Cortex 17: Dialing Down


  I was looking at this package like what the hell got delivered to my house I [TS]

  don't understand what would i order that's about the size and I know what it [TS]

  is unlikely he said look at the box and try and work out before you open the box [TS]

  I would seem you parks going into a topic that I'm not really even sure how [TS]

  to explain myself so this is a hard thing to start yeah I completely follow [TS]

  you and I think that this will come through in our conversation today I [TS]

  think to try and fill people in on what we're about to start talking about today [TS]

  you vaguely mentioned at the end of the last episode we were working on a blog [TS]

  post and i ended up including it in the show not but we didn't talk about it on [TS]

  the show that wasn't out yet you hadn't finished it and this post was called [TS]

  dialing down which CGP grey dot com on your blog and you're basically talking [TS]

  about I'm gonna put words in a mountain and then ask you to try and summarize [TS]

  what you've written basically talking about the effect that the internet [TS]

  housing your life and how you're trying to shut some of it out [TS]

  yeah yeah I think that's fair [TS]

  the blog post came about in a bit of a strange way because I had been thinking [TS]

  for a while about trying to take a bit of his step back from the internet and I [TS]

  mean the internet and a very very Broadway right now which will talk about [TS]

  it more later perhaps but I was thinking about taking a step back from the [TS]

  internet and it started with me thinking that maybe I want to just not be on [TS]

  Twitter as much as I am and so I started to write a tweet thinking let me just [TS]

  say that I'm going to stay off Twitter for a little while this will publicly [TS]

  commit me to being off Twitter for a little while and I'll just post it [TS]

  quickly and just kind of get on with the day but of course it has the 140 [TS]

  character limit so I tried to write something out and realized I can't quite [TS]

  express my thoughts on this honored and 40 characters let me just quickly opened [TS]

  up a text file and try to write out what I'm thinking and condense it down to a [TS]

  tweet and then as these things go sometimes I was later looking at a 1500 [TS]

  word mess that I poured out on the pages I don't think this is a tweet anymore I [TS]

  think I am attempting to explain to myself something that I'm trying to do [TS]

  and so yes last Thursday when we recorded that show I kinda knew there [TS]

  was something on my mind because I had this big mess of a draft of a blog post [TS]

  but I didn't exactly know what it was but over the next couple of days which [TS]

  is relatively fast for me to actually published something I wrote up this [TS]

  article about several areas that I want to turn down in my life and I posted it [TS]

  on the website and this was a bit of a public commitment device to myself to [TS]

  make sure that this is a thing that I was actually going to do are you able to [TS]

  really explain why you feel the need to do this because I mean in a nutshell [TS]

  you've cut some entertainment stuff out which will talk about but the majority [TS]

  is you're basically removing el cell from a lot of social media activity [TS]

  yeah okay so in preparing for the show i was thinkin ok let me walking around and [TS]

  trying to do as I do before the show is organized the thoughts in my head what [TS]

  is my how do I explain in words this thing that I have written and I think [TS]

  that the most concise way I can come up to describe it is that I have been aware [TS]

  I would say largely since the summer of this increasing feeling that I am [TS]

  overwhelmed but because of some events that happened in the last month or two [TS]

  is partly that like I've been working a little less because I've been focusing a [TS]

  bit more on my health and a couple of videos they just didn't work out so I [TS]

  had to scrap them at the last moment said taking a bunch of stuff off my [TS]

  plate there were a few things that combined to make me realize that there [TS]

  was there was this disparity that I was feeling overwhelmed but if i sat down [TS]

  and wrote down on a piece of paper what are the things that I actually have to [TS]

  do how much time do actually have to do them the feeling of overwhelm was like [TS]

  an illusion I wasn't genuinely overwhelmed like I've spent a lot of [TS]

  time and effort as we've discussed on the show [TS]

  trying to arrange my life in such a way that it is the life that I wants to live [TS]

  and one of the components of that is not being over committed to things so I [TS]

  rarely accept new projects I tried to severely limit the number of things that [TS]

  I work on but somehow overtime this feeling of overwhelm had been growing [TS]

  and I realize that it was not in proportion to the amount of things I was [TS]

  actually currently working on so so this is me trying to figure out where where [TS]

  did this come from like that's why I was partly writing this article is to try to [TS]

  figure out like what is the source of this somewhat incorrect feeling and [TS]

  thinking back the other time I can remember feeling like this was when I [TS]

  was in college and remember having a similar feeling up boy I'm really [TS]

  overwhelmed [TS]

  named but if I actually sat down and wrote out lists in my then super cool [TS]

  palm pilot of the things I actually had to do is you really have an overwhelming [TS]

  number of things to do its it was a bit like ok the transition from high school [TS]

  to college was well actually you have way more free time than ever and [TS]

  objectively you have far fewer things to do so why does this feeling of over [TS]

  wellness in college happened when you just like there's not actually more [TS]

  things to do it if anything there's fewer things to do so that that's that's [TS]

  kinda what I was I was trying to think through and the thesis point here was [TS]

  that the the the thing that was similar between then and now [TS]

  was recognizing that I have let a lot of inputs into my life and so in this [TS]

  conversation when I'm talking about the internet what I really mean is i'm [TS]

  talking about all of these digital vectors these digital sources of [TS]

  information that reach me in one way or another and so this includes things like [TS]

  not just social media so it's not like things are going on Twitter and I see [TS]

  what all these people on Twitter doing and then I go over to read it and I look [TS]

  at all the stories on reddit in the checkout Hacker News they checked all [TS]

  the things on Hacker News it's not just that because I've been well not so much [TS]

  Twitter but like with credits and read it like places like Slashdot back in the [TS]

  day I spent my whole life on sites like that and that's that's not anything new [TS]

  but it's over time there's been this increase in the number of things that [TS]

  deliver information my way so it includes things like I use Instapaper [TS]

  but I set up a system so that there's a lot of articles that just show up in [TS]

  Instapaper automatically for me to read and then I have this podcast app that I [TS]

  use which automatically use collecting all of these podcasts and so I had [TS]

  overtime somehow ended up with several dozen different podcasts that I was [TS]

  listening to look at all of these shows are always available for me to listen to [TS]

  and I'm spending a lot of time listening to them [TS]

  whenever I'm walking around like this is a source of input and then on top of [TS]

  that there is just this this other thing that happens when you're doing well in [TS]

  your career like there's a lot of people who want your time and attention for [TS]

  various projects and so there's a lot of people who interact with in a [TS]

  professional manner in one way or another [TS]

  who are instant messaging me or I'm suddenly on three different slack teams [TS]

  like how did this happen I just think these things have just added up over [TS]

  time that there are many many different ways that people can reach me so when I [TS]

  say the internet I'm kind of referring to all of these things together because [TS]

  they all come to me through the internet and so I think that's that's the [TS]

  conclusion that I've come to is that it is in aggregate all of these things [TS]

  together many many many of which are non actionable information that is coming to [TS]

  me that I have chosen to have come to me that have led to this feeling of [TS]

  overwhelm Ennis that is like an illusion [TS]

  it's not real but I think the its related to like the number of things [TS]

  that I am letting into my brain it's not related to the number of things that I [TS]

  actually have to do and we may talk about it later but I think this is also [TS]

  had a bit of an effect on my work and my outfit so the result of you reading in [TS]

  consuming information is doing something in your brain which is making your brain [TS]

  think it has more to deal with than his yeah maybe maybe the way I'm thinking [TS]

  about it is the word that keeps coming to my mind is fragmented I feel like my [TS]

  attention and my thoughts are fragmented over a very large number of very small [TS]

  things [TS]

  and at least for me anyway I don't think that's an effective way to be so that's [TS]

  that's the way it feels like this all of this stuff coming in leaves too [TS]

  fragmented attention one of the places are really first noticed this was [TS]

  actually with reading articles in Instapaper [TS]

  include this article if I cut it was boring but everyday I have some time [TS]

  that I set aside for reading because I think it's a good activity to do and i [TS]

  also think it's important for my work so I have some blocks of time that are set [TS]

  aside for reading and I don't know exactly when but at some point I seem to [TS]

  just have quite naturally transition from reading books too much more reading [TS]

  articles that were in Instapaper they were coming from blogs that I like from [TS]

  writers that I like and so I open up Instapaper and like the Justice this [TS]

  collection of articles that I want to see is in there but I was aware of [TS]

  after spending save forty minutes sitting down and reading a bunch of [TS]

  articles that I felt I felt like exhausted after that process it didn't [TS]

  feel like oh boy this is something that I am glad that I have done like I've sat [TS]

  down I've spent 40 minutes going through a book at the end of that I would feel [TS]

  like okay this is good I feel interested in the argument that this person is [TS]

  making them following someone explaining themselves over time now instead I'm [TS]

  spending 40 minutes but it spread across 15 different articles that are perhaps [TS]

  touching on you know twenty different topics all told between them and and [TS]

  that just thought really tiring it didn't feel like I don't think this is a [TS]

  good a good way to spend what I think of as a reading time and so that I think [TS]

  that helped kick off a little thought process in my mind like why do you feel [TS]

  tired after reading a bunch of articles in a way that you don't feel tired if [TS]

  you spent that time reading a book because you've been engaged in the same [TS]

  activity for the same amount of time like what's different between these two [TS]

  things and the answer is that somehow following a single person's arguments in [TS]

  a book for that same amount of time [TS]

  is a better experience for me than reading a bunch of different authors [TS]

  talking about a bunch of different things over that same period of time I'm [TS]

  just trying to understand the way in which job rain could potentially be [TS]

  working this is something that is unique to you in this way but I I don't think [TS]

  that it is completely unique so quite interestingly two days before you [TS]

  publish that blog post I decided that I was going to take a week away from [TS]

  Twitter so it's gonna take a complete week away I love doubt change I have my [TS]

  government change my password i delete all the actor my devices and I didn't [TS]

  log in to Twitter to post anything for a week and I spoke about this on a couple [TS]

  of episodes of another show analog and operating citizen the show nerds but [TS]

  essentially don't want to do this for two reasons one I felt like I was [TS]

  spending too much time on to her and it was doing partly what you have explained [TS]

  what when i read your blog post and like this one line where you said he came to [TS]

  realize the overworld problem wasn't about the number of things to do but was [TS]

  about the number of things he lay into his brain is that was something I was [TS]

  definitely feeling that I was allowing the world to control my emotions in a [TS]

  slightly different and interesting ways of people we weren't able to control [TS]

  emotions directly wasn't my friends family co-workers are things that are [TS]

  happening in my life that you have an effect on me but the thoughts and [TS]

  feelings of other people that I was reading was affecting my emotions in one [TS]

  way or another [TS]

  and/or it was just a lot of time spent every day where I could be doing other [TS]

  things where I was just consuming [TS]

  tiny pieces of information from close to 600 from people you follow 600 people on [TS]

