Cortex 17: Dialing Down


00:00:00   I was looking at this package like what the hell got delivered to my house I [TS]

00:00:02   don't understand what would i order that's about the size and I know what it [TS]

00:00:07   is unlikely he said look at the box and try and work out before you open the box [TS]

00:00:11   I would seem you parks going into a topic that I'm not really even sure how [TS]

00:00:18   to explain myself so this is a hard thing to start yeah I completely follow [TS]

00:00:24   you and I think that this will come through in our conversation today I [TS]

00:00:28   think to try and fill people in on what we're about to start talking about today [TS]

00:00:33   you vaguely mentioned at the end of the last episode we were working on a blog [TS]

00:00:38   post and i ended up including it in the show not but we didn't talk about it on [TS]

00:00:43   the show that wasn't out yet you hadn't finished it and this post was called [TS]

00:00:48   dialing down which CGP grey dot com on your blog and you're basically talking [TS]

00:00:53   about I'm gonna put words in a mountain and then ask you to try and summarize [TS]

00:00:57   what you've written basically talking about the effect that the internet [TS]

00:01:02   housing your life and how you're trying to shut some of it out [TS]

00:01:09   yeah yeah I think that's fair [TS]

00:01:15   the blog post came about in a bit of a strange way because I had been thinking [TS]

00:01:19   for a while about trying to take a bit of his step back from the internet and I [TS]

00:01:26   mean the internet and a very very Broadway right now which will talk about [TS]

00:01:29   it more later perhaps but I was thinking about taking a step back from the [TS]

00:01:33   internet and it started with me thinking that maybe I want to just not be on [TS]

00:01:38   Twitter as much as I am and so I started to write a tweet thinking let me just [TS]

00:01:43   say that I'm going to stay off Twitter for a little while this will publicly [TS]

00:01:46   commit me to being off Twitter for a little while and I'll just post it [TS]

00:01:49   quickly and just kind of get on with the day but of course it has the 140 [TS]

00:01:53   character limit so I tried to write something out and realized I can't quite [TS]

00:01:56   express my thoughts on this honored and 40 characters let me just quickly opened [TS]

00:02:00   up a text file and try to write out what I'm thinking and condense it down to a [TS]

00:02:03   tweet and then as these things go sometimes I was later looking at a 1500 [TS]

00:02:10   word mess that I poured out on the pages I don't think this is a tweet anymore I [TS]

00:02:15   think I am attempting to explain to myself something that I'm trying to do [TS]

00:02:21   and so yes last Thursday when we recorded that show I kinda knew there [TS]

00:02:25   was something on my mind because I had this big mess of a draft of a blog post [TS]

00:02:30   but I didn't exactly know what it was but over the next couple of days which [TS]

00:02:36   is relatively fast for me to actually published something I wrote up this [TS]

00:02:41   article about several areas that I want to turn down in my life and I posted it [TS]

00:02:50   on the website and this was a bit of a public commitment device to myself to [TS]

00:02:55   make sure that this is a thing that I was actually going to do are you able to [TS]

00:03:00   really explain why you feel the need to do this because I mean in a nutshell [TS]

00:03:08   you've cut some entertainment stuff out which will talk about but the majority [TS]

00:03:13   is you're basically removing el cell from a lot of social media activity [TS]

00:03:19   yeah okay so in preparing for the show i was thinkin ok let me walking around and [TS]

00:03:26   trying to do as I do before the show is organized the thoughts in my head what [TS]

00:03:30   is my how do I explain in words this thing that I have written and I think [TS]

00:03:35   that the most concise way I can come up to describe it is that I have been aware [TS]

00:03:40   I would say largely since the summer of this increasing feeling that I am [TS]

00:03:47   overwhelmed but because of some events that happened in the last month or two [TS]

00:03:57   is partly that like I've been working a little less because I've been focusing a [TS]

00:04:02   bit more on my health and a couple of videos they just didn't work out so I [TS]

00:04:07   had to scrap them at the last moment said taking a bunch of stuff off my [TS]

00:04:10   plate there were a few things that combined to make me realize that there [TS]

00:04:14   was there was this disparity that I was feeling overwhelmed but if i sat down [TS]

00:04:20   and wrote down on a piece of paper what are the things that I actually have to [TS]

00:04:25   do how much time do actually have to do them the feeling of overwhelm was like [TS]

00:04:31   an illusion I wasn't genuinely overwhelmed like I've spent a lot of [TS]

00:04:36   time and effort as we've discussed on the show [TS]

00:04:38   trying to arrange my life in such a way that it is the life that I wants to live [TS]

00:04:42   and one of the components of that is not being over committed to things so I [TS]

00:04:47   rarely accept new projects I tried to severely limit the number of things that [TS]

00:04:53   I work on but somehow overtime this feeling of overwhelm had been growing [TS]

00:04:59   and I realize that it was not in proportion to the amount of things I was [TS]

00:05:05   actually currently working on so so this is me trying to figure out where where [TS]

00:05:11   did this come from like that's why I was partly writing this article is to try to [TS]

00:05:14   figure out like what is the source of this somewhat incorrect feeling and [TS]

00:05:21   thinking back the other time I can remember feeling like this was when I [TS]

00:05:27   was in college and remember having a similar feeling up boy I'm really [TS]

00:05:30   overwhelmed [TS]

00:05:31   named but if I actually sat down and wrote out lists in my then super cool [TS]

00:05:37   palm pilot of the things I actually had to do is you really have an overwhelming [TS]

00:05:42   number of things to do its it was a bit like ok the transition from high school [TS]

00:05:46   to college was well actually you have way more free time than ever and [TS]

00:05:51   objectively you have far fewer things to do so why does this feeling of over [TS]

00:05:57   wellness in college happened when you just like there's not actually more [TS]

00:06:01   things to do it if anything there's fewer things to do so that that's that's [TS]

00:06:06   kinda what I was I was trying to think through and the thesis point here was [TS]

00:06:12   that the the the thing that was similar between then and now [TS]

00:06:20   was recognizing that I have let a lot of inputs into my life and so in this [TS]

00:06:28   conversation when I'm talking about the internet what I really mean is i'm [TS]

00:06:32   talking about all of these digital vectors these digital sources of [TS]

00:06:38   information that reach me in one way or another and so this includes things like [TS]

00:06:44   not just social media so it's not like things are going on Twitter and I see [TS]

00:06:48   what all these people on Twitter doing and then I go over to read it and I look [TS]

00:06:51   at all the stories on reddit in the checkout Hacker News they checked all [TS]

00:06:54   the things on Hacker News it's not just that because I've been well not so much [TS]

00:06:59   Twitter but like with credits and read it like places like Slashdot back in the [TS]

00:07:03   day I spent my whole life on sites like that and that's that's not anything new [TS]

00:07:09   but it's over time there's been this increase in the number of things that [TS]

00:07:14   deliver information my way so it includes things like I use Instapaper [TS]

00:07:19   but I set up a system so that there's a lot of articles that just show up in [TS]

00:07:23   Instapaper automatically for me to read and then I have this podcast app that I [TS]

00:07:28   use which automatically use collecting all of these podcasts and so I had [TS]

00:07:32   overtime somehow ended up with several dozen different podcasts that I was [TS]

00:07:37   listening to look at all of these shows are always available for me to listen to [TS]

00:07:41   and I'm spending a lot of time listening to them [TS]

00:07:43   whenever I'm walking around like this is a source of input and then on top of [TS]

00:07:47   that there is just this this other thing that happens when you're doing well in [TS]

00:07:55   your career like there's a lot of people who want your time and attention for [TS]

00:07:59   various projects and so there's a lot of people who interact with in a [TS]

00:08:05   professional manner in one way or another [TS]

00:08:07   who are instant messaging me or I'm suddenly on three different slack teams [TS]

00:08:12   like how did this happen I just think these things have just added up over [TS]

00:08:15   time that there are many many different ways that people can reach me so when I [TS]

00:08:21   say the internet I'm kind of referring to all of these things together because [TS]

00:08:26   they all come to me through the internet and so I think that's that's the [TS]

00:08:32   conclusion that I've come to is that it is in aggregate all of these things [TS]

00:08:37   together many many many of which are non actionable information that is coming to [TS]

00:08:44   me that I have chosen to have come to me that have led to this feeling of [TS]

00:08:49   overwhelm Ennis that is like an illusion [TS]

00:08:52   it's not real but I think the its related to like the number of things [TS]

00:08:56   that I am letting into my brain it's not related to the number of things that I [TS]

00:09:04   actually have to do and we may talk about it later but I think this is also [TS]

00:09:09   had a bit of an effect on my work and my outfit so the result of you reading in [TS]

00:09:19   consuming information is doing something in your brain which is making your brain [TS]

00:09:27   think it has more to deal with than his yeah maybe maybe the way I'm thinking [TS]

00:09:35   about it is the word that keeps coming to my mind is fragmented I feel like my [TS]

00:09:43   attention and my thoughts are fragmented over a very large number of very small [TS]

00:09:52   things [TS]

00:09:53   and at least for me anyway I don't think that's an effective way to be so that's [TS]

00:10:01   that's the way it feels like this all of this stuff coming in leaves too [TS]

00:10:04   fragmented attention one of the places are really first noticed this was [TS]

00:10:08   actually with reading articles in Instapaper [TS]

00:10:13   include this article if I cut it was boring but everyday I have some time [TS]

00:10:18   that I set aside for reading because I think it's a good activity to do and i [TS]

00:10:23   also think it's important for my work so I have some blocks of time that are set [TS]

00:10:27   aside for reading and I don't know exactly when but at some point I seem to [TS]

00:10:33   just have quite naturally transition from reading books too much more reading [TS]

00:10:39   articles that were in Instapaper they were coming from blogs that I like from [TS]

00:10:43   writers that I like and so I open up Instapaper and like the Justice this [TS]

00:10:46   collection of articles that I want to see is in there but I was aware of [TS]

00:10:52   after spending save forty minutes sitting down and reading a bunch of [TS]

00:10:56   articles that I felt I felt like exhausted after that process it didn't [TS]

00:11:02   feel like oh boy this is something that I am glad that I have done like I've sat [TS]

00:11:05   down I've spent 40 minutes going through a book at the end of that I would feel [TS]

00:11:10   like okay this is good I feel interested in the argument that this person is [TS]

00:11:14   making them following someone explaining themselves over time now instead I'm [TS]

00:11:19   spending 40 minutes but it spread across 15 different articles that are perhaps [TS]

00:11:24   touching on you know twenty different topics all told between them and and [TS]

00:11:31   that just thought really tiring it didn't feel like I don't think this is a [TS]

00:11:34   good a good way to spend what I think of as a reading time and so that I think [TS]

00:11:40   that helped kick off a little thought process in my mind like why do you feel [TS]

00:11:44   tired after reading a bunch of articles in a way that you don't feel tired if [TS]

00:11:49   you spent that time reading a book because you've been engaged in the same [TS]

00:11:53   activity for the same amount of time like what's different between these two [TS]

00:11:56   things and the answer is that somehow following a single person's arguments in [TS]

00:12:02   a book for that same amount of time [TS]

00:12:06   is a better experience for me than reading a bunch of different authors [TS]

00:12:11   talking about a bunch of different things over that same period of time I'm [TS]

00:12:16   just trying to understand the way in which job rain could potentially be [TS]

00:12:21   working this is something that is unique to you in this way but I I don't think [TS]

00:12:31   that it is completely unique so quite interestingly two days before you [TS]

00:12:36   publish that blog post I decided that I was going to take a week away from [TS]

00:12:41   Twitter so it's gonna take a complete week away I love doubt change I have my [TS]

00:12:47   government change my password i delete all the actor my devices and I didn't [TS]

00:12:51   log in to Twitter to post anything for a week and I spoke about this on a couple [TS]

00:12:57   of episodes of another show analog and operating citizen the show nerds but [TS]

00:13:03   essentially don't want to do this for two reasons one I felt like I was [TS]

00:13:08   spending too much time on to her and it was doing partly what you have explained [TS]

00:13:14   what when i read your blog post and like this one line where you said he came to [TS]

00:13:18   realize the overworld problem wasn't about the number of things to do but was [TS]

00:13:21   about the number of things he lay into his brain is that was something I was [TS]

00:13:25   definitely feeling that I was allowing the world to control my emotions in a [TS]

00:13:32   slightly different and interesting ways of people we weren't able to control [TS]

00:13:37   emotions directly wasn't my friends family co-workers are things that are [TS]

00:13:40   happening in my life that you have an effect on me but the thoughts and [TS]

00:13:44   feelings of other people that I was reading was affecting my emotions in one [TS]

00:13:50   way or another [TS]

00:13:51   and/or it was just a lot of time spent every day where I could be doing other [TS]

00:13:56   things where I was just consuming [TS]

00:14:00   tiny pieces of information from close to 600 from people you follow 600 people on [TS]

00:14:07   Twitter I did [TS]

00:14:08   ok I guess that's something that has James this is like a long process i that [TS]

00:14:15   number down from a thousand to 600 [TS]

00:14:18   over few weeks cuz I could feel like something was happening and then I [TS]

00:14:22   decided to just cut my losses for a week and just not not go there at all you [TS]

00:14:27   know then senator twitter is a really important source of information of news [TS]

00:14:30   await your friends see what's going on in the world like it is a real important [TS]

00:14:34   salsa me but I've realized that the only way that I could come to any kind of [TS]

00:14:38   solid decisions or to try and learn anything was no cold turkey so I could [TS]

00:14:46   completely understand what was going on and I said a bunch of myself I could go [TS]

00:14:52   to twitter.com / CT bigger ever wanted to but I couldn't read my own timeline [TS]

