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Cortex 5: Work Simulator

 

  so in the current trend of great productivity you put outlook another [TS]

  video like 10 week and now we can't start here [TS]

  ok can start in like we have to start with how ungodly hot it is right now so [TS]

  the people that people understand what we're doing for them [TS]

  ok put this into context of people because you wanted to start out the [TS]

  natio but all I can think about is how uncomfortable and sweaty I am right now [TS]

  yeah pretty bad right I don't I don't think the people understand how much [TS]

  hard casting work is hot sweaty work under the best of circumstances usually [TS]

  you're recording in a room and you're trying to isolate that room from sound [TS]

  insulated it becomes very warm anyway they under normal circumstances I know [TS]

  he's take a shower after I finished podcasting because I just feel gross and [TS]

  exhausted and sweaty but today is it's a record high in London temperature my my [TS]

  watch says it's 92 degrees right now where I am and where you well I'm at 93 [TS]

  which is when I don't usually deal in that temperatures so it's like 33 [TS]

  degrees Celsius but it sounds more impressive when he says 93 [TS]

  yes this is one of the very many reasons why the Fahrenheit scale is obviously [TS]

  superior but yes it is way too hot it is way too hot and we are recording the [TS]

  podcast anyway for the people but it might be shorter than normal because I [TS]

  don't know how long we're going we're going to last you at least have air [TS]

  conditioning I'm saying here in the room of all the windows closed the doors [TS]

  closed [TS]

  have no fan or air conditioning so if there is any point I start to [TS]

  hallucinate during the episode I just need you to just bring me back from that [TS]

  I do however we just want to say that when Americans will hear air [TS]

  conditioning they will imagine a nice scenario but that is not all that is not [TS]

  at all what I have right now I have one of those wheels around truly portable [TS]

  air conditioners that I have put in the main room of my house and that is [TS]

  attempting to cool down the the house but it really hasn't I was trying to [TS]

  find a thermometer but I'm willing to bet that even with the air conditioner [TS]

  its it has to be 85 degrees or warmer in the house which is just not not good if [TS]

  not good at all [TS]

  English English homes are just not built to deal with with warm temperatures [TS]

  innocence because they said we hasn't been this hot here in like eight years [TS]

  was the last time we had this English people always talk about how it doesn't [TS]

  make any sense but it does make sense because the summers are always awful [TS]

  every year but everywhere everywhere in England's does Lego will just get right [TS]

  we'll just get right through this and and pretend like each summer is some [TS]

  unique experience but it's always like this is great know now I was my my house [TS]

  set up a little bit more because high temperatures are particularly thing that [TS]

  just i i cant stand my house set up I live on the top floor and where my [TS]

  office is the ceiling is slanted and it has nice big slanted windows that the [TS]

  Sun or is numerically into my office and my bedroom are on the same side of the [TS]

  house so even on mildly sunny days the one half of my house is just way hotter [TS]

  than it can possibly be my apartment that is divided into those those two [TS]

  rooms on one side and in the main room is like down a little hallway on the [TS]

  other side I just feel like I have abandoned that section of the house [TS]

  where there's just a lost cause they're not going in there I just brought [TS]

  everything that I need into the mean [TS]

  my house I have my podcasting here here I have my laptop here everything [TS]

  everything that I thought all that I could possibly need from the bedroom [TS]

  from the office I brought it out in the morning we're just leaving that that's [TS]

  just gone is just it's a it's a lost cause if I can make if I can make a [TS]

  really nerdy analogy my office is as Julia which has fallen to the enemy of [TS]

  heat and I have retreated 2 minutes Jarrett and my main room and barricaded [TS]

  everything against the door to just try to keep the heat out but it is it is not [TS]

  working [TS]

  that's where I am right now I came upstairs I've been working downstairs [TS]

  it's been fine as an even into any windows open for some reason the [TS]

  downstairs of my house is always the perfect temperature it's perfectly warm [TS]

  in the winter and perfectly cool in the summer I never never understand why my [TS]

  front room is the way that it is but it's perfect I came upstairs to record [TS]

  thinking it'd be okay I closed the window here cause I don't want to come [TS]

  in and sat down and within five minutes I have been reduced to a big polymerase [TS]

  I don't I don't really know why my house is built but waited it is but there is [TS]

  some extreme temperature issue so that's so that's where we are now now that [TS]

  we've complained about the heat now we can try to pretend like it the normal [TS]

  show a normal they'll probably much shorter than normal show can we talk [TS]

  about then the last YouTube video you'll ever make because the end so you did put [TS]

  a video another one out like you know we were talking about you posting videos [TS]

  and then you ended up just posting another video [TS]

  the day of the episode came out last week that happened to work out quite [TS]

  nicely that are our last episode ended up being called posting day in which I [TS]

  talked about what I do when I post a video and I had a video to post on that [TS]

  day it was entirely coincidental that was not planned just worked out that way [TS]

  but it was kind of nice so you wouldn't do in my view all I'm gonna BC crypts [TS]

  areas no no we [TS]

  we recorded on Wednesday or not yes and that video was a shockingly fast [TS]

  turnaround because I didn't started until Thursday night so I didn't even [TS]

  know when we were recording our podcast that I was going to have a video but [TS]

  that's that's what ended up happening and this one has now taken the record [TS]

  for the fastest I have ever made a video [TS]

  displacing the previous record holder which was the net neutrality video which [TS]

  think I did from start to finish it was two and a half days maybe three days I [TS]

  think maybe I started on a on a Friday evening and had it up on a Monday that [TS]

  was my previous record did this one feels like like six weeks of work in two [TS]

  days or was it relatively easy to produce compared to other stuff to do I [TS]

  don't know how to say what I'm about to say without sounding kind of like an [TS]

  idiot for more like an airy fairy person but I'm not an airy fairy person let's [TS]

  look at that [TS]

  let's get that straight I wouldn't have much doubt about you but my of my [TS]

  preface to now possibly sounding like I believe in magic [TS]

  I if if you talk to anybody who makes their living in a creative field and I [TS]

  mean created in the broadest of all possible waves that you are making a [TS]

  thing that hasn't been made before and you're going to share it with an [TS]

  audience very often people in creative fields particularly writing will talk [TS]

  about being visited by the Muse where it feels like there is an additional thing [TS]

  that is just helping you along to make this thing that you're making now [TS]

  obviously there isn't any actual additional force that's helping you with [TS]

  the video but it is a useful way to think about it on occasion and this was [TS]

  one of those cases where I started writing the video on Thursday night and [TS]

  it was it was a total being visited by the Muse moment where the rioting just [TS]

  went [TS]

  extraordinarily well the first time and then on the when I went over it you know [TS]

  an hour later I was able to edit it really well and then pull it all [TS]

  together and there were a couple of little places where the story was [TS]

  working out very nicely all of this just fell into place and why that happens [TS]

  sometimes and other times is this is this [TS]

  unknowable thing but when it works it really feels like oh wow there's a [TS]

  little creative muse on my shoulder which is just whispering into my ear all [TS]

  of these great things to do it so that that is entirely the reason why I was [TS]

  able to turn that around so quickly adjust everything went extraordinarily [TS]

  smoothly which is normally the case I understand that like Sarah times where [TS]