  Twitter I did [TS]

  ok I guess that's something that has James this is like a long process i that [TS]

  number down from a thousand to 600 [TS]

  over few weeks cuz I could feel like something was happening and then I [TS]

  decided to just cut my losses for a week and just not not go there at all you [TS]

  know then senator twitter is a really important source of information of news [TS]

  await your friends see what's going on in the world like it is a real important [TS]

  salsa me but I've realized that the only way that I could come to any kind of [TS]

  solid decisions or to try and learn anything was no cold turkey so I could [TS]

  completely understand what was going on and I said a bunch of myself I could go [TS]

  to / CT bigger ever wanted to but I couldn't read my own timeline [TS]

  and I couldn't respond to be you turn yourself into a Twitter lurker that's [TS]

  what you did ya effectively just like peeking through the window by was [TS]

  allowed to go and sit down to dinner everybody and I think I learned some [TS]

  pretty valuable things and I very quickly came to the realization that it [TS]

  was probably better for me to be spending less time there because I felt [TS]

  pretty productive during that week I felt in control of my own emotions in me [TS]

  in a slightly different way to usual and it really just allowed me to kind of [TS]

  refocus what I wanted to do with some of my life going forward select now I'm I [TS]

  cut that number down from like five hundred to three hundred and something [TS]

  like a bunch of people I'm disabling retweet from bunch of people like it's [TS]

  now a big process where I am attempting to go through and have their be less [TS]

  streets in my timeline right because what I've realized is it there is less [TS]

  stuff there it takes up less time to look through it and it has the [TS]

  opportunity to make less of an effect on me so that was kind of the thought [TS]

  process that led me to do this to take this experiment [TS]

  and then to go for from I've learnt the more important than anything else I'm [TS]

  now thinking about it a lot when I am interacting online and trying to [TS]

  consider what this could be a voice because I was fine without that week [TS]

  comes totally fine for the week without whether you were fine [TS]

  yeah it was like this is okay like I don't miss this as much but it remains [TS]

  to be very important business like I get a lot of news and information which [TS]

  helped inform the shows I promote stuff that I do I see what other people [TS]

  working on like it still is very very important so I'm kind of a point where I [TS]

  can't be without it completely but what I can do is make more informed decisions [TS]

  and choices about the way they interact with that part of my life so that's [TS]

  where I'll and was with that but you've gone way for me [TS]

  well so is interesting because we we talked about this very briefly after the [TS]

  last episode because we did we stumbled upon that we were both doing the same [TS]

  thing at the same time or I should say a similar thing at the same time and I [TS]

  think we're doing it for very different reasons but one thing that connects our [TS]

  modern quandary in a way is that it is not possible to just totally step back [TS]

  from the internet for most people and for us in particular where our lives are [TS]

  really dependent on the internet I mean in some crazy way the thing that he [TS]

  would really want to do is be right now in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains with [TS]

  no internet connection and just a bunch of books and thinking like a cat I need [TS]

  to just do like this digital detox in and just think about some stuff and sort [TS]

  some stuff out and just be here with my thoughts and my books and to do all of [TS]

  this but that is not possible with the modern world and that is [TS]

  really not possible with my business like if I disappear from the internet [TS]

  for a couple of months to be a crazy person living in a place without [TS]

  internet connection that's that's a huge problem for me and my business is not [TS]

  something that can really be done and that's partly what I'm trying to express [TS]

  in that article that I wrote is well I can't turn these things off off forever [TS]

  but I'm trying to figure out how to dial down he's imports how to reduce them to [TS]

  a level where I feel better about this but total elimination is not practical [TS]

  and it's not possible although for the purposes of this experiment there are [TS]

  few things that I am totally eliminating but in the in the long run it's not a [TS]

  thing that I could just say I'm gonna give up I'm just gonna give it to her [TS]

  like I don't know I never gonna look at Twitter again there's just not practical [TS]

  and why should say something like read it and just in general conversations on [TS]

  the Internet where people argue like I'm not going to give those up I love those [TS]

  I really love them they're also part of my business as part of the feedback [TS]

  mechanism that part of what I do so I can't give up internet feedback for [TS]

  business reasons and I can't give it up because it's something that I just [TS]

  genuinely like as well but I'm just trying to figure out where where is the [TS]

  appropriate setting with these things so where is your information coming from [TS]

  now because it just outlined you've you've your restricting access to [TS]

  Twitter YouTube and podcasts right there kind of the four main things having [TS]

  restrictions and the restrictions vary depending on the service yeah let's go [TS]

  here is the most strictly streak may be one of the biggest things that felt like [TS]

  just too much of an impact in my life was podcasts I had gotten into this [TS]

  habit of just listening to podcasts at any moment in my life where there might [TS]

  be the tiniest bit of [TS]

  boredom and so I know that's what they're for that we had cats right now [TS]

  maybe I shouldn't be telling people I don't listen to podcasts and I'm not [TS]

  ready should listen to all of the good shows but for me anyway I just found [TS]

  that I was it was very much reflexive go to put on a podcast at every moment when [TS]

  you can possibly have one and the way I set it up was that I had this this [TS]

  endless playlist that was just like the CGP grey radio station shows that CGP [TS]

  grey likes it when one show ends at the next hour just begins to run through [TS]

  this this endless endless radio stream and so I felt like there was just too [TS]

  much of this in my life and so what I have done for the month of November is [TS]

  that I have uninstalled the podcast app from all of my iOS devices so there's no [TS]

  podcasts on my phone and because I knew lately and addiction circles we talk [TS]

  about substitute behavior is where you take you have to decide like okay you [TS]

  pick your poison right you going to remove one thing but you're very [TS]

  naturally going to fill it up with something else and so I knew like I'm [TS]

  probably going to just replace this with audio books and so I also uninstalled [TS]

  the audiobook stuff from from my devices well my feeling was ok look no spoken [TS]

  audio on my phone that's that's one of these things I want to achieve because [TS]

  there's way too much of this so I wanted to a month with none of this that's [TS]

  probably the most extreme thing or if you have any questions about that shit [TS]

  on I just had to is so I have nothing more to say than that really it is [TS]

  strange that listening to that has been weird was closed because they are the [TS]

  premium way to get any kind of information [TS]

  just got to choose yes this is this is very true the other premium way to get [TS]

  any kind of information [TS]

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  this show so after that easy stuff [TS]

  Hacker News is a reddit like they're really saying that but if they read it [TS]

  like discussion board mainly focus on technology stuff I've blocked that from [TS]

  all of my various devices I have turned off all the things that automatically [TS]

  puts articles into my Instapaper cue so that's just gone now the only things [TS]

  that are added Instapaper as if I add something manually which is very rare I [TS]

  haven't logged on to Twitter at all this month so far so very much like you I'm [TS]

  not going on to Twitter I'm not posting anything on the account I haven't looked [TS]

  at any at messages I like I have no idea what's going on there I didn't set up a [TS]

  things of that Twitter should email me people direct message me or something [TS]

  but I just haven't even gone to my email fully gotten any of those on set up an [TS]

  emergency system but then want jacket that's pretty much what they are right I [TS]

  never set that up with my filters that are going to the top level oh well it [TS]

  was a funny thing to me like I was getting DM's were important but I hadn't [TS]

  said anything up just let them go so when I came back off that week as I call [TS]

  here are a bunch of things I actually really did need to know about [TS]

  yeah I did have a little bit of difficulty with that where there was a [TS]

  friend who was visiting London and was trying to coordinate things over direct [TS]

  message with me and it just so happened that they did that but moments before I [TS]

  fully shut down the system and I was able to listen over the next couple of [TS]

  days you need to instant message me this is not that he can't do this over diem [TS]

  on Twitter I will not see any of this but I'm going to London and I won't have [TS]

  a phone I don't like I don't know man like you just gotta figure this out the [TS]

  problem now it worked out fine as these things often do there so few problems [TS]

  that are really problems [TS]

  but yes I'm not directly posting anything on Twitter I am using a system [TS]

  to still promote my stuff which we might come to you later but I have not logged [TS]

  on to Twitter at all the most difficult one is credits and what to do about read [TS]

  it because I do like to post my stuff there and I do consider the community [TS]

  people on ready to leave feedback a vital part of the work that I do so i [TS]

  cant just block read it everywhere that's the one that is still available [TS]

  to meet you access but I really much haven't gone on record for the pasts you [TS]

  know whatever 10 days or so [TS]

  failed a little bit on that but i mean it's not wildly so that that's broadly [TS]

  speaking me to outline for what I'm doing this month and what about you chip [TS]

  your YouTube so I have this account that I used to subscribe to a lot of YouTube [TS]

  channels [TS]

  I've never been a big YouTube watcher but I've always wanted to know what [TS]

  people are up to but I've logged out of that accounts in these she say bad [TS]

  things about you to adjust podcasts I don't listen to podcasts and I don't [TS]

  watch YouTube CGP grey living in both actually but you so I have signed out of [TS]

  that account that I used to just follow stuff on various iOS devices and so this [TS]

  way I don't even see when I login like oh what have these various people posted [TS]

  like I just don't even want to know what everybody else is up to [TS]

  so these are all of the various ways in which I have isolated myself from the [TS]

  world [TS]

  alright so how is information coming to you because you can you cannot shut [TS]

  yourself off completely from the world you cannot do that is that doesn't seem [TS]

  like a good thing to do especially for a month so how how is any information [TS]

  coming to you [TS]

  how are you knowing I mean obviously not what's happening you know in the global [TS]

  economic whatever neither me or you read that kinda stuff but there are types of [TS]

  news and types of information that I guess you deemed important enough to [TS]

  want to know about like how are you getting any of this type of stuff or are [TS]

  you just not my thing is that you and I have never really been in big news [TS]

  followers but there's a lot of suffer if you just live on the internet it's [TS]

  impossible not to be ambient Leo aware of large events in the world but because [TS]

  I haven't gone on Reddit or Twitter I really have no idea what's going on in [TS]

  the world in the last 10 days and I mean think thinking if there is a wealth of [TS]

  what's my biggest source of input books I guess books now [TS]

  biggest source of input like I've been reading a lot more so you're not really [TS]

  getting anything of what's happening now [TS]

  right now getting information but it's not is a different type of information [TS]

  if they have dropped down to just a much lower cycle time for any any [TS]

  informational input is a new cycle happens on a very short period of time [TS]

  but now for the last 10 days anyway the stuff that's coming into my life that is [TS]

  new is very very very largely books or like I was gonna say a little bit of [TS]

  research that i've done for a couple of the videos that I'm working on but even [TS]

  that the the video project that I'm currently focused on are not super [TS]

  research heavy so even then it's not like I'm I'm happening to be on the [TS]

  internet or on the web anyway bounced around from my pitches quite a lot so [TS]

  I really don't have any input over the last week fell next duty where I [TS]

  sometimes I just sent you a thing here in there some like to know about this [TS]

  such a center to send you very little piece of information every now and then [TS]

  mister you have sent me a couple things but those are almost all the business he [TS]

  think that I need to know about but you can bet your we're even then it like [TS]

  maybe the normal channels it's harder to reach him through I have had more than a [TS]

  few people in my life be like Jesus you're really hard to get in touch with [TS]

  just under normal circumstances I don't know how it's it's a it's a nightmare if [TS]

