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Cortex 9: Draft A Day

 

  so wearing she are you the money because I thought you were hung like in the UK [TS]

  now I'm not home in the UK yet I have I'm only halfway on my trip back around [TS]

  the world I was recently in Hawaii and I am now back in North Carolina and that [TS]

  some uncertain point I will be returning back to London because I for his down by [TS]

  I don't exactly know when I'm leaving it flying directly from Hawaii which is one [TS]

  time zone away from being the farthest away oh please can be from London before [TS]

  it starts getting closer i doing doing a trip from that place directly back to [TS]

  London I'm pretty sure my body would just give up and I and even when I just [TS]

  fly to the west coast I usually try to planet that I come to North Carolina to [TS]

  a slight adjustments with time zones go to the west coast or go to Hawaii spend [TS]

  some time there and then come back to North Carolina to try to do some [TS]

  adjustment again before returning to London so I do I have to break up the [TS]

  trips because just like it was just rough on me so I am still just like now [TS]

  just got back from way couple days ago and now this is the dreaded eastward [TS]

  journey in which wake up terribly late and feel awful every day and it's very [TS]

  hard anyway the long answer to the fact that I'm in North Carolina right now for [TS]

  some indeterminate amount of time I don't think I was aware of like Hawaiian [TS]

  time of the actual time zone is called yes while a skirt I'm timezone they're [TS]

  both on the same one I didn't know that existed and working class trying to to [TS]

  communicate during that time period and a half an hour a day with top 10 hours [TS]

  is madness [TS]

  depending on the time of year I think it's almost it's almost like 11 hours [TS]

  again the UK in the us- don't line up their time zones perfectly so yes it is [TS]

  an awful time doing and that is why you seem to not believe me that we might [TS]

  have difficulty coordinating recording a show when I was in high like others side [TS]

  of the earth [TS]

  yeah it's not a convenient time [TS]

  to it feels like having fallen off the earth when you're in a while if you want [TS]

  to go on the internet and Twitter is just like tumbleweeds rolling by because [TS]

  nobody's awake when you're awake when you go on to read it and all of the [TS]

  stories are very static there isn't any motion of things going up and down [TS]

  because nobody's voting because it's just you know you when the Australians [TS]

  and everybody else is asleep so it just it it even feels really like you're not [TS]

  on the planet earth when you there it's very far away from everything so during [TS]

  the time period of interesting the SKECHERS recently we now have stickers [TS]

  for contacts available on the relay FM store [TS]

  yes we do another square sticker of the cortex artwork that you can buy [TS]

  commissioners but the easiest way to go to relayed on FM / store will see all of [TS]

  our shows there and you can you can buy some stickers and I have one stuck to my [TS]

  laptop and I'm very happy with it and I like to see a little brain closed it [TS]

  looks great [TS]

  you want to stick to texting cuz love everything you own you now have the [TS]

  ability to do that as you should do so I obviously follows on Twitter or somethin [TS]

  somethin idea and whilst reading my my treats the other day I saw a pretty [TS]

  horrific event occur to you which was your homescreen organization so your [TS]

  favorite audible they change the color of their icon to orange which then [TS]

  basically incurred too much orange on the home screen of your iPhone ok ok [TS]

  let's back up for a second because homescreen organizing is a bit of a [TS]

  topic on this show it seems like people love it much to my surprise but yes oh [TS]

  ok with iOS 7 there has always been a problem of too many white icons and I [TS]

  already have my my home screen has too many white Contai cons on it I forget [TS]

  exactly what does everybody like who might look so cool now it doesn't it's a [TS]

  terrible icon color but lots of things have chosen it just so happens that [TS]

  orange is disproportionately represented on my home screen as well in proportion [TS]

  to the number of eye contact [TS]

  the color and I feel like my my iPhone [TS]

  the central most things on it are the ones I used to have in the center of [TS]

  overcast and audible were right next to each other and they were orange and [TS]

  white and I tried to arrange everything else around those two in the middle so [TS]

  that it was the colors were balanced nicely it didn't look random but it [TS]

  didn't look like there was too much of a pattern I spent as you can imagine a lot [TS]

  of time just in the way of describing is trying to get it to ya and have a hard [TS]

  time even knowing what I mean by looking right but people's thinking stripes on [TS]

  stripes or just did a little pet checker pattern no that's awful it's it's very [TS]

  hard to get looking the way I feel is balanced because I don't even know [TS]

  exactly what I'm going for I just play around until he looks right but yes [TS]

  audible I saw something about how audible change the icon color and I [TS]

  thought oh thank goodness because they've almost certainly chosen the [TS]

  standard like Amazon yellow maybe or you know like audible hasn't as you read [TS]

  this design elements but no they chose orange but the worst thing about the [TS]

  orange mike is that they chose an orange which clashes somehow with every other [TS]

  shade of orange I have ever seen someone and Amazon must have thought how can we [TS]

  make an orange that we are sure will look terrible next to every other shade [TS]

  of orange that has ever existed and if you look at that audible icon next to [TS]

  the overcast icon which overcast has a really great if you gonna go orange [TS]

  right to go a bright orange but the audible oranges like it was dragged [TS]

  through the mud and then not properly cleaned after so it's it's not a great [TS]

  looking icon but now it also like it looks extra awful next to you a vivid [TS]

  orange and so I swear to God since this happened a couple days ago I just keep [TS]

  moving things around on my phone and I can find I can find no acceptable [TS]

  configuration of all of these icons and I've been trying a case can I take [TS]

  things off off my home screen like I'm just looking [TS]

  making aesthetic decisions about the colors of the icons like ok what can I [TS]

  do to put a buffering here [TS]

  but the big problem is I still want audible and overcast in the center and [TS]

  is like no this is now like to North Pole magnets they can't be next to each [TS]

  other they can't be diagonally next to each other they need a buffer of one [TS]

  icon in between them somehow and its I'm gonna say it's been genuinely upsetting [TS]

  because I just I'm frustrated and I cannot find it cannot find a solution to [TS]

  this so then you treated another picture which was like maybe your current [TS]

  interim setup which I quite liked because if you look at both pictures [TS]

  side-by-side include the debates in the show that people could see all aboard [TS]

  overcast used to be together now that's like they've they've had a bad break up [TS]

  cuz they are only music like music and that's like their bodies and they have [TS]

  to stay in the middle like to keep them apart [TS]

  yeah but the problem with that ok so i put music in maps between audible and [TS]

  overcast but I used to have such a nice pleasing the real audio things in a row [TS]

  and now maps feels like it doesn't belong in this harmonies with that row [TS]

  and also even even looking at the budget pulled up on my screen inside look at it [TS]

  and this this is just awful I get an unbalanced disaster of two diagonal [TS]

  orange icons next to each other which sort of forms pattern but the pattern is [TS]

  asymmetric is this there's no good solution I think what I have to do is [TS]

  try to figure out icons to remove or replace on the screen it's just very [TS]

  displeased because I have I've come to the conclusion that there is no good way [TS]

  to arrange all these icons so I'm not I'm not happy I like audible don't like [TS]

  their icon so I may have a potential solution for you from listener steven [TS]

  and remember we were talking couple of weeks ago maybe a few weeks ago now [TS]

  about how we would both like to have audio books in overcast smart speed yes [TS]

  well steven has created a workflow with the works out that we have used a knife [TS]

  where it can take audio files from your Dropbox accounts you could save audio [TS]

  books into a folder in Dropbox and it can then take that file and add it to [TS]

  the service have tougher which is kind of like Instapaper for audio then it [TS]

  would add this audiobook into your house to feed which you could subscribe to an [TS]

  overcast and listen to them that way so it's a solution I i will definitely try [TS]

  this is the only thing I don't like about have tougher the reason I never [TS]

  really used it is because it is it still this way that it's all public you can't [TS]

  have a private have tougher account I still like it might be public let me [TS]

