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Zengineering Podcast is for everyone who loves Science & Technology and also cares deeply about the beauty of Life's Big Questions. We (Adam & Brian) are obsessed with the spot where modern Science, Technology & Engineering meet Philosophy, Art & Spirituality. We have found this to be the place where the most interesting questions are both formulated and discussed. It's the place where mental models are born, and that's what we're really chasing. Are you? Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
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Howdy, Zengineers, This week we’ve got our most popular guest, back for another romp down memory lane. Yes, Mike Rosolio returns to discuss the history of Video Games with us. There are some secret reveals, but I can’t remember if they are so secret that they weren’t mentioned in the show. If they are, they’ll be cut. If they’re not, then you’ll hear them. What a cliffhanger? Is that the right phrase? I don’t think so. Anyway, this week we chase down some fun memories discussing our own experiences with video games over our lives. All three of us are part of an age group that really grew up with video games as they were emerging as a global force. When we were very young, they were still only for the most cutting edge tech nerds. Now, everyone gets to be addicted to them. Mike brings some real depth to this conversation as he’s not only the greatest player of video games we know, but he’s also a major history buff. We chase down some of the major developers and artists in the video game business world world, discuss Mario, Nintendo Power, weirdly over-sexualized characters from Soul Caliber, and the increasing and current moral complexities that modern games encounter. As always, it’s a great convo with Mike, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking. We know we do... like listening to ourselves.  Ya know what I mean. Yeah. We do. Endless loop. Loop. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Nintendo Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Power Ninja Gaiden Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCnZtUS4tCw Shigeru Miyamoto: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Miyamoto Final Fantasy V1 Famous Opera Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe3pGU9jcag Legend of Zelda, Breath of Wild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rPxiXXxftE Play Tetris, free, online: https://tetris.com/play-tetris --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Happy Holidays, Zengineers, Adam is our conductor this week, guiding the train down the historical tracks of political exploration. Did you know that Adam went to law school? Of course you did. It comes up all the time. Yes. We do too, but he takes all the jokes really well, considering, ahem ... that he’s a lawyer. Zing! When studying the law, Adam wrote his thesis on how the law mimics software and how software mimics the law. It’s an interesting, powerful, and relevant comparison to make. Through this episode we hope you’ll come to appreciate why attorneys, programmers, judges, engineers, accountants, and more, all produce things they call “Code.” Remember Hammurabi’s Code? That shit was harsh, but concepts of that early foundation still persist today. Never forget this. We discuss historically different types of government, how they have been evolutions of each other, and how constitutional government starts from these founding operating systems. This foundation formed over millennia by generations testing out new ideas and new structures, often through trial and error. This stuff is NOT perfect, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. That would be a disservice to our world. We hope you enjoy our ramblings and have found a new way to look at the governmental structure and evolution of our world. There will be more to come. Yes, that sentence does have a lot of different meanings. Yes, we meant to do that. No, we’re not sorry. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian PS. Say hi to your families for us!! Show Notes Living Constitution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Constitution Virginia Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/us/politics/virginia-ratify-equal-rights-amendment.amp.html John Oliver, Equal Rights Amendment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCBYJZ6QbUI --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Our friends, the Zengineers, We are joined this week by anthropologist, technologist, speaker, and author, Samantha Radocchia, AKA, Sam Rad. Yeah, that's a great full name and great nickname. Way to be named, Sam!! We've been excited about this conversation for a while because, from the very beginning, we knew we were going to talk about a lot of our shared passions. Sam is not only the author of Bitcoin Pizza (how Adam and her started talking), but she also co-founded and operated a technology startup merging blockchain and manufacturing supply chain. What a rad combo! See what we did there? Of course you do. Our listeners are sharp as tacks. Needless to say we took a lot of fun turns exploring technology, manufacturing, blockchain, and even competitive skydiving, with Sam. What has she learned from all this experience? Well similar to some other sages we've spoken to, technology is wildly complex, its pace is changing the world in ways we must work hard to understand, and, if done right, we can form these technologies to make the world not only more successful, but just plain better for every one and every thing. We hope you enjoy Sam's joyful energy and wise insights as much as we did. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Sam on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantharadocchia/ Sam's new book, "Bitcoin Pizza": https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Pizza-No-Bullshit-Guide-Blockchain-ebook/dp/B07TYHKVLF Sam's Supply Chain Startup: https://www.chronicled.com/ Saving Time, Working Remotely: https://twitter.com/madisonkanna/status/1154169387470823425?s=21 Dropzone Trailer (yes, it is an awesome movie about competetive skydiving featuring true classics like Wesley Snipes and Gary Busey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX17-NVFgGY And ... one more for the history books, the Aspen Extreme Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5Q_fjvKVQ Fav Quote: "You know how you know a good expert? They try to tell you they aren’t an expert." --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Heyo, Zengineers! This week, we get to be fan boys of our guest. As you all know, Adam and I are life long photographers, so you can imagine our joy when Peter Dering of Peak Design agreed to join us for a few hours to share his experience designing and selling fantastic photography gear, and creating hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns. To our surprise, the connections went even deeper. Peter was happy to share his thoughts on building great products and a company culture that have a positive impact on customers, employees, and our planet. We talk about the inspiration to start Peak Design, how it happened, and early successful Kickstarter campaigns (of which Adam and Brian both participated with great gusto). From here we were surprised to spiral a bit off course from where we thought we were headed. In fact, we barely discussed photography. Instead we strayed into a common area of conversation recently on the cast, Climate Change, and what the hell to do about it. As the CEO of a company that makes physical products, an outdoor adventurer, and a generally well read and good dude, Peter understands the challenges facing the world around the release of carbon into our atmosphere. To do his part, he's started an initiative called Climate Neutral to encourage other businesses to reduce and eliminate their carbon footprint. Once again, we're big fans. We hope you enjoy this winding adventure through the mind and explorations of Peter Dering! Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Peter on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-dering-54760718/ Peak Design: https://www.peakdesign.com/ Peak Design's latest succesful kickstarter campaign for the Travel Tripod: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/travel-tripod-by-peak-design/posts/2564456 Peak Design's Mission (it's great): https://www.peakdesign.com/pages/mission Peak Design's Sustainability Strategy (also great): https://www.peakdesign.com/pages/sustainability Climate Neutral (Peter's Climate Innitiative): https://www.climateneutral.org/ Mutual Benfit Corporation: https://info.legalzoom.com/difference-between-nonprofit-mutualbenefit-corporation-27224.html Project Wren (carbon offsets): https://projectwren.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
What’s up, Zengineers? We’ve got a real fun one this week. We’re joined by Dr. Jeffery Martin. He is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. Jeffery spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of others. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way. Whoa … lots to dive into there that are a good fit for Zengineering. One could say, Jeffery studies Zengineering. What a fun guest. We talk with Jeffery a little about his background and how he got into this stuff. Would you be surprised to hear that money wasn’t bringing him happiness, so he started chasing what would? We discuss his books, organizations, research, his personal explorations, and what he’s uncovering about humanity and our pursuits of happiness, or contentedness, or good lives, or whatever it is you think you’re after. Let’s scientificize it and let’s try to compare our experiences. This was a great convo and Jeffery was a delight to chat with. We hope you enjoy this episode. Definitely check out the show notes to learn more. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes: Jeffery’s website: https://drjefferymartin.com/ Jeffery on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjefferymartin/ Jeffery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jefferymartin Transformative Tech Academy: https://ttacademy.co/ Jeffery’s latest book: https://www.amazon.com/Finders-Jeffery-Martin/dp/1572425563 Explorers Courses: https://explorerscourse.com/ VIDEOS of Jeffery: http://www.nonsymbolic.org/ VIDEO: Reaching for Maslow’s Missing Level: The Further Reaches of TransTech? with Dr. Jefferey Martin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWKDWLcCr0Y Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs The relationship between money and happiness: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/relationship-money-happiness/ California Institute for Human Science: https://www.cihs.edu/ The default mode network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Default_mode_network TPN vs. DMN - Neural Mechanisms and Mindfulness | Exploring The Business Brain: https://exploringthebusinessbrain.com/tpn-vs-dmn-neural-mechanisms-mindfulness/ VIDEO: How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains | Mary Lou Jepsen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awADEuv5vWY --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
