strongly believes in goals [TS]

  and objectives the right and not in the [TS]

  the corporate goals and objectives thing [TS]

  that you work in a big corporation goals [TS]

  and objectives become kind of a fast at [TS]

  least they did for me [TS]

  oh yeah how so well it's like your [TS]

  objectives to set at the start of the [TS]

  year so at the end of the year they have [TS]

  a reason not to give you a pay rise [TS]

  couch is effectively in big corporations [TS]

  why goals and objectives set for many [TS]

  people as we got the goals come down [TS]

  from on high and they say oh you need to [TS]

  recheck schools but we know these goals [TS]

  are never reachable so then we can say [TS]

  well we haven't given you a raise is [TS]

  that the other reason for it [TS]

  yeah or at least in management positions [TS]

  they are used very frequently as a [TS]

  reason to not give somebody raised all [TS]

  you didn't meet this performance goal [TS]

  even so all about performance management [TS]

  great that's or that's what goals are [TS]

  all about [TS]

  but there are that yeah I'm sure that [TS]

  you don't do this you don't give [TS]

  yourself a raise another position to [TS]

  just magic money from nowhere to give [TS]

  myself a raise [TS]

  isn't that what happens when you put out [TS]

  a video isn't that what that is like [TS]

  magic money it's not magic from nowhere [TS]

  though depends I guess that's the [TS]

  feeling of the corporation right like oh [TS]

  there's just this gigantic entity which [TS]

  can dole out money that from your [TS]

  perspective seems to come from [TS]

  absolutely nowhere [TS]

  well the fact that like the terms bonus [TS]

  pot I used mhm it's funny because it [TS]

  makes you imagine like at the end of the [TS]

  rainbow right there's a leprechaun [TS]

  distributing everybody's bonuses yep [TS]

  that's that's funny I mean I had a just [TS]

  a tiny taste of that being a teacher [TS]

  where we had always had some awful at [TS]

  the various school they were called [TS]

  different things but they're always [TS]

  awful they were like self improvement [TS]

  targets that you had to you know set for [TS]

  yourself at the beginning of the year [TS]

  and hit at the end of the year and one [TS]

  of one of my bosses I always loved her [TS]

  because she was really explicit about it [TS]

  she was like okay listen we're just [TS]

  we're just gonna set these so that you [TS]

  cannot hit them because you want to be [TS]

  able to say you met all your self [TS]

  improvement goals and I want to be able [TS]

  to take all the boxes that said you met [TS]

  them because if I don't take these boxes [TS]

  the people above me are ticking boxes [TS]

  that say i have ticked all the boxes [TS]

  like all we want to do is like tick upon [TS]

  bunch of boxes all of the chain that's [TS]

  the inverse of what I was suggesting [TS]

  like what I'm saying about corporations [TS]

  but like that person is doing it because [TS]

  it's beneficial to them [TS]

  well I can some scenarios you might be [TS]

  beneficial to not have people me all of [TS]

  their goals [TS]

  yeah your own the this that's what me [TS]

  like this is this is funny because it is [TS]

  the reverse and then of course I when I [TS]

  was in charge of form of kids i had this [TS]

  exact same thing that trickle down onto [TS]

  me where i had to have the kids do their [TS]

  little self improvement sheets over the [TS]

  course of the year and just as my boss [TS]

  was explicit with me I always explicitly [TS]

  told those kids [TS]

  ok listen here's the deal like this is a [TS]

  bunch of nonsense but we just need to [TS]

  make sure these boxes are ticked at the [TS]

  end of the year and I forget what it was [TS]

  but I i used to have a list [TS]

  of 10 that I just told them to pick from [TS]

  like here's goals you click there's no [TS]

  way for me to prove that you haven't [TS]

  done it you can just tell me that you've [TS]

  done it and then i can take the box at [TS]

  the end of the year and they were they [TS]

  know they were horrible goals like I [TS]

  will attempt to be more organized over [TS]

  the course of the year it's like great [TS]

  yeah little Susie at the end of the year [TS]

  you can just tell me you did it and I [TS]

  can take the box and we can both come on [TS]

  with our lives because if we don't do [TS]

  this then you have to go to like the [TS]

  guidance counselor and I have to be [TS]

  giving an explanation about why all of [TS]

  my students didn't reach all of their [TS]

  goals is firing the hearts and minds [TS]

  gray i think that is inspiring in its [TS]

  own way right to not lie just be like [TS]

  listen this is a valuable skill that i'm [TS]

  parting to you right now [TS]

  sometimes work is meaningless and you [TS]

  just need to get it done and nobody [TS]

  cares how well it's actually done i [TS]

  think that's an invaluable lesson don't [TS]

  you think there's a line that I don't [TS]

  mind I don't know about i don't i can't [TS]

  i can't say how I feel about that one [TS]

  but anyway we today are not talking [TS]

  about those kind of corporate academic [TS]

  totally nonsensical existing for [TS]

  entirely other reasons goals [TS]

  we're talking about actual goals that [TS]

  are useful to people i think that's [TS]

  that's what we want to talk a little bit [TS]

  about today [TS]

  now i'm going to assume that you do have [TS]

  lots of these types of goals and a lot [TS]

  of these goals for you measured in [TS]

  metrics that there's a broader context [TS]

  here which is sort of like the opening [TS]

  of the show is having a hard time [TS]

  talking about how I felt about the [TS]

  return of social media and its various [TS]

  forms i sometimes have a little bit of a [TS]

  hard time talking about goals because my [TS]

  my view on this is that the [TS]

  the point of having a goal it is not the [TS]

  goal itself but it is to encourage you [TS]

  to be thinking about systems that help [TS]

  you reach that goal [TS]

  I mean maybe that sounds obvious but I i [TS]

  have just run across enough people who [TS]

  sort of set the goal and then the maybe [TS]

  attempt one or two things to try to [TS]

  reach it they fail at those things and [TS]

  then like the new year's resolutions the [TS]

  goal just gets kind of swept to the side [TS]

  and not directly looked at again all [TS]

  traitors like this is impossible [TS]

  yeah we're treated like it's impossible [TS]

  and yeah so I i really feel that the the [TS]

  important thing is to think about it in [TS]

  a systems way like the goal is just [TS]

  there to stimulate your mind to think [TS]

  about how you can change things over the [TS]

  course of time to approach that goal and [TS]

  yes i agree that having numericals is [TS]

  extremely useful i mean i think maybe [TS]

  all of my goals can be expressed in [TS]

  numerical format I'm just trying I'm [TS]

  trying like mentally run through some of [TS]

  the main things that i have on my list [TS]

  and yeah actually they're all they can [TS]

  all be expressed in some numerical form [TS]

  i don't think i have any any goals that [TS]

  are not expressed in in in that way [TS]

  what type of girls do you have sent them [TS]

  and how do you record them like do you [TS]

