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Cabin

Sam and Simon kick off the year from a wuthering height (Cape Town summer is hella windy, yo) to discuss their intentions for 2017, and their best discoveries from 2016. Simon also tells us why he's planning to build himself a remote cabin in the woods (with high-speed broadband).

Discussed in this episode:

And our favourite things of the year:

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Busyness

We think 2016 could've tried harder. Disheartened as we are, this episode looks at the up and downiness of a strange few months, and whether the world is really getting stupider. We also manage to talk about some productivity stuff. 

"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that, 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'.” -Isaac Asimov

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Allergens

Simon and Sam talk about all the things Pokemon Go can teach us about life, why you should  beware of weird unlabelled food products, and the virtues of deliberately exposing yourself to things that are bad for you.

Plus! Hear our friend Jono Hall reading out a bit of his short story, first published on our Medium collection, Drippy Fun TimesSend us your stories too!

Things we talk about on this episode:

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Helicopters

Predicting the future is a chump's game. Going back into history and seeing what they thought the future (i.e. now) would look like, is the best reminder that we have no idea about anything. Join Sam and Simon as they discuss the joys of being a perpetual beginner, how much fun it is to be a Swiss Army Person, admitting we don't know shit about shit, and how our alien overlords are likely to punish us if global politics keep going the way they're going.

Things we talk about:

  • Bitcoinsocks.com, Simon's and @nicharry's awesome new online store that sells, YOU GUESSED IT, Bitcoin socks.  They are rad. Simon and Nic launched this thing in like 2 days because they are wizards.
  • CS50, the intro to computer science course you've always wanted, available for free on the interwebz, and other ways of learning to code.
  • The documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry.
  • Whether Game of Thrones is secretly about climate change.
  • Get your shit together, global politics U R DRUNK. But the New York Times published a pretty interesting long read about who Trump supporters are and you should read it.
  • Is Snapchat a thing now? (tl;dr: no)
  • Shopify, the thing that lets you build an ecommerce business in, like, minutes.
  • Google Fusion Tables, for data nerdz.
In the future, there will be HELICOPTERS FOR EVERYBODY! Except, you know, women.

In the future, there will be HELICOPTERS FOR EVERYBODY! Except, you know, women.

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Distraction

Important news: come write short stories with us over at Drippy Fun Times on Medium. We want your stories!

In a conversation that sounds like it's fuelled by caffeine and PCP, Sam and Simon talk about why they're so distracted all the time. They debate why context switching is so bad for you, and whether there's anything we can do to focus more on what matters. Featuring a lot of talk about rats and strange music genres.

Things we talk about:

  • Every noise at once, where you too can learn about fun new genres like Strut, Vaporwave, Bubble Trance and Deep Happy Hardcore.
  • Our new short story Medium collection, Drippy Fun Timeswhich means that Simon doesn't have to donate a Bitcoin to Donald Trump, yay! Also, COME WRITE STORIES WITH US.
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (NOT by Karen Armstrong, woops).
  • A NEW STUDY SHOWS that context switching lowers your IQ. Also, you should never believe anyone who says the words, "a new study shows".
  • Where to put your thoughts while your brain is focusing on important things: the big Google Keep, Google Inbox, Evernote playoff.
  • Google App Scripts are magic and you can throw away Excel now.
  • Fuckoins, the new currency Simon and I are making. 
  • Kurzesagt's amazing video about how you're not what you think you are.
  • CGP Grey on why your brain isn't, either.
  • Momentum, a Chrome app that might help you focus.

PS: if you live in Cape Town, Simon and I want to take you out for a beer. No, really. Tweet us at @simondingle or @greenhamsam to let us know you're keen and we'll find a time. BOOM.

The famous "Rat Park" mentioned in this episode. Go check out the full comic by Stuart McMillen over here. It's rad.

The famous "Rat Park" mentioned in this episode. Go check out the full comic by Stuart McMillen over here. It's rad.

 

 

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Real

OMG GUYS LET'S WRITE SOME STORIES

Simon and Sam challenge you all to a short story writing competition! All you need to do is write your story on Medium and post a link to it in the comments. We're going to make a collection on Medium. If we love your story we'll read a bit of it out loud on our next podcast. Do eeet! You have until next Tuesday. Whenever next Tuesday might be for you.

In this very drippy episode, Sam and Simon consider whether we might be living in a video game. We talk about whole mind simulation, Rick & Morty, keeping it real, and debate whether or not humans might ever forget how plumbing works. Again.

Things we talk about:

We aren’t fleshy bags of magic. We’re fleshy bags of bacteria.”
— Simon Dingle

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Generations

Simon's back in London-town again where he's avoiding Sam's hugs, so we spoke on the internet about the weird way we classify humans into generations, and what makes this generation's work prospects different. Or maybe exactly the same.

 

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Whatever

The only thing we can be sure of is that we don't know anything. So, isn't it weird that everyone pretends to be so sure of what they're doing with their life when you meet them at a braai? 

This leads Sam and Simon down a conversation rabbit hole involving consciousness, language and how to train your washing machine.

  • "Screw Finding Your Passion" - an excellent short read by Mark Manson
  • Things boytjies talk about while they're grilling animal flesh over an open flame
  • WaitButWhy on how Elon Musk does amazing things
  • How to answer the question, "So, what do you do?"
  • SelfLife, the religion Simon's kid invented (which is super profound)
  • Life in the Mediterranean, and why people live so long in the Blue Zones
  • Epicureanism's four principles of happiness (the "Tetrapharmakos") 
  • Mindfulness and the spectrum of consciousness your own brain is capable of
  • The amazing interactive version of Nam Lee's story, "The Boat"
  • Join the hunt to find out what happened to the refugee boat that went missing on the Mediterranean, Ghost Boat
  • Google's open sourced machine learning project, TensorFlow, also, WTF is machine learning?
  • Chomsky on how the brain learns grammar
  • Welcome to your Brain by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang

This is the washing machine you heard in the background of the episode. That's Simon on the left, Sam on the right, and a creepy demon child that's possessing Simon's flat on the floor. 

... ‘Not knowing’ is the whole fucking point. Life is all about not knowing, and then doing something anyway. All of life is like this. All of it. And it’s not going to get any easier just because you found out you love your job cleaning septic tanks or you scored a dream gig writing indie movies.
— Mark Manson

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Omnivores

Sam and Simon talk about food. Sam's trying a Soylent diet because Veganism is really hard. Simon thinks she's crazy and food is delicious. We talk about why yeast is fascinating, and Katy Perry's boobs. Warning: this episode might make you hungry.

Stuff mentioned in this show:

Photo : Zuidhof, MJ, et al. 2014 Poultry Science

Photo : Zuidhof, MJ, et al. 2014 Poultry Science

Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.
— Warren Buffet


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Mars

One day all humanity is going to be wiped off the face of the planet. What do we do when it does? In this episode, Sam and Simon talk about getting to Mars, doomsday scenarios and the things we want to learn about the world before we all die.

Physics. It will happen to you.
— Simon Dingle

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