  I sent grain and iMessage will he kill me like I don't know what the right way [TS]

  to contact him [TS]

  yeah I've had several friends of friends and family expressed the same does [TS]

  concern me like I just have a hard time getting in touch with you normally and [TS]

  now I feel like it's doubly hard like of anybody in the world you seem like the [TS]

  person who least needs to become more like I think I do need to become more [TS]

  difficult to contact your lucky I'm not in that cabin in the Rocky Mountains [TS]

  right now the dream really just like a thing to do but you know you don't live [TS]

  there forever that's crazy people do so how are you how's your devices as well [TS]

  knowing you as I do you've done something to them [TS]

  yes let me talk about what has been the most practical thing that I have done [TS]

  that I might suggest other people might want to try if they want to do something [TS]

  like this I have always been aware that and we think we've been discussing the [TS]

  show a little bit that for me [TS]

  mornings are a time that I have to get everything right in order to have the [TS]

  rest of the day go the way that I wanted to show that any any disturbance in the [TS]

  morning is bad news and I like these things to be nice and regular one of the [TS]

  things related to this overwhelming problem that I was aware of was while I [TS]

  have actually been pretty good about locking down my phone in terms of [TS]

  notifications oh by the way I did take off [TS]

  email from my phone as I fully expected that I would [TS]

  that didn't last and actually it came off maybe like a couple days after that [TS]

  show went up when we did the feed the follow-up that was me trying to solve a [TS]

  problem in exactly the wrong way I feel like I'm not getting enough done maybe I [TS]

  should I should add a constant source of stress and anxiety bring it closer to me [TS]

  haven't always been my phone now that was a terrible idea as i full well knew [TS]

  that it was but I was trying something different and it didn't work out but so [TS]

  anyway I've taken my life my phone I'm normally very good about just not having [TS]

  anything have alerts on my phone but nonetheless there are still some things [TS]

  that my phone is very good for that I want my phone to have alerts or so for [TS]

  example instant messages from people who are close to meet and as I mentioned [TS]

  before I'm on several slack teams for various projects that I work on and [TS]

  there are channels on those lagi teams where someone post something like I need [TS]

  to know and I need to respond to this because it's it's business related to [TS]

  these two areas where stuff can come into me and I do want to be able to have [TS]

  access to it but what i was finding was that even if I set up the phone as I did [TS]

  so that it never makes a noise it never beeps but there is just in the [TS]

  notifications or there's a bad like ok someone sent me a message or the slack [TS]

  message that I need to respond to I was finding that that was one way my [TS]

  mornings were getting disrupted by input from the outside world that I was just [TS]

  unhappy with and it sounds really dumb that someone just instant messaged you [TS]

  and i cant you just wait until after you're done with your writing session [TS]

  for the morning like after you do your normal routine can you look at that [TS]

  later [TS]

  well just knowing the badge is there is irritating it's like this little [TS]

  splinter in your mind or this grain of sand is just a bit of an irritation and [TS]

  looking at it then it's ok well either I deal with this now or now I have to [TS]

  remember that there's a thing that I need to deal with later i just didnt i [TS]

  didnt like this at all and I wasn't quite sure how to solve it but then I [TS]

  realized oh I know what to do about this now a year ago I was using the old [TS]

  iPhone 6 which I loathe for very many reasons and [TS]

  and largely due to your influence eventually switch to the six plus the [TS]

  phone that I like much better he found the right path it is it is genuinely [TS]

  much better plus I quite like it but because i buy my phone outright I [TS]

  happened to have this old six lying around that I just never quite did [TS]

  anything with a never got around to selling it on eBay or anything so I had [TS]

  this old phone and when I decided to do was I set up this old phone my six as [TS]

  this totally offline phone so it doesn't have a sim card in it so there's no [TS]

  phone number it doesn't have a data connection on it the only couple of [TS]

  things that it has on its is my music collection of exactly what I have their [TS]

  the little fun to see the property now this is the problem now is that we now [TS]

  have two things to keep track of and i was just using it before so I need to [TS]

  grab back early by like four of these and then have them in different bags [TS]

  like fourth line devices and two online devices to keep a log hi I'm back ok [TS]

  looking at my phone now to hear the things that I have on it I was trying to [TS]

  identify do it from memory because i sat down for a while trying to figure out [TS]

  what do anywhere so the thing that is on my little offline phone is notes which [TS]

  is where I just write down whatever pops into my head but they can't see but it [TS]

  but it stinks when I get home right now i cant connect to the wifi and connects [TS]

  to wifi I thought it was just like now it's not completely offline it just it [TS]

  knows the wifi in my house and it also known as the wifi Michael working space [TS]

  there are two places where I can connect and synchronize yes I have notes I have [TS]

  only focused so that if there's a couple of things that pop into my mind I can [TS]

  just jot them down I have music on there so I have something to listen to and I [TS]

  have my usual you little places where I keep [TS]

  documents as well just for again so I can add something to what if something [TS]

  pops into my mind and I have made to health-related things which is my [TS]

  exercise out and buy food tracking out to those are the things that thought I [TS]

  want to device with me all the time where I can access these things to [TS]

  either add to a list or to record the food that a meeting or to make a note of [TS]

  the exercises that I've done or I want to be able to listen to music somewhere [TS]

  but I don't want to have the whole world [TS]

  be able to reach me and so what I have done for the past 10 days is that when I [TS]

  get up in the morning I take this iPhone 6 with me out to do my normal routine [TS]

  which is I go out I go to my coworking space early before anybody's there I [TS]

  write for a little while and then go to the gym after that and then I come home [TS]

  for lunch I guess the first half of my day and I spend that whole part of the [TS]

  day just totally disconnected from the outside world in a real physical way [TS]

  that makes me feel uncomfortable so yeah why does that make you feel [TS]

  uncomfortable I can't imagine being completely disconnected it's weirdly [TS]

  liberating like I would be constantly worried that people were trying to get [TS]

  in touch with me about something they might be I don't know I don't like that [TS]

  I don't like that really I dunno I find it I find it remarkably liberating in a [TS]

  way and I did the same thing with the iPad that I right within the morning [TS]

  which is again taking off instant message taking off [TS]

  email taking off slacker took off all of these things and so I have the iPad [TS]

  we're really the only stuff that I can do on its is directly related to what I [TS]

  think are the core unique things that I need to do to keep my business moving [TS]

  forward which is primarily writing scripts like that's what I need to be [TS]

  doing and so that iPad is almost useless for anything else on the phone I have [TS]

  brought with me is totally useless for anything else [TS]

  just go into the coworking space actually removed the spare laptop that I [TS]

  had theirs was like I don't even have a laptop in a cubby to think you maybe [TS]

  I'll just check something on my laptop was like nope there's nothing here for [TS]

  you accept these devices that only do these very limited things right can we [TS]

  just put in enough for one second [TS]

  sure kaczynski one of the reasons that I think I can't do this in the way that [TS]

  you can use the way the opposite of front label this is it you work with [TS]

  people that people rely on me to do things for them which is fine I actually [TS]

  quite like that but it's the reason that we couldn't do this is your business [TS]

  primarily is quite solo intentionally very intentionally yeah you and Brady [TS]

  have to get something given me and you work on something together we're not so [TS]

  reliant on each other except in certain times and from my perspective those [TS]

  interactions like talking to you talking to Brady and then more broadly like some [TS]

  other projects I'm working on people on talk to relate to those or as we were [TS]

  discussing before the show like talking to my account into talking to lawyers [TS]

  are talking to any of these people from my perspective all of this stuff can [TS]

  wait until I am potentially less effective which is in the afternoons and [TS]

  that's the way I have set it up like this is like there's very few people who [TS]

  need me for anything [TS]

  first thing in the morning but then later in the day I can be open to [TS]

  interacting with people but I'm trying to preserve like when I am most [TS]

  effective in the mornings but yes this would be this would be a disaster for [TS]

  someone who say ran a podcasting network in which many people are constantly [TS]

  trying to reach him all the time and also i have a web site is under my [TS]

  control that can explode at any moment that can explode one of the times when [TS]

  you when I rang out in person [TS]

  exploded while we were having lunch was very sad day for you that was the most [TS]

  catastrophic explosion [TS]

  that there has ever been [TS]

  you look stressed it looked pretty stressed about it well part of the [TS]

  problem if we can if we can kind of pull back the veil what made that much worse [TS]

  as this was the exact day where I was trying to convince you to do this show [TS]

  yeah I can understand from your perspective that might have been less [TS]

  than ideal soon trying to its me I should do a podcast with the relay and [TS]

  at the same time you're looking at your phone constantly because relay with [TS]

  melting down before that was a very stressful and it was so that's why I [TS]

  don't feel like a kid should necessarily do that and and it's one of the reasons [TS]

  why I will always get late local sims when I travel I mean steven's really [TS]

  good at taking care of stuff like that when I'm away and vice versa it's [TS]

  something that requires my attention I need to be able to to deal with it even [TS]

  if it's just saying a yes or no to something yeah this is the thing that [TS]

  happens when you are running the business or the person at the top is you [TS]

  just need to given approval to a thing and even as a one-person business like [TS]

  I'm aware of that [TS]

  that moment we're like you are the guy at the top of the pyramid and someone [TS]

  just needs a go no go to allow them to to move forward but one of the biggest [TS]

  things for you though is you don't have any control over the majority of the [TS]

  platforms that you're appalled so it's kind of not really a responsibility to [TS]

  take care of some of that stuff right if YouTube goes down on thinking is like [TS]

  well someone somewhere getting fired problem and I'll just wait until this [TS]

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  domain thank you so much for their support of this show but anyway I wanna [TS]

  talk about this these medical devices that you have right so you have an [TS]

  iPhone and an iPad which are not your normal iPhone and iPad which are now the [TS]

  devices that you're using and they are pretty much shot off from the world [TS]

  right kind of recap and they have very limited applications on them for this [TS]

  reason but these devices are not completely turned off from the internet [TS]

  and the temptation of downloading the apps that you want so how do you deal [TS]

  with broadly speaking what's what's happened over the past 10 days that I [TS]

  have enabled restrictions on my own devices with a password that I know but [TS]

  on the other reasons why I like working with iOS devices is in some ways it's [TS]

  much easier to do certain things that is with your computer and so actually I [TS]

  find locking down an iPad is way simpler than trying to lock down a computer and [TS]

  so you can go into the restrictions area and there's just tons of stuff that you [TS]

  can turn on and off in settings on your phone they like this actually is [TS]

  actually something that are quite useful in there is little protest for anyone [TS]

  who uses a pop music by the way you can go into restrictions and you can disable [TS]

  whatever the hell that thing is that Apple connects you know things like [TS]

  Twitter for musicians you know I'm talking about if you disable Apple [TS]

  connect in Apple music that little icon goes away and they replace it with the [TS]

  vastly more useful icon for your music playlists but yes I said of all these [TS]

  restrictions for myself and so here's the thing the long-term plan is that it [TS]

  was supposed to happen last weekend but actually going to happen this weekend is [TS]

  that I have been collecting all of my various devices and my wife knows [TS]

  something's up she's like a pile of iPads doing here [TS]

  like oh you're gonna be involved in this later she was ok but what I'm eventually [TS]

  going to do is and I think should happen this weekend isn't going to have my wife [TS]

  change the restrictions on my devices that's because this is what I did a DNA [TS]

  is the password she kept in one policy would otherwise I was gonna slide back [TS]

  into further [TS]

  yes the thing is I have I have been actually quite impressed with myself [TS]

  about my own ability to not cheat on this that the restrictions having my own [TS]

  restrictions passcode is enough of a barrier that I like whenever I'm tempted [TS]

  to do something you do something from muscle memory for example I have [TS]

  definitely definitely call myself a couple of times on the computer for [TS]

  example of going to type in Twitter like right at the beginning and then the [TS]

  computer cause we can't let this page because you edit it in the hosts file [TS]

  alright yeah I'm doing things around not doing this of course you idiot right [TS]

  back to whatever you're doing so I am I have resisted so far the temptation to [TS]

  change it myself but I think it's much better if you even remove that option [TS]

  just take away even the possibility of you doing this thing and that's why I [TS]

  like there's no sim card in my phone when you're walking around you're not [TS]

  going to be able to even try to do any of the stuff you just don't have the [TS]

  option and I find that that is even more mentally freeing so I am assuming [TS]

  inducing thing where where my wife is going to have passcode she's gonna put [TS]

  it in one Password I can access her one Password like just in case she dies or [TS]

  something like i dont wanna find myself with no administrative password to any [TS]

  of the devices that are used because she got hit by a bus [TS]

  you have to have to plan for these things and that was pretty be the worst [TS]

  thing in this scenario right it wouldn't be the worst but it would be pretty bad [TS]

  you might need them in that scenario right to dismiss on exactly do you think [TS]