  have a list of goals [TS]

  yeah actually I do i do keep a list so [TS]

  one of the one of the things ok so let's [TS]

  back up a step 4 seconds I don't do [TS]

  these new year's resolutions you know [TS]

  again I don't wish upon a star that [TS]

  things are better than they were because [TS]

  that goes nowhere and i also think that [TS]

  a year is just a ridiculously long time [TS]

  to try to plan for anything like no one [TS]

  can really plan for anything a year in [TS]

  advance so i do reviews basically every [TS]

  quarter and that is my biggest time [TS]

  frame over which I really think about [TS]

  stuff [TS]

  and so I do actually have a Yuuzhan the [TS]

  outliner for this but I have a just a [TS]

  list of like the things that I might [TS]

  want to attempt this quarter like what [TS]

  are the goals for this quarter and I [TS]

  like to think in three months time [TS]

  frames because it's it's relatively easy [TS]

  to kind of look back over the past three [TS]

  months and think okay how did things go [TS]

  where did things work where do things [TS]

  not work and look forward three months [TS]

  and think about okay how can I possibly [TS]

  change things you know what could be [TS]

  better i think they think that's just a [TS]

  much much better human timeframe to to [TS]

  think over as opposed to a year because [TS]

  really we don't have that many years but [TS]

  then you know you get four times as many [TS]

  quarters reviewing that more frequently [TS]

  allows you to make more course [TS]

  corrections then then just trying once a [TS]

  year to change something so what types [TS]

  of things all that and in in that list [TS]

  well some of the things are private [TS]

  things like the public thing that I can [TS]

  say is that we mentioned before like [TS]

  wait so that I have been i've been [TS]

  trying really over the past year to get [TS]

  my weight under 200 pounds which is I [TS]

  have no idea how many kilograms that is [TS]

  you wanted two kilograms don't you [TS]

  I don't know kilograms but what you [TS]

  don't know kilograms i'm not european [TS]

  well I do things in stone and pounds my [TS]

  friend [TS]

  Oh like a good person from the united [TS]

  kingdom is the stone has got to be the [TS]

  worst the worst measurement of weight in [TS]

  the world [TS]

  yeah it's horrific i don't even know how [TS]

  many pounds or understands like 12-14 [TS]

  they was you just tell me that you [TS]

  measure things in pounds and stones but [TS]

  you don't have any idea about pounds [TS]

  that stuff yeah because i just do what [TS]

  the what the scale tells me it tells me [TS]

  like X amount of stone X amount of [TS]

  pounds like that's why I need to know [TS]

  but there's nothing I can't find [TS]

  anything that does Poundstone [TS]

  conversions because it's just dumb any [TS]

  the conversion tool will do pounds to [TS]

  stone [TS]

  yeah i'm just typing and just type it [TS]

  into the browser Anderson can do it for [TS]

  you google you have no problem with [TS]

  google won't do that here does know [TS]

  yes well I did it like two days ago okay [TS]

  i'm gonna take 200 pounds [TS]

  skin stones but i don't i don't want [TS]

  that i want the stones and the pounds [TS]

  not whatever its 14.2 stones [TS]

  yes that's 14 stone two pounds no that's [TS]

  not how the point to works mike i will [TS]

  just ask it for that then all right hang [TS]

  on because the point we need to take you [TS]

  back to school into fractions but now [TS]

  you need to do two points to stone in [TS]

  pounds that's what you need to do I feel [TS]

  like I'm i am trying your patience here [TS]

  you are Jessie point2 stone is [TS]

  essentially three pounds accept that [TS]

  that's that's where we're going here [TS]

  so did you get an answer yeah I already [TS]

  told you the answer [TS]

  what is it 14 14 stone 3 pounds on k so [TS]

  anyway that like that is one of the [TS]

  goals that I've had and I've been [TS]

  working towards this really over the [TS]

  past year and the thing that I've you [TS]

  about that goal like is it's not the [TS]

  specifics of it it's just that what this [TS]

  is allowed me to don't do is that over [TS]

  the last year I keep regularly thinking [TS]

  about like what has gone well with my [TS]

  weight loss what has not gone well with [TS]

  my weight loss like what things have [TS]

  changed what things seem to be working [TS]

  and slowly over the course of the year [TS]

  by paying attention to what works and [TS]

  what doesn't work and i have started to [TS]

  cobble together for myself a system of [TS]

  things that work for me and that if i do [TS]

  them my weight on average slowly goes [TS]

  down and and like to me that is the [TS]

  important part of this is the system of [TS]

  things that you do not just the actual [TS]

  goal itself but i suppose in most [TS]

  instances the system doesn't reveal [TS]

  itself until you've already set the goal [TS]

  and start working towards it right and [TS]

  that's where the system would fall out [TS]

  in most instances yeah that's exactly it [TS]

  like it's it's like you're saying your [TS]

  goal is to travel west and say okay well [TS]

  you need to start moving west and you [TS]

  will figure out good ways to go [TS]

  good ways to travel like eventually [TS]

  you'll work out what to do in your face [TS]

  of a mountain right right but the the [TS]

  goal is just the direction that you're [TS]

  setting but again i only say this [TS]

  because I just come across many people [TS]

  who seem to think that the goal [TS]

  is the thing and I think you really have [TS]

  to think about it in in terms of systems [TS]

  like what what is it on a daily or [TS]

  weekly basis that you are actually doing [TS]

  and be very open to the idea that many [TS]

  things that you will try maybe totally [TS]

  ineffective and the important part here [TS]

  is that you're just reviewing that and [TS]

  thinking was this thing effective [TS]

  hmm it seems to not be so let me change [TS]

  that and let me try something different [TS]

  and let me just keep trying a bunch of [TS]

  different things and eventually seeing [TS]

  what works and and what doesn't work [TS]

  yeah maybe one of the things is you eat [TS]

  whole meal like tortillas i predict that [TS]

  whole meal like tortillas will not be a [TS]

  thing that you will keep in your diet [TS]

  all I predict that as well they're fine [TS]

  but i would like something else [TS]

  well actually what I want gray is [TS]

  regular tortillas right that's what I [TS]

  want [TS]

  yeah that's what you want right now it's [TS]

