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Cortex 10: Zero Artistic Skills

 

  10 episodes in our still just don't know what to do [TS]

  the star of the show to start the show it was very awkward about it will now [TS]

  you're turning it into a tiny segment which is Mike awkwardly tries to start [TS]

  the show you complain about the schedules and this is what I complain [TS]

  about to do the best part is I do nothing to help you know you make it [TS]

  worse I just sit here and I way to go Mike gonna start the show let me see [TS]

  what he does and then I say something and you just go up and try and stop the [TS]

  show [TS]

  yeah I draw attention to it which makes it worse and so this is what we do know [TS]

  I see you have a line in a document which you've placed before the follow-up [TS]

  section that you seem to have a video game recommendation yeah I put at the [TS]

  top there because using to be in charge of all the show notes I don't want to [TS]

  mess up all your beautiful show notes if I ever write anything I'm just gonna put [TS]

  it at the top and you can put it wherever you want if there's one thing I [TS]

  have learned Mike which is that if if you doing a show which is vaguely about [TS]

  work and being self-employed the thing people really want to hear about is [TS]

  video games seems that way because anytime we mention it the red it becomes [TS]

  full of video games so I was looking for feedback on mind maps and I do have one [TS]

  but there was nothing in the right but we hear about video games again yes we [TS]

  did the conclusion to draw from this is that people who are self-employed they [TS]

  have a lot of time for video games maybe something that interests them but that [TS]

  oh I guess let me let me mention something then which is when i was i was [TS]

  just editing the last episode of Internet to it went up yesterday after a [TS]

  big thing marathon I was looking for something else to play and maybe a [TS]

  little young for this Mike but did you ever play a game called Dungeon Keeper [TS]

  as a kid no yes yes I figured because I forget you're how old are you like 25 is [TS]

  that too many I don't this is a thing I don't know how old [TS]

  that a point not once I said how old I was on a show and someone wrote in to [TS]

  tell me that I was wrong and nicely done yes you would have been a little little [TS]

  little young for Dungeon Keeper but it was a game that had kind of a cult [TS]

  following [TS]

  back in may be in the nineties or so but it is yet another game that follows the [TS]

  tragic story called Electronic Arts buys a promising video game company promises [TS]

  to make a sequel and then doesn't for years and eventually spits out a [TS]

  horrible pile of poo that nobody likes considering I'm doing yet I will this [TS]

  point say they just got everything they really do at the Electronic Arts [TS]

  corporate offices it should say Electronic Arts and then right below it [TS]

  on a banner it should say something like crusher of dreams just then just [TS]

  terrible and they just love to buy up talent and then squander squander that [TS]

  talent but Dungeon Keeper was another one of those things where people were [TS]

  really excited for the third game in the series and nothing eventually happened [TS]

  except pooping out a horrible free-to-play actually you need to buy a [TS]

  thousand in-app purchases thing for the iPad a little while ago but just like [TS]

  with city skylines where someone else [TS]

  finally took up the mantle for SimCity because Electronic Arts wasn't going to [TS]

  do it and they built an amazing spiritual successor to sim city better [TS]

  than anything else which is of course the city skylines there's a team that [TS]

  has put together the true successor to Dungeon Keeper which is now called war [TS]

  for the overworld I only mention it as a recommendation because it originally [TS]

  came out many years ago but it was just like a buggy mess that was unplayable [TS]

  but I remembered that I had purchased early access to it on Steam let me give [TS]

  it another try and I had several enjoyable hours kind of wandering down [TS]

  the nostalgia factor of playing this game from my childhood which is now [TS]

  it's not very good and it is definitely worth checking out if you ever play [TS]

  Dungeon Keeper when you were a kid [TS]

  this is one of my when my recommendations I wanna make [TS]

  recommendations well yeah for PlayStation game called rocket league [TS]

  it's amazing it's just a little game is like one of those things are slow game [TS]

  made by a studio I'd never heard of before that just captures the hearts and [TS]

  minds of people and it just takes off so you basically you control a lot kind of [TS]

  life science remote control car they look like remote control cause they move [TS]

  like control and there are basically you're playing football with remote [TS]

  control cars there's this huge ball and there's teams and you just have to try [TS]

  and score it and you can jump the cause or the cause they have rocket packs on [TS]

  them so you can post them and it's incredible fun I do not enjoy sports [TS]

  attend not really enjoy sports games this one is just totally different and [TS]

  if you have a PlayStation you should own rocket league because it is fantastic [TS]

  and they have you can play against AI or you can play online which I really like [TS]

  they have both because it's way too many console games these days just put [TS]

  everything as more online multiplayer which is not typically how I like to [TS]

  play I get frustrated by that as well as I O [TS]

  only multiplayer online forget it just just don't like it going back to the PC [TS]

  games you play them like what what you do use the input methods to keep from [TS]

  still using my Wacom tablet as the primary input method because Justin [TS]

  really when I'm playing the game I'm really doing the first and the third at [TS]

  it [TS]

  of hello internet which are both at its where I can be doing something else at [TS]

  the same time because I am actually wanted to be able to do stuff on the [TS]

  podcast I'll still use the pen and it is it is very usable for certain kinds of [TS]

  games you could never play like a first-person shooter with it you can [TS]

  never play something like doing with it with a pen very well I want to hear from [TS]

  everybody who plays with a pen [TS]

  but for something like Dungeon Keeper which is like a top-down moving [TS]

  characters around Starcraft style game a pen tablet is it is very useful input [TS]

  method I was just thinking and explain with the game is at all but you you [TS]

  build a dungeon you play the bad guy you build a dungeon and heroes are trying to [TS]

  invade your dungeon gonna flip around the traditional story it's not like one [TS]

  of these games are like for example Starcraft where you have to constantly [TS]

  micro-manage each individual troop you can do very little directly which i [TS]

  think is an interesting gameplay mechanism that makes you absolutely [TS]

  loathe your minions because if you like just do the thing that I want you to do [TS]

  what you can only issue these very broad commands like everybody go over here you [TS]

  can't control things directly and so when I'm working I actually need games [TS]

  like that where I don't require 100% of my attention and I can flip away from [TS]

  them for a few moments and make a few cuts or delete something and then flip [TS]

  back and continue to play them look at this one because of this frustrating [TS]

  mechanic I'm not sure that people who've never played the original ones would [TS]

  actually like this if you've heard of Dungeon Keeper and you loved it as a kid [TS]

  you should totally play this but I'm not 100% sure that I could recommended just [TS]

  as a game in the abstract you stick with your you stick with your prison [TS]

  architect and burning everything to the ground and building a beautiful prison [TS]

  right now right of course because you turned off the losing part of the game [TS]

  really is very very very beautiful I might actually work on it lost editing [TS]

  the show and it will be fantastic occasion lol do the real show you must [TS]

  follow up so chto on the reddit suggested an app that you might be [TS]

  interested in called alton hoped [TS]

  which is an Evernote replacement for the Mac it isn't a different service it is [TS]

  just another at 470 on the Mac which is bill to take out a lot of the craft that [TS]

  they added and actually make the appt nice ICIC so it's like it's like a [TS]

  Tweetbot for ever know exactly is difficult to explain when you say it's a [TS]

  replacement it makes it sound like a different service London this is [TS]

  actually just an act that looks way nicer to be used for ever [TS]

  but it's just it does look like it's much nicer yeah I think you should cause [TS]

  if you if I don't know how much you use on the Mac I see him in the answer is as [TS]

  little as possible and enough to my thing look at something like this is I [TS]

  just know that if I suppose to start using this I would want it everywhere [TS]

  right just frustration that makes me sad they are making it though they're making [TS]

  alternate for iOS have got right down the button sign up to our newsletter be [TS]

  the first to know about alternate for iOS I would definitely do something like [TS]

  that a try because one of my biggest complaints with Evernote is okay so I [TS]

  throw all this stuff into Evernote and I have a default folder called inbox so [TS]

  that I can just throw everything in there and I don't have to try to restore [TS]

  it it makes it easier to just be able to throw things in to remove a little bit [TS]

  of resistance but that does mean that every once in a while I have to go [TS]

  through my inbox and sort all of the stuff that I've collected into you know [TS]

  which which topic folder is going to go into this is exactly the kind of [TS]

  activity that I would love to do [TS]

  saved while sitting on the couch and my wife is watching some TV show and I'm [TS]

  there and I'm paying attention but I also want to do a little something like [TS]

  this seems like the perfect kind of work to just organize something like that I [TS]

  would take out my iPad to do that on Evernote except that why they do this [TS]

  who knows what it takes so many taps to take an item and put it in a folder and [TS]

  it blows my like isn't this the primary purpose of your thing is for sorting and [TS]

  collecting stuff why do I have to click on the note click on the information box [TS]

  click on where the folders go then scroll down to select the folder that I [TS]

  want click on the folder and then click OK it looked like a hundred taps to put [TS]

  something in a folder so I just don't do it on my iPad even though that is [TS]

  obviously the ideal place to do that kind of work it's hugely frustrating so [TS]

  if alternate makes an iOS version I will definitely check it out because at least [TS]

  a little video here it looks pretty good for mac and a dog mode I i noticed that [TS]

  right away that's that's extremely important to me [TS]

  version to the Mac is going to have full markdown support sold [TS]

  that sounds like a winner yeah this is definitely looked like a winner I [TS]

  mention we didn't have a lot of follow-up mind maps but we did get [TS]

  follow-up from one person in my girlfriend who was in the show she [TS]

  provided me with very detailed follow-up via MSN just a way home from work she [TS]

  was listening so I would like to provide her reasoning for mind maps because at [TS]

  the moment she is the only person on such minor was she trying to sell you on [TS]

  my maps [TS]

  she's just tell me why she likes them she says I need my maps to organize the [TS]

  information that I find out for my job in a way that makes sense to me rather [TS]

  than help someone else structured it makes sense to them my maps help me [TS]

  simplify findings and rationales and also help me remember them so no matter [TS]

  what question I get from someone on a project I can go to that specific [TS]

  location on the map to find the information to answer questions [TS]

  the way the ICC's like sushi draws out these my maps and psych ok I think about [TS]

  this which leads us so somebody asked her a question later she can see the [TS]

  thinking that informed a decision and she also she won't say that the way that [TS]

  she does these types of my match don't look like regular mind maps where one [TS]

  idea is in the center [TS]

  never been branching out from it she says that doesn't make sense to her and [TS]

  then she went on this and also again mind mapping people to say how do you [TS]

  organize your ideas why do you just hold on paper due just draw more branches and [TS]

  crazy so she does AC her own style of mind mapping and I can see the thinking [TS]

  behind it like during out these diagrams to try and displayed the way to think [TS]

  and if your brain works like that it's great but it seems like on the whole [TS]

  context listeners don't seem to have mind mapping brains could you get an [TS]

  example mind map from her because it sounds like she doesn't like my maps [TS]

  either and she's actually doing something else feel like we need to see [TS]

  what she's doing [TS]