  I've got paperwork in the house like on physical pieces of paper now everything [TS]

  on encrypted drives all over the place of that stuff so the plan is to take [TS]

  away the options in the future and again don't go to the details of it but there [TS]

  is a lot of interesting psychological evidence that points to the fact that [TS]

  when you remove options just it is easier for brains to focus on different [TS]

  kind of activities even if those brains are capable of resisting the option [TS]

  anyway you know it's it's the old i call someone doesn't eat chocolate but if [TS]

  chocolate is in the house it turns out that this does have a kind of dreaming [TS]

  effect on the person's mind over time even if they never eat the chocolate [TS]

  because some part of their brain is constantly running a loop which is like [TS]

  Tony the job with the job of doing the job and you just remove that if you take [TS]

  it away so that that's the ultimate plan is just taking longer for me to set up [TS]

  than intended because I do have quite a complicated set up with various devices [TS]

  that I want to use it in different ways and also as I mentioned before this [TS]

  difficulty of cut out everything entirely like if I really was just [TS]

  cutting everything out this would be simpler but I'm trying to figure out [TS]

  where can I get access to some things when I need them so I think they're [TS]

  mostly sorted that out and I'm gonna turn over the keys shortly for the [TS]

  remainder of the month [TS]

  device be with all of your devices being the situation where they're all cut off [TS]

  the plan is that I have an offline [TS]

  phone which is this companion device for the morning largely for being able to [TS]

  jot down notes and go to the gym right need something there to help me [TS]

  digitally with that stuff and an online phone which is for the rest of the day [TS]

  so that normal people can contact me and I can try to reply in a somewhat [TS]

  reasonable manner and in doing the same thing for my iPad's I'm going to have an [TS]

  offline iPad that is primarily about creation and then I've set up a second [TS]

  iPad which is about administrative work so I will have email on that iPad I will [TS]

  have slack on that iPad I will be open to the world on that and so I will be [TS]

  able to switch between these two things and just to keep things simple the [TS]

  computer that I'm talking to you on right now because it's much harder to [TS]

  lock down computers I'm having the computer setup as an administrative [TS]

  stroke podcast machine so the laptop that I'm in front of a record my podcast [TS]

  on Edit podcasts on I will do animations on this and I will also have email [TS]

  available and slack and instant messaging all of that kind of stuff but [TS]

  I actually don't spend a whole lot of creative time aside from animation [TS]

  working on the computer and I'm almost always somewhere else when I'm writing [TS]

  like I go out to my coworking space or I am out somewhere at a cafe writing so I [TS]

  am just naturally physically separated from the administration machine that's [TS]

  that's the idea here and so you've also removed the ability to access websites [TS]

  as well yeah I my computer I have locked down Twitter Hacker News and credits [TS]

  those are are not accessible and even on the administration iPad it's the same [TS]

  thing although I have to say Apple's ability to block websites on your iOS [TS]

  device is the one thing that is absolutely terrible about it I've been [TS]

  playing around with it they have this they have this filter setting that you [TS]

  can put on which is the case if you want to ban a specific website you have to [TS]

  turn on this adult website filter like you're heading an iPad to a kid right [TS]

  and then you can specify ok it will automatically try to filter adult [TS]

  content and then it you can specify ok also blocked Twitter read it and how [TS]

  good news is using some dumb algorithm to figure out what adult content is so [TS]

  on the the couple times I've been trying to research stuff I can't figure out [TS]

  what if using to block various pages but I'll be trying to hit a page that's like [TS]

  at the New York Public Library and it's like I'm sorry this is adult content [TS]

  it's like ok obviously there's a word on this page that is in your filter and [TS]

  you're not allowing it through so it's not as great of experience on iOS I [TS]

  would love for someone to make it a content locker for iOS that allows you [TS]

  to put any password that would restrict certain websites surely you can do that [TS]

  with the new system would be my guess right that you could create a custom [TS]

  content blocker to block certain websites but that also requires a [TS]

  password to open up the content locker I think so much to do that one block early [TS]

  lets you block websites particular the password anyway that's I thought so you [TS]

  can set it up but you just can't secure it right like you like i would i would [TS]

  like to be able to do is be able to tell one blogger the thing that I use block [TS]

  all of the ads all the usual stuff block credit Twitter Hacker News which it can [TS]

  already do but then I would like to be able to say to one blogger don't change [TS]

  any of these settings unless someone puts in the magic passcode and then have [TS]

  my wife select about your passcode that would be the preferred thing but I don't [TS]

  know of any content locker that do that right now one of the things that you [TS]

  called out that you're using it as an application called buffer and you're [TS]

  using this to post stuff to places heard of this before but I've never really [TS]

  paid any attention to it are you have to use buffer even if you're not doing this [TS]

  crazy thing that I'm doing before his super useful and you tell me why then I [TS]

  just like the buffer is this service that allows you to schedule tweets [TS]

  that's that's one of their primary little selling points so there are there [TS]

  are circumstances say when you want to promote something where you want to set [TS]

  up the tweet in advance that's going to promote the thing but you want it to [TS]

  auto publish at a certain time and so [TS]

  you give buffer your Twitter logon credentials and then you can go to [TS]

  buffer right out the tweets and say post this tomorrow at 5:30 and so this is not [TS]

  just Twitter as well it's also used for brunch but the services I think it works [TS]

  with Facebook and I think it works with Google+ but no one will see anything you [TS]

  post on Google+ is a ghost town sorry Google you should have made something [TS]

  better but it will work with Google+ for anybody who you know cares about that [TS]

  kind of thing that's its primary selling feature is this scheduling thing what [TS]

  I'm using it for at the moment is when I post a podcast goes up or the video goes [TS]

  up or if an article goes up I'm going to use buffer to post that announcement to [TS]

  my Twitter account and this allows me to do that without actually log into [TS]

  Twitter and seeing what's on my timeline who was that message me what about the [TS]

  people I follow any one of them as me I don't want to see any of that stuff so [TS]

  buffer is allowed on my computer systems to allow me to interacts with Twitter [TS]

  indirectly and actually I thought I was going to use it to promote self but it [TS]

  it came up quite useful when last night or two nights ago [TS]

  Brady and I were discussing the future flag referendum and we decided on a [TS]

  deadline for that I thought you know what this is a thing I should post on [TS]

  Twitter to let people now and so I could just use buffer I could open it up [TS]

  post when the deadline was the flag referendum click and posted in just a [TS]

  couple minutes later so it's a way of being able to access the people who [TS]

  follow me on Twitter without going to Twitter that's why I'm using it one of [TS]

  the things that you mentioned that I thought was quite interesting is that [TS]

  when you were talking about getting rid of following YouTube videos [TS]

  is that you wanted to stop the kind of pollution of ideas and also for you to [TS]

  if you're working on a video and you see somebody else's work on something that [TS]

  you want can it just reminds me of Internet where you work in a slight [TS]

  video right [TS]

  video and then you can do a video [TS]

  yeah so there has been a policy change gray industries then I mean sorta mean [TS]

  this is this is a thing that I was kind of struggle with because if you make [TS]

  your living in some kind of creative field you want to make new stuff for you [TS]

  want to do stuff that's from a new angle and there's this feeling like oh jacks [TS]

  just look at what popularity and copy it like that's what i hack is and that [TS]

  someone who's trying to make something new is focusing on making the new thing [TS]

  but over the past several years it feels okay the thing about the same might not [TS]

  be true but I'm saying what what how it feels to me is that they're just a [TS]

  larger and larger number of people who are doing interesting educational [TS]

  content of some sort on the internet now I say that might not actually be the [TS]

  reality because what might be the reality is what I think is actually [TS]

  happened which is that I have over time [TS]

  curated a list of people who do interesting things that I am interested [TS]

  in in this field because naturally since I work in the educational video filled I [TS]

  am interested in people who produce interesting educational content and I [TS]

  think that there's a way in which people who do this kind of work have a sense [TS]

  for what can be popular on the internet what will people be interested in when [TS]

  you look at topics that other people might just not find that interesting ok [TS]

  so one of the funny things that happens all the time if if you say make popular [TS]

  educational content is people constantly pitch ideas to you just meet people in [TS]

  real life or just on the internet you like oh you should do a video about this [TS]

  you should you be video about this [TS]

  yeah I did this to you do you like three days ago I think they did it show today [TS]

  and I talked to other people who work in this field and everyone kind of agrees [TS]

  that there's this sense in which you can just tell when a topic is not going to [TS]

  be interesting and what it is [TS]

  is and you don't know what like why that is but there is like a skill to learning [TS]

  like what can be an interesting thing and it has very very little to do with [TS]

  how interesting it sounds when you first hear the idea but like there's something [TS]

  else about it so there are many topics which will sound interesting on first [TS]

  pitch but are actually just deathly boring to try to do and vice versa the [TS]

  best ones are the ones that seem like they're not interesting at all but that [TS]

  you can you can make really interesting but so since there's a lot of people [TS]

  working in this field I think there are a lot of people I have ended up [TS]

  following who have antennae that are similarly tuned to the world as I do and [TS]

  so what I'm trying to do is be less aware of what other people are doing [TS]

  because I think it's very natural that other people are going to do the same [TS]

  topics that I want to do because our antenna are all tuned to similar [TS]

  frequencies like we noticed something interesting or an idea comes across my [TS]

  mind and like we will agree I guess this is an interesting topic to do and is [TS]

  that that flag up so I think I sound particularly dejected because i were [TS]

  quite a lot on that video listening to it cause I could just feel like complete [TS]

  consuming sad that I may be more sensitive to it as somebody who also [TS]

  make stuff yeah right so I can I was maybe like projecting things that I'd [TS]

  done writing that was kind of thing but I can feel like you'd gone for rioters [TS]

  happening [TS]

  yeah but so since that has happened [TS]

  the video was the biggest in it that would ever have occurred but actually [TS]

  since that showed a similar thing happened again with like I was working [TS]

  on something and I was talking to somebody else and very naturally we had [TS]

  both identified an interesting thing in a topic like I I really do think that [TS]

  there is something objective to be found in certain topics and some people can [TS]

  see that [TS]

  and so we should very very natural that other people are going to work on [TS]

  similar things now I him the one who was always trying to tell myself like nobody [TS]

  owns the facts I wasn't the first person to do a UK video people will do videos [TS]

  on the UK after me and so I shouldn't be thinking like oh I should always make [TS]

  something new that that someone else hasn't done but I think really in the [TS]

  last year [TS]

  come to this this conclusion that they looking at my list of topics and this I [TS]

  when I mean the stop them in the big list of topics that I have two [TS]

  hundred-plus potential topics that I collect information on I don't think [TS]

  there's a single one in there anymore that someone somewhere hasn't done in [TS]

  other video form or on a podcast and so this is a thing that I need to get over [TS]

  it like stop intensely following what other people are producing and just in a [TS]

  crazy way act like I am the only educational channel in the world I'm [TS]

  going to assume that nobody has seen anything that anybody else is done I'm [TS]

  gonna try to just meet videos that I am interested in making and it doesn't [TS]

  matter if somebody else has done a video on that topic that that's one of the [TS]

  things that I'm trying to to do but it it connects into the over one thing that [TS]

