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Watch out Brisbane, Juan is getting mad ....... you don't want to see Juan mad. In Episode #249 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: the rainy weather that is coming to Brissie, the last La Niña that caused flooding, Juan's frustrating traffic story followed by his aggravating car fine, how the wet weather will effect our workouts, age catching up …
 
I don't use the word often, but 'polemical' describes this work perfectly. 'Beyond Good And Evil' by Friedrich Nietzsche is mostly an attack on philosophers but also contains snippets of his general thoughts on the interplay between religion & society, the mindset of a free spirit and some other assorted rants. It was originally written in his nati…
 
Kieran Nolan is the cofounder of Rocketshoes, educational technologist, host of the IPFS podcast and a lover of all things blockchain. In Conversation #62 we chat about: teaching blockchain tech to primary school children, the difficulties of educating parents, real life use cases of IPFS with rocketshoes, an overview of the InterPlanetary File Sys…
 
Should I ditch Juan, is he giving me a bad reputation? In Episode #248 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: responsibility for the type of people and groups you run in, whether we would care if a new acquaintance had a bad reputation, how much this topic plays out in our day to day life, the differences between your online keyboard warrior and IRL noto…
 
What are the mental traps that you fall into and how do you try to combat them? In Episode #247 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: my recent TikTok superstardom with my brothers random friends, essential survival tools, essential entertainment devices (to throw at noisy crows), the mind reading capabilities shown in 'The Portrait Of A Lady' by He…
 
More questions than answers, more confusion than clarity. 'The Question Concerning Technology' by Martin Heidegger is a philosophical book containing multiple essays by the German philosopher. It centres around his concepts of 'Standing Reserve' & 'Enframing' but also contains a deconstruction of Nietzsche as well. The book contains no real structu…
 
In Conversation #61 I took some time to talk with Jeremy, aka OrigamicPenguin on twitter to talk all things Veefriends, taking risks, establishing his own northern star and creating his own NFT! As always, we hope you enjoy. Mere Mortals out! Timeline: (0:00) - Intro (1:30) - meeting other VeeFriends (2:45) - 60 seconds who is Jeremy (4:45) - What …
 
Get prepared for some numbers people, we're diving deep into the analytical, engineering minds of the Mere Mortals. In Episode #246 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: the reasoning behind talking about metrics & my general philosophy, realisations that it's possible to go overboard, sleep/financial/fitness/random data that we collect and analyse, qua…
 
As I write this a week on I'm still coughing up mysterious traveller germs, the fun of Airlie Beach comes with a price! In Episode #245 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: our recent holiday to a vacation getaway in beautiful Queensland, similarities between my brother and I, Juan's recent experiments with photoshops and deep faking faces, getting…
 
'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris blends fiction with reality to bring the tale of the Tattooist of Auschwitz to us all, his love for Gita and the things one must do to survive. I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Juan out! If you would like to support the Mere Mortals, feel free to grab this book here: https…
 
We're talking about money, and then hopefully taking a break from it for a while. I feel gross when I talk about it for too long. In Episode #244 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why you don't want to see your net worth decrease, our personal monthly expenses, how much extra it would cost for our dream lifestyle, why chasing the next promotion sole…
 
Prerecording FTW, where would we be without you! In Episode #243 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why we had to film earlier due to our upcoming/already completed Airlie Beach trip, why dubbing over anime and foreign language is unacceptable, bringing back the good times by revisiting old and fond memories, ways in which we succeeded without me…
 
He who controls the spice controls the universe! 'Dune' by Frank Herbert is a sci-fi classic that is comparable with some of the other amazing fictional universes. The story takes place on Arrakis, a barren planet scarce of water but containing the immensely valuable spice. House Atreides suffers a catastrophic betrayal and so the young Duke Paul u…
 
You smell that ....... it smells like it's goal time. Do you set yourself monthly goals and if so, how many do you set? Juan and I on the first week of every month go over our progress from the previous month and where we are heading for the next. Emphasis as always is on the shortcomings; what we didn't achieve in the previous monthly goals and ho…
 
So ... what's your motivation for doing anything? In Episode #242 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: our demotivating and quite frankly lazy Halloween outfits, the book Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman, personal motivation for why we both workout so much, overcoming apathy and sleeping better, making sure you are not becoming a bad pers…
 
I'm onto you Duolingo, I see through all your sneaky tactics. Watch your back! In Episode #241 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: our gratitude for Southbank allowing us back in our normal spot, Juan's interaction with a homeless man outside a gas station, why Duolingo has it in for podcasting, why one might be hypocrite and work at cross purpose…
 