  I can try because I don't know what she can share but also see if I can get [TS]

  something if I can then great if not maybe a skirted to do something for me I [TS]

  don't know how much we can do but you can show because [TS]

  in trouble but will find it's worth it for the show though isn't it [TS]

  oh definitely I mean you know what job isn't nearly as important as a show of [TS]

  course priorities I have said nothing about said you just said that sentence [TS]

  well I can listen how that sounded and I can remove it this week I am happy to [TS]

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  audio books into overcast there is a lot of stuff Hegre so referring to last week [TS]

  where you removing you very upset about the global icon changing to our engine [TS]

  it was completely thrown off the function of your screen to sign I [TS]

  realized listening back to that episode but it did sound a little crazy that my [TS]

  that I was having this problem with the fact that it was orange but at the same [TS]

  time listening to that I thought nobody really is a problem just let oranges [TS]

  just terrible so it did have to go so I have a bunch of follow-up of suggestions [TS]

  so we spoke about last week the Dropbox to have tougher workflow with the [TS]

  workflow and sends out doesn't work for DRM files as you discovered so I have a [TS]

  bunch of our situations for you [TS]

  Lucas and over something that he created to create a private audiobook podcast [TS]

  feed using Dropbox and script they made I didn't test this because I'm too [TS]

  scared and confused runs groups just not something I understand I've upset [TS]

  everybody but it's just not a thing I've ever really spent much time with so I [TS]

  assume it works I like the door open and honest about that it's just never [TS]

  something I've spent any type of program equals scary for Mike yes terrified [TS]

  absolutely terrifying I'm guessing I'm guessing then that you were unsuccessful [TS]

  in attempting to remove any DRM from the audio from the audible files I can [TS]

  neither confirm nor deny my attempts to raise some suggestions [TS]

  right right I I will also write neither confirm nor deny that such a thing as [TS]

  possible and say for the record now that if I ever make any comments about doing [TS]

  such a thing in the future that they are entirely theoretical conversations that [TS]

  are being had just you know speculating about what might or might not happen but [TS]

  I can also say that I have some thoughts about smart speed as it relates to [TS]

  audiobooks theoretical thoughts I suppose Tyler suggested something cool [TS]

  just cast is a service that allows you to create a podcast feed using Dropbox [TS]

  but everything happens with semantically so this is kind of like the service [TS]

  version of Outlook is made and you can sign up for its is a service that you [TS]

  can pay for if you want to there's a couple different tiers for you just [TS]

  create a Dropbox folder you associate with this lap and then everything that [TS]

  you put into Dropbox folder gets added to the RSS feed I can subscribe to it [TS]

  having other services of course these aren't just for audio books that may or [TS]

  may not have proper protection can be anything maybe the stuff that you find [TS]

  maybe just want to create your own pockets there is another service called [TS]

  pod match that cosmic servant suggested on reddit which looks to be a private [TS]

  alternative to hafta so basically gives you drop a log in and its private thing [TS]

  is public [TS]

  the other solution to all of this is just to create a RSS feed using a [TS]

  service provider like clips in a simple cost like how you would normally create [TS]

  a podcast and create feeds but the problem with doing stuff like this is [TS]

  you are making [TS]

  you're putting those potentially into the internet keep them private that [TS]

  people could eventually find them [TS]

  yeah I'm realizing though it never even crossed my mind to use lipson which [TS]

  might be one of the simplest answers for how did I'm busy making podcast and then [TS]

  I also have this problem of boy i wish i had a podcast feed for this thing to me [TS]

  like maybe we can put these two together you would be surprised how long I was [TS]

  reading the feedback and putting this into the document before that occurred [TS]

  to me that we are both professional podcasters who are in need of a podcast [TS]

  and we didn't know how to do it how would you even I don't know why my brain [TS]

  went to can I write this script that would take a drop I go like to recreate [TS]

  the whole thing myself who lives in actually sounds like an easy simple way [TS]

  to do the thing that I naturally started with the hardest possible way to do that [TS]

  so you also I used you tweeted a picture which is that your home screen as a [TS]

  couple of days ago where you have removed all the ball and Apple music [TS]

  from the greens are wearing complete change again how do you feel now you ok [TS]

  yeah I'm feeling I'm feeling much better about this because the small balance in [TS]

  the orange again is more balanced in the orange yeah there's some things that [TS]

  something that I still don't like I brought out the settings out to the main [TS]

  screen as I speculated last time I might which is a place you can put it anywhere [TS]

  I had to have had to move things around a little bit more since the last time I [TS]

  took that screenshot but overall I'm relatively happy because yes I made it I [TS]

  made the decision that two things were going to get demoted to the other folder [TS]

  and it was Apple music and audible for very different reasons [TS]

  audible because of their terrible color orange which I have to say I liked to [TS]

  have gotten a bunch of feedback from people using other Amazon Services and [TS]

  it looks like Amazon has gone with orange for all of their icons but the [TS]

  horrible icon orange clashes with the other oranges that Amazon has selected [TS]

  for their other services so if you look at a whole bunch of Amazon icons the [TS]

  audible one is the only one that just looks different and like it doesn't [TS]

  belong so it's not just me other people were complaining about this as well that [TS]

  if you use if you're all in on Amazon [TS]

  the audible one sticks out like an ugly duck but so yes I got rid of that one [TS]

  and I have I think we mentioned earlier shows I was going to give Apple music at [TS]

  Ryan hope that Apple music was solving all of my various music problems and I [TS]

  have been giving it a go since it came out but the end results is that I hate [TS]

  Apple music and I don't like anything about it and it's been causing huge [TS]

  battery drains on my phone because for some crazy reason I went to actually [TS]

  have music on my phone and Apple music seems to disagree with me no matter how [TS]

  much I try to get it to download stuff it just doesn't and it throws up error [TS]

  messages all the time of how we can actually download this just constantly [TS]

  but it still working in the background and it's ok I i i feel like im fighting [TS]

  with it the whole time and it's also optimized towards old style radio and [TS]

  nothing about it that I find pleasing so I feel like you know what the hell with [TS]

  this is burning my whole music collection down to the ground and was [TS]

  gonna start over with Spotify that's my conclusion I've been seeing even having [TS]

  issues I have absolutely no advice for it just looks like a plan saying it does [TS]

  surprise me because I can't personally tolerate that color green that's what if [TS]

  I chose when they change to that just not even green green like I don't even [TS]

  know what that is like they should create some sort of new color class to [TS]

  describe what that thing is I don't know why they did that it's like they're [TS]

  trying to burn into the screens or something it's just a color I cannot [TS]

  abide by I feel like we're in the scenario but that Spotify color makes me [TS]

  very uncomfortable see this again i think is our age difference here because [TS]

  I grew up on computers that were just two colors horrible greens and black [TS]

  backgrounds and so that always feels like I don't like going home again [TS]

  any kind of green on black color scheme always a big fan of because that's what [TS]

  I grew up with computers so I am not bothered by the green of Spotify even [TS]

  though I can see that many people would be just as bothered by it as I am by the [TS]

  orange of audible but again I had another idea this morning [TS]

  putting the show together and I create something boy with a workflow action [TS]

  that you can add to your home screen which will open the lab and you can [TS]

  choose whatever I can you know I know I view these services before is it a kind [TS]

  of fighting or are you just using the workflow happened I just create a [TS]

  workflow in the works and you just see you press the icon it opens the work [TS]

  thought for a second and then opens your I used to actually do that with a [TS]

  dedicated app for all the so honorable because they used to have some other [TS]

  really hideous icon that I couldn't stand along time ago and I made a custom [TS]

  icon that I used on my desktop for that but then they moved to an acceptable [TS]

  icon but also I just don't like the fact that when you use the custom icons it [TS]

  has to do the blip blip of opening up two things maybe that'll be better when [TS]

  I put mine on my phone because it seems a lot faster but I don't like the the 22 [TS]

  app open thing so I'm gonna pass on that for the time being and yeah definitely [TS]

  looks nice I was nine cuz I'm running right now [TS]

  yeah but just just a discussion just a discussion in general not have any files [TS]

  that have DRM on them but we can just have a general discussion about [TS]

  listening to audiobooks in overcast audio books that you made ya audio books [TS]