  that I was just thinking access like audio books kind of be like CD you know [TS]

  what it's like now doesn't have to offer and up creating a public directory that [TS]

  you can search of of everything that people put on there and I'm not saying [TS]

  nothing that I wouldn't do it [TS]

  trophy named because you know you could do one way that you could do it is you [TS]

  could put it in secret in the feed download them to your tap into overcast [TS]

  and then delete them from you have tougher account [TS]

  work place it's a solution or you could just leave them there cause whatever [TS]

  because Amazon made me do it with their icon that's why I would call but you're [TS]

  on her look at the shade of orange it had to be committing copyright [TS]

  distribution felonies just so ugly I objected that orange is why I will [TS]

  definitely look into this this is interesting I've often wondered if [TS]

  there's a way to create an RSS feed from a folder of Dropbox mp3 various reasons [TS]

  why I want to do that but for the time being I'm definitely gonna give this [TS]

  workflow by Stephen a try and see if it works for me and if I can try to hide [TS]

  those audiobook files on offer [TS]

  but if that works that were already know what I'll do that will allow me to get [TS]

  rid of the audible icon on the homepage and replace it with the settings screen [TS]

  which is my the Settings icon next most frequent use thing which is not out of a [TS]

  folder so that's that's what will happen that things will go on there and at [TS]

  least settings is great so I can put it almost anywhere I'm like in this area [TS]

  that audible I can still get audio books model very happy last week season thank [TS]

  you [TS]

  June ago on read it was she asked a question that I meant to ask you about [TS]

  how many duplicates sets of recording gear you have around the world because [TS]

  you're currently talking to me from North Carolina farm equipment that was [TS]

  already in North Carolina yet people I don't know why people find this [TS]

  interesting yeah of course I have a have a microphone here that I leave here this [TS]

  seems unremarkable to me why does the thing that I have in front of me is I'm [TS]

  still using the blue Yeti microphone USB microphone very convenient and I have a [TS]

  big metal arm for it and a clamp for the desk and a couple of months of equipment [TS]

  underneath the desk that I can connected to my laptop why on earth would I pack [TS]

  all of this in a suitcase and moving all over the place but this is added on to [TS]

  the fact that you have the stuff at home and in your coworking space rover the [TS]

  question there again is why would I packet into a suitcase and move it from [TS]

  my home to my office it's a huge it's a huge hassle I don't think anybody [TS]

  disagrees with like the fact that it's great but I just don't think many people [TS]

  do this lightly by multiple things national in different places [TS]

  reminds me a bit of Batman like the one I used to watch the old Batman show like [TS]

  this comparison keep going remember the Adam West Sheridan how much there was [TS]

  always like a scenario that he would find whatever he needed wherever he was [TS]

  there was always like another back cave all like there was a bush which ones in [TS]

  the real bush but it had a motorcycle on the needs like the battle of lake he [TS]

  would need the backbone [TS]

  and it would just be underdogs like it was always there and this that's exactly [TS]

  the way if I was Batman I would do the same thing you would hide bad stuff [TS]

  everywhere that you possibly could [TS]

  that you always have it available you never know when you're going to need [TS]

  another battering ya can't argue with that mike i mean one of the things I [TS]

  just to point out that I think makes it a little bit different is I have a [TS]

  business and this is business equipment to like what we're doing right now we're [TS]

  doing business at this very moment Mike and so I can have these as business [TS]

  expenses and it always seems to me like a no-brainer if there's anything that [TS]

  can make the business easier I will do that as a business expense just without [TS]

  thinking about it but of course no normal person is going to have redundant [TS]

  equipment for recording podcasts at their office and at their home and their [TS]

  parents home but it is it is a different scenario when you do make a living [TS]

  partially at least making podcast so that's why I'm very comfortable having [TS]

  the stuff everywhere so that I can I can do it anytime and one of the big reasons [TS]

  that we didn't record in Y in addition to the fact that the time zones were [TS]

  terrible is I kept looking at this microphone and thinking there's no way [TS]

  I'm gonna pack that in my suitcase and no its not gonna happen I have enough [TS]

  space for everything perfectly this does not even if I even if I had plenty of [TS]

  spare space in order like better than bringing a microphone with me a later [TS]

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  you have made another impact on my life what have I done prison architect [TS]

  architecture blame that I have started playing prison Arctic's yes thank you [TS]

  much of a PC gamer guy like a thousand consoles connected to TV I do but this [TS]

  one however is coming to the iPad which I'm very excited about because whenever [TS]

  I play prison architect on my mom mediately catches on fire its listeners [TS]

  again prison architect is a game where you are simulating constructing a prison [TS]

  and I love these kind of simulation work games but one of the things I'm always [TS]

  aware of with them that as as technology has progressed many of these simulation [TS]

  games don't have the most amazing graphics but your computer will still [TS]

  run incredibly hot because it's trying to simulate the needs of a thousand [TS]

  prisoners running around and how much food each and every one of them once so [TS]

  I was finding that some of these games that are very simple graphically are [TS]

  still hugely demanding on the processor because of how many individual little [TS]

  elements there they are simulating said yes it may look simple but you're still [TS]

  going to need a pretty good computer to run some of these things so I found the [TS]

  game very hard to get to grips with it is not good [TS]

  explaining what you need to do like in any way that the tutorial is kind of [TS]

  pointless and I failed horribly my first two times that's part of the game is [TS]

  failing horribly right from the beginning to prison burn down a riot I [TS]

  had a riot but that was at once so [TS]

  I basically was very start with the first two and decided that my favorite [TS]

  thing about this game is just the building of the prison that's what I [TS]

  like to do I like to build a prison so I enabled unlimited money I'm sure [TS]

  probably upsets you it does it because I like to just just start building a [TS]

  prison iterate the design however I was really invested in building this prison [TS]

  and wasn't paying attention to the amount of prisoners are being delivered [TS]

  to my prison every day and I got into the situation where I had 60090 [TS]

  prisoners and then there was a terrible riot which I couldn't stop which was [TS]

  entirely your fault my fault so now my current prison which I just started [TS]

  building I have unlimited money naturally and I have turned off Taylor [TS]

  turned off the game part of this part of the game for you can fail is now no [TS]

  longer active all I want to do is just build a really beautiful prison rights [TS]

  that's that is that is how I approach this game I just want to build a prison [TS]

  which is really nicely designed and everything works really well [TS]

  functions when I'm playing these games I'm doing simple tasks to you like [TS]

  editing shows and stuff like that so I want to have liked the least amount of [TS]

  distraction so basically it's just a case of meat roaring like a hundred [TS]

  cells like you know like two blocks and then by three blocks two blocks by three [TS]

  books and just making these individual prison cells I like doing all of that [TS]

  part I hope to god you know about the clone stamping tool you do know that [TS]

  right now I have no idea what you talking about you're not even playing [TS]

  the same game but they don't do anything to tell you about anything ok just just [TS]

  to save you and any of the dear listeners out there who try prison [TS]

  architect which again I highly recommend I think it is a very well designed came [TS]

  one of the things you can research is a little blue print so that you can draw a [TS]

  rectangle around a section of your prison that you wish to duplicate [TS]

  exactly somewhere else so this allows you to stamp down rose in row [TS]

  rows of blocks of cells that hijab 12 prisoners in them or whatever that would [TS]

  have really helped me when I was having a trial that would have saved you [TS]

  thousands of clicks probably from the problem was I realized I had ninety [TS]

  prisoners and insight to immediately build another wing of prison cells it [TS]

  would have taken you forever [TS]

  whilst I was building them everybody died right yes it would have helped but [TS]

