Listened 014: The Key Ingredient in Work-Life Balance by Jocelyn K. Glei from Hurry Slowly
At the end of every interview, I do a little Proust questionnaire with all my guests. One of the questions I always ask is: “What’s the key ingredient in work-life balance?” This episode is a supercut of my favorite responses.

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Listened IRL Podcast Episode 9: Digital Overload from irlpodcast.org
Recent reports estimate that over 50% of teens are addicted to their smartphones. Veronica Belmont investigates the impact of growing up online.What does it mean to grow up online? We investigate how the www is changing our bodies and our brains. A college student shares his experience at rehab for Internet addiction. Bestselling author Nir Eyal breaks down what apps borrow from gambling technology. Writer Heather Schwedel talks about taking a cue from Kanye and breaking up with Twitter. And blogger Joshua Cousins talks about the Internet as a lifeline, in the wake of recent natural disasters.
Veronica Belmont brings together a number of perspectives on digital life. From a critique of the naive advice to ‘just turn off’ to a comparison of habit vs addition, this podcast is not about easy answers, but rather about developing a better understanding.
Listened Micro.blog on Social Media with Manton Reece from GeekSpeak a Podcast with Lyle Troxell
We have been talking about the problems with Twitter, Facebook, and social media throughout the last year. Our guest has too, and he's trying to do something about it. Manton Reece, talks about Micro.blog, the technology it is built on, and how he is being thoughtful about building something new. - GeekSpeak Podcast for 2018-01-19
For so long I have looked on at Micro.blog. I was unsure whether I wanted to pay as I was unsure what I would be paying for and have been looking for a proper breakdown of the platform. John Johnston has been helpful, but but I still had questions. Manton Reece provides many of these answers in his appearance on the Geek Speak podcast. This included the difference between hosting and self-hosted, why it is different to other platforms, as well as how it fits in with the #IndieWeb. It is impetus I needed to dig deeper, especially as a means for comment and engaging with others.

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Listened
Cameron Malcher interviews Massimo Pigliucci about Stoicism and its place within education.

00.00 Opening Credits
01:31 Intro
03:16 Ben Newsome – Fizzics Ed Podcast
11:19 Pasi Sahlberg on NAPLAN
17:39 Discussing disparity of school resources
21:28 Feature Introduction
24:02 Interview – Massimo Piglucci
1:19:05 Quote & Sign Off

Listened CM 095: Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack on Breakthrough Thinking by Gayle Allen from Curious Minds Podcast
Breakthroughs can take our work to new and exciting places, yet they rarely happen as often as we’d like. Are there ways to prompt these kinds of moments, so we can create them more often? Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack tell us how in their book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking.
There are four four types of breakthroughs: Eureka, Metaphor, Intuitive and Paradigm. Just as we build up resistance at a gym, Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack talk about taking time to extend our neuroplasticity by breaking with our usual practices and embrace all the parts of the self. Three *super-tools* the authors talk about to support this include gratitude, altruism and meditation. In some ways this touches upon Doug Belshaw’s idea of [serendipity surface](http://discours.es/2016/increasing-your-serendipity-surface).
Listened IRL Podcast Episode 8: Bot Or Not from irlpodcast.org
Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media bots with Lauren Kunze and Jenn Schiffer. Butter.ai’s Jack Hirsch talks about what happens when your profile is stolen by a political bot. Lisa-Maria Neudert measures how bots influence politics. Ben Nimmo teaches us how to spot and take down bot armies. And Tim Hwang explores how bots can connect us in surprising, and meaningful, new ways.
This episode is dedicated to unpacking bots. Along with Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith’s investigation into the influence of Twitter bots, Kris Shaffer and Bill Fitzgerald’s guide on how to spot a bot, and Kin Lane’s reflections on the waves of bots and Nicholas Confessore’s exposé into the follower factory, these resources provide a useful starting point for understanding bots and there implication on society today.
Listened ‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off – podcast by Jacob Mikanowski from the Guardian
Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them
Go here for a written version of this Guardian long read.
Listened Digital dystopia: tech slavery and the death of privacy – podcast by Jordan Erica Webber from the Guardian
Jordan Erica Webber explores whether our privacy has been compromised by the tech giants whose business models depend on harvesting and monetising our data. We speak to cyborg rights activist Aral Balkan; the executive director of UK charity Privacy International Gus Hosein; and to Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine and author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
In the first episode of our four-part miniseries, Jordan Erica Webber asks whether our digital selves are owned by tech firms in a new form of slavery? One of the interesting points made was that in the past, people were often private in public spaces, whereas today things have been reversed, where we are public in private places.
I recorded a short reflection for a collaborative podcast put together by Benjamin Doxtdator on the topic of taking pause in 2018. The following people also provided contributions:

  • Ximena on being more aware of the growing inequality produced through research and digital technologies.
  • Kay Sidebottom on the microfacism that stop us from pausing at all.
  • David Webster – Who is profiting from supposed simple solutions
  • Phil Wood on sustainable timescapes.
  • Deborah Netolicky on data, metrics and the impact of interventions.
  • Jelmer Evers on the stories we are being told globally.
  • Alan Levine on the power of walking, while walking.

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