  I have recorded yeah I have recorded some public domain material in audiobook [TS]

  format just need to keep it in a private area says because accents and stuff you [TS]

  don't exactly reading to myself that I listen to it again but I guess we can [TS]

  have a general discussion about audio books and overcast because I I like also [TS]

  being able to consolidate something so that now I have a a single icon which is [TS]

  overcast for spoken material so it's not necessarily divided into two different [TS]

  icons and I can now again for books that I have made for myself that I'm done [TS]

  from anywhere else I have a playlists in overcast which is just for audio books [TS]

  so that when I open up overcast at like a cat [TS]

  have my three standard playlists and one of them is now audiobook so I can listen [TS]

  to audio books there and I like that I liked having the one place to go for [TS]

  smoking material so even if I double work to come out with a much better [TS]

  looking icon I think it would forever remain in the other folder like I will [TS]

  use it to browse for audio books but I'm not necessarily going to have it on on [TS]

  front and center because now overcast is my place for smoking material [TS]

  the only thing I will say is that listening to audiobooks with the smart [TS]

  speed feature which is the whole reason that I use overcast is a strange [TS]

  experience because I think when Marco the guy who makes overcast was testing [TS]

  out smart speed he was listening to podcasts and deciding how much of the [TS]

  space should be taken out between words or between sentences and when I'm using [TS]

  smart be with podcasts I almost never even notice if it's on sometimes I have [TS]

  to look and say do I even have smart speed on because it shortens it but it [TS]

  shortens it in a very natural way but when you're listening to an audio book [TS]

  audiobook narrator's are speaking in a very different cadence it's not a [TS]

  conversation and a couple of the audio books I have listened to it has the [TS]

  feeling of men I know smart speed is on because it feels like they're talking [TS]

  very very fast so that that's just my personal experiences it feels like the [TS]

  knob or the calibration on Smart's be with audio books is is way high because [TS]

  audio book narrators have much bigger spaces between their words and much [TS]

  bigger spaces between their sentences so it feels like I have it on me know maybe [TS]

  one and a half X instead of just one XO it I think I'm still going to use it but [TS]

  it it it is taking a little more getting used to you than I thought listening to [TS]

  audiobooks with more speed audio book that I recorded of course yeah I have [TS]

  listened to an audio book and other costs and it was a very different [TS]

  sounding experience [TS]

  okay so it's not just me I'm not being crazy sounds strange because just one [TS]

  person maybe that's what it is and and so it's just like it just sounds strange [TS]

  because you would expect that person to take a break at some point but they [TS]

  never do [TS]

  yeah that's that's true although I have to say one of my absolute pet peeves is [TS]

  still with us say this out loud because when people hear me say that they won't [TS]

  be able they will not be able to help a tune into it but I'm still gonna ruin [TS]

  some of people's experiences I hated in audio books when the audio engineer is [TS]

  leave in the narrator taking a breath I am reading a sentence this is a second [TS]

  sentence that I'm now reading this is the third sentence like god damnit right [TS]

  like why didn't you take that out whenever you do now rationed like paper [TS]

  and I've done four shows in the past I knew remove that I removed the breath [TS]

  because it's it's infuriating it's absolutely infuriating but I think you [TS]

  might be onto Saudi breathe breathe every dime calls sacks of meat that have [TS]

  to take in oxygen otherwise it doesn't work but but I think I think you might [TS]

  be right that the smart speed sounds weird when it's just a single person [TS]

  continuously talking because you are expecting that break and it never comes [TS]

  I think that might be what it is but I'm still am so going to try it out and I [TS]

  want to get used to it but it's one of those things where you you think in [TS]

  advance I'll definitely like this thing and then you try and you go it's not [TS]

  quite what I was when I was imagining I know Mark it will never do it because he [TS]

  has an apple like take on adding options into any of his software but this is the [TS]

  one time I feel like man I really wish I could dial back smart speed a little bit [TS]

  on this playlist but that's the kind of person he will never had to go overcast [TS]

  even though I might want it because I don't even know what that is like how do [TS]

  you mean dial it back but I went on I just in the middle [TS]

  understand my understanding is he has a calibrated to do something like removed [TS]

  forty percent of the silence whenever there is silence and so I feel like you [TS]

  I want to dial that back on an audio book to me be 15% or 20% you see it up a [TS]

  little but not all the way because it does also to drive me crazy how slow [TS]

  people mostly non-fiction narrator sometimes talking audio books and that's [TS]

  enough of that do you have any thoughts on alphabet and seen this Diva no one [TS]

  talking about Mike I am I am on top of the news all the time [TS]

  yeah I'm a news junkie I follow everything actually I did hear about the [TS]

  alphabet you didn't hear about this I was gonna be like really surprised about [TS]

  this said this is for anybody that doesn't know Google is kind of breaking [TS]

  up their operations no that's not even the way to describe it [TS]

  that's a terrible it is I don't even know anything about the story and I [TS]

  wouldn't say that at all if they're forming an Umbrella Corporation which [TS]

  owns Google it's not Google breaking up into a bunch of little companies well a [TS]

  lot of subsidiaries of Google on now leaving the Google umbrella going into [TS]

  health so they won't be related to Google anymore like they used to be [TS]

  right but Google used to be acting as the Umbrella Corporation for all the [TS]

  stuff that they bought and now they're just saying we're going to actually have [TS]

  a real Umbrella Corporation called out the bed I was just terribly rude to [TS]

  their alphabet now owns Google the new Google which has less parts in it [TS]

  they've alphabet has now taken and loans companies like nest which was owned by [TS]

  Google is now on its Google I find it very peculiar that youtube is still [TS]

  owned by Google even though YouTube has its own seat anyway it's something I [TS]

  bring condoms wrap around but yeah I just wanted to say anything in this that [TS]

  interests you just react when I heard about it I first thought it was some [TS]

  kind of joke people I go google has been renamed as alphabet you know when I read [TS]

  the stuff on their blog [TS]

  looked at the website feel like a joke initially because it's so strange it it [TS]

  didn't seem real at first but the process I also think is funny is that [TS]

  Google created this little company called alphabet and then alphabet bought [TS]

  back Google is the way they have to be very fun to create a company which is [TS]

  gonna buy us exactly what money is it buying us with all the money we gave it [TS]

  to you but it's all very strange but I haven't I'm only just looked into the [TS]

  barest bit of this because of course I was curious about does affect me with [TS]

  you too many things that's why I looked into it a little bit but I think it's [TS]

  actually a kind of simple and and brilliant idea in the same way that the [TS]

  Google search engine was just very simple and worked well so I give this a [TS]

  big thumbs up I I think this is a good way to do things to do not have all of [TS]

  their various projects feel like they are tied to the Google brand but so it's [TS]

  it's not Google self-driving cars and Google everything this this I think [TS]

  allows them to do the the company version of what I think people should do [TS]

  which is have lots of little experiments many of which are unrelated to each [TS]

  other and to see what works out well so I am a big fan of this and i also think [TS]

  it's pretty clear from the fact that they bought ABC dot XYZ as their domain [TS]

  names that they they don't have any intentions of pushing alphabet as the [TS]

  brand I don't think you're going to see anything on the Google homepage which is [TS]

  Google brought to you by alphabet I think it looks like it really is acting [TS]

  as a holding company that then buys up or creates all of their various [TS]

  experiments I believe that I did see them say some with alphabet [TS]

  consumer-facing company while I do think it's a good idea [TS]

  the alphabets and the whole gisbert Google and is next and so is for shine [TS]

  hardware company this whole thing that they seem to be doing it does feel a [TS]

  little bit like the villainous corporation in a dystopian future where [TS]

  they look at how happy we are but everything is actually terrifying [TS]

  because be used for Boston Dynamics it's the robot dynamics absolutely terrified [TS]

  but the inevitable future of humanity creates a dog that can pull over and [TS]

  stand up which is one of the most horrible things you'll ever see [TS]

  yeah yeah I mean that's that's their old stuff you should see the new humanoid [TS]

  stuff it's like kill it with fire is the reaction to seeing some of their the [TS]

  humanoid robots but that's the bottom line I think it's a good idea I think [TS]

  it's a nice clean simple idea that allows Google to do stuff that doesn't [TS]

  end up tarnishing Google's own brand when their projects don't work out [TS]

  because I think that is a natural thing that happens to companies like Google [TS]

  tries all these things and they kill all these things they have no focus and i've [TS]

  i've even said similar things about Amazon logo Amazon does all this crazy [TS]

  stuff none of it works out even though I think that's actually a good strategy [TS]

  but with a company I think it helps to disassociate yourself from a lot of your [TS]

  experiment so it doesn't feel like oh you're always doing all these things [TS]

  that don't work out because most things don't work out but you only care about [TS]

  the things that do also helps when they buy companies like nursed for it not to [TS]

  seem like they're just trying to collect all of your data where they are or not [TS]

  when it was Google doing people come with tonya ship with this idea that now [TS]

  they're going to control your home's temperature to try and sell you a [TS]

  condition units like you know that there was like fear that people had to I think [TS]

  this might help alleviate the companies are a bit more separate when I was in [TS]

  who I actually stayed in a place that had a nest thermostat in it and the [TS]

  the fact that it is connected to Google and as part of Google it made me feel [TS]

  creepy about the nest thermostat was like oh right there's a camera in the [TS]

  nest thermostat and the like the company that owns the place that we're staying [TS]

  in can look through the camera but it's also all tied in with Google services is [TS]

  just a lil was a little bit weird and I was I was very aware of that nest [TS]

  thermostat in in the main area where we're staying like the little how 9000 [TS]

  on the wall and none of them have cameras in there the newer versions have [TS]

  a little camera them they make a camera called the next camp which is different [TS]

  than an estimate maybe I am getting confused I'm pretty sure thinking has an [TS]

  infrared sensor ok so has the infrared sensor but doesn't have actual camp [TS]

  doesn't have a camera that somebody could see through ok I'm glad I'm glad [TS]

  we got to the bottom of that disassociating the things works with [TS]

  what we've just been talking about with his confusion over whether the nest has [TS]

  a camera on it because I feel like I just assume Google is the kind of [TS]

  company that gap with cameras in it right [TS]

  whereas if nest with some separate feeling company isn't that great I can I [TS]

  used to be in their region around yeah exactly I would have never given it a [TS]

  second thought that it was their camera in the nest thermostat but now Google [TS]

  owns it and I just my brain just as soon as I go yet said spying on me and [TS]

  listening to me and sending everything into Google and Google is going to make [TS]

  sure that the next time I'm seeing a ditz for exactly the thing that my wife [TS]

  and I were talking about in the meeting room of the house [TS]

  you know you know kind of last week we spoke about screenwriting and the kind [TS]

  of what goes in before you start creating a video so today I actually [TS]

  want to talk a little about animating and assembly [TS]

  ok so you have a quite distinctive animation style I think with your little [TS]

  stick figure grey stuff like that i mean it didn't necessarily start off that way [TS]

  but you developed over time but from the very first kind of grades planes video [TS]