  I I don't know if I would use it I actually cool to just like the mind like [TS]

  the mindless process of just building these things it's fun it's a fun game [TS]

  for me it's just i just want to build stuff that's what I like doing the rest [TS]

  of the game and not so not so interested in yet maybe once I build the perfect [TS]

  prison [TS]

  attention to everything else yes maybe it's time for me this comparison before [TS]

  but my my wife always describes some of the ways that I play the games as the [TS]

  man version of needing that the way the way she looked at as I like I want [TS]

  something to keep my hands busy you know what while you're sort of doing [TS]

  something else and I and i think that is 100% on board and the way you are [TS]

  playing prison architect who I enjoy drawing the exact same identical sell [TS]

  over and over and over again man that sounds even more like needing them what [TS]

  I do this is crazy I was talking to Tiffany Aumann you also have affected [TS]

  the prison architect yes you also have seen has caused riots that killed [TS]

  thousands of prisoners and she said to me should take up knitting today I think [TS]

  I think there's something to this comparison I really do maybe they should [TS]

  somebody should make a knitting game for steam and then we could get that those [TS]

  needing simulator there's gotta be there has to be there has to be and yet there [TS]

  is there is a knitting game really is amazing [TS]

  yeah but it's somebody has created it and it has you have knitting needles [TS]

  that are connected to your computer and it's interesting what a world we live in [TS]

  mic meeting simulators it is a well as well we're talking to him thing [TS]

  I was telling my parents a little bit about the video game world when I'm here [TS]

  because this is something that is just outside of their experience and so we [TS]

  were having a bunch of conversations but I was trying to convince them that euro [TS]

  truck simulator was a real thing that you know your truck simulator I have [TS]

  seen and heard of it [TS]

  the basic gist of Euro Truck Simulator is it is an exact simulation of long [TS]

  haul trucking in that the whole game is you driving a truck across the continent [TS]

  of Europe delivering items and when I say most people who played video games [TS]

  are imagining like it some top down view and you know you're avoiding obstacles [TS]

  no no it's really a simulation of a road it's like a flight simulator except it's [TS]

  a truck on the road and you're just driving and my parents another can't [TS]

  possibly be real nobody nobody would do that nobody would sign up for virtual [TS]

  work in this way that isn't even remotely game it can't possibly be real [TS]

  I showed them a let's play on YouTube of someone just highly driving the truck [TS]

  across Europe and within 60 seconds they were sold to go oh I could play that [TS]

  looks really enjoyable I wouldn't mind taking a drive across Europe is think [TS]

  gaming is it's a very funny thing in in what captures what persons mind it's all [TS]

  about how your brain is built and what kind of things you reactive so I imagine [TS]

  there's someone out there who was just heard about the knitting simulator who [TS]

  is very excited even though I could not imagine I'm now watching a truck on [TS]

  YouTube driving through a forest well what a world [TS]

  we live in we live in so much luxury that we can simulate work as enjoyment I [TS]

  want to talk to you about writing a little bit today getting serious is your [TS]

  topic for today script writing all of your videos they are scripted [TS]

  scripted that is correct because obviously this is a decision you have to [TS]

  make I'm gonna make these videos and I'm gonna make scripts and that's the audio [TS]

  did you always know like the only way I can do this is if I script the videos in [TS]

  in some ways the the videos are an outgrowth of a lot of the time that I [TS]

  spent teaching because what I would do as a teacher was to create much more [TS]

  detailed PowerPoint presentations then most teachers would me so that I could [TS]

  have an outline of the lesson that I was going through and these presentations [TS]

  took a lot of time to make it was great because they were reusable because every [TS]

  time I saw a teacher on my teacher training course writing something by [TS]

  hand on the board I thought oh what a waste of human effort going to have to [TS]

  be writing that same sentence twice a day [TS]

  twice a week every week for the rest of your teaching life I'm not going to do [TS]

  that is just awful so that's why I tended to make everything as PowerPoint [TS]

  presentations and what I would do is i would go into empty classrooms somewhere [TS]

  in the school and walk through in real time what a lesson was going to be like [TS]

  so here's the introduction here's the part where i'm talking like something I [TS]

  would come up it would be my marker of ok here gonna worksheets go out here [TS]

  where everybody takes notes here this is where the experiment starts but [TS]

  everything was kind of directed by the slideshow as a marker to me almost like [TS]

  I'm doing a presentation accepted it's an unusual presentation because there [TS]

  are breaks when the students are doing things but it was a very reusable but [TS]

  very practiced thing I really hope that some [TS]

  somebody saw you for a window once I know just like no one I know people saw [TS]

  me [TS]

  the other teachers thought that I was crazy for doing this but my my [TS]

  perspective has always been I am very happy to do what seems like a ridiculous [TS]

  amount of work up front if it's going to save me work on the back end and I think [TS]

  that tradeoff is almost always worth it and this was a case where in my later [TS]

  years as a teacher these presentations were great because it's almost the only [TS]

  preparation I had to do for any lesson was which PowerPoint file is it going to [TS]

  be this one ok great and in that folder if there was anything that need to be [TS]

  printed out those printouts were just in the folder with the presentation and [TS]

  that was all I needed to just go I wouldn't even have to review the lesson [TS]

  ahead of time because the presentation was designed with speaker notes and [TS]

  other things like prompt me about everything that I need to have on my [TS]

  mind when I'm going through this and other things as well [TS]

  is I often had points in my notes for fake diversions so the students would [TS]

  think that I was getting off track with some kind of story about whatever but it [TS]

  was all planned I never got off track unless I wanted to get back but the [TS]

  students would always think that I was getting off track but you'd i i'd start [TS]

  to stumble over something and pretend like oh let me know this thing it was [TS]

  also the thing but you know what I'm not sure we have time for that but then the [TS]

  students be like know what is it ok well let me looking at the clock like [TS]

  pretending like I don't know how much time we have left but I know exactly how [TS]

  much time we have left like their time to do it [TS]

  ok let me quickly tell you this thing but the whole point of like the [TS]

  diversion was cuz I had learned like oh this part of the lesson is too long the [TS]

  kids need a break at this point and a pretender version feels very much like a [TS]

  break and then we come back to the real lessons like ok we gotta get serious now [TS]

  because we've lost some time but we haven't lost any time we can do about [TS]

  that at a time so this is what I mean like even the lessons that I gave we're [TS]

  very well prepared they were in scripted I didn't do things word-for-word because [TS]

  that's horrific Lee boring but I knew like what are the [TS]

  beats of this lesson and how exactly do I wanted to go so I guess when you start [TS]

  to do this there was no way you gonna do it like being completely prepared for [TS]

  everything you were gonna say yes that's exactly right so if you watch that first [TS]

  the very first video that I did that video was totally prepared in the same [TS]

  way that I would prepare a lesson in that I made that almost entirely in [TS]

  Keynote Apple's version of PowerPoint not writing a script with it but [TS]

  thinking about it as ok I want to go through this thing and what what point [TS]

  do I want to change the topic when am I going to talk about things quickly when [TS]

  am I not going to talk about things quickly and that first presentation was [TS]

  extraordinarily presentation like in that I would just rehearse it over and [TS]

  over again and I didn't have as many written notes it wasn't completely [TS]

  memorized because some of the sections like the the country's you couldn't [TS]

  possibly memorize those things and as time went on a date like more and more [TS]

  and more of an actual script around that but I made that one like a presentation [TS]

  first and so that one and I think the first two voting videos I know we're [TS]

  done in the same way and that way of making a presentation in making a video [TS]

  in some ways i think is better but it's way too time-consuming once I've [TS]

  transition to doing this for a living now if I still made videos the way me [TS]

  the first one it would take months for each of them because the first one took [TS]

  months to do is that because you're practicing is that the problem is that [TS]

  why it takes so much longer [TS]

  yeah it like I'm practicing giving a presentation on a stage in front of a [TS]

  group of people and when I'm talking in a loud you realize oh these parts a [TS]

  little boring and what I'm doing then is because it wasn't working with the [TS]

  script on working with slides in Keynote I would be rearranging slides and [TS]

