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Take Back the Day

Sam Beckbessinger & Simon Dingle

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Take Back the Day

Take Back the Day

Sam Beckbessinger & Simon Dingle

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Sam and Simon talk about everything, but mostly how to do the things you have to do so you can make more time for what you want.

Latest Episodes

Make

ESam and Simon are making new things, and talking about it on the internet. Some of the things they mention along the way: Notion Super Product Hunt Our friend Lauren Dr. Bronner's - All-One! Gumroad

36 min2 w ago
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Make

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ESam and Simon discuss the contents of their bug (or go) bags and what's needed to survive the apocolypse. They also discuss our incredible ability to make things normal, and how careful we have to be about what we allow to become regular things. Stuff mentioned in this episode: The Good Place The Prepared The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radiolab's Atomic Artifacts episode Survival biscuits? Lettuce Hedonic Adaptation Our sun entering a 'solar minimum' period Susan Sontag Highland 2 word processor Microsoft Fluid

32 minMAY 20
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Shitshow

ESam and Simon are extremely locked-down, and explore what this is teaching them. Some of the things mentioned in this episode: The Sims (yes, yes, we know) Devs Tiger King (yes, yes, yes) Quibi Dungeons & Dragons Fiona Apple's new album. One World: Together At Home Some Good News with John Krasinski Hamilton Second Life

26 minAPR 24
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Shitshow

Catalyst

ESam and Simon had a conversation on the internet after a very long time of not doing so. They examine the reality of this crazy alternate timeline the world has slipped into where sentient cheetohs seemingly run the galaxy and staying at home to play video games all day is sanctioned. Some of the cool, cool things we mention in this episode: Don't Starve Fireside and Zencastr Daniel Defoe and his A Short Account of the Progress and Effects of the Plague ... Matthew Barge Houseparty Google Meet and Zoom We'll probably talk on the internet again.

32 minAPR 10
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Catalyst

Tiny

ESam and Simon have started a business! With EACH OTHER!It's made them contemplate the joys of tiny ambitions, tiny spaces, and caring about tiny problems.Also howzit, American friends. Y'all okay over there? Things seem pretty bleak. We're sending cuddles.Things we talk about in this episode:Being an entrepreneur is 90% doing adminBusiness science is astrologyThe few things Simon can't live without: Levis 510s, Superga sneakers, and his Samson Go MicSam Harris talking to Scott Adams about TrumpThe Nintendo SwitchHow the US Army uses Sci-fi movies to recruit peopleUlysses, Sam's favourite writing app, and iBooks AuthorThe Economy, an economics textbook for the 21st CenturyThe trailer for Blue Planet II Motivation consists not of massive bursts of inspiration but instead finding joy in little everyday activities. — @dailyzen on Twitter

40 min2017 OCT 9
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Tiny

Cabin

ESam and Simon kick off the year from a wuthering height (Cape Town summer is hella windy, yo) to discuss their intentions for 2017, and their best discoveries from 2016. Simon also tells us why he's planning to build himself a remote cabin in the woods (with high-speed broadband).Discussed in this episode:Tim Ferris discussing his end of year ritual to focus on the things that actually matter, and making "not to do" lists.Scott Adams,How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.Freakonomics Radio podcast,A still fascinating 2011 New Yorker profile about that billionaire vampire, Peter Thiel.The (like, only) good thing South Africa did in the 80s: voluntarily dismantled our nukes(probably for terrible reasons, but still).And our favourite things of the year:Two fascinating DAO projects: Wings and BitNation.Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Overture.Adventure Time.Glorious Trainwrecks.Twine.The Hamilton musical.bell hooks,Feminism is for Everybody.

32 min2017 JAN 7
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Cabin

Busyness

EWe think 2016 could've tried harder. Disheartened as we are, this episode looks at the up and downiness of a strange few months, and whether the world is really getting stupider. We also manage to talk about some productivity stuff.Charlie Brooker’s yearly ScreenwipeEven Kanye is mentally beleagueredLe Tigre.The Village SquareAlain de Botton's plan for secular churchesThe World Until Yesterday by Jared DiamondTom Waits stopped drinking a long time agoSushi Go! (the board game)Exploding Kittens & Bears vs Babies (the other board games)Google PhotoscanModernist poetry in generalRefly EditorCollaboration on Keynote"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that, 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'.” -Isaac Asimov

31 min2016 NOV 28
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Busyness

Allergens

ESimon and Sam talk about all the things Pokemon Go can teach us about life, why you should beware of weird unlabelled food products, and the virtues of deliberately exposing yourself to things that are bad for you.Plus! Hear our friend Jono Hall reading out a bit of his short story, first published on our Medium collection,Drippy Fun Times.Send us your stories too!Things we talk about on this episode:How it's weird when old Apartheid generals give you PokeballsThe Dresden Files - an RPG that makes real life more fantasticalThe Four Hour Work Weekby Tim Ferris - which, fuckit, we still think is kinda smartThe Lean Startupby Eric ReisRuss Fujioka's fun article about Pokemon and MillenialsThe 2014 April Fool's Day video from Google that gave us a sneak peak of Pokemon Go without us realisingThe Code: Numbers, Shapes and Predictions -a documentaryI'm a Strange Loopby Douglas HofstadterGabriel Weinberg's excellent list of Mental ModelsThe strange subreddit, "Insightful Squirrel Men"The N...

36 min2016 JUL 19
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Allergens

Helicopters

EPredicting the future is a chump's game.Going back into history and seeing what they thought the future (i.e. now) would look like, is the best reminder that we have no idea about anything. Join Sam and Simon as they discuss the joys of being a perpetual beginner, how much fun it is to be a Swiss Army Person,admitting we don't know shit about shit, and how our alien overlords are likely to punish us if global politics keep going the way they're going.Things we talk about:Bitcoinsocks.com, Simon's and @nicharry's awesome new online store that sells, YOU GUESSED IT, Bitcoin socks. They are rad. Simon and Nic launched this thing in like 2 days because they are wizards.CS50, the intro to computer science course you've always wanted, available for free on the interwebz, and other ways of learning to code.The documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry.Whether Game of Thronesis secretly about climate change.Get your shit together, global politics U R DRUNK. But the New York Times publish...

30 min2016 JUL 11
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Helicopters

Distraction

EImportant news: come write short stories with us over at Drippy Fun Times on Medium. We want your stories!In a conversation that sounds like it's fuelled by caffeine and PCP, Sam and Simon talk about why they're so distracted all the time. They debate why context switching is so bad for you, and whether there's anything we can do to focus more on what matters. Featuring a lot of talk about rats and strange music genres.Things we talk about:Every noise at once, where you too can learn about fun new genres like Strut, Vaporwave, Bubble Trance and Deep Happy Hardcore.Our new short story Medium collection,Drippy Fun Times,which means that Simon doesn't have to donate a Bitcoin to Donald Trump, yay! Also, COME WRITE STORIES WITH US.Writing Down the Bonesby Natalie Goldberg (NOT by Karen Armstrong, woops).A NEW STUDY SHOWS that context switching lowers your IQ. Also, you should never believe anyone who says the words, "a new study shows".Where to put your thoughts while your brain is focu...

29 min2016 JUN 10
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Distraction

Latest Episodes

Make

ESam and Simon are making new things, and talking about it on the internet. Some of the things they mention along the way: Notion Super Product Hunt Our friend Lauren Dr. Bronner's - All-One! Gumroad

36 min2 w ago
Comments
Make

Normal

ESam and Simon discuss the contents of their bug (or go) bags and what's needed to survive the apocolypse. They also discuss our incredible ability to make things normal, and how careful we have to be about what we allow to become regular things. Stuff mentioned in this episode: The Good Place The Prepared The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radiolab's Atomic Artifacts episode Survival biscuits? Lettuce Hedonic Adaptation Our sun entering a 'solar minimum' period Susan Sontag Highland 2 word processor Microsoft Fluid

32 minMAY 20
Comments
Normal

Shitshow

ESam and Simon are extremely locked-down, and explore what this is teaching them. Some of the things mentioned in this episode: The Sims (yes, yes, we know) Devs Tiger King (yes, yes, yes) Quibi Dungeons & Dragons Fiona Apple's new album. One World: Together At Home Some Good News with John Krasinski Hamilton Second Life

26 minAPR 24
Comments
Shitshow

Catalyst

ESam and Simon had a conversation on the internet after a very long time of not doing so. They examine the reality of this crazy alternate timeline the world has slipped into where sentient cheetohs seemingly run the galaxy and staying at home to play video games all day is sanctioned. Some of the cool, cool things we mention in this episode: Don't Starve Fireside and Zencastr Daniel Defoe and his A Short Account of the Progress and Effects of the Plague ... Matthew Barge Houseparty Google Meet and Zoom We'll probably talk on the internet again.