  there was always animation it was always an amazing some description [TS]

  why did you decide to go of animation and not just like talking I did [TS]

  animation on the screen for two reasons the first is that I was just very [TS]

  familiar as we discussed last time with making presentations in this style for [TS]

  classrooms and so never when I was making a presentation for a classroom [TS]

  setting did I kill me talking to camera as part of that presentation because [TS]

  that would be insanity because I would be in the room giving the presentation [TS]

  so I had no experience filming myself and it just it would have been totally [TS]

  different thing to do to try to figure out lighting and and the auto it was [TS]

  just entirely out of my abilities at that time the other reason is that right [TS]

  from the start I did want to keep my face off of my youtube channel because I [TS]

  did have a couple other little videos that I did before the UK one which [TS]

  really kick things off and in all of those videos my face is not on camera as [TS]

  well and the reason for that is because I was still employed at that time in [TS]

  various schools and I wanted to as much as possible keep a distance between my [TS]

  employment and my projects on the side of course [TS]

  that distance couldn't be complete still using my actual name because the name of [TS]

  my youtube channel but I thought that keeping the faceoff was just a little [TS]

  bit a little bit more distance so that maybe if a student happened to see one [TS]

  of my videos it would be less likely they would actually realize it was me in [TS]

  the video if they're not seen me so I just want to keep things apart I mean [TS]

  maybe this is a bit of a story for another time but the short version is [TS]

  that I I left schools twice under circumstances where I was trying to [TS]

  become self-employed and the first time didn't work out but the second time did [TS]

  which was YouTube but in both cases the people at my schools had no idea that I [TS]

  was working on side projects I never mentioned it to anybody he never brought [TS]

  it up as a topic of conversation that I did things on the side I just would not [TS]

  ever want anyone at work to know that because if people at your place of [TS]

  employment knew that you want to be independent and to do things on your own [TS]

  at best [TS]

  that makes them start treating you like a non-entity who has no future at this [TS]

  place like that's the best possible outcome and the worst outcome is that [TS]

  you have a target on your head as as someone who can potentially cause [TS]

  problems for the institution and and so that's that's why I kept its silence and [TS]

  advice to anybody who's really trying to do this is don't don't tell anybody at [TS]

  your work about how you want to be a self-employed person I just think you [TS]

  can only do that if and when you already have a pretty solid plan in place for [TS]

  leaving but even the second time when I was doing YouTube when my income was [TS]

  enough that I could safely leave teaching I still didn't tell anybody at [TS]

  my work why I was quitting just quitting because I just didn't wanna connected at [TS]

  all but I mean I know you what did you cause I know I know that you were doing [TS]

  your podcasting [TS]

  you were in a similar position that you had a somewhat public career that you [TS]

  were doing while you're at your big corporate job but I'm just realizing I [TS]

  should have asked you this first did you tell people at your work just pooped all [TS]

  over what you did when you were at your company [TS]

  well a slightly different when I first started doing what I do all of the [TS]

  employment rules of my company is if you want to start a business of your own [TS]

  employment you have to have it approved by a senior manager interesting because [TS]

  because I work so this is when I worked in branch banking so I was in a bank [TS]

  branch kind of what my way up to a branch manager but this is before that [TS]

  point I was kind of like a senior member of a team because they're so much money [TS]

  around right actually dealing with real money if you have a business on the side [TS]

  of really great way to hide the money as DeLand right of course so you have to be [TS]

  deemed as much as somebody can be trustworthy individual because of my [TS]

  time you can't trust anyone that makes advice on life don't trust anyone when [TS]

  there's cash around when cash is just lying around you may think someone's a [TS]

  friend you can trust them but then you find out that they were stealing money [TS]

  like it does so there's there's this big to be around my bosses very gracious she [TS]

  understood my situation and was happy to agree that was all okay and then I tried [TS]

  to keep it to myself as much as possible [TS]

  the secret was out but I'd never shared any details I didn't tell anybody where [TS]

  to find my staff exactly like I just kept it all to myself but then when I [TS]

  wanted to get out of the branch tough move into my marketing role whom I had [TS]

  to use my on the side stuff as a reason why [TS]

  would be good at marketing so the secret was completely out there was nothing I [TS]

  could do about it because I had to like have interviews and multiple managers [TS]

  were a show them the types of things that I do and why I think so then they [TS]

  knew about it and they spoke about it everyone and luckily in the scenario [TS]

  that I was in everyone's kinda cool about it and anytime anybody ever spoke [TS]

  about it they were actually just interested but I still I never brought [TS]

  it up and I agree with you completely for as much as you can keep it to [TS]

  yourself keep it to yourself because there is no upside like literally no [TS]

  upside because as you say you even any time you speak up about something you [TS]

  get labeled as a troublemaker because you don't care if there's layoffs and [TS]

  stuff you can be put to the top of that list [TS]

  yep and one of the things you'll find out when you just trying to start a [TS]

  self-employed career is that your current employment becomes the way that [TS]

  you found that and if you don't have that anymore you can achieve the goals [TS]

  20 yeah yeah without a doubt it like becomes the vehicle which enables the [TS]

  side projects yeah I mean I would I would never tell my employer's this but [TS]

  I viewed particularly in the later years my teaching is as exactly that [TS]

  of this is what is financially supporting me while I'm attempting to [TS]

  bootstrap my actual career that I will if you say that you did you just you [TS]

  just in trouble at work that's what you have to keep that stuff to yourself and [TS]

  of course if you're doing something publicly on the internet there's always [TS]

  going to be a limit to that there's ways that people can find out what you're up [TS]

  to but yet just try to minimize it is as much as possible so going back to it [TS]

  that's that's why I didn't have my face in the video was was partly just [TS]

  thinking about anything I can do to make it less clear that this is me is [TS]

  something that I i want to i deficit [TS]

  the deal but I mean I was really kind of amazed because I was still doing YouTube [TS]

  at my last school for about a year and a half and at that stage I was getting [TS]

  videos with hundreds of thousands maybe millions of views and they did know that [TS]

  a couple of students knew about it but as far as I could tell no one on the [TS]

  teaching staff revenue for which I was always hugely relieved but I was also [TS]

  just worried about the day when this conversation comes up with a manager at [TS]

  some point of like oh what's this thing that you're doing with YouTube they [TS]

  asked innocently but actually have already watched videos [TS]

  exactly right or that they want to know if you want to know why but they're [TS]

  going to pretend like they don't know anything about it its managers in some [TS]

  ways are weirdly deluded about the corporate structure and about how things [TS]

  actually work at companies but many managers would still be aware that lots [TS]

  of their employees if they could become self-employed would do so I saw a [TS]

  manager mean do this in their mind but it's still different once it comes out [TS]

  in the open that you in particular are a person who is enacting plans that may [TS]

  have you leave the company at some day and yet that that's why I said it at at [TS]

  best they treat you like a different person who has no future there and at [TS]

  worst you're at the top of all of the list for getting booted out of there so [TS]

  that's why anybody with side projects now again this time to talk about this [TS]

  week it is however is the best way to buy and manage domain names mean great [TS]

  talk quite a bit just in general as well as in this episode about ideas and [TS]

  projects like that if you have a project these days it's probably going to be on [TS]

  the web and if it's not gonna be a web project you will most likely 10 website [TS]

  for it and the best way to secure the domain name that you want to put your [TS]

  website wave is over they make it super simple to search for domains you just go [TS]

  to their web site you type them in your looking for some keywords and have a [TS]

  will find the best matches available and show you what they [TS]

  had they have all of the German options that you'd expect like dot com dot code [TS]

  of me dotnet USD UK may even have some crazy ones as well [TS]

  like dot plumbing da coffee to Academy CEO everything whatever you want [TS]

  however have it and they're dot-com domain started just $12.99 that are [TS]

  really greatly priced and all of those domains include who is privacy if the [TS]

  domain supports they were just a neighbor that for you for free this [TS]

  means is that your private information we kept private because when you [TS]

  register domain if you don't have who is privacy your name your address your [TS]

  phone number it can all be made available for people to find a lot of [TS]

  other registers will make you pay extra to protect your own private information [TS]

  which is crazy [TS]

  don't believe in that they just give it to you use protection because they think [TS]

  is the right thing to do and this is the clinic company they are and have a [TS]

  fantastic thing about her is they have no hold no weight no transfer telephone [TS]

  support if you give her a call [TS]

  someone's gonna pick up its gonna be a human and that person is gonna be able [TS]

  to help you dan Uggla partial around two twenty different apartments they are [TS]

  there they are ready and they're happy to take your call that a person a [TS]

  proposed more robotic information they have great support documents and guides [TS]

  on their website and they also have fantastic email support to which I've [TS]

  used a bunch in the past and if you have a bunch of dumb and elsewhere [TS]

  you can't she switched them all 43 and you don't even need to worry about the [TS]

  hassle of going to your current provider trying to unlock it remains and get the [TS]