  keynotes but also basically it was an animation first way of making [TS]

  start with the animations and like rearranging things and seeing how it's [TS]

  going to look on the screen and figuring out how the words go together at the [TS]

  same time I do think that's a better way to make a presentation because you can [TS]

  sometimes have really agree overlaps of like I want exactly this on the screen [TS]

  while I'm saying these words but it's just too time-consuming so as I made [TS]

  more and more videos I eventually learned that one way to speed up [TS]

  production and still maintain high quality is to do it all [TS]

  script first because it's much faster to change things in words when I'm not [TS]

  moving around slides are trying to change drawings or realizing that some [TS]

  drawing isn't going to work and I just wasted a huge amount of time so I locked [TS]

  down the words now first and then the animations come later but I but I kind [TS]

  of did it reverse when I started or sets a lot recently reversed but I did more [TS]

  to gather like looking at the animations as I'm thinking through what I'm going [TS]

  to do but it's just too time-consuming to do that ya know that seems like the [TS]

  wrong way to do it now [TS]

  like to have everything ready and then speak over that that is much harder to [TS]

  do more frequent basis and yeah it's much harder to do especially attempt to [TS]

  maintain like clarity and quality exactly if you're doing presentations I [TS]

  like I was making for school my lessons were very time consuming to create but [TS]

  it's still less like it took less time to make a lesson that added to make a [TS]

  video because again it doesn't they give the exact thing that you say in front of [TS]

  a group of people doesn't matter and you can clarify a very different experience [TS]

  but so that's that's what I was doing in the beginning I'm very glad to have [TS]

  transition to script making now first as the words get locked down and then the [TS]

  animations [TS]

  I don't even really start on animations almost ever into the script is 90% done [TS]

  so I want to talk about how they get put together like how you write them so I [TS]

  see him that often you to sign an idea the next part will be the first part [TS]

  actually kinda backwards and the very very beginning of videos now is I have a [TS]

  lot of things that I feel are topics that I am interested in and maybe some [TS]

  days these will become a video maybe they won't but there are topics that [TS]

  catch my attention and I spend a lot of time acting as a kind of collector for a [TS]

  topic and I think this is an interesting piece of information and at the moment [TS]

  I'm using Evernote which have incredibly mixed feelings about but every node is [TS]

  is my tool where I have about 200 + folders each one that acts as a as a [TS]

  collecting point for a particular topic of interest so if I'm reading something [TS]

  in a book I come across an article or hear something on a podcast I have all [TS]

  of these buckets that I can just dump this thing into and I say oh this is [TS]

  related to this topic of interest and I'm going to throw it in there so it's [TS]

  actually I end up kind of selecting from these collections when I'm thinking [TS]

  about making of video but I but the collection for me is really the starting [TS]

  point that I don't know why but for some reason some topic is of interest to me [TS]

  and I end up starting collecting things over a long period of time that are [TS]

  related to that topic so when I'm working on an individual video you can [TS]

  see that that's downstream of this process I often look through what are my [TS]

  collections and unlike promoting something from the stage of a collection [TS]

  to being something that is much more actively worked on as opposed to [TS]

  passively collecting information that I'm throwing into it does that make [TS]

  sense to make any sense would have just said yeah I mean I feel like that's like [TS]

  base research right it's just a collection of materials but I assume you [TS]

  then after that period go into heavy research right [TS]

  yeah so let me come back to research thing in a second cause I just look at [TS]

  the sidebar [TS]

  Evernote sidebar go ahead yeah that little side that you just made my [TS]

  feeling about Evernote it was like they have I don't really feel like they've [TS]

  advanced the product in any meaningful way in like five years every edition [TS]

  hanan seems to make is like free using its not me I've often thought every node [TS]

  is a difficult program to make any way for the listeners who are unaware [TS]

  Evernote its express purpose is I hope he's always described it as to be a very [TS]

  organized pile of junk [TS]

  throw anything at it it's fundamentally collecting like a whole bunch of just [TS]

  unrelated junk but still trying to give you a very good way of shift sifting [TS]

  through that when you need to have good such tools and they use OCR [TS]

  words and images and all kinds of stuff like that [TS]

  yeah they do a lot of clever stuff to try to help make you able to find stuff [TS]

  when you need to [TS]

  which is one reason that I use it but I was there a few programs that are very [TS]

  high on this I use them but I don't like them spectrum and Evernote is is one of [TS]

  these programs for me that I use it alot but I sure don't like it and I'm always [TS]

  scanning the horizon for some kind of alternative was never found anything [TS]

  that comes close cause I don't don't use it as much as I used to anymore cuz I [TS]

  tend to keep a lot of my things like this now and just plain text right [TS]

  because as well as I know is like basically impossible to get stuff out [TS]

  all its hard no matter how much ever know tells you all you can export stuff [TS]

  as I know you can export stuff in Evernote custom XML format which is also [TS]

  just impossible to deal with export in gigantic quotation marks [TS]

  you know it's I don't like that there's a there's a lot in there if I could do [TS]

  everything in just plain text I would and I used to but as time has gone on I [TS]

  want to be able to throw more things like [TS]

  mp3's and infographics and all kinds of stuff in there so I need to be able to [TS]

  have many many different media before we get lots of feedback I have investigated [TS]

  all of the main players in this field I was looking very hopefully at Microsoft [TS]

  OneNote but that's also terrible for a bunch of reasons so I'm aware of all the [TS]

  big players in this field and I use Evernote because it does solve my [TS]

  problem the best when I take a collection and I say ok I'm going to be [TS]

  more actively working on this particular topic one of the things I do is try to [TS]

  pull out from Evernote and just go through all of that and say ok what of [TS]

  this is actually useful to me now what am I actually going to need for the [TS]

  project that I'm working on and go through all of that and like take out [TS]

  just the actionable stuff that I actually want so I feel like my whole [TS]

  goal is to touch ever know directly as little as possible I'm sending things to [TS]

  it and then when I need them I'm removing them from Evernote but it is [TS]

  very rarely actually open on my screen except for this brief phase was like ok [TS]

  I'm going to extract from you what I need and put it in a text file that is [TS]

  going to be mentally become my script so that's that's the way that I use it I I [TS]

  love traveling stuff so I pulled my child documents and things in there but [TS]

  that's pretty much the only thing I use it for now because I'm just not [TS]

  confident to put a lot of really important things in there anymore for [TS]

  you that system I can't think of anything else that would would be so the [TS]

  way that you're collecting evidence is the way to do it as well one of the [TS]

  great things about think probably the best thing about it is it's everywhere [TS]

  yes yes that's one of the things I really like if ever know when away today [TS]

  I would probably do my best to recreate as much as this is I could using folders [TS]

  in Dropbox I wouldn't go to one of the other alternatives but I do use Evernote [TS]

  but reluctantly the bottom line sorry Evernote CEO's brand new episode of [TS]

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  the research pop so I assume that once a topic has been lifted out of heaven and [TS]

  like to be advanced I assume you that you then when you start thinking about [TS]

  writing the script you have to start more detailed research yeah so there's [TS]

  there's an intermediate stage we can kind of skip here where things are what [TS]

  we call the zeroth draft will skip that for the moment we'll talk about videos [TS]

  that are actively working on of which there are usually two or three think of [TS]

