While listeners might often think Gabe is an elaborate beer-tasting robot, this surprisingly isn't the case. That said, both he and Jeff are striving for better and more efficient ways to do things. When Gabe started reading a book called "Algorithms to Live By" he knew it might be a good way to combine two of his favorite things -- drinking beer and talking about nerd stuff so he told Jeff to give the book a read and here we are.
Have you ever wanted to drink stale beer and talk about how Silicon Valley is letting us down? Gabe and Jeff did. The duo talk about how our social networks affect our privacy and what could be done to save us from ourselves. They discuss this grim topic while sipping an old Valentine's Day beer -- and IPA with chocolate and coffee added....
Enjoy by 2-14-2017 by Stone Brewing Company
Gabe and Jeff have their beliefs challenged this week. Not by the excellent and amazing Double Citrus (sent by super cool listener Nate), but by the "You Are Not So Smart" podcast discussing the Backfire Effect. They drink an excellent brew and discuss why it is so hard to change your mind.
Double Citrus by Funk Brewing
Gabe and Jeff sip a fantastic Green by Tree House Brewing sent from a lovely listener with exceptionally good taste and above average intelligence. While being carried away on the scent of hops, they discuss note-taking -- how they do it, why they do it and how they organize their notes so they can find things easily.
GREEN BY TREE HOUSE BREWING
Gabe and Jeff talked for a disturbingly long time about data logging in this episode. They go deep and wide covering how they quantify themselves, their files, their photos and their beer. It is easy to see why they would want to draw this one out -- they are drinking a high ABV Old Fashioned by Wicked Weed Brewing.
OLD FASHIONED BY WICKED WEED BREWING
Jeff and Gabe are having a Nate-stravaganza. Today they are drinking Funk Citrus, sent to them by their friend Nate while talking about iOS apps they like. Apps are something they both talk to Nate about with great frequency so this episode really works from top-to-bottom and everybody's pretty excited about it, probably. I mean, nobody actually asked about being excited but it is safe to assume in this case.
FUNK CITRUS BY FUNK BREWING
Gabe schools Jeff on his favorite headphones, from the fancy shmanzy ones to his new Apple Airpods. Yet another podcast in which Jeff is poorer by the end of it (because he bought some recommended technology or software described in the audio).
They discuss these technological wonders while sipping a Trifecta by Night Shift Brewing.
Trifecta by Night Shift Brewing Company
Links and Notes
Everybody loves follow-up. Jeff and Gabe have covered a host of topics on the podcast over the last eighty-six episodes. Things are always changing and this week, the hosts review some of the changing topics of previous podcasts and discuss about how they do some things differently these days.
While they dig into their changing ways, they sip on a delightfully sour beer from Victory Brewing Company called "Sour Monkey".
Sour Monkey by Victory Brewing Company
This week Jeff and Gabe are joined once again by the offical Nerds on Draft guest, Erik Hess. They talk about whether personal privacy is a fantasy and if there's any hope for keeping data secure.
Jeff and Gabe drink "Consolation Prize" from Lord Hobo brewing and Erik drinks a Dirty Bastard by Founders Brewing.
Fort Point by Trillium Brewing
This week Jeff and Gabe try to talk about how language grows and changes, how the election cycle was ruled by linguistic strategies, and Steven Pinker's thoughts on reason. This episode deserved a great beer and they had one ready from Trillium Brewing.
The fatigue brought on by constant technological failures, bugs and bad ideas gets overwhelming sometimes. Gabe and Jeff tap into that frustration and discuss how broken things are. They chose their own separate beers for this show. Jeff poured himself a Sip of Sunshine by Lawson's Finest Liquids and Gabe reached for a 2014 Backwoods Bastard by Founder's Brewing.
Sip of Sunshine by Lawson's Finest Liquids
Backwoods Bastard By Founders Brewing Company
Gabe and Jeff drink a lively Saison Brett from Boulevard Brewing while discussing new Apple gear and their shiny, new, sticker-laden mobile operating system.
Saison Brett 2016 by Boulevard Brewing Co
Gabe and Jeff discuss the state of the App Store and how hard it is to sell an app like TapCellar or any app where money is involved. They "pour one out" for their app as they discuss its immanent end of life, the burden of ongoing costs and the surprisingly good (but challenging) experience they had building the app.
They sip a thick and sweet Blood Lust by Spring House Brewing while crying into the suds.
Blood Lust by Spring House Brewing Company
Gabe and Jeff dip into the beer cellar and find a good beer for the start of cooler weather -- a bock beer by Tröeg's called Tröegenator. They also got into a deep discussion of what it means to back up your data, how many belts and suspenders you need and explore why photo management is so hard.
Buying things is fun. The Internet makes it ever more fun and, often unfortunately for one's wallet, maybe too easy. Gabe and Jeff explore the different ways the buy things from vendors on the Internet while sipping a strangely-named beer sent in from a listener -- Helluva Caucasian by Living The Dream Brewing.
Helluva Caucasian by Living the Dream Brewing
Other Ways to Spend Money
Gabe and Jeff do an epic, in-depth look at DEVONthink Pro Office and discuss how they use the tool that has become such a big part of their digital lives. Mosaic Promise by Founders provided the perfect sip-worthy backdrop for the discussion.
Gabe and Jeff discuss the usefulness of Apple's stock iOS apps. Which ones get daily use and which ones are better left in a folder somewhere? It turns out, Apple makes some good, but not perfect software and it takes a lot of discussion and sipping on a slightly-stale Amazing She-Monster by Spring House Brewing Company to hash things out.
Amazing She-Monster by Spring House Brewing Company
Links and Notes
Gabe asks a lot of questions about Jeff's budget experiment where he tries to live on a small amount of money for six months. They talk about what he found on the journey to live with less. Diversions include a discussion about what seems important versus what really is important and how to approach big problems like an adult (as unfun as that sounds).
They kept the conversation smooth and lively while sipping a Nitro Coffee Stout by Boston Beer Company.