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  supporting the show like okay so here's [TS]

  an example actually just to your own [TS]

  particular circumstance about going on a [TS]

  low-carb diet so there's various [TS]

  different ways that someone can try to [TS]

  do this to reduce the number of [TS]

  carbohydrates that they take in and when [TS]

  i first tried this I found that it was [TS]

  obviously very effective but it was very [TS]

  hard to stick with over any period of [TS]

  time like man if I can if I'm having a [TS]

  bunch of low carb days in a row like I [TS]

  can see on the scale that my weight goes [TS]

  down but I was just being honest myself [TS]

  and i'm like okay yeah but I have a hard [TS]

  time doing more than 45 days in a row [TS]

  before I just like I need a pizza right [TS]

  you just eat the pizza and so i tinkered [TS]

  around with it and eventually discovered [TS]

  that for me anyway like one of the one [TS]

  of the little tweaks that really worked [TS]

  was it's not strictly slow car but like [TS]

  allowing myself to have cheese as part [TS]

  of this diet like little snacks of [TS]

  cheese throughout the day and like that [TS]

  made all of the difference in the world [TS]

  just this little changes like okay this [TS]

  is technically a worse slow carb diet [TS]

  then I should be doing but this [TS]

  tweak makes enough of a difference to me [TS]

  that it works better over the long run [TS]

  like my weight loss might be slower than [TS]

  it would be if things were perfect but [TS]

  i'm not a perfect human being and I need [TS]

  something that's like easy to snack on [TS]

  that i actually like to snack on [TS]

  it's like this change makes a difference [TS]

  so that that to me is like part of the [TS]

  system like I'm changing the diet and [TS]

  the way that I eat things to make the [TS]

  changes over the long term [TS]

  I like cheese yeah do you like cheese I [TS]

  do like cheese then are you eating [TS]

  cheese not as much [TS]

  yeah thing you might you might be where [TS]

  I am in a little while Bob so it's a mi [TS]

  mi just kill over Luke so far the jury's [TS]

  out [TS]

  i'm assuming that not all of your goals [TS]

  of personal goals though you have [TS]

  business related goals right we're so [TS]

  this is this is the other things like I [TS]

  find it very very helpful to be able to [TS]

  track numerically what it is that I've [TS]

  actually set his goals so with the [TS]

  weight loss thing for example like my [TS]

  scale automatically logs the weight and [TS]

  I have spreadsheets about that and I [TS]

  like to be able to look at the trends [TS]

  over the long term like I think that's [TS]

  also a very helpful thing is the longer [TS]

  time frame that you can possibly look at [TS]

  something that to me just very helpful [TS]

  because it it changes the focus from [TS]

  like just today to what is the overall [TS]

  trend and while I to embarrassingly make [TS]

  my weight public on twitter because my [TS]

  scale tweets automatically when I step [TS]

  on it i do have a bunch of private [TS]

  spreadsheets that I just keep that are [TS]

  related to business stuff and so in [TS]

  there is we're just about every month I [TS]

  go through and I take a look at some of [TS]

  the numbers for the business that I'm [TS]

  working on and I have a bunch of [TS]

  numerical goals that i like to keep an [TS]

  eye on and I find it extremely helpful [TS]

  to be able to say look at a graph that's [TS]

  like the business over the last 24 [TS]

  months and see what are the trend lines [TS]

  these guidelines going up are they going [TS]

  down which way do I want them to go [TS]

  what things that might change that have [TS]

  affected these lines like I almost don't [TS]

  know of any other way to think about and [TS]

  to make progress then this like if if [TS]

  you're not tracking it on a line graph [TS]

  like I have a very hard time feeling [TS]

  like are you making any progress really [TS]

  like how do you know if you're making [TS]

  any progress [TS]

  I think everybody should definitely [TS]

  learn at least the basics of how to use [TS]

  excel or how to use numbers to be able [TS]

  to track this kind of stuff [TS]

  yeah that was a task that I went for a [TS]

  month or two ago was just like plotting [TS]

  out a few different metrics that my [TS]

  business generates and just looking at [TS]

  how they operate in conjunction of each [TS]

  other many just help me think about what [TS]

  what what do i need to do next [TS]

  yeah yeah if you don't have an actual [TS]

  thing to look at you you don't realize [TS]

  how fuzzy you're thinking is about stuff [TS]

  until you see it in front of you and [TS]

  okay this is exactly what's happening it [TS]

  is i mean the human brain as we [TS]

  discussed before it's like it is a [TS]

  nemesis of yours it's just it remembers [TS]

  things incorrectly it tries to distract [TS]

  you and it is so easy to have a wildly [TS]

  wrong estimate of where you actually are [TS]

  like how much you actually made progress [TS]

  on the thing and you with the weight [TS]

  again going back to that like i have [TS]

  found having it on a graph and being [TS]

  able to look at it incredibly helpful [TS]

  because it cuts away any of this [TS]

  imagination stuff that the brain doesn't [TS]

  like oh how's my we've been changing I [TS]

  think it's been going down like has it [TS]

  though like this is that what the graph [TS]

  says no it's not what the graph says it [TS]

  all like your brain just lying to you to [TS]

  make you feel better and with business [TS]

  stuff like it's just a shockingly [TS]

  helpful to be able to see that and i [TS]

  think i mentioned before that when i was [TS]

  trying to make it full time on youtube I [TS]

  had a goal which was to get to 200,000 [TS]

  subscribers by a particular day and I [TS]

  figured that that like that was the [TS]

  number that i needed to be able to quit [TS]

  and like the way I knew that is because [TS]

  i had a [TS]

  spreadsheets that were giving me [TS]

  information about ok how much revenue is [TS]

  the YouTube business generating like [TS]

  what is the rate of growth here and if i [TS]

  can get to this number by this day I can [TS]

  be reasonably confident that this thing [TS]

  has reached the point where it's going [TS]

  to take off and like having that [TS]

  spreadsheet was extraordinarily helpful [TS]

  like the goal of 200,000 wasn't the [TS]

  important thing but that spreadsheet and [TS]

  keeping track of it was extremely [TS]

  important because it kept bringing my [TS]

  mind back to this idea of okay how can [TS]

  we get more subscribers and had little [TS]

  calculations on there like how many days [TS]

  are left how many subscribers short mi [TS]

  so I like on average how many [TS]

  subscribers per day do i need to pick up [TS]

  like focusing on that is the really [TS]

  helpful thing like that is [TS]

  extraordinarily helpful one of my big [TS]

  goals and it was a goal that I set which [TS]

  is a pretty simple goal for me is just [TS]

  knowing how much money the business she [TS]

  needs to generate on a monthly basis [TS]

  through to keep everyone in a good kind [TS]

  of saying that's an important goal that [TS]