00:14:57   and I couldn't respond to be you turn yourself into a Twitter lurker that's [TS]

00:15:02   what you did ya effectively just like peeking through the window by was [TS]

00:15:07   allowed to go and sit down to dinner everybody and I think I learned some [TS]

00:15:14   pretty valuable things and I very quickly came to the realization that it [TS]

00:15:21   was probably better for me to be spending less time there because I felt [TS]

00:15:27   pretty productive during that week I felt in control of my own emotions in me [TS]

00:15:34   in a slightly different way to usual and it really just allowed me to kind of [TS]

00:15:39   refocus what I wanted to do with some of my life going forward select now I'm I [TS]

00:15:45   cut that number down from like five hundred to three hundred and something [TS]

00:15:49   like a bunch of people I'm disabling retweet from bunch of people like it's [TS]

00:15:57   now a big process where I am attempting to go through and have their be less [TS]

00:16:02   streets in my timeline right because what I've realized is it there is less [TS]

00:16:06   stuff there it takes up less time to look through it and it has the [TS]

00:16:12   opportunity to make less of an effect on me so that was kind of the thought [TS]

00:16:18   process that led me to do this to take this experiment [TS]

00:16:21   and then to go for from I've learnt the more important than anything else I'm [TS]

00:16:26   now thinking about it a lot when I am interacting online and trying to [TS]

00:16:30   consider what this could be a voice because I was fine without that week [TS]

00:16:36   comes totally fine for the week without whether you were fine [TS]

00:16:40   yeah it was like this is okay like I don't miss this as much but it remains [TS]

00:16:46   to be very important business like I get a lot of news and information which [TS]

00:16:50   helped inform the shows I promote stuff that I do I see what other people [TS]

00:16:55   working on like it still is very very important so I'm kind of a point where I [TS]

00:17:00   can't be without it completely but what I can do is make more informed decisions [TS]

00:17:05   and choices about the way they interact with that part of my life so that's [TS]

00:17:11   where I'll and was with that but you've gone way for me [TS]

00:17:17   well so is interesting because we we talked about this very briefly after the [TS]

00:17:24   last episode because we did we stumbled upon that we were both doing the same [TS]

00:17:28   thing at the same time or I should say a similar thing at the same time and I [TS]

00:17:34   think we're doing it for very different reasons but one thing that connects our [TS]

00:17:41   modern quandary in a way is that it is not possible to just totally step back [TS]

00:17:52   from the internet for most people and for us in particular where our lives are [TS]

00:17:59   really dependent on the internet I mean in some crazy way the thing that he [TS]

00:18:07   would really want to do is be right now in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains with [TS]

00:18:13   no internet connection and just a bunch of books and thinking like a cat I need [TS]

00:18:17   to just do like this digital detox in and just think about some stuff and sort [TS]

00:18:22   some stuff out and just be here with my thoughts and my books and to do all of [TS]

00:18:25   this but that is not possible with the modern world and that is [TS]

00:18:34   really not possible with my business like if I disappear from the internet [TS]

00:18:41   for a couple of months to be a crazy person living in a place without [TS]

00:18:45   internet connection that's that's a huge problem for me and my business is not [TS]

00:18:51   something that can really be done and that's partly what I'm trying to express [TS]

00:18:56   in that article that I wrote is well I can't turn these things off off forever [TS]

00:19:02   but I'm trying to figure out how to dial down he's imports how to reduce them to [TS]

00:19:10   a level where I feel better about this but total elimination is not practical [TS]

00:19:16   and it's not possible although for the purposes of this experiment there are [TS]

00:19:21   few things that I am totally eliminating but in the in the long run it's not a [TS]

00:19:25   thing that I could just say I'm gonna give up I'm just gonna give it to her [TS]

00:19:27   like I don't know I never gonna look at Twitter again there's just not practical [TS]

00:19:31   and why should say something like read it and just in general conversations on [TS]

00:19:38   the Internet where people argue like I'm not going to give those up I love those [TS]

00:19:43   I really love them they're also part of my business as part of the feedback [TS]

00:19:49   mechanism that part of what I do so I can't give up internet feedback for [TS]

00:19:55   business reasons and I can't give it up because it's something that I just [TS]

00:19:58   genuinely like as well but I'm just trying to figure out where where is the [TS]

00:20:03   appropriate setting with these things so where is your information coming from [TS]

00:20:08   now because it just outlined you've you've your restricting access to [TS]

00:20:13   Twitter YouTube and podcasts right there kind of the four main things having [TS]

00:20:21   restrictions and the restrictions vary depending on the service yeah let's go [TS]

00:20:28   here is the most strictly streak may be one of the biggest things that felt like [TS]

00:20:34   just too much of an impact in my life was podcasts I had gotten into this [TS]

00:20:39   habit of just listening to podcasts at any moment in my life where there might [TS]

00:20:44   be the tiniest bit of [TS]

00:20:46   boredom and so I know that's what they're for that we had cats right now [TS]

00:20:54   maybe I shouldn't be telling people I don't listen to podcasts and I'm not [TS]

00:20:59   ready should listen to all of the good shows but for me anyway I just found [TS]

00:21:03   that I was it was very much reflexive go to put on a podcast at every moment when [TS]

00:21:12   you can possibly have one and the way I set it up was that I had this this [TS]

00:21:16   endless playlist that was just like the CGP grey radio station shows that CGP [TS]

00:21:21   grey likes it when one show ends at the next hour just begins to run through [TS]

00:21:25   this this endless endless radio stream and so I felt like there was just too [TS]

00:21:32   much of this in my life and so what I have done for the month of November is [TS]

00:21:37   that I have uninstalled the podcast app from all of my iOS devices so there's no [TS]

00:21:43   podcasts on my phone and because I knew lately and addiction circles we talk [TS]

00:21:50   about substitute behavior is where you take you have to decide like okay you [TS]

00:21:54   pick your poison right you going to remove one thing but you're very [TS]

00:21:56   naturally going to fill it up with something else and so I knew like I'm [TS]

00:22:00   probably going to just replace this with audio books and so I also uninstalled [TS]

00:22:04   the audiobook stuff from from my devices well my feeling was ok look no spoken [TS]

00:22:09   audio on my phone that's that's one of these things I want to achieve because [TS]

00:22:15   there's way too much of this so I wanted to a month with none of this that's [TS]

00:22:20   probably the most extreme thing or if you have any questions about that shit [TS]

00:22:23   on I just had to is so I have nothing more to say than that really it is [TS]

00:22:29   strange that listening to that has been weird was closed because they are the [TS]

00:22:34   premium way to get any kind of information [TS]

00:22:37   just got to choose yes this is this is very true the other premium way to get [TS]

00:22:46   any kind of information [TS]

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00:25:16   this show so after that easy stuff [TS]

00:25:20   Hacker News is a reddit like they're really saying that but if they read it [TS]

00:25:24   like discussion board mainly focus on technology stuff I've blocked that from [TS]

00:25:28   all of my various devices I have turned off all the things that automatically [TS]

00:25:33   puts articles into my Instapaper cue so that's just gone now the only things [TS]

00:25:37   that are added Instapaper as if I add something manually which is very rare I [TS]

00:25:42   haven't logged on to Twitter at all this month so far so very much like you I'm [TS]

00:25:47   not going on to Twitter I'm not posting anything on the account I haven't looked [TS]

00:25:52   at any at messages I like I have no idea what's going on there I didn't set up a [TS]

00:25:58   things of that Twitter should email me people direct message me or something [TS]

00:26:01   but I just haven't even gone to my email fully gotten any of those on set up an [TS]

00:26:07   emergency system but then want jacket that's pretty much what they are right I [TS]

00:26:13   never set that up with my filters that are going to the top level oh well it [TS]

00:26:18   was a funny thing to me like I was getting DM's were important but I hadn't [TS]

00:26:23   said anything up just let them go so when I came back off that week as I call [TS]

00:26:28   here are a bunch of things I actually really did need to know about [TS]

00:26:31   yeah I did have a little bit of difficulty with that where there was a [TS]

00:26:35   friend who was visiting London and was trying to coordinate things over direct [TS]

00:26:39   message with me and it just so happened that they did that but moments before I [TS]

00:26:43   fully shut down the system and I was able to listen over the next couple of [TS]

00:26:47   days you need to instant message me this is not that he can't do this over diem [TS]

00:26:50   on Twitter I will not see any of this but I'm going to London and I won't have [TS]

00:26:54   a phone I don't like I don't know man like you just gotta figure this out the [TS]

00:26:57   problem now it worked out fine as these things often do there so few problems [TS]

00:27:05   that are really problems [TS]

00:27:08   but yes I'm not directly posting anything on Twitter I am using a system [TS]

00:27:13   to still promote my stuff which we might come to you later but I have not logged [TS]

00:27:17   on to Twitter at all the most difficult one is credits and what to do about read [TS]

00:27:23   it because I do like to post my stuff there and I do consider the community [TS]

00:27:28   people on ready to leave feedback a vital part of the work that I do so i [TS]

00:27:33   cant just block read it everywhere that's the one that is still available [TS]

00:27:38   to meet you access but I really much haven't gone on record for the pasts you [TS]

00:27:44   know whatever 10 days or so [TS]

00:27:47   failed a little bit on that but i mean it's not wildly so that that's broadly [TS]

00:27:53   speaking me to outline for what I'm doing this month and what about you chip [TS]

00:27:58   your YouTube so I have this account that I used to subscribe to a lot of YouTube [TS]

00:28:08   channels [TS]

00:28:09   I've never been a big YouTube watcher but I've always wanted to know what [TS]

00:28:12   people are up to but I've logged out of that accounts in these she say bad [TS]

00:28:17   things about you to adjust podcasts I don't listen to podcasts and I don't [TS]

00:28:22   watch YouTube CGP grey living in both actually but you so I have signed out of [TS]

00:28:31   that account that I used to just follow stuff on various iOS devices and so this [TS]

00:28:37   way I don't even see when I login like oh what have these various people posted [TS]

00:28:41   like I just don't even want to know what everybody else is up to [TS]

00:28:44   so these are all of the various ways in which I have isolated myself from the [TS]

00:28:49   world [TS]

00:28:50   alright so how is information coming to you because you can you cannot shut [TS]

00:28:54   yourself off completely from the world you cannot do that is that doesn't seem [TS]

00:28:59   like a good thing to do especially for a month so how how is any information [TS]

00:29:05   coming to you [TS]

00:29:06   how are you knowing I mean obviously not what's happening you know in the global [TS]

00:29:13   economic whatever neither me or you read that kinda stuff but there are types of [TS]

00:29:20   news and types of information that I guess you deemed important enough to [TS]

00:29:26   want to know about like how are you getting any of this type of stuff or are [TS]

00:29:31   you just not my thing is that you and I have never really been in big news [TS]

00:29:35   followers but there's a lot of suffer if you just live on the internet it's [TS]

00:29:39   impossible not to be ambient Leo aware of large events in the world but because [TS]

00:29:46   I haven't gone on Reddit or Twitter I really have no idea what's going on in [TS]

00:29:53   the world in the last 10 days and I mean think thinking if there is a wealth of [TS]

00:29:59   what's my biggest source of input books I guess books now [TS]

00:30:04   biggest source of input like I've been reading a lot more so you're not really [TS]

00:30:08   getting anything of what's happening now [TS]

00:30:12   right now getting information but it's not is a different type of information [TS]

00:30:18   if they have dropped down to just a much lower cycle time for any any [TS]

00:30:23   informational input is a new cycle happens on a very short period of time [TS]

00:30:29   but now for the last 10 days anyway the stuff that's coming into my life that is [TS]

00:30:33   new is very very very largely books or like I was gonna say a little bit of [TS]

00:30:43   research that i've done for a couple of the videos that I'm working on but even [TS]

00:30:48   that the the video project that I'm currently focused on are not super [TS]

00:30:51   research heavy so even then it's not like I'm I'm happening to be on the [TS]

00:30:56   internet or on the web anyway bounced around from my pitches quite a lot so [TS]

00:30:59   I really don't have any input over the last week fell next duty where I [TS]

00:31:04   sometimes I just sent you a thing here in there some like to know about this [TS]

00:31:09   such a center to send you very little piece of information every now and then [TS]

00:31:13   mister you have sent me a couple things but those are almost all the business he [TS]

00:31:18   think that I need to know about but you can bet your we're even then it like [TS]

00:31:21   maybe the normal channels it's harder to reach him through I have had more than a [TS]

00:31:25   few people in my life be like Jesus you're really hard to get in touch with [TS]

00:31:28   just under normal circumstances I don't know how it's it's a it's a nightmare if [TS]

00:31:35   I sent grain and iMessage will he kill me like I don't know what the right way [TS]

00:31:40   to contact him [TS]

00:31:41   yeah I've had several friends of friends and family expressed the same does [TS]

00:31:45   concern me like I just have a hard time getting in touch with you normally and [TS]

00:31:49   now I feel like it's doubly hard like of anybody in the world you seem like the [TS]

00:31:53   person who least needs to become more like I think I do need to become more [TS]

00:31:59   difficult to contact your lucky I'm not in that cabin in the Rocky Mountains [TS]

00:32:02   right now the dream really just like a thing to do but you know you don't live [TS]

00:32:09   there forever that's crazy people do so how are you how's your devices as well [TS]

00:32:14   knowing you as I do you've done something to them [TS]

00:32:18   yes let me talk about what has been the most practical thing that I have done [TS]

00:32:23   that I might suggest other people might want to try if they want to do something [TS]

00:32:27   like this I have always been aware that and we think we've been discussing the [TS]

00:32:33   show a little bit that for me [TS]

00:32:35   mornings are a time that I have to get everything right in order to have the [TS]