084 - On Stuff - Headphones

084 - On Stuff - Headphones

2019-08-2101:11:31

Hi, Zengineers! That's right! It's time to learn about stuff. You know, those everyday things that we all interact with but we don't always take time to think too much about. This week, that stuff, is headphones! These crazy things are everywhere these days (mostly because we all carry a portable music player at all times). Just 25 years ago, you were probably still a bit of an audiophile if you were rocking headphones on the reg. These days, you'd be the weirdo if you weren't. But what has enabled this rise in listening technology and how does it work? These are great questions we get into in this super fun episode with a little bit of pop, a little bit of tech, and a little bit of random walking down the path of exploration. Also, check out our episode, "On Digital Audio, Apple, and Headphone Jacks" to compliment this one: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-018-on-digital-audio-apple-and-headphone-jacks-2cec90261056 Cheers, Adam & Brian Our Headphones Bose QC35 IIs: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-QuietComfort-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B0756CYWWD/ref=sr_1_3?crid=25P2T2G5FYU24&keywords=bose+qc35+ii&qid=1564246289&s=gateway&sprefix=bode+qc35%2Caps%2C312&sr=8-3 Logitech gaming: https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G935-Wireless-DTS-LIGHTSYNC/dp/B07MP4HT95/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=logitech+gaming+headphone&qid=1564246257&s=gateway&sr=8-10 Inexpensive bluetooth earbuds: https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G935-Wireless-DTS-LIGHTSYNC/dp/B07MP4HT95/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=logitech+gaming+headphone&qid=1564246257&s=gateway&sr=8-10 Really inexpensive bluetooth earbuds: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KVKZS87/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Brian's old headphones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SLVAVAY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Show Notes Loudspeakers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudspeaker Headphone history: https://www.stuff.tv/features/headphones-complete-history Another history of headphones: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/technology/history-headphones Getting a better headphone fit with Sugru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2B5mmL-61A Juris Links From Intro: https://debtsettle.co https://www.producthunt.com/posts/debtsettle-by-juris --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
What's happening, Zengineers? This week we're joined by Author, Technologist, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Greg Kieser. He shared his most recent book, "Dear Machine, A Letter to a Super Aware/Intelligent Machine (SAIM)" with us a few months ago, and then was kind enough to hop on an episode with us to talk about it. Greg's background in technology businesses has exposed him to what a lot of modern technology workers are sensing, but Greg has taken the time to put pen to paper (stylus to screen?), and share these thoughts with the world. As we discuss in this episode, a lot of things around the world (almost everything) is changing at unprecedented paces, and it seems as thought this accelerated rate of change is going to continue with no end in sight. What is really going to happen as computers begin to have a sentient understanding of the world? Where will these technologies take us? Where will we end up? Will it even be "us" anymore? Greg's book is a comprehensive exploration of what's going on with and how to think about Artificial Intelligence, and with computational technology as a whole. It was a great read and made for a wonderful conversation that we hope you enjoy as well. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Greg's latest book: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Machine-Letter-Super-Aware-Intelligent-ebook/dp/B07MY9132H Greg's Think Tank and Angel Investment Group: http://supersystemic.ly/ Greg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregkieser Greg on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-kieser-76a76913/ Interplanetary Fest: https://interplanetaryfest.org/ John Henry Holland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Holland Tierra Computer Simulation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tierra_(computer_simulation) Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom: https://www.amazon.com/Superintelligence-Dangers-Strategies-Nick-Bostrom/dp/1501227742 Fecal Transplants, yup, those kinda