Cortex

Cortex 8: An Episode Out Of Time

 

  if you were going to do an introduction to the show what would it be like this [TS]

  just something like hello and welcome to cortex by Mike Hurley but I don't want [TS]

  to do that yes no good I feel like this it's boring but it's the easiest way to [TS]

  begin those shows because those shows don't require don't have the same level [TS]

  of editing right so I have to do something I'll be talking forever and [TS]

  will never start right hander need to find around here we can to starting to [TS]

  tap ins in the net becomes the beginning of the opposite of like your writing a [TS]

  book and media stress or something like you start in the middle is what they [TS]

  recommend for writing books don't actually start what you think you want [TS]

  to start start when the thing starts but that seems impossible just elected to [TS]

  knowingly start in the middle like how do you know the middle is if you haven't [TS]

  done star I do this sort of with my videos sometimes where I'm writing a [TS]

  video and then I realized the firsts for five paragraphs I can just ditch all of [TS]

  them and then that that's what I think they mean by starting in the middle [TS]

  you often feel like you need to have any writings on the leg you need to have [TS]

  more of an introduction then you really need to have an introduction but so just [TS]

  begin and then eventually the introduction will fall out of it right [TS]

  you start writing and then at some point when you are going overdrafts you [TS]

  realize yes the first third or fourth quarter of this can just be cut with [TS]

  essentially no loss and you realize alright my actual beginning was halfway [TS]

  through so we are doing that with a podcast now we're just talking and it [TS]

  feels like now we have actually really started the show we were just saying a [TS]

  whole bunch of nonsense before and it wasn't really the store and he might [TS]

  start the podcast right here I don't know but we're definitely in it now no [TS]

  matter what's happening is that too late now is too far gone there's nothing we [TS]

  can do about it we're inside the podcast yes you are still broadcasting from [TS]

  unknown location in North Carolina am i correct you are travelling lots and lots [TS]

  this we were good and we mentioned as in last week's episode which we recorded [TS]

  yesterday she's very confusing for me and my brain that we would talk a little [TS]

  bit about about traveling team feeling jetlagged is that still an issue that [TS]

  you're going through right now I'm better today than I was yesterday but it [TS]

  takes me a little while to feel perfect and I won't feel perfect before I have [TS]

  to step on a plane again so this is the summer of jet lag for me he going to [TS]

  another on the location I am going from visiting my family in North Carolina to [TS]

  visiting my wife's family in Hawaii so that's where that's where we're going [TS]

  next [TS]

  I have to say for the places to have a wife come from a pretty good one [TS]

  yes it is a pretty good one if it's a much more interesting place than being [TS]

  from New York a while back my wife and I realized that we were doing [TS]

  introductions you know when you meet a new couple of new people [TS]

  one of the questions that often comes up is where are you from especially if you [TS]

  are an expat living abroad and I told my wife that we always have to do the [TS]

  introduction that she mentions that I am from New York first and then say that [TS]

  she is from hawaii second because the white part is way more interesting and [TS]

  people naturally want asked questions about it and if you do it in the reverse [TS]

  order [TS]

  there's an awkward moment where people want to jump over like you said you say [TS]

  oh my wife is from hawaii and I am from New York you can see that people want to [TS]

  go right to the Hawaii part of that [TS]

  hey buddy let's just forget about you and so if you if you reverse that order [TS]

  it's much more smooth socially because people don't feel like oh let's skip the [TS]

  boring dude and let's talk to his interesting life instead [TS]

  so that's that's what we do now understands how people works a lot [TS]

  better than utilizing these days she's good for you so on your way to [TS]

  undisclosed location North Carolina you seemed to have some issues with [TS]

  traveling take years many things kept moving around and I would hear from you [TS]

  every few hours or so and you still wasn't in location it was this was just [TS]

  one of those final travel times where we got to the United States perfectly fine [TS]

  but then I want to go into all the details but we had trouble getting from [TS]

  my favorite airport in the world which is Washington Dulles Airport to where we [TS]

  wanted to actually get in North Carolina because we got on an airplane and flew [TS]

  out North Carolina has huge thunderstorms one of which our tiny [TS]

  plane just circle the perimeter of the air over North Carolina for a while [TS]

  attempting to land before the pilot came on Intel telling us that we were running [TS]

  out of fuel [TS]

  excellent we had to go back to my favorite airport Washington Dulles [TS]

  because there was no where else to land and so yes we arrived back at Washington [TS]

  Dulles at like in the morning or something like this guy has something [TS]

  against you [TS]

  yeah it was it was not a welcome piece of information to have been sitting in a [TS]

  turbulent jet for a long period of time and then have to go back to where you [TS]

  came from [TS]

  attention everybody I hope you like this journey could you can have to do it [TS]

  again [TS]

  yeah basically that the trip from Washington to North Carolina we did [TS]

  three times out [TS]

  return and then out again the following day it was it was not pleasant [TS]

  that that is why I had to keep sending you messages the following day of trying [TS]

  to figure out when are we actually going to get out here and our our travel [TS]

  schedule is relatively tight this time it was having a bunch of knock-on [TS]

  effects for other things we wanted to do [TS]

  and this is why I have caused you nothing but grief with the scheduling of [TS]

  these podcasts and when they're going to occur and i have constantly made you [TS]

  change things and push them around and as of now the episode we recorded [TS]

  yesterday is actually going to go up on Saturday instead of the usual Friday and [TS]

  they were going to be skipping an episode in the future and it is entirely [TS]

  my fault but you know what this is the way things are and we have a constant [TS]

  argument but I am convinced that people really don't care about schedules as [TS]

  much as they think they care about schedules so anyone who is familiar with [TS]

  my work is very much aware that I don't have a schedule for just about anything [TS]

  because I don't think they matter what you do things better so I know that I [TS]

  have caused you stress I would just like to point out the way we currently are [TS]

  now in actual podcast recording time is four hours after we would usually put an [TS]

  episode of cortex out to the world and I have already had a few people ask me [TS]

  where the episode is you know what that's that's your punishment for having [TS]

  regular episodes is that people have expectations if he didn't give them [TS]

  expectations you wouldn't you wouldn't get as much for that is my punishment is [TS]

  is very short to me I think that is a punishment I did think about this we [TS]

  usually I would be a bit more concerned is that I am recording with you so I [TS]

  expect that your audience doesn't necessarily think about it too too much [TS]

  and it's just like when it will come exactly but it was one of those [TS]

  situations where every couple of hours the schedule would change hugely because [TS]

  you just failing to arrive and one of these messages that you sent me was just [TS]

  three words what preceded it was the worst show nuts and then traveled [TS]

  decision fatigue the whole yes yes now now that I am out of it I'm not so sure [TS]

  that was it a great topic but in the middle of of being at an airport and [TS]

  being very tired I thought travel decision fatigue is at least something [TS]

  to discuss on this episode and I mean are you aware with the general concept [TS]

  of decision fatigue how familiar are you with us [TS]

  I can guess why wouldn't I know enough of it why don't you explain that a [TS]

  little bit it is what it sounds like that as you make more and more decisions [TS]

  you're bringing gets tired and that sounds really obvious but it's also [TS]

  interesting that there's a bunch of research that is done in this field [TS]

  about actually being able to measure how quickly people's decision making ability [TS]

  degrades you know at what rate given how many decisions and and all the rest of [TS]

  this post talking to some people who were discussing how this is a big issue [TS]

  for example in the military and that in a helicopter and jet simulators that [TS]

  decision fatigue and information overload are not just terms that [TS]

  white-collar workers used to describe how stressed they are they are [TS]

  measurable things that you can you can see the effect on a pilot so you want to [TS]

  reduce the number of inputs that they have going into their system and you [TS]

  want to reduce the number of decisions that they have to make at any point in [TS]

  time and the interesting thing is that counter intuitively the size of the [TS]

  decisions doesn't matter that there's something about deciding at all which is [TS]

  the hard part for your brain and the bigness of the decision matters much [TS]

  much less than the number of decisions you have to make five tiny decisions [TS]

  it's wearing down your brain much more quickly than you might expect that [TS]

  decision fatigue just in general and all I could think of when we were traveling [TS]

  is how the very nature of traveling is a decision fatigue situation because [TS]

  almost everything that you're doing is new and novel you have to figure out [TS]

  where you're going what gate is it which way to get to the gate am i turning left [TS]