00:32:42   rest of the day go the way that I wanted to show that any any disturbance in the [TS]

00:32:46   morning is bad news and I like these things to be nice and regular one of the [TS]

00:32:52   things related to this overwhelming problem that I was aware of was while I [TS]

00:32:57   have actually been pretty good about locking down my phone in terms of [TS]

00:33:01   notifications oh by the way I did take off [TS]

00:33:04   email from my phone as I fully expected that I would [TS]

00:33:07   that didn't last and actually it came off maybe like a couple days after that [TS]

00:33:14   show went up when we did the feed the follow-up that was me trying to solve a [TS]

00:33:18   problem in exactly the wrong way I feel like I'm not getting enough done maybe I [TS]

00:33:22   should I should add a constant source of stress and anxiety bring it closer to me [TS]

00:33:26   haven't always been my phone now that was a terrible idea as i full well knew [TS]

00:33:30   that it was but I was trying something different and it didn't work out but so [TS]

00:33:33   anyway I've taken my life my phone I'm normally very good about just not having [TS]

00:33:37   anything have alerts on my phone but nonetheless there are still some things [TS]

00:33:42   that my phone is very good for that I want my phone to have alerts or so for [TS]

00:33:47   example instant messages from people who are close to meet and as I mentioned [TS]

00:33:51   before I'm on several slack teams for various projects that I work on and [TS]

00:33:56   there are channels on those lagi teams where someone post something like I need [TS]

00:34:00   to know and I need to respond to this because it's it's business related to [TS]

00:34:03   these two areas where stuff can come into me and I do want to be able to have [TS]

00:34:08   access to it but what i was finding was that even if I set up the phone as I did [TS]

00:34:15   so that it never makes a noise it never beeps but there is just in the [TS]

00:34:19   notifications or there's a bad like ok someone sent me a message or the slack [TS]

00:34:24   message that I need to respond to I was finding that that was one way my [TS]

00:34:29   mornings were getting disrupted by input from the outside world that I was just [TS]

00:34:33   unhappy with and it sounds really dumb that someone just instant messaged you [TS]

00:34:38   and i cant you just wait until after you're done with your writing session [TS]

00:34:42   for the morning like after you do your normal routine can you look at that [TS]

00:34:45   later [TS]

00:34:45   well just knowing the badge is there is irritating it's like this little [TS]

00:34:50   splinter in your mind or this grain of sand is just a bit of an irritation and [TS]

00:34:54   looking at it then it's ok well either I deal with this now or now I have to [TS]

00:34:59   remember that there's a thing that I need to deal with later i just didnt i [TS]

00:35:02   didnt like this at all and I wasn't quite sure how to solve it but then I [TS]

00:35:06   realized oh I know what to do about this now a year ago I was using the old [TS]

00:35:11   iPhone 6 which I loathe for very many reasons and [TS]

00:35:17   and largely due to your influence eventually switch to the six plus the [TS]

00:35:22   phone that I like much better he found the right path it is it is genuinely [TS]

00:35:26   much better plus I quite like it but because i buy my phone outright I [TS]

00:35:30   happened to have this old six lying around that I just never quite did [TS]

00:35:33   anything with a never got around to selling it on eBay or anything so I had [TS]

00:35:37   this old phone and when I decided to do was I set up this old phone my six as [TS]

00:35:47   this totally offline phone so it doesn't have a sim card in it so there's no [TS]

00:35:54   phone number it doesn't have a data connection on it the only couple of [TS]

00:35:59   things that it has on its is my music collection of exactly what I have their [TS]

00:36:08   the little fun to see the property now this is the problem now is that we now [TS]

00:36:14   have two things to keep track of and i was just using it before so I need to [TS]

00:36:19   grab back early by like four of these and then have them in different bags [TS]

00:36:26   like fourth line devices and two online devices to keep a log hi I'm back ok [TS]

00:36:36   looking at my phone now to hear the things that I have on it I was trying to [TS]

00:36:41   identify do it from memory because i sat down for a while trying to figure out [TS]

00:36:45   what do anywhere so the thing that is on my little offline phone is notes which [TS]

00:36:51   is where I just write down whatever pops into my head but they can't see but it [TS]

00:36:56   but it stinks when I get home right now i cant connect to the wifi and connects [TS]

00:37:00   to wifi I thought it was just like now it's not completely offline it just it [TS]

00:37:06   knows the wifi in my house and it also known as the wifi Michael working space [TS]

00:37:11   there are two places where I can connect and synchronize yes I have notes I have [TS]

00:37:15   only focused so that if there's a couple of things that pop into my mind I can [TS]

00:37:18   just jot them down I have music on there so I have something to listen to and I [TS]

00:37:24   have my usual you little places where I keep [TS]

00:37:27   documents as well just for again so I can add something to what if something [TS]

00:37:30   pops into my mind and I have made to health-related things which is my [TS]

00:37:34   exercise out and buy food tracking out to those are the things that thought I [TS]

00:37:39   want to device with me all the time where I can access these things to [TS]

00:37:44   either add to a list or to record the food that a meeting or to make a note of [TS]

00:37:49   the exercises that I've done or I want to be able to listen to music somewhere [TS]

00:37:53   but I don't want to have the whole world [TS]

00:37:57   be able to reach me and so what I have done for the past 10 days is that when I [TS]

00:38:04   get up in the morning I take this iPhone 6 with me out to do my normal routine [TS]

00:38:12   which is I go out I go to my coworking space early before anybody's there I [TS]

00:38:17   write for a little while and then go to the gym after that and then I come home [TS]

00:38:23   for lunch I guess the first half of my day and I spend that whole part of the [TS]

00:38:26   day just totally disconnected from the outside world in a real physical way [TS]

00:38:33   that makes me feel uncomfortable so yeah why does that make you feel [TS]

00:38:37   uncomfortable I can't imagine being completely disconnected it's weirdly [TS]

00:38:42   liberating like I would be constantly worried that people were trying to get [TS]

00:38:46   in touch with me about something they might be I don't know I don't like that [TS]

00:38:50   I don't like that really I dunno I find it I find it remarkably liberating in a [TS]

00:38:59   way and I did the same thing with the iPad that I right within the morning [TS]

00:39:03   which is again taking off instant message taking off [TS]

00:39:07   email taking off slacker took off all of these things and so I have the iPad [TS]

00:39:12   we're really the only stuff that I can do on its is directly related to what I [TS]

00:39:19   think are the core unique things that I need to do to keep my business moving [TS]

00:39:24   forward which is primarily writing scripts like that's what I need to be [TS]

00:39:30   doing and so that iPad is almost useless for anything else on the phone I have [TS]

00:39:35   brought with me is totally useless for anything else [TS]

00:39:39   just go into the coworking space actually removed the spare laptop that I [TS]

00:39:43   had theirs was like I don't even have a laptop in a cubby to think you maybe [TS]

00:39:46   I'll just check something on my laptop was like nope there's nothing here for [TS]

00:39:49   you accept these devices that only do these very limited things right can we [TS]

00:39:55   just put in enough for one second [TS]

00:39:57   sure kaczynski one of the reasons that I think I can't do this in the way that [TS]

00:40:02   you can use the way the opposite of front label this is it you work with [TS]

00:40:07   people that people rely on me to do things for them which is fine I actually [TS]

00:40:13   quite like that but it's the reason that we couldn't do this is your business [TS]

00:40:19   primarily is quite solo intentionally very intentionally yeah you and Brady [TS]

00:40:25   have to get something given me and you work on something together we're not so [TS]

00:40:31   reliant on each other except in certain times and from my perspective those [TS]

00:40:37   interactions like talking to you talking to Brady and then more broadly like some [TS]

00:40:42   other projects I'm working on people on talk to relate to those or as we were [TS]

00:40:47   discussing before the show like talking to my account into talking to lawyers [TS]

00:40:50   are talking to any of these people from my perspective all of this stuff can [TS]

00:40:56   wait until I am potentially less effective which is in the afternoons and [TS]

00:41:02   that's the way I have set it up like this is like there's very few people who [TS]

00:41:06   need me for anything [TS]

00:41:09   first thing in the morning but then later in the day I can be open to [TS]

00:41:13   interacting with people but I'm trying to preserve like when I am most [TS]

00:41:17   effective in the mornings but yes this would be this would be a disaster for [TS]

00:41:21   someone who say ran a podcasting network in which many people are constantly [TS]

00:41:26   trying to reach him all the time and also i have a web site is under my [TS]

00:41:34   control that can explode at any moment that can explode one of the times when [TS]

00:41:40   you when I rang out in person [TS]

00:41:42   exploded while we were having lunch was very sad day for you that was the most [TS]

00:41:47   catastrophic explosion [TS]

00:41:49   that there has ever been [TS]

00:41:52   you look stressed it looked pretty stressed about it well part of the [TS]

00:41:56   problem if we can if we can kind of pull back the veil what made that much worse [TS]

00:42:02   as this was the exact day where I was trying to convince you to do this show [TS]

00:42:07   yeah I can understand from your perspective that might have been less [TS]

00:42:10   than ideal soon trying to its me I should do a podcast with the relay and [TS]

00:42:15   at the same time you're looking at your phone constantly because relay with [TS]

00:42:19   melting down before that was a very stressful and it was so that's why I [TS]

00:42:27   don't feel like a kid should necessarily do that and and it's one of the reasons [TS]

00:42:32   why I will always get late local sims when I travel I mean steven's really [TS]

00:42:39   good at taking care of stuff like that when I'm away and vice versa it's [TS]

00:42:44   something that requires my attention I need to be able to to deal with it even [TS]

00:42:49   if it's just saying a yes or no to something yeah this is the thing that [TS]

00:42:53   happens when you are running the business or the person at the top is you [TS]

00:42:57   just need to given approval to a thing and even as a one-person business like [TS]

00:43:01   I'm aware of that [TS]

00:43:02   that moment we're like you are the guy at the top of the pyramid and someone [TS]

00:43:06   just needs a go no go to allow them to to move forward but one of the biggest [TS]

00:43:12   things for you though is you don't have any control over the majority of the [TS]

00:43:15   platforms that you're appalled so it's kind of not really a responsibility to [TS]

00:43:20   take care of some of that stuff right if YouTube goes down on thinking is like [TS]

00:43:25   well someone somewhere getting fired problem and I'll just wait until this [TS]

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00:43:49   you gonna think of a name for the business of the company and then you [TS]

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00:46:06   talk about this these medical devices that you have right so you have an [TS]

00:46:10   iPhone and an iPad which are not your normal iPhone and iPad which are now the [TS]

00:46:15   devices that you're using and they are pretty much shot off from the world [TS]

00:46:19   right kind of recap and they have very limited applications on them for this [TS]

00:46:25   reason but these devices are not completely turned off from the internet [TS]

00:46:29   and the temptation of downloading the apps that you want so how do you deal [TS]

00:46:34   with broadly speaking what's what's happened over the past 10 days that I [TS]

00:46:40   have enabled restrictions on my own devices with a password that I know but [TS]

00:46:47   on the other reasons why I like working with iOS devices is in some ways it's [TS]

00:46:52   much easier to do certain things that is with your computer and so actually I [TS]

00:46:55   find locking down an iPad is way simpler than trying to lock down a computer and [TS]

00:47:01   so you can go into the restrictions area and there's just tons of stuff that you [TS]

00:47:05   can turn on and off in settings on your phone they like this actually is [TS]

00:47:08   actually something that are quite useful in there is little protest for anyone [TS]

00:47:11   who uses a pop music by the way you can go into restrictions and you can disable [TS]

00:47:16   whatever the hell that thing is that Apple connects you know things like [TS]

00:47:21   Twitter for musicians you know I'm talking about if you disable Apple [TS]

00:47:25   connect in Apple music that little icon goes away and they replace it with the [TS]

00:47:30   vastly more useful icon for your music playlists but yes I said of all these [TS]

00:47:35   restrictions for myself and so here's the thing the long-term plan is that it [TS]

00:47:42   was supposed to happen last weekend but actually going to happen this weekend is [TS]

00:47:45   that I have been collecting all of my various devices and my wife knows [TS]

00:47:49   something's up she's like a pile of iPads doing here [TS]

00:47:52   like oh you're gonna be involved in this later she was ok but what I'm eventually [TS]

00:47:58   going to do is and I think should happen this weekend isn't going to have my wife [TS]

00:48:05   change the restrictions on my devices that's because this is what I did a DNA [TS]

00:48:13   is the password she kept in one policy would otherwise I was gonna slide back [TS]

00:48:18   into further [TS]

00:48:19   yes the thing is I have I have been actually quite impressed with myself [TS]

00:48:25   about my own ability to not cheat on this that the restrictions having my own [TS]

00:48:31   restrictions passcode is enough of a barrier that I like whenever I'm tempted [TS]

00:48:36   to do something you do something from muscle memory for example I have [TS]

00:48:39   definitely definitely call myself a couple of times on the computer for [TS]

00:48:43   example of going to type in Twitter like right at the beginning and then the [TS]

00:48:47   computer cause we can't let this page because you edit it in the hosts file [TS]

00:48:51   alright yeah I'm doing things around not doing this of course you idiot right [TS]

00:48:54   back to whatever you're doing so I am I have resisted so far the temptation to [TS]

00:49:00   change it myself but I think it's much better if you even remove that option [TS]

00:49:08   just take away even the possibility of you doing this thing and that's why I [TS]

00:49:14   like there's no sim card in my phone when you're walking around you're not [TS]

00:49:18   going to be able to even try to do any of the stuff you just don't have the [TS]

00:49:22   option and I find that that is even more mentally freeing so I am assuming [TS]

00:49:27   inducing thing where where my wife is going to have passcode she's gonna put [TS]

