Episode 53 - The Wages of Security
In the most average episode ever, Merlin and Dan talk physical and digital work environments so you can get going in the right direction and don't have to spend all day on it.
And, when do you know you don't want 10 times more of something and what do you do about it? There's no guarantee of security, even if you show up sober, so start acting like an entrepreneur and choose what you want 10 times more of.
Initially Released February 7, 2012
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Episode Page The Wages of Security
Recurring Topics and Characters
|Introduction||Potential Morning Zoos, how Merlin dresses, astromech droids, glutens, attending SXSW.|
|About 10 minutes|
[Start - 00:09:38]
|Mann's Assumption||The codification of Mann's Assumption.|
|About a minute|
[00:09:39 - 00:10:25]
|Workspaces||Dan is looking for office space, which leads to discussion cat litter and where you work.|
|About 10 minutes|
[00:10:26 - 00:20:08]
|Merlin's Fonts and Themes||Dan and Merlin discuss their preferences for fonts and colors when working in TextMate|
|About 13 minutes|
[00:20:09 - 00:33:30]
|Tools and Tips||Practical tips for working in TextMate and with other tools.|
|About 5 minutes|
[00:33:31 - 00:38:00]
|Calepin||Merlin has been experimenting with Markdown blogging tool Calepin.|
|About 10 minutes|
[00:38:01 - 00:47:14]
|Dan's Font Selection||Dan talks through his preferences for fonts and his annoyance with non-representative Twitter avatars.|
|About 3 minutes|
[00:47:15 - 00:50:52]
|Sponsor||Squarespace||[00:50:53 - 00:59:59]|
|10x More||Merlin pulls together several show arcs talking about 10 Times More of Things and what could go wrong if you are successful or if the worst doesn't end up happening.|
|About 25 minutes|
[01:00:00 - 01:26:46]
|Fear and Job Security||Dan talks about how independence and self reliance is the only real form job security. Merlin talks about stability in the demand for pube sculptures and CD-i, and the need to act like an entrepreneur whether or not you are one.|
[01:26:47 - End]
When my daughter sees R6 in a book, she hits him.
-Merlin, on why the differences between droids is important. [00:02:49]
I look like somebody who leads meetings at a halfway house.
-Merlin, on fashion. [00:04:25]
Two things to watch for: people with lots of cats and people who are into "scrapbooking."
Scrapbooking is cover, my friend.
Every time the train goes, you take a shot. That's part of the morning zoo.
He's typing with a spoon connected to his ear.
-Dan, on Siracusa's unconventional input methods. [00:21:07]
I use M+ 1 Regular, 17 point. Because I am 45 years old.
I think the word you're struggling for is heinous.
-Merlin, helping Dan describe Firefox themes. [00:27:46]
It would sound fiddly to anybody else cause I'm like Johnny No Fiddling, right? But this is so inside of my fingers because of my years of spending time inside this one app.
Do you think this will be remembered as the worst episode of our show ever?
I think it's good to have just enough tips to put you in the right direction. You know what I mean? You know what I mean? You don't need to spend all day on this stuff.
Do you think that things are really gonna turn around? If they're been treating you like crap for 3 or 5 years do you imagine that some change in management inside of a company that is rapidly receding is gonna suddenly rocket you to the top and you're gonna get a corner office?
When do you know when you don't want ten times more of something?
What if I decided to be a person who was not going to habitually be looking for the next thing to be scared of?
True security is being the sort of person who is not relying on something externally to make them feel like they're safe.
If there's anything that I wish I had 10x more of it's the courage to not rely on broken systems to make me feel like I'm safe.
For people who are contemplating what we're talking about: making that jump to independence, taking that hard look that you're describing at their own life and their own situation and wondering "Do I want 10 more years of this," you know what they're really doing is conning themself [sic]. Cause the answer is "No, I don't," I mean, the answer has gotta be No. Anybody who is listening to this, if you have to ask that question, the answer is No.
You have very little to lose by deciding that you're in charge of this stuff.
If you have a lot to lose by telling people to grow up and have better meetings, I'd think I would think real hard about how much you love being in that company.