  my turning right where am I getting the food from what meal am I going to have [TS]

  at this restaurant that I [TS]

  never had before how much would my going to bring on the airplane am I going to [TS]

  stop at the duty free am I going to do this am I going to do that once you're [TS]

  on the airplane it's all my going to take a nap now we're gonna stay up and [TS]

  wait for the food there's just this endless endless array of things to [TS]

  decide because the whole situation is novel in a way that if you're doing [TS]

  other novel experiences like once you're on vacation and you go for a hike [TS]

  everything is new on your hike in the woods but you're not making decisions in [TS]

  the past and you walk through within your just experiencing the new event the [TS]

  culmination of all of this decision fatigue was at two in the morning or [TS]

  whenever it was when we were arrived back in washington I was really aware [TS]

  that my wife and I we're at a decision fatigue point because they were giving [TS]

  us the options for flights for the next day there are basically two things we [TS]

  had to figure out where we going to spend the night and what time flight are [TS]

  we going to aim for the next day and it took my wife and I so much longer to [TS]

  decide those two relatively simple questions than it ever would and I just [TS]

  think being aware of something like decision fatigue is is useful in those [TS]

  moments too [TS]

  to know that like okay yes my brain is more tired and to cut yourself more [TS]

  slack and if you're with other people to cut them more slack when you are in when [TS]

  you're in those situations oh yeah we definitely we definitely had that we got [TS]

  through it but it was it was just a moment of the gate agent behind the desk [TS]

  presenting us with the times and we were just looking at each other in silence [TS]

  huh [TS]

  6 a.m. or noon or 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. and under normal circumstances it could make [TS]

  that decision in a second but after so long in the airport and after so many [TS]

  other tiny decisions that just because your brain is just we're done we packed [TS]

  up people and it could take a really long time to come to you [TS]

  a decision in that in that situation so that's what I think of as decision [TS]

  travel fatigue does that sound familiar to you might have you experienced this [TS]

  and when i when I travel I am I'm not nervous Traveller Plus I prepare for [TS]

  things and do things in such a way that people even believe that I am nervous [TS]

  traveler was just think that I'm and one of those who will some of the ways it is [TS]

  manifest itself is in the notion that I get very very very frustrated very very [TS]

  quickly and trailing my might and might happen and it is so far gone and I think [TS]

  that is part of the fact that my mind is working on a million different little [TS]

  things like what time do I need to wake up what time do I need to leave the [TS]

  house to have my passport what time do I get on the train do I have my passport [TS]

  over and over and over again and i cant I can definitely see how he gets to some [TS]

  point I can you get to the food court in the airport and psych world I just don't [TS]

  even know how to choose food anymore right which is why I very much one of [TS]

  the ways that I try and limit this kind of thing is to do my level best to keep [TS]

  as many things the same as possible like I i try my very best when I go overseas [TS]

  to fly British Airways because that typically means 200 fly from terminal 5 [TS]

  at Heathrow which means I can then go to the restaurant I like to eat you know [TS]

  and I like to just know that there are certain things I'm gonna be able to do [TS]

  which are exactly the same so that limits the amount of stress that I put [TS]

  myself through that is definitely the recommended strategy my additional [TS]

  problem which I don't think I mentioned on this podcast is that I normally am [TS]

  flying standby and so that means I don't have a designated ticket I'm just [TS]

  getting on the airplane if there are seats available but this really [TS]

  contributes to decision fatigue because there are often our by our decision [TS]

  the need to be made about which planes is down by going to be attempted for and [TS]

  having to wait different scenarios of what is the likelihood of this flight [TS]

  filling up versus that flight filling up how does that affect the connection that [TS]

  you're trying to hit and so i i if I was not flying standby I would do the same [TS]

  thing is you which is to try and regularize the travel but its hi I'm in [TS]

  a situation where the the travel is not regular at all it's always it's always [TS]

  different times it's always different flights and different connections and it [TS]

  does it does not help does not there is no world in which I could fly the way [TS]

  you fly just none I had to fly standby want speakers I was I missed the [TS]

  connection because they had my first plane was delayed and I was in the [TS]

  airport for maybe about twelve hours and it got to the point where I was like if [TS]

  I don't get on the next plane semi home like I was in america as I wanna go home [TS]

  I'm done I've been here for 12 hours I'm in Philadelphia Airport I don't even [TS]

  know what's going on anymore if they can get on this next plane will try again [TS]

  tomorrow morning on that note I just wanna go to forget it so I died under US [TS]

  is interesting to me that you choose to fly this way because of everything just [TS]

  feels like this is not something that you would want to do is very interesting [TS]

  to me that you do that you may purchase I think I'm better at this than it would [TS]

  be expected given everything that you know about me because since my mom is a [TS]

  flight attendant and this is how we have always traveled ever since I was a kid I [TS]

  always flown standby is been very rare to have a designated ticket so my [TS]

  experience with what airports are like I i dont have too much of a frame of [TS]

  reference of what it's like to have a normal ticket that's why I think I'm [TS]

  able to do this whereas if I had flown with regular tickets for most of my life [TS]

  and then now in my adult life there was this so you can fly [TS]

  i think im pretty sure I wouldn't do it I would give up a lot of the benefits of [TS]

  standby flight for the regularity in the predictability of regular tickets but [TS]

  that's not the experience that i've I had as a kid I was always just we're [TS]

  going to the airport and maybe we're getting on a plane and maybe we're just [TS]

  going back home at the end of the day and that's just how that's just how air [TS]

  travel works from my perspective but there are advantages but it is reducing [TS]

  decisions and cognitive load on a stressful days [TS]

  definitely definitely not one of them and I'm assuming then that there is some [TS]

  sort of economic all like seating class benefit to being on standby [TS]

  yeah the basic benefits are one it is super cheap and too if you do the [TS]

  planning correctly you can end up in business or first class so that that is [TS]

  the big advantage especially on longer flights if you can you can figure it out [TS]

  right you can end up in a business class and first class seat and pay the even [TS]

  less sometimes when economies would have cost on the same flight so that that's [TS]

  that's the advantage I'm assuming that this is when checklists go into real [TS]

  drives well yes and no I have a big travel packing checklist listen-only [TS]

  focus yes this is an army focus but interestingly as I have been married [TS]

  over the years my wife and I have developed a bit of a bit of a division [TS]

  of labor for what's going to happen when we're traveling so we used to be [TS]

  each of us will each of us would take care of our own things entirely but now [TS]

  we have more like dole means of responsibility and I think this works [TS]

  out really well for each of us because it's the same thing of eliminating one [TS]

  thing that the other person has to think about and so broadly speaking I'm in [TS]

  charge of a lot of the logistics for the day so any train tickets the plane [TS]

  reservations all of that stuff I'm setting up and and dealing with and I'm [TS]

  also in charge of [TS]

  packing electronics and a few other things and then my wife is largely in [TS]

  charge of clothing and toiletries stuff for the banks so that this is this is [TS]

  just happened over time that we've settled into these roles and it's [TS]

  definitely better than when I used to try to pack entirely for each of us [TS]

  trying to pack on our own for going on a trip because then there's a lot of [TS]

  overlap did you bring your toothbrush I brought my toothbrush and and that would [TS]

  just that would just be a little bit of crazy making so I really just have a [TS]

  checklist which is really two 2 tickets and electronic stuff and I run through [TS]

  that but it's not a complete I couldn't handle checklist to another person and [TS]

  they would feel like oh I'm fully ready for a trip because it is missing the [TS]

  sections that my wife does they would only be ready for a trip with your wife [TS]

  which is exactly unlikely but I don't know I haven't actually looked at her [TS]

  but I know my wife uses clear and she has a travel packing checklist that she [TS]

  runs through that I don't know exactly how it works and clear by things you can [TS]

  re-activate an old list and so she just reactivate the old one goes through it [TS]

  and add things every time so we each have our own separate list that we're [TS]

  running through the the day before and the day of travel I use clear my travel [TS]

  checklist and this was a tip that came from my girlfriend because I would like [TS]

  maybe try and do something they before or just like run through things and she [TS]

  was then she has a listing clear which is a packing list that just gets added [TS]

  to overtime so she does you has to listen she just wants everything off and [TS]

  doesn't lead last and then june marks everything is new again every time she [TS]

  travels and ends up being a really smart system because that thing you forgot you [TS]

  add it to the list any don't forget and I think that he right and I like it and [TS]