00:49:33   it in one Password I can access her one Password like just in case she dies or [TS]

00:49:38   something like i dont wanna find myself with no administrative password to any [TS]

00:49:42   of the devices that are used because she got hit by a bus [TS]

00:49:45   you have to have to plan for these things and that was pretty be the worst [TS]

00:49:48   thing in this scenario right it wouldn't be the worst but it would be pretty bad [TS]

00:49:52   you might need them in that scenario right to dismiss on exactly do you think [TS]

00:49:58   I've got paperwork in the house like on physical pieces of paper now everything [TS]

00:50:02   on encrypted drives all over the place of that stuff so the plan is to take [TS]

00:50:08   away the options in the future and again don't go to the details of it but there [TS]

00:50:16   is a lot of interesting psychological evidence that points to the fact that [TS]

00:50:20   when you remove options just it is easier for brains to focus on different [TS]

00:50:27   kind of activities even if those brains are capable of resisting the option [TS]

00:50:32   anyway you know it's it's the old i call someone doesn't eat chocolate but if [TS]

00:50:37   chocolate is in the house it turns out that this does have a kind of dreaming [TS]

00:50:40   effect on the person's mind over time even if they never eat the chocolate [TS]

00:50:43   because some part of their brain is constantly running a loop which is like [TS]

00:50:47   Tony the job with the job of doing the job and you just remove that if you take [TS]

00:50:51   it away so that that's the ultimate plan is just taking longer for me to set up [TS]

00:50:54   than intended because I do have quite a complicated set up with various devices [TS]

00:50:59   that I want to use it in different ways and also as I mentioned before this [TS]

00:51:03   difficulty of cut out everything entirely like if I really was just [TS]

00:51:09   cutting everything out this would be simpler but I'm trying to figure out [TS]

00:51:12   where can I get access to some things when I need them so I think they're [TS]

00:51:16   mostly sorted that out and I'm gonna turn over the keys shortly for the [TS]

00:51:20   remainder of the month [TS]

00:51:21   device be with all of your devices being the situation where they're all cut off [TS]

00:51:28   the plan is that I have an offline [TS]

00:51:38   phone which is this companion device for the morning largely for being able to [TS]

00:51:43   jot down notes and go to the gym right need something there to help me [TS]

00:51:47   digitally with that stuff and an online phone which is for the rest of the day [TS]

00:51:52   so that normal people can contact me and I can try to reply in a somewhat [TS]

00:51:56   reasonable manner and in doing the same thing for my iPad's I'm going to have an [TS]

00:52:04   offline iPad that is primarily about creation and then I've set up a second [TS]

00:52:12   iPad which is about administrative work so I will have email on that iPad I will [TS]

00:52:20   have slack on that iPad I will be open to the world on that and so I will be [TS]

00:52:26   able to switch between these two things and just to keep things simple the [TS]

00:52:30   computer that I'm talking to you on right now because it's much harder to [TS]

00:52:34   lock down computers I'm having the computer setup as an administrative [TS]

00:52:38   stroke podcast machine so the laptop that I'm in front of a record my podcast [TS]

00:52:42   on Edit podcasts on I will do animations on this and I will also have email [TS]

00:52:48   available and slack and instant messaging all of that kind of stuff but [TS]

00:52:51   I actually don't spend a whole lot of creative time aside from animation [TS]

00:52:56   working on the computer and I'm almost always somewhere else when I'm writing [TS]

00:52:59   like I go out to my coworking space or I am out somewhere at a cafe writing so I [TS]

00:53:05   am just naturally physically separated from the administration machine that's [TS]

00:53:10   that's the idea here and so you've also removed the ability to access websites [TS]

00:53:16   as well yeah I my computer I have locked down Twitter Hacker News and credits [TS]

00:53:22   those are are not accessible and even on the administration iPad it's the same [TS]

00:53:26   thing although I have to say Apple's ability to block websites on your iOS [TS]

00:53:32   device is the one thing that is absolutely terrible about it I've been [TS]

00:53:35   playing around with it they have this they have this filter setting that you [TS]

00:53:38   can put on which is the case if you want to ban a specific website you have to [TS]

00:53:44   turn on this adult website filter like you're heading an iPad to a kid right [TS]

00:53:49   and then you can specify ok it will automatically try to filter adult [TS]

00:53:53   content and then it you can specify ok also blocked Twitter read it and how [TS]

00:53:57   good news is using some dumb algorithm to figure out what adult content is so [TS]

00:54:02   on the the couple times I've been trying to research stuff I can't figure out [TS]

00:54:06   what if using to block various pages but I'll be trying to hit a page that's like [TS]

00:54:10   at the New York Public Library and it's like I'm sorry this is adult content [TS]

00:54:14   it's like ok obviously there's a word on this page that is in your filter and [TS]

00:54:18   you're not allowing it through so it's not as great of experience on iOS I [TS]

00:54:22   would love for someone to make it a content locker for iOS that allows you [TS]

00:54:27   to put any password that would restrict certain websites surely you can do that [TS]

00:54:32   with the new system would be my guess right that you could create a custom [TS]

00:54:36   content blocker to block certain websites but that also requires a [TS]

00:54:39   password to open up the content locker I think so much to do that one block early [TS]

00:54:43   lets you block websites particular the password anyway that's I thought so you [TS]

00:54:47   can set it up but you just can't secure it right like you like i would i would [TS]

00:54:51   like to be able to do is be able to tell one blogger the thing that I use block [TS]

00:54:55   all of the ads all the usual stuff block credit Twitter Hacker News which it can [TS]

00:55:00   already do but then I would like to be able to say to one blogger don't change [TS]

00:55:04   any of these settings unless someone puts in the magic passcode and then have [TS]

00:55:08   my wife select about your passcode that would be the preferred thing but I don't [TS]

00:55:12   know of any content locker that do that right now one of the things that you [TS]

00:55:15   called out that you're using it as an application called buffer and you're [TS]

00:55:21   using this to post stuff to places heard of this before but I've never really [TS]

00:55:26   paid any attention to it are you have to use buffer even if you're not doing this [TS]

00:55:30   crazy thing that I'm doing before his super useful and you tell me why then I [TS]

00:55:36   just like the buffer is this service that allows you to schedule tweets [TS]

00:55:44   that's that's one of their primary little selling points so there are there [TS]

00:55:48   are circumstances say when you want to promote something where you want to set [TS]

00:55:52   up the tweet in advance that's going to promote the thing but you want it to [TS]

00:55:56   auto publish at a certain time and so [TS]

00:55:59   you give buffer your Twitter logon credentials and then you can go to [TS]

00:56:04   buffer right out the tweets and say post this tomorrow at 5:30 and so this is not [TS]

00:56:11   just Twitter as well it's also used for brunch but the services I think it works [TS]

00:56:15   with Facebook and I think it works with Google+ but no one will see anything you [TS]

00:56:18   post on Google+ is a ghost town sorry Google you should have made something [TS]

00:56:23   better but it will work with Google+ for anybody who you know cares about that [TS]

00:56:28   kind of thing that's its primary selling feature is this scheduling thing what [TS]

00:56:33   I'm using it for at the moment is when I post a podcast goes up or the video goes [TS]

00:56:40   up or if an article goes up I'm going to use buffer to post that announcement to [TS]

00:56:45   my Twitter account and this allows me to do that without actually log into [TS]

00:56:49   Twitter and seeing what's on my timeline who was that message me what about the [TS]

00:56:52   people I follow any one of them as me I don't want to see any of that stuff so [TS]

00:56:57   buffer is allowed on my computer systems to allow me to interacts with Twitter [TS]

00:57:01   indirectly and actually I thought I was going to use it to promote self but it [TS]

00:57:04   it came up quite useful when last night or two nights ago [TS]

00:57:10   Brady and I were discussing the future flag referendum and we decided on a [TS]

00:57:15   deadline for that I thought you know what this is a thing I should post on [TS]

00:57:19   Twitter to let people now and so I could just use buffer I could open it up [TS]

00:57:23   post when the deadline was the flag referendum click and posted in just a [TS]

00:57:27   couple minutes later so it's a way of being able to access the people who [TS]

00:57:32   follow me on Twitter without going to Twitter that's why I'm using it one of [TS]

00:57:36   the things that you mentioned that I thought was quite interesting is that [TS]

00:57:40   when you were talking about getting rid of following YouTube videos [TS]

00:57:44   is that you wanted to stop the kind of pollution of ideas and also for you to [TS]

00:57:49   if you're working on a video and you see somebody else's work on something that [TS]

00:57:53   you want can it just reminds me of Internet where you work in a slight [TS]

00:57:59   video right [TS]

00:57:59   video and then you can do a video [TS]

00:58:03   yeah so there has been a policy change gray industries then I mean sorta mean [TS]

00:58:09   this is this is a thing that I was kind of struggle with because if you make [TS]

00:58:15   your living in some kind of creative field you want to make new stuff for you [TS]

00:58:20   want to do stuff that's from a new angle and there's this feeling like oh jacks [TS]

00:58:26   just look at what popularity and copy it like that's what i hack is and that [TS]

00:58:31   someone who's trying to make something new is focusing on making the new thing [TS]

00:58:35   but over the past several years it feels okay the thing about the same might not [TS]

00:58:41   be true but I'm saying what what how it feels to me is that they're just a [TS]

00:58:44   larger and larger number of people who are doing interesting educational [TS]

00:58:50   content of some sort on the internet now I say that might not actually be the [TS]

00:58:55   reality because what might be the reality is what I think is actually [TS]

00:58:58   happened which is that I have over time [TS]

00:59:00   curated a list of people who do interesting things that I am interested [TS]

00:59:05   in in this field because naturally since I work in the educational video filled I [TS]

00:59:11   am interested in people who produce interesting educational content and I [TS]

00:59:15   think that there's a way in which people who do this kind of work have a sense [TS]

00:59:21   for what can be popular on the internet what will people be interested in when [TS]

00:59:27   you look at topics that other people might just not find that interesting ok [TS]

00:59:33   so one of the funny things that happens all the time if if you say make popular [TS]

00:59:40   educational content is people constantly pitch ideas to you just meet people in [TS]

00:59:46   real life or just on the internet you like oh you should do a video about this [TS]

00:59:49   you should you be video about this [TS]

00:59:50   yeah I did this to you do you like three days ago I think they did it show today [TS]

00:59:56   and I talked to other people who work in this field and everyone kind of agrees [TS]

01:00:05   that there's this sense in which you can just tell when a topic is not going to [TS]

01:00:09   be interesting and what it is [TS]

01:00:11   is and you don't know what like why that is but there is like a skill to learning [TS]

01:00:17   like what can be an interesting thing and it has very very little to do with [TS]

01:00:21   how interesting it sounds when you first hear the idea but like there's something [TS]

01:00:25   else about it so there are many topics which will sound interesting on first [TS]

01:00:30   pitch but are actually just deathly boring to try to do and vice versa the [TS]

01:00:34   best ones are the ones that seem like they're not interesting at all but that [TS]

01:00:37   you can you can make really interesting but so since there's a lot of people [TS]

01:00:41   working in this field I think there are a lot of people I have ended up [TS]

01:00:45   following who have antennae that are similarly tuned to the world as I do and [TS]

01:00:53   so what I'm trying to do is be less aware of what other people are doing [TS]

01:00:57   because I think it's very natural that other people are going to do the same [TS]

01:01:04   topics that I want to do because our antenna are all tuned to similar [TS]

01:01:11   frequencies like we noticed something interesting or an idea comes across my [TS]

01:01:15   mind and like we will agree I guess this is an interesting topic to do and is [TS]

01:01:21   that that flag up so I think I sound particularly dejected because i were [TS]

01:01:24   quite a lot on that video listening to it cause I could just feel like complete [TS]

01:01:31   consuming sad that I may be more sensitive to it as somebody who also [TS]

01:01:40   make stuff yeah right so I can I was maybe like projecting things that I'd [TS]

01:01:45   done writing that was kind of thing but I can feel like you'd gone for rioters [TS]

01:01:52   happening [TS]

01:01:52   yeah but so since that has happened [TS]

01:01:56   the video was the biggest in it that would ever have occurred but actually [TS]

01:02:00   since that showed a similar thing happened again with like I was working [TS]

01:02:03   on something and I was talking to somebody else and very naturally we had [TS]

01:02:07   both identified an interesting thing in a topic like I I really do think that [TS]

01:02:12   there is something objective to be found in certain topics and some people can [TS]

01:02:17   see that [TS]

01:02:18   and so we should very very natural that other people are going to work on [TS]

01:02:22   similar things now I him the one who was always trying to tell myself like nobody [TS]

01:02:26   owns the facts I wasn't the first person to do a UK video people will do videos [TS]

01:02:32   on the UK after me and so I shouldn't be thinking like oh I should always make [TS]

01:02:36   something new that that someone else hasn't done but I think really in the [TS]

01:02:40   last year [TS]

01:02:41   come to this this conclusion that they looking at my list of topics and this I [TS]

01:02:47   when I mean the stop them in the big list of topics that I have two [TS]

01:02:51   hundred-plus potential topics that I collect information on I don't think [TS]

01:02:55   there's a single one in there anymore that someone somewhere hasn't done in [TS]

01:03:00   other video form or on a podcast and so this is a thing that I need to get over [TS]

01:03:04   it like stop intensely following what other people are producing and just in a [TS]

01:03:11   crazy way act like I am the only educational channel in the world I'm [TS]

01:03:16   going to assume that nobody has seen anything that anybody else is done I'm [TS]

01:03:20   gonna try to just meet videos that I am interested in making and it doesn't [TS]

01:03:24   matter if somebody else has done a video on that topic that that's one of the [TS]