  MOBA you just have to do it for you and then we'll take care of it this is what [TS]

  they call their valet service no matter how many domains they have they will [TS]

  transfer them so I want you to go and try out calm today the domain that [TS]

  you've been looking for you want to use the code scheduled at SIHH edu L E [TS]

  check out and you get yourself 10% off your first purchase of overall calm and [TS]

  show support on this very program thank you so much for their support of cortex [TS]

  so you see you remained liking you continued to have the style of animation [TS]

  which was you would display things on the screen to highlight [TS]

  but when did the grade stick the character come in to play and why did [TS]

  you choose to do this and looking through the videos I can't actually [TS]

  remember which was the first one but I think I may have had a dozen or so [TS]

  videos before I ever had a little stick figure me on scream I really wish I [TS]

  could remember offhand where it was I think it might have been the 2012 video [TS]

  the 2012 in the end of the world might have been one of the first ones where I [TS]

  had the stick figure me appear so the earlier videos were almost entirely [TS]

  picture slideshows where it's just pictures pictures pictures that I'm [TS]

  putting up on the screen but there's a limit to how much you can do with [TS]

  pictures because people think it's the reverse people think that the pictures [TS]

  must be really easy and the drawings must be really time consuming and it's [TS]

  actually the reverse because trying to find the exact picture that you want to [TS]

  have on the screen at a particular moment he's very very hard when you go [TS]

  there's a million pictures of Las Vegas for example but when I'm talking about [TS]

  something I I want a picture with the particular look and so I eventually [TS]

  learned over time that if I can just draw stuff even if the drawings are in [TS]

  very good I can still have it convey exactly what I want instead of trying to [TS]

  filter through hundreds of pictures about a topic and find the couple that [TS]

  can work with what i'm saying is I think that's that's why as time has gone on my [TS]

  videos have on average become much less photographs and way more drawings as I [TS]

  can make the drawings what I want them to be do you have a way that you [TS]

  described the style it seems to be great style do you like to rethink that way if [TS]

  you see other videos now as I've seen it [TS]

  videos that look like jewels you consider that the star that you created [TS]

  well it's ok to say yes the answer is no because I didn't create and I don't own [TS]

  the idea of 08 PowerPoint with a bunch of pictures but there but it's a weird [TS]

  situation where I do come across videos that sometimes very explicitly say that [TS]

  they're trying to copy my style and that's always just a little weird to see [TS]

  it [TS]

  strange thing to to come across but I don't own doing just pictures but it's [TS]

  very funny cuz I I sometimes see people say like oh there's all these videos [TS]

  that are in this style on reddit you have a little discussion and then the [TS]

  person eventually realizes that they've actually just seen all of my videos but [TS]

  they were thinking they were all done by different people doing the same stuff [TS]

  which is which is a funny thing to realize that I've seen that conversation [TS]

  happened a few times on red or someone like our men all these guys sound the [TS]

  same and someone will link to them all of my various videos on the go out they [TS]

  sound the same because it's the same guided me know but I i think there's [TS]

  always some kind of line about what is similar is too similar and what it what [TS]

  is not have said before that one of the things that really made me think all I [TS]

  can do a little slide presentation on line was Yahtzee who does 0 punctuation [TS]

  videos dunno I did yeah yeah he does these video game reviews but his he's [TS]

  doing a fast-talking style and he has very very simple animations up on screen [TS]

  and I've always really liked his videos even if you don't play any of the games [TS]

  is his video reviews of them are entertaining in and of themselves and it [TS]

  was watching his stuff that made me think of you don't have to be on camera [TS]

  and you don't have to have great visuals if the thing that you're talking about [TS]

  is being talked about in an interesting way so I would say that that his videos [TS]

  are very influential on the start of my own videos but I would also say that I'm [TS]

  not copying you have seized style and I'm also not doing a thing where i'm [TS]

  saying oh I too am going to be a video game reviewer I am doing something in a [TS]

  very different area but there is but there's definitely an influence their I [TS]

  can see the influence in the sticks characters but I would say that I think [TS]

  that your videos are more much more complex than 10 videos [TS]

  the animations that I do now are more complex than the animations that he does [TS]

  but it was what I mean is it was more just seeing that I don't have animation [TS]

  skills I don't have any drawing skills but yah he was a great example of how [TS]

  that's not really relevant nobody nobody cares that the oxys animation skills are [TS]

  very little because it doesn't matter to the enjoyment of those videos they're [TS]

  they're excellent videos regardless of the animation school I want to talk [TS]

  about the tools and software that you use by think that this step for that [TS]

  which is the planning and the animation storyboard sort of so here's what [TS]

  happens when I'm writing the script for the first let's say 50% of the of the [TS]

  draft that I'm doing I'm just trying to get something that is vaguely coherence [TS]

  and readable to any human being from the gigantic mess that we talked about last [TS]

  time but once it gets into this stage where I can read it out loud in a single [TS]

  session I start thinking very consciously about what is going to be on [TS]

  the screen when I'm saying each of these things to the second half of the drafts [TS]

  that is very much in my mind and when I'm writing it I almost have like a [TS]

  little a little image in my brain about what's going to be on the screen because [TS]

  if you write a script without thinking what's going to be on the screen [TS]

  you are going to be in a serious amount of trouble when you actually go to try [TS]

  to enemy thing it's very very easy to get yourself into raising of sentences [TS]

  that are totally fine if you're reading them in a book or an article but that do [TS]

  not work at all if it's going to be going with an animation so I then try [TS]

  I'm trying to work on the script keeping that in mind but when it gets very very [TS]

  close to the end and I think a camera few drafts away one of the things that I [TS]

  will do is it's not a storyboard because when a traditional story board is it a [TS]

  rough sketch of what's going to be on the screen [TS]

  instead what I do is on the computer all have the script on one side of the [TS]

  screen and then I'll still open up my good old friend keynote have it on the [TS]

  other side of the screen and I'll go through this script paragraph by [TS]

  paragraph and I'll put a slide or two or three for each paragraph and I will [TS]

  write a brief sentence about what is going to be on the screen at this point [TS]

  in the script now the reason I do that is because it's very easy to trick [TS]

  yourself into thinking oh I've got this I have in my mind something that's going [TS]

  to be on the screen at every single moment but I force myself to write it [TS]

  down for each paragraph because I will sometimes catch out little sections were [TS]

  realized oh I actually don't have any idea what's going to be on the screen [TS]

  for these three sentences and three sentences is an eternity in an animation [TS]

  that you have to have something that relates to what you're talking about [TS]

  that so that's why I do this thing with Kino I force myself to write it down in [TS]

  words what's going to be on the screen [TS]

  you know this is going to be a forty with a couple of stick figures in its [TS]

  this is going to be a king holding his ground and it falls off just very very [TS]

  brief descriptions but I i don't i don't draw anything because it again I have no [TS]

  artistic skills so I have no ability to create a sketch I only have the ability [TS]

  to create exactly what I make that is the best that I can do and it is also [TS]

  the worst that I can do I have no in between skills so that's why I write it [TS]

  out in in little words to have an idea about what's going to be where when you [TS]

  start at all what tools you using like I assume you probably didn't start the [TS]

  Wacom as unit their software tools that use now which maybe didn't exist you [TS]

  didn't know about like how did you even begin [TS]

  I might have had a Wacom at the time because I have always have always had [TS]

  some problems with RSI I think ever since college I've always been switching [TS]

  various input methods sometimes I use trackball sometimes use Wacom tablet [TS]

  sometimes they use a regular mouse I i switch it up so that I'm not always [TS]

  using the same thing all the time for every single thing so I might have had [TS]

  the pen tablet but in terms of software keynote almost entirely likely described [TS]

  last time and then audio wise I used GarageBand just recorded on my iMac and [TS]

  GarageBand was totally fine because it was free and he was on my Mac and I [TS]

  could just use it and it was relatively simple and then I used iMovie to put the [TS]

  two things together the audio track from GarageBand and then the the video track [TS]

  from keynote so I could play keno on the screen and I was recording what was [TS]

  happening on the screen and putting those two things together and I will be [TS]

  and that's how I was thinking up the video to the audio what I love about [TS]

  that is that all of the tools that you used our tools are now available for [TS]

  free with any Mac I think about this all the time and it's one of the things I [TS]

  really like about YouTube I mean I just like about the world in general now [TS]

  which is that there are no gatekeepers and the tools to do things are at your [TS]

  hands they might not be the best tools I wouldn't use iMovie and GarageBand today [TS]

  but they're free and there there and you put time into them you can learn them [TS]

  and do amazing things and you can just get people always talk about oh don't [TS]

  you think it's harder to start a career on YouTube now than it was years ago and [TS]

  my answer is no I don't actually think it any harder to start now than it was [TS]

  years ago I sometimes think people use that as an excuse not to start is well [TS]

  everybody know everything that could ever exist exist now as we know it [TS]

  doesn't it if you think you can make something that is good [TS]

  would you have free tools almost certainly on any computer that you own [TS]

  and you can just make a youtube account tomorrow and then if your video is good [TS]

  you submit to Reddit and it can be on the front page of Reddit in 12 hours you [TS]

  know it's it's an amazing amazing world that we live in and I think to you to [TS]

  make a video like I make thirty years ago would would take millions of dollars [TS]

  in equipment and broadcasting rights and all kinds of crazy things like it's it's [TS]

  an amazing world like it really is completely funded so fascinating to hear [TS]

  that like you began with you basically hacking together tools to work the way I [TS]

  don't I didn't even know and I don't know can you explored keno is like a [TS]

  movie files that he did that I don't think he noted at the time I know that [TS]

  now you can export a keynote as a Quicktime file but I think at the time I [TS]

  had to record the screen to actually grabbed it and I was so awesome in it [TS]

  together and I loved it because that's the attitude I think which is so awesome [TS]

  about this kinda stuff you just had this idea you like whoa how can I do this [TS]

  well I know how to use these four pieces of software I'm sure I can kind of [TS]

  sticky tape it all together and is now a video which millions and millions of [TS]

  people have now seen that UK one made with iMovie is now at seven and a half [TS]

  million views [TS]

  yeah it's just crazy change your life it totally did I i feel very fortunate to [TS]

  be an adult person in a time when the tools are available and the gatekeepers [TS]

  are gone for many things and and you can just you can just try stuff it was the [TS]

  thing that with some of my more able students I was always trying to impress [TS]

  this point upon them if they would say things like I want it I want to be a [TS]

  video game designer or I want to be a writer [TS]

  just you just start right now [TS]

  I I know you're in I know you're in high school and I know that you think you [TS]

  need to go to college and learn about this stuff but trust me you don't you [TS]

  don't need to do that you can just get started now and nobody cares how old you [TS]

  are if you write a good article is not relevant or you can go download Xcode [TS]

  right now and start messing around with computer programming and I just thought [TS]

  sometimes my students had this notion of oh someone needs to give me permission [TS]

  to do this thing or a need to be formally trained to do the things that [TS]

  you don't you don't get it there for the taking and do not need to be ordained by [TS]

  the keeper of creativity yea or just just any kind of any kind of production [TS]

  the kids just out there for so many jobs and so many fields and you know i mean [TS]

  like being a YouTube creator is a kind of career now in the way that it it was [TS]

  not so much when I first started but it seemed like nobody there was no your [TS]