  I am actively working on these things and yet at that stage I do set aside [TS]

  dedicated time to take all of the stuff that I've gotten that I've been [TS]

  collecting over maybe possibly years because I think my oldest notebook goes [TS]

  back to 2011 or topic they want to do that I've been collecting stuff on ya [TS]

  that 2011 topic is one of these topics where the more I research about it I [TS]

  feel like the less I know which is why that topic has been for so long that the [TS]

  topic that the more research act like the less I know but anyway when I have [TS]

  had this all of this like random stuff that has collected over the years but [TS]

  very often there lots of holes in that collection because I haven't been [TS]

  actively trying to look through whatever the topic is so we do set aside [TS]

  dedicated time to research the topic as as fully as is reasonable and it's been [TS]

  it's a bit hard to describe this process because it feels very people always ask [TS]

  how do you know what sources to trust or what do you think is reliable and it's [TS]

  the only thing I can honestly say is I feel like I've developed a sense of this [TS]

  over time about where do you want to stop with trying to verify if something [TS]

  is true or I give an example of one of the things that happens when you're [TS]

  looking at a big collection of articles and books segments and maybe podcast on [TS]

  the topic is that sometimes come across little stories that in my mind I always [TS]

  think of as too cute or to perfect that whatever a topic is there some very [TS]

  commonly told story about it that just like it fits the narrative like a [TS]

  little bit too well or the story is just a little bit too perfect about maybe a [TS]

  historical incident or bar about how something works I feel like my brain has [TS]

  developed these red flags for these stories that are repeated over and over [TS]

  again but just can't they just don't sound right to me it doesn't mean that [TS]

  they can't be true but it just don't sound right and that the classic example [TS]

  I I normally use is the the naming of Uranus the planet's there's like this [TS]

  story about how was originally called King George that was repeated enormously [TS]

  in many different places but it was just like two cute of a story and that's why [TS]

  I ended up researching that when I'm trying to find out it was this is there [TS]

  any documented evidence has ever being called King George and the answer is not [TS]

  really like know there's this related thing about it being called the your [TS]

  game situs which kinda means King George in Latin maybe I don't know but like the [TS]

  King George story was just too cute and so I felt like I want to research it but [TS]

  I i cant describe an algorithm for this this part of the script I feel like it's [TS]

  really solid in this partisan I try to verify everything but you always have to [TS]

  stop somewhere you know where where do you want to stop with with research and [TS]

  that I don't have a good answer to how do I know precisely when to stop by this [TS]

  point do you have like trusted sources like people and places that you go for [TS]

  your research [TS]

  yeah one of the things I try to do now that I've got a little bit better about [TS]

  doing is when a script is about 80% done I try very hard to reach out to domain [TS]

  experts to have them review it before the script goes any further it is one of [TS]

  the most satisfying parts of my work is to send off a script to someone who is [TS]

  an expert in the field [TS]

  asking for their input and they come back saying that there that there aren't [TS]

  any major errors and that is always hugely satisfying when I feel like okay [TS]

  that [TS]

  got is a good indication that my system even though it's a bit vague about [TS]

  research is up to task that an expert in an area will agree with me that there [TS]

  are no major errors in the script would usually comes back is in his words [TS]

  judgment calls it was coming to place is some question about detail for [TS]

  simplification jumped over some step and always been like that that's a judgment [TS]

  call that that has to be made about length of video vs detail of video yeah [TS]

  that's that's a narrator's decision that's exactly right there so I guess [TS]

  when you're trying to say is I don't always follow all of the feedback that [TS]

  comes back from the domain experts when I feel like we have a disagreement over [TS]

  the way the narration is going to go right and and that that's always the [TS]

  biggest complains people say oh you left out this detail and again as I guess I [TS]

  left out the part where the universe was created [TS]

  up until this point like you can't talk about everything but it is very very [TS]

  rare like the narrative story yeah yeah but I'm just very pleased that it is it [TS]

  is quite rare that they'll come back and say you know this is just a straight up [TS]

  error or or this didn't happen in this way but I feel a lot better when I can [TS]

  have a domain expert review the script before I move any any further along with [TS]

  it [TS]

  now the thing the thing with the writing is a lot of people say they go why don't [TS]

  you approach the expert first and save yourself a lot of trouble with the [TS]

  research which which seems like a really reasonable question that I get asked a [TS]

  lot and my reply is that I have found that being confused and frustrated about [TS]

  a topic is a fundamental part of writing about that topic that you sometimes [TS]

  don't know what parts are going to trip you up if someone just explains it to [TS]

  you right from the start so I often make notes when I'm writing about which part [TS]

  of this am I having trouble understanding and those things are [TS]

  really valuable because in the very final drafts I often feel like I [TS]

  completely understand this topic [TS]

  but I make sure to look at the notes of what passed me was confused about and [TS]

  try to think ok how can currently write this in a way so that the first time [TS]

  someone sees it it makes more sense or it it anticipates the questions or the [TS]

  problems that I had a particular points so that's why I go to the experts at the [TS]

  end rather than at the beginning because if they just explain it to you in their [TS]

  way and then you just take it as read you might not be able to then explain it [TS]

  in a way for people watching the videos yet or what just happened is that [TS]

  somebody else's way of explaining it gets in your mind and it seems like it's [TS]

  the only or best way to explain something right this is one of the [TS]

  reasons why I tried to avoid other people's videos on topics that I want to [TS]

  cover because it because I really good analogy that someone makes will lodge in [TS]

  your brain and it will prevent you from creating your own different analogy I i [TS]

  called a brain pollution yeah that's it that's a good way to put it because I I [TS]

  used to a lot more than I do now [TS]

  interview people about their work on the project kind of like a little bit about [TS]

  what we do here basically and I did actually go through one of these [TS]

  scenarios recently where I wanted to talk to you about coming to talk to you [TS]

  about something that I believed you were going to bring them home in 10 so I [TS]

  didn't listen to that topic and drying off the words right because if I hear [TS]

  maybe Brady ask you a question or you explain something innocent way that it [TS]

  will pollute the way that I would ask that question and I don't like to do [TS]

  that because even if I ask you the same question I might come to a different [TS]

  some questionable conclusion and I i just like to trust my own opinion in [TS]

  that rather than having it like spoiled by any other scenario nice it is to [TS]

  interview people weekly more inquisitive back in the day right exactly so some [TS]

  people would be doing things and so they would be in a bunch of podcast talking [TS]

  about big things they were doing right people are making the rounds exactly [TS]

  like you know the old like [TS]

  late night TV or something so I would never listen to those until I was done [TS]

  questioning so you mentioned about working on a couple of scripts at one [TS]

  time how do you keep them like separating your brains in a crossover [TS]

  like howdy and how do you decide which ones to put your time in two periods I [TS]

  don't feel like I have any problems with cross-pollination or confusion or [TS]

  overlap it's just it seems very naturally I can keep them separate I [TS]

  don't feel like there's a collision if I'm working on two scripts that ones and [TS]

  actually find that it is the exact opposite that when I'm writing I almost [TS]

  always will be working on more than one script in a day that all work on all go [TS]

  through 1 draft of the script and then I'll take a little break like I'm out in [TS]

  london this is where I'll get up I'll go for a walk for 20 minutes and and switch [TS]

  to a different location and then when I get to another place all sit down and [TS]

  then I won't be able to work on the thing that I've just worked on it much [TS]

  easier to then switch to maybe you know what's going to be the second video in [TS]

  the future in and work on a draft through that I have done this since I [TS]

  was a kid in school that I was always aware of [TS]

  there's some limit of how much I can work on say you know like a dumb essay [TS]

  for English class in a day that there's there's no way for me to work on it more [TS]

  to make it any better after a certain number of time every day and so I was [TS]

  aware that if I needed to have something be good I had two very much track how [TS]

  many days are between now and the target because an eight hour and a half long [TS]

  sessions over eight days is way better than working fifteen hours in a row the [TS]

  day before they won't produce anything remotely is good and I think it's it's [TS]

  probably related to sleeping between those times is my guess that there's [TS]

  something about sleeping and then waking up and working on it and knew that is [TS]

  what allows me to make him [TS]

  movements to the script that I'm working on these that that has been my [TS]

  experience that's why if I want to increase the rate of production of [TS]

  videos [TS]

  well the the limit is how much time is spent on a script in a day so I can work [TS]

  very easily on multiple scripts in the day without feeling like there's any [TS]

