Episode 60 - Living Inside an Unfinished Thing
Dan and Merlin consider how to rethink your work as a platform. It's not just a job, or just a career, or (God forbid) just a brand--it's about deciding when you need to take your time and attention pro.
How the stuff you've made and done can be leveraged into the next things you'd like to make and do; how to find the orthogonal angles and unexpected branches; how to learn what you need to learn; and how to take your work so seriously that you'll dare a quick dip in the douche pool.
Initially Released March 26, 2012
Runtime 1 hour 10 minutes
Episode Page Living Inside an Unfinished Thing
Recurring Topics and Characters
|Intro||Rethinking the Classics and Triangulating Null.|
|About 8 minutes|
[00:00:00 - 00:08:12]
|Making the Internet Yours||Firefox plugins, Hibari, muting.|
|About 2 minutes|
[00:08:13 - 00:10:00]
|False Dilemmas||Merlin is struggling with what he's listening to.|
|About 3 minutes|
[00:10:01 - 00:12:57]
|Do What You Do, It's Okay||Comments on Revolver, and who you need to worry about liking the things you do.|
|About 12 minutes|
[00:12:58 - 00:24:30]
|Platform||Your work as a platform, and not just a job.|
|About 24 minutes|
[00:24:31 - 0048:32]
|Sponsor||Byword||[00:48:33 - 00:53:53]|
|Platform Applied||Examples stories of applying the concept of the Platform to your work.|
|About 16 minutes|
[00:53:54 - End]
I don't have a doorstep. Or do I?
You become…you become like the meanest king ever, right, in your own little personal kingdom.
-Merlin, who has been corrupted by Hibari, absolutely. [00:08:50]
He looks like something that's been left in a trunk for a while.
-Merlin, on Mick Jagger. [00:10:26]
This show would not be fun to do if we just sat around and talked about improvement.
At the point when anybody starts changing too much about what they do for an anonymous notion of what somebody else might like more, I think that's when you become Pauly Shore.
-Merlin, on feedback. [00:12:24]
If you love what you do, don't worry about what I think.
I don't know how to say this without sounding both defensive and psychopathic, but I don't follow a ton of feedback on that stuff.
-Merlin, on feedback regarding Back to Work. [00:15:08]
Comments were not enabled on Revolver.
There's not enough null for me to return.
I am obsessed and emotional about things like Facebook is that it's conflated friendship, person-ness, and opinion in a way that entirely unwholesome to me
That has so ruined writing for people because they never get the opportunity to just live inside an unfinished thing for a while.
If you think just in terms of jobs, you become a little bit short sighted.
You just got a buddhist gift, because you finally realized that you're trying to push a rock up a hill just because you thought it was your professional rock.
If you're getting really really hung up on a question that's no longer an issue, if you're spending a lot of time thinking about something you know you can't or won't do something about, you're rehearsing this way of…you're rehearsing a kind of thinking that removes your brain's plasticity.
He didn't bust the Bach the way he did until he spent a lot of time with the bow. You? working it. Left, right, left.
-Merlin, on going pro like Pablo Casals. [01:08:23]