  I'm working on something and all black dress for some reason I have received [TS]

  this flash of inspiration I can't quite explain it was different to normal yet [TS]

  even necessarily inspiration there is a friend of mine who also works in the [TS]

  writing the old who have spoken to about this and he writes short passages in the [TS]

  in the same way that I do and he said the same thing that I do that that you [TS]

  can spend two or three weeks writing and rewriting something but thats it is is [TS]

  very strange house some writing sessions are just golden and you can have an hour [TS]

  or two hours that is clearly worth two or three work weeks of abnormal work [TS]

  that is that it's just worth this multiple what you normally do and you [TS]

  want every time you sit down to write to be like that but for whatever reason it [TS]

  just that does not that does not always happen because I'm interested in being [TS]

  who you fishing with my writing boy I would love to have that be every single [TS]

  time [TS]

  but I've never been able to figure out why that happens with this when I just [TS]

  got extraordinarily lucky and over the years I've gotten a little bit better [TS]

  about knowing how to she with the animation if I'm really in a hurry to [TS]

  make it look to make you look ok bye even by doing way less than I normally [TS]

  would and so was those two things combined allowed me to get out so fast [TS]

  little tricks you've learned yeah it's it's just from from paying attention to [TS]

  feedback that people have about the videos and seeing what things people [TS]

  notice or learning ways to make it to squeeze some animation out of similar [TS]

  stuff I don't always do it but when I'm in a rush [TS]

  there's some shortcuts that I can tape where I think I would animate this more [TS]

  if I had more time but I can get it looking fine pretty fast if if I [TS]

  absolutely need to but it but again this is also the case of sometimes I run into [TS]

  a real problem with the animations and that can derail stuff and so this is I [TS]

  just lucked out that I didn't run into any of those kinds of problems there was [TS]

  one of the little things I knew that I wanted in the video is at the very end [TS]

  there's a scene where the the Confederacy surrenders and the flag [TS]

  falls to pieces and it just leaves the white surrender flag on the screen and [TS]

  that was the only part I was a little bit worried about how to try to make [TS]

  that look ok make that look good but it worked out just fine and so very quickly [TS]

  as the end of that story my favorite pause the video is when you're showing [TS]

  the part about the nation of Florida or something over the Republic of West [TS]

  Florida that's it and then he say like that but the us- put an end to that the [TS]

  stick figure just like I just players respond [TS]

  the that was one of the other things when I'm doing these projects I [TS]

  sometimes I i'm looking for facts that let me make a video and the Republic of [TS]

  West Florida was one of those details I found very quick [TS]

  early on Thursday nights that really felt like yes this is an excellent thing [TS]

  to have in a video without the Republic of West Florida this is a much less [TS]

  interesting video so I just had those things all came up in the in the right [TS]

  way so when I came across this great I have this I know the animation that I [TS]

  want at the end with the surrender flag I was able to work in this little [TS]

  pattern of 78 days later and then thirty six days later saw the beginning and the [TS]

  end are somewhat similar is able to allude to the surrender in the middle [TS]

  that happens if the answer is everything just went really great and normally that [TS]

  takes weeks and weeks and weeks for me to make something that that i think is [TS]

  is that good so it's quite happy with this video actually I'm very pleased [TS]

  with the way came out let's let's address some follow-up from the shift [TS]

  from last week's episode the great perspective zoom debate I think has [TS]

  maybe been put to sleep now I think we have the result after basically for the [TS]

  entire week receiving contrasting feedback from people you know some [TS]

  people would say something [TS]

  another thing I just wanna interject Mike before you have the correct answer [TS]

  I want to thank the audience for sending all of this feedback to you yet because [TS]

  they didn't send it to me and I really appreciated that I asked on the last [TS]

  episode please don't send me on Twitter all of your screen shot that looked [TS]

  nearly identical it all went to might add is great [TS]

  a lot of real details to look into screens so thank you audience I [TS]

  appreciate that I also appreciate it [TS]

  there we go I like to hear from from the cortex people but a friend of the show [TS]

  underscore David Smith is a great guy is very smart guys a developer and he [TS]

  looked into this for me and he basically posted in the red what I consider to be [TS]

  the categoric proof of how this stuff works and he even made this like diagram [TS]

  of some description I don't fully understand but it looks complicated [TS]

  enough that it makes sense [TS]

  basically he said on it as this rain if you have reduced motion [TS]

  off things will move around no matter what you do a perspective so basically [TS]

  the only way to stop things from moving is to have reduce motion on and but [TS]

  their perspective zoom it doesn't even matter perspectives in does nothing to [TS]

  reduce motion on wall paper doesn't move icons won't move you can align perfectly [TS]

  but if you have reduced motion turned off no matter what you do stuff around [TS]

  wherever the wallpaper move on the icon to move something will move to the only [TS]

  way you can stop everything from moving despite earning which is so what you're [TS]

  saying is I was right that's the sound like because I had I had reduced motion [TS]

  on and I was convinced that my icons are not moving is that that were just saying [TS]

  here I thought you said you had it off now I had it on I think it did I don't [TS]

  know I don't remember when you when you open apps and close folders they zoom [TS]

  away or is this white screen no you're right you're right it does it does the [TS]

  animations which means reduced motion ease off that right [TS]

  yeah okay so I was right they were moving you just can't see them moving as [TS]

  you have a black background or dog background allure leather but they are [TS]

  moving around there okay so then the problem is really with my eyes that's [TS]

  what you're saying my eyes are not sharp enough to register the motion but the [TS]

  motion is happening to me or I as the register motion your kind of like the [TS]

  t-rex in jurassic park like at the t-rex only sees me yeah that makes that algae [TS]

  makes no sense that I should only see the icons when they do moves [TS]

  ok you like the opposite of this is going very well it's really hot here at [TS]

  a time so I can see underscore David Smith's comment on the reddit which goes [TS]

  through all the options of what's going to happen he is a very knowledgeable guy [TS]

  and he has a thousand apps so I will I will trust him here so many apps [TS]

  actually I even used one of his apps in one of my videos just without even [TS]

  knowing it was his resi- took a screenshot of the weather app when I was [TS]

  in las vegas intending to use it [TS]

  Las Vegas Video and I didn't even know that that was an underscore David Smith [TS]

  who knows I could have 20 apps on my phone that are underscored david smith [TS]

  said he makes so many anyway thanks underscore David Smith averaged Batman [TS]

  along with many people on the reddit question to you in regards to your [TS]

  clothing requirements as to why don't you just go to a tailor like his era [TS]

  many tailors in London like an Savile Row and you can just get a custom made [TS]

  and then you could just get a bunch more made if you wanted [TS]

  why don't you go ahead and do something like that have you thought you thought [TS]

  of doing that to go to a tailor and tell them your requirements and have them [TS]

  make it rather than trying to build an entire industrial factory yeah so this [TS]

  never occurred to me as a solution to think of 0 taylor's they exist I think I [TS]

  think in my mind I imagine taylor's as an eighteenth-century thing of before we [TS]

  had factories we used to have to have people and making the clothes in every [TS]

  major city in the world and you would you would go to them to make the clothes [TS]

  and that's where the clothes came from just it did not occur to me that Taylor [TS]

  is worth something that really existed but when they pointed out that this is [TS]

  on Savile Row I also realize that I have walked down that street many a time and [TS]

  looked right at the tailors and I think it's like my brain was photoshopping it [TS]

  all away so this they can't be really making clothes in there they're just [TS]

  clothing stores that are trying to give the impression that their old-fashioned [TS]

  Diaz as a branding maneuver I think I think that's what my brain was thinking [TS]

  so I thought this was this was an interesting suggestion I've never been [TS]

  to a teller I have no idea how much it would cost but I bet it would probably [TS]

  cost less than trying to build a factory yes yes how how much it costs will be [TS]

  cheaper than building a factory buying machinery and employing people to make [TS]

  that is I feel like that would not sit very well in the gray spreadsheet system [TS]

  that would be terrible are so maybe I will try this thing is I have also [TS]

  received very many links from people who have sent me various t-shirts are [TS]

  various color church that seemed to match the description I gave last time [TS]

  I've collected all of those links in a newt and I'm going to go through them at [TS]

  some point and see what those shirts look like and possibly place some orders [TS]

  but if that doesn't work [TS]

  taylor's they are an excellent excellent option maybe so [TS]

  be back in the future my quest to find an acceptable black collared shirt thank [TS]

  you everyone maybe we can do it in conjunction with London Fashion Week [TS]