  I try meat which is a good one for me [TS]

  which is informed by a lot of that kind [TS]

  of planning stuff minutes [TS]

  it's funny but it is a goal right the [TS]

  best amount of money i have to get every [TS]

  month and I now know the system in place [TS]

  which helps me try and get that and [TS]

  there are things that are outside of my [TS]

  control but then when things are outside [TS]

  of my control I then learn how to [TS]

  control them differently the next time [TS]

  yeah that's exactly you have to plan for [TS]

  stuff not always going right looking [TS]

  that's that's part of it and I think [TS]

  that's where people often fail on the [TS]

  goals like all the first time they [TS]

  failed is like a okay well you know put [TS]

  it to the side like but no no you don't [TS]

  understand you can build a system to be [TS]

  prepared for certain kinds of failures [TS]

  like that's that's a that's a super [TS]

  important part of this like this is all [TS]

  this is all part of the system is trying [TS]

  to figure out how to put in buffers for [TS]

  examples that it's like something goes [TS]

  wrong then you have a little bit of a [TS]

  backup to to fall back on [TS]

  but if you have like i'm going to guess [TS]

  that for you just simply knowing that [TS]

  you have a certain number in terms of [TS]

  advertising revenue that you [TS]

  you need to hit every month like that [TS]

  probably focuses your mind more when you [TS]

  are in selling advertising mode like you [TS]

  you know what the minimum bar is that [TS]

  you need to hit ya also adds pressure in [TS]

  its own way Lou but the pressure is [TS]

  there for a reason [TS]

  yeah the pressure is there to make you [TS]

  actually do something which is useful [TS]

  yeah especially when you're on a low [TS]

  carb diet right when you just want to [TS]

  lay on the couch and do nothing at all [TS]

  that's what you want to do right now [TS]

  yeah it really is it really is [TS]

  look this this chair i'm saying is not [TS]

  optimal for my current state [TS]

  yeah it's to optimally comfortable with [TS]

  the novel in the inverse I want to be in [TS]

  a relaxing chair i'm in an uncomfortable [TS]

  chair [TS]

  oh poor Mike hmm doesn't sound like your [TS]

  systems working very well right now [TS]

  no not right now i got talk to them [TS]

  place down I'm going to we're gonna find [TS]

  out our contact information so to me I [TS]

  think if any if anybody is in the mind [TS]

  frame right now of setting goals which [TS]

  they may very well be because it's [TS]

  January new year's resolution time [TS]

  yeah yeah wishing time to me that like [TS]

  the most the most fundamental thing is [TS]

  just continually revisiting whatever it [TS]

  is you're trying to do and like this [TS]

  this is how a person changes their life [TS]

  is by setting up a continuous [TS]

  self-evaluation loop and it's not [TS]

  strictly speaking goals but when I think [TS]

  back to like a real changing point in my [TS]

  life was when I started doing that [TS]

  getting things done and i came across a [TS]

  system which talked about how to [TS]

  organize things it wasn't even so much [TS]

  the getting things done system i always [TS]

  think the thing that mattered the most [TS]

  like the absolute life-changing thing [TS]

  was that after reading getting things [TS]

  done book I had a notebook in my pocket [TS]

  always that i wrote things down in and I [TS]

  routinely went back and looked through [TS]

  the things that i wrote down and like [TS]

  that little tiny loop of don't want to [TS]

  call itself accountability but just like [TS]

  a self-reflection loop like looking at [TS]

  the things you wrote down last week and [TS]

  kind of forcing in your mind much more [TS]

  clearly the notion of like oh there's a [TS]

  past me and there's a current me who's [TS]

  reading this thing that past me wrote [TS]

  and there's a future me who will read [TS]

  the things that current me is now [TS]

  writing I think setting up this i [TS]

  dislike temporal responsibility is how [TS]

  you can bootstrap your life into a [TS]

  better situation and so if they give you [TS]

  if you're trying to set some goals the [TS]

  important thing is whatever you want to [TS]

  do make sure that you are really [TS]

  visiting them on a regular basis think [TS]

  this is the absolute key because if you [TS]

  force yourself to keep revisiting them [TS]

  if you're not getting closer to your [TS]

  goals it forces you to think about why [TS]

  like what is it that has happened over [TS]

  the past week or two weeks that has not [TS]

  caused motion in the direction that you [TS]

  want like that is really the key thing [TS]

  is this self-evaluation loop keep [TS]

  re-visiting it keep thinking about it [TS]

  consciously because if you don't it just [TS]

  goes away and I think that's why the new [TS]

  year's resolutions go away is because [TS]

  people think about them on january first [TS]

  and then they just don't really think [TS]

  about them ever again [TS]

  like that's that's why they just [TS]

  disappear over time like that to me is [TS]

  is the real core and that that is like [TS]

  the fundamental system of all systems is [TS]

  the very notion of just re visiting what [TS]

  it is that you do and thinking about it [TS]

  like think that is the thing that [TS]

  changed my life having a little notebook [TS]

  and going back to it on a regular basis [TS]

  it hardly even mattered what I wrote [TS]

  down in the beginning bunch of nonsense [TS]

  probably but like that's where it starts [TS]

  great the time has come to return to ask [TS]

  cortex it's been a long time [TS]

  yeah we have maybe what was it three [TS]

  shows where we were so busy talking [TS]

  about ipad bros we didn't have any time [TS]

  to talk about it so much stuff to talk [TS]

  about [TS]

  there's something ipad stories to tell I [TS]

  have many more but I'm holding away I [TS]

  have to say I I am filled with more ipad [TS]

  pro stories but if you like I am [TS]

  consciously refraining yeah because I [TS]

  could I could talk about it for forever [TS]

  and I will but we're trying to put [TS]

  trying to pull back today we thought we [TS]

  would revisit ask cortex so worry not [TS]

  see Android user decides it was on the [TS]

  reddit subreddit from first-time caller [TS]

  which I love as the as the mood for the [TS]

  question I have a boring monkey office [TS]

  job and I want to leave i started doing [TS]

  some freelance work on the side in the [TS]

  morning with some success [TS]

  do you think i can leave my job I own [TS]

  about 47,000 pounds in my work and I'm [TS]

  freelancing and about 1800 a month [TS]

  should I make the jump so my feeling on [TS]

  this would be that they should because [TS]

  1800 a month freelancing when you're [TS]

  also working a full-time job is pretty [TS]

  good going like you're pulling in some [TS]

  serious money at that point like this [TS]

  isn't just like all be mm and I think [TS]

  that if you can pull in 1800 a month [TS]

  when you're still working a full-time [TS]

  job if you were able to devote yourself [TS]

  to that freelancing work if that's what [TS]

  you want to do that freelance work [TS]

  mm then I think that you should do it [TS]

  because that was the mindset that I was [TS]

  in I was pulling in you know from from [TS]

  relay a good amount of money like it was [TS]

  probably like two-thirds of my wage or [TS]

  something before I made the jump because [TS]

  i felt like if i can just in my evening [TS]

  hours and in my spare time pull this [TS]

  amount of money and imagine how much I [TS]

  could do if I was able to put all of my [TS]

  money into it and also some of your [TS]

  expenditure will probably go down if you [TS]

  stop traveling to an office every day [TS]

  you know all those sort of things when [TS]

  you start adding them up it can really [TS]

  help and so for me I would say that if [TS]

  you are in this situation if your own in [TS]

  good money but you're freelance staying [TS]

  at the thing you want to do I think that [TS]

  you should probably give it give it a go [TS]

  of course there's not a huge amount of [TS]

  detail here so we have to do some [TS]

  speculation [TS]

  yeah and so I just just run the numbers [TS]

  so they're pulling in about twenty-one [TS]

  twenty-two thousand pounds a year so we [TS]

  think we can say they're earning let me [TS]

  just rounding it off either learning [TS]

  about half as much from their [TS]

  freelancing and learning from their [TS]

  actual work right which is pretty good I [TS]

  guess it's like here's here i might be i [TS]

  might be slightly more risk-averse than [TS]

  you are because there's two things that [TS]