  I have I have one list but it serves both European and American travel like I [TS]

  have both EU plug adapter and USB plug adapter as a thing in that list and I [TS]

  just activate the ones that are necessary for that trip and I just a [TS]

  great system and clear is a [TS]

  reading really great up for packing stuff because you will still get the [TS]

  satisfaction of the little sounds every time you check one off and I am so [TS]

  clever [TS]

  yeah I do have to say one area where cleared just trumps OmniFocus is in the [TS]

  sounds and the fundus of it where it does clear makes it just delightful to [TS]

  tick off items and you feel like a look at me I'm I'm I'm so good just as great [TS]

  little person taking off these things [TS]

  bloop blooper to right now makes little happy sounds as though I do recommend [TS]

  clear to some people to use if they're looking for something that is simpler [TS]

  but it is funny when we are packing I hear the little bloop bloop bloop my [TS]

  wife is taking off items you know in the other room she's she's getting stuff [TS]

  ready would you say is the same thing that I do and I recommend for these [TS]

  kinds of checklist is youu over put things on the checklist you you any [TS]

  travel scenario that you might have you have something on that checklist and [TS]

  then you can just delete it or get rid of it or just take it off if it isn't [TS]

  relevant to what you're doing I have items on the checklist which are about [TS]

  getting any money that I have for the place that I'm going now there's not [TS]

  always relevant if I'm traveling within the UK but I it's crazy to have separate [TS]

  checklist for travel within the UK travel outside of the UK it's it's easy [TS]

  enough to just blow past those little items if they aren't relevant at the [TS]

  time do you have any kind of specific packing I know that there are people [TS]

  that love to be able to put everything in one bag or anything like that do you [TS]

  have different bags for these these kinds of trips to the regular guy bags [TS]

  that you have or are they they actually the same bags as they prepared for [TS]

  everything big recommendation for traveling is to get a suitcase that is [TS]

  an upright with four wheels on it I have a 2001 and it makes me sad everytime I [TS]

  mean it's like living in the Stone Age Mike using a [TS]

  a suitcase with wheels because if you have a suitcase with four wheels that [TS]

  also has the handle that extends upward you have become like a nimble mountain [TS]

  goat in the airport because you can maneuver that around little spaces so [TS]

  well and the footprint of space that you aren't taking up is dramatically reduced [TS]

  so you can have it right you know right by your side like a well-heeled dog and [TS]

  just move around people and get around crowds the four wheel suitcase is a huge [TS]

  huge improvement for traveling so my my wife researched a bunch of four wheeled [TS]

  suitcases and eventually settled on one hand and we each have our just total [TS]

  dorks we have matching suitcases just a different color so you have the same [TS]

  four wheel suitcase [TS]

  oh yeah we we go through the airport like that and that's that's a big deal [TS]

  but I bring my regular backpack with me but it's just it's inside the suitcase [TS]

  because then when I say let them in North Carolina now I still use my [TS]

  backpack the way that I do when I'm in London as in I mean just the other [TS]

  morning I packed up my usual work stuff in the backpack I have my iPad and I [TS]

  went out to a local cafe and I was clearing email like we discussed in the [TS]

  last episode so I do want that with me I still have that but I just threw it into [TS]

  the bag and then it becomes my little more my mobile bag when I'm just where [TS]

  ever happened to be but you must have something to take on the plane shortly [TS]

  before we are the little four wheel suitcase is what I am taking on the [TS]

  plane so you don't check any hurry back I do have a bigger version of that four [TS]

  wheel that if we need to check bags I do check bags when I was when I was younger [TS]

  single man I never checked anything I was just not going to check a bag [TS]

  partly because this can cause actual problems if you're going standby so [TS]

  there was a big advantage in not having to check bag and partly because I just [TS]

  hated packing and so I thought that the packing two bags I'll just pack 1 bag [TS]

  and also partly because I was always able to get away with it [TS]

  because the vast majority of time when I was traveling as a younger men I was [TS]

  coming from London back to visit my parents at the start like the pair my [TS]

  parents were the starting point of wherever I was going and I just left a [TS]

  redundant wardrobe and redundant everything at my parents house so I [TS]

  didn't need to pack all of my clothes because I just had a whole other set of [TS]

  clothes at my parents house so that's that's how I used to travel now that I [TS]

  am a grown person and I'm going around with my wife we do check bags but I [TS]

  bring a small four wheel one onto the plane that that's what I'm being there [TS]

  with me I said nothing you have one case though bringing two suitcases today [TS]

  there's two suitcases to the airport one that is getting checked one that is [TS]

  going on the plane [TS]

  the one that is going on the plane also has within it my backpack by I see so [TS]

  you're taking out stuff that usually goes in the backpack put it in the small [TS]

  case that's exactly what does great do on a plane to slip into like shutdown [TS]

  period or activities occurring do you watch movies do you consumed you'd like [TS]

  units of music utility I'm laughing because I always having to explain to my [TS]

  wife but I do wanna play because she forgets the particular illness of what I [TS]

  want to do on a on a plane I have this thing that I think of as the cognitive [TS]

  ramp down on a flight so I'm very often taking long flights and going from [TS]

  London to us' or or back this isn't the same for a brief life but if you're on a [TS]

  flight that's at least six hours maybe a 12 hour flight I have a list of things [TS]

  that I want to do and I do them in the order of the cognitive difficulty of the [TS]

  task so something like watching a movie this is when my wife is on the plane she [TS]

  wants to start out by watching a movie but I always feel that no we cannot [TS]

  start out watching a movie or at least I'm not gonna start out watching a movie [TS]

  because watching a movie is a cognitively easy thing to do you just [TS]

  sit there and you absorb the movie it doesn't require any effort on your part [TS]

  if you're going to do stuff you have to start out with the things that are more [TS]

  difficult for you to do something like reading a book is more cognitively [TS]

  difficult than watching a movie so if you have a book with you and you have [TS]

  movies you want to watch you have to read the book first and then when you're [TS]

  tired of reading the book then you can move on to the movie and so depending on [TS]

  what I have with me to do I want to do the harder stuff first and on this last [TS]

  flight I had loaded up some stuff that's related to one of my secret project that [TS]

  involved learning a new skill and so on the airplane the very first thing that I [TS]

  did was as well as I said ok I'm going to go through this book in these lessons [TS]

  that I have for myself and I'm going to learn this new skill as the first thing [TS]

  that I do on the airplane because that is the most cognitively demanding thing [TS]

  was a tailoring [TS]

  tailoring guess I can tell these things so when when I grew tired of that then I [TS]

  moved onto reading a book and then from there you move on to watching tv or [TS]

  watching a movie that's the way I always want to arrange stuff because you can't [TS]

  go from watching your movies 2 then I'm gonna teach myself this new skill you [TS]

  just going to be too tired at the end of the at the end of the airplane just [TS]

  gonna be restless and exhausted a naughty but actually focus on something [TS]

  like that so this is always how I arrange things what do I have with me [TS]

  and then do them in reverse order for cognitive difficulty is interesting [TS]

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  thank you so much to harvest for helping support this week's episode so in the [TS]

  spirit of this being a very irregular schedule that we have here we decided to [TS]

  incorporate and push the ask great questions to their very maximum and I've [TS]

  compiled a long list of things to work through today so I'm going to ask you [TS]

  some questions today that have come via the audience of the show right because [TS]

  we don't we don't have any follow-up [TS]

  the next show isn't even out this feels like it is an episode out of time so [TS]

  that's what we're doing something a bit different this episode could actually [TS]

  exist anywhere within the road [TS]

  you could just play it and it wouldn't even matter the first question comes [TS]

  from John and John would like to know what beverage does great typically [TS]

  consumed at the cafes in where he works that is a really questioned its coffee [TS]

  of course coffee I drink a lot of coffee do you tend to go to just chains where [TS]

  do you go to like fancy independent coffee shops mostly chains because I [TS]

  like things consistent and I haven't found any fancy independent places that [TS]

  are also places that you can sit down and stay and work comfortably for a [TS]

  reasonable period of time so that's why I mean you are going to go on a little [TS]

  tool and you go oh yeah yeah cause there's like just so many other great [TS]

  coffee houses that way but a coffee can take me to these hipster places where [TS]

  you have to sit on a tiny stool in the corner and stroke your mustache like [TS]

  that's that's the kind of coffee please you're gonna take me to the struggle [TS]

  moustache yeah mustaches referred places tiny still optional yeah so do you just [TS]

  drink like filter coffee in Starbucks my current drink in various places that i [TS]

  go is to get a filter coffee and to get it now we have to find the magic words [TS]

  at the various place for me to say next but at Starbucks in the UK I have to ask [TS]

  for pouring cream I have learned is the magic word but if I'm at a place like [TS]

  some of the other places I have to say something like a single cream seems to [TS]

  be the magic word for what it is that I want but it seems to be some confusion [TS]

  about this in England but I don't want to milk in my coffee and cream in my [TS]

  coffee we typically don't don't go the cream option I have found to my horror [TS]

  that at Starbucks if I just say that I want a filter coffee with cream if there [TS]

  are if there are no follow-up questions from the barista I get a filter coffee [TS]

  with cream on top [TS]

  who in the world once this why would you think this is a reasonable drink but it [TS]

  has happened [TS]

  on more than one occasion [TS]

  you know the problem with that is is that is internal jog and gone wrong [TS]

  because Starbucks call it creme Frappuccino this it would you like cream [TS]

  on top [TS]

  said that is like they're just like our he's obviously referring to the cream [TS]

  that we do that's very weird but you know we'll do it anyway that's [TS]

  incredible I can only imagine your horror when you take a sip [TS]

  but for some reason must be something with the training of the baristas but at [TS]

  Starbucks it has to be pouring cream if I say single cream at Starbucks it's [TS]

  always a big like what do you want what is the thing that you're after you want [TS]

  to single serving of whipped cream is no it's not but single cream is the is the [TS]

  much better word at almost everywhere else so yeah this is this is this is my [TS]

  drink and my big problem of course is that this is slightly unusual asking for [TS]

  pouring cream so it always makes me be the guy who's like standing out online I [TS]

  don't have a straightforward order and then I hate that because then they get [TS]

  to know you faster at Starbucks which is a whole other problems mister single [TS]

  cream is not very encouraged me to bring your own cream I have thought about that [TS]

  as well just maybe I'll do that next time they are so coffee lots of it [TS]

  that's what I drink so another John asks John seemed to like asking you about [TS]

  beverages because John would like to know do you have other beverages that [TS]

  you like to consume when working off to breakfast I'm relaxing or socializing [TS]

  for all those occasions yeah relaxing socializing breakfast lunch sometime [TS]

  after dinner like coughing good works a lot whenever we meet for lunch I consume [TS]

  more caffeine than I tend to like a four day period with all the coffee that you [TS]

  drink when you're with me know because I like it I try not to do it because this [TS]

  is my problem I'm really love coffee by have won a day except on special days [TS]

  like sometimes referred to two coffee Tuesday how to hold coffees but this is [TS]

  the thing because I like to try and limit myself so when I have another one [TS]

  it really makes an effect and plus the only thing is if if I let myself I would [TS]

  be drinking more coffee than water which you know I would just consumer [TS]

  constantly so I try and limit the amount I have but whenever we see each other I [TS]

  had maybe like three or four days which is what I basically if anybody talks to [TS]

  me but you may be right now more often I tend to to end up talking about a [TS]

  thousand miles an hour when you talk faster in person on the podcast because [TS]

  I'm drinking incredible amount of already had one before economy is the [TS]

  first sip of the first coffee is is already more than normal and then that [TS]

  makes me like 20 min since time project so here we are adam has asked the [TS]

  question I am very intrigued to find out if you won millions of pounds on the [TS]

  lottery would you still make videos or would you maybe lunch program or [TS]

  something different that would fulfill you what would you do our very first [TS]

  episode of this long run was called I don't really like work and I think it's [TS]

  pretty clear that I think that a lot of a lot of the things that people say [TS]

  about work particularly in school environment with people giving advice is [TS]

  just total nonsense where people talk about loving your job right and finding [TS]

  work that you really love and I think there are precious precious few people [TS]

  who are in positions where they wake up in the morning and feel like wow I [TS]

  really love [TS]

  my job and the thing that I usually tell people when they ask do you really love [TS]

  your job you must be awesome [TS]

  is it's hard for me to imagine work that is better suited to my personality than [TS]

  the work that I currently do so figuring out how something works and then making [TS]

  a video explaining about it I can't imagine that there's something that [TS]

  would that would just naturally fit with the way that I wants to work than that [TS]

  but it's to me it's still it still work it's still something that I i have to do [TS]

  and it's still something that I feel pressure they all have to make a certain [TS]

  number of videos and my livelihood depends on all of this which is a long [TS]

  way of saying that if I won enough money but I never had to work ever again I [TS]

  would not keep making the same number of things that I currently make I would [TS]

  make fewer things but the flip side of this is that I have had periods in my [TS]

  life because I was a bomb who didn't have any financial requirements was [TS]

  living very low where I didn't really have to work I had i've had stretches of [TS]

  time like that where it's a guy you know I don't really have to work at all and [TS]

  that's too little just if you don't have a shouldn't say you but i'm i'm saying [TS]

  for me personally and I don't have anything to do that is depressing that's [TS]

  not a good situation to be in and that just makes me unhappy so I would work [TS]

  less if I didn't have to work but the amount of things I would do would not be [TS]

  zero because the Euro would just the depressing and life would just feel [TS]

  totally enormous so I would still make videos I would still make podcast but I [TS]

  might not make them as frequently as I currently do if I didn't have to work so [TS]

  now what about you might because i dont have a good sense of the shape of your [TS]

  mind in many ways yet [TS]

  so I'm not quite sure how you would answer this question I have a feeling [TS]

  you might have a similar answer to me but I may be very wrong about that so [TS]

  what about you [TS]

  you win enough money that you could buy an apartment in the shard + more [TS]

  what is your life look like from this point on so laps with you in some ways [TS]

  but it is different so my feeling is i I also agree that the love what you do is [TS]

  hold some idealistic marrow but on the whole is very very difficult to achieve [TS]

  so my currently do the job that he's the only job in the world and I have worked [TS]

  for five years [TS]

  tirelessly to get to this point and now have achieved it but what happens when [TS]

  something becomes your job is there is the part of it that you love which is [TS]

  this so I'm doing this bit but there are parts of it i dont as well that come [TS]

  along with it so I do the job that I love but what comes longer days the [TS]

  baggage of things I don't want to do like bookkeeping accounting dealing with [TS]

  my accountant for my end of your tax return [TS]

  like all of the random like boring not fun things that you have to do when it [TS]

  comes to running a business so if I was to win the amount of money I maybe would [TS]

  just make a little bit less or maybe my shoulders would go a little bit awry [TS]

  because I wanna go see the world global something but on the whole I would then [TS]

  use that money to hire people and just pay more people to do more of the things [TS]

  that I actually don't I can't imagine a world now in which I don't do this make [TS]

  it is I really love making this stuff [TS]

  and I really really love hearing from people and knowing that people enjoy why [TS]

  make like the thrill that I guess I couldn't i couldn't trade that in for [TS]

  anything you like having an audience Mike ya then year this may sound strange [TS]

  but if i if I could trade my current work for something that was equivalent [TS]

  in every way so I get to continue talking to people who are is interesting [TS]

  is the people that are currently talk to and I get to earn the same amount of [TS]

  money that I currently earning I get to work the same number of hours that I [TS]

  currently work it's a different job but all of the benefits are there except [TS]

  that I am no longer a public figure in any way I would make that trade without [TS]

  a doubt [TS]

  like I I love the reddit stuff like that's really fun and and I like that [TS]

  but i i always view any level of being a public figure as a cost that I have to [TS]

  incur to do other stuff I don't like it so if I could trade my job for an [TS]

  equally satisfying job where I was not in the public eye at all I would do it I [TS]

  think you are mean you are built differently in this way you are built [TS]

  differently to everybody else I work with in that you are synonymous and very [TS]

  clearly a private person who has stumbled upon of people which is a very [TS]

  very peculiar mix yeah I was not aiming for this know what were you aiming for I [TS]

  was always running a bunch of side projects when I was teaching and i was [TS]

  just aiming for independence [TS]

  that's that's what I was aiming for the ability to work [TS]

  for myself so that I was in control of my own life and it just so happens that [TS]

  the first project that hit successfully enough that I was able to leave teaching [TS]

  and work for my own was also a project that just happened to be one that [TS]

  depends on having an audience of people but now it was it was not on purpose it [TS]

  was incidental and this kind of career was so far out of my mind that it took a [TS]

  long time for me to even realize oh you're making videos on the side that [TS]

  lots of people are watching and maybe this can turn into a into a career and [TS]

  i've i've gone back through some of my old emails and some of my old notes [TS]

  around that time because of course you can't trust your memory and just seemed [TS]

  like how dim-witted I was about the thing that is obviously being the [TS]

  successful thing and doubling down on that it took me a long time to realize [TS]

  it because yeah this this kind of career just wasn't wasn't in my mind I was [TS]

  thinking more along the lines of ok what kind of services can I sell to people or [TS]

  what kind of products can I make the people might want to buy I was not [TS]

  thinking about how can I entertain a large enough audience so that I can [TS]

  support myself it wasn't it wasn't on my mind at all [TS]

  Robbie would like to know what is it like in a day where gray get sick what [TS]

  do you do to you just like everything shuts off and you watch movies and play [TS]

  games that what happens when you're well again this is something else maybe even [TS]

  more than holidays that changes massively when you're self-employed yeah [TS]

  this is another case where we're going to have something very different because [TS]

  largely I tried to arrange my working life so that I don't have schedules [TS]

  don't have things that absolutely need to get hit by a particular day off in [TS]

  aiming for a video to be released on or by a deep but almost always that can get [TS]

  moved around there's a little bit of flexibility in there it isn't it isn't [TS]

  often a real requirement that happens on a [TS]

  an exact time so a sick day for me when i when I'm feeling like I just can't do [TS]

  any work is probably weigh less stress than it is for you because I can take a [TS]

  day off and just say alright I'm going to lay on this couch being a big snotty [TS]

  slug of illness doing nothing and that means there's going to be a knock-on [TS]

  effect of pushing back podcasts are pushing back videos but he doesn't [TS]

  necessarily have a huge impact be cut but again that that's on purpose like I [TS]

  don't like schedules and other reasons why this cortex every week thing is [TS]

  really irritating me because like we just did one of these what do you mean I [TS]

  have to do it again it's happening so frequently I'm not used to this at all [TS]

  so yeah that's why a sick day is a relatively easy thing to do it's usually [TS]

  not not too stressful and depending on how sick I am most of the time I will [TS]

  just end up just putting something on TV like trying to find a TV series where I [TS]

  can say all right there is a season of something I can just watch all day until [TS]

  I slipped into unconsciousness at the end of the day that's that's what I'll [TS]

  do if I'm not feeling well but what do you do online thing is I have to be [TS]

  really unwell for something to change like if I'm just not feeling great [TS]

  than what I might do is like take the day off from everything except what has [TS]

  so something is scheduled then I will do my level best to make it but I might not [TS]

  do any of the other tasks on that day like for example one day this week I [TS]

  didn't sleep the night before very well at all and I just felt like just really [TS]

  like I slept maybe like 45 hours and sometimes I do maybe even less than that [TS]

  and i'm ok but I woke up and just felt like I had not slept at all like I had [TS]

  the feeling of when I come home from a big fight overseas that will likely I am [TS]

  going to sit here and play Batman on my playstation all day outside and you know [TS]

  and I just moved some tasks around the narrow couple of things I had to a day [TS]

  that I did but the majority of my day which is playing PlayStation but if I'm [TS]

  sooo if I get super super ill then I just have to have someone stand in for [TS]

  me but luckily does not happen if you were super sick I'd be talking to [TS]

  somebody else right now I like that at all no you wouldn't I would have to find [TS]

  something else I know you wouldn't accept that but everybody else would [TS]

  probably be ok [TS]

  plus I don't think like I don't think I would feel ok letting anybody else in [TS]

  this scenario you're better than all of the other people who could potentially [TS]

  fill this role that would you know I'm just worried what you might do to them [TS]

  about my reaction ok yeah that's maybe you'd like systemic breakdown I would do [TS]

  i would do nothing I would do nothing except be bad conversation which is [TS]

  let's have asked what advice would you give your university cells of regards to [TS]

  productivity and worker ok you have to go first on this one I can't help it at [TS]

  all because I didn't go to university [TS]

  oh yeah forgot about that yeah I finished school at the age of 18 after [TS]

  completing 61 college was going to take a break from studying because I applied [TS]

  for a bunch universities got into them and then decided I did want to do it [TS]

  anymore and I wanted to do media and only one university would accept me to [TS]

  change my course and it was a university in London and I didn't want to go to [TS]

  university in love at home so I decided to take a year off I got a job and then [TS]

  stayed employed in a company that a yes [TS]

  used to the money so depending on what you want to be productive with help you [TS]

  the money once again this is the purpose of the money is for the company to make [TS]

  you stay [TS]

  why don't you stay if I'm trying to answer this question I asked so I also [TS]

  have difficulty with this because some of the videos that I make feel like I am [TS]

  trying to address something to my past self like that the audience whose mind [TS]

  I'm trying to convince those is an earlier version of me who didn't believe [TS]

  a thing and maybe he stumbled across this video it would change his mind but [TS]

  when I think back to you my university self I just don't know if there's much [TS]

  about that person's mind I would be able to change because I was doing fine at [TS]

  university I mean some of the classes are harder than others but there wasn't [TS]

  like some big problem I was having and so the perspective of past me was [TS]

  everything's going great like I like my classes I'm doing fine and them and so [TS]

  while current me my wish that he could convince past me to work harder or to [TS]

  learn how to do some things I don't think past me would be receptive to that [TS]

  at all I don't think I could convince past me to change his productivity or [TS]

  his or his work ethic the only concrete piece of advice that I will give which [TS]

  is something that I learned from one of my professors and university was how to [TS]

  study for tests and this piece of advice I give this to the student that I taught [TS]

  and those who followed it it went very well but if you are preparing for a test [TS]

  in something like physics or math or anything where you can get your hands on [TS]

  old versions of the tests and you can also know for sure that your answering [TS]

  them correctly because you have the answer keys or because it's physics and [TS]

  there's actual answer [TS]

  hers unlike English where you just making up stuff and a teacher [TS]

  subjectively grating on you preparing for an English test I guess the answer [TS]

  to that is just try to know the mind of your teacher in and work towards that [TS]

  and just keep practicing and just keep writing and just keep doing it over and [TS]

  over in a room yeah yeah you go through you go through the old tests and you do [TS]

  them over and over again but more importantly you keep doing one of the [TS]

  old tests until you score perfectly on it don't don't move on to any additional [TS]

  tests that you have to one of them until you get a perfect score and the purpose [TS]

  of this is not what you're thinking it's not that oh now I finally got all of it [TS]

  right [TS]

  the purpose of this is actually to drill into your mind the easier parts to make [TS]

  them second nature so that you just very quickly know how to do the simple things [TS]

  and kind of going to our cognitive load discussion before it helps you when [TS]

  you're facing a difficult question that the easy stuff you don't even have to [TS]

  think about its not a burden on your mind you just know it because you've [TS]

  done it [TS]

  20 30 40 50 times so that's my advice for preparing for a test so you end up [TS]

  with some points in the bag basically what exactly should stuff you know is [TS]

  Navin stuff that you have to remember yes it's that is definitely what [TS]

  happened when I prepare for tests that way particularly with math and physics [TS]

  you just go out right I can just look at this easy problem in a four page 1 into [TS]

  on a ten-page exam and I feel like I haven't even started thinking until page [TS]

  for because the beginning pages you just know this just know it because I have [TS]

  done it so many times I don't think there is a better way to study for a [TS]

  test then that I really think that's the best thing you can possibly do so if you [TS]

  would like to know which RSS reader do you use I would like to add to Toby's [TS]

  question and asked you even use RSS [TS]

  this question comes up now because literally just yesterday I cancelled my [TS]

  subscription to an RSS thinking service because I realize that even though I [TS]

  think I use RSS [TS]

  I haven't actually used it in any meaningful way and probably a year or so [TS]

  so I i mean I used to be really heavy heavy and RSS and when I the app that I [TS]

  was using was reader with to use which is helpful but read out especially in [TS]

  Google Reader existed that was what people called Google Reader the worst I [TS]

  like reader in no small part because it has the dark mode viewing which is very [TS]

  easy on my eyes that that's what I used but when it came time to renew my [TS]

  subscription to my RSS syncing service I just realized how I just don't really [TS]

  use this I still have it and I think I do but i dont so I just canceled it and [TS]

  i don't understood meaning to myself that I don't use used to the thing that [TS]

  I do now is I actually use if this then that to send a limited number of [TS]

  websites that I want to follow straight to Instapaper so Instapaper is sort of [TS]

  an RSS reader now but the the nature of Instapaper vs proper RSS reader forces [TS]

  me to limit the number of things that I actually want to get sent to Instapaper [TS]

  the other limitation which is useful as it makes me think about who is writing [TS]

  stuff that is actually long enough and interesting enough that I want to read [TS]

  it as opposed to just been used to have a hundred 200 website that I was near [TS]

  ethically following in my rss reader but lots of those were just very short [TS]

  pieces of writing or they were linked aggregators in some way and and this one [TS]

  is way to realize I don't really care [TS]

  think I care but I don't and so I have a much much smaller number of people who [TS]

  write something that I think is substantial that I want to go to [TS]

  Instapaper and I'm looking for something to read I open up Instapaper and go [TS]

  through that so that's that's what I do now and that has be romantically reduced [TS]

  the number of thing [TS]

  follow I was big user of our assassin and just some reason to stop checking [TS]

  because I just ran out of the time to do that as well every single day so then a [TS]

  few months ago I took mine maybe 200 subscriptions down to about fifteen or [TS]

  twenty to see if I would then check it i wasnt June yeah so look for me my [TS]

  feeling is I will find it on Twitter if it's good and i just i just signed up [TS]

  for called nozzle service to win it does you plug your Twitter account into it [TS]

  and its surfaces what lots of people were linking to on Twitter that you [TS]

  follow so it kind of what it does is it basically delivers your own personal [TS]

  zeitgeist so you to find out what is happening in your circle of the people [TS]

  that you're interested in what are they talking about and I haven't I haven't [TS]

  used enough yet to know if this is something I'm interested but what I do [TS]

  know there have been a few things in nuzzle the I have come across and read [TS]

  or watch that I would have missed otherwise so I think that there might be [TS]

  some utility and I'm just trying to get used to it because it sends [TS]

  notifications and sometimes that can be annoying so I'm trying to work out if [TS]

  one I want the notifications and you can tweak what it will notify you about into [TS]

  and then a if I'm not gonna get notified about things and I ever gonna go in some [TS]

  still playing around everybody is an interesting thing but for me it's just [TS]

  if it's really going to be that important I will find her and I need to [TS]

  stay fairly well informed because I have a bunch of shows do quite topical news [TS]

  based and I never feel like I don't know what's happening here you have much more [TS]

  reason to stay up to date with lots of things that I do see you need something [TS]

  to to do that for you and it sounds like you have found something that helps [TS]

  filter out the important stuff effectively just following people that [TS]

  I'm interested in something to say and then [TS]

  following the official accounts of a couple of blogs and sites I like to read [TS]

  my pretty much just find everything I need and what it works out the RSS just [TS]

  not a thing I use anymore [TS]

  Brookfield would like to know why do we both use but not the official Twitter [TS]

  app I don't exactly know why I just every time I use the official Twitter [TS]

  app I have both of them on my iPad I just something about the official [TS]

  Twitter app just repels me I don't like the way it displays too much information [TS]

  oriented sometimes also just feel that the information density is too low I [TS]

  can't put my finger on what it is but there's something about it that I don't [TS]

  like so I still I still use the very very old now looking to rebut on my iPad [TS]

  the sorry state of is just horrific is a sorry state of affairs because of first [TS]

  how old that is [TS]

  and second that there are in better alternatives or at least alternative [TS]

  that I like better i mean there's traffic thank you that is the only other [TS]

  contender in this space and something about Twitter if it feels very similar [TS]

  to the Twitter app to me I don't like these for the same reason there's just [TS]

  something about the way they're presenting to eat I don't like it but [TS]

  you know this is operators there should be very many different Twitter client [TS]

  that you can try and that you can like but there are not it is it's just a it's [TS]

  a sad with their infield for Twitter apps gives me a few features that [TS]

  Twitter's official apps don't do you never do one of them is syncing my time [TS]

  I'm position now so if i'm looking at Twitter on my phone and an open letter [TS]

  on my Mac my Mac will scroll to my phone and that is very much against like [TS]

  Twitter's business model they always want you to know what's happening right [TS]

  now in a helps them and their ads are always of the [TS]

  the answer annoying just because of the quality of stuff that's in there they're [TS]

  not very tailored to me I don't thing already tailoring that they're doing a [TS]

  good job because I never look at the ads on Twitter check every now and then just [TS]

  to see what it's like and the ads that it shows me i neva relevant to me and I [TS]

  don't feel that way about a lot of web advertising has a lot of time on the [TS]

  webinar stuff happening there's like ok this I can see why you're thinking that [TS]

  or yes I am interested in that stuff is just like play a game of wars I don't [TS]

  even want to end on know what that is all I know is that you're showing me a [TS]

  picture k up 200 percent of all I know I don't feel very aware of the Twitter ads [TS]

  but it does feel the same way of these seem like TV ads on seinfeld or [TS]

  something where they're just hitting as broad of an audience as possible and so [TS]

  it's it's not intensely relevance to anybody it is mildly interesting to a [TS]

  huge group of people that's the way they feel so they don't even stick in my mind [TS]

  I can't I can't think of anything there was an ad that caught my attention on [TS]

  Twitter and plus like you know you're effectively may try to make a choice as [TS]

  to what platform at even used that has under development on one platform like [TS]

  Twitter don't seem to not care about their Mac App and they also don't reason [TS]

  to put a lot of effort into their iPad but at least I get a really good iPhone [TS]

  app and a really good game grey Kirk or Picard this episode of cortex is also [TS]

  brought to you by igloo the internet actually like with a clue you no longer [TS]

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  access the latest version of all your files from home when you can also do in [TS]

  your pajamas and nobody will ever know these days everything is mobile your [TS]

  work should be to an igloo understand this but they also understand it will [TS]

  mobilize people are spreading documents across different platforms of these may [TS]

  be used box or Google Drive Dropbox and people spreading a sensitive documents [TS]

  they should be contained in the business can be everywhere this is a great so it [TS]

  allows you to integrate all of these services into their one big easy to [TS]

  secure platform they feature 256 bit encryption single sign-on an Active [TS]

  Directory integrations a lot that stuff doesn't make sense to me but I know that [TS]

  it means the igloo is a super secure platform and your I T person is gonna [TS]

  love to know if you have a look to your internet and thought whoever designers [TS]

  must really hate me in everything I know and stand for [TS]

  well those days are over it doesn't look like it was built in the nineteen [TS]

  hundreds it can be completely customized feel exactly like a place that you want [TS]

  to be it's surprisingly configurable you can be rebranded give it the look and [TS]

  feel of your team and you can also customize groups basis with easy [TS]

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  right now includes software dot com slash cortex is also really help support [TS]

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  thank you to a clue for sponsoring this week's episode and for helping us out of [TS]

  the classic nerd question [TS]

  card how much how much Star Trek if you ever watch my feeling that might be the [TS]

  end I have seen the new movies and I like them knew from 2007 [TS]

  the rebooted Star Trek reboot and I really like those and I know what I know [TS]

  enough about the important parts of Star Trek [TS]

  I don't know who cook because I know who they're played by like I've seen some [TS]

  episodes of next-generation when they were just on TV but I have never been [TS]

  much for starters I don't have anything against it by just never spent any time [TS]

  there so I answered this question one of my videos while back and I give the [TS]

  answer which if I had to choose between [TS]

  card I generally like card better but since I made those videos those new Star [TS]

  Trek movies I I have realized that there are two clerks now which is unique Star [TS]

  Trek universe and I think that the new Kirk is very interesting in a way that [TS]

  the old I just found it may be too young to appreciate the Star Trek original [TS]

  series but the episode that I have seen I find them I find it difficult to enjoy [TS]

  they did they're just too corny or I don't know why I'm not a huge fan of [TS]

  seven different choosing between Kirk and Picard I think the more interesting [TS]

  question now I think the new Star Trek reboot are very good I really like them [TS]

  but I'm still going to choose a card as the better Star Trek captain I like him [TS]

  better [TS]

  Italy's Kirkeby card but I i really like Jane way I am I am biased towards [TS]

  Janeway because I have seen more Voyager then anything else my wife is a big void [TS]

  your fan and moisture was on when I was in high school and I had some friends [TS]

  who were super into Star Trac and so we would watch the episodes of Voyager at [TS]

  their house when they came out I think the character of Captain Janeway has [TS]

  more interesting things going for her in some ways I like the situation the [TS]

  Janeway is in way better that she's stranded out in deep space she doesn't [TS]

  have the fleet behind her and she has to make difficult decisions so I am I'm a [TS]

  big fan of Jane way I like her a lot as a captain even though I think as we've [TS]

  discussed there are many things about Star Trek that frustrate me [TS]

  there are many things that I would want you change and it's horrific Lee [TS]

  inconsistent a drop a little nerd TV here that you won't care about at all [TS]

  because you don't know any of these things but you laugh in the background [TS]

  there no behind the scenes at Voyager there was a big disagreement between the [TS]

  writers about what Captain Janeway his character should be and they they split [TS]

  into two groups which were basically captain mom vs The Iron Lady so should [TS]

  her character be very mothering or should she be just this really cold [TS]

  hearted person who makes these decisions and never looked back in the writing [TS]

  team was split on this and so the result of that in many episodes of Star Trek [TS]

  Janeway acts in these wildly inconsistent and have you seen Voyager [TS]

  as much as I have you noticed this like wait a minute this is a totally [TS]

  different person than 3 episode the goal I can't now she's really caring but you [TS]

  know she was she was willing to discard things earlier you know if they make is [TS]

  wildly inconsistent what I love is that the actress Kate Mulgrew said that this [TS]

  was driving her crazy and she decided that the way to make this work is to [TS]

  simply play the character as though she has shell shocked as though she's going [TS]

  through PTSD and this is the only thing that can make this character work is is [TS]

  that that this situation that she has been in so dramatic that she has PTSD [TS]

  and so she reacts very badly under some circumstances and perfectly fine under [TS]

  others I thought that was that was a great little mo agree little moment from [TS]

  like if you're an actress handed this difficult situation how to figure out to [TS]

  make this into something coherent and the only other minor thing I will say is [TS]

  that in our household my wife and I we give out two actors and actresses what [TS]

  we call the Janeway award which is when we see someone on film [TS]

  sell a completely ridiculous line because he had to say some of the worst [TS]

  most convoluted lines in Star Trek Voyager but she was able to sell them [TS]

  sometimes in just this amazing whereas like I totally by this ridiculous [TS]

  dialogue and this came from one of the early episodes where Captain Janeway is [TS]

  talking to Amelia Earhart on a planet out in the Delta Quadrant trying to [TS]

  explain to Amelia Earhart the situation and the actors Kate Mulgrew has to look [TS]

  at Amelia Earhart and say with complete seriousness you have been abducted by [TS]

  aliens like it is the worst ever but she sells it and so when we see someone [TS]

  accomplish that we say that person has just one engine way awards selling a [TS]

  ridiculous line of dialogue so anyway that's my that's my situation with our [TS]

  track now compromise that those writers came to is one of the worst decisions [TS]

  possible we are just write it differently than you will like that is [TS]

  just the worst way of dealing with ya and the the interesting thing is that [TS]

  this this big split is actually what eventually led to Battlestar Galactica [TS]

  because it was the writing team that was on the side of iron lady that eventually [TS]

  produced Battlestar Galactica [TS]

  as a very much a reaction to their experience putting together Voyager and [TS]

  if you're watching Battlestar Galactica knowing that you can see this in the [TS]

  couple of of female characters that they are both a more like the ruthless [TS]

  decision-makers then they they could have ever made jane we be on Star Trek [TS]

  Voyager so probably in kind of basically being better everyone got Battlestar out [TS]

  Battlestar Galactica is is is pretty good and when I watch Voyager I'm I'm [TS]

  always feeling like it could use 20% more Battlestar Galactica that's what [TS]

  has turned down the happiness 10% in turn up the Galactica 20 [TS]

  so when I ask you a couple of questions that are focused around something that [TS]

  is near and dear to my heart [TS]

  ok paper people may not know this about me but I actually host a podcast podcast [TS]

  about pens and paper and Walker is written in to say how does might feel [TS]

  about grades shred everything credible policy things I feel I noticed about you [TS]

  that you enjoy shredding things well I enjoy shredding useless [TS]

  see this is this was my thought too I also believe in treating everything [TS]

  except the stuff I wanna keep which seems like a very simple argument but it [TS]

  makes sense to me again and one thing my notebooks once I'm done in them than [TS]

  having opened because they're done and I have had to have in the past of scanning [TS]

  them but I don't do that anymore that used to be more nice to take notes that [TS]

  were more critical for my job I would scan them in case they were needed to go [TS]

  back there again but it doesn't bother me like I I don't shred my notebooks [TS]

  just put them in storage but I could quite easily see a world in which I did [TS]

  that it would be too much right because you never accessing them in storage [TS]

  anyway it's like they have been shredded [TS]

  happen to still physically exist yeah I keep them just just because I have a few [TS]

  things like that as well in my free iPhone days I used to write in New [TS]

  booked and I still have a bunch of new book that I just filled with handwritten [TS]

  things and I have them around there actually at my my parents house where I [TS]

  am right now and I've scan some of them and yet they're still there here just [TS]

  haven't read them I never look at them either [TS]

  of all of the questions have received the one the way in which this one is [TS]

  phrased I love the most of all [TS]

  offenses from local arms when writing with the primitive pen and paper did you [TS]

  write in cursive or in Orem and I'll text I just really love that going into [TS]

  the BIOS like [TS]

  permit if all we all know that we accept this to be true right papers primitive [TS]

  which I do not agree with his pen and paper as I know the great employees is [TS]

  really great for some time asks you can you cannot like why unlike the same as [TS]

  me [TS]

  the thinking process that occurs during using your hands to write is very very [TS]

  different to go through when you're using a computer and sometimes it's what [TS]

  you really need to get through something has to be able to grab a pen and paper [TS]

  and go for it without a doubt this is where I do my scripts and I work on them [TS]

  by hand because it is it's just different ranges treated differently and [TS]

  I'm able to often cut through problems in scripts when I'm working with them on [TS]

  a piece of paper with pen in a way that I am NOT when working on my iPad 2 is [TS]

  definitely useful to answer the question when I am working on my scripts so [TS]

  something that is going to be for video I make all of the corrections in cursive [TS]

  if I'm writing anything that is not a script I'm writing it just in regular [TS]

  print I don't know why my brain has decided that this is the way it's going [TS]

  to be but that's that is just the way that it is everything else that I write [TS]

  is print but if I'm working on a script for some reason its course of time and [TS]

  that's that's the way right whilst I don't have a distinction of my brains [TS]

  are making a distinction as strong as yours I do vary wildly between block [TS]

  capitals print and cursive or joined-up handwriting as I would know and I don't [TS]

  know why this happens sometimes half way for a sentence I change the script [TS]

  there must be great for anybody who has to read the things you write not many [TS]

  people have to read what I write but my handwriting that sounds good that works [TS]

  out for my own special brand of code [TS]

  nicholas would like to know how precise you are with scripts like for example do [TS]

  you write the word so or do you put like long tours or anything that day the [TS]

  scripts are word-for-word when I write them out so if anything any non word [TS]

  thing is written and I do make notes about causes or sounds and I use a lot [TS]

  of Alex's well for what word do I want to emphasize in this sentence but that's [TS]

  partly because when I'm going through the scripts one of the phases is to read [TS]

  them out loud as though I am doing the video and part of that is trying to find [TS]

  the rhythm of the sentences so I do have to make notes about yes this word is [TS]

  going to be the word that is emphasized and I want to pause at this moment for a [TS]

  second or two if I was writing something just for an article you know in a [TS]

  website or something I would still read it out loud because I do think that that [TS]

  helps when you're writing but I wouldn't I wouldn't feel the need to make a whole [TS]

  bunch of notes about or I wouldn't feel the need to include italics in the way [TS]

  that I currently do that's why that stuff is in there because I'm trying to [TS]

  find the way that sounds best when it's really cool I didn't know that I like [TS]

  that as the real level of detail that I enjoy that now they know that fact is I [TS]

  understand a bit more emphasizing some words using their in advance is very [TS]

  interesting if people look at the people turn on the the captions for my videos [TS]