  YouTube University that I went to four degrees like it just making things any [TS]

  kind of fall into it and that's why there's so many things like that in the [TS]

  world if you're interested in something pursue it and and maybe something will [TS]

  come out of it and maybe you won't but just you know give it a try but not sure [TS]

  I would never entirely successful in convincing any 17 or 18 year olds to do [TS]

  with thing that they wouldn't have done anyway I was but when I like I said you [TS]

  know a few of my more able students when they say things like I want to be a [TS]

  writer [TS]

  do you have a blog I don't have a blog like makeup blog right now go make a [TS]

  blog and just start writing stuff and go for it I had that exact same [TS]

  conversation over a couple years ago he would love to be a sports journalist and [TS]

  he was looking at trying to write magazines or use the planes are things [TS]

  at the BBC for internships was like ok [TS]

  a web address like that would be my first question to exactly I said in my [TS]

  account [TS]

  I just just do this just write this stuff and he's got some bits and bobs [TS]

  from it because when he applies to places in this is so important if you [TS]

  want to do this kind of thing even if you want to be in the world where you [TS]

  have an actual job when you want it to be a creative kind of thing [TS]

  show you can do something that is so important because then when he was [TS]

  applied to these places everybody asks give me examples of your work and it's [TS]

  so much better if you can say all you do it already I'm not writing something for [TS]

  you right now let's take a look at the stuff I do every week exactly anyway [TS]

  let's get back to belfast was suffered to use now over the years I transitioned [TS]

  from iMovie and GarageBand in Keynote as the primary tool that I was using to now [TS]

  I used the most techie of the programs I use a program called Inkscape for almost [TS]

  everything that I draw and Inkscape is a vector drawing program I started with [TS]

  ages ago because I had some familiarity from Linux which it originally grew out [TS]

  of and it's a it's a free open source program and that's what I use for the [TS]

  drawings and I am easy fast in Inkscape like I can draw up something just very [TS]

  very fast with that whereas it if you try to drive stick figure in Keynote [TS]

  like I hope you have a couple hours because it's actually really fiddly to [TS]

  do whereas if you're using a program that is actually designed for drawing [TS]

  its way faster so I quite like scape they do sometimes think about switching [TS]

  away from it but it is very well suited to my purposes at this moment what would [TS]

  you look at something like illustrate or something like that I'm always just [TS]

  surveying the field because I know that I happened to just land on Inkscape [TS]

  because at the time I had no money ya know I get so that's why I really used [TS]

  it because it was free and open source and I always just be like oh maybe I [TS]

  should be using Illustrator or on the opposite end I always have my eye on [TS]

  on on the gravel as a possible alternative primarily because i'm new [TS]

  gravel will allow me to do some animations on my iPad which is something [TS]

  I might be interested in [TS]

  if Apple comes out with a bigger iPad and my stylist hint hint [TS]

  Apple anything on my iPad is something that is attractive to me [TS]

  presuming that I have the right tools eventually but I stick with Inkscape [TS]

  because I'm so fast and because I I know how to use it so well [TS]

  any particular video is never the video that I feel like oh let me try doing [TS]

  something with Illustrator now and vastly multiplying the amount of time [TS]

  it's going to take so I I may end up using Inkscape for the rest of my career [TS]

  even if I'm always interested in what other alternatives exist it took me a [TS]

  long time to switch to logic there that that's where I was going next is that I [TS]

  also use logic for the audio and thats which took me way too long to do and I [TS]

  was using GarageBand right up until when the hello Internet podcast came out [TS]

  because when I was thinking about doing that podcast with Brady I thought ok if [TS]

  I'm going to be working with hours and hours of audio this is the point at [TS]

  which it now makes sense to learn logic and then I would also get the benefit of [TS]

  if I learned logic for the podcast I can use logic for the audio for the videos [TS]

  and that was a difficult transition but boy has it paid off [TS]

  man my a lot faster in logic I mean the whole audio portion of making those [TS]

  YouTube videos used to be a really big deal it used to be a couple days of many [TS]

  many takes and lots of fiddling around with editing and trying to get it just [TS]

  right and now man I can bang out the audio for one of my youtube videos in a [TS]

  couple hours in the morning I don't even think about it like I don't even plan [TS]

  about it and that is without a doubt [TS]

  100% attributable to you biting the bullet and learning how to use logic I [TS]

  was really breaking their achievement I bet if you were doing real podcast and [TS]

  GarageBand it is not designed for that [TS]

  and I i my things because the jump from carriage mountain logic is one of the [TS]

  biggest jump ever made it is you may as well be going from audio to video like [TS]

  it cause it just none of it makes any sense like he really is a huge thing to [TS]

  learn if you've never tried to learn it before because logic is not made for [TS]

  what we use it for all made for music production yeah I will mention it's like [TS]

  conflict of interest because linda is a sometimes hello Internet spots are but I [TS]

  I really wish someone at Linda would make a logic for podcasters tutorial [TS]

  because I was I was always looking at the various tutorials on how to use [TS]

  logic and it was there always is designed for music they're coming from a [TS]

  music perspective and I like I just want someone to make it to our course on [TS]

  here's everything you need to know about logic for podcasters because I have [TS]

  cobbled together myself but I still feel like man I would I would really like to [TS]

  see someone who knows what they're doing really go through it so like we use [TS]

  logic because it has a lot of features that we won but it it doesn't it's not [TS]

  made for that kind of cobble together enough of what we need to make a good [TS]

  now we can talk about stories about you know walking uphill both ways I used to [TS]

  record and edit podcasts on an 11 inch MacBook I am at my parents house [TS]

  obviously and I am using the 15 inch MacBook Pro which normally lives in my [TS]

  office I brought it with me but the one piece of equipment I will move I could [TS]

  have ever done the computer I'll bring the computer with me but when I was [TS]

  trying to edit the last episode of hello internet i've gotten really used to my [TS]

  big redneck iMac and I opened up the hello Internet file on this computer is [TS]

  like this is barbaric how did I ever edit anything on this tiny gorgeous 15 [TS]

  inch Retina screen like this is on you I was really shocked at how much of a [TS]

  difference it made you get so used to extra screen real estate very fast [TS]

  did reminding myself that you know you used to also use an 11 inch non Retina [TS]

  screen you just get used to the better tools very very quickly but it's weird [TS]

  cuz I I still feel like I struggle as much as I did then you know but [TS]

  obviously I know obviously not a good thing right now and I just quit they did [TS]

  like there is the there's the hedonistic treadmill where you get used to more and [TS]

  more comfy lifestyles as you as you go up in civilization and you get used to [TS]

  it very fast and you start assuming let go of course central heating is just the [TS]

  norm thing though is not the norm at all even if you thought it was amazing the [TS]

  first time you had it and I think there's a there's something like that [TS]

  for productivity tools that when you upgrade to your new productivity tools [TS]

  and they make a difference go wow this makes a huge difference and you really [TS]

  aware of it for about a week and then you just treat that is the new normal is [TS]

  well the final new tool that I use now is Final Cut X for putting together the [TS]

  animations from Inkscape and the audio from logic so that's the final piece [TS]

  that I use and again that also made a huge difference because I can't remember [TS]

  why but I do remember it used to be hugely stressful trying to edit the [TS]

  movies together in iMovie because I wish I could remember the details but for [TS]

  some reason I could never go back [TS]

  that if I edited the first 30 seconds of something I had to just leave that as it [TS]

  was if I went back and tried to make changes it messed up everything just [TS]

  hugely stressful trying to make sure that each ten second segment was perfect [TS]

  before I moved on you know and now with Final Cut I'm just constantly changing [TS]

  stuff in the beginning or like you know what I'm going to make a last-minute [TS]

  change this audio poop you know cut that little segment out switch things in [TS]

  adding new animations if I discovered I have a little bit of time should have [TS]

  just like a reckless with making changes all over the place and again it's it's [TS]

  from using using a professional tool that allows me to do that I decided to [TS]

  make the change when Apple did their big redesign of of Final Cut [TS]

  X many many people in the industry complained about that big changeover but [TS]

  I thought wow opportunity for me like Apple burned at all to the ground and [TS]

  started over and like yes I am one of those people who is now just getting [TS]

  into this industry and I'm very happy that they got rid of however the old [TS]

  Final Cut worked and so I have never known anything else [TS]

  sinking together the audio in the video I can do so quickly now that it almost [TS]

  feels too fast because if so I really like working with Final Cut X I wish [TS]

  this part of it took longer but I can actually do it in you know maybe under [TS]

  an hour at most when I have everything all set to go I have to say this paper [TS]

  will be upset I think it's ten I think it is I don't care I know you done but I [TS]

  know you don't care I really know that but people will complain to me if I [TS]

  don't say this so I had to say it and some people at least know I am telling [TS]

  you that is pending you can call it checks if you like because I believe [TS]

  that that is your choice because it's actually not the temp version as a whole [TS]

  big thing that I was a proponent for X in the beginning because they went from [TS]

  like seven to 10 [TS]

  Logic Pro and that when I moved over the exact same reasons they took it from a [TS]

  horrible into faced an interface that makes sense [TS]

  push me just like the next version of Apple's software is I believe its OS X [TS]

  Snow somebody is that the next version that's coming out is that it would you [TS]

  call it even going just leaving that is it is this week's episode of cortex is [TS]