  London have a Fashion Week yes of course it does why of course because it's one [TS]

  of the fashion centers of the world are fashioned way I don't know I don't know [TS]

  anything about this is Fashion Week a thing is the thing that happens in [TS]

  cities yes big thing is not big enough [TS]

  haven't heard of this other than trying to start your own branded and think [TS]

  you're very cute into the fashion world in general people say oh it's very big [TS]

  is it I don't know what this thing is that's all I'm saying is there a New [TS]

  York Fashion Week yes they're Hong Kong Fashion Week yeah I think so yes what is [TS]

  there [TS]

  Dayton Ohio Fashion Week probably but nobody knows about it unless they live [TS]

  in Dayton Ohio Daniel via Twitter also sent in a link to this website i think [TS]

  is a German website where you can customize and create your own shirt from [TS]

  a selection of options [TS]

  custom shirt configurator the configurator should have a ke liye [TS]

  conquer use Concord back in the day that the games thing I'm thinking of Linux [TS]

  was one of the interface I didn't I was not a conqueror person I was a known [TS]

  person but these are as always on the internet you have these arguments [TS]

  between computer people just leave Apple vs when does the all but even that even [TS]

  the people who use Linux they have their own little holy wars they have to fight [TS]

  and conquer vs nomas one of those things but everything in Concord was with AK [TS]

  which I thought was good I've never seriously used Linux you're not missing [TS]

  much if not for normal people that's all that's all I mean if you if you know if [TS]

  you're the kind of person who is using Linux you already know that you're that [TS]

  person but I see little people sometimes think I set up my mom with Linux now [TS]

  don't set up your mom athletics at the terrible idea if someone doesn't already [TS]

  know they need Linux they shouldn't be using Linux that's why they are not [TS]

  talking about register a selection of people suggested that I try out an app [TS]

  called Narwhal [TS]

  which is a very simple read it up and I love it and it's now the abiam using it [TS]

  has like I really like the UI has lots of swiping and stuff and it's set up in [TS]

  such a way that is really really easy for me to get to your surrender which is [TS]

  like the only thing that I haven't read it also edits I tried a way to do it [TS]

  that's the way I've added a couple and then had to remove them like basically [TS]

  within five minutes because it's just too much for me right now but it doesn't [TS]

  really cool stuff like when you click on the [TS]

  thread in the comments below and you can swipe up and the webpage sits behind [TS]

  it's quite nice you can swipe down and see the web pages linked to an end up to [TS]

  see the comments I really liked it but it is iPhone only that's the only [TS]

  problem so I'm using I a lien on the iPad and now using novel on the iPhone [TS]

  and I like it very much I have spoken to the developers of the app and then tell [TS]

  me that iPad is coming at some point Coupee could be seven years away from [TS]

  yeah you can ever trust developers when they say oh it's coming at some point [TS]

  well just in general really means when they say it's coming as they have a have [TS]

  a text file somewhere where they've written iPad app in that text as one of [TS]

  a thousand potential things to do that's all that little white board yeah that's [TS]

  right [TS]

  Katie 1313 1314 edit 12 to know something in regards to the way that you [TS]

  post videos to social media like to use anything like gift to do that or do you [TS]

  like before anything or do you just post them all manually ok first of all people [TS]

  know how I say it [TS]

  know what the heck you're talking about their asking about if this then that is [TS]

  and automating web service and maybe the best way to describe it i mean it exists [TS]

  on iPhone and iPad as well but it is a service that is designed to if something [TS]

  happens do something else so I do use if this than that for a couple of things [TS]

  one of which is I have a Twitter account which automatically tweets anything that [TS]

  I post to my website as the CDP great blog I think that Twitter account I'm [TS]

  not exactly sure what it is [TS]

  but that that I set up automatically so that when I post something on my website [TS]

  a minute or two later that Twitter account automatically fires off a tweet [TS]

  and I do the same thing with the hello Internet Twitter account so that when we [TS]

  post a new show the hello Internet Twitter account will automatically post [TS]

  as well saying that there is a new show but I don't do that they don't do that [TS]

  with the videos because it's just it's not really saving me much because the [TS]

  the video posting doesn't happen all that often and that is the the kind of [TS]

  thing that I want to have more fine-grained control over I don't always [TS]

  feel like I want to post on Twitter straight away that the video is up in no [TS]

  small part because twitter is not the best place to get feedback it just tends [TS]

  to be a wall of people talking so I sometimes wait until a little later in [TS]

  the day to actually post on Twitter when I can then pay a bit more attention to [TS]

  what is happening on Twitter as opposed to focusing on reddit which is my main [TS]

  focus when the video first close-up complain about it this and that [TS]

  four-minute yes I hope there's a developer at if this and that listening [TS]

  right now i i don't understand why they don't yet have additional logic [TS]

  operators as part of if this thing that you know logic Mike no more than what [TS]

  we're used to it lol podcasts with ok not that logic this is the good kind of [TS]

  logic logic is the simplest kind of programming that can exist so right now [TS]

  if this than that all I can do is exactly what the title is if a new [TS]

  episode of hello internet goes up then posts on his Twitter account that it's [TS]

  got up that's useful but it would be infinitely more useful if they added [TS]

  logic operators which are things like and or or so you could do something in [TS]

  one of the things that they have they try to sell you on is whether [TS]

  notifications or something but you want it you want to be able to say if a [TS]

  certain weather conditions [TS]

  is the case and it is a particular time then send me a notification you want to [TS]

  be able to combine stuff into a bit more of a sentence and if they've if they've [TS]

  programmed it to be able to do if and then adding and or adding or does not [TS]

  seem like it's a big deal and I keep waiting for this to appear because it [TS]

  would be vastly increase the utility of if this than that because it would turn [TS]

  it into a very very simple programmable [TS]

  where you can have people adding blocks of and or or or not so that you could [TS]

  make it more complicated conditions for when things are going to happen and it [TS]

  just speaking of developers and when teachers are coming I find it mind [TS]

  blowing that this that if there's the net has been around for as long as it [TS]

  has in it hasn't added what is the most obvious most useful next feature so I'm [TS]

  really I keep my fingers crossed for logical operators in if this than that [TS]

  but I feel like maybe they're never going to come [TS]

  is just strange I find it very strange this week's episode of cortex is bored [TS]

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  table lamp ottoman on the red it would like to know what you do during video [TS]

  rendering time and look when you're uploading some of what's happening in [TS]

  these long period of time where your rendering video uploading it or [TS]

  processing it like what sort of tasks to undertake are you working during those [TS]

  times do you take breaks during those times I can say the exact things that I [TS]

  do [TS]

  this is this is one of the ways in which I like to play around with the [TS]

  checklists because yes when I'm done at a meeting of video and i've i've [TS]

  synchronized all the animations to the audio I'm going to export it it takes a [TS]

  little while it doesn't take too long because my videos are relatively short [TS]

  but I don't know maybe it takes 10 or 20 minutes because I also help yeltsin now [TS]

  render the video is at four K and 60 frames per second [TS]

  people sometimes think is it is a bit excessive but I like doing it that way [TS]

  because why not it doesn't cost me anything to do it I've played around [TS]

  with the checklist to move different things to different times in the thing [TS]

  that I normally do while I'm waiting for it to export is I am creating the video [TS]

  thumbnail which I usually leave until the end because very often I'm just [TS]

  modifying one particular frame of the video to be the actual thumbnail and [TS]

  then I am also getting the email list ready during that time I i do i do think [TS]

  that when you are grinding through options it is very useful to you think [TS]

  about things that you can do while something else is happening that always [TS]

  feels W productive to me to be able to do something while something else is [TS]

  happening which I will mention one of the dumbest psychological trick that I [TS]

  use on myself but that is totally effective when I'm not feeling really [TS]

  productive I like to run the dishwasher or run a load of laundry because then I [TS]

  feel like I'm getting twice as much done if I'm working right now because I'm [TS]

  doing something and my washing machine robot is also cleaning the clothes and [TS]

  somehow it feels like the work counts twice as much when I'm doing it this way [TS]

  it's one of the the weirdest little tricks but it is definitely effective at [TS]

  to get myself started sometimes when I don't feel like doing something in the [TS]

  afternoon [TS]

  you can run a load of laundry right and ok I can put some laundry in and then I [TS]

  started and then and then I feel that well while doing the laundry might as [TS]

  well do this other stuff and it just yet feels like it's like a 20 X modifier in [TS]

  a video game to do work while also doing the laundry or the dishes I'm very [TS]

  confused so you have work to do and you procrastinate from the work by doing [TS]

  some housework [TS]

  from the house but by doing more work and have not exactly get what I what the [TS]

  situation that I'm talking about is usually an afternoon and what this is [TS]

  like a starter motor problem [TS]

  afternoons are not very good working time for me but very often I have things [TS]

  that I want you crying through anyway and the laundry is this little trick to [TS]

  get things moving [TS]

  not right it's it's that I don't really want to get started but the laundry is a [TS]

  very simple task to just start it is totally mindless and I just do it and [TS]

  then it feels like it counts more when I am doing other work it's a it's a bit [TS]

  like I like to work really early in the mornings something really nice about [TS]

  getting up early [TS]

  doing work and somehow if I if I'm writing a script before other people are [TS]

  awake it's that same feeling I don't know why but it feels like it counts for [TS]

  more doing it while other people are asleep like this were counted twice as [TS]

  much it obviously doesn't know about actually getting twice as much done but [TS]

  it just feels like there's a visit to axe modifier on top of my activity when [TS]

  this is happening there's just this idea in my mind that lake she set the washing [TS]

  machine on the dishwasher on and then you like what other robots are working I [TS]

  guess I should be honest to god that it that is probably a good way you [TS]

  summarize it that is exactly if I had a Roomba I would set that going as well [TS]

  the more robots that could be doing work around [TS]

  the house the more likely I am to be doing work around the house so today I [TS]

  want to talk a little bit about taking time off to have a topic today that [TS]

  we're doing this is the topic today and i wanna talk about kind of like [TS]

  entertainment as well in part because we've spoken about putting out the as [TS]

  you mentioned like once you do that you take a little time but you can't take [TS]

  like your video weekend right we just their jail and just do whatever so is [TS]

  this the only time that you can go out for relaxation during like a regular [TS]

  schedule what I currently have is Saturday's I'm not perfect about this [TS]

  but this year I have been trying to reserve Saturday's as a work doesn't [TS]

  need to happen today day off and usually that means hang out with my wife on [TS]

  Saturdays but I have been far from perfect with that because work still [TS]

  often intrudes and because I usually upload the videos on Monday Tuesdays or [TS]

  Wednesdays it's very easy for work to bleed over into the weekend and I have I [TS]

  have definitely gotten better over time it actually reserving Saturday's as a [TS]

  day off now on on my layout of the week I do have the other six days blocked out [TS]

  that workers on those days [TS]

  different kinds of work at different time there's a whole there's a cycle to [TS]

  it but yes the other six days of the week are blocked out as as workdays to [TS]

  some extent by on Sunday it's a bit flexible but the mornings at the very [TS]

  least are blocked out [TS]

  so I guess to answer your question aside from The Saturdays yes the time after [TS]

  the video is is the the time that I really take as as down time and that is [TS]

  that is officially worked into the schedule in the sense that it's just I [TS]

  just blow off whatever is on my calendar for the next few days after video goes [TS]

  up I just say okay as long as I don't have appointments with anyone in person [TS]

  I'm going to ignore what else is on the calendar here or what else I would [TS]

  normally be doing on a Tuesday I think that we definitely have very very [TS]

  different ways of approaching us so on an average day i I work very late into [TS]

  these things go your whole schedule is weirdly shifted into the evening because [TS]

  most of the people you work with are not only americans like myself but Americans [TS]

  in America so you have to live halfway on an american scheduled to record like [TS]

  with Jason's Deli record he's on the the west coast of me what on earth time do [TS]

  you guys record together we he does [TS]

  luckily we were called at like 7 p.m. something so that's that must be morning [TS]

  time for him [TS]

  the west coast is the worst to try to coordinate with with London that is the [TS]

  worst mismatched yeah I'm very lucky that one Jason was himself so he can [TS]

  pick is ours because if he worked a job we wouldn't be able to do it would get [TS]

  on the like 56 p.m. and then I basically the next day and said he you know [TS]

  greatest [TS]

  early in the day which makes it doable I mean I had some shows where the [TS]

  recording begins at 11 p.m. so quite frequently I am awake working maybe [TS]

  until like 1 a.m. 2 a.m. sometimes three or four depending on what's happening so [TS]

  I was i were quite weird hours but I wake up most days relatively early like [TS]

  between 8:30 and nine and that's mainly just to see my girlfriend in the morning [TS]

  until the house like it's just something I like to be able to do to let her keep [TS]

  the cues from UV rays that in a very catlike way she's at the back door [TS]

  meowing and you're going to let her out of the house if I don't prepare meals [TS]

  for in the morning of the door she just basically just wake up and then I see [TS]

  are often you know [TS]

  ok see something I like to do because I'm able to do that which means that [TS]

  typically I'm awake then so effective in the first couple of hours a day most [TS]

  days I don't really do anything I maybe watch some TV or I like my breakfast and [TS]

  ivory Twitter and may play their game I tend to just tool around until it gets [TS]

  close to lunchtime I Z usually like 11 a.m. is when from then on is when I [TS]

  heard she sought to do any real work most days and I'm pretty good at giving [TS]

  myself breaks where I need to the day if if I want to you know I am i feel i say [TS]

  pretty good at that caused it means I don't work constantly cuz I worked [TS]

  really really weird hours how many if if I'm have scheduled six days a week of [TS]

  work happens at some point on those days how many days a week do you have that [TS]

  workers off 55 till the weekend off is that the way that works [TS]

  typically yes so I always do a little bit of work on Sunday evening have a [TS]

  show that I ended on Sunday evening and sometimes I work on the weekends if my [TS]

  girlfriend needs to work mostly [TS]

  most unless unless something crazy is happening and I asked her she's ok with [TS]

  it [TS]

  then I I will do some work on the weekends because that time is carved out [TS]

  to spend with her and that is very important to us so I basically turn over [TS]

  my whole weekends mostly for us to spend time together and I do that [TS]

  happily cuz it's also what I would want to do I would go crazy ways because of [TS]

  the weird hours that I work we never really get to see each other because I'm [TS]

  not locked away recording and she comes home and then it's like 11 p.m. and I [TS]

  sneak out for like five minutes and you know then back to work again so the [TS]

  weekends are very important to us that I get those so that's kind of the weather [TS]

  I work so I tend to do five days of work but my hours are all kinds of crazy by [TS]

  nature that take time to chill and to relax is gonna go crazy if you don't [TS]

  take some what kinds of activities do you tend to partake in in your [TS]

  relaxation time depends it depends a bit on well it depends on what's happening [TS]

  but in terms of hours spent in non work relaxation mode it's it's gotta be [TS]

  gaming by far as playing various video games that's that is my big downtime [TS]

  activity and I have always I've always enjoyed video games ever since I was a [TS]

  kid but the thing that I find really useful about them now as an adult is [TS]

  that they occupy the work part of my brain they keep it they keep it busy and [TS]

  so I feel like I can actually I can actually genuinely relax because I but [TS]

  this is what I was when I was younger I I would also read a lots for relaxation [TS]

  but now I'm aware that because I mostly read non stick [TS]

  action that activity is also still partly work I don't read as much as I [TS]

  did when I was younger although I still read but I'm aware of how that is not a [TS]

  100% downtime activity I i scheduled work schedule are reading into my day [TS]

  because it's important but it's also partly your work actively reading [TS]

  non-fiction because I'm reading a book that's about a topic and AM always [TS]

  making highlights and notes and and saving things for the future or I'm [TS]

  reading a book that's maybe about business and so now this is very [TS]

  directly related to work so that's why we're reading has has what was used to [TS]

  be a big amount of just relaxation time it's now become work in a way whereas [TS]

  video games there's no way to pretend like thats work it's just not it's just [TS]

  not going to happen and I find them engaging and enjoyable and it's just [TS]

  like yes this is 100% down time you can't can't fool yourself like you're [TS]

  working when you're when you're doing this are you really need to actually [TS]

  just be able to be in a situation where you can just relax and unlike reading a [TS]

  book I don't have this thing in the back of my mind about go this is 20% work so [TS]

  that's that's one of the reasons why I tend to play them as my mean relaxation [TS]

  I totally get that but occupying work part because you're you're working and [TS]

  someone like you're working on a new thing but the things in the video game [TS]

  world by the same what it does is during that period of time [TS]

  my brain is satisfied that it's accomplishing something but I'm not [TS]

  thinking about stressing about the jobs that I actually have to do yes that that [TS]

  is a perfect description of what it is [TS]

  and I mean this is this is going to be people who don't play games though is a [TS]

  bit hard to do hard to describe this but I can say that when I'm playing a game I [TS]

  am actually doing the exact same thing that I'm doing what I'm working on a [TS]

  video in a way so if you think about the high level of making a video [TS]

  the big task I'm accomplishing is that I'm trying to figure something out and [TS]

  then be able to explain it to somebody else and I i pick games the kinds of [TS]

  games that I play are almost exclusively what could be described as I sometimes [TS]

  joke that their work simulators but they are system games where there's very [TS]

  little instruction you have a bunch of tools you have to put them together and [TS]

  you need to figure out how to make this whole thing work and so one of the games [TS]

  I was playing for a long time was called prison architect and that that was the [TS]

  same this idea of you have to figure out how to make this prison run without a [TS]

  descending into into a riot but it occupies it like it makes that some part [TS]

  of my work brain feel good because it's like ok we're still doing the same thing [TS]

  we're figuring out something we're figuring out how this works in the same [TS]

  way that we figured out how to the how does the Pope get elected and like that [TS]

  part of my brain feels like it needs to be always engaged and it's very hard to [TS]

  have that being caged and also feel like I'm relaxing at this at the same time so [TS]

  that's that's why they're useful and I and that's also why I i play a very [TS]

  particular genre of game and I'm always aware of how as soon as I have the game [TS]

  figured out I go through the same pattern every single time I know I'm [TS]

  nearing the end of my lifetime with this game because I start thinking I should [TS]

  put together a tutorial series on this game have never actually done right I've [TS]

  yet to do this for any game but I've done this with every single one ago I [TS]

  should put together to talk and I'll start making some notes about [TS]

  oh yeah let me put together a tutorial on this ok here's here's the quick start [TS]

  guide here's what you need to do and I'm making out and almost always halfway [TS]

  through that process I all of a sudden I just lose total interest in the game and [TS]

  then my brain switches and I go back to the next video because my brain goes it [TS]

  doesn't make any sense to spend time on this tutorial series for this game [TS]

  because I lose interest instant I figured it out I just dropped games [TS]

  right away when I figure that out to to the full extent and I shouldn't spend [TS]

  time making a tutorial series for a game that I'm no longer interested in now [TS]

  it's time to make a real video so this is this is the cycle this is the cycle [TS]

  that occurs is it because the challenges lost acquired you lose interest [TS]

  it's not the challenge it's for me I am playing the games in a meadow way I'm [TS]

  playing it to figure out what the thing and again it's very hard it's very hard [TS]

  to explain [TS]

  are using the game I blame the past few days this has been my my game this time [TS]

  round after the Confederate video I've been staying away from it because I [TS]

  thought it looked like a terribly ugly game I've said as much in the reddits [TS]

  but I have been playing a game called fact Oreo which I have ended up quite [TS]

  liking even though it is hideous to look at but victoria is a game where you are [TS]

  basically building factories the whole does not look good it is very ugly [TS]

  I have stayed away from it because of its business for a while but I never [TS]

  played it but I gave in and actually I'll give it a try because I wasn't [TS]

  quite finding anything that I liked [TS]

  the whole game is just figuring out how to connect these various factories and [TS]

  assembly lines together to build other things and use the things that you just [TS]

  built to build more complex things and while the game in theory has its own [TS]

  purpose that the players might want my feeling of playing the game is always I [TS]

  don't really like to look at instructions very much I don't really [TS]

  like to look at tutorials I want to figure out how to make this thing go and [TS]

  that's that's one of the ways that I really like video games if it's totally [TS]

  unlike the only comparison i could think of here or the the best contrast I can [TS]

  think of is you couldn't sit down with a board game on your own without looking [TS]

  at the instruction manual and just figure out how it works [TS]

  that's an impossible task but a video game is an interesting system because [TS]

  you can just mess around with it and it pushes back against you it lets you know [TS]

  when you're doing things wrong or when you're doing things right and that that [TS]

  is the thing that I find engaging about it it's not the game it's pushing up [TS]

  against the boundaries of ok if I do that I die in this is obviously the [TS]

  wrong thing to do I like Who I made this new thing here ok great what can this [TS]

  plugin too so it's all about figuring things out so a video game for me is [TS]

  it's like a really complicated Rubik's Cube you can figure out the pieces and [TS]

  how they work and that that's what I find enjoyable but as soon as I have it [TS]

  all figured out it's it's always I don't want to actually play this game right [TS]

  now that I know how everything works I have no more interest in this thing and [TS]

  that's it that's the same thing that happens with my videos it's a it's a bit [TS]

  weird when people want to talk to me about the videos later on because very [TS]

  often I remember so little about the videos I put together years ago because [TS]

  I was trying to figure out what the thing was and I figure that out and now [TS]

  that's now that's done but at least with the videos actually do producers thing [TS]

  that people can look at [TS]

  unlike my video game tutorials which I always think I'm going to make but I [TS]

  never do I want to come back to video games like to talk about some of the [TS]

  other stuff that you play in america meant there was one other thing I want [TS]

  to talk about in regards to taking time off and as vacations I know that you [TS]

  take vacations because you told me you were on us how often do you do to take [TS]

  vacations my wife and I went to Vegas in April and that was the first actual [TS]

  genuine this is 100% of vacation it's not partly work or its not partly family [TS]

  vacation that we had taken in years and that was again this week this is part of [TS]

  the changes that I'm trying to make my life now is is this moving much more [TS]

  towards a life that I want to live and my wife and I hadn't traveled in a long [TS]

  time just to travel and finally this year we felt like it was more of a [TS]

  possibility so I can't say that I we have an answer to how often do we see [TS]

  vacations because we're just now in a position where it's something that we [TS]

  can actually start thinking about him in a much more deliberate way whereas in [TS]

  the past few years it was always it was always going to see family and then [TS]

  we're we're sort of half doing a vacation then but you have seen family [TS]

  which is a different experience or something related to work so I don't [TS]

  know how often were going to do something like that that's something we [TS]

  we still we still have to figure out I tried to take as many as possible I left [TS]

  college college here is 18 [TS]

  whenever there's an america I don't know sixth form college yeah I did I didn't [TS]

  go to university so I kind of got a job because I was going to take a break from [TS]

  university and then just like getting money [TS]

  so I've been like in I was in full time employment from the time that I was like [TS]

  18 to 26 27 something so I didn't really get the chance to do much traveling I [TS]

  just went on some holidays here and there but I never took the time that [TS]

  many people take before they get a real job to go and do any traveling so now I [TS]

  am in the position where I can set my own schedule a bit more I'm taking more [TS]

  time traveling to more places because luckily right now I have the means to do [TS]

  that as well so I'm making sure that I do that cuz I like I like to take [TS]

  vacations and breaks but the problem is that what comes along with this is the [TS]

  factor I can now never ever for the rest of my life take a proper vacation ever [TS]

  again because I'm self-employed yes you and you in particular have scheduled you [TS]

  you have shows that you're supposed to be recording there are people who are [TS]

  waiting on you for things this is the real trouble with being self-employed [TS]

  and so yes you have more control over your day to day time but it definitely [TS]

  comes with this this tradeoff that I mean if you want to go to the UN to WWDC [TS]

  which is half working that's not really a vacation anyway but you had to plan [TS]

  the week ahead I'm presuming you were double recording shows that you have to [TS]

  do way more work before and after when you take a vacation as a self-employed [TS]

  person yet sometimes during the recording shows whilst there but then [TS]

  also the other part is when I when I used to work in my bank marketing job [TS]

  there are a couple of things that could happen when I went away I was able to [TS]

  hand over my work to somebody else to look after while I was gone [TS]

  yes and also when I was as soon as I left that building I could just stop [TS]

  thinking about it [TS]

  fine writes that does not happen now I mean I can hand over some elements of my [TS]

  job to you know exist even my co-founder or two other people within relay can [TS]

  look after some things to me maybe cover shows none of that takes away the fact [TS]

  that I'm constantly thinking about it and there's no way to fully relax in [TS]

  that regard just like what is something down what happened is like oh you want [TS]

  to go ahead they also have to take a laptop in case something breaks you just [TS]

  have to do that now I'm going away for a short break this weekend as well I have [TS]

  to take a ton of stuff with me in case something explodes in anything like you [TS]

  know I will be sneaking time where possible to check and respond to emails [TS]

  and you know it's it's not a great scenario like a look whoa is me tell [TS]

  very as i said im lucky that I'm able to do this stuff but it is that things like [TS]

  the tradeoff that you get from being able to do this stuff and go on trips [TS]

  and and kinda that way is it you can never truly take a real vacation again [TS]

  yes this this is the the big difference and it's the thing that I am most aware [TS]

  of being different in my teacher self-employed life is this constant [TS]

  awareness that there is always more work that can be done there is always more [TS]

  that you could do for the business and it's a it's a hard thing to get used to [TS]

  and [TS]

  especially when you're just 11 person and there's there's nobody to hand stuff [TS]

  off to its it's one reason why when I did take that Las Vegas vacation I was [TS]

  really a year with myself that there was going to be nothing that was work during [TS]

  that time I didn't look at any emails I didn't really look at Twitter I was just [TS]

  trying to stay off the internet as much as practical and not do any work she [TS]

  just try to disengage from that for the space of a week and do not have my brain [TS]

  always thinking about what should be the next thing that happens there's people [TS]

  waiting for the next video or what should the next video be and it's it's a [TS]

  hard thing it's a hard thing to do but I think it's really important to have [TS]

  times when you're not focusing on work at all but and here's why it's hard to [TS]

  do when it's just you completely ignoring work means there will be [TS]

  problems that will happen when you're not looking [TS]

  and if you're not you have to learn to be able to accept that and it's it's [TS]

  very heart the III have after the Confederate video came out I was [TS]

  unusually exhausted because a bunch of things it all happened all at once and I [TS]

  decided to take a longer than usual breaks today is really my first day back [TS]

  at work [TS]

  took four days off [TS]

  and I was very conscious of am not even going to open my email during this time [TS]

  I'm really going to take time off from work but I guarantee you that there are [TS]

  problems waiting for me in that email when I get back in that that is that is [TS]

  a hard that is like a hard balance to to play because if you if you take off too [TS]

  much time those problems get big and then they can turn into costly problems [TS]

  and that actually happened on my my trip to Las Vegas there was a thing that [TS]

  occurred that if I had been able to pay attention to it at the time I would have [TS]

  been able to fix but because I wasn't paying attention to the business [TS]

  don't go into the details but there was a a business problem that that cost a [TS]

  lot of money and i'm i'm ok with that because that is the price of taking time [TS]

  off sometimes when you're self-employed and when there's nobody around 22 past [TS]

  the work off to that has to be the price you can't you can't assume that you're [TS]

  going to be on top of everything all time and so you have to become [TS]

  comfortable with allowing problems to happen and and learning what kinds of [TS]

  problems are ok and learning what things are courting your business and you have [TS]

  to stay focused on that's a really long rambling answer about why vacations are [TS]

  are difficult when it's when it's just you and you're the only person in the [TS]

  business done that to not working on the Vegas trip whether you think your brain [TS]

  was working on that trip because you came home made a video about Vegas but [TS]

  that's why the the Vegas trip is is one of the worst examples I could ever do I [TS]

  literally made a video about las vegas however however what I want to say in my [TS]

  defense is that I had written almost all the script before I went to Las Vegas [TS]

  and I did that so that I could [TS]

  have it off my mind I always knew that I was going to do a las vegas with you at [TS]

  some point and I was in Las Vegas and just thinking ever so slightly if I [TS]

  happened to come across anything that's interesting here to add to the video I [TS]

  will do that but i i i have I did that script as much as possible before a Las [TS]

  Vegas because I knew otherwise it'll be on my mind the whole time I'm here and I [TS]

  didn't I didn't want that to be the case but yes I did snap screenshot well I was [TS]

  in paradise [TS]

  to get it on the phones that you could see it the right one or two other little [TS]

  things that happened while I was there but it really wasn't very much I was I [TS]

  was pretty successful but but that also goes to the gym before about the core [TS]

  think the thing in my business that matters the most is getting videos out [TS]

  and anything that is a problem that is not related to that is a problem I'd [TS]

  like to fix but it doesn't necessarily take priority and what's going to happen [TS]

  something like a vacation can take priority if I'm keeping focus on the [TS]

  most important things are still moving forward like videos [TS]

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  haida and Mike and I think the rooms now so we've spoken about like taking breaks [TS]

  and you know there's those breaks would tend to be filled with entertainment [TS]

  total video games little bit but what do you tend to choose to unwind with more [TS]

  frequently other than video games especially for shared activities of [TS]

  missus great do you guys watch movies and TV together like what do you do [TS]

  yeah we we tend to take a little walks were in an area of London that is very [TS]

  walkable that's that's a nice thing to do [TS]

  like many couples we will watch movies together or TV shows together I feel [TS]

  like it's just a it's a very normal days on Saturdays because my wife has worked [TS]

  a full work week and she's really exhausted when the weekend rolls around [TS]

  and so she also just wants to relax as a way to let go I want to relax as well [TS]

  cowboy we have a very nice comfy couch and he will take great advantage of that [TS]

  company challenge and so is there's a lot of there's a lot of hanging out with [TS]

  my girlfriend and I do anything we like to watch TV shows that we like to pick a [TS]

  show that we haven't seen like [TS]

  watch all of it I recently we did all of friends but felt like a great [TS]

  achievement the entire thing and shows like you we just have caught up in [TS]

  Brooklyn 99 which is a show that i very much enjoy so we do that kind of stuff [TS]

  watch movies TV and but we do know we try and get out into London as well go [TS]

  for walks places my better half enjoys that kind of stuff like and hunting call [TS]

  last weekend which is part of London and we tried to get a little bit mainly I [TS]

  think the majority of the time is that kind of idea because she is also what [TS]

  the work week and is tired so we were like movies and TV shows and things like [TS]

  that together for you though for your tastes what types of movies do tend to [TS]

  enjoy comedy man action man do you like documentaries it's very hard to find [TS]

  good movies and things worth watching [TS]

  I i I don't tend to left to my own devices watch a lot of stuff but if I [TS]

  things that I like tend more towards dramas [TS]

  so I may have mentioned my favorite TV show ever the best TV show is is the [TS]

  wire which I really enjoyed but in a more and more modern show is something [TS]

  like I've been watching The Walking Dead which I'd like even the season two is [TS]

  terribly boring it's picked up so that that kind of show is the thing that I [TS]

  would tend towards but my wife does not like those kinds of shows to watch those [TS]

  on my own as great I'm she watches more upbeat stuff so we just worked our way [TS]

  through arrested development so we watched the first three seasons of [TS]

  arrested development [TS]

  and don't watch Netflix one yeah I've not heard good things about it but when [TS]

  she yes she tends to like other stuff I know a few years ago we worked our way [TS]

  through all the Voyager which she really likes and which i think is fine but I [TS]

  get hugely frustrated with inconsistencies in the Star Trek [TS]

  universe it's hugely frustrating it's usually frustrate the worst thing is [TS]

  that I I end up knowing all of the details about the Star Trek stuff [TS]

  because while we're watching it I'll be on like the Star Trek the the Memory [TS]

  Alpha their their wiki looking at the details of this and not wait a minute is [TS]

  just the Star Trek universe has the same problems that comic book universe is [TS]

  happy just to big over too many years it can't possibly be consistent but I can't [TS]

  stop myself from getting frustrated with it on occasion so that I don't know yet [TS]

  I'm not saying that I don't like it but I i just there are many things that [TS]

  would change about Star Trek james' I would change so yeah that's when we're [TS]

  watching stuff together it tends to be lighter stuff like that but when I'm [TS]

  watching stuff on my own I tend more towards dramas I feel like we've been [TS]

  friends for long enough they would not surprise you when I say that I am an [TS]

  emotional person yeah I'm not surprised by that so I tend to like upbeat things [TS]

  like I like comedies and things that are simple like if if a movie is exceedingly [TS]

  good but it you know I know it's gonna be sad but I know it's a good movie then [TS]

  I will watch it right now and I like action movies as well but I tend to like [TS]

  light-hearted things because stuff movies tv-shows ebooks music can have a [TS]

  lasting effect on me and my try to limit the effect that I'll allow things to her [TS]

  have if they're not good enough right so I i tend not to be a big like drama guy [TS]

  but I will watch something if I know it's good enough like the wire for [TS]

  example and Adina she introduced me to the wire and a good girlfriend yeah [TS]

  because I had done what many people don't I watched the first episode and [TS]

  then stopped so like my advice to anybody hearings who's not seen the wire [TS]

  I heartily recommend wire season as well and would say if you are interested you [TS]

  have to commit to the first three episodes you can't just say I call see [TS]

  what's it like in stock if you want to start you must commit yourself to watch [TS]

  the first three cuz that's in my opinion once you've got through that it clicks [TS]

  because the wire starts and you have no idea what's going on because I think [TS]

  it's purposeful date day take no time in trying to introduce the characters you [TS]

  have to learn the characters long and it takes a few episodes that yes yes that's [TS]

  definitely the case and I like the wire for the same reason I like many other [TS]

  things it is it is a show that is much more about a system and I love how the [TS]

  wire just makes no concessions to the audience of explaining anything like you [TS]

  know what buddy you're just going to figure it out yeah we're going to [TS]

  explain none of the slang none of its yes there were lots of the show had to [TS]

  watch subtitles to just understand what was going on at home you are you just [TS]

  kind of have to infer what is occurring by the way the people talking to each [TS]

  other rather than actually trying to understand words yes a very fascinating [TS]

  show but that's one of those things so I knew that was gonna be good I heard [TS]

  always good things about it she really really pushed it you should you will [TS]

  like this you have two washes by trying to limit that kinda stuff I tend to like [TS]

  things it's you know what I mean I enjoy it rather than needing to think about it [TS]

  for six weeks what about music do you listen to live music [TS]

  mean we spoke about all day right but that is a functional thing that is not [TS]

  like music for enjoyment that is like this exists to help me do my work you're [TS]

  not going to like this but I have zero interest in music outside of its utility [TS]

  as a tool to accomplish just nine [TS]

  always been this way I don't think i mean i think is a kid I like music more [TS]

  but I I just have I have no interest in music other than a kind of audio version [TS]

  of brain doping the code that this this sequence of sounds can put my brain in a [TS]

  in the mood for the sequence of sounds associated with something or this [TS]

  repetitive noise is useful in this moment I just have no interest in music [TS]

  in and of itself as an art form I don't have any appreciation for this are you [TS]

  able to compute any music that you like what you mean like is there anything [TS]

  that you can say I like this album or I like this artist now reeling some [TS]

  interesting to me again I like that Girl Talk album but that exists to me in the [TS]

  world as a thing that I listened to at the moment i mean that the most the most [TS]

  music I ever listened to was done a couple of in my younger days road trips [TS]

  across the United States and I had long lists of music that I listen to then but [TS]

  even then it was as a tool for I can't listen to audio books for four hours a [TS]

  row in a row every day while I'm driving I need to break this up with something [TS]

  else I'm not gonna break it up with silence because that will drive me even [TS]

  more crazy so I need something else I'm gonna break it up with music but again [TS]

  it was music as as it cool if if I was able to listen to audio books all day in [TS]

  the car [TS]

  or silence in the car I would have but I just had had a lot of upbeat sing-along [TS]

  kind of songs that I listen to you on the road trips because of the of the [TS]

  function that they serves not because I was like oh I love this music so I'm [TS]

  sorry Mike I don't you have a podcast were you interviewing people about music [TS]

  and I don't listen to that but in those scenarios you have to make a choice when [TS]

  you need music even in those times like driving across the country [TS]

  you must choose something would you choose [TS]

  ok here is the way that new music comes into my life right now [TS]

  ok because I haven't had any music come into my life for me be ten years because [TS]

  I just didn't listen to the radio or anything I had I was aware that there [TS]

  was no way in which new music came into my life I just had a collection of songs [TS]

  that I've been carrying around since college and there was there was no input [TS]

  into the system would have recognized was not optimal but I would never just [TS]

  listen to the radio or anything so I signed up with Spotify so that there is [TS]

  a mechanism by which new music comes into my system or what I will often do [TS]

  as I will just go to like the top charts on Spotify or something and just play it [TS]

  randomly and this is when I'm working I don't know how but but very quickly some [TS]

  song will will clearly become stuck in my brain and then I'll just loop that [TS]

  one for an hour to just that same song while I'm doing work but again it's a [TS]

  it's totally utilitarian thing it's like I'm using this music to stay focused ion [TS]

  even know who the artist sorry I don't know what song I'm listening to I know [TS]

  that the the kinds of things that tend to work for me are usually I would just [TS]

  say just like pop kind of songs there's something about them that really clicked [TS]

  in my brain just like listening to it over and over again [TS]

  has a catchy hook and has little melody that goes along so I listen to that [TS]

  stuff but yeah it is I i never i never think you know what I want to do right [TS]

  now I want to listen to some music I almost exclusively listen to music when [TS]

  I am doing work and I'm doing work with words in particular otherwise I almost [TS]

  never listen to music I didn't think I would ever meet somebody that feels this [TS]

  way it's so interesting [TS]

  me think of all of the things I know about you this is the one I am now the [TS]

  most fascinating it seems to so strange that you don't seem to take control of [TS]

  your music like it that's the wrong thing there is not that I don't like [TS]

  music that that's wrong but it's it's never an activity that I would seek out [TS]

  or do in isolation [TS]

  it's always accompanying something else and it is it its accompanying for a lot [TS]

  like like the mood modifier show me that that's how I listen to music by still [TS]

  have tasting choices and artists and albums that I enjoy you know yeah yeah I [TS]

  know I know this is a thing that people do I am a music fan and i'd like I have [TS]

  a very wide music taste and I would suggest if anybody likes music like I do [TS]

  and is not great they should maybe try out my favorite album run into the [TS]

  favorite albums like that show notes that the one that I am NOT yeah why not [TS]

  surprised now I i 10 my mind tastes tend to skew to alternate rot but I like wide [TS]

  range of stuff you know I like rap and hip-hop R&B and swing music soul music [TS]

  pop by I have a very wide range of tastes but I guess I kind of skew [TS]

  towards the independent alternative rock [TS]

  more generally upset about video games done so I can perceive you as human them [TS]

  while some of your favorite video ever was some of the stuff that you played [TS]

  recently that you really really enjoy and what kind of all time favorites or [TS]

  maybe just like you know I know that I know that you tend to like simulation [TS]

  games is that the only type of video games you enjoy know there's I tried [TS]

  lots of stuff I i just I'm very aware that I tend to focus on meez work [TS]

  simulator systems games right after I finished video for awhile like that will [TS]

  hold my interest for a long time and I'll play those but I played I play lots [TS]

  of different kinds of games I like to try out different stuff you tend to [TS]

  mainly play on PC you have a console I do I don't have a console I haven't had [TS]

  a console since as a kid I had a super nintendo [TS]

  wow so you are strict PC game yes I assuming that you do all of this on your [TS]