  collision as opposed to saying like oh I did my 1 draft of my 1 scripted a close [TS]

  up shop right now then it would be forever before produced videos if that [TS]

  was the case [TS]

  ok just issued interest in to me like you not get do not need like specific [TS]

  motivation to work on one's over and over like how do you choose which one [TS]

  you gonna work on is that like regimented like I'm gonna work for four [TS]

  hours on this one [TS]

  like two hours on this one I think in terms of drafts is the way I always [TS]

  think and in the beginning of a project drafts are much longer because usually [TS]

  after the collection pulling things out of Evernote phase I have a text file [TS]

  that's usually maybe five to ten thousand words long but that's the [TS]

  starting point for what's eventually going to become a video and just for [TS]

  comparison I'm usually aiming for a thousand words in the final script so I [TS]

  want to cut it down by a fifth or by attends depending on how much it started [TS]

  with so going through ten thousand words to complete a full drafts the very first [TS]

  time I do it that can take most of the morning in no small part because it's [TS]

  just like random gibberish and sentences and half thought-out thought so it's [TS]

  like takes a long time to go through it once the first time but every subsequent [TS]

  drafts takes a little bit of less less time that this is this is how things [TS]

  progress but I very much think in terms of drafts as opposed two hours I mean [TS]

  there is a bit of a collision here because I have found that after about an [TS]

  hour and a half [TS]

  I usually need some kind of break if I'm doing this sort of work but if i if i'm [TS]

  taking a brand new 10,000 words thing that I'm trying to do the first draft of [TS]

  I will take a little bit of a break and then go back to it because I really want [TS]

  to get through one draft of that video in that day that might take longer but [TS]

  if I happen to be in a situation where I have two scripts or three scripts that [TS]

  are relatively close to being finished I can do you know three drafts in the [TS]

  morning because it's much much faster [TS]

  the closer the draft gets to being finished because I'm making increasingly [TS]

  minor changes as time goes on so you kind of treat a draft as a unit of time [TS]

  which fluctuates it's just a thing is that the item that needs to be completed [TS]

  as the draft yeah I think of a good draft a day is what needs to happen on [TS]

  the script that I am currently working on and but a draft make greatly vary in [TS]

  the amount of time that it actually takes depending on how close to finished [TS]

  it is so this is also why it's kinda easier for me to juggle things because [TS]

  I'm very likely to have one video that is very close to being finished script [TS]

  wise and so I can go through that script very fast and then I have a bunch of [TS]

  time still left over in the morning where I can work on writing and so I'll [TS]

  come back to something that's much less finished and try to work through that [TS]

  because again it is like I need these days between drafts otherwise the drafts [TS]

  don't seem to progress they don't seem to get better if I try to do two or [TS]

  three drafts and in a single day the only exception to this that I have found [TS]

  is doing a script out loud so say going to my office when nobody is around at [TS]

  night and reading the script out loud my brain seems to count as a totally [TS]

  different thing so as as I get close to the end I'm technically often doing two [TS]

  drafts on a script because I'm doing writing in the morning and then reading [TS]

  it out loud in the evening and then and then I'm very much focused on how does [TS]

  this sound right now what is the rhythm of the sentence which feels very [TS]

  different from when I'm typing or or writing by hand which feels much more [TS]

  like how do I explain this thing [TS]

  what what what facts need to go where it's like two different mental phases [TS]

  that allows me to squeeze out a bit more a few more drafts per day as they get [TS]

  closer to the end so you don't actually start speaking the script and tillers [TS]

  nearly finished basically I would say I probably can't start speaking the script [TS]

  until halfway through because it's just a mess I is not even remotely in any any [TS]

  state word could be spoken out loud because I often have big quoted sections [TS]

  that are pulled from other articles like you ok here's here's two paragraphs from [TS]

  some article that I want to be able to try to say in a sentence but I want to [TS]

  look at the original so I don't forget what was the actual thing but the person [TS]

  was saying how can I summarize that or how can I simplify that down so it it it [TS]

  often can't be spoken through in any useful way until much much closer to the [TS]

  end so what these big tax documents in I use editorial on the iPad as my primary [TS]

  writing environment and if I'm on my computer I will use by word about a big [TS]

  fan of the minimal writing environments editorial can do a million things but it [TS]

  can still just looked minimal and the dark background light text is absolutely [TS]

  vital for me because of a small I problem that I have so those those are [TS]

  my those are my main concerns when I'm selecting text editors minimal looking [TS]

  dark background light text wealthy editorial has a bunch of pretty powerful [TS]

  stuff as well right which great editorial has so many powerful features [TS]

  none of which I use I use it because I like that shade of dark dark blue thank [TS]

  whatever works it's not exactly do you write outlines or do you just right [TS]

  straight into like paragraphs you know what outlines are for outlined their for [TS]

  school and you make them after the fact [TS]

  outlines of a podcast my friend as well but you're not but you're not writing [TS]

  something you do outlines for the podcast and yes that's totally useful [TS]

  very good and you make very in-depth outlines [TS]

  but I don't I don't know really anybody who usess outlines who isn't writing [TS]

  something that his book length at book-length it can become a very [TS]

  different thing because then the unit of writing is almost like the length of my [TS]

  script a thousand word or two thousand words segment and then you need some [TS]

  super structure to hold it all together but but for something that's ultimately [TS]

  going to be a thousand or two thousand words an outline is just a total total [TS]

  waste of time is my way more infrastructure than you really need I [TS]

  know people that do use them for large pieces like when Federico goes to write [TS]

  he's like 10,000 would reviews of absence stuff he uses mind maps [TS]

  uses an app called I thoughts to do those they can also generate outlines [TS]

  from the mine but I guess it does make sense why you don't do those considering [TS]

  the pieces are actually quite small right words right I just think of essays [TS]

  in school where the Si Si is not going to be ten thousand words when you're in [TS]

  high school and you're writing something done for English class but even then [TS]

  they go why don't you write an outline for what you're going to greatly because [TS]

  it's way more work is not useful at all and I think like many many people I have [TS]

  spoken to you just a write the essay and then you write the outline afterward and [TS]

  hand the outline to your teacher first and goal with this is what I'm going to [TS]

  write but you're actually doing the whole thing backwards because it's not [TS]

  helpful but if you're writing something ten thousand words that's the breaking [TS]

  point at which I can see where that line becomes useful because the only time I [TS]

  have ever sort of kind of used an outline was for the 15 minute humans [TS]

  need not apply video which is now four or five times longer than most of the [TS]

  videos I normally make and that was one where I felt like oh this is big enough [TS]

  and there are enough things that I used on the outliner and I was actually [TS]

  writing the script in on the eyeliner because I couldn't do headings for this [TS]

  is the part where I'm talking about autos and then this is the part where I [TS]

  talk about creative work and this is the part where I'm talking about flour mills [TS]

  and I could rearrange the top-level outlines which would move around big [TS]

  chunks of the script [TS]

  and that was the only time I found a really useful because I was having a [TS]

  very hard time figuring out the order that I wanted to talk about things and [TS]

  at that level of an outline was useful so whether to like that you are able to [TS]

  to do that stuff like all this entire section needs to move our drag-and-drop [TS]

  that's exactly right that's where it is useful for me I'm not saying outlines [TS]

  are useless [TS]

  under all circumstances but where most people would have come across them which [TS]

  is relatively short essays in school they seem useless because they are [TS]

  useless in that scenario but I feel like if you are working on something big [TS]

  enough that you feel like you need an outline you you know that but you don't [TS]

  need an outline for the vast majority of a short pieces and I know people talk [TS]

  about mind maps maybe it's just me but I have never found a mindmap useful it [TS]

  just I have tried many times I tried with you need not apply [TS]