fecals: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gastroenterology_hepatology/clinical_services/advanced_endoscopy/fecal_transplantation.html The Singularity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Heyo, Zengineers! Podcasts are all the rage these days. "What a hip new form of media," they say. "Adam and Brian are so cool for hosting their own podcast." It's true. We're super cool. That's cuz media drives culture. It always has. This week we're diving into a discussion around media and how to manage a healthy relationship with it in the modern world. For instance, you probably shouldn't only listen to Zengineering Podcast, even though we know you really want to. In this episode we chase the evolution of media and how it's lead to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and all the other apps we use daily. We talk more about social media than makes Brian comfortable and more than he thinks it deserves to be discussed, but there's a reason. It's the most prolific form of media we've created yet as a species. Stories circle the globe in a matter of minutes. It was just a few hundred years ago that most people never left their home town. Crazy. We made that up, but maybe it's true. There we go, making media confusing. We talk a bit about media's transition based on our data consumption, and also based on rapidly evolving device technology and constantly refreshing UIs. Then we confront the rise of the algorithms, and the new complexities the world is coming to terms with. How should we think about incoming ideas in the modern age. How much skepticism is healthy and how much emotion should our media induce? Is mindfulness really as important a concept as some suggest? Who knows? We sure don't, but we're happy to talk at you about it anyway. Is that ok? We think so. We also hope you enjoy the conversation. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Links Limbic System: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbic_system Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/ "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discus people." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Hi, Zengineers! We're heading back in time this week to explore the wondrous and captivating world of ancient Egypt. "Wow, that's terrific," I bet you're saying to yourself. So many people have been consumed by a fascination into the fantasy and reality of Egypt at some point in their lives. I know we've been obsessed many times. This week we're joined by an expert on the subject, Bethany Simpson, a real live Archaeologist and Egyptologist. "Holy moly," you're probably thinking now. "That's incredible. Everything I know about Egypt I learned from Stargate." Well, Bethany is here to set the record straight. Stargates are real ... wait, what? No, they are not? Ok, well, MAYBE they are, but we actually didn't get to them, so we'll have to re-examine that in a later episode. In this episode we discuss a fantastic journey that Bethany led Adam and Brian on through a virtual recreation of Nefertari's tomb the way it looked the day she was buried in it. We discuss this amazing experience, Bethany's lifelong pursuit of uncovering the magic of ancient Egypt and the future of technology in both archaeology and education. It's a great conversation and we're so luck to have met Bethany in VR and in, like, slightly less VR, over the internet and video chat to make this episode happen. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Bethany’s suggested translation of the book of the dead: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Books/Papyrus_Ani.html Nefertari: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nefertari Nefertari's Tomb Experience in Virtual Reality: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nefertaris-tomb-experience-in-virtual-reality-tickets-54323374676?aff=erelexpmlt High Fidelity :: Remembering D-Day: Explore a Virtual WWII Era Hangar with a Battlefield Expert: https://steamcommunity.com/games/390540/announcements/detail/1765882577131473116 https://www.amazon.com/Mummies-Egypt-Reading-Rainbow-Books/dp/0064460118 http://rickriordan.com/series/the-heroes-of-olympus/ Bethany's Egypt travel tips: fly into Cairo … use Uber to get good taxi prices … largest city in Africa … def hit Luxor and Karnac temple … safe but not comfy … take a nile cruise … do it with a tour, but make sure you get time to wander … no raw salads … don’t compliment actual items, make it about the person, otherwise they will try to give you the item… learn 1-10 in Arabic and prices will drop dramatically … scarf and sleeves to wrists are important for women when visiting temples … no skimpy clothes for anyone --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Zengineers!! What's the happs? Let's have a fun chat this week, we said. Something we both love, that reminds us of being young, and that we could talk about in depth and at length. Well, we came up with video games. In fact, we were so excited by the topic that we're going to turn it into a series. This week, as we often do, is the first in the series where we get our feet wet just musing on the world of video games and our experience with them. We've both played a lot as kids on both consoles and computers. Clearly that experience influenced us in our educations and professions. Video games are such