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Back to Work #391: The September Issue

September 11, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Discussed: upcoming Apple announcements; do people with bigger screens use more apps more often?; some follow-up on adaptive testing; and comics for kids.

Your hosts answer a listener question about knowing when it's time to quit something.

Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.


Micromobility #3: Getting to here - the historical context of micromobility's emergence

September 10, 2018 at 7:00PM • 38 minutes

In this episode, we refine the micromobility categorisation and unpack why urban infrastructure is a leading indicator to adoption.

We run through:
1) Why the development of batteries and small electric motors underpinned the development of micromobility, the importance of off-the-shelf componentry in providing the basis for innovation and why electric will be the dominant powertrain for the coming 10 years.
2) The history of fuel infrastructure in the US, how hard this is to replicate, and why micromobility provides an opportunity to leapfrog this.
3) The history of transit, roading and tramways in major cities globally, and how they provided the conditions for the development of the car.
4) The significance of the standard bike as we know it today, and the impact that it had on society.
5) The emergence of cars in cities, the safety battles fought, and the development of signals, licensing and traffic segmentation, and the implications on that for alternative vehicle types.
6) How the emergence of micro mobility will terraform our cities in the same way that the car did.

Transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce & Horace Dediu.


DLC #250: Anthony Taormina: Destiny 2 Forsaken, Spider-Man, Battlefield 5, COD, Battle Royale

September 10, 2018 at 1:00AM • 1 hour 46 minutes

Jeff and Christian welcome Anthony Taormina from Gamerant.com to the show this week to discuss more details about the Battle Royale modes of Call of Duty and Battlefield, the casting of Geralt orf Rivia on Netflix, THQ getting an underrated RPG and more!

The Playlist: Destiny 2 Forsaken, Spider-Man, Battle for Azeroth, Fortnite

VR Talk: Firewall Zero Hour

Parting Gifts!

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.


The Awkward Human Survival Guide #223: A Fine Pussage

September 9, 2018 at 2:00PM • 54 minutes

This awkward week we're talking about first gay boyfriends, drunk and desirable, and buttery lies!

Hosted by Adam Dachis, Darren Herczeg, Erica Elson, and Richard Cardenas.


Puromac #505: Fumando Marihuana

September 7, 2018 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Mientras Fede y Flavio esperan la presentacion del nuevo iPhone X, hablan sobre el nombre, Elon Musk, Marihuana, Eddy Cue, hacen recomendaciones y hablan de como solucionar algunos problemas en MacOS y Chrome

Hosted by Federico Hatoum & Flavio Guinsburg.


Road Work #122: The Alaska Problem

September 7, 2018 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Dan and John discuss the friendship code, oaths, and fake doodles.

Hosted by John Roderick & Dan Benjamin.


Back to Work #390: A Festive Merry-Go-Round for the Very Lonely

September 4, 2018 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Skype gets way too ambitious; sprinkling sauce on a service; a mandatory social network for doorbells; Dan acquires a new deity; some excellent listener follow-up on Computerized Adaptive Testing; Dan takes his boy to see a bona fide cinema classic; Dan has some great TV recommendations; Merlin reports in from the deep weeds of a fraught smart speaker ecosystem.

Hosted by Merlin Mann & Dan Benjamin.


DLC #249: Aaron Morales: Spider-Man, Cyberpunk 2077, Battlefield 5, Guacamelee 2

September 4, 2018 at 1:00AM • 2 hours

Jeff and Christian welcome Aaron Morales back to the show this week to discuss the 48 min Cyberpunk 2077 demo, Streets of Rage 4, a delay for Battlefield 5, Onimusha Warlord remastered, and more!

The Playlist: Spider-Man, Guacamelee 2, Dead Cells, Far Cry 5: Dead Living Zombie, CastleStorm

Parting Gifts!

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.


Micromobility #2: What is micromobility, how do we define it, and why is it disruptive?

September 3, 2018 at 7:00PM • 40 minutes

In this episode, we define the term micromobility and what is/isn’t in the categorisation. We run through:

1) Why micromobility can be defined as utility focussed urban transport in sub 500kg vehicles, and predominantly electrically powered.
2) The background of how Horace came to see micromobility’s potential to disrupt the automobile industry.
3) Why e-bikes are some of the best city-based transportation mode option- hint: it’s the fastest way across town and can be parked anywhere.
4) How to think about the categorisation of different types of micromobility devices, and why that matters.
5) How the development of micromobility is paralleling the development of personal computing and why we’re still in 1976.
6) Why car obesity has provided ripe opportunity to develop micromobility options in the marketplace.
7) The key difference between invention and innovation and how this applies to micromobility.

Bonus! Why Horace thinks that riding an electric bike is more thrilling than driving a Porsche.

Transcript of this show is available on our Medium page.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce & Horace Dediu.


The Awkward Human Survival Guide #222: Deja Vu

September 2, 2018 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

This awkward week we're cramming almost two shows into one because we the two shows we recorded got messed up! Fortunately, we're joined by the always funny Anayat and Kevin (hosts of the "Who's the A-hole?" podcast) to make the show feel new again. (For us. It's obviously going to be new for you!) Also, the blanket winner has been chosen—finally!

Hosted by Adam Dachis, Darren Herczeg, Erica Elson, and Richard Cardenas.