  I would want to know to feel really [TS]

  confident about answering this question [TS]

  the first is I would want to know if the [TS]

  person has any kind of buffer fund so i [TS]

  think when i left my teaching job I had [TS]

  I think it was maybe like three months [TS]

  worth of expenses in the bank [TS]

  like I just as like total emergency kind [TS]

  of everything turns to crap immediately [TS]

  in a way that I didn't expect money [TS]

  maybe it was closer to four months i [TS]

  don't remember exactly but so I think [TS]

  justjust for sheer sanity i would i [TS]

  would want before making a leap like [TS]

  this to have some emergency backup money [TS]

  and i had none [TS]

  yeah see that's terrifying to me that's [TS]

  because I spent all my life savings [TS]

  basically start in the business blue and [TS]

  because why quit on a whim writing they [TS]

  had a decision to quit was on a whim it [TS]

  was the plan but it wasn't gonna be when [TS]

  it was right and I kind of just [TS]

  dissipate the decision in like a flash [TS]

  and did it and it worked out fine but i [TS]

  would agree that yeah but what's to keep [TS]

  that in mind for your time caller [TS]

  listening to Mike's advice in an ideal [TS]

  world I maybe wouldn't have done it the [TS]

  way that I did it was just the way that [TS]

  I ended up doing it [TS]

  yeah so that's one thing i would i would [TS]

  want to know that this the second thing [TS]

  is 44 people I know who have gone full [TS]

  time like self-employed this [TS]

  one of the really key features is like [TS]

  okay so this person says they're doing [TS]

  freelance work on the side in the [TS]

  morning so i presume that before work [TS]

  they're doing i don't know whatever it [TS]

  is they do they don't specify they're [TS]

  like you inspire dungeon in the spider [TS]

  dungeon [TS]

  yeah I was basically the way you [TS]

  described it to me the first time on the [TS]

  show you saying your whole thing as [TS]

  violence so I think we're dungeon threw [TS]

  me off there is going to remember that [TS]

  was a harsh word but you can imagine my [TS]

  mental image are you doing your work [TS]

  I really do imagine you genuinely just [TS]

  on a stall in like a dungeon looking [TS]

  room with your laptop on you on your [TS]

  legs that's how I imagined keys to do [TS]

  your work in the mornings after send you [TS]

  a picture of it sometime [TS]

  yeah i had i did my I did the writing [TS]

  work in the evening but i did my [TS]

  different attempt at becoming full-time [TS]

  self-employed that didn't pan out was I [TS]

  did you a different kind of freelance [TS]

  work before work started but that's [TS]

  another story but so I guess what I'm [TS]

  trying to work with is I think a key [TS]

  piece of information that I've heard [TS]

  from other people as well is the [TS]

  question of demand for whatever it is [TS]

  you're doing [TS]

  freelancing on the side so I think like [TS]

  okay maybe if we put aside emergency [TS]

  fund money for a moment a really [TS]

  interesting question is are you running [TS]

  out of spare time to do your side [TS]

  project because there is enough demand [TS]

  for it again I i think that is a really [TS]

  interesting point to reach when you [TS]

  realize like you are not able to fill [TS]

  the demand with the number of hours that [TS]

  you actually have and so if for this [TS]

  person and for anybody else who works [TS]

  person and for anybody else who works [TS]

  themselves into that same situation I [TS]

  think that like that is a good [TS]

  indication that maybe you can leave your [TS]

  job is when people are demanding more of [TS]

  your time then you actually have [TS]

  available so because the person is [TS]

  currently earning about half of what [TS]

  their full-time job is if they're in a [TS]

  situation where they have hours [TS]

  available to fill with client work but [TS]

  no clients to actually fill it like then [TS]

  that wouldn't be a good indication that [TS]

  this is a this is a great time to jump [TS]

  ship so I am much more cautious here I [TS]

  don't know but if this person has an [TS]

  emergency fund and also has clients or [TS]

  whatever they're doing like wanting more [TS]

  of their time than is available then i [TS]

  would say yes those are both really good [TS]

  indications that you should make the [TS]

  jump and leave your boring monkey office [TS]

  job which it sounds like you love and [TS]

  again look of all the caveats because i [TS]

  don't know any of the information the [TS]

  worst that could happen you just have to [TS]

  go get another job if it doesn't work [TS]

  out [TS]

  you're clearly an employable person [TS]

  you're running good salary you have the [TS]

  skills to a freelancing job you could [TS]

  get another job [TS]

  yeah yeah I mean 47,000 pounds that's [TS]

  already pretty well above the median [TS]

  income in the UK so they are an [TS]

  employable person [TS]

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  Squarespace build a beautiful this is a [TS]

  question that i have seen go by many [TS]

  times people were like obsessed with [TS]

  this after we did the bag episode what [TS]

  goes in your bag episode like what bags [TS]

  do you actually use and what do you [TS]

  consider when choosing one this comes [TS]

  from chris i just got a new bag where is [TS]

  it [TS]

  oh and your bag wow yeah well my old one [TS]

  was falling apart let me grab it was [TS]

  great talks about his new bag i'll tell [TS]

  you about my current bag my bag is by a [TS]

  company called topo designs and it's [TS]

  called the top of a mountain briefcase [TS]

  and I love my Mountain briefcase because [TS]

  it can be carried in three different [TS]

  ways it has backpack straps it has a [TS]

  shoulder strap and handles I like that a [TS]

  lot and it's just about the right size [TS]

  for me to put even my macbook and my [TS]

  ipad in the sleeve and then I can feel a [TS]

  bunch of other stuff in it and I like it [TS]

  a lot more than I liked any backpack i [TS]

  had so I a big thumbs up for me on that [TS]

  one the topo mountain briefcase topo [TS]

  topo topo mountain briefcase things that [TS]

  there was a total deal breaker for me is [TS]

  I refuse to use anything that is a [TS]

  shoulder strap [TS]

  I think that's like a messenger bag kind [TS]

  of thing yeah I think you you didn't [TS]

  hear [TS]

  it has backpack straps it has a shoulder [TS]

  strap and handles know that I heard that [TS]