a beautiful amalgamation of modern technology, science, engineering, and art. Over the years they have expanded from the simplest of early experiences only had by the deepest of nerds to games that the majority of the world have enjoyed in shared online experiences; such beauty in something that under the hood is so very complex. What a great topic to series (a verb?) on Zengineering. In future episodes we will be bringing guests to talk about the history, the hardware, the software, and the rapidly evolving view of video games in society. We hope you enjoy this first conversation. Don't miss these other great series in a similar vein: Virtual Reality: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-034-on-virtual-reality-389ecc73dfe0 Artificial Inteliigence: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-027-on-artificial-intelligence-part-1-5a98c9c246d5 Dungeons & Dragons: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-005-on-dungeons-dragons-fantasy-sports-and-lego-math-49804abb0ea1 Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes How many installs of office exist in the world: https://www.quora.com/How-many-Microsoft-Office-users-are-there-worldwide Brian's favorite 8-bit-covers playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1214582130/playlist/30ReTImxMKlIDmBgAwnD0i?si=k3ks2fvqQsWyRb-e1uVLzw Famous cheat codes over the years: https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/brwmq/porntipsguzzardo/ The Myth Of Prometheus – The Thief Of Fire: https://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/prometheus-fire-myth/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
What's up, Zengineers? Welcome back to the laboratory. This week we're discussing economics with a real live economics professor. Wow! Tim Foad is a good friend, the Chair of the Department of Economics at San Diego State University, and a great guy to shoot the shit with. Tim told us that people aren't always excited to talk to economists. We can't possibly understand why, because we're stoked, and so glad that Tim could join us. This conversation started from a question Brian had about how wealth is created in the world. You know, not just money like Dollars and Yen, but on the books value of goods, commodities, assets ... bigger too ... we're talking GDP and other academic words, phrases, and acronyms that may seem simple, but are all a bit confusing when you starting asking real questions about them. Wealth is a weird concept, but it's an important one when you're going to discuss ... well, just about anything ... but especially how businesses, governments, and technology play into policy around the world. Many of you will recognize that wealth, and the accumulation of it, is not a zero sum game. This is tricky, and confusing, and hard to talk about, but Tim helped make sense of it. We can't promise we stayed on topic the whole time, but Tim helped us place economics into our mental models of the world, and helped us answer some of our puzzling questions. We hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Tim's Favorite Economist: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1992/becker/biographical/ Predictably Irrational: https://www.amazon.com/Predictably-Irrational-Revised-Expanded-Decisions/dp/006 Diminishing marginal utility of income and wealth: https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/12309/concepts/diminishing-marginal-utility-of-income-and-wealth/ Mechanical Turkers may have out-predicted the most popular crime-predicting algorithm: https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/17/16902016/compas-algorithm-sentencing-court-accuracy-problem Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COMPAS_(software) Development Economics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_economics Natural Monopoly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_monopoly --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Hey there, Zengineers? We hope you're down for a wild ride this week. Our guest is Patrick Mellor: biological scientist, philosopher, geological climatologist (we may have invented this title), researcher, journalist and poet. Needless to say, we had a blast chatting with him. This conversation feels like it lasted for days with all the ground we covered, but we had to cut it down to just the best nuggets. We discuss Earth before life, the wild changes the planet has endured, and how the planet has evolved over time because of life. The impact has been profound, and continues to be today as humanity faces one of its greatest challenges with anthropogenic climate change. Patrick brings a perspective to our study of Earth and its climate that's truly hard to come by. We share a concern for the current situation, but Patrick also shares a perspective of true beauty with us, and one that has stuck with us since the episode. Life on Earth has caused mass extinctions before, but NEVER before has that life been so aware of what is going on and so able to affect positive change. We're in this together, and Patrick's positivity shines through in this episode. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we enjoyed having it. Special shout out this week to our longtime listener, Dean for introducing us to Patrick and allowing this episode to come together. Thanks for supporting the show, Dean! Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Patrick's New Book: https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781943209248/alkali-shores.aspx Ancient Upheavals Show How To Geoengineer A Stable Climate (by Patrick): https://palladiummag.com/2019/01/28/ancient-upheavals-show-how-to-geoengineer-a-stable-climate/ Flood Basalt Eruptions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_basalt Panspermia (a theory of how life spread in the unverse): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia The Younger Dryas: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/abrupt-climate-change/The%20Younger%20Dryas Testing Iron Fertilization of the Oceans: https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2012/10/18/iron-fertilization-savior-to-climate-change-or-ocean-dumping Hydroelectric Power on the Mediteranean: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantropa The deepest part of the Mediterranean Sea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_Deep Refilling The Mediterranean Sea: https://mappingignorance.org/2014/02/07/how-the-mediterranean-was-refilled/ Yellowstone's Supervolcano: https://www.seeker.com/earth/a-deep-mantle-plume-fuels-the-yellowstone-supervolcano Permian-Triassic Exstinction Event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian%E2%80%93Triassic_extinction_event --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
What's up, Zengineers? We're back in the party pad! Hooray. This week we're getting grungy, or is it crunchy, or maybe grundly? I don't know. Whatever you call it, we're talking about surviving in the great outdoors. You know, AKA, hiking, camping and general adventuring. Adam and Brian are both self proclaimed outdoorsmen, having spent much of their childhood wandering around outside with varying levels of guidance and supervision. They've definitely both pushed the limits ... well, like ... built forts, blown things up, started fires by hand, and gotten badges and stuff ... let's just say they both feel comfy in a tent, and can use a map and compass. That's a good start. This episode is a bit of an exploration of why we adventure, why camping is a thing and not just life, and how adventure can be good for us. We talk about fun things to do outside, fun places we've been recently, and some of the many pitfalls of wandering around in nature when most of your life is spent in the confines of a suburban home where bears are definitely not commonly found. This is a jolly old convo about having fun in nature. It's definitely not a guide on how to survive or how to get started camping or even just hiking. Nope. We're not those kind of story tellers. The general internet is better for that. So, sit back, relax, and put on your Earth day cap while we take you through the green forests of the northeast, the blistering deserts of the southeast, and the delightfully cooling waters that tie life and the entire world together. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
What's up, Zengineers? Welcome back to the laboratory. It's just us this week (no guests), so we've taken the liberty of chasing a bunch of random topics as a throwback to our early episodes. We started the convo with the intention of sharing a super fun experience we recently shared together in Virtual Reality. We took a tour of the ancient Egyptian tomb of Nefertari as it looked the day she was laid to rest. The tour was guided by a professor of Egyptian Archaeology and was one of the most interesting VR experiences either of us have had to date. The sidetrack topic on this episode turned out to be the privatization of the space industry. The exciting news that SpaceX successfully docked its crew capsule to the international space station for the first time, sets the stage for the first private transportation of US Astronauts in the history of humankind. What an an exciting time. Enjoy the excitement of JFK's announcement of the original Space Race to the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouRbkBAOGEw Hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes VR Cameras on the Space Station: https://www.roadtovr.com/vr-cameras-now-international-space-station-capture-space-walks-missions/ Windows running apps natively in VR: https://www.roadtovr.com/windows-mixed-reality-will-soon-run-win32-desktop-apps-vr/ Millions attend the same concert in VR: https://www.roadtovr.com/fornite-virtual-concert-potent-glimpse-of-virtual-reality-future/ Microsoft HoloLens 2 Release Video: https://www.roadtovr.com/mwc-2019-hololens-2-reveal-demo/ The amazing physics of VR: https://www.roadtovr.com/boneworks-reveal-stress-level-zero-physics-based-interactions-embodiment/ A new T-Rex experience at the American Museum of Natural History: https://www.roadtovr.com/american-museum-natural-history-brings-visitors-closer-t-rex-new-vr-experience/ A hilariously old website sharing JFK's original space race announcement: https://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/ricetalk.htm JFK's Moonshot Announcement on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouRbkBAOGEw --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Howdy, Zengineers! We're back at it trying to help understand Climate Change with our buddies at Nori (https://nori.com/). This