  I was talking about in the beginning because it led to this feeling of like I [TS]

  want to race through and try to get all these videos out into the world before [TS]

  anybody else get them done and then I ended up working on like a lot of video [TS]

  simultaneously because I felt like I want to get all of them out into the [TS]

  world quickly but working on many many videos all at once to try to get them [TS]

  out faster resulting nothing but slower progress on any of the individual videos [TS]

  ok this is not just doesn't work at all [TS]

  working on there before that I put the video up I was looking at the project [TS]

  that were in some state of activeness and it's like I'm trying to work on 20 [TS]

  videos that wants this is just crazy like I'll take a whole year if I'm [TS]

  trying to work on twenty video the ones this is ridiculous like I just [TS]

  absolutely have to cut this down and just be like ok look I'm picking these [TS]

  two videos and I'm just going to work on them until they're uploaded and if [TS]

  somebody beat me to it [TS]

  ok I'm still gonna finish this video me be maybe a hold on to it and publish it [TS]

  like a couple months later if I happen to know but for the most part I'm just [TS]

  going to try to avoid like what are other people working on and just focus [TS]

  on my own things changes do you think that it's a good it's going to make the [TS]

  indeed because I mean look I say the thing that you hear every day [TS]

  did here everyday your pace of videos the slowdown lot maybe in Los year oh [TS]

  yeah oh yeah this is all coming out of me being unhappy with my video release [TS]

  schedule in the last six months in particular so since the summer like I [TS]

  have not been happy about the number of videos that I have gotten out to III [TS]

  like I have not been happy about it I was particularly irritated about it when [TS]

  there was one that was supposed to be for October but it just didn't work out [TS]

  that I was going to get it finished in time and part of the reason that it [TS]

  didn't get finished in time in october is that my brain was fragmented between [TS]

  a whole bunch of scripts so I had this idea like oh there's one video that I [TS]

  definitely 14 October but I found myself continually bouncing back and forth [TS]

  between a bunch of videos and and like as a one-person production house it's [TS]

  just not possible right I can not be working on that many things [TS]

  simultaneously it just it's just it's too slow [TS]

  nothing nothing is going to happen there so that's the other side of this coin [TS]

  then isn't it that you haven't really spoken about so much is that you are you [TS]

  dialing down from your social interactions but you're also trying to [TS]

  be more focused on your work [TS]

  yeah I think a number of people took the dialing down title to me that I was [TS]

  dialing down the amount of work that I am doing and that's not actually the [TS]

  that's not actually my goal it all begun in reverses it was really funny up here [TS]

  to start deleting videos that the natural that the natural progression [TS]

  it is not it is not about reducing output but I here's the thing I don't [TS]

  know if I'm right about this but I think that this slow creep up of input in my [TS]

  life over the past maybe two years and really reaching some kind of threshold [TS]

  in the last year I think the increase in that inputs is will lead to this desire [TS]

  to work on a large number of things simultaneously I may be wrong about that [TS]

  it wouldn't be the first time that I have incorrectly evaluated the process [TS]

  in my own brain but I think they're connected that when I am receiving a lot [TS]

  of information it constantly makes me want to bounce to a different video [TS]

  topic like I catch myself thinking there's a lot more that you know what [TS]

  know this is the video now that I should be working on to get out as soon as [TS]

  possible no this is the one I know that one that you are working before no thats [TS]

  the one like bounce-back bounce-back bounced back I would be inclined to [TS]

  agree with this hypothesis yet so here's the thing you were you said before that [TS]

  you had this feeling and this is where we're a little bit different but you [TS]

  have this feeling that the way that you were on Twitter was allowing external [TS]

  entities to affect your internal emotional states I don't feel that way [TS]

  I've always been relatively calm ocean breezes like the research on the face of [TS]

  it doesn't exist [TS]

  people tell me that my videos suck or that they don't like the way that I talk [TS]

  in my videos or that they hate my podcasts I get this kind of you back all [TS]

  the time and it's really ok man you know whatever I just I feel that my internal [TS]

  emotional state is not easily moved by people I don't know that that's that's [TS]

  but that's like a wiring difference right if I was wired differently [TS]

  feel that way however I think my version of this is that listening to lots of [TS]

  podcast that are about interesting educational things we're reading lots of [TS]

  articles on various topics and jumping between discussion threads arguing about [TS]

  interesting debates I think that has the effect of shifting not my internal [TS]

  emotional state but might internal focus state he keeps like if if my mind is is [TS]

  is casting a beam of light on the thing that I am currently working on all of [TS]

  these inputs keep knocking the lights to somewhere else and so the light itself [TS]

  hasn't changed in brightness but it just keeps moving from spot to spot more than [TS]

  it should I may be wrong about this but this is one of the reasons why trying [TS]

  this project this is this is one reason this is happening I am inclined to agree [TS]

  with the notion because they think I think what it is you are receiving too [TS]

  much inspiration yeah that's the problem as you're taking in all this [TS]

  the stuff more and more things are informing new ideas of things to work on [TS]

  they are so it's no more more more stuff that you consume them or ideas you have [TS]

  and that's why you end up with like four groups on the go [TS]

  yeah yeah that may very well be the case and at the very least like when I think [TS]

  about at some point I'm going to be dialing back up the imports I'm already [TS]

  trying to think about what what ways of dialing up would be good in what ways of [TS]

  dialing up would be bad and I think probably the clearest conclusion that I [TS]

  have come to is that I should just like I don't watch youtube videos in the [TS]

  educational field and I haven't for a long time and I think that that's a good [TS]

  decision like that that is definitely been a good decision [TS]

  I think the next step of that is with podcasts that this huge collection of [TS]

  educational podcasts on interesting topics I think I have to get rid of all [TS]

  of them [TS]

  oh ok yeah definitely right that when I go back to saying where do I want [TS]

  podcast in my life you know what kind of podcast you want to listen to I have [TS]

  loved I will always love spoken word in all of its forms this is just something [TS]

  that I really like I'm not going to remove this from my life because the [TS]

  thing that I like but this one genre I think because of my field of work I [TS]

  think of this genre has to go if you yeah I'm surprised you listen to shows [TS]

  like that if you'd identified that you didn't want to watch youtube videos of [TS]

  the discounted topic a natural extension of that would be podcasts where they do [TS]

  with explain things but even the gun this show a few episodes ago we did the [TS]

  things we were talking about that plan of money episode and a fire everyone and [TS]

  then fired the person who fired everyone fire grate terrible but that's it that's [TS]

  a show that i think is the kind of thing that I thought have has slipped into my [TS]

  life over the past years without me noticing because Planet Money felt like [TS]

  something oh this is covering a bunch of interesting topics is not really [TS]

  directly in the field of things that I do it sort of GE since to its but I [TS]

  think a show like Planet Money is something that I should not listen to [TS]

  anymore I don't think it's it's good I think it's too close in its own way to [TS]

  what I do so it shows like that I I will not be bringing back into into my focus [TS]

  whenever it is that I decide to actually dial things back up which might not be [TS]

  for a while I was actually thinking today it's very likely I might end up [TS]

  extending it for another month like I might do this until the end of the year [TS]

  but you only 10 days in [TS]

  but this is why I'm not committing to this now it's like actors it's only [TS]

  November 12th but what I was thinking this morning about it [TS]

  to try to talk about it for the show in some ways I feel like okay I cut all [TS]

  these things out of my life and it has had vastly less of an effect that I [TS]

  first would imagine my mornings are definitely better with the offline phone [TS]

  in the offline I pass this is exactly how I felt like I was like oh I was [TS]

  expecting to feel really desperate but I actually feel just WAY better I guess is [TS]

  good because now you know the reason you doing it is a good reason but it's like [TS]

  war this isn't this isn't good [TS]

  this isn't the outcome this is too simple like what does this mean I never [TS]

  go back like that stats that was the problem that the I was finding myself in [TS]

  like the way I can't stay away because there are too many things Titleist are [TS]

  important so I wanted to feel at least a little better but I didn't maybe if I [TS]

  would have done a month it would have the toll would have been a lot more than [TS]

  just a week but what I have no is now as I just let things and I'm making a lot [TS]

  of changes and feeling the effect of those changes in a positive way [TS]

  my morning routine of checking this kind of stuff is like half the time they used [TS]

  to be [TS]

  right that's great that's that's kind of what I was hoping to get out of this but [TS]

  I feel like there's going to be a point where you bring some of this stuff back [TS]

  in and two months doesn't it though it feels like a really long time that's why [TS]

  I'm not at all saying that I will do this I'm surprised a month right like a [TS]

  month [TS]

  see I don't think I don't think it really is and here's my reasoning on [TS]

  this i think a lot of this stuff is like has to do with bringing wiring for a for [TS]

  comparison for comparison the other like big change in my life and the one thing [TS]

  that has definitely since September slow down the amount of work that I'm doing [TS]

  is I've made massive changes in my diet so I've been trying to lose weight and [TS]

  the transition from the way that I used to eat to the way that I currently has [TS]

  been a a hard one that has taken a lot of energy out of me and that is largely [TS]

  about cutting down carbohydrates to basically nothing as much as possible [TS]

  and so this is my frame of reference is thinking about doing that and I feel [TS]

  like the effects of that we're not really clear until like six weeks into [TS]

  it where the first few weeks were like cutting out carbohydrate WAY WAY harder [TS]

  than cutting out read it or Twitter Hacker News feel like it's that has [TS]

  actually been quite astounding to me to realize this because it's how on earth [TS]

  is that hardly I like Reddit and Twitter and Hacker News way more than I like [TS]

  bread but it turns out that bread is wired in at a more fundamental level of [TS]

  the brain it's it's like carbohydrates are written in the silicon of brain and [TS]

  then something like interest in read it and Twitter are written in software like [TS]

  it is much easier it's much easier to change the light side engine but would [TS]

  not have expected the relative difficulty of those things to be the way [TS]

  they were I would have thought they'd be exactly reflect its not that I like [TS]

  maybe the internet doesn't show up in a place that you don't expect we're like [TS]

  carbohydrates do you know [TS]

  yeah that's that's definitely true but it has been surprising to me the number [TS]

  of times they have just simply failed about not eating carbohydrates and like [TS]

  two minutes my body was on autopilot when I wasn't paying attention in like [TS]

  now among the all carb diet like sitting here hearings begin like I don't [TS]

  understand how come from where the reddit if it doesn't happen in quite the [TS]

  same way but I guess what I'm trying to say but this is having done the [TS]

  dramatically reduced carbohydrates I feel like I only really understand what [TS]

  that meant after having done it for quite a while and I feel like there [TS]

  might be something similar here with cutting down inputs into my life that [TS]

  this first week says felt relatively easy and relatively painless to quite a [TS]

  surprising degree [TS]

  the main thing that's different is like oh ok I feel much happier limiting [TS]

  myself to two scripts that I'm working on in the mornings think this is great I [TS]

  made a lot of progress on these things are pretty happy about this and the rest [TS]

  of my day just kinda feels normal like I'm reading more fiction than I used to [TS]

  but things just mostly seem the same I don't feel like there's been a big [TS]

  dramatic difference but I suspect that maybe there's there's something going on [TS]

  that's more fundamental because when I say I I haven't noticed a big difference [TS]

  it also means that like this feeling of overwhelm is still kind of here [TS]

  right like that's that's one of the things that hasn't changed it does feel [TS]

  a little bit different like I feel better about the work that I'm doing but [TS]

  the overwhelming is there a little bit my mental metaphor for this comparison [TS]

  my mental metaphor is that it might be like if you imagine there's a big lake [TS]