  not so much with the newer one with a lot of the older ones I would just [TS]

  upload the captions as the script that I had written and very often just didn't [TS]

  bother taking out some of the some of the italics are a few other things I [TS]

  would take out if I guess if I wrote something like there was a pause or a [TS]

  little [TS]

  new to myself I would take that out because I'm obviously not saying it but [TS]

  on the other videos you can watch them with the captions on and you'll see the [TS]

  little asterisks around a whole bunch of words which were like yes I decided that [TS]

  this was a word that I was going to emphasize in the sentence that stuff is [TS]

  still there sort of in in some of the older videos she is any kind of software [TS]

  do you use any kind of script writing you just have your own little codes and [TS]

  symbols pretty much using markdown wanna talk about mark down one day we can we [TS]

  can talk more in detail about that but the short answer is yes I'm just using [TS]

  markdown which is why but asterisks around the words to market its italics [TS]

  my last question today come from Bobby Bobby would like to know what advice [TS]

  would you give to somebody who's looking to become self-employed in a similar [TS]

  fashion to how you are we thought it touched on this earlier actually this is [TS]

  chris is a good bringing things round the beginning question I employed a very [TS]

  deliberate strategy when I was trying to become self-employed and that was to try [TS]

  a bunch of different little projects on the side so I I always had something [TS]

  else that I was doing in addition to my actual job and so for a while when I was [TS]

  teaching I woke up very early in the morning and I always dedicated my first [TS]

  hour or two of wakefulness which is my prime useful time to my side project I'm [TS]

  not giving my first couple of hours that week fullness to my employer I'm going [TS]

  to give them to me to work on things and I think you have to think about becoming [TS]

  self-employed I always think it is a bit like this is the worst analogy ever had [TS]

  in my mind is imagining like a roulette table and would you wanna do is you want [TS]

  to place a bunch of small bets all over the table [TS]

  you don't want to go all in on a single thing because you want to be doing a [TS]

  little experiment to see what what do people want to do and I went through [TS]

  this with a bunch of stuff that just didn't work out where I guess it like we [TS]

  said before I was trying to think of services to sell or other things to do [TS]

  and I have things that were successful but never successful enough to fully [TS]

  employ myself and that's a useful piece of information to have or I just had [TS]

  stuff that just totally didn't work and so you have to just try a bunch of [TS]

  little things and cut the stuff that isn't working and that and that's this [TS]

  is exactly why I have ended up in a career that I did not aim for I wasn't [TS]

  planning for this I never could have planned for this but making the videos [TS]

  were little side projects that I thought would be popular in some way I didn't [TS]

  just make them because I thought it was you know this will be a fun thing to do [TS]

  they were a very purpose list experiment that I still thought people might like [TS]

  and I was originally thinking maybe any attention that I get from these videos I [TS]

  can parlay that into something else right then people just know I exist and [TS]

  then maybe I can sell goods or services or do something else to do consulting or [TS]

  whatever so that's what i think is the best thing to do [TS]

  try a whole bunch of little things and try to figure out very quickly what [TS]

  people are interested in and what people are interested in it if you do that you [TS]

  may end up doing something that is just that you're not planning for you just [TS]

  trying to figure out what people are interested in and I have read a few [TS]

  books that match up with this advice from people who are also successful the [TS]

  one that I usually recommend to say people who are just graduating is so [TS]

  good they can't ignore you by Cal Newport which I really like and the guy [TS]

  who writes Gilbert actually just wrote a book called how to fail at everything [TS]

  and still succeed and [TS]

  yeah he's a very strange guy he's a very strange guy but reading through that [TS]

  book I could see he had the exact same experience that I did of he didn't [TS]

  really care what it was that he was going to do he was just willing to try a [TS]

  whole bunch of little things and just go with what works and what doesn't and for [TS]

  him the cartooning was exactly one of these side projects and even the [TS]

  beginning of dilbert was very different than what he was thinking it would be if [TS]

  I forget the exact details but it was originally going to be all about [TS]

  albert's home life and he quickly realized that the cartoons that got the [TS]

  most reaction from people were about the birds job and so he changed the [TS]

  direction of the whole comic to be entirely about work and now this is what [TS]

  he does for a living so that's that is my overall advice and potentially two [TS]

  books to read anything you want to add to that Mike yeah I I have very very [TS]

  very different opinion to you you had a dream job you are aiming for say so [TS]

  that's sad that this is the idea we're both coming at this from very very [TS]

  different avenues because I remember when I when I quit my job and I was [TS]

  telling people in the office I was leaving a lot of the time I would have [TS]

  people say to me Arde love to have my own business but they never had a [TS]

  business doing X it was just not love to have my own business and I was like I [TS]

  don't understand how that can be a goal you have if you don't have any idea what [TS]

  you wanna do so you can't just have all my business does business so can you [TS]

  give me some money so I was like the haha business yeah what are you doing [TS]

  today are just so much business doesn't exist [TS]

  you have to have an idea in mind my thing my advices when she found thing [TS]

  you really wanna do you gonna get ready to sacrifice a whole bunch of stuff the [TS]

  other people might not want to sacrifice and if you can manage to do that then [TS]

  you'll succeed because I genuinely believe the reason [TS]

  lot of people don't is because they don't want to sacrifice and that is not [TS]

  a criticism because some of the things you have to sacrifice the things that [TS]

  you just don't want to like I did and kinda still really does have a social [TS]

  life like I didn't have a social of years because every night I would come [TS]

  home and start my second job so luckily now I know a bunch of self-employed [TS]

  people so I can meet the lunches and stuff like that but I gave up that I [TS]

  gave up the ability to really sleep right because I go to bed late because [TS]

  project and wake up early in the morning [TS]

  lost a lot of friendships and relationships and these are things that [TS]

  are not saying good because they're not good [TS]

  which is why alot of people can't do them but I think sometimes if the thing [TS]

  you want to do this applies way more 2010 achieve my dream then I wanna be [TS]

  self-employed but if you do have a dream job you wanna do sometimes the only way [TS]

  to get there is to go through some really tough decisions and to give up a [TS]

  lot of that is that is definitely the case and that someone might get the [TS]

  impression from listening to our previous episodes have to give up his if [TS]

  you're trying to do something outside your mean job it mean that you have to [TS]

  make sacrifices at your main job which that maybe we were in the best employees [TS]

  we could have possibly been at the places we were working and even that is [TS]

  I guess it's a stress that is difficult for some people to handle it so if you [TS]

  are trying to do anything on your own you totally have tradeoffs there there [TS]

  are things that you have to sacrifice I mean that this is true with anything in [TS]

  life [TS]

  all of life is about making decisions and cutting off options but it's just [TS]

  that if you're going for working on your own or being self-employed it's a big [TS]

  decision with a big impact it would also has big tradeoffs that you have to face [TS]

  but [TS]

  it's interesting hearing you say that might because my my goal was of course [TS]

  exactly like I want to be self-employed in the same way that people want to have [TS]

  a business where do you want to be self-employed at I don't know [TS]

  self-employment like this is this was the goal that I was aiming for and I was [TS]

  not particularly concerned with what the details of that work but as I said we [TS]

  were coming in from very different perspectives aidid really really not one [TS]

  have to work with someone but more importantly to me was to do the things I [TS]

  do so maybe if this didn't work out or maybe if it ends up not working I work [TS]

  because now like now I really have to be self-employed so maybe I will just do [TS]

  anything [TS]

  yes once you once you become self-employed and I've heard many people [TS]

  joke about it but it's totally true if you become self-employed the danger is [TS]

  that you are now pretty much unemployable to anyone in the future [TS]

  just wouldn't do very well in a in a regular job once you've been [TS]

  self-employed which adds to the pressure of like you have to remain successful in [TS]

  a lot of trouble [TS]

  oh yeah I would I was never a great employee because I always had something [TS]

  I wanted to do you know so I was never fully focused but now it would be just a [TS]

  horrible for everyone so we're skipping an episode next week we're not going to [TS]

  be around because of your [TS]

  travel schedule in fact that what we can blame basically we can blame Washington [TS]

  for this right the episode next week you can just blame that on me because of the [TS]

  difficulties of trying to schedule and make sure that we have happened episode [TS]

  and my refusal to believe in the schedule which I am now forcing on you [TS]

  but yeah I'm not around to work as much as they would normally be so there's not [TS]

  gonna be an episode next week unless I do on my own [TS]