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  beautiful explain something to me though so to create the animations or do you [TS]

  create the individual pictures that you can put into final cut my videos [TS]

  actually have far far fewer animations than people think they do because what [TS]

  i'm what i'm actually doing is for almost everything I am using slide [TS]

  transitions between different drawings to make it look as though I have [TS]

  animated something so the vast majority of my quote animations are actually [TS]

  slide wipes or dissolves between different drawings and I have done that [TS]

  give the appearance of an animation without actually doing an animation ok I [TS]

  guess it really is it a trick of the eye and if if you look at the videos you can [TS]

  see it once I mention that it's there and for me that's very very easy to do [TS]

  because what I end up doing as I have some notion of what should the final [TS]

  state of this little sequence in the video be and so I create the final state [TS]

  and when I have that drawing it's very easy in Inkscape two duplicated and then [TS]

  make it to make the changes backwards to what the initial state is and then I'm [TS]

  doing wipes are dissolves between each of those different drawings if you see [TS]

  what I mean there so I do the final picture where everything is on the [TS]

  screen and then a duplicated and go one back in SA ok I'm going to remove this [TS]

  character because I want them to come onto the screen and then that's just [TS]

  like a white that's happening in some cases [TS]

  or or in in Final Cut as well you can have slides move around and so very [TS]

  often when things are moving I'm doing that in Final Cut saying here is like [TS]

  when I move save for example a little country girls that I have a move around [TS]

  I will have a transparent PNG that has the country girl on it and in Final Cut [TS]

  you can tell it like move this image from the top left to the bottom right so [TS]

  that's where the animations are mostly happening is actually in Final Cut ok X [TS]

  yes I'm interested in the Wacom Wacom tablet that he seemed fascinated by this [TS]

  number I've never used one you see that's why you're fascinated you should [TS]

  get one and then immediately realize how intuitive and boring it is there is one [TS]

  setting though if you're going to use a pen tablet which is very difficult to [TS]

  get used to it first but ultimately pays off which is you have two options for [TS]

  how do you want it to work and one option is called 10 mode and one option [TS]

  is called mouse mode now most people want to try using it in mouse mode which [TS]

  is when you think about when you're using the regular mouse the mouse [TS]

  pointer has acceleration as if you move the mouse very quickly the pointer will [TS]

  go all the way to the edge of the screen will slam into the edge of the screen [TS]

  but you haven't moved your hand that much you've only moved ahead a little [TS]

  bit so the mouse is actually almost like an acceleration device but would you [TS]

  want to switch it to his make sure that the pen tablet is in what's called Penn [TS]

  mode is picking up my pen now I don't know why I'm picking up my pen now [TS]

  because you can't see me and listeners but can you do my hand and explain this [TS]

  so when the Wacom tablet is in 10 mode if you take the pen and put it anywhere [TS]

  on the tablet the pointer on the screen will jump exactly to that location on [TS]

  the screen so if I take the pen and I put it down in the top left corner of [TS]

  the pen tablet the pointer immediately jumps to the top [TS]

  left and if you do that it allows your brain to get a physical sense of like [TS]

  you're moving depend on a physical piece of paper and it lets you kind of jump [TS]

  around the screen instead of doing the thing that you do with the mouse which [TS]

  is trying to accelerate toward you are the place that you want to go it's a [TS]

  weird feeling at first but it's definitely the way to use it in the long [TS]

  run [TS]

  does that make sense I think it is difficult to fully understand it of [TS]

  having one bottom line when you buy a pen tablet make sure you put it in pen [TS]

  most people will freak out at first but you love in the long run i'm looking at [TS]

  these on Amazon oK what's the number-one best-seller Wacom Intuos graphics tablet [TS]

  just doing online shopping now Mike and look in looking you got me interested in [TS]

  this way might be a nice way to chose I think so one of my favorite things from [TS]

  your videos is the jokes do you tell with the animations like cities can be [TS]

  little timing things all references to things like that's the kind of stuff I [TS]

  like the most [TS]

  how much actual entertainment videos you think lives in the animation [TS]

  I can't answer that question because I have a very hard time when I'm making [TS]

  videos [TS]

  perceiving them as entertaining and the best way to explain this is my wife [TS]

  often like to see the videos before they go live and so if it works out with [TS]

  timing and she's home I'll rush over the videos before they go out and we always [TS]

  have the exact same conversation every time which is I get the video ready for [TS]

  her and I look at her very seriously and I say ok you can watch this what you [TS]

  need to understand this isn't a funny one there's nothing funny in this one [TS]

  it's just a regular video and she goes ok because she doesn't believe me and [TS]

  she shouldn't because she will watch it and then she laughs at various parts of [TS]

  you think something is funny and I'm always surprised at where she laughs I [TS]

  have a hard time [TS]

  receiving in advance that people will find anything in the video funny so if [TS]

  you're asking about where do I put jokes in deliberately the answer is I don't [TS]

  really know after I see her watch the video then I can think like oh yeah I [TS]

  guess that was kinda funny but I don't it doesn't seem that way when I make it [TS]

  just seems like I'm trying to make make a little video explaining a thing and [TS]

  I'm just talking and explaining the thing one of my very favorite things [TS]

  from any of your videos is a little joke in the most recent look at the [TS]

  confederate flag video mentioned before we are talking about Florida and they [TS]

  put up a wall and it like the rest of america like kind of America like girls [TS]

  she's kind of slides in the knife is the giant American Girl slides in with the [TS]

  gun drawn I just love it really makes me laugh every time was just this funny [TS]

  little moment we're like you're saying something as I call you know and they [TS]

  but that didn't work out and the shoots guns letting employees I like stuff like [TS]

  that you mention that one last time and that's a perfect example of it seemed to [TS]

  me when you were talking about it that you found a funny and I noted that when [TS]

  we recorded last time I got home I thought that was funny how interesting [TS]

  but from my perspective when I made that little segment the point was not to have [TS]

  it be funny when I was writing that I was thinking I don't want to spend the [TS]

  words to say that the United States sent in the military and took over this tiny [TS]

  country that barely existed I was just trying to think of a way to convey these [TS]

  two things very fast that this country existed and then obviously the United [TS]

  States military just rolled right over them like it was nothing [TS]

  and so I thought oh ok the best way to show that is to just have a ridiculously [TS]

  outside United States girl come on screen and it would just be obvious that [TS]

  she would she would crush them so that that's my thought process when I was [TS]

  making it but it did not occur to me that anybody would find that funny I was [TS]

  just thinking [TS]

  this is a way to express an idea very quickly so I don't have to say it so [TS]

  that the video just keeps moving on the references are a very different thing I [TS]

  like putting in the little references because I have always liked watching [TS]

  movies and television shows that benefit from rewatching you get more out of them [TS]

  the second time that you watch and so I love putting in lots of little things on [TS]

  the screen that people can look for on a second watch through but that's mainly [TS]

  because I like watching stuff like that I think of some of the old Monty Python [TS]

  movies where there's just stuff in the background that when you watch them a [TS]

  bunch of times you can notice that there's a little thing happening there [TS]

  are there some reference to something that is not even remotely the focus of [TS]

  what's happening on the screen it just feels like oh the set designer just [TS]

  wanted to put this thing in there so I like doing that in the videos and that's [TS]

  why do them that you enjoy the enemy process no no no it's so boring Oh [TS]

  boring very tedious it's very long it's very boring the animation is by far away [TS]

  my least favorite part of the videos as interesting as it takes the longest [TS]

  doesn't know it it's it's by far away shorter than the than the script writing [TS]

  but it feels longer because I always do it all at once so it's it's two or three [TS]

  or four solid days depending on how long the video is just I get up and I sit [TS]

  down at my computer and I'm at a meeting until I go to sleep and I do it again [TS]

  until it's done so it it just feels like this enormous burden even if the actual [TS]

  total number of hours is much less than the script writing a long time to render [TS]

  like the age finally does that take a lot of time it did when I had very slow [TS]

  computer I'll tell you that [TS]

  I'm I remember having to plan to render the video at least the day before I [TS]

  actually ever wanted it to go up because i think im original computer took [TS]

  something like six hours to render stuff but it was that was mainly a function of [TS]

  how old my computer was because it just could not afford a new one but yeah I [TS]

  remember that it was just it would just take absolutely forever surrender stuff [TS]

  and then I was also on a terribly terribly slow internet connections it [TS]

  was an all day process to render and to actually upload the file as well as I [TS]

  could never do that in a single day whereas now that I can afford an actual [TS]

  real piece of professional business equipment to work on I think those [TS]

  things render out now in 15 minutes maybe 20 minutes [TS]

  yeah it is a really big difference because it also allows me to do some of [TS]

  the things I've talked about before [TS]

  of rendering something being able to show it to some people and then make [TS]

  some last-minute changes and rear ender it and still get it up on the same day [TS]

  that that makes a big big difference in being able to do that kind of stuff that [TS]

  being said I know the rendering process has increased lately because since I do [TS]

  everything as a vector drawing it's very easy for me to increase the resolution [TS]

  of the videos so that as YouTube has rolled out HDD and then to K and four k [TS]

  support and now for K at 60 frames per second support I always just make my [TS]

  videos at the maximum of whatever I can which is kind of crazy when you think [TS]

  about it that there's a stick figure on screen but I am rendering it at 4 K [TS]

  sixty frames a second but I feel like why not I just have to flip a button in [TS]

  my escape you know to say how big do I want the resolution to be and it's [TS]

  another button in Final Cut Pro deseo export this at 60 frames a second rather [TS]

  than exporting it at 30 frames per second so it's very easy very easy for [TS]

  me to do but I end up with gigantic files now that take a long time to [TS]

  actually upload it to YouTube and they take a long time for you to process so [TS]

  that that part of it is taking a little bit longer than [TS]

  get used to it we spoke about the animation but there are some videos and [TS]

  there are some elements are some videos in which you use stock photography or [TS]

  you've got like humans need multiplier is also like stock video what makes you [TS]

  want to look at something like that and then how do you go about finding the [TS]

  type of media ok so there's there's a process this happened here if you look [TS]

  at the videos over time in the beginning in the beginning in the beginning I use [TS]

  almost entirely Creative Commons images which is very time intensive to find the [TS]

  right images and also to make sure that I'm giving credit to the people who [TS]

  created them again for the listeners Creative Commons means that someone is [TS]

  posting the image on the internet but they can specify in advance the ways [TS]

  under which can be used to they can say yes you can use this image for [TS]

  commercial purposes and you can modify it as long as you give me credit and [TS]

  back in the day not anymore [TS]

  liquor made it very easy to search for Creative Commons images so I was always [TS]

  just using Flickr to go through and try to find appropriate pictures that had [TS]

  the right licenses on them that I could use but as I said that was very time [TS]

  intensive so I eventually switch to doing the drawings because that took [TS]

  less time and I can get exactly what I want but recently I have been using more [TS]

  stock image and quite frankly that is in no small part because of the heat [TS]

  transport for the videos because actually paying for professional [TS]

  high-definition stock is surprisingly expensive you know very often there [TS]

  something like four hundred slides maybe half of which could possibly be an image [TS]

  and it would be negative profitability on those things if I was just using the [TS]