01:03:28   things that I'm trying to to do but it it connects into the over one thing that [TS]

01:03:33   I was talking about in the beginning because it led to this feeling of like I [TS]

01:03:36   want to race through and try to get all these videos out into the world before [TS]

01:03:39   anybody else get them done and then I ended up working on like a lot of video [TS]

01:03:45   simultaneously because I felt like I want to get all of them out into the [TS]

01:03:48   world quickly but working on many many videos all at once to try to get them [TS]

01:03:54   out faster resulting nothing but slower progress on any of the individual videos [TS]

01:03:59   ok this is not just doesn't work at all [TS]

01:04:03   working on there before that I put the video up I was looking at the project [TS]

01:04:09   that were in some state of activeness and it's like I'm trying to work on 20 [TS]

01:04:12   videos that wants this is just crazy like I'll take a whole year if I'm [TS]

01:04:16   trying to work on twenty video the ones this is ridiculous like I just [TS]

01:04:20   absolutely have to cut this down and just be like ok look I'm picking these [TS]

01:04:24   two videos and I'm just going to work on them until they're uploaded and if [TS]

01:04:31   somebody beat me to it [TS]

01:04:32   ok I'm still gonna finish this video me be maybe a hold on to it and publish it [TS]

01:04:39   like a couple months later if I happen to know but for the most part I'm just [TS]

01:04:43   going to try to avoid like what are other people working on and just focus [TS]

01:04:46   on my own things changes do you think that it's a good it's going to make the [TS]

01:04:52   indeed because I mean look I say the thing that you hear every day [TS]

01:04:58   did here everyday your pace of videos the slowdown lot maybe in Los year oh [TS]

01:05:05   yeah oh yeah this is all coming out of me being unhappy with my video release [TS]

01:05:12   schedule in the last six months in particular so since the summer like I [TS]

01:05:15   have not been happy about the number of videos that I have gotten out to III [TS]

01:05:18   like I have not been happy about it I was particularly irritated about it when [TS]

01:05:22   there was one that was supposed to be for October but it just didn't work out [TS]

01:05:26   that I was going to get it finished in time and part of the reason that it [TS]

01:05:29   didn't get finished in time in october is that my brain was fragmented between [TS]

01:05:34   a whole bunch of scripts so I had this idea like oh there's one video that I [TS]

01:05:39   definitely 14 October but I found myself continually bouncing back and forth [TS]

01:05:43   between a bunch of videos and and like as a one-person production house it's [TS]

01:05:49   just not possible right I can not be working on that many things [TS]

01:05:53   simultaneously it just it's just it's too slow [TS]

01:05:56   nothing nothing is going to happen there so that's the other side of this coin [TS]

01:05:59   then isn't it that you haven't really spoken about so much is that you are you [TS]

01:06:04   dialing down from your social interactions but you're also trying to [TS]

01:06:08   be more focused on your work [TS]

01:06:11   yeah I think a number of people took the dialing down title to me that I was [TS]

01:06:15   dialing down the amount of work that I am doing and that's not actually the [TS]

01:06:20   that's not actually my goal it all begun in reverses it was really funny up here [TS]

01:06:27   to start deleting videos that the natural that the natural progression [TS]

01:06:34   it is not it is not about reducing output but I here's the thing I don't [TS]

01:06:44   know if I'm right about this but I think that this slow creep up of input in my [TS]

01:06:54   life over the past maybe two years and really reaching some kind of threshold [TS]

01:06:59   in the last year I think the increase in that inputs is will lead to this desire [TS]

01:07:07   to work on a large number of things simultaneously I may be wrong about that [TS]

01:07:13   it wouldn't be the first time that I have incorrectly evaluated the process [TS]

01:07:16   in my own brain but I think they're connected that when I am receiving a lot [TS]

01:07:23   of information it constantly makes me want to bounce to a different video [TS]

01:07:28   topic like I catch myself thinking there's a lot more that you know what [TS]

01:07:31   know this is the video now that I should be working on to get out as soon as [TS]

01:07:35   possible no this is the one I know that one that you are working before no thats [TS]

01:07:38   the one like bounce-back bounce-back bounced back I would be inclined to [TS]

01:07:42   agree with this hypothesis yet so here's the thing you were you said before that [TS]

01:07:50   you had this feeling and this is where we're a little bit different but you [TS]

01:07:53   have this feeling that the way that you were on Twitter was allowing external [TS]

01:08:01   entities to affect your internal emotional states I don't feel that way [TS]

01:08:08   I've always been relatively calm ocean breezes like the research on the face of [TS]

01:08:18   it doesn't exist [TS]

01:08:20   people tell me that my videos suck or that they don't like the way that I talk [TS]

01:08:26   in my videos or that they hate my podcasts I get this kind of you back all [TS]

01:08:30   the time and it's really ok man you know whatever I just I feel that my internal [TS]

01:08:37   emotional state is not easily moved by people I don't know that that's that's [TS]

01:08:42   but that's like a wiring difference right if I was wired differently [TS]

01:08:46   feel that way however I think my version of this is that listening to lots of [TS]

01:08:57   podcast that are about interesting educational things we're reading lots of [TS]

01:09:02   articles on various topics and jumping between discussion threads arguing about [TS]

01:09:08   interesting debates I think that has the effect of shifting not my internal [TS]

01:09:16   emotional state but might internal focus state he keeps like if if my mind is is [TS]

01:09:26   is casting a beam of light on the thing that I am currently working on all of [TS]

01:09:30   these inputs keep knocking the lights to somewhere else and so the light itself [TS]

01:09:35   hasn't changed in brightness but it just keeps moving from spot to spot more than [TS]

01:09:40   it should I may be wrong about this but this is one of the reasons why trying [TS]

01:09:46   this project this is this is one reason this is happening I am inclined to agree [TS]

01:09:51   with the notion because they think I think what it is you are receiving too [TS]

01:09:56   much inspiration yeah that's the problem as you're taking in all this [TS]

01:10:01   the stuff more and more things are informing new ideas of things to work on [TS]

01:10:08   they are so it's no more more more stuff that you consume them or ideas you have [TS]

01:10:13   and that's why you end up with like four groups on the go [TS]

01:10:17   yeah yeah that may very well be the case and at the very least like when I think [TS]

01:10:24   about at some point I'm going to be dialing back up the imports I'm already [TS]

01:10:29   trying to think about what what ways of dialing up would be good in what ways of [TS]

01:10:37   dialing up would be bad and I think probably the clearest conclusion that I [TS]

01:10:41   have come to is that I should just like I don't watch youtube videos in the [TS]

01:10:48   educational field and I haven't for a long time and I think that that's a good [TS]

01:10:51   decision like that that is definitely been a good decision [TS]

01:10:54   I think the next step of that is with podcasts that this huge collection of [TS]

01:11:01   educational podcasts on interesting topics I think I have to get rid of all [TS]

01:11:06   of them [TS]

01:11:07   oh ok yeah definitely right that when I go back to saying where do I want [TS]

01:11:12   podcast in my life you know what kind of podcast you want to listen to I have [TS]

01:11:18   loved I will always love spoken word in all of its forms this is just something [TS]

01:11:22   that I really like I'm not going to remove this from my life because the [TS]

01:11:26   thing that I like but this one genre I think because of my field of work I [TS]

01:11:34   think of this genre has to go if you yeah I'm surprised you listen to shows [TS]

01:11:40   like that if you'd identified that you didn't want to watch youtube videos of [TS]

01:11:44   the discounted topic a natural extension of that would be podcasts where they do [TS]

01:11:50   with explain things but even the gun this show a few episodes ago we did the [TS]

01:11:55   things we were talking about that plan of money episode and a fire everyone and [TS]

01:12:02   then fired the person who fired everyone fire grate terrible but that's it that's [TS]

01:12:11   a show that i think is the kind of thing that I thought have has slipped into my [TS]

01:12:16   life over the past years without me noticing because Planet Money felt like [TS]

01:12:20   something oh this is covering a bunch of interesting topics is not really [TS]

01:12:24   directly in the field of things that I do it sort of GE since to its but I [TS]

01:12:30   think a show like Planet Money is something that I should not listen to [TS]

01:12:33   anymore I don't think it's it's good I think it's too close in its own way to [TS]

01:12:37   what I do so it shows like that I I will not be bringing back into into my focus [TS]

01:12:44   whenever it is that I decide to actually dial things back up which might not be [TS]

01:12:49   for a while I was actually thinking today it's very likely I might end up [TS]

01:12:53   extending it for another month like I might do this until the end of the year [TS]

01:12:55   but you only 10 days in [TS]

01:12:57   but this is why I'm not committing to this now it's like actors it's only [TS]

01:13:02   November 12th but what I was thinking this morning about it [TS]

01:13:05   to try to talk about it for the show in some ways I feel like okay I cut all [TS]

01:13:09   these things out of my life and it has had vastly less of an effect that I [TS]

01:13:14   first would imagine my mornings are definitely better with the offline phone [TS]

01:13:20   in the offline I pass this is exactly how I felt like I was like oh I was [TS]

01:13:26   expecting to feel really desperate but I actually feel just WAY better I guess is [TS]

01:13:34   good because now you know the reason you doing it is a good reason but it's like [TS]

01:13:38   war this isn't this isn't good [TS]

01:13:43   this isn't the outcome this is too simple like what does this mean I never [TS]

01:13:47   go back like that stats that was the problem that the I was finding myself in [TS]

01:13:51   like the way I can't stay away because there are too many things Titleist are [TS]

01:13:55   important so I wanted to feel at least a little better but I didn't maybe if I [TS]

01:14:01   would have done a month it would have the toll would have been a lot more than [TS]

01:14:06   just a week but what I have no is now as I just let things and I'm making a lot [TS]

01:14:12   of changes and feeling the effect of those changes in a positive way [TS]

01:14:18   my morning routine of checking this kind of stuff is like half the time they used [TS]

01:14:25   to be [TS]

01:14:26   right that's great that's that's kind of what I was hoping to get out of this but [TS]

01:14:32   I feel like there's going to be a point where you bring some of this stuff back [TS]

01:14:38   in and two months doesn't it though it feels like a really long time that's why [TS]

01:14:45   I'm not at all saying that I will do this I'm surprised a month right like a [TS]

01:14:49   month [TS]

01:14:50   see I don't think I don't think it really is and here's my reasoning on [TS]

01:14:56   this i think a lot of this stuff is like has to do with bringing wiring for a for [TS]

01:15:02   comparison for comparison the other like big change in my life and the one thing [TS]

01:15:06   that has definitely since September slow down the amount of work that I'm doing [TS]

01:15:10   is I've made massive changes in my diet so I've been trying to lose weight and [TS]

01:15:15   the transition from the way that I used to eat to the way that I currently has [TS]

01:15:22   been a a hard one that has taken a lot of energy out of me and that is largely [TS]

01:15:27   about cutting down carbohydrates to basically nothing as much as possible [TS]

01:15:32   and so this is my frame of reference is thinking about doing that and I feel [TS]

01:15:41   like the effects of that we're not really clear until like six weeks into [TS]

01:15:47   it where the first few weeks were like cutting out carbohydrate WAY WAY harder [TS]

01:15:56   than cutting out read it or Twitter Hacker News feel like it's that has [TS]

01:16:02   actually been quite astounding to me to realize this because it's how on earth [TS]

01:16:07   is that hardly I like Reddit and Twitter and Hacker News way more than I like [TS]

01:16:12   bread but it turns out that bread is wired in at a more fundamental level of [TS]

01:16:23   the brain it's it's like carbohydrates are written in the silicon of brain and [TS]

01:16:28   then something like interest in read it and Twitter are written in software like [TS]

01:16:33   it is much easier it's much easier to change the light side engine but would [TS]

01:16:39   not have expected the relative difficulty of those things to be the way [TS]

01:16:42   they were I would have thought they'd be exactly reflect its not that I like [TS]

01:16:45   maybe the internet doesn't show up in a place that you don't expect we're like [TS]

01:16:49   carbohydrates do you know [TS]

01:16:52   yeah that's that's definitely true but it has been surprising to me the number [TS]

01:16:58   of times they have just simply failed about not eating carbohydrates and like [TS]

01:17:02   two minutes my body was on autopilot when I wasn't paying attention in like [TS]

01:17:07   now among the all carb diet like sitting here hearings begin like I don't [TS]

01:17:10   understand how come from where the reddit if it doesn't happen in quite the [TS]

01:17:19   same way but I guess what I'm trying to say but this is having done the [TS]

01:17:24   dramatically reduced carbohydrates I feel like I only really understand what [TS]

01:17:29   that meant after having done it for quite a while and I feel like there [TS]

01:17:35   might be something similar here with cutting down inputs into my life that [TS]

01:17:40   this first week says felt relatively easy and relatively painless to quite a [TS]

01:17:46   surprising degree [TS]

01:17:48   the main thing that's different is like oh ok I feel much happier limiting [TS]

01:17:52   myself to two scripts that I'm working on in the mornings think this is great I [TS]

01:17:57   made a lot of progress on these things are pretty happy about this and the rest [TS]

01:18:01   of my day just kinda feels normal like I'm reading more fiction than I used to [TS]

01:18:05   but things just mostly seem the same I don't feel like there's been a big [TS]

01:18:08   dramatic difference but I suspect that maybe there's there's something going on [TS]

01:18:15   that's more fundamental because when I say I I haven't noticed a big difference [TS]

01:18:19   it also means that like this feeling of overwhelm is still kind of here [TS]

01:18:24   right like that's that's one of the things that hasn't changed it does feel [TS]

01:18:27   a little bit different like I feel better about the work that I'm doing but [TS]

01:18:30   the overwhelming is there a little bit my mental metaphor for this comparison [TS]