Everything you know about human nature is a falsehood, but maybe that's a good thing. 'Humankind' by Rutger Bregman is an argument for why humans are good at heart (and in action). He presents this as a dichotomy between the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes & Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Much of the book is spent debunking commonly cited examples of our innat…
 
Welcome back all - today's conversation is a little different than most and was a section of conversation that occured during an AMA with the creators of Everyday Sloths - an upcoming Australian NFT project with a MASSIVE game changer in the way you interact with your NFT. As always, we hope you enjoy. Mere Mortals out! Timeline: (0:00) - Intro (1:…
 
I had to slow down my reading pace to about 1 x book per week due to focusing on some new goals. I also think my average page length might be slightly increasing which also is a reason for the slow down. So only 3 x reviews for me from this month. The real highlight (which I forgot to mention) was Juan's review of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari which…
 
This is probably one of my beliefs that will annoy the most people. In Episode #240 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why I think there is something wrong with the way that we all view 'jobs' as a necessity, why people work in the first case, how many people would stay at their job if they weren't getting paid, why paying for everything is the end g…
 
There are some exceptional benefits one can gain from using the Podcasting 2.0 tech and it is starting to get noticed! In Episode #239 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: Alex Gladstein mentioning P2.0 on the Lex Fridman Podcast, whether the younger generation is more generous with money, the happiest time of someone's life, what we personally hav…
 
Let's go on a journey through human history in 500 pages. A glimpse into my love for the book Sapiens, the points that really struck me and how much information can be packed in one book is beyond me. I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Juan out! If you would like to support us and grab the book use our link here! https:/…
 
How might the whole world change if everyone embodies the Bitcoin mantra of 'don't trust, verify'. In Episode #238 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why this topic popped up for us, ways we believe the world could change with less trust in the ecosystem, process vs characteristic vs institution based trust, some data and graphs about the link betwee…
 
Have you ever heard of the Australian childhood game of Brandy? In Episode #237 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why the Dere Dortals are feeling dusty (aka, hungover), the popular Squid Game show, turning Brandy into tennis balls with acid, Red Rover come over, how explaining things simply is quite difficult, some thoughts on how a dispassiona…
 
A delve into the thoughts of a great leader, inspiring visionary, a venerable soul, but ultimately just a man. 'An Autobiography' by M.K. Gandhi (also known as 'My Experiments With Truth') is an overview of his life from birth in 1869 to 1921. It is split into 5 parts which reflect his time spent studying in England, working in South Africa and pro…
 
In Conversation #59 I chat with Jordan Michaelides, host of the 'Uncommon' podcast, cofounder of Neuralle digital agency and Head of Partnerships at CoinJar. Some of the topics we cover include: the origination story of Neuralle/Uncommon, guest selection and how he gets the most out of them, his experience in the crypto industry with CoinJar and a …
 
A listener suggested topic (props to Petar), are NFT's just the current hype or do they have some lasting value? In Episode #236 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: the definition of a fad (and provide some examples), my 4 categories that are indications of a fad, Juan's thoughts on a product integrating into society, our conclusion on whether NFT's a…
 
Juan almost got stood up recently and so we both had an outlet to bitch and moan about getting stooged. In Episode #235 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why we have so many topics for meanderings, Juan's drive to the Sunshine Coast that almost ended in disaster, the dodgy people I encountered in a Macca's carpark, dirt balls vs meatballs, how J…
 
I'm finding a common pattern amongst books on this subject that I'm really not enjoying. 'The Heart Of The Buddha's Teaching' by Thich Nhat Hanh is an explanation of the most essential ideas, instructions, teachings and guides of Buddhism & the Buddha. It is split into 4 parts with the first two deconstructing the Four Noble Truths & The Noble Eigh…
 
In Conversation #58 I chatted with Katie Ferreira, co-host of the 'Two Girls In A Podcast' ..... podcast! Katie (along with her co-host Jen) love Disney World and all things Disney related. We discuss what makes it stand out and why it has become a big part of her life. We also get onto the cool/wacky part of South Korean culture, amazing interacti…
 
You smell that ....... it smells like it's goal time. Do you set yourself monthly goals and if so, how many do you set? Juan and I on the first week of every month go over our progress from the previous month and where we are heading for the next. Emphasis as always is on the shortcomings; what we didn't achieve in the previous monthly goals and ho…
 