  with lots of boats that are constantly stirring up the lake and if those both [TS]

  for the input I removed all of the boats and I'm standing on the shore 30 seconds [TS]

  after the boat had been removed saying why this water still so choppy like it [TS]

  takes a while to settle down buddy and maybe a week is just too short of a time [TS]

  period to actually see the results of what it is that I am doing and so that's [TS]

  that's one of the reasons why likes a weekend I'm thinking maybe two months [TS]

  right maybe I can push this until the end of the year but I don't know maybe [TS]

  maybe the end of November I feel like I have accomplished that thing that I'm [TS]

  trying to accomplish but I don't know I don't know man I mean I seem to think [TS]

  that you noticed is the worst as podcasts are you missing those great [TS]

  they are they are great and that is by far and away the thing that I noticed [TS]

  the absence of the most and even even my wife has commented on it that I mean my [TS]

  wife and I been married for quite a while if we've known each other for [TS]

  decades at this point and for as long as she has ever known me I have almost [TS]

  always had a pair of headphones either in my ears or around my neck and she has [TS]

  commented like it's weird to see you come home from work and you don't enter [TS]

  with the headphones on and then like take them off to talk to me or just [TS]

  being around the house and having the headphones on [TS]

  it's definitely different to not have that and that that has been one of the [TS]

  most noticeable differences and it is a little weird like I actually we saw each [TS]

  other in London the other day and this was more towards the start of this [TS]

  project but I had actually left the house with out any headphones at all I [TS]

  just totally forgotten to grab them because I'm not used to grab my [TS]

  headphones to be able to listen to music because I was so used to just well [TS]

  there's always headphones around my [TS]

  why do I need to grab them that I found myself out in London for the whole day [TS]

  that I have no headphones I don't know if I have been anywhere in the past 20 [TS]

  years without headphones who is the very very strange day in a strange experience [TS]

  I remember being horrified at this notion yeah I can't I can't imagine it [TS]

  seemed right maybe the F four men may be the last 10 years ago everywhere with [TS]

  weapons like if I went out for the day and forgot them I would go buy some yeah [TS]

  I can be pretty sure that we're not doing this project and had I discovered [TS]

  myself in central London without headphones I would have just bought a [TS]

  cheap pair of headphones for the day [TS]

  yeah I most certainly would have done that on the whole it seems like [TS]

  everything's going really well which a part of me that just refuses to believe [TS]

  that like there must be things in hurting what you mean by things that are [TS]

  are hurting though this whole process it sounds like it's perfect and that your [TS]

  everything's going really well there must be some parts of your working life [TS]

  or just to life in general that just more difficult in a way that is surely I [TS]

  mean when you say everything is going fine I do sort of agree with that in the [TS]

  sense that there haven't been major problems but like I said before it's not [TS]

  like oh I feel like all of my feeling overwhelmed has been completely lifted [TS]

  by I feel kind of remarkably the same as I did a week ago and that's why I'm also [TS]

  feeling that I might want to extend this for a longer but it may very well be [TS]

  that the next time we record with each other in two weeks I'm gonna be tearing [TS]

  at the walls right with my bare hands thinking man like I've just been [TS]

  isolated too long I gotta get the hell outta here so you Jimmy maybe looking [TS]

  back at currently in thinking he wanted to more than double this lake is he [TS]

  crazy person [TS]

  year no way to happen with that that was one of the reasons I wanted to talk [TS]

  about this today in such a setting up kind of way because I mean with the way [TS]

  you're thinking now we could be talking about this for the next four episodes [TS]

  are you doing great still good how are you doing in its gonna be more and more [TS]

  like a phone call with a hermit that was going to be like if you do this for 22 [TS]

  months how do you come back from this I don't know we'll have to find out in the [TS]

  future [TS]

  cabin in the woods to see you never you never know I might go with what was the [TS]

  kind of like pull back from the internet for a little while and then really did [TS]

  just like completely leave he wrote an article about it [TS]

  months months ago you know who I'm talking about I do it was at the verge [TS]

  yeah he was gonna try not going on the internet for a little while and then six [TS]

  months later he literally did write an article saying something like I've [TS]

  completely left the internet now I'm going to go live in the woods Palmilla [TS]

  he didn't use the Internet for a year and then quit his job at the verge came [TS]

  back and no way does know but it's nothing internet-based a year is not [TS]

  something I'm ready to commit to that's too much he's gone up a month at a time [TS]

  the reason why I was ok talking with us on the show is that this is a very [TS]

  difficult thing to try to talk about to talk about some of the internal stuff in [TS]

  your own work and in your own mind and it's doubly difficult when you work [TS]

  publicly on the internet you know in a stage where everyone can see but I'm I'm [TS]

  hoping the reason why i'm ok talking about though is I think it is it is [TS]

  valuable to hear someone identifying the problem and attempting to fix it [TS]

  the details might not apply exactly to somebody else but I really think that [TS]

  this is this is like an important life skill for people to have is to recognize [TS]

  that you are the solution either for your own problems [TS]

  if you recognize that there is something that is going wrong you need to be the [TS]

  one who figures out a way to fix it and it might like it might not be obvious [TS]

  the way to do it you might try stuff that is totally wrong and I guess said [TS]

  during the conversation just a few episodes ago I tried the totally wrong [TS]

  way to fix a problem that I was sort of where of which was by adding email on my [TS]

  phone which is the exact opposite of the things I think I should be doing but I [TS]

  think it's it's just useful to hear someone talking out loud about ways they [TS]

  are attempting to fix a problem because that's a that's that's how you make your [TS]

  life better there's no other way to make your life better [TS]

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  let's talk about something fun like yes we both spent an obscene amount of money [TS]

  on just really big screens are they just really big screens I don't know might [TS]

  well right now is just a really any of the other stuff [TS]

  yes we have both purchased ipad pros and we went out on the first day they were [TS]

  available for sale to purchase them now I just want to be really clear something [TS]

  we convinced ourselves that the reason we were doing this was for you because [TS]

  of course the thing that everybody would want to know is our first impressions of [TS]

  the iPad pro so this is like a little fairy tale that Mike and I were telling [TS]

  ourselves on launch day was we can't not go out of their iPad pros to check out [TS]

  we can not go and see basically what was happening is we were talking about them [TS]

  we weren't ordering will wonders never gonna order online and then grade tells [TS]

  me that he went he said call go on and on like I've got loads of work to do [TS]

  today and then grazed just two Devils on Eva shoulder saying to me like what more [TS]

  important work [TS]

  Debbie I can't imagine anything you'd rather do than go out and get an iPad [TS]

  perot I can't imagine anything that you would rather do it but at the moment [TS]

  like as a recording this there are no accessories in the in the stores so the [TS]

  Apple pencil which is the thing I think mean you're both most interested is not [TS]

  their neighbors the small keyboard and I'm sure that by the next time we both [TS]

  have them [TS]

  so people that don't like listening to talk about the iPad can be raised that [TS]

  they can now and then we'll also talk about it when we get the pencils well [TS]

  yes so we don't have the accessories [TS]

  we're going to do some first impressions again because we need to write this off [TS]

  as a business expense and now it is i think is how the accountants make this [TS]

  work I do just want to tell you my from my perspective how this came about that [TS]

  I have the iPad is in my hands now so on Wednesday which will [TS]

  I have the iPad is in my hands now so on Wednesday which will [TS]

  as according to Apple the day that iPad would be available for pre-sale and then [TS]

  they made some vague comment about iPad pros available throughout the rest of [TS]

  the week I one of these noncommittal things that they always like to do when [TS]

  they say product launching summer right he know when summer who knows so as we [TS]

  discussed in the last segment I was doing my total normal offline morning [TS]

  that I got up and went out to my office added a bunch of writing and then I went [TS]

  to the gym and then I came home for lunch and this is the point at which I [TS]

  pick up my online phone now and started talking with Mike and looking online [TS]

  about what's going on with the pre-orders I was I was remarkably calm [TS]

  about this whole process normally I want to get the pre order in straight away [TS]

  when I ended up deciding was I wanted to just take a chance and go into central [TS]

  London and see if they happen to have an Apple store just a demo units to try [TS]

  just want to see the iPad pro in person to get a sense of it because just like [TS]

  with so many of these products you can look at every video of someone holding [TS]

  the object and every video of someone trying something out but you don't have [TS]

  a good sense of it until you actually get your hands on it but i just want to [TS]

  see if they have a demo I went into central London I get around 11:20 or so [TS]

  I went into an Apple store and I go take a look around and I a sad monkey because [TS]

  there's no iPad pros visible for sale is a shame I just wanna just want to try it [TS]

  but ok we gonna do let me just ask one of the sales guys because normally [TS]

  normally I don't like talking to the salespeople in stores and I can never [TS]

  possibly avoid it but the Apple people I don't mind because sometimes you can [TS]

  trick them into telling you things that they're not supposed to tell you we're [TS]

  just hopeful yeah I did with the person I spoke to ya [TS]

  what can you say what information you go I just was just being very nice but she [TS]

  didn't really seemed she just seemed very late she wasn't sure of what was in [TS]

  the keyboard and then was like oh no we haven't got the keyboard she just seemed [TS]

  very unsure about it so whilst I was waiting for my iPad to be brought from [TS]

  the Bangko Sentral like she was like all they arrived this morning I was like you [TS]

  know like know we had no idea we just open the boxes in there with them we [TS]

  didn't even know anything about it and we will like it too big and I just like [TS]

  to ask ya it is great to pretend like you're a bit naive sometimes I try to [TS]

  see what you can try out I can't go into details but did want to have someone [TS]

  tell me far more about the store's security policy and a possibly [TS]

  well I want said somebody tell me like that some of the the tables have cash in [TS]

  the know that's not true that's that's like an urban legend I seen it man it's [TS]

  it's it's fun to talk to the Apple employees and they also I am absolutely [TS]

  convinced if anybody has worked as an Apple employee I i wud luv confirmation [TS]

  of this but I don't really need it because I know it's true that they go [TS]

  through some kind of training about how to have great conversation starters with [TS]

  people because anytime i buy something at any Apple store they always have a [TS]

  right on hand some conversation starter to do while you're trying to do the [TS]

  whole like waiting for the credit card transaction to go through I know there's [TS]

  a three ring binder somewhere that lists all of these things and that they they [TS]

  make them memorize a bunch to start off but so anyway this is the perhaps only [TS]

  store in the world which I will walk up to one of the sales people without any [TS]

  hesitation to ask some things so [TS]