  I heard all the problem you just don't [TS]

  use the soft shoulder strap [TS]

  okay but I'm just saying just like your [TS]

  breaker just don't use it i don't use it [TS]

  i have unclipped well even if it's an [TS]

  option i don't i don't want it no it's [TS]

  not weird [TS]

  alright so if I took your carry-on bag [TS]

  and attach the shoulder strap to it [TS]

  while you weren't looking that worthless [TS]

  worthless now okay good to know one of [TS]

  the things I really like about this bag [TS]

  is it it's like a canvas but it has a [TS]

  leather bottom so you set it down it [TS]

  doesn't like soaked in liquid why is [TS]

  that gross leather is just gross in a [TS]

  bag smells after a while it's on the [TS]

  outside not the inside [TS]

  it's not lever on the inside ok but it [TS]

  still smells after a while [TS]

  everything smells off for a while not [TS]

  plastic does if you burn it anyway [TS]

  yeah if you set your bag on fire and a [TS]

  plastic and it smells really bad [TS]

  of course you'd have something leather [TS]

  that seems that seems appropriate [TS]

  surprise is it handcrafted yeah [TS]

  oh god is it really probably made in [TS]

  Colorado so uh huh yeah this looks like [TS]

  your kind of bag looks like exactly what [TS]

  I would expect you to have mine is is [TS]

  maroon and below course it is i can hear [TS]

  your bag over there I'll trying to what [TS]

  I'm trying to find trying to be helpful [TS]

  your mic i was trying to find a at like [TS]

  a model number something on it but i [TS]

  can't i can't actually find it from the [TS]

  rustling it sounds like its brand you [TS]

  know it's like a month that's like a [TS]

  month old [TS]

  sounds like you taking paper LOL [TS]

  something like the contrast paper know [TS]

  it's just it's just made out of [TS]

  space-age materials is not made out of [TS]

  the the hide of a dead animal like your [TS]

  bag canvas mainly the room the callous [TS]

  animals that roam the field [TS]

  yep everybody knows about those so i'm [TS]

  currently using as my most often bag is [TS]

  it is from a six and it's just it's a [TS]

  bag that is designed for runners [TS]

  which is not being remotely i'm using [TS]

  this Court's but what I was like what [TS]

  I'm looking for in a bag whenever I get [TS]

  something is I'm trying to find the bag [TS]

  that is the smallest lightest thing that [TS]

  can just hold whatever device i am [TS]

  currently using so over the years [TS]

  whenever I got a bag i would say in [TS]

  years gone by I'd be taking around my [TS]

  apple laptop and i'd like i'd want to [TS]

  find a laptop bag that it could like a [TS]

  backpack that it could just fit into and [TS]

  so now I was looking for something that [TS]

  my ipad pro can just fit into and this [TS]

  backpack that's designed for runners is [TS]

  exactly what i'm looking for like the [TS]

  ipad just fits in with wise and there's [TS]

  a little outer pocket that i can just [TS]

  have the the bare minimum of things in [TS]

  there but i really really want out of a [TS]

  backpack something that is as light and [TS]

  as small as possible like that is always [TS]

  what I'm looking for [TS]

  for as much as my bag was me this bag is [TS]

  you what makes you say that like it's [TS]

  just very utilitarian that's glorious [TS]

  and even in this photo it looks way [TS]

  bigger than it actually is like it is [TS]

  quite small in real life it's the nice [TS]

  way of me saying that's ugly [TS]

  the old ugly that's the one saying but [TS]

  uh I know that's what you think you're [TS]

  saying you know you think you always so [TS]

  ugly it doesn't have leather stitching [TS]

  on the bottom [TS]

  yeah but we just have with great [TS]

  disagreement here i think there is much [TS]

  beauty to be found in utility do you [TS]

  have the blue one with the pink [TS]

  highlight no they don't have my color on [TS]

  here i have a black one with neon green [TS]

  highlights [TS]

  wow I wouldn't have expected that yeah I [TS]

  felt like going crazy [TS]

  wow that is kind of crazy for you [TS]

  alright neon green yeah good great i [TS]

  like it [TS]

  runners backpack such like it mmm i find [TS]

  for a lot of gear it's helpful sometimes [TS]

  to look at at exporting stores are [TS]

  places that are making stuff that is [TS]

  intended to be used much more intensely [TS]

  than you're ever going to use it [TS]

  that's like runners want the lightest of [TS]

  all possible backpacks and so that's why [TS]

  i thought let go let me go into stores [TS]

  and see let me find one of those tiny [TS]

  backpacks that runners use that that's [TS]

  what you that's what you want to do next [TS]

  up we have from toaster 312 what is your [TS]

  policy and work for buffers like having [TS]

  one or two items that you keep [TS]

  unreleased in case you have an emergency [TS]

  pop up [TS]

  I reckon that we both would love the [TS]

  idea of this but neither of us have [TS]

  anything because i'd certainly don't and [TS]

  enough that I know about you would [TS]

  suggest that you don't know wouldn't it [TS]

  be great [TS]

  my new year's resolution is too haha we [TS]

  go [TS]

  yeah I mean yeah this sounds like a [TS]

  great idea i just don't have anything [TS]

  this is a thing that i constantly think [TS]

  about I I would just love to be able to [TS]

  do this but I have learned over time [TS]

  that this is just not possible since we [TS]

  were talking before about you are trying [TS]

  to plan for things and like knowing that [TS]

  there's going to be problems and having [TS]

  buffers in in place like yes but this is [TS]

  one case where I just know that the work [TS]

  required to make this happen is is never [TS]

  going to happen if you would just be [TS]

  just an amazing fantasy land if I was [TS]

  ever able to create a video ahead of [TS]

  time and more importantly if I ever did [TS]

  through some kind of magic have a video [TS]

  a ready in advance i would just end up [TS]

  being ridiculously paranoid that someone [TS]

  else was going to release a video on the [TS]

  same topic while I was just sitting on [TS]

  one so you didn't worry about that [TS]

  anymore [TS]

  yeah like in theory I don't worry about [TS]

  that but it's very different if if I'd [TS]

  like oh I was just sitting on a thing [TS]

  where and I would feel kind of wasted [TS]

  yeah if that would be just the worst [TS]

  this is why my vastly more modest goal [TS]

  which I still fail at all the time is to [TS]

  not be finishing animations on the day I [TS]

  released the video think if I could just [TS]

  get to that stage that would be amazing [TS]

  but it's just almost every single time [TS]

  it's like as soon as a map i finished [TS]

  that last bit of animations like great [TS]

  gotta put it up right now [TS]

  this moment so i do not think that I [TS]

  will ever have a workflow buffer for the [TS]

  youtube channel it's just this is not [TS]

  going to happen [TS]

  not ever you know it's a it's not gonna [TS]

  happen you even wanted like a workflow [TS]

  buffer for cortex forecourt xmas which [TS]

  comes twice a year by the way Mike and I [TS]

  wouldn't even allow that one workflow [TS]

  buffer episodes like now it's not gonna [TS]

  happen [TS]

  attachments comes once a year texas [TS]

  comes twice a year I just haven't told [TS]

  you yet you get I've tell me some point [TS]

  twice a year mike i do we have any other [TS]

  questions we do very would like to know [TS]

  if you use a VPN when can through public [TS]