week we're joined by CEO, Paul Gambill to hear an update on what's happening at Nori and wheree they are headed. There's a lot of technology driving Nori. Not only are they a software company building on top of a blockchain backbone, but they also have to worry about the organic-to-digital translation of real world measurements of carbon in physical materials like the atmosphere and soil into bits of computer data. In this episode we dive into where Nori is headed from a technological perspective. We discuss how Nori is currently working with farmers to build out economic incentive backed by real data to encourage carbon capture and help make farming generally healthier and more sustainable. It's a lot to digest, but it's all delicious. See what we did there? Hilarious! Hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Nori FAQ: https://nori.com/faq Nori Carbon Removal Newsroom (new podcast briefs from Nori on climate and carbon capture) https://nori.com/carbon-removal-newsroom An interview on Nori's Podcast with Astrobiologist David Grinspoon: https://nori.com/podcast/47-astrobiologist-david-grinspoon More about ol' David! - https://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/grinspoon Earth In Human Hands (a great read): https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Human-Hands-Shaping-Planets/dp/1455589128 BBC's Power of the Planet (geological history and perspective on our planet... kinda like Planet Earth but actually about the planet, and not the living creatures): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008fdjy/episodes/guide Climeworks, a leading Carbon Capture Company: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/magazine/climeworks-business-climate-change.html One of the technological integrations Nori is using to measure and understand climate data: http://cometfarm.nrel.colostate.edu/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Howdy, Zengineers! This week we're joined by writer and philosopher Jennifer Harris. She's a staple in the San Diego fundraising community, owns and operates JH Collective (http://www.jhcollectiveinc.com - a professional fundraising organization), and used to lead an amazing creative writing group with Brian, years ago. Our conversation is one of falling in and out of love with what you do professionally and who you become throughout the cycles. It's a personal journey trying to understand the psychology of the modern worker and the journey through ever changing careers. In it we attempt to uncover why we connect with the things we choose to do, and how do these connections guide us in developing our self image and our internal monologues. It's a fascinating journey, and we're glad you're here to join us. Hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Jennifer Harris Collective: http://www.jhcollectiveinc.com/ The Vitruvian Man: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitruvian_Man Seth Godin: https://www.sethgodin.com/ Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher: https://www.recode.net/recode-decode-podcast-kara-swisher On Being Podcast: https://onbeing.org/series/podcast/2/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
073 - On Working Remotely

073 - On Working Remotely

2019-02-0800:53:40

Howdy, Zengineers! Today we're discussing remote work. Like ... not working at a regular office, and not working in the same room, or even same building as your coworkers. There's a lot of variation here and a lot of conversation around this topic these days, especially in the digital technology sector where both Adam & Brian currently work. Brian started his career at a Fortune 100 company as an engineer working at a manufacturing facility that employed hundreds of people. Adam started a production company and worked in an office with his team on a giant production lot in LA. Both, pretty normal. From there, things got weird. Over the years, our working environments have changed a lot, but one thing's been consistent. Our desks have not been in normal places, and work has often involved a lot of remote contact with coworkers, and definitely lots of working from home. You know, stereotypical tech startup stuff. Houses with friends, lots of video-chatting, and working all hours of the day and night. In this episode, we muse on the benefits and the challenges of working in alternate realities. There's a lot to discuss and it's an important conversation as the nature of so many peoples' work is changing so quickly with the adoption of computer based desk jobs. What does the future hold, and what changes will we see over time? Who knows? This is not your dad's day-job anymore, and things are only getting weirder with time. We hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Howdy, Zengineers! Today we're discussing Universal Basic Income (UBI) in The United States. What is it? How does it work? What's good? What's bad? Who cares and who does it affect? Our guest, Colin Murphy is an old friend and an outspoken supporter of both UBI and political representatives who are forcing this conversation back into the public debate. UBI has been around in many forms for a long time. Some call it socialism. Some say that's absurd. It actually exists in some places around the world already, including the United States. It's a crazy topic that invokes a lot of questions, a lot of debate, and a lot of emotion. A conversation about UBI forces an examination of the entire structure of one's government and underlying economic systems. And, it's a complicated subject that potentially affects wealth, work, and daily life for everyone. UBI is a topic that's particularly popular in some circles these days because of the current global political landscape, a continued growth in wealth gaps around the world, and a global consciousness that simultaneously is becoming more divisive but also more inclusive. It's easy to get overly excited about UBI or to dismiss it as ridiculous. Honestly, both reactions are pretty appropriate, but the conversation may be more relevant today than at any time in history, especially with the ridiculous pace of technological advancement. We hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com Visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes The Left Thinks a 'Green New Deal' Could Save Earth and Destroy the GOP (Vice): https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4397ap/the-left-thinks-a-green-new-deal-could-save-earth-and-destroy-the-gop Send money to the extreme poor: https://www.givedirectly.org/ Bullshit Jobs (a book, by David Graeber): https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Jobs-Theory-David-Graeber/dp/150114331X Basic Attention Token (monetize your attention): https://basicattentiontoken.org/ Brave Browser (a private webroser that integrates with BAT): https://brave.com/ Universal Basic Income as the Social Vaccine of the 21st Century (Medium): https://medium.com/basic-income/universal-basic-income-as-the-social-vaccine-of-the-21st-century-d66dff39073 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Howdy, Zengineers! It's time. What time you might ask? Time to talk about the Scientific Method. Yeah. That method! The scientific one. Yikes! This conversations has been a long time coming and we're so happy to finally be talking about it. The core here is establishing a clear understanding of deductive versus inductive reasoning. We cannot, according to the philosophy of science, deductively prove things in our universe. We can only deductively DISPROVE them. As Albert Einstein famously said (or said something along these lines) "No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right, yet a single experiment can prove me wrong." Over time experimenting against inductively based reason creates solid foundational knowledge that we expect to consistently describe the behavior of the world around us. If ever an inductive conclusion is deductively proven wrong, then we must adjust that theory and all branching knowledge. This is the scientific method and what makes this incredible technological and philosophical innovation so damn powerful. Dig it? You should, and you will. This episode is kind of part of a series. They don't really require that you listen in any particular order, but you may want to check these out too: Episode 044 — On Experts, Algorithms, and Scientific Thinking: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-044-on-experts-algorithms-and-scientific-thinking-7f9e0e8ba128 Episode 046 — On Experiments, and their Limits in Meat Space: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-046-on-experiments-and-their-limits-in-meat-space-25c8902085c0 Episode 048 - On STEAM Education & The Importance of Curiosity: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-048-on-steam-education-and-the-importance-of-curiosity-906bf0790946 We hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com and visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes What is science and why is it so special? (Towards Data Science): https://towardsdatascience.com/what-is-science-and-why-is-it-so-special-79e166e667c0 What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?: http://theconversation.com/what-exactly-is-the-scientific-method-and-why-do-so-many-people-get-it-wrong-65117 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
Howdy, Zengineers! This week, we're joined by our good buddy, Dave McCarty, a professional structural engineer and an amateur climber and spelunker. Yes, that's the correct word for one that adventures in caves. Together we explore the life of a licensed engineer, and how that impacts Dave's professional and personal activities. We discuss building codes, engineering accidents, and how being an engineer factors into hobbies. Finally we conclude with one of Brian's favorite stories to retell and embelish, Dave's adventure to the bottom of Ellison's Cave, the deepest, unobstructed underground pit in the continental United States. We hope you enjoy the convo. Support the show: http://support.zengineeringpodcast.com and visit our website for more episodes: https://zengineeringpodcast.com Cheers, Adam & Brian Show Notes Ellison's Cave (wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellison%27s_Cave What is the PE Exam: https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/ How to use climbing ascenders (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LK20hvHQyA How to choose climbing rope: https://www.ems.com/f/ea-how-to-choose-climbing-ropes.html --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support
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