41 episodes

Tools for thought, product design, and how to have good ideas.

Metamuse Adam Wiggins, Mark McGranaghan

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Tools for thought, product design, and how to have good ideas.

    41 // Local-first software with Martin Kleppmann

    41 // Local-first software with Martin Kleppmann

    Local-first is a set of principles that enables collaborative software without the loss of data ownership associated with the cloud. Martin is a computer scientist on the frontier of this movement, and he joins Mark and Adam to discuss how creative people put their souls into their work; a vision for a generic AWS syncing service; and why local-first could be a breakthrough for indie app developers.


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    Martin Kleppmann
    University of Cambridge
    Debussy four-handed piano piece
    Martin’s previous startup, Rapportive
    Apache Kafka
    Designing Data-Intensive Applications
    Writing a book: is it worth it?
    Local-first software: You own your data, in spite of the cloud
    Ink & Switch
    Geoffrey Litt
    Pixelpusher
    the fish says “what the hell is water?”
    “crushing it”
    elevator pitch
    Google Docs
    realtime collaboration
    defrag your hard drive
    self-hosting an SMTP server and spam filtering
    thin client
    Peter van Hardenberg
    Pixelpusher
    Automerge
    “there is stuff you always use; and stuff that won’t work when you need it”
    Slack’s free vs paid message retention
    federation, mesh network
    CRDTs
    How we pay for software
    Swift, Kotlin
    technology transfer
    fuzz testing, Monte Carlo simulation
    local-first Trello clone demo
    end-to-end encryption
    Firebase

    • 1 hr 2 min
    40 // Filmmaking with Maximilian Becht

    40 // Filmmaking with Maximilian Becht

    The Muse team worked with Max and his film crew on the pilot episode of a new documentary series. Max joins Adam and Mark to talk about how making films compares to making software; why creative trust is the core of a great team; and why we should hire based on networks, portfolios, and auditions instead of CVs and interviews. Plus: 40 people stuck on a film shoot in the forest due to a forgotten shovel.


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    Maximilian Becht of Kosmovision
    shooting day
    post-production
    E3
    set runner
    Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
    Zellenflimmern (documentary on media inside prisons)
    Making Movies
    Create: a documentary series by Muse
    watch pilot episode of Create with Katrin Friedmann
    branded content
    Marcus Hanisch (Create director)
    location scouting
    Jasper Techel (Create cameraperson)
    Moritz Drath (Create sound and music)
    professional network
    After Effects
    The Queen’s Gambit shot in Berlin
    maker biographies
    A Modest Genius (Charles Darwin biography)
    Creativity, Inc. (Pixar founder autobiography)
    Barbie and Ruth (Mattel founder biography)
    film screening
    the Hollywood model
    gig sites
    Christopher Nolan
    wide angle shots
    herding cats
    production manager
    “fix it in post"
    the null hypothesis
    suggest a protagonist for future episodes of Create

    • 48 min
    39 // Expressive tools with Weiwei Xu

    39 // Expressive tools with Weiwei Xu

    Why are we driven to create, and to express ourselves online? Weiwei is the founder of Sprout, a collaborative creation space. She joins Mark and Adam to talk about how tools influence group communication and our sense of belonging; why we should make our online spaces feel more like bedrooms than stadiums or hotel lobbies; and why children’s tools have a special magic. Plus: Nintendo’s withered technology, Winamp skins, and cursor waves.


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    Weiwei Xu @weiweiwei33
    Sprout
    monowheel scooter
    Dynamicland
    growth mindset
    HCI
    Metamuse episode with Jason Yuan
    MakeSpace
    Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facetime
    Miro
    Pointing in virtual spaces
    Slackmojis, Discord custom emojis
    Sharpies, butcher paper, calligraphy pens and markers
    Kindle
    sushi knives
    Deluxe Paint
    introvert
    Muse Backstage Pass
    Winamp
    iOS widgets
    engagement loops
    clickbait
    Metamuse episode on video games
    World Cup, European championship
    Adam’s homepage
    gwalb – grey with a little blue
    Citizen Kane, Mank, Jaws
    Nintendo’s “withered technology”
    Switch

    • 1 hr 1 min
    38 // Calm companies with Tyler Tringas

    38 // Calm companies with Tyler Tringas

    As the world’s economy is remade via software, some founders are finding the one-way ratchet of venture capital too restrictive. Tyler Tringas is working to expand funding options available to entrepreneurs via the Calm Fund. He joins Mark and Adam to talk about a return to classic good business practices; how founders can maximize their optionality; building an investment thesis out in the open; and how to be long-term ambitious.


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    Tyler Tringas @tylertringas
    Calm Fund
    Mexico City
    digital nomad, slowmad
    Earnest Capital rebrand
    bootstrapper, indie hacker
    building in public
    Small Giants episode
    brand episode
    lifestyle business
    The Entrepreneur’s new path of maximum optionality
    the peace dividend of the SaaS wars
    B2D
    two-sided market
    red ocean
    winner takes all
    craigslist, Thumbtack
    covertible note, SAFE
    Shared Earnings Agreement (SEAL)
    Calm’s crowdfunding campaign
    12factor
    profit-sharing plans
    co-op
    carried interest
    Joe Wallin
    Calm Company Express

    • 1 hr 5 min
    37 // Visual programming with Maggie Appleton

    37 // Visual programming with Maggie Appleton

    Creating software is typically done in text-based environments—but would programming be more accessible with graphical programming tools? Maggie joins Mark and Adam to talk about the relative success of Scratch, Shortcuts, and Zapier; how to make the abstract visