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ongoing conversation between lam nguyen & chad hall . veering from highbrow pretension to lowbrow weirdness . exploring possibilities . personal obsessions . sci-fi . literature . comics . politics . paranormal . philosophy . sad songs . bad jokes . addictive tech . self-improvement . writing . talking . pondering . sparking new thoughts . kicking hornet’s nests . being wrong . forgetting facts . bucking trends

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    broken political parties . the purposeful complexity of legislation . the ridiculous part of the green new deal . the covington incident . why social media feeds negativity . the death of humor . moral posturing . louis c.k. . the difficulty of freedom of speach for online communities . the bias of twitter . the loss of critical thought and the externalization of self-esteem . patreon is falling apart . the vatican archives . diane walsh pasulka's mysterious banning on twitter and facebook . the rarity of life in the universe . our inability to contemplate infinity . the flaw of imposing the human model on other life . is utopia too boring . is google planning digital slavery . the blindness of futurists . the dangers of crispr . humanity is too immature for the speed of our technology . how google reads our emails . is there an artificial you somewhere in the cloud right now . does giving up social media remove you from "the conversation" . sheep and goats . total freedom is an illusion . lack of intuition . addiction as a rebellion against choice . the purity of fred rogers . defining your own attention . lam deleting social apps from his phone

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    lam's new computer . dongletown . the promise of happy endings leads to dissatisfaction and anger . spotify's podcasting strategy . using devices as tools again . ambiguity . how people judge documentaries . what we really vote for . black & white . ansel adams . hollywood is a synthesis of humanity . finding your individual identity again . overloading on feedback . criticism vs reviews . dealing with sinful pasts

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    zombie mushrooms . rapey dolphins . the search for a unified human diet . food textures . why lord of the rings and the new star wars films are overrated . challenging the cinema audience . how tv cops continually break the law . nuance vs specificity . distrust of the government managing things . the short-sightedness of current health insurance plans . nuking social media . updates on dogs & daily journaling.

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    daily sanity checklist . lam's irrational fear of grey aliens . our nightly wind-down processes . touch of grey | grateful dead . dc universe . the solo movie/with spoilers . the hellier documentary series . online education subscriptions.

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    difficult circumstances . getting a dog . the seeming logic of suicide . learning to ask for help . blame vs responsibility . random thoughts that surface . mental check-ins . fighting intangible thoughts . the relationship of dogs and humans . the need for redemptive qualities . the "space is fake" movement . a post-truth world . the need for consequence . what will become of society when virtual reality becomes reality . child actors

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    exercising with beta blockers . diet . anxiety . past lives . the collective unconscious . mind-to-mind communication . the next stage of human evolution . the kardashev scale . the Fermi paradox . adjusting our mental perception to someone's gender transition . the fiction of reverse-racism . rapidly going wireless . missing the 80's . technological excess . content overload

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    our resolutions . cruise ships . science denial on the right and the left . gender perceptions . my space . working on the holy fool website . pajamas . natural disasters . the grand patreon exodus . feeling like a phony . the need for silence . finding sober social time . tarot for self-awareness . letting go . change . isolation

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    aging . daily blogging . the wrong way to journal . linguists while editing audio . concussive brain injuries . x-mas movies . watching things while high . cartoons . synchronicities . patrick stewart . concussive brain injuries . the observing self . heart palpitations . societal stability

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    premium content . podcasting . the honesty of premium content . netflix paying $100m for friends . cultural appropriation . the ridiculousness of micro-aggressions . the value of discomfort . voting to affirm your identity . detrimental phone habits . voting to affirm your identity . the energy of eightie’s films . over-polished mass media . avant-garde film and vhs culture . the loss of subculture . the fragmented future of streaming tv . taking re-hashed advice

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    rebellion . synchronicity . blogging . chess . memorizing literature . shakespeare . self-assuredness . chess . bullet journaling . occam’s razor . political centrism . predictive algorhithms . physical vs internet research . reverse engineering . self-assuredness in art . balancing the old with the new

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    the lost art of listening . using questions as attacks . being alone with your thoughts . need vs. obsession for narrative . thor’s arc . making headspace . expanding thoughts . the weight of podcast editing . expanding when there’s no time left . how the seasons effect us creatively . grit despite lack of support . why it’s easy for creators to give up . why creators can become bitter . pivoting and the courage to change . how changing too much effects your audience . the lindberg baby . male self-examination . the difficulties of getting patrons . character arcs in the marvel cinematic universe . death vs suffering

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    political culture . redemption for social pariahs . the zombie apocalypse . dark sides of human nature . the rendlesham forrest incident . the battle of los angles . the miracle of the sun . the phoenix lights

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    did hitler die in wwii . is man older than 10,000 years . hermes trismegistus, the social acceptability of confucius jokes

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    returning to the show . personality tests . food associations . flat earthers . movies on mobile devices . the pineal gland

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    Lam & Chad look back on the original format of the show and all the lessons that they learned. As this podcast goes forward it's important to remember the past and to learn from it.

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    using criticism to grow . defining what you do . todoist label overload . overcoming everyday obstacles

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    passivity communicates lack of care . finding wonder . cultivating boredom . question your choice of reality . productivity vs fooling yourself . ask yourself the right questions

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    positive mindsets . looking forward with purpose . acknowledging where you make a difference . having trouble finishing books . discovering blindspots

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    the final speak from chaplin's the great dictator . monthly creative challenge: mutation . speaking your mind in the moment with kindness . walt whitman's |song of myself| . don’t get overwhelmed with choice

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    low-tech challenge update . being present . keeping your phone in your pocket . happy thirty challenge update . the creative power of being bored . track yourself challenge . how do you tell your story . visages villages/faces places . finding the honesty . the power of questions

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    Lam & Chad discuss the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep. It’s never too late in life to start something, Finding the humanity in every character, The importance of remaining a learner, Greatest requires leaving your comfort zone, and Fear is a good thing.