  I go up to this guy who's just standing on his own and I say he do you know when [TS]

  the iPad pros are going to be in the store and he looks at me and he says [TS]

  there in the store right now I go oh yeah oh yeah like this really like you [TS]

  just come to the right guy to have a look and what I thought he meant was [TS]

  they must have gotten a shipment but you know they're like he's letting me know a [TS]

  secret that I'm not supposed to know that they're in the back storeroom but [TS]

  they'll be out tomorrow I like that so i think is gonna tell me what he actually [TS]

  does as he reaches for that little iPod iPod sales terminal that they have any [TS]

  says to me what are you looking for right now again i'm looking around the [TS]

  store there's not an iPad pro insights with this guy has like this devilish [TS]

  little smile on his face like he's gonna hook me up so I literally said to the [TS]

  guy I feel like we're doing a drug deal right now it felt like it was the secret [TS]

  the secret thing like am I supposed to get an iPad I don't know I don't quite [TS]

  understand I don't quite understand what's going on now I can get you and I [TS]

  petrol don't you worry we're under the details of what I want to eat a little [TS]

  buttons and runs off and he gets the iPad pro and he comes over to me and [TS]

  then we start doing the like paying for it [TS]

  transaction but before I am able to give him my card this other person comes up [TS]

  in like weaves him over so he steps away from me a little bit and i'm looking [TS]

  around at other person isn't wearing the uniform of the guys in the store he's [TS]

  not wearing the security uniform but you know that that feeling you have like [TS]

  this is clearly a person in charge right some people just radiates that or up and [TS]

  so this guy came over and like I wonder who he is I he has no markings on him [TS]

  but he's obviously in charge and so this the sales guy goes over and talk to [TS]

  few seconds and i cant hear with their same but these guys like nodding at me [TS]

  and the salesperson isreali confirming yes yes and then they both come walking [TS]

  back to me I don't like this I don't like this one tiny bits and I says to me [TS]

  so high on the manager of the Apple store in any reaches hand out to shake [TS]

  my hand so I say hi and then he says congratulations you're the first person [TS]

  in London to buy an iPad pro you're the first person in London to buy an iPad [TS]

  pro this is the first store that cut the delivery in our little purchasing [TS]

  tracking system you're the first person to buy one and then he says do you mind [TS]

  if we do some publicity photos with you right I i'm not the guy this is not the [TS]

  thing that I want but they helped you out but I said no because all I'm [TS]

  thinking I was like man this is not what I want I really don't want to be on one [TS]

  of those photos when Tim Cook is running through the iPad pro sales numbers at [TS]

  WWDC in the summer is like I do not want to be this person and I don't like this [TS]

  stuff so much that I don't even really like to be near the Apple stores at the [TS]

  opening time for any of their launch products because at least in central [TS]

  London they're just media circuses there's cameras everywhere at the Covent [TS]

  Garden store in particular there's a very often a professional filming [TS]

  equipment that's clearly being used by Apple to film everybody going into the [TS]

  stores I always stay away from all that so what did you say did you just say no [TS]

  i said im really sorry but i'd i'd rather not I'd really rather [TS]

  not OK and 100% to the managers credit he didn't push it a single time after [TS]

  that he wasn't like oh you know we really love you to do this but it was a [TS]

  bit of an awkward moment and it just felt like I really shouldn't be I [TS]

  shouldn't be saying no in this moment like you were clearly waiting around for [TS]

  the first person to do this [TS]

  ok but the story doesn't end here because I want to get the hell out of [TS]

  the store now because this is not my ideal shopping experience I want things [TS]

  to go smoothly and normal every time I have a retail experience the complete [TS]

  opposite to the type of experience right and so much is now people want to take [TS]

  your photograph I want to go in I wanna get a thing I want to get the hell outta [TS]

  here but this is this is not the case but so anyway now the manager still [TS]

  standing there and I'm trying to divert my attention back to the sales guy but [TS]

  like complete this transaction shall we say let's let's go through this as fast [TS]

  as we possibly can so I'm giving him again my card of like let's just get [TS]

  this and get the help and of course because this is the way the universe [TS]

  works the car that I give the guy had 40 it didn't work right it was it was over [TS]

  the limit and as I have always discovered in life when one car doesn't [TS]

  work it mean the other cars on the same account are probably not going to work [TS]

  as well and so like a fat guy a second car that was in my wallet it was like on [TS]

  a transaction declined as I have just given to cart to this dude and they're [TS]

  both declined the manager standing there and while that's happening some of the [TS]

  other salespeople have noticed that the manager is standing by me and that [TS]

  there's an iPad pro on the table and I tried like discreetly cover up the box [TS]

  with my jackets but I've also not purchased this yet but like people are [TS]

  clearly noticing and suddenly there's like four Apple employees all standing [TS]

  around and one of the girls turns to one of the other guys it was like [TS]

  the first one who bought the iPad pro pro and this employee she starts [TS]

  clapping right now again I totally understand any normal person would be [TS]

  fine now nobody wants to be clapped his girls clapping which then is obviously [TS]

  drawing the attention of other people in the store and now I'm standing there as [TS]

  the guy to credit cards haven't worked like I just 18 zip his situation as fast [TS]

  as I can so fortunately the third and final car that I had in my wallet it [TS]

  works the transaction goes 30 ok great I can't wait to get out of here themselves [TS]

  got sales guy again very nice like we were doing a little bit of talking about [TS]

  like what am I going to use it for cuz they have a great little conversation [TS]

  starters but my focus is on my complete this let's go so I'm ready to go I pick [TS]

  up the iPad probox which is huge and this is the moment where I discover it [TS]

  does not fit in the backpack I brought with me and so I just stand there with [TS]

  these Apple store employees who are looking at me like one to talk about the [TS]

  first pro the manager who I had somewhat may be rudely rejected that the press [TS]

  photos within like the girl who was clapping while the main sales guy ran [TS]

  off to get a bag and then he just sort of standard like oh god this is the most [TS]

  uncomfortable shopping experience I have ever had in my entire life [TS]

  the guy finally comes back with the bag I could not put the iPad pro in that bag [TS]

  fast enough to then just got out of the store like to get out of there any [TS]

  faster and when I was finally finally out and back in the street it was like [TS]

  oh thank god is horrific that whole thing you told me you had a funny story [TS]

  I so is this person told me something stupid not really a funny story like a [TS]

  sitcom [TS]

  that was written it's like somebody knew he liked what I imagine actually [TS]

  happened was the manager calls the guy oversight bessie to be great thank you [TS]

  so great I know how to influence guy for a long time [TS]

  right right yeah he like he's getting the girl to clap at all stages of the [TS]

  loop that would make sense the guys presson accounts elation but yeah i mean [TS]

  the thing that I kept thinking about that whole interaction was behind me [TS]

  right why did this have to happen to me I'm strolling in its halfway through the [TS]

  day already you know I should not be just by dumb luck the first guy that's [TS]

  registering in their system to be everything I have done is to avoid this [TS]

  like it would never go into a store right when it opens on product launched [TS]

  it happened but even when I'm just trying to be super casual about it like [TS]

  this this thing occurs so anyway that's how I got my petrol must now don't even [TS]

  care what you think about it but what do you think about it why don't you tell me [TS]

  what you think about your iPad 4 I've been talking too much my thoughts are [TS]

  like really complex and I haven't fully formed an opinion yet again [TS]

  reminder for people these are first impressions so we may very well change [TS]

  your thoughts later on it's really big like it's obscenely big like it's crazy [TS]

  when I first opened it I had that box there and mentally in my mind I was [TS]

  thinking this box is huge and obviously the iPad pro inside must be smaller [TS]

  because that's how packages work with and I forgot no of course this is Apple [TS]

  who makes box is exactly the size of the thing when I opened the lid I literally [TS]

  said out loud if this thing is big on bringing could not contain the thought [TS]

  just in its head like this this needs to be vocalized [TS]

  WAY WAY bigger than you think it is from any of the videos that you seen it and [TS]

  it also feels way bigger in portray yeah yeah which is obviously it's it's bigger [TS]

  in every dimension right equally but it just feels way bigger import rate than [TS]

  it does in landscape and I don't know why that is but it does feel that way [TS]

  the speakers are really amazing watching a movie on it right and I thought to [TS]

  myself this is the most iPad iPad [TS]

  what do you mean by that like everything that makes an iPad good it's got all of [TS]

  it more than any other iPad has heard before so like the speakers are ready [TS]

  graces music and movie sound really also monitor screens really huge the movies [TS]

  naturally will apparently like this is very iPad as it is and and I really like [TS]

  that I'm just really struggling with certain parts of it like the software [TS]

  keyboard is great and horrific yeah ok so my thoughts near yours in in that [TS]

  nothing I think it was bad but I keep thinking this is a computer without the [TS]

  computer whenever I'm using it feels like where's the laptop because the only [TS]

  time I have a screen that is this size it's when I'm using my Mac Book Pro and [TS]

  feel like I did I rip off the MacBook Pro screen but it still works [TS]

  oh ok this is this is just an interesting an interesting size to have [TS]

  and even though my first thought was the thing is just comically ridiculously big [TS]

  later in the day I was using it just for some normal work and I had it on a [TS]

  little stand like I would normally use and I was using a Bluetooth keyboard [TS]

  with it and they are actually I get used to the size almost instantly because [TS]

  when I'm using it in this way it feels very natural it feels like oh this is [TS]

  this is the laptop size but like you I have some serious thoughts about their [TS]

  software keyboard and my thoughts are mainly I do not like it I do not like it [TS]

  one tiny bits [TS]

  and I seriously angry about a thing which is that they have removed the [TS]

  split keyboard option for people who don't know because this is somewhat of a [TS]

  hidden feature maybe but on iPads in the bottom right-hand side of the iPad [TS]

  there's a button you can press and hold which brings gives you an option to [TS]

  split the keyboard into two pieces that then go to either side of the screen and [TS]

  the idea that is that you can hold the iPad with two hands and some type like [TS]

  year like you're on your phone and for reasons unbeknownst to me this option is [TS]

  not available on the iPad pro like I would have thought it was just a bug had [TS]

  I not had it confirmed in other reviews like oh no yeah this is this is removed [TS]

  this is not here anymore and I can't believe this because that split keyboard [TS]

  is the only way that I ever type on an iPad that when i buy an iPad the very [TS]

  first thing that happens is split the keyboard and I never joined it back [TS]

  again ever and I just I'm shocked that they took this away because if you are [TS]

  you looking at all the different iPads perot regular mini and you were to ask [TS]

  someone which of these screens least needs a keyboard that splits so that you [TS]

  can type with your thumbs I would say obviously the mini because it's so small [TS]

  already that most people could type if they're holding it with their two hands [TS]

  and that the iPad pro the biggest screen most obviously needs a keyboard that you [TS]

  can split so that you can type on either side but that's the one that doesn't [TS]

  have it and I am absolutely absolutely baffled by that decision I do not [TS]

  understand it like I don't think I can hold this time on it like on trying and [TS]

  I can't do it because even and portrayed to screen she's too large for me to be [TS]

  able to both hold and type on this thing at the same time you have to have it [TS]

  supported against something and type as you normally would on a keyboard [TS]

  which I understand because they will the screens but I get it right I know why [TS]

  this is happening but I don't know how I feel about it yet I got I don't know if [TS]

  it's a tradeoff and willing to accept I haven't continent decision their [TS]

  decision to remove the split keyboard is i mean this is the thing that happens [TS]

  with Apple sometimes they make a decision that they want you to use a [TS]

  thing in a particular way and they're going to take away your options do it in [TS]

  a different way and most famously gonna forget the exact match that was on but [TS]

  on one of the very early max when they were switching to the graphical user [TS]

  interface they release the Mac that did not have any arrow keys on the keyboard [TS]

  and the reasoning as we have interpreted it you like the historical ends is that [TS]

  Apple wanted people to be forced to use the mouse so we're not gonna give you [TS]

  our Okies like you're used to with your command line programs you have to use [TS]

  the mouse whether you like it or not and I feel that they taking away the split [TS]

  keyboard on the iPad Pro is a bit like taking away those arrow keys like we are [TS]

  going to force you whenever you are importing text on the iPad pro that the [TS]

  iPad Pro is going to be on a desk it is not possible to stand up and input text [TS]

  on the iPad pro at the same time unless you want to do the really awkward thing [TS]

  which is cradled in one arm like a baby and then try to touch type with your [TS]

  other hand like hun Peck mechanism to enter text like that the only way you're [TS]

  going to be able to do this [TS]

  standing up like I think that Apple is forcing it on the desk for text input [TS]

  and i think thats I think that's a bad decision I don't like that I don't like [TS]

  that at all like I'm I'm kinda doing it right now but I'm not comfortable in the [TS]

  way the holding this thing like I'm holding it right at the very bottom and [TS]