01:18:36   my mental metaphor is that it might be like if you imagine there's a big lake [TS]

01:18:41   with lots of boats that are constantly stirring up the lake and if those both [TS]

01:18:45   for the input I removed all of the boats and I'm standing on the shore 30 seconds [TS]

01:18:50   after the boat had been removed saying why this water still so choppy like it [TS]

01:18:56   takes a while to settle down buddy and maybe a week is just too short of a time [TS]

01:19:02   period to actually see the results of what it is that I am doing and so that's [TS]

01:19:08   that's one of the reasons why likes a weekend I'm thinking maybe two months [TS]

01:19:12   right maybe I can push this until the end of the year but I don't know maybe [TS]

01:19:15   maybe the end of November I feel like I have accomplished that thing that I'm [TS]

01:19:19   trying to accomplish but I don't know I don't know man I mean I seem to think [TS]

01:19:24   that you noticed is the worst as podcasts are you missing those great [TS]

01:19:31   they are they are great and that is by far and away the thing that I noticed [TS]

01:19:37   the absence of the most and even even my wife has commented on it that I mean my [TS]

01:19:42   wife and I been married for quite a while if we've known each other for [TS]

01:19:45   decades at this point and for as long as she has ever known me I have almost [TS]

01:19:50   always had a pair of headphones either in my ears or around my neck and she has [TS]

01:19:55   commented like it's weird to see you come home from work and you don't enter [TS]

01:20:01   with the headphones on and then like take them off to talk to me or just [TS]

01:20:05   being around the house and having the headphones on [TS]

01:20:08   it's definitely different to not have that and that that has been one of the [TS]

01:20:13   most noticeable differences and it is a little weird like I actually we saw each [TS]

01:20:18   other in London the other day and this was more towards the start of this [TS]

01:20:23   project but I had actually left the house with out any headphones at all I [TS]

01:20:27   just totally forgotten to grab them because I'm not used to grab my [TS]

01:20:30   headphones to be able to listen to music because I was so used to just well [TS]

01:20:34   there's always headphones around my [TS]

01:20:36   why do I need to grab them that I found myself out in London for the whole day [TS]

01:20:39   that I have no headphones I don't know if I have been anywhere in the past 20 [TS]

01:20:46   years without headphones who is the very very strange day in a strange experience [TS]

01:20:51   I remember being horrified at this notion yeah I can't I can't imagine it [TS]

01:21:00   seemed right maybe the F four men may be the last 10 years ago everywhere with [TS]

01:21:07   weapons like if I went out for the day and forgot them I would go buy some yeah [TS]

01:21:12   I can be pretty sure that we're not doing this project and had I discovered [TS]

01:21:19   myself in central London without headphones I would have just bought a [TS]

01:21:22   cheap pair of headphones for the day [TS]

01:21:24   yeah I most certainly would have done that on the whole it seems like [TS]

01:21:28   everything's going really well which a part of me that just refuses to believe [TS]

01:21:33   that like there must be things in hurting what you mean by things that are [TS]

01:21:38   are hurting though this whole process it sounds like it's perfect and that your [TS]

01:21:44   everything's going really well there must be some parts of your working life [TS]

01:21:48   or just to life in general that just more difficult in a way that is surely I [TS]

01:21:55   mean when you say everything is going fine I do sort of agree with that in the [TS]

01:22:00   sense that there haven't been major problems but like I said before it's not [TS]

01:22:04   like oh I feel like all of my feeling overwhelmed has been completely lifted [TS]

01:22:08   by I feel kind of remarkably the same as I did a week ago and that's why I'm also [TS]

01:22:13   feeling that I might want to extend this for a longer but it may very well be [TS]

01:22:18   that the next time we record with each other in two weeks I'm gonna be tearing [TS]

01:22:22   at the walls right with my bare hands thinking man like I've just been [TS]

01:22:27   isolated too long I gotta get the hell outta here so you Jimmy maybe looking [TS]

01:22:32   back at currently in thinking he wanted to more than double this lake is he [TS]

01:22:36   crazy person [TS]

01:22:40   year no way to happen with that that was one of the reasons I wanted to talk [TS]

01:22:45   about this today in such a setting up kind of way because I mean with the way [TS]

01:22:51   you're thinking now we could be talking about this for the next four episodes [TS]

01:22:54   are you doing great still good how are you doing in its gonna be more and more [TS]

01:23:00   like a phone call with a hermit that was going to be like if you do this for 22 [TS]

01:23:07   months how do you come back from this I don't know we'll have to find out in the [TS]

01:23:12   future [TS]

01:23:12   cabin in the woods to see you never you never know I might go with what was the [TS]

01:23:21   kind of like pull back from the internet for a little while and then really did [TS]

01:23:24   just like completely leave he wrote an article about it [TS]

01:23:27   months months ago you know who I'm talking about I do it was at the verge [TS]

01:23:31   yeah he was gonna try not going on the internet for a little while and then six [TS]

01:23:36   months later he literally did write an article saying something like I've [TS]

01:23:39   completely left the internet now I'm going to go live in the woods Palmilla [TS]

01:23:43   he didn't use the Internet for a year and then quit his job at the verge came [TS]

01:23:48   back and no way does know but it's nothing internet-based a year is not [TS]

01:23:55   something I'm ready to commit to that's too much he's gone up a month at a time [TS]

01:24:00   the reason why I was ok talking with us on the show is that this is a very [TS]

01:24:05   difficult thing to try to talk about to talk about some of the internal stuff in [TS]

01:24:10   your own work and in your own mind and it's doubly difficult when you work [TS]

01:24:15   publicly on the internet you know in a stage where everyone can see but I'm I'm [TS]

01:24:22   hoping the reason why i'm ok talking about though is I think it is it is [TS]

01:24:27   valuable to hear someone identifying the problem and attempting to fix it [TS]

01:24:35   the details might not apply exactly to somebody else but I really think that [TS]

01:24:41   this is this is like an important life skill for people to have is to recognize [TS]

01:24:47   that you are the solution either for your own problems [TS]

01:24:53   if you recognize that there is something that is going wrong you need to be the [TS]

01:24:58   one who figures out a way to fix it and it might like it might not be obvious [TS]

01:25:01   the way to do it you might try stuff that is totally wrong and I guess said [TS]

01:25:06   during the conversation just a few episodes ago I tried the totally wrong [TS]

01:25:10   way to fix a problem that I was sort of where of which was by adding email on my [TS]

01:25:14   phone which is the exact opposite of the things I think I should be doing but I [TS]

01:25:18   think it's it's just useful to hear someone talking out loud about ways they [TS]

01:25:23   are attempting to fix a problem because that's a that's that's how you make your [TS]

01:25:26   life better there's no other way to make your life better [TS]

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01:26:08   achievements and stuff like that putting those on the war so I was having a think [TS]

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01:27:22   let's talk about something fun like yes we both spent an obscene amount of money [TS]

01:27:29   on just really big screens are they just really big screens I don't know might [TS]

01:27:37   well right now is just a really any of the other stuff [TS]

01:27:42   yes we have both purchased ipad pros and we went out on the first day they were [TS]

01:27:50   available for sale to purchase them now I just want to be really clear something [TS]

01:27:55   we convinced ourselves that the reason we were doing this was for you because [TS]

01:28:04   of course the thing that everybody would want to know is our first impressions of [TS]

01:28:09   the iPad pro so this is like a little fairy tale that Mike and I were telling [TS]

01:28:14   ourselves on launch day was we can't not go out of their iPad pros to check out [TS]

01:28:20   we can not go and see basically what was happening is we were talking about them [TS]

01:28:29   we weren't ordering will wonders never gonna order online and then grade tells [TS]

01:28:34   me that he went he said call go on and on like I've got loads of work to do [TS]

01:28:39   today and then grazed just two Devils on Eva shoulder saying to me like what more [TS]

01:28:46   important work [TS]

01:28:47   Debbie I can't imagine anything you'd rather do than go out and get an iPad [TS]

01:28:55   perot I can't imagine anything that you would rather do it but at the moment [TS]

01:29:03   like as a recording this there are no accessories in the in the stores so the [TS]

01:29:07   Apple pencil which is the thing I think mean you're both most interested is not [TS]

01:29:13   their neighbors the small keyboard and I'm sure that by the next time we both [TS]

01:29:17   have them [TS]

01:29:18   so people that don't like listening to talk about the iPad can be raised that [TS]

01:29:26   they can now and then we'll also talk about it when we get the pencils well [TS]

01:29:30   yes so we don't have the accessories [TS]

01:29:32   we're going to do some first impressions again because we need to write this off [TS]

01:29:39   as a business expense and now it is i think is how the accountants make this [TS]

01:29:45   work I do just want to tell you my from my perspective how this came about that [TS]

01:29:54   I have the iPad is in my hands now so on Wednesday which will [TS]

01:29:54   I have the iPad is in my hands now so on Wednesday which will [TS]

01:30:00   as according to Apple the day that iPad would be available for pre-sale and then [TS]

01:30:05   they made some vague comment about iPad pros available throughout the rest of [TS]

01:30:10   the week I one of these noncommittal things that they always like to do when [TS]

01:30:14   they say product launching summer right he know when summer who knows so as we [TS]

01:30:20   discussed in the last segment I was doing my total normal offline morning [TS]

01:30:25   that I got up and went out to my office added a bunch of writing and then I went [TS]

01:30:30   to the gym and then I came home for lunch and this is the point at which I [TS]

01:30:33   pick up my online phone now and started talking with Mike and looking online [TS]

01:30:38   about what's going on with the pre-orders I was I was remarkably calm [TS]

01:30:43   about this whole process normally I want to get the pre order in straight away [TS]

01:30:46   when I ended up deciding was I wanted to just take a chance and go into central [TS]

01:30:52   London and see if they happen to have an Apple store just a demo units to try [TS]

01:31:00   just want to see the iPad pro in person to get a sense of it because just like [TS]

01:31:05   with so many of these products you can look at every video of someone holding [TS]

01:31:10   the object and every video of someone trying something out but you don't have [TS]

01:31:14   a good sense of it until you actually get your hands on it but i just want to [TS]

01:31:20   see if they have a demo I went into central London I get around 11:20 or so [TS]

01:31:25   I went into an Apple store and I go take a look around and I a sad monkey because [TS]

01:31:35   there's no iPad pros visible for sale is a shame I just wanna just want to try it [TS]

01:31:42   but ok we gonna do let me just ask one of the sales guys because normally [TS]

01:31:49   normally I don't like talking to the salespeople in stores and I can never [TS]

01:31:52   possibly avoid it but the Apple people I don't mind because sometimes you can [TS]

01:31:58   trick them into telling you things that they're not supposed to tell you we're [TS]

01:32:01   just hopeful yeah I did with the person I spoke to ya [TS]

01:32:06   what can you say what information you go I just was just being very nice but she [TS]

01:32:12   didn't really seemed she just seemed very late she wasn't sure of what was in [TS]

01:32:17   the keyboard and then was like oh no we haven't got the keyboard she just seemed [TS]

01:32:23   very unsure about it so whilst I was waiting for my iPad to be brought from [TS]

01:32:27   the Bangko Sentral like she was like all they arrived this morning I was like you [TS]

01:32:33   know like know we had no idea we just open the boxes in there with them we [TS]

01:32:38   didn't even know anything about it and we will like it too big and I just like [TS]

01:32:46   to ask ya it is great to pretend like you're a bit naive sometimes I try to [TS]

01:32:53   see what you can try out I can't go into details but did want to have someone [TS]

01:32:56   tell me far more about the store's security policy and a possibly [TS]

01:33:00   well I want said somebody tell me like that some of the the tables have cash in [TS]

01:33:08   the know that's not true that's that's like an urban legend I seen it man it's [TS]

01:33:17   it's it's fun to talk to the Apple employees and they also I am absolutely [TS]

01:33:21   convinced if anybody has worked as an Apple employee I i wud luv confirmation [TS]

01:33:25   of this but I don't really need it because I know it's true that they go [TS]

01:33:28   through some kind of training about how to have great conversation starters with [TS]

01:33:32   people because anytime i buy something at any Apple store they always have a [TS]

01:33:36   right on hand some conversation starter to do while you're trying to do the [TS]

01:33:41   whole like waiting for the credit card transaction to go through I know there's [TS]

01:33:44   a three ring binder somewhere that lists all of these things and that they they [TS]

01:33:48   make them memorize a bunch to start off but so anyway this is the perhaps only [TS]

01:33:54   store in the world which I will walk up to one of the sales people without any [TS]

01:33:57   hesitation to ask some things so [TS]

01:34:01   I go up to this guy who's just standing on his own and I say he do you know when [TS]

01:34:08   the iPad pros are going to be in the store and he looks at me and he says [TS]

01:34:16   there in the store right now I go oh yeah oh yeah like this really like you [TS]

01:34:29   just come to the right guy to have a look and what I thought he meant was [TS]

01:34:36   they must have gotten a shipment but you know they're like he's letting me know a [TS]

01:34:40   secret that I'm not supposed to know that they're in the back storeroom but [TS]

01:34:43   they'll be out tomorrow I like that so i think is gonna tell me what he actually [TS]

01:34:47   does as he reaches for that little iPod iPod sales terminal that they have any [TS]

01:34:53   says to me what are you looking for right now again i'm looking around the [TS]

01:35:00   store there's not an iPad pro insights with this guy has like this devilish [TS]

01:35:04   little smile on his face like he's gonna hook me up so I literally said to the [TS]

01:35:09   guy I feel like we're doing a drug deal right now it felt like it was the secret [TS]

01:35:16   the secret thing like am I supposed to get an iPad I don't know I don't quite [TS]