  Mac though I am I'm a member of the PC master race but I also play lots of [TS]

  games on an iPad and also playing on a Mac so maybe I'm the worst member of the [TS]

  PC masteries I don't have a console but that's mainly because I don't have a TV [TS]

  to hook the console up to I'm not opposed to consoles I just haven't [TS]

  haven't played them in years but on the occasions when I have played modern [TS]

  games with consoles I find myself frustrated by the lack of precision [TS]

  input I just want a keyboard and mouse to play games or I want the other [TS]

  extreme which is games that are designed for touch on the iPad I find the console [TS]

  my limited experience has not been great with modern console games but that could [TS]

  just be that lack of exposure and I think it's more the latter yeah [TS]

  but I feel like I didn't get a definitive answer as you don't [TS]

  jeopardize mister you do not have a gaming PC will do you no I don't I don't [TS]

  have a dedicated gaming PC right so there is no windows machine that you are [TS]

  using to play video games on [TS]

  I have a Mac team a lot then I have just in the past year started to use steam so [TS]

  I don't have a bunch of stuff on Steam I only have a few items there but yes I am [TS]

  currently using steam for for a few things things worth noting on Steam that [TS]

  I have I have city skylines which I highly recommends as the SimCity game [TS]

  that should always have been very excellent yeah I own that I haven't [TS]

  played it I started it and then stopped I don't know why but I bought that [TS]

  because I love Sin City and the last one was an abomination well EA has been [TS]

  horrendous [TS]

  mike has been sitting all over SimCity three years in a way that I have found [TS]

  hugely frustrating I want a new modern good sim city for the iPad and they will [TS]

  not give that to me the last one that they did what they called a builder or [TS]

  something was good except for the fact that you had to wait and buy and you [TS]

  know all the micro transaction crap but the game itself was built well but then [TS]

  they'd just Morinda ruined it completely ruined yeah I highly recommend city [TS]

  skylines very good it's everything sim city should have been and i think is the [TS]

  most delicious part of the story of that game that is made by people who worked [TS]

  at da on sim city who got frustrated enough to leave and then made teammates [TS]

  amazing game like you know what I would buy that game twice to support them and [TS]

  to give the middle finger to accompany me a really is terrible they ruin [TS]

  everything [TS]

  yeah that's the worst I just based on some of the recommendation on the red [TS]

  eye I got a game on Steam called mini Metro which it's only an afternoon's [TS]

  worth of play but it's it's a fun little game like Metro simulator that was good [TS]

  yeah it's beautiful [TS]

  it has a night mode which is very nice prison architect which I mentioned [TS]

  before ok so that now something that's a little bit different [TS]

  is and very good that I recommend is XCOM which is a turn-based combat game [TS]

  you are defending the earth against an alien invasion but it's the aliens take [TS]

  turns and you take turns and you have to do it in a strategic manner of [TS]

  maneuvering around obstacles on the board and which which order do you want [TS]

  to fire in or you have a bunch of decisions to make and it's different [TS]

  from other games it's a it's a combat game and I really like that one is is [TS]

  very good I'll go for another recommendation which is a very different [TS]

  game and I wish there were more things like this but I'm going to highly highly [TS]

  recommend a game called year walk which is for the iPad maybe another platforms [TS]

  but I think you should play it on the iPad if it does exist elsewhere [TS]

  here's my recommendation for your walk Jones don't read anything about it Jones [TS]

  even watch the trailer for the game this is like like an experience that you're [TS]

  going to have its not really traditional game so I would say put on headphones [TS]

  dedicate two hours by your walk and just play it and I found this amazing and I [TS]

  wish there were more games like this [TS]

  which were not necessarily games that you have to put in hundreds of hours for [TS]

  but they carefully crafted experiences that that you can have as a as a player [TS]

  I think it's very hard to do this right but your walk really really hits the [TS]

  mark dead-on so I i I really recommend that one that was there was a great [TS]

  experience on the other extreme I do sometimes like really mindless stuff [TS]

  like I am looking very forward to the new version of doom which is coming out [TS]

  because I used to play just many more just great shoot-em-up games and I [TS]

  haven't seen one that I like in a while and sometimes when I play a game I just [TS]

  want something that is absolutely absolutely mindless and doom looks like [TS]

  it it fits that do ittt they don't need to think about anything I'm just going [TS]

  to run around and shoot a bunch of demons and that can also be an enjoyable [TS]

  gaming experience a lot of tower defense games on my iPad those are good [TS]

  Kingdom rush is very good this is turned into the video game episode mike was not [TS]

  I was not prepared for this I like to surprise here so I'm more of a console [TS]

  game in person I actually have all of the 30 got Playstation and Wii you have [TS]

  a lot of cables going to your television [TS]

  oh yeah it's one of the reasons again so I tend to like a couple of different [TS]

  types of console game I tend to like all of the first part Nintendo stuff always [TS]

  been a fan since I was a kid [TS]

  tenders always so I love you know all the Mario games the platform as the 2d [TS]

  3d love marry a car that stuff just fantastic there is a new game to noon [TS]

  which is a first person shooter which is just a bunch of fun because you just [TS]

  basically have to just spray the world with Inc really fantastic love that game [TS]

  man and I also tend to like big open world games like currently I'm playing [TS]

  Batman Arkham night and I am loving the game that is my current game of choice I [TS]

  love that and I'm very excited for a game coming up on PlayStation cornerman [TS]

  sky gonna be on the PC which is a is a space exploration game procedural like [TS]

  Minecraft and its basic clean they have found a way to crew to randomly generate [TS]

  planets and some of the planets are the same size scales real planets and [TS]

  they've created universes and they're saying there's currently like [TS]

  quintillion planets created and the idea is you just there that is it is what it [TS]

  is like like Minecraft in a way that there is an end but you basically just [TS]

  go and explore and see what you end up coming up with just looks incredible I [TS]

  think people in the gaming world are really down on procedural stuff but I [TS]

  think that is clearly the future of games and procedural is very [TS]

  those who are not gamers what this means is it instead of a game designer hand [TS]

  crafting a level of a game you set of rules so that the computer can create [TS]

  its own areas in its own levels but because the computer is doing it you can [TS]

  do it on an infinite scale you can never run out of levels are you can never run [TS]

  out of worlds and i've seen procedural stuff done badly but I think as time [TS]

  goes on procedural gets better and better and it's it's clearly the future [TS]

  of of big having enormous worlds that that you can explore it's it's a very [TS]

  interesting very interesting development and yeah I like it I like that kind of [TS]

  stuff [TS]

  creates completely different houses video game weather like there isn't even [TS]

  really need for a story anyway you make your own [TS]

  yeah yeah yeah I think that was that was one of the big things for for minecraft [TS]

  is probably the biggest most popular procedural game of you can just keep [TS]

  walking forever and it's going to keep creating more world around you and as [TS]

  you go [TS]

  areas will be different and the others will just never end you can spend [TS]

  forever in this area saying help up here as I saw a story today that Mike Ross [TS]

  sales and now reach seventy million copies of twenty million sold on the PC [TS]

  easy that is a popular we would normally do some questions at this moment but I [TS]

  really I think it's it's better for both of us if we stop right now and it's [TS]

  better for the audience if you stop right now because if we keep going on we [TS]

  might actually die just a moment you're just gonna hear this sound and that's me [TS]

  passing out yes so there's there's thank you for the unexpected video game [TS]

  podcast I hope you made it to the end but we're going to we're going to have [TS]

  to go if this episode was little weird and a little difference you know you [TS]

  know why we are both podcasting with half big brains [TS]