32 minAPR 10
Comments
Catalyst

Tiny

ESam and Simon have started a business! With EACH OTHER!It's made them contemplate the joys of tiny ambitions, tiny spaces, and caring about tiny problems.Also howzit, American friends. Y'all okay over there? Things seem pretty bleak. We're sending cuddles.Things we talk about in this episode:Being an entrepreneur is 90% doing adminBusiness science is astrologyThe few things Simon can't live without: Levis 510s, Superga sneakers, and his Samson Go MicSam Harris talking to Scott Adams about TrumpThe Nintendo SwitchHow the US Army uses Sci-fi movies to recruit peopleUlysses, Sam's favourite writing app, and iBooks AuthorThe Economy, an economics textbook for the 21st CenturyThe trailer for Blue Planet II Motivation consists not of massive bursts of inspiration but instead finding joy in little everyday activities. — @dailyzen on Twitter

40 min2017 OCT 9
Comments
Tiny

Cabin

ESam and Simon kick off the year from a wuthering height (Cape Town summer is hella windy, yo) to discuss their intentions for 2017, and their best discoveries from 2016. Simon also tells us why he's planning to build himself a remote cabin in the woods (with high-speed broadband).Discussed in this episode:Tim Ferris discussing his end of year ritual to focus on the things that actually matter, and making "not to do" lists.Scott Adams,How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.Freakonomics Radio podcast,A still fascinating 2011 New Yorker profile about that billionaire vampire, Peter Thiel.The (like, only) good thing South Africa did in the 80s: voluntarily dismantled our nukes(probably for terrible reasons, but still).And our favourite things of the year:Two fascinating DAO projects: Wings and BitNation.Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Overture.Adventure Time.Glorious Trainwrecks.Twine.The Hamilton musical.bell hooks,Feminism is for Everybody.

32 min2017 JAN 7
Comments
Cabin

Busyness

EWe think 2016 could've tried harder. Disheartened as we are, this episode looks at the up and downiness of a strange few months, and whether the world is really getting stupider. We also manage to talk about some productivity stuff.Charlie Brooker’s yearly ScreenwipeEven Kanye is mentally beleagueredLe Tigre.The Village SquareAlain de Botton's plan for secular churchesThe World Until Yesterday by Jared DiamondTom Waits stopped drinking a long time agoSushi Go! (the board game)Exploding Kittens & Bears vs Babies (the other board games)Google PhotoscanModernist poetry in generalRefly EditorCollaboration on Keynote"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that, 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'.” -Isaac Asimov

31 min2016 NOV 28
Comments
Busyness

Allergens

ESimon and Sam talk about all the things Pokemon Go can teach us about life, why you should beware of weird unlabelled food products, and the virtues of deliberately exposing yourself to things that are bad for you.Plus! Hear our friend Jono Hall reading out a bit of his short story, first published on our Medium collection,Drippy Fun Times.Send us your stories too!Things we talk about on this episode:How it's weird when old Apartheid generals give you PokeballsThe Dresden Files - an RPG that makes real life more fantasticalThe Four Hour Work Weekby Tim Ferris - which, fuckit, we still think is kinda smartThe Lean Startupby Eric ReisRuss Fujioka's fun article about Pokemon and MillenialsThe 2014 April Fool's Day video from Google that gave us a sneak peak of Pokemon Go without us realisingThe Code: Numbers, Shapes and Predictions -a documentaryI'm a Strange Loopby Douglas HofstadterGabriel Weinberg's excellent list of Mental ModelsThe strange subreddit, "Insightful Squirrel Men"The N...

36 min2016 JUL 19
Comments
Allergens

Helicopters

EPredicting the future is a chump's game.Going back into history and seeing what they thought the future (i.e. now) would look like, is the best reminder that we have no idea about anything. Join Sam and Simon as they discuss the joys of being a perpetual beginner, how much fun it is to be a Swiss Army Person,admitting we don't know shit about shit, and how our alien overlords are likely to punish us if global politics keep going the way they're going.Things we talk about:Bitcoinsocks.com, Simon's and @nicharry's awesome new online store that sells, YOU GUESSED IT, Bitcoin socks. They are rad. Simon and Nic launched this thing in like 2 days because they are wizards.CS50, the intro to computer science course you've always wanted, available for free on the interwebz, and other ways of learning to code.The documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry.Whether Game of Thronesis secretly about climate change.Get your shit together, global politics U R DRUNK. But the New York Times publish...

30 min2016 JUL 11
Comments
Helicopters

Distraction

EImportant news: come write short stories with us over at Drippy Fun Times on Medium. We want your stories!In a conversation that sounds like it's fuelled by caffeine and PCP, Sam and Simon talk about why they're so distracted all the time. They debate why context switching is so bad for you, and whether there's anything we can do to focus more on what matters. Featuring a lot of talk about rats and strange music genres.Things we talk about:Every noise at once, where you too can learn about fun new genres like Strut, Vaporwave, Bubble Trance and Deep Happy Hardcore.Our new short story Medium collection,Drippy Fun Times,which means that Simon doesn't have to donate a Bitcoin to Donald Trump, yay! Also, COME WRITE STORIES WITH US.Writing Down the Bonesby Natalie Goldberg (NOT by Karen Armstrong, woops).A NEW STUDY SHOWS that context switching lowers your IQ. Also, you should never believe anyone who says the words, "a new study shows".Where to put your thoughts while your brain is focu...

29 min2016 JUN 10
Comments
Distraction
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