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Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.

Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.
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Every week two friends search for meaning in life and show off a bit. Sometimes we know a lot about our topic and sometimes we work out how little we know. We always try and have fun. You might laugh, get a bit angry, a bit sad sometimes, agree, disagree, nod, shout at us. That sort of thing. Michael made all our music. Have a listen. Tell your friends.






Episode 94 - Feeling Overwhelmed

Bit of a therapy session today; bit sweary. We talk about what to do when you've just got too much to do. And possibly talk shop a bit too much. At times. ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] Extinction Rebellion - International Rebellion starts 7th October 2019 - https://rebellion.earth/ [2] Michael’s new video - https://youtu.be/iZ5t21c9n3I [3] Quora answer with lots of Brexit details -...


Episode 93 - Handling Feedback

If you make stuff and have to deal with client feedback or reviews then hopefully you'll identify with our complaining this episode! ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] Economists podcast - https://davidmcwilliams.libsyn.com/rss [2] David Sandberg - YouTuber turned Hollywood Director - https://www.youtube.com/ponysmasher ---- Credits ---- Music and editing by http://michaelforrestmusic.com Talking is by Ivanka Majic and Michael Forrest ---- Support Us ---- Paypal Donation:...


Episode 92 - Disaster Capitalism

Sometimes only a traumatic experience can precipitate change. There are people who would rather profit from a crisis than prevent or avoid it. ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] Peanut - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHQskFONDXg [2] Disaster Capitalism video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL3XGZ5rreE [3] Fahreinheit 11/9 - https://www.netflix.com/watch/81014833 [4] Pindex Conservative Brains video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_mNm-tzuM [5] George Monbiot psychological...


Episode 91 - Meditation

We deal with video chat delays and have a bit of an app-development nerd-out but eventually we do get onto the subject of meditation and how itchy our noses get. There is also some discussion of the problem of setting boundaries with family members. ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] Coda - https://coda.io [2] Good Habits app - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/good-habits/id573844300?mt=8 [3] SwiftUI - https://developer.apple.com/xcode/swiftui/ [4] React Native -...


Episode 90 - Growing Up

Why does growing up seem to mean being unhappy? Why is childish play so frowned-upon in adults? Are fart jokes politically subversive? ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] School Of Life “How to talk to a partner so they will listen” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qttya5Fg7zM [2] Killing Eve - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7016936/ [3] Queer Eye - https://www.netflix.com/title/80160037 [4] AP Bio - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6461726/ [5] What the Health? -...


Episode 89 - Personal Change vs Institutional Change

We've been hearing for years that it's down to individuals to make the world a better place but there's only so much we can really do before we need institutions to pull their weight. ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] My monopoly experiments on Observable - https://observablehq.com/@blankstate/monopolies [2] Pimsleur Speak and Learn - https://www.pimsleur.com [3] I can’t believe you’ve done this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lBO23Dh23I [4] George Monbiot -...


Episode 88 - Unintended Consequences of Technology

We discuss the ways different technologies and ideologies have ended up being used in ways their inventors never intended. We also clumsily touch on Pride, Africa, Islam and Nazis. All the swearing has been left in this week. ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] What does a billion dollars look like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbVb63qPDQ8 [2] Image by @veektoreea https://weheartit.com/entry/100206721 ---- Credits ---- Music and editing by http://michaelforrestmusic.com Talking is by...


Episode 87 - Dystopian Visions

What are we so worried about happening with this whole climate apocalypse and late-stage Capitalism burn-out? We do a bit of futurology for you and forecast a world of philanthropists in space mansions, augmented reality blinkers and (further) criminalised poverty... ---- This Week's Links ---- [1] How America Criminalised Poverty https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/10/america-poverty-criminalised ---- Credits ---- Music and editing by...


Episode 86 - Language

We discuss the nature of different languages and levels of communication between different or the same languages, with a bit of machine translation on the side. It's hot in the studios though... ---- This week's links ---- [1] Laira Borodizki - How language shapes the way we think - https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think?language=en [2] Le Tombeau de Marot - https://amzn.to/2Y9S6WS ---- Credits ---- Music and editing by...


Episode 85 - Nationalism, Patriotism & Control

We were very hot and it took a while to figure out what was so unsettling about the role of nationalism and the concept of countries in the modern world. The upshot is that national borders seem like a pretty arbitrary thing to care about. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Using User Research - “Public Digital” https://public.digital/ [2] Greta on OPEC’s claim of “unscientific” attacks on the oil industry -...


Episode 84 - Bloody Brilliant Women

Swearing this week, sorry! Michael finished this book "Bloody Brilliant Women" recently and we discuss some of the highlights. Get ready to get angry... ---- This week's links ---- [1] Bloody Brilliant Women by Cathy Newman - https://amzn.to/2YL7OZA [2] Simpsons wanted an all male writers room - https://www.vulture.com/2017/08/mimi-pond-says-the-simpsons-wanted-an-all-male-writing-room.html [3] JP Morgan CEO asked about budgeting -...


Episode 83 - Freedom

Freedom good but isn't all it's cracked up to be. We explore a few ways to approach freedom and ways that, as a concept, it can be abused. ---- This week's links ---- [1] What North Korean defectors think of North Korea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyqUw0WYwoc [2] Woman refused morning after pill at Lloyd’s Pharmacy - https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/18/pharmacist-refused-give-morning-pill-sunday-personal-reasons-9972138/ [3] 100 companies responsible for 70% of emissions -...


Episode 82 - How to be your own boss

We woke up again this week and talked about the productivity and procrastinative pitfalls of working for ourselves. How do we use mushrooms for motivation and exploration? What's a good way to plan features in your app? How to monetise YouTube? How to plan your time? How to balance productivity and admin? Lots of food for thought. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Reconditioned Fairphones - https://shop.fairphone.com/en/refurbished [2] News Simulator - https://ncase.itch.io/wbwwb [3]...


Episode 81 - How to leave the country

ASMR sleepy episode this week. We consider life as Brefugees / Brexiles in other countries. What’s it like to uproot and leave? How do you make friends in a new town? How do children deal with it? Is it worth it? What is Brexit doing to us? ---- This week's links ---- [1] Restaurants Brighton jobs - https://restaurantsbrighton.co.uk/jobs/ [2] Refugee Week - https://refugeeweek.org.uk/ [3] Fear Setting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J6jAC6XxAI ---- Credits ---- Music and editing by...


Episode 80 - How to make a hard decision

Michael is getting sober from contracting. We talked a lot about gender inequality before we got started too. ---- This week's links ---- [1] London Borough of Jam - http://www.londonboroughofjam.com/?from=grandpodcast [2] Andrew Huang studio tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s65g3I98b6I [3] Searching - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7668870/ [4] Stath Lets Flats - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7524382 [5] Grayson Perry - The Descent of Man - https://amzn.to/2MDWjBD [6] Invisible...


Episode 79 - Buying Less, Working Less

How do we buy and work less? We cover a few ideas around the concept of value. As a couple of part-timers we try to figure out how many days we like in our work week. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Exit Planet Earth - http://michaelforrestmusic.com/posts/2016_ep?filter=releases [2] Fairphone - https://www.fairphone.com [3] The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation - https://amzn.to/2ELMyLi ---- Credits ---- Music and...


Episode 78 - Progress Update

Bit sweary this week, sorry. We talked about voting in the EU elections and mentioned Game Of Thrones more than once. Ivanka's got plans, Michael's working on things, took a break, failure planning. ---- This week's links ---- [1] Brexit Party - https://medium.com/@SJHolloway/this-is-everything-i-discovered-about-all-of-the-brexit-party-mep-candidates-2a59f8f850c5 [2] George Osborne -...


Episode 77- Self Actualisation (aka 'First World Problems')

This is a bit of a therapy session really. If you've ever felt a bit depressed even though everything is going really well, maybe you'll hear something in this episode to help you understand why. ---- This week's links ---- [1] US refuses to sign declaration protecting the Arctic because it references climate change - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-climate-change-arctic-trump-pompeo-declaration-sign-a8903706.html [2] UN waters down rape resolution to appease US's...


Episode 76 - What if we all got paid the same?

We talk a bit about hugging gravestones before getting onto the subject of equal pay for everyone. Like, everyone. ---- This week's links ---- [1] David Graeber - Bullshit Jobs - https://amzn.to/2VAcEvq [2] Video of JP Morgan - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/apr/11/jp-morgan-ceo-cant-explain-how-one-of-his-low-paid-employees-should-budget-her-salary-video [3] Bernie Sanders to Disney -...


Episode 75 - Climate Emergency

The UK government has declared a Climate Emergency. We talk about the implications. Sorry for Michael's echoey voice this week - sub-optimal editing environment. ---- This week's links ---- [1] UK Government Declares Climate Emergency -https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48126677 [2] Michael’s new video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyOJHO1p2Y Hans Rosling on global population growth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTznEIZRkLg [3] Heathrow Airport -...