01:35:20   understand I don't quite understand what's going on now I can get you and I [TS]

01:35:25   petrol don't you worry we're under the details of what I want to eat a little [TS]

01:35:30   buttons and runs off and he gets the iPad pro and he comes over to me and [TS]

01:35:38   then we start doing the like paying for it [TS]

01:35:41   transaction but before I am able to give him my card this other person comes up [TS]

01:35:47   in like weaves him over so he steps away from me a little bit and i'm looking [TS]

01:35:51   around at other person isn't wearing the uniform of the guys in the store he's [TS]

01:35:58   not wearing the security uniform but you know that that feeling you have like [TS]

01:36:01   this is clearly a person in charge right some people just radiates that or up and [TS]

01:36:06   so this guy came over and like I wonder who he is I he has no markings on him [TS]

01:36:09   but he's obviously in charge and so this the sales guy goes over and talk to [TS]

01:36:14   few seconds and i cant hear with their same but these guys like nodding at me [TS]

01:36:20   and the salesperson isreali confirming yes yes and then they both come walking [TS]

01:36:26   back to me I don't like this I don't like this one tiny bits and I says to me [TS]

01:36:32   so high on the manager of the Apple store in any reaches hand out to shake [TS]

01:36:37   my hand so I say hi and then he says congratulations you're the first person [TS]

01:36:45   in London to buy an iPad pro you're the first person in London to buy an iPad [TS]

01:36:58   pro this is the first store that cut the delivery in our little purchasing [TS]

01:37:04   tracking system you're the first person to buy one and then he says do you mind [TS]

01:37:12   if we do some publicity photos with you right I i'm not the guy this is not the [TS]

01:37:21   thing that I want but they helped you out but I said no because all I'm [TS]

01:37:28   thinking I was like man this is not what I want I really don't want to be on one [TS]

01:37:36   of those photos when Tim Cook is running through the iPad pro sales numbers at [TS]

01:37:41   WWDC in the summer is like I do not want to be this person and I don't like this [TS]

01:37:47   stuff so much that I don't even really like to be near the Apple stores at the [TS]

01:37:52   opening time for any of their launch products because at least in central [TS]

01:37:56   London they're just media circuses there's cameras everywhere at the Covent [TS]

01:38:02   Garden store in particular there's a very often a professional filming [TS]

01:38:06   equipment that's clearly being used by Apple to film everybody going into the [TS]

01:38:11   stores I always stay away from all that so what did you say did you just say no [TS]

01:38:17   i said im really sorry but i'd i'd rather not I'd really rather [TS]

01:38:22   not OK and 100% to the managers credit he didn't push it a single time after [TS]

01:38:30   that he wasn't like oh you know we really love you to do this but it was a [TS]

01:38:33   bit of an awkward moment and it just felt like I really shouldn't be I [TS]

01:38:37   shouldn't be saying no in this moment like you were clearly waiting around for [TS]

01:38:42   the first person to do this [TS]

01:38:45   ok but the story doesn't end here because I want to get the hell out of [TS]

01:38:50   the store now because this is not my ideal shopping experience I want things [TS]

01:38:55   to go smoothly and normal every time I have a retail experience the complete [TS]

01:39:02   opposite to the type of experience right and so much is now people want to take [TS]

01:39:07   your photograph I want to go in I wanna get a thing I want to get the hell outta [TS]

01:39:14   here but this is this is not the case but so anyway now the manager still [TS]

01:39:19   standing there and I'm trying to divert my attention back to the sales guy but [TS]

01:39:24   like complete this transaction shall we say let's let's go through this as fast [TS]

01:39:28   as we possibly can so I'm giving him again my card of like let's just get [TS]

01:39:33   this and get the help and of course because this is the way the universe [TS]

01:39:37   works the car that I give the guy had 40 it didn't work right it was it was over [TS]

01:39:47   the limit and as I have always discovered in life when one car doesn't [TS]

01:39:52   work it mean the other cars on the same account are probably not going to work [TS]

01:39:56   as well and so like a fat guy a second car that was in my wallet it was like on [TS]

01:40:00   a transaction declined as I have just given to cart to this dude and they're [TS]

01:40:06   both declined the manager standing there and while that's happening some of the [TS]

01:40:10   other salespeople have noticed that the manager is standing by me and that [TS]

01:40:15   there's an iPad pro on the table and I tried like discreetly cover up the box [TS]

01:40:20   with my jackets but I've also not purchased this yet but like people are [TS]

01:40:25   clearly noticing and suddenly there's like four Apple employees all standing [TS]

01:40:30   around and one of the girls turns to one of the other guys it was like [TS]

01:40:34   the first one who bought the iPad pro pro and this employee she starts [TS]

01:40:41   clapping right now again I totally understand any normal person would be [TS]

01:40:50   fine now nobody wants to be clapped his girls clapping which then is obviously [TS]

01:40:58   drawing the attention of other people in the store and now I'm standing there as [TS]

01:41:02   the guy to credit cards haven't worked like I just 18 zip his situation as fast [TS]

01:41:09   as I can so fortunately the third and final car that I had in my wallet it [TS]

01:41:15   works the transaction goes 30 ok great I can't wait to get out of here themselves [TS]

01:41:19   got sales guy again very nice like we were doing a little bit of talking about [TS]

01:41:23   like what am I going to use it for cuz they have a great little conversation [TS]

01:41:25   starters but my focus is on my complete this let's go so I'm ready to go I pick [TS]

01:41:30   up the iPad probox which is huge and this is the moment where I discover it [TS]

01:41:35   does not fit in the backpack I brought with me and so I just stand there with [TS]

01:41:43   these Apple store employees who are looking at me like one to talk about the [TS]

01:41:48   first pro the manager who I had somewhat may be rudely rejected that the press [TS]

01:41:53   photos within like the girl who was clapping while the main sales guy ran [TS]

01:41:56   off to get a bag and then he just sort of standard like oh god this is the most [TS]

01:42:00   uncomfortable shopping experience I have ever had in my entire life [TS]

01:42:04   the guy finally comes back with the bag I could not put the iPad pro in that bag [TS]

01:42:09   fast enough to then just got out of the store like to get out of there any [TS]

01:42:16   faster and when I was finally finally out and back in the street it was like [TS]

01:42:20   oh thank god is horrific that whole thing you told me you had a funny story [TS]

01:42:31   I so is this person told me something stupid not really a funny story like a [TS]

01:42:40   sitcom [TS]

01:42:42   that was written it's like somebody knew he liked what I imagine actually [TS]

01:42:46   happened was the manager calls the guy oversight bessie to be great thank you [TS]

01:42:51   so great I know how to influence guy for a long time [TS]

01:43:00   right right yeah he like he's getting the girl to clap at all stages of the [TS]

01:43:03   loop that would make sense the guys presson accounts elation but yeah i mean [TS]

01:43:12   the thing that I kept thinking about that whole interaction was behind me [TS]

01:43:16   right why did this have to happen to me I'm strolling in its halfway through the [TS]

01:43:22   day already you know I should not be just by dumb luck the first guy that's [TS]

01:43:27   registering in their system to be everything I have done is to avoid this [TS]

01:43:31   like it would never go into a store right when it opens on product launched [TS]

01:43:34   it happened but even when I'm just trying to be super casual about it like [TS]

01:43:40   this this thing occurs so anyway that's how I got my petrol must now don't even [TS]

01:43:44   care what you think about it but what do you think about it why don't you tell me [TS]

01:43:53   what you think about your iPad 4 I've been talking too much my thoughts are [TS]

01:43:58   like really complex and I haven't fully formed an opinion yet again [TS]

01:44:04   reminder for people these are first impressions so we may very well change [TS]

01:44:07   your thoughts later on it's really big like it's obscenely big like it's crazy [TS]

01:44:14   when I first opened it I had that box there and mentally in my mind I was [TS]

01:44:20   thinking this box is huge and obviously the iPad pro inside must be smaller [TS]

01:44:25   because that's how packages work with and I forgot no of course this is Apple [TS]

01:44:28   who makes box is exactly the size of the thing when I opened the lid I literally [TS]

01:44:36   said out loud if this thing is big on bringing could not contain the thought [TS]

01:44:42   just in its head like this this needs to be vocalized [TS]

01:44:47   WAY WAY bigger than you think it is from any of the videos that you seen it and [TS]

01:44:53   it also feels way bigger in portray yeah yeah which is obviously it's it's bigger [TS]

01:45:00   in every dimension right equally but it just feels way bigger import rate than [TS]

01:45:05   it does in landscape and I don't know why that is but it does feel that way [TS]

01:45:10   the speakers are really amazing watching a movie on it right and I thought to [TS]

01:45:14   myself this is the most iPad iPad [TS]

01:45:18   what do you mean by that like everything that makes an iPad good it's got all of [TS]

01:45:23   it more than any other iPad has heard before so like the speakers are ready [TS]

01:45:28   graces music and movie sound really also monitor screens really huge the movies [TS]

01:45:32   naturally will apparently like this is very iPad as it is and and I really like [TS]

01:45:38   that I'm just really struggling with certain parts of it like the software [TS]

01:45:42   keyboard is great and horrific yeah ok so my thoughts near yours in in that [TS]

01:45:49   nothing I think it was bad but I keep thinking this is a computer without the [TS]

01:45:55   computer whenever I'm using it feels like where's the laptop because the only [TS]

01:46:01   time I have a screen that is this size it's when I'm using my Mac Book Pro and [TS]

01:46:06   feel like I did I rip off the MacBook Pro screen but it still works [TS]

01:46:10   oh ok this is this is just an interesting an interesting size to have [TS]

01:46:14   and even though my first thought was the thing is just comically ridiculously big [TS]

01:46:21   later in the day I was using it just for some normal work and I had it on a [TS]

01:46:26   little stand like I would normally use and I was using a Bluetooth keyboard [TS]

01:46:29   with it and they are actually I get used to the size almost instantly because [TS]

01:46:34   when I'm using it in this way it feels very natural it feels like oh this is [TS]

01:46:37   this is the laptop size but like you I have some serious thoughts about their [TS]

01:46:47   software keyboard and my thoughts are mainly I do not like it I do not like it [TS]

01:46:55   one tiny bits [TS]

01:46:57   and I seriously angry about a thing which is that they have removed the [TS]

01:47:03   split keyboard option for people who don't know because this is somewhat of a [TS]

01:47:09   hidden feature maybe but on iPads in the bottom right-hand side of the iPad [TS]

01:47:15   there's a button you can press and hold which brings gives you an option to [TS]

01:47:18   split the keyboard into two pieces that then go to either side of the screen and [TS]

01:47:25   the idea that is that you can hold the iPad with two hands and some type like [TS]

01:47:30   year like you're on your phone and for reasons unbeknownst to me this option is [TS]

01:47:37   not available on the iPad pro like I would have thought it was just a bug had [TS]

01:47:42   I not had it confirmed in other reviews like oh no yeah this is this is removed [TS]

01:47:47   this is not here anymore and I can't believe this because that split keyboard [TS]

01:47:51   is the only way that I ever type on an iPad that when i buy an iPad the very [TS]

01:47:58   first thing that happens is split the keyboard and I never joined it back [TS]

01:48:01   again ever and I just I'm shocked that they took this away because if you are [TS]

01:48:08   you looking at all the different iPads perot regular mini and you were to ask [TS]

01:48:13   someone which of these screens least needs a keyboard that splits so that you [TS]

01:48:20   can type with your thumbs I would say obviously the mini because it's so small [TS]

01:48:25   already that most people could type if they're holding it with their two hands [TS]

01:48:29   and that the iPad pro the biggest screen most obviously needs a keyboard that you [TS]

01:48:35   can split so that you can type on either side but that's the one that doesn't [TS]

01:48:38   have it and I am absolutely absolutely baffled by that decision I do not [TS]

01:48:43   understand it like I don't think I can hold this time on it like on trying and [TS]

01:48:49   I can't do it because even and portrayed to screen she's too large for me to be [TS]

01:48:56   able to both hold and type on this thing at the same time you have to have it [TS]

01:49:00   supported against something and type as you normally would on a keyboard [TS]

01:49:03   which I understand because they will the screens but I get it right I know why [TS]

01:49:10   this is happening but I don't know how I feel about it yet I got I don't know if [TS]

01:49:14   it's a tradeoff and willing to accept I haven't continent decision their [TS]

01:49:18   decision to remove the split keyboard is i mean this is the thing that happens [TS]

01:49:24   with Apple sometimes they make a decision that they want you to use a [TS]

01:49:29   thing in a particular way and they're going to take away your options do it in [TS]

01:49:34   a different way and most famously gonna forget the exact match that was on but [TS]

01:49:41   on one of the very early max when they were switching to the graphical user [TS]

01:49:44   interface they release the Mac that did not have any arrow keys on the keyboard [TS]

01:49:47   and the reasoning as we have interpreted it you like the historical ends is that [TS]

01:49:53   Apple wanted people to be forced to use the mouse so we're not gonna give you [TS]

01:49:58   our Okies like you're used to with your command line programs you have to use [TS]

01:50:02   the mouse whether you like it or not and I feel that they taking away the split [TS]

01:50:06   keyboard on the iPad Pro is a bit like taking away those arrow keys like we are [TS]

01:50:11   going to force you whenever you are importing text on the iPad pro that the [TS]

01:50:16   iPad Pro is going to be on a desk it is not possible to stand up and input text [TS]

01:50:23   on the iPad pro at the same time unless you want to do the really awkward thing [TS]

01:50:27   which is cradled in one arm like a baby and then try to touch type with your [TS]

01:50:32   other hand like hun Peck mechanism to enter text like that the only way you're [TS]

01:50:38   going to be able to do this [TS]