In our last episode we were looking at the past year, now we are looking forward to our goals for the future! In Episode #234 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why starting your goals on New Year's day is stupid, Juan's 3 categories of Body, Mind & Soul, my 8 categories of Partner, Relationships, Finance, Health, Spirituality, Travel, Character & Kn…
 
It's time for a sum episode of everything that we've been doing in the past year! In Episode #233 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: the links between our overarching long-term goals down to our daily checklists, Juan's 3 categories of Body/Mind/Soul and why he is pretty chuffed with an 80% completion rate, my 8 categories (too many to put here) …
 
Authentically Russian. Depressingly bleak, a touch of divinity and more than a little strange. 'The Death Of Ivan Ilyich' by Leo Tolstoy is a collection of 11 novellas, which contain Russian everything (characters, landscape, traditions, culture, etc.,). There is no connecting theme in the stories but they do contain some commonalities. They're tol…
 
I got the chance to sit down with the big man himself, Royce Dunne, and briefly touch on competing, the mentality to keep on going, competing at the games, being in the storm, being an athlete and a father and his two great takeaways. Small audio issues towards the end of the video did not stop us from having a good time. As always, we hope you enj…
 
Recap timeeee! Yessiree, here's an overview of the 7 books I read (and 2 x book review from Juan) that was posted in September 2021. The standout for me was Candide by Voltaire, very witty and has obviously stood the test of time (it was published 260 years ago!). Most of the rest were pretty solid books that ranged from philosophy to children's bo…
 
Get prepared to go deep, we are discussing 'truth' and how it changes between the 3 states of objective, subjective and intersubjective. In Episode #232 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how Juan found this concept in 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari, our definition of the three states and how they relate to each other, getting distracted by a Simpson…
 
A dive into the brutality of humanity, but childlike in nature and without the bullshit of politics. 'Lord Of The Flies' by William Golding is a boy's dream adventure that takes a dark turn. It begins with an intro to a group of 6-14 year olds who are stranded on a small island without an adult in site. Tensions run high as the responsible tribe fo…
 
What type of person is your typical Bitcoiner? In Episode #231 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: our recent problem with rules & regulations, our experiences going to 2 x Bitcoin Meetups, the funny type of people that you can meet, risky business in the NFT world, why our brains might be a tad different than most people, a debate on how necessar…
 
Shocking and devastating in every which way. 'Hiroshima' by John Hersey details the accounts of 6 survivors from the atomic blast on August 6, 1945 @ 8:15 am. It goes over their injuries, the general chaos, widespread destructive effects, uncertainty of the future, overt heroism on the morning of, and the statistics of the death count. 5 chapters f…
 
In Conversation #56 I chat with James Cridland; the Radio Futurologist and host of multiple podcasts (Podnews/Podland/Podclock). We start off with a bit of tech talk before diving into all things podcasting. This includes an explanation of Podcasting 2.0, how audio programs vary around the world and defining what a podcast actually is. To finish of…
 
Is dedicating yourself single-mindedly to a task a psychologically good for you? In Episode #230 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how Juan is ill prepared and therefore definitely not all in, Tolstoy's book and story that gave me the idea for today's topic, our definition on what this psychology is, why Juan thinks Tolstoy is an average writer and …
 
Like most moralising old men, this philosopher will either enlighten you, bore you, piss you off or a combo of all. 'Discourses & Selected Writings' by Epictetus are the words of wisdom from a notable stoic philosopher. It goes over his core principles/main ideas through the medium of assertions, arguments and conversations. Like most stoic philoso…
 
We're talking about some of our recent concerns, but as usual our reasoning might be a bit odd. In Episode #229 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: an intro of just how wild we are (not very), a couple of boostagrams from my recent chat with Dave Jones, Juan's first dose and how it knocked him around, my intense dislike of politics could lead to m…
 
Begone you engrams, let me be the Thetan I was born to be! 'Going Clear' by Lawrence Wright is an exposé mixed with the history of Scientology. The first half begins with a bio on the mythical/enigmatic L. Ron Hubbard and his life. The second half is of modern Scientology & its influential figures (such as David Miscavige, Tom Cruise and Paul Haggi…
 
In Conversation #55 I had Erika de Pellegrin from The Balance Theory podcast join me again to talk about all things balance and podcasting. We start off by revisiting her core 3 values, diving into her podcasting process and what she has learnt from her guests and audience. We then chat more about her backstory, favourite books, what brings her joy…
 
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