Hanson's Week in Review: Bass Pro Shop, Pipeline, & Productivityist Podcasts
I sat down and thought out on paper (see the image above) all the things I'd done, read, watched, or listened to this past week. I think I captured the most important of them.
Below I share links to some of these things.
You might enjoy them.
- Dan Benjamin's Pipeline podcast. I know and enjoy Dan Benjamin from his Back to Work podcast with Merlin Mann. I listened to two Pipeline episodes and enjoyed them:
- Jason Fried on Pipeline. Fried started Basecamp, popular project planning software. Fried talked about aiming for building robust, long-term companies rather than jackpot, win-the-lottery type enterprises.
- Tim Ferriss on Pipeline. Tim Ferriss is Tim Ferriss, which is a name many people now know, famous from his book The 4-Hour Workweek. This interview made me like Ferriss more than I had, mostly because he comes across in it as a wise teacher. He has a way of communicating ideas and motivating people that's admirable.
- Austin Kleon. I like Austin Kleon: his little books (Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work) are fun to look at and inspiring in a practical way. He posted two interviews, and I listened to both in the car.
- Austin Kleon's Interview with Jeff Goins. In this one, Kleon gives his origin story. Basically, he did his work every day while holding down a day job.
- Austin Kleon's Interview with Brian Clark. In this one, Kleon talks about a conversation in which Seth Godin asked him about Kleon's second book: "Are you writing this because you actually have something else to say, or because your publisher wants you to?" The point: write if you've got something to get out of your head.
- Bass Pro Shop. Alishia and I took the kids here on Friday (separate cars, afterward she had to meet her missionary friend, who's temporarily state-side). It's a stimulating store: lot's of merchandise, stuffed (taxidermically) animals, and water features. Keeps the kids occupied.
- Southwest School of Woodworking. I mentioned in a post earlier this week that I started a class at the Southwest School of Woodworking. So I spent 9 hours this week learning how to make half-lap joints and mortises and tenons and how to sharpen a chisel. It's humbling to realize how little I know about working with a simple material (wood) and how inept I am in getting simple rectangular shapes into it. Practice.
- The Productivityist Podcast with Mike Vardy. Right now, I enjoy listening to this podcast on the way to work. This week, I consumed three:
- Interview with Aaron Mahnke. Mahnke produces a podcast called Lore. The discussion was about becoming an "overnight" success — after months and years of work.
- Interview with Annie Mueller. Mueller is a homeschool mom of four kids whose husband is a traveling salesman. It was good to hear her talk about how she gets stuff done. Her site is Freakishly Productive.
- Interview with Nick Loper. Loper talked about the "side hustle" — something you work on as a side project while holding down your day job.
- Art of Manliness Interview of Susan Wise Bauer. The AoM podcast had an interview with Susan Wise Bauer. I haven't finished listening yet, but I got far enough in to realize that I'm not quite sure what people mean when they talk about a "classical education." More to come on that later. (Especially since Alishia sent me a link to a site about Catholics in favor of "classical education.")
- Parks and Rec. I'm re-watching Parks and Rec because I liked it the first time through. The characters are likable and the lines are funny. I'm in Season 5 (I think) and came across an episode I missed the first time around: the one about the bachelor parties. Andy narrates a hypothetical in which he dies and Chris marries April: laugh-out-loud funny in a perfect Parks and Rec moment.
- Summa Theologica. I had to give it a skim to find a text for the upcoming St Thomas Squad (more on that later). We're going to read Question 62 from the Prima Secundae — it's about the character of theological virtues considered generally.
- Fixer Upper. This is a popular show here at the Hanson house, enjoyed by kids and parents both. Alishia and the kids plunged into Season 2 on Netflix without me (I was in woodworking class), so I caught S2:E1 only on Friday, after Bass Pro Shop, with some Raising Canes for dad and the kids (kids got fries; dad got a Cainiac Combo).
- Quit Law and Code. I listened to a podcast of the Lawyerist in which David Zvenyach was interviewed about being a lawyer who learned how to code. That led me to William Ha, another lawyer who learned how to code, who was interviewed by Garric Nahapetian, yet another lawyer who learned how to code, on the podcast Swiftcoders.
That's all I got for now, folks.