01:50:39   standing up like I think that Apple is forcing it on the desk for text input [TS]

01:50:43   and i think thats I think that's a bad decision I don't like that I don't like [TS]

01:50:47   that at all like I'm I'm kinda doing it right now but I'm not comfortable in the [TS]

01:50:53   way the holding this thing like I'm holding it right at the very bottom and [TS]

01:50:58   I'm typing with my thumbs and it's uncomfortable to hold and I'm worried [TS]

01:51:02   I'm gonna drop [TS]

01:51:03   but the thing is I do like two keyboards I like having the numbers are likely [TS]

01:51:09   actually characters I don't like that it's only in USA no matter what you do [TS]

01:51:16   you can say put it in UK layout and it changes the glyphs but not the actual [TS]

01:51:21   key sizes which is madness so I have a tiny little return key rather than the [TS]

01:51:27   beautiful boot that you find a good UK keyboard and a sliver sliver of a Delete [TS]

01:51:33   key yet the delete key is infuriating on on the new one and I will miss that [TS]

01:51:40   every single time I don't understand why they have this bizarre delete key though [TS]

01:51:43   because I can't type on this iPad the way I want to type on every single iPad [TS]

01:51:50   that I own which is the split keyboard all the time I thought ok well let me [TS]

01:51:53   just let me try to do this the Apple Way and type with their software keyboard [TS]

01:51:57   now I have the additional problem in that I use dvorak to type and Apple does [TS]

01:52:04   not allow you to arrange their inbuilt keyboard as dvorak so I would be useless [TS]

01:52:11   at trying to touch type on this keyboard normally but I have spent many many [TS]

01:52:17   years of my life going back and forth between forty keyboards in schools and [TS]

01:52:21   Dvorak keyboard that I type on and I am very good at looking at a QWERTY [TS]

01:52:26   keyboard and typing on it like that is the thing that I can do I can use both [TS]

01:52:31   lay out by but looking at this software keyboard I have an extraordinarily hard [TS]

01:52:37   time trying to type on it because it shouldn't be hard but just deeply [TS]

01:52:41   uncomfortable because it feels like ok this is roughly the same size as a [TS]

01:52:47   regular keyboard but I still feel like I need to hold my hands very close [TS]

01:52:52   together to try to have them in the right position to type on this thing [TS]

01:52:56   it's just it feels cramped even though there's more space and the buttons on [TS]

01:53:01   the side feel like they're way too big like this shift button the size of it is [TS]

01:53:05   really wide the keyboard just seems really uncomfortable to me [TS]

01:53:09   and I thought maybe I'm just just I don't know maybe being overly critical [TS]

01:53:14   but there are a couple of apps on my iPad pro there when I load them up they [TS]

01:53:19   don't scale yet for the iPad pro and what it does is it loads up the [TS]

01:53:23   old-fashioned keyboard instead so that all this an interesting test is an [TS]

01:53:28   interesting comparison to the old-fashioned keyboard that doesn't have [TS]

01:53:32   a shift buttons on the side or a caps lock button on the side where these dumb [TS]

01:53:36   really narrow delete button the one that is on the regular iPad that everybody [TS]

01:53:40   knows that I can type with relatively easily on the iPad prozac oh this is [TS]

01:53:45   much more comfortable [TS]

01:53:46   take the old one but just make it bigger so I don't know I feel like this is new [TS]

01:53:51   software keyboard there they're trying to the trying to force people into using [TS]

01:53:55   it and they're also trying to pretend like look at us with our full keyboard [TS]

01:53:59   just like on a real computer but the experience of using it is for me I would [TS]

01:54:05   say totally unusable I can't type on it like I would type on a normal QWERTY [TS]

01:54:11   keyboard and I can't flip it into some mode so I can type as easily as I can [TS]

01:54:16   type on an iPhone it's useless to me as an input device and so my conclusion is [TS]

01:54:22   well any type of using his iPad bro I'm going to have to have a keyboard with it [TS]

01:54:26   which means I'm going to be a keyboard cover even though I don't expect to [TS]

01:54:32   really like that keyboard cover I I can see that I will never want to be [TS]

01:54:37   somewhere with the iPad pro without the option of at least using a physical [TS]

01:54:42   keyboard if something comes up where I actually want to type a bunch whereas on [TS]

01:54:47   any of my iPad's now if I want to type on it a bunch I can do so perfectly [TS]

01:54:51   adequately with my thumbs but not an option here but that doesn't necessarily [TS]

01:54:54   mean that a bad thing right because we don't actually know yet [TS]

01:54:58   like because there are still those things that I love about the iPad in [TS]

01:55:03   general [TS]

01:55:04   text entry like the fact that I would have to use a keyboard of this I'm not [TS]

01:55:09   saying that is necessarily a bad thing yet you know what I mean like it's like [TS]

01:55:13   this could actually still be really awesome but it just replaces my laptop [TS]

01:55:18   to like 90% the things I use my laptop for [TS]

01:55:20   this is what I mean by its Apple forcing you in a particular direction like with [TS]

01:55:24   the arrow keys right they want you to use that built in keyboard I think it's [TS]

01:55:30   pretty obvious that they want you to use that the keyboard cover is what I mean [TS]

01:55:34   like they want you to use that it's a bit weird the iPad pro without anybody [TS]

01:55:39   being able to buy a very strange decision like why not wait a couple days [TS]

01:55:43   and sell them together but ok whatever you do it this way for some reason and [TS]

01:55:49   so I maybe I may end up being in a situation where I'm fine using the [TS]

01:55:55   keyboard cover or I might just like I do with my iPad is now just like I will I [TS]

01:56:00   always have a Bluetooth keyboard with me anyway they use and so it's not a big [TS]

01:56:03   it's not a big deal but it just seems irritating to me that to remove the [TS]

01:56:08   split keyboard like they had to go out of their way to remove this and to [TS]

01:56:12   remove it only on the iPad pro and that's the thing that bugs me about it [TS]

01:56:16   and the other thing is it like there have been a bunch of people complaining [TS]

01:56:20   about the software keyboard and I feel like with with this bigger iPad just [TS]

01:56:26   another another indication to me like Apple please please sort out whatever [TS]

01:56:31   the problem is with making third-party keyboards reliable if you want people to [TS]

01:56:36   have something weird like the space of a full keyboard and take full advantage of [TS]

01:56:40   it like there's a lot of amazing things that you could do here but it's very [TS]

01:56:43   hard to use this third-party keyboards that I'm constantly flaking which my [TS]

01:56:47   impression of it from talking developers is largely Apple's API's I I agree I [TS]

01:56:53   would like it because it's kind of frustrating it's like we're gonna give [TS]

01:56:56   you the ability to have these keyboards but they're gonna be really crap we [TS]

01:57:01   can't we're not giving whatever it is we're not putting enough effort into [TS]

01:57:05   making them as good as they could possibly be yeah it feels like it just [TS]

01:57:09   it it hasn't been updated and [TS]

01:57:14   the third party keyboard thing to me seems like a really sensible thing for [TS]

01:57:17   Apple to do because we think about okay what should Apple focus on the ok should [TS]

01:57:21   focus on this core operating system in the course features that it does [TS]

01:57:27   should Apple be super concerned with worrying about every single keyboard [TS]

01:57:32   layout everywhere in the world and every combination that people might want to [TS]

01:57:36   have I i think thats a lot for any company to care about and so it seems [TS]

01:57:42   quite natural like ok look if there's someone somewhere that wants to do [TS]

01:57:45   something different with their text input like let them let them make a [TS]

01:57:49   keyboard that's exactly the way they want and then they can put it on the [TS]

01:57:52   store and if other people want to take and get it to it seems really natural to [TS]

01:57:56   leave that to third parties but it's just not the current state of it is not [TS]

01:58:00   acceptable [TS]

01:58:00   usable what I've done is just mentally totally written off the ability to put [TS]

01:58:06   text into the iPad via the software keyboard so in a way I'm pretending like [TS]

01:58:10   oh it doesn't even exist and I just have to use this device with a keyboard and [TS]

01:58:14   so has my way of not getting angry about it that's dealing with it that's good I [TS]

01:58:20   don't know if it's good enough as a way to make me calmer about the situation [TS]

01:58:23   ok I'm just pretending there's no keyboard on this device that's my mental [TS]

01:58:30   framework for the iPad is there's no keyboard I just I always have to use an [TS]

01:58:34   external keyboard that's destined to put them but anyway that's my only major [TS]

01:58:41   complaint about it and of course it's so easy to complain about stuff but aside [TS]

01:58:44   from that my first impression is largely I love this thing you know there there [TS]

01:58:57   there are things that annoy me about it as there are things that annoy me about [TS]

01:59:02   every piece of technology [TS]

01:59:03   overall I also liked it because I can take two apps and I can put them side by [TS]

01:59:11   side and its two iPads hey it's like oh my god I love it right so we obviously [TS]

01:59:18   federico on the network has been testimony for a week of maxillary did he [TS]

01:59:23   had a fantastic review we did a great episode of connected with him talking [TS]

01:59:27   about it and he is the iPad guy right it's what he does all of his work from [TS]

01:59:32   an iPad and hearing the way that he spoke about it like using it for a week [TS]

01:59:36   so I guess I can see how he got like this thing is a beast and it's why I'm [TS]

01:59:41   so anxious now to be able to try out with the whole package [TS]

01:59:46   yeah especially the pencil [TS]

01:59:50   did you see if you see in this but it's weighted so it can't roll away I have [TS]

01:59:55   read every single review that even passing Lee mentions the pencil and I [TS]

02:00:01   have found all of them lacking they not giving us because people aren't really [TS]

02:00:06   talking about handwriting which is what mean you care about [TS]

02:00:10   I was realizing this morning that the only person whose written review the [TS]

02:00:14   pencil I would trust would be yours because everybody who's using the pencil [TS]

02:00:19   is some version of I haven't written anything by hand in years but I can sign [TS]

02:00:24   my signature with it all right that is not sufficient for what I am looking for [TS]

02:00:28   I am NOT asking if it is better than the machine that does my signature on the [TS]

02:00:34   UPS package delivery guy I guess is not what I want to know what I want to know [TS]

02:00:38   is can I be looking at printed text on the screen and make a little insert [TS]

02:00:43   character and right above a sentence what I want to be added to that point in [TS]

02:00:47   the sentence like that is the precision level that I am looking for I don't have [TS]

02:00:51   but I read every pencil review it was like this is not even not even within [TS]

02:00:57   the light years of the amount of detail that has looking for but he even if as [TS]

02:01:04   as we have tried to lay down our potential excitement for the pencil I [TS]

02:01:10   can say that without a doubt even if the pencil falls short of what I wanted to [TS]

02:01:14   be [TS]

02:01:15   I will still use this iPad pro and absolutely loved it I was doing this [TS]

02:01:21   morning I was writing a script for fear that I'm working on and one of the [TS]

02:01:25   things I I'll do a little bit on my iPad air but it's just so nice to do on the [TS]

02:01:30   probe is I have the script that I am writing on one side of the scream and [TS]

02:01:35   then as a little column I have a bunch of notes about the script that can just [TS]

02:01:42   stay in place that can always stay in my visual field so one of the things I do [TS]

02:01:47   when I'm writing is to try to keep myself on track I like to make little [TS]

02:01:51   bullet points about here are the three main points that this script should be [TS]

02:01:57   about so that when I'm writing I'm kind of comparing every paragraph to those [TS]

02:02:01   three bullet points like this reinforce one of these points or am I going off on [TS]

02:02:05   too much of attentions and it's just really nice to be able to have lots of [TS]

02:02:10   space where the whole script is there and I can also have these little notes [TS]

02:02:15   to myself constantly visible on the side and not feel like I'm giving up a whole [TS]

02:02:20   bunch of screen real estate to do it like I could do it on the iPad air too [TS]

02:02:24   and I have been doing it for a couple of weeks now that things have finally been [TS]

02:02:28   updated to iOS nine but it is a much much better experience on the perot and [TS]

02:02:35   even a couple things like I installed I think in the future as we were talking [TS]

02:02:39   in the earlier part of the show I'm almost certainly going to set up the [TS]

02:02:42   iPad pro as my offline creation machine but when I was just testing it out [TS]

02:02:47   yesterday I did install slack and even there I was getting some messages from [TS]

02:02:51   the artists that I'm working within the current projects it is very good on the [TS]

02:02:57   ice [TS]

02:02:57   did you don't have to swipe any pains it's all there [TS]

02:03:01   yeah you don't have to swipe any pains I was able to jump in and out of [TS]

02:03:04   conversations the sketches and the storyboards and I was being sent it like [TS]

02:03:09   oh this is great I can look at it on this nice big screen I have this this [TS]

02:03:13   just this huge space to work on so I personally probably won't use it for [TS]

02:03:21   that in general but I I like I thought man this is just really nice to be able [TS]

02:03:25   to do this [TS]

02:03:26   ended up reading a bunch of a book on the iPad pro as well as this is normal [TS]

02:03:32   to have these two gigantic columns that text I really like not having to flip [TS]

02:03:36   the pages much everything is great now that we were pooh-poohing the software [TS]

02:03:43   keyboard in the beginning and it's frustrating but with everything in life [TS]

02:03:47   there are tradeoffs and if there's an iPad that from my perspective has no [TS]

02:03:51   functional software keyboard like whatever still amazing maybe the pen [TS]

02:03:57   doesn't work at all [TS]

02:03:58   ok fine I'm still absolutely loving this iPad perot so I am I am quite the happy [TS]

02:04:03   man here the currently the way that I feel about my iPad Pro is like it's a [TS]

02:04:08   member of my family which is there are things about it the drive me crazy but I [TS]

02:04:12   just can't help but love it anyway [TS]