  Wi-Fi hotspots I I do i do I know I [TS]

  didn't use to a VPN for listeners who [TS]

  might be unaware it's a virtual private [TS]

  network is that it stands for [TS]

  yeah but it is a way if you are in a [TS]

  public location to filter your internet [TS]

  traffic through like a secure tunnel so [TS]

  that someone else on like the cafe's [TS]

  Wi-Fi can't get access to your data or [TS]

  anything i always used to think like I [TS]

  should use a VPN but I never did because [TS]

  it was kind of a pain in the butt to set [TS]

  it up but i recently discovered a cloak [TS]

  for iOS which i highly recommend because [TS]

  of one feature that totally sold me [TS]

  which is its ability to automatically [TS]

  turn on and turn off the VPN yeah so you [TS]

  can tell it oh I trust my home network [TS]

  and I trust the connection built into my [TS]

  cell phone and every other internet [TS]

  connection is totally untrustworthy and [TS]

  it just automatically turns on and that [TS]

  to me that if this time as it sounds [TS]

  like I can't be bothered to turn on my [TS]

  ppm to potentially save all of my [TS]

  private data because it's three taps but [TS]

  I just hate doing stuff manually and so [TS]

  click does it automatically and i love [TS]

  it for that so that's what I use on [TS]

  installed it on everything that I have [TS]

  as soon as I found out about that [TS]

  feature saying yeah use Coke yeah use [TS]

  clock Spencer would like to know what we [TS]

  keep in our pockets i have a regimented [TS]

  pocket system what goes in which pocket [TS]

  yes the only way to live I assume so [TS]

  in my right pocket goes my iphone in my [TS]

  left pocket on my keys and my ear pods [TS]

  em and then my back right pocket is my [TS]

  what [TS]

  ok so this this has been a long struggle [TS]

  for me but I'm i finally come to a [TS]

  steady-state over the past six months [TS]

  which is that i use wallet in front [TS]

  right pocket [TS]

  I used to be a back pocket wallet person [TS]

  but it is clearly the superior solution [TS]

  to have your wallet in your front pocket [TS]

  why what do you make the thread you to [TS]

  go back i switch when i am in places i [TS]

  don't know let me first of all when [TS]

  you're sitting down you have the george [TS]

  costanza problem that you're sitting on [TS]

  your wallet so you know I just change 28 [TS]

  slim card wallet it's never slim enough [TS]

  it's not always all cards at the not [TS]

  slim enough there's nothing you don't [TS]

  even know it's there [TS]

  nope it's uneven ruining your spine Mike [TS]

  ruining it [TS]

  what are you keeping your battle kitson [TS]

  nothing nothing goes in the back pockets [TS]

  keys [TS]

  look Anna the back pockets are for [TS]

  nothing [TS]

  I see some people put phones in their [TS]

  back pocket which makes me nervous to [TS]

  even just see I don't know why you do [TS]

  that [TS]

  yeah everytime i see someone do that I [TS]

  think I how can you live like that but [TS]

  so yeah wallet in front right pocket [TS]

  iphone in front left pocket and then the [TS]

  thing that i recently switched to which [TS]

  i really like is this little it's not a [TS]

  keychain it basically it's is called key [TS]

  smart it's this little thing that turns [TS]

  your keys into into like a Swiss Army [TS]

  knife is what it looks like they're they [TS]

  they fold together into this little [TS]

  package and I then can use that look at [TS]

  that useless little coin pocket in your [TS]

  jeans on the right hand side I can put [TS]

  my keys in that previously useless [TS]

  pocket and so now everything is nice and [TS]

  isolated from everything else there [TS]

  there's not two items in any pocket [TS]

  everything is in its own little pocket [TS]

  that's done the way I roll [TS]

  use your iphone left-handed yeah yeah [TS]

  he's my friend left-handed you [TS]

  left-handed know you also that very [TS]

  defensively by the way it's okay to be [TS]

  left-handed well just because I know [TS]

  where this is going because everybody [TS]

  seems to freak out when they discover [TS]

  this [TS]

  I know other people who do this but well [TS]

  I'm left-handed use my iphone my right [TS]

  hand [TS]

  ok yes you do the same thing then yeah I [TS]

  don't think it's weird that you do it i [TS]

  just wanted to know if you are [TS]

  left-handed now I'm right I'm right [TS]

  handed [TS]

  alright as humans are supposed to be [TS]

  apparently and then why am I left-handed [TS]

  because you are some kind of freak [TS]

  that's why [TS]

  good to know haha would like to know [TS]

  what headphones do use and wonder how [TS]

  much of an audio file you are you are as [TS]

  well do you care about really great [TS]

  sounding audio like more than you maybe [TS]

  should know [TS]

  now I've got an audiophile alright once [TS]

  you use them I don't obsess over things [TS]

  that aren't real know the super audio [TS]

  files that they're just playing in [TS]

  Imaginationland that's what they're [TS]

  doing [TS]

  i use to headphones depending on the [TS]

  circumstances I use the the bose [TS]

  quietcomfort noise-canceling headphones [TS]

  most of the time that's what I'm wearing [TS]

  right now if I go out to work anywhere [TS]

  in public I often like to take those [TS]

  because they're just great canceling [TS]

  sounds and they are vital for any kind [TS]

  of travel where they're going to be [TS]

  other people particularly children like [TS]

  on airplanes [TS]

  crying babies or something they just you [TS]

  can't live without them [TS]

  so those are like my heavy lifting [TS]

  headphones and then when i go to the gym [TS]

  or if I'm moving around a lot and I i do [TS]

  want to be listening to something i have [TS]

  the jaybird bluetooth headphones which [TS]

  are pricey but they are totally worth it [TS]

  mainly because most bluetooth headphones [TS]

  are garbage with terrible battery life [TS]

  and terrible connection problems and [TS]

  terrible sound and the Jaybirds are the [TS]

  only ones that have tried that are [TS]

  actually worth the amount of money that [TS]

  you pay for them [TS]

  I have a whole selection of different [TS]

  headphones i have some bose headphones [TS]

  that I don't know the name of they are [TS]

  not noise-cancelling blue and I use [TS]

  these on planes and stuff I can't use [TS]

  noise-cancelling because it makes me [TS]

  feel nauseous [TS]

  yeah it if you turn on the noise [TS]

  cancelling I think they just some people [TS]

  who were built this way if you put [TS]

  headphones on and turn on the noise [TS]

  cancelling it freaks some people out and [TS]