  I'm typing with my thumbs and it's uncomfortable to hold and I'm worried [TS]

  I'm gonna drop [TS]

  but the thing is I do like two keyboards I like having the numbers are likely [TS]

  actually characters I don't like that it's only in USA no matter what you do [TS]

  you can say put it in UK layout and it changes the glyphs but not the actual [TS]

  key sizes which is madness so I have a tiny little return key rather than the [TS]

  beautiful boot that you find a good UK keyboard and a sliver sliver of a Delete [TS]

  key yet the delete key is infuriating on on the new one and I will miss that [TS]

  every single time I don't understand why they have this bizarre delete key though [TS]

  because I can't type on this iPad the way I want to type on every single iPad [TS]

  that I own which is the split keyboard all the time I thought ok well let me [TS]

  just let me try to do this the Apple Way and type with their software keyboard [TS]

  now I have the additional problem in that I use dvorak to type and Apple does [TS]

  not allow you to arrange their inbuilt keyboard as dvorak so I would be useless [TS]

  at trying to touch type on this keyboard normally but I have spent many many [TS]

  years of my life going back and forth between forty keyboards in schools and [TS]

  Dvorak keyboard that I type on and I am very good at looking at a QWERTY [TS]

  keyboard and typing on it like that is the thing that I can do I can use both [TS]

  lay out by but looking at this software keyboard I have an extraordinarily hard [TS]

  time trying to type on it because it shouldn't be hard but just deeply [TS]

  uncomfortable because it feels like ok this is roughly the same size as a [TS]

  regular keyboard but I still feel like I need to hold my hands very close [TS]

  together to try to have them in the right position to type on this thing [TS]

  it's just it feels cramped even though there's more space and the buttons on [TS]

  the side feel like they're way too big like this shift button the size of it is [TS]

  really wide the keyboard just seems really uncomfortable to me [TS]

  and I thought maybe I'm just just I don't know maybe being overly critical [TS]

  but there are a couple of apps on my iPad pro there when I load them up they [TS]

  don't scale yet for the iPad pro and what it does is it loads up the [TS]

  old-fashioned keyboard instead so that all this an interesting test is an [TS]

  interesting comparison to the old-fashioned keyboard that doesn't have [TS]

  a shift buttons on the side or a caps lock button on the side where these dumb [TS]

  really narrow delete button the one that is on the regular iPad that everybody [TS]

  knows that I can type with relatively easily on the iPad prozac oh this is [TS]

  much more comfortable [TS]

  take the old one but just make it bigger so I don't know I feel like this is new [TS]

  software keyboard there they're trying to the trying to force people into using [TS]

  it and they're also trying to pretend like look at us with our full keyboard [TS]

  just like on a real computer but the experience of using it is for me I would [TS]

  say totally unusable I can't type on it like I would type on a normal QWERTY [TS]

  keyboard and I can't flip it into some mode so I can type as easily as I can [TS]

  type on an iPhone it's useless to me as an input device and so my conclusion is [TS]

  well any type of using his iPad bro I'm going to have to have a keyboard with it [TS]

  which means I'm going to be a keyboard cover even though I don't expect to [TS]

  really like that keyboard cover I I can see that I will never want to be [TS]

  somewhere with the iPad pro without the option of at least using a physical [TS]

  keyboard if something comes up where I actually want to type a bunch whereas on [TS]

  any of my iPad's now if I want to type on it a bunch I can do so perfectly [TS]

  adequately with my thumbs but not an option here but that doesn't necessarily [TS]

  mean that a bad thing right because we don't actually know yet [TS]

  like because there are still those things that I love about the iPad in [TS]

  general [TS]

  text entry like the fact that I would have to use a keyboard of this I'm not [TS]

  saying that is necessarily a bad thing yet you know what I mean like it's like [TS]

  this could actually still be really awesome but it just replaces my laptop [TS]

  to like 90% the things I use my laptop for [TS]

  this is what I mean by its Apple forcing you in a particular direction like with [TS]

  the arrow keys right they want you to use that built in keyboard I think it's [TS]

  pretty obvious that they want you to use that the keyboard cover is what I mean [TS]

  like they want you to use that it's a bit weird the iPad pro without anybody [TS]

  being able to buy a very strange decision like why not wait a couple days [TS]

  and sell them together but ok whatever you do it this way for some reason and [TS]

  so I maybe I may end up being in a situation where I'm fine using the [TS]

  keyboard cover or I might just like I do with my iPad is now just like I will I [TS]

  always have a Bluetooth keyboard with me anyway they use and so it's not a big [TS]

  it's not a big deal but it just seems irritating to me that to remove the [TS]

  split keyboard like they had to go out of their way to remove this and to [TS]

  remove it only on the iPad pro and that's the thing that bugs me about it [TS]

  and the other thing is it like there have been a bunch of people complaining [TS]

  about the software keyboard and I feel like with with this bigger iPad just [TS]

  another another indication to me like Apple please please sort out whatever [TS]

  the problem is with making third-party keyboards reliable if you want people to [TS]

  have something weird like the space of a full keyboard and take full advantage of [TS]

  it like there's a lot of amazing things that you could do here but it's very [TS]

  hard to use this third-party keyboards that I'm constantly flaking which my [TS]

  impression of it from talking developers is largely Apple's API's I I agree I [TS]

  would like it because it's kind of frustrating it's like we're gonna give [TS]

  you the ability to have these keyboards but they're gonna be really crap we [TS]

  can't we're not giving whatever it is we're not putting enough effort into [TS]

  making them as good as they could possibly be yeah it feels like it just [TS]

  it it hasn't been updated and [TS]

  the third party keyboard thing to me seems like a really sensible thing for [TS]

  Apple to do because we think about okay what should Apple focus on the ok should [TS]

  focus on this core operating system in the course features that it does [TS]

  should Apple be super concerned with worrying about every single keyboard [TS]

  layout everywhere in the world and every combination that people might want to [TS]

  have I i think thats a lot for any company to care about and so it seems [TS]

  quite natural like ok look if there's someone somewhere that wants to do [TS]

  something different with their text input like let them let them make a [TS]

  keyboard that's exactly the way they want and then they can put it on the [TS]

  store and if other people want to take and get it to it seems really natural to [TS]

  leave that to third parties but it's just not the current state of it is not [TS]

  acceptable [TS]

  usable what I've done is just mentally totally written off the ability to put [TS]

  text into the iPad via the software keyboard so in a way I'm pretending like [TS]

  oh it doesn't even exist and I just have to use this device with a keyboard and [TS]

  so has my way of not getting angry about it that's dealing with it that's good I [TS]

  don't know if it's good enough as a way to make me calmer about the situation [TS]

  ok I'm just pretending there's no keyboard on this device that's my mental [TS]

  framework for the iPad is there's no keyboard I just I always have to use an [TS]

  external keyboard that's destined to put them but anyway that's my only major [TS]

  complaint about it and of course it's so easy to complain about stuff but aside [TS]

  from that my first impression is largely I love this thing you know there there [TS]

  there are things that annoy me about it as there are things that annoy me about [TS]

  every piece of technology [TS]

  overall I also liked it because I can take two apps and I can put them side by [TS]

  side and its two iPads hey it's like oh my god I love it right so we obviously [TS]

  federico on the network has been testimony for a week of maxillary did he [TS]

  had a fantastic review we did a great episode of connected with him talking [TS]

  about it and he is the iPad guy right it's what he does all of his work from [TS]

  an iPad and hearing the way that he spoke about it like using it for a week [TS]

  so I guess I can see how he got like this thing is a beast and it's why I'm [TS]

  so anxious now to be able to try out with the whole package [TS]

  yeah especially the pencil [TS]

  did you see if you see in this but it's weighted so it can't roll away I have [TS]

  read every single review that even passing Lee mentions the pencil and I [TS]

  have found all of them lacking they not giving us because people aren't really [TS]

  talking about handwriting which is what mean you care about [TS]

  I was realizing this morning that the only person whose written review the [TS]

  pencil I would trust would be yours because everybody who's using the pencil [TS]

  is some version of I haven't written anything by hand in years but I can sign [TS]

  my signature with it all right that is not sufficient for what I am looking for [TS]

  I am NOT asking if it is better than the machine that does my signature on the [TS]

  UPS package delivery guy I guess is not what I want to know what I want to know [TS]

  is can I be looking at printed text on the screen and make a little insert [TS]

  character and right above a sentence what I want to be added to that point in [TS]

  the sentence like that is the precision level that I am looking for I don't have [TS]

  but I read every pencil review it was like this is not even not even within [TS]

  the light years of the amount of detail that has looking for but he even if as [TS]

  as we have tried to lay down our potential excitement for the pencil I [TS]

  can say that without a doubt even if the pencil falls short of what I wanted to [TS]

  be [TS]

  I will still use this iPad pro and absolutely loved it I was doing this [TS]

  morning I was writing a script for fear that I'm working on and one of the [TS]

  things I I'll do a little bit on my iPad air but it's just so nice to do on the [TS]

  probe is I have the script that I am writing on one side of the scream and [TS]

  then as a little column I have a bunch of notes about the script that can just [TS]

  stay in place that can always stay in my visual field so one of the things I do [TS]

  when I'm writing is to try to keep myself on track I like to make little [TS]

  bullet points about here are the three main points that this script should be [TS]

  about so that when I'm writing I'm kind of comparing every paragraph to those [TS]

  three bullet points like this reinforce one of these points or am I going off on [TS]

  too much of attentions and it's just really nice to be able to have lots of [TS]

  space where the whole script is there and I can also have these little notes [TS]

  to myself constantly visible on the side and not feel like I'm giving up a whole [TS]

  bunch of screen real estate to do it like I could do it on the iPad air too [TS]

  and I have been doing it for a couple of weeks now that things have finally been [TS]

  updated to iOS nine but it is a much much better experience on the perot and [TS]

  even a couple things like I installed I think in the future as we were talking [TS]

  in the earlier part of the show I'm almost certainly going to set up the [TS]

  iPad pro as my offline creation machine but when I was just testing it out [TS]

  yesterday I did install slack and even there I was getting some messages from [TS]

  the artists that I'm working within the current projects it is very good on the [TS]

  ice [TS]

  did you don't have to swipe any pains it's all there [TS]

  yeah you don't have to swipe any pains I was able to jump in and out of [TS]

  conversations the sketches and the storyboards and I was being sent it like [TS]

  oh this is great I can look at it on this nice big screen I have this this [TS]

  just this huge space to work on so I personally probably won't use it for [TS]

  that in general but I I like I thought man this is just really nice to be able [TS]

  to do this [TS]

  ended up reading a bunch of a book on the iPad pro as well as this is normal [TS]

  to have these two gigantic columns that text I really like not having to flip [TS]

  the pages much everything is great now that we were pooh-poohing the software [TS]

  keyboard in the beginning and it's frustrating but with everything in life [TS]

  there are tradeoffs and if there's an iPad that from my perspective has no [TS]

  functional software keyboard like whatever still amazing maybe the pen [TS]

  doesn't work at all [TS]

  ok fine I'm still absolutely loving this iPad perot so I am I am quite the happy [TS]

  man here the currently the way that I feel about my iPad Pro is like it's a [TS]

  member of my family which is there are things about it the drive me crazy but I [TS]

  just can't help but love it anyway [TS]