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    reframing problems as challenges . the importance of understanding why we do things . dealing with failures . never giving up . the unrealistic expectations that we put on our friends & family . letting go of shame, excuses and stories in our heads

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    creating change . understanding how your life is organized

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    the problem with being clever . the need for humility . the obstacle of ego . the illusion of safety . song exploder . colin hayes . the utility of video game documentaries . apple keynote

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    cbd update . slowing down . being present . writing tools . chad's writing workflow . lam challenges the audience . #lowtechchallenge . #happy60challenge

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    Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild, Torch, & Tiny Beautiful Things) is our subject this month. Strayed is a powerful force of compassion and brutal honesty. As a consequence, this episode dives deep emotionally. This was a hard episode for both of us for many reasons but ultimately it is our most vulnerable and open episode.

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    A Random Baddassery styled interview with artist & musician (dredg, Dark Heavens) Drew Roulette. Drew really breaks down his creative process for us, explains the importance of mistakes, shares some uniques techniques for working with acrylic paints and talks about the difference/similarities between visual art and music.

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    These Inspiration episodes are like a firehose they can spin off in​ any direction at any time. That's what makes them so much fun. This week: How to take criticism, talent vs. work, the importance of being present and Chad gives his most explicit writing advise.

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    Possibly one of the most creatively adventurous people of all time. This week Lam & Chad talk about singer Björk. How does she take such risks and sonic adventures while maintaining a feeling of centeredness. What is her balance? What is her process? And how does the idea of home play into creativity for her?

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    Lam & Chad tackle their first "inspiration" episode. What does inspiration mean anyways? The guys bring two meaningful quotations​ to the table and the discussion evolves from there.

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    Lam & Chad share they podcast journey and what they've learned. What tools work? What tools didn't? How have things changed? What is the importance of pivoting? How does all of this apply to creativity in general? This episode is packed with so much more.

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    Some art cannot be removed from the life of the artist, the two are completely interwoven, and there is no better example of that than Frida Kahlo. In fact, separating her art from her life would diminish its richness. Frida had a very difficult and painful life, be she was able to take that and make something from it. What was it? How did she do it? Click play and find out. ;0)

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    Without meaning to we talked a lot about apps and systems in this one. It's an area of creativity that isn't touched often enough. What apps does Lam recommend for photography? What does Chad use for notes and tasks? How do we get all the nagging stuff out of our heads and make room for ideas to breed and grow?

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    From Sandman to America Gods & Coraline, Neil Gaiman is an artist of both breadth and depth. Gaiman is prolific not only in creation but in medium. He brings his unique style to comics, novels, children's books, TV and film. So, where does he get his ideas from? What is his trick? What can we gleam from him?

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    The first of our new mid-month episodes focused on who we are, what we are creating and what we are using to get it done. In this episode, we cover time-lapses, novel writing, minimalism, criticism, smiling, and our current favorite creative apps.

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    There's so much to study when tackling a subject as large and important as Bob Dylan. Over thirty albums alone! How did he survive being labeled the voice of a generation? How did he keep creating for so many decades? What were his tricks? Where did he fail? What can we learn from The Bard?

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    First the guys talk about starting 2017 with minimalism in mind. Then they go on to discuss the great actor Sir Ian McKellen who proves that dedication to a craft and time lead to true mastery. Thought he is most well know for play Magneto in the X-men movies and Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, Lam and Chad each believe he has greater roles. Which do you think will be their favorites? Which are yours? What defines greatness?

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    With over 20 albums under his belt with an ever-changing and impressive list of collaborators, Nick Cave exemplifies the collaborative spirit managing to allow new sounds into his music while consistently sounding like himself. What can we learn from him?

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    Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific authors to ever live, perhaps THE most prolific author to ever live. He exemplified action. Yet despite the immense quantity of his work he was able to provide equal quality, proving that the two are not mutually exclusive. What can we learn from him?

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    Lam & Chad talk David Lynch. David Lynch is a successful director but his success is rare in how little compromise he has made over the years to his vision. He's also an avid practitioner of transcendental meditation (claiming he hasn't missed a meditation in 33 years!) But perhaps the greatest wisdom we learned about Lynch in studying him this month was to allow your creativity to lead you; learning to see where ideas and accidents take you.

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    The first episode in our new creativity focused format. Our first subject is one of our favorite novelists: Haruki Murakami. Join us as we dig into his creative style, his influences and much more.

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    The original show notes for this episode are lost and I'm just choosing arbitrary aired dates.

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    The original show notes for this episode are lost and I'm just choosing arbitrary aired dates.

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    The show notes for this episode have been lost but I'm gonna bet that at least Proust & Casey Neistat come up.

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    video editing . microsoft build . star trek . tv detective/cop shows . superman . unsolved mysteries . bernie sanders . the lego movie . willie nelson

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    growth of television . the roles of anti-heros in cinema . scifi and the worlds it creates . uncompromising writing in film . the price of security . Apple product releases . typography . mortality . self-help through games . Quantam Leap . Very Semi Serious.

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    the perils of time travel . deadlines . a.i. . continuity in television production . script writing and actors who can somehow maintain separate tenses simultaneously as they jump from set to set . the evolution of social media as marketing channels . youtube . netflix

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    interviewing . rebuilding broken relationships . flaws in education . cell phone privacy . memory in tv shows

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    device overload . virtual assistants . automation . the cutting edge of technology . social media . the importance of limitations

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