  I've tried with another big project that I'm working on and it's like the mind [TS]

  map just useless if I'm going to have another big project that I'm kind of [TS]

  working on that have sort of an outline for I tried doing with my map that shit [TS]

  like nothing I Drive no value from this I'd much rather have an outline if I'm [TS]

  going to be doing this kind of thing [TS]

  mind mapping is one of those things I look at me like I would like to do that [TS]

  I think that looks useful and I start doing it like why am I doing this one [TS]

  and I just write an outline my brain doesn't seem to click into why it needs [TS]

  to be bubbles like this like to try an outline but I know that there are people [TS]

  that goal of value out of it must be a different bike weighed the brains are [TS]

  wired I guess I completely agree with you I had that same experience which is [TS]

  why I find myself every few years going back to to mind mapping mapping out my [TS]

  next video is like why am I doing this right because I think the final product [TS]

  looks nice and it looks like something I should be doing but it just I get [TS]

  nothing out of it but the funny thing is I'm also perfectly aware that to a [TS]

  computer and outline and a mind map [TS]

  app are the exact same XML structure behind the scenes like they are they are [TS]

  so fundamentally the same thing it's just the visual representation of them [TS]

  that's different but really a mind map and outline our are nearly identical in [TS]

  function so I think it is the same thing that you're saying it's just a question [TS]

  of something in your brain is wired one way or the other two like indented stuff [TS]

  or a random bubbles all over the place [TS]

  let my government works in advertising and she's what's called a planner so [TS]

  like comes up with the ideas and like the thinking behind what would [TS]

  eventually become an ad campaign right so what is the need of the customer that [TS]

  kinda thing and she uses massive a three pads of paper and does my moms on them [TS]

  and they're so beautiful and that uses all colors and it just looks like a it [TS]

  looks like our brains work you know and she obviously derives a lot of value out [TS]

  them but I i look at them and so awesome but I just can't wrap my head around why [TS]

  I would do it myself over writing a list yeah like I said before it's just I can [TS]

  do them I have made big mind maps but at the end of it it's just that I Drive no [TS]

  value from this is just something about it seems like a total waste of time and [TS]

  it just recreating the whole thing in a line anyway I find a sponsor for this [TS]

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  thank you so much for their support of cortex and all of them how far can you [TS]

  go down the process of writing script before you can throw it out like how you [TS]

  know this makes me sad my cancer is very far I get very far sometimes with [TS]

  scripts and [TS]

  and and trash them which is probably the biggest reason why my schedule with [TS]

  uploading videos is so random because I mean I've gotten better at at at finding [TS]

  things out in the research phase and killing videos [TS]

  early that is definitely something I have gotten better at overtime but [TS]

  there's still this thing that can happen with scripts that I'm working on where I [TS]

  get to a very late stage and they die a death of boredom where I look at the [TS]

  script that I have written and I think it is about as good as it can [TS]

  fundamentally be but when I speak it out loud it just it just has no life to it [TS]

  for some reason is just boring and it's it's very hard to say why a thing is is [TS]

  boring like what makes this different from a script that you think is [TS]

  interesting it's it's not a you can't really point to stuff but that when that [TS]

  happens I feel like I'm not going ahead and make this thing and put it up that [TS]

  just seems boring and so that is that is usually the killer of a video though the [TS]

  latest that can never possibly happen is death by boredom it doesn't happen too [TS]

  often but when it does it is depressing because it usually means a huge amount [TS]

  of work that has already gone into the thing and and for some reason is like [TS]

  you know it's it's dead Jim it's not is not going anywhere this thing is just [TS]

  lifeless is it only you that judges the death by boredom if you're asking do I [TS]

  show it to other people and get their assessment on it the answer is no I've [TS]

  never shown death by boredom scripts to other people but I feel like I have a [TS]

  very good sense of it and I know it isn't it is an interesting I don't know [TS]

  why but that that is my feeling about it I do sometimes shows scripts to people [TS]

  for other reasons for feedback you know but the death by boredom thing just [TS]

  feels very final and I always want to be clear about this I'm not saying that I [TS]

  am bored with the topic that's a very different feeling [TS]

  that can happen sometimes and I know I know the difference between I feel bored [TS]

  with this topic and I'll just push through it was ok I'm just gonna finish [TS]

  this thing and I'll be done [TS]

  send it off into the world and I never have to think about it again because I [TS]

  have gotten bored with this topic because it's taken too long to produce [TS]

  it but the the the the death by boredom is just like the script is lifeless and [TS]

  I can I can recognize that if if there's any late May my skill is really in [TS]

  either reading scripts and making them better and better and part of that is [TS]

  being able to recognize what is not good and i'm looking at the final product and [TS]

  saying the result of all of my iterations have not made this good [TS]

  enough it's just it's just lifeless so that's that's that's the end of it and I [TS]

  feel like I don't need a second opinion on that because it is irrelevant [TS]

  they'd like dead dead completely dead like dead as a parent kinda dead or or [TS]

  return them or are they like put in like something you have a big folder that is [TS]

  called dead projects that has a bunch of topics in there and I end up when when [TS]

  that kind of thing happens I do my best to collect everything they have about [TS]

  the topic and an archive it away in a folder because I I like to have it there [TS]

  just in case for some reason it's going to be resurrected in the future or if [TS]

  the research on that [TS]

  that video is is useful for another video but to date I have never I've [TS]

  never gone back into that folder and completely resurrected something that I [TS]

  thought died from from death of boredom but I have taken parts of research from [TS]

  other videos and use them in future things which is why would you lie don't [TS]

  just delete it and and get rid of it and never see it again it it goes into a [TS]

  special folder for these kinds of projects to separate them from the [TS]

  folder that contains all of my successfully completed projects which is [TS]

  much happier folder I like to eat a little foda [TS]

  d like that might be slight yeah every time you drop it and that it should be a [TS]

  little sound like something yeah any ideas in that folder I mean it's it's [TS]

  funny thing my youtube says it has spent over several years now but my old number [TS]

  of videos is not an enormous number but yes I do you have a special folder for [TS]

  all of them do you actually enjoy writing cuz I hate it so I like many [TS]

  people I know many people I know how successful blogs or they have blogs that [TS]

  they keep updated doing other projects like you know I know people that make [TS]

  their living from their blogs and I know some people that like they make money [TS]

  from podcasting and they have a blog on the site is just another outlet I tried [TS]

  plugging for many years before I even since I've always every now and then I [TS]

  get the idea of starting a blog again but fundamentally the one of the reasons [TS]

  that I do this speaking staff is because I I hate the writing process so I've [TS]

  been working on an article for a website over the last couple of weeks [TS]

  side that I i read and liked what I am more of us me to particular article for [TS]

  them and it's been like torture it's just been so difficult for me like I [TS]

  think I've written four times and that they've all been completely different [TS]

  because they like their draft because each of those of a drafts and it's just [TS]

  I find the whole process to be so difficult because I agonize over every [TS]

  word now I know that this stuff isn't necessarily getting published but people [TS]

  are reading it is still going to the same kind of ideas over in a different [TS]

  way because of how it sounds like just find the process of writing to be so [TS]

  difficult and like and tedious for me [TS]

  every time I try and do it like every now and I got a great idea for something [TS]

  and I'll write something and it goes really well but they're the only times [TS]

  they ever goes really well like I have this real clear idea and I just couldn't [TS]

  imagine writing things on a frequent basis [TS]

  yeah it's in some way them in a similar situation because I always feel like I [TS]

  should write more for my websites occasionally I post articles up there [TS]

  about something that I i've written but it's not very often and I have a bunch [TS]

  of spreadsheet that tell me the return on investment is terrible if I publish [TS]

  something on my website you know it can take almost not quite but almost as much [TS]

  time as writing a script for a video but it turns me nothing no money none zero [TS]

  dollars because i dont i dont have Google ads on my website [TS]

  you know I don't have at this time many sponsors on the website it is very [TS]

  literally zero money which is why the few things that I have written as [TS]

  articles articles on my website are biased toward I'm really irritated about [TS]

  something and I almost feel like I can not write this article because I'm angry [TS]

  it's a right this thing but I'm just kinda angry but nonetheless I like you I [TS]

  feel like I should write more for my website I should write more articles but [TS]

  but i dont tell because there's just it's so time-consuming and when you're [TS]

  asking straight up I do I like writing I think the best way to say is that in the [TS]

  book that my mom is recommending two people graduating from college so good [TS]

  they can't ignore you by county Port he talks in there about craft skills about [TS]

  the like the kinds of skills that you can think of as Kraftwerk [TS]

  and I think in my life writing falls into that category because it feels when [TS]