  I I feel a little weird if I have them [TS]

  on my head and there's nothing playing [TS]

  but I'm I'm fine once there's music or [TS]

  something coming through the headphones [TS]

  or two sometimes on an airplane i will [TS]

  play airplane engine noise through the [TS]

  head I'm not listening to why what you [TS]

  could play any type of white noise any [TS]

  white noise [TS]

  yeah but it's like a double drown out [TS]

  the screaming child effects like but why [TS]

  don't like rain now it's not as good [TS]

  there's something about the airplane [TS]

  noise which is really good at asking [TS]

  connects the house but it's only you [TS]

  would do that helped airplane noise on [TS]

  an airplane with noise cancelling [TS]

  headphones [TS]

  that's great that's really great [TS]

  you need some music any kind of music [TS]

  sometimes I listen to music but I'm just [TS]

  saying if I'm trying to sleep or [TS]

  something I put on airplane noise for [TS]

  him on the airplane with my [TS]

  noise-canceling headphones [TS]

  it's great everyone should try it but [TS]

  anyways I was bringing that up only [TS]

  because i would say like I can [TS]

  sympathize with people who just cant use [TS]

  the noise cancelling I can feel like who [TS]

  if I was more sensitive to this these [TS]

  headphones simply wouldn't be an option [TS]

  so if anyone out there is thinking about [TS]

  noise cancelling headphones you might [TS]

  want to try the minister first see if [TS]

  you have a bad reaction to them see [TS]

  these bones that they look fine just any [TS]

  any like bose headphones that don't have [TS]

  my counseling will be effectively the [TS]

  same scenario there over the years [TS]

  they're fine i have just got some [TS]

  sennheiser bluetooth headphones [TS]

  sennheiser MM 400ex who they're not [TS]

  great sounding the only reason I have [TS]

  these is the [TS]

  have buttons on the side the art touch [TS]

  buttons they are physical buttons and [TS]

  they have like little ridges on them so [TS]

  you can control playback whilst walking [TS]

  around without looking at anything [TS]

  whoo that's why i got those and my [TS]

  recording headphones [TS]

  recently I bought the biodynamic dt 770 [TS]

  pro head the headphones this was because [TS]

  i went to Marco's house and I put these [TS]

  on my head and I listen to some music [TS]

  that i know and heard things in the [TS]

  music I hadn't heard before so well with [TS]

  these headphones they sound great to [TS]

  hear things in my voice that you haven't [TS]

  heard before with those headphones and [TS]

  of course [TS]

  mmm i have a little man inside your [TS]

  brain that controls everything right [TS]

  pulling the levers oculus Gavin would [TS]

  like to know are we Twitter [TS]

  completionists with the completionist [TS]

  somebody who reads every tweet i used to [TS]

  be more than I am now [TS]

  now I'm if I'm many many hundreds of [TS]

  tweets behind i'm okay with skipping [TS]

  them this was one of the things that [TS]

  came out of my time away from twitter [TS]

  but now I'm okay with it i do like to [TS]

  read the majority of stuff because I [TS]

  follow these people for a reason because [TS]

  i want to read what they have to say but [TS]

  I don't go crazy about it now like I [TS]

  used to do i'm going to assume that [TS]

  you're not now i have not and have never [TS]

  been and it's in no small part because [TS]

  I've always felt that ago we talked [TS]

  about twitter again but one of the [TS]

  benefits of twitter is its current pneus [TS]

  the Twitter feels like what is happening [TS]

  right now so even from the very very [TS]

  beginning times when i first signed up [TS]

  for twitter i don't know a couple years [TS]

  ago I never felt any compulsion to read [TS]

  things that were in the past it it just [TS]

  twitter to me feels like a very current [TS]

  president thing and so I've always found [TS]

  the notion of people who are Twitter [TS]

  completionists to be just a little weird [TS]

  like it but that's not what the tool is [TS]

  right i mean of course the tool is [TS]

  whatever people want it to be but that [TS]

  just seems so auntie my conception of [TS]

  what twitter is for so I [TS]

  i have i am not and have never been a [TS]

  Twitter completionist autumn would like [TS]

  to know [TS]

  do we ever make the mistake of staying [TS]

  up far too late or sleeping in a regular [TS]

  day I stay up far too late every day I [TS]

  was that you sleep in every day don't [TS]

  you sleep in every day I go to bed at [TS]

  2am i woke up half nine today that seems [TS]

  pretty early we were having an instant [TS]

  message conversation the other day and I [TS]

  realized it was like 830 in the morning [TS]

  or something I asked oh god what are you [TS]

  doing up so early because I think that's [TS]

  early for you [TS]

  sometimes i'm awake at that time but it [TS]

  is a city early if you go to bed at two [TS]

  in the morning but don't you go to bed [TS]

  at two in the morning because you're [TS]

  recording shows then what's the latest [TS]

  recording a show i only now I have made [TS]

  some changes i record one show every two [TS]

  weeks and midnight starting it been nice [TS]

  i am at my god what show is that as [TS]

  analog oh and then the rest of them now [TS]

  i'm usually done by APM we had a rough [TS]

  that's a rough time slide the midnight [TS]

  timeslot yeah yeah working the late [TS]

  shift [TS]

  yeah is it is it is turkey hence why now [TS]

  it's every two weeks so you just stay up [TS]

  late all the time then just you stay up [TS]

  to in the morning because that's just [TS]

  your the way you are [TS]

  yeah that's just the way I am can't [TS]

  change that can change it can't fight it [TS]

  but you have to be self-employed so that [TS]

  you can stay up until two in the morning [TS]

  yeah it's an absolute requirement so I [TS]

  mean the question of course [TS]

  do you ever make the mistake the answer [TS]

  is of course right humans humans make [TS]

  the mistake of doing this just recently [TS]

  as my own holiday was coming to a close [TS]

  i made the mistake of like oh I'll just [TS]

  keep playing fact oreo for a little [TS]

  while longer [TS]

  hello just a little while longer just a [TS]

  lot while longer and then you realize [TS]

  like oh it's actually three in the [TS]

  morning like what have I done [TS]

  this is just this is a terrible decision [TS]

  that I didn't even know I was making I [TS]

  was just like I'm having a good time and [TS]

  then suddenly like i'm so sleepy why [TS]

  it's go bum way up way way too late [TS]

  that's why so yes of course occasionally [TS]

  make that mistake [TS]

  and when it's been holiday time I am way [TS]

  more likely to make that mistake because [TS]

  I feel like oh there's no there's no [TS]

  constraints or anything and then it is [TS]

  it is that very mistake that I find [TS]

  compounds for me in a bad way like I [TS]

  definitely know that i am a person who [TS]

  benefits from routine and no matter how [TS]

  much i might think we're breaking the [TS]

  routine is fun sometimes there's always [TS]

  a price to pay for it later and so I [TS]

  have been struggling to get back into [TS]

  the working routine precisely because of [TS]

  staying up late or waking up too late in [TS]

  the morning but now that we have [TS]

  recorded this episode of cortex the [TS]

  working routine is back in place [TS]