  YouTube advertising revenue to cover it so the humans need not apply is a [TS]

  perfect example of without the crowdfunding [TS]

  would never have made that video because that thing was just on card Lee [TS]

  expensive in terms of I want to license all of this the stock imagery and [TS]

  because I'm a crazy person and because I'm thinking about this video you know [TS]

  years down the line I want to license the highest quality version of every [TS]

  single piece of footage that shows have I think I forget exactly what it was but [TS]

  I I broke a record with that [TS]

  Las Vegas video because in the beginning of the Las Vegas Video there are two [TS]

  clips in the first five seconds that are each for K and 60 frames per second and [TS]

  it cost me $1000 for that five seconds right at the beginning of the video when [TS]

  when you said it was expensive I thought you were like jurors you know [TS]

  overplaying it to sound like it's always very expensive as well I don't do a lot [TS]

  of it helps I can feel like it balances out but knowing who you need that money [TS]

  that is cool yeah I mean again that was that was the highest which is why [TS]

  mention it I think it's in no small part because those two opening shots they [TS]

  were obviously shot on a drone which is probably be illegal for Las Vegas to get [TS]

  that little or maybe a helicopter but both of those like I said I wanted the [TS]

  mat for K and 60 frames per second [TS]

  if you want to know if you want the like the four ATP version you can probably [TS]

  get that stuff for 20 bucks but if you want the high quality versions like they [TS]

  cranked up the price very fast and also the other thing that makes it very [TS]

  expensive as many stocks agencies adjust the price based on the expected audience [TS]

  and so when I have to fill in something like oh why I expect it's going to have [TS]

  a million views the price often goes up and there have been some pieces of [TS]

  footage that I do want but it would have had to say like you know what I cannot [TS]

  spend $2,000 on a single piece of stock footage for a two second clip in a video [TS]

  because this once that amount if it's going to go out to millions of people [TS]

  ya at a certain point it doesn't make any sense that the Las Vegas one I was [TS]

  willing to spend it because I wanted a very impressive opening right at the [TS]

  start [TS]

  used less stock leader in the video that I might otherwise have because it had a [TS]

  certain point the calculation starts to not make any sense that's interesting to [TS]

  me because when I did my marketing stuff we used agencies but every now and then [TS]

  we did any mail postal marketing in-house just for time purposes but part [TS]

  of that if it was my campaign is I would need to find an image and I'm not get in [TS]

  sometimes of its been a else finding one image for an email it's surprising how [TS]

  many images you will come across that are close to what you need but they're [TS]

  not actually what you need to know what brand guidelines I can't just use the [TS]

  image I like it has to be the image that I like that my boss likes of my bosses [TS]

  boss likes the person who wrote the brand guidelines five years ago would [TS]

  agree with ya exactly I totally get it if you have something in your mind that [TS]

  you want to put the video but because you're not an artist [TS]

  down neway together is to find this type of imagery yeah and this is actually a [TS]

  good point to to clear up a a little point that I misspoke when I said I do [TS]

  all the animations myself and someone brought up the the three videos that [TS]

  have done with newt the artists that I work with who helped me with the single [TS]

  transferable vote video and the two Lord of the Rings videos when I say the [TS]

  animations what i'm what i'm thinking in my mind is this assembly process at the [TS]

  end and and drawing stuff but the way the way it work with commute is very [TS]

  patient is having way how do you now I can't even imagine what that process [TS]

  must have been like because it took us a very long time to agree on the artwork [TS]

  Oh Mike Mike we agreed on that artwork so fast from my perspective that's what [TS]

  I assume right is that that took comparatively to all of the other than [TS]

  in the past way longer but I know that that one little thing there is probably [TS]

  a minuscule amount of back and forth compared to what you must go through [TS]

  when you're creating works at a videos so with Knut [TS]

  I was giving him lists of for example for the the voting video that here the [TS]

  animals that I want and he was coming back with various suggestions and we [TS]

  will talk through it in and develop like ok I like this direction and don't like [TS]

  this direction this is good and a similar thing with the Lord of the Rings [TS]

  one Lord of the Rings one was a huge amount of work for which I am eternally [TS]

  grateful how much time is spent on that impression I got was it really absorbed [TS]

  his life for quite a while in the end when we would decide on ok this this is [TS]

  the final thing when I say I'm doing the animations I'm taking the assets that he [TS]

  is created and then I'm the one who's arranging all of those things so canoe [TS]

  is not laying out how are they going to be on the screen [TS]

  he's providing me with the characters so that's why I still in my mind think like [TS]

  oh I'm doing the animation but the lutherans one was definitely a case [TS]

  where I realized right away my art skills were not adequate for being able [TS]

  to do that video because there are just too many characters that need to be [TS]

  differentiated immediately like I need to bring someone on board to help me [TS]

  with this and so that's that's the way that I have done it but people are like [TS]

  oh you you seem to hate the animations you complain about them on Twitter all [TS]

  the time why did why don't you get someone to help you and I i can work [TS]

  with an artist like in this way where they're providing me assets that I am [TS]

  then arranging on the screen in the way that I want but my limited experience [TS]

  with trying to hire someone to just straight-up do the animations has always [TS]

  been [TS]

  disasterous just a total disaster and not worth it like it takes way more time [TS]

  to try to explain what I want and always get back results that I am just [TS]

  ultimately unhappy with than it is to just do it myself over a long weekend so [TS]

  that that's why I do the animations even though I don't really like them and they [TS]

  seem like something that could be outsourced but my experience says says [TS]

  they can't be and I guess for comparing contrast here if you think about the [TS]

  animations that are done for hello internets the ones they're done by docs [TS]

  key that totally works from my perspective because I don't have any [TS]

  idea what he is going to make he just emailed me and says here's the audio [TS]

  clips I want to use all of these ok and I say yes almost every single time and [TS]

  then I i give to him [TS]

  total creative control you just do whatever you want because you produce [TS]

  amazing work and that's a totally different scenario from I have been [TS]

  working on a script for six weeks and I have a very clear idea of what exactly [TS]

  needs to be on the screen at every second and in that circumstance it's [TS]

  almost impossible to delegate in an effective way to another person but with [TS]

  dusky I have no expectation for what he's going to do with the hello Internet [TS]

  animated and so that works like just when you're delegating to someone if you [TS]

  can just give them total control that works I know I could never create a [TS]

  Hello internet animated in the way that he does like that is he'll his skill and [TS]

  I have no skills in that area those videos really are amazing [TS]

  he does a good job he makes him explain I look very good and very funny shall we [TS]

  address the situation the elephant in the room with the elephant in the room [TS]

  but we're episode 10 yeah I'm done this has been great [TS]

  of course we've actually talked about that ahead of time I mean really that [TS]

  the big problem from my perspective is that if we ended here it's terribly [TS]

  unsatisfying because you open the very first show telling people that I put [TS]

  sleep on my calendar and we haven't even we haven't even addressed that that [TS]

  would have been in this episode if I knew we weren't going on but I also told [TS]

  you that we can talk about calendars and schedules because I have been off [TS]

  calendar and schedule for like a month now so I said oh no it's it's a verboten [TS]

  topic we have to pass over it [TS]

  my feeling is all agree to do some more Mike I don't know how many more I don't [TS]

  know I don't know how long this will last but you still have a list of things [TS]

  that you want to go through with me and I think you make the show very easy for [TS]

  me I get to show up and I and I talked and then I leave all of the heavy [TS]

  lifting to you which is just how I like it [TS]

  which is just how I like it and that's why we work so great together but we are [TS]

  making some changes that we've we've had all time we've we've learned some things [TS]

  from the past 10 so it's gonna make some changes so we're gonna go to every two [TS]

  weeks rather than every week the plan is to still stick to a schedule so it will [TS]

  be every second Friday there will be a show and we're also change in the [TS]

  hashtag we're not doing any Oscar a today because our time but we're gonna [TS]

  change the hashtag going forward for feedback questions and follow-up to ask [TS]

  cortex I think as cortex makes more sense and even seen people just use as [TS]

  cortex because the show is is you and me talking about stuff and I definitely did [TS]

  want it to be every other week because I have found every week just absolutely [TS]

  exhausting I don't know how you do all of the podcast that you do [TS]

  you are on three you've for podcast today and and i'm looking here like home [TS]

  at every week I just did one and then on the weeks when that happens to be a [TS]

  hello Internet and the cortex that feel like my whole wirklich [TS]

  can't do things together like every other costs I do and every other podcast [TS]

  I've ever been involved with they do not take as much work as the shows that you [TS]

  do take why because I'm fussing I heard you mentioned earlier the first and [TS]

  third at it [TS]

  of her internet right idea I do three editor of the show [TS]

  understands it's a small work but in the same thing for us to get this show to a [TS]

  standard that we both like it takes a bit more work than the shows that I [TS]

  usually do as well [TS]

  is actually worked I'm happy I really loved the finished product I'm glad you [TS]

  decided to make that sustainable we can get to every two weeks is gonna continue [TS]

  this gonna be much more context forever not forever but takes forever no limit [TS]

  on it so it can be for you you you just feel like I give you an inch and you [TS]

  take forever [TS]

  yeah I've agreed to do some more episodes some unspecified number of [TS]

  episode and they're like oh boy it turned into [TS]

  have said it turns out he is as possible 5 at this point because there is no no [TS]

  not as possible even remotely as possible at the very least we will both [TS]

  die and then it will be over yourself in this area so we will be back in a couple [TS]

  weeks time that the get feedback followup questions so we will talk again [TS]

  in two weeks we will indeed be the mic [TS]