  I'm working on a script that this is very very different kind of work from [TS]

  anything else that I do it it just feels different from even something like the [TS]

  animating which is also created work in a way where I have to come up with [TS]

  what's going to be on the scream but the writing feels like something that with [TS]

  practice over time I have gotten better at in in various ways and it's not [TS]

  enjoyable but there is a certain kind of satisfaction that comes from doing it [TS]

  and maybe the closest comparison that I can make is going to the gym I know [TS]

  people who enjoy going to the gym and those are lucky crazy people but for me [TS]

  I do not enjoy going to the gym I do not find it a pleasurable experience when [TS]

  I'm there but there's a certain satisfaction in the progress that you [TS]

  can make with lifting weights you know seeing a little line go up it or like [TS]

  you know being able to put the next heavier weight on the bar there's a kind [TS]

  of satisfaction in that that is different from lots of other things in [TS]

  life and also much like writing sometimes the best feeling is boy I went [TS]

  to the gym several hours ago and don't I feel awesome and writing can be the same [TS]

  way like boy I had an amazing trading session this morning and I feel great [TS]

  all day when things go really well with the writing even though in the moment [TS]

  it's not like oh boy is in this absolutely an amazing experience that's [TS]

  why I would I would not go so far as to say that I dislike writing it's just it [TS]

  feels like it falls into a very very different category in my life that is [TS]

  not like any other kind of work that I do there is a satisfaction in its and as [TS]

  a kind of improvement in it gives seeing a script go from just nonsense into a [TS]

  thing that is finished and then eventually part of a video that you know [TS]

  hundreds of thousands maybe millions of people see there's a satisfaction in [TS]

  that but [TS]

  you know I wouldn't for fun sit down and write that would that would not be my [TS]

  experience and I have to say I like a lot of relief in I read a bunch of books [TS]

  about writing and you know from real people who write books which is just a [TS]

  mount everest of a task I can ever imagine doing but the consensus seems to [TS]

  be from professional writers a similar story of boy they sure like having [TS]

  written they're not so sure they like ever actually the moment of writing one [TS]

  final thing they just released that is one of my favorite books on writing is [TS]

  Stephen King's on writing and I really recommend that the book is much more [TS]

  enjoyable if you have read a lot of Stephen King's work but I still think [TS]

  there's value to be derived from it even if you haven't but in that book he talks [TS]

  about there are four different levels of riders you have terrible writer's which [TS]

  is the vast majority of the population you have the exceptional individual [TS]

  writers people like Hunter S Thompson who are just Cingular writers and then [TS]

  in the middle you have two categories which are competent writers and good [TS]

  writers and Stephen King's opinion is that you can't do anything about the [TS]

  extremes someone who's just a terrible writer there's very little you can do to [TS]

  even turn them into a competent writer and then someone like Hunter S Thompson [TS]

  not to say that his writing wasn't work but he's almost born the way that he is [TS]

  he's just so different and so natural that's just his skill in Italy but that [TS]

  in the middle you have these two categories and that you can take someone [TS]

  who is a competent writer and if they're willing to put in enough time and [TS]

  practice with it they can become a good writer and I really feel like this has [TS]

  been my path over the past several years is someone who was a competent writer [TS]

  who through repeated practice and through this constant iteration on a [TS]

  script [TS]

  is able to take competent writing and turn it into something that is good [TS]

  right something that is a script that is enjoyable for people to hear spoken [TS]

  aloud and so i i i really think that there is something to that description [TS]

  that with enough practice competent writers can turn into good writers and [TS]

  that's that's part of the part of the satisfaction of the job done back to you [TS]

  jim saying yeah it's kind of like a muscle in some sense I think it is it is [TS]

  a little bit frustrating because unlike a muscle you know if you if you if you [TS]

  start to bench press a certain amount of weight you can be pretty confident that [TS]

  the next time you go into the gym you'll also be able to bench press that amount [TS]

  of weight or maybe more but with writing with writing there's always this role of [TS]

  the dice that does happen to everybody who ever does this have just wrapped [TS]

  days it would be like if you went to the gym and roll the dice you know and if [TS]

  you roll Snake Eyes you're not going to be able to lift the bar now even though [TS]

  the day before you lifted two hundred and fifty pounds that's what writing can [TS]

  be frustrating like is a much more jagged upward curve that you can still [TS]

  just have terrible terrible days even if you've been doing it for a long time [TS]

  whereas the gym is a much much smoother line as long as you can keep going but [TS]

  writing is is not quite the same [TS]

  around today I have a couple of asked questions [TS]

  ok sam i related case you mentioned earlier on that your iPad is your [TS]

  primary working devices will probably writing device and I have a couple of [TS]

  questions about kind of parent and paraphernalia basically Daniel wanted to [TS]

  know if you use any kind of cover yeah I just use the regular smart cover that [TS]

  Apple makes I like that too I have always used Smart Covers said recently [TS]

  that I feel like the smart cover is basically part of the iPad like they are [TS]

  together that's pretty good although I will say with the iPad air too I'm aware [TS]

  that that iPad is so light that the cover is now becoming a non-trivial [TS]

  amount of the total weight and so I often find that I [TS]

  I will take off the cover of the iPad there too in a way that I never do with [TS]

  any of my their iPads because it just makes it feel very different if you're [TS]

  holding it in the hands just because it's so crazy light with the next round [TS]

  of smart cover that Apple's actually looking into making their covers dinner [TS]

  in later [TS]

  much more than making the devices that are lighter and Collins iPad keyboard [TS]

  you use actually I have a couple from Logitech that I can never quite decide [TS]

  which ones I like better I have to I don't know the brand names off the top [TS]

  of my head I'll have to send them to you for the show notes but Logitech makes to [TS]

  iPad keyboards both of which I like one of which is I think federico VTG uses [TS]

  the same one it's one that had like a blue cover that comes with it is [TS]

  relatively old as far as Lochte echoes and the other one has like a light up [TS]

  keyboard which is very nice but I can never quite decide which of those two I [TS]

  like better so I tend to leave the later one in my go bag with my on-the-go iPad [TS]

  and heavier one in my office with my other iPad but I like both of them it's [TS]

  very hard to find a good keyboard for the iPad but I think Lodge techniques [TS]

  pretty good ones so next time he told in London maybe this show is just so [TS]

  frequent Mike if you if you like to have to record tomorrow I don't we're always [TS]

  doing the show from my perspective even though even though I've just had a week [TS]

  off it feels like I use another week off cortex is always happening somewhere it [TS]

  does feel like cortex is always happening I'm still I'm still just so [TS]

  thrown with my whole schedule I'm gonna have to record before recording his [TS]

  quartet have to record the next hello internet and I know when that's going to [TS]

  happen soon hopefully I think I should be in London which means you will now [TS]

  have something like for podcasts in a row on which I am very jetlagged so your [TS]

  timing for this 10 episode run was terrible [TS]

  overheated vacation this didn't just happen to you [TS]

  ok we agreed on this I feel like it did just [TS]

  we did agree we did agree but it was terrible timing I'm still getting the [TS]

  opinion that this field I could just happened to me [TS]

  ok I'm just minding my own business and Mike really believe me into a podcast [TS]

  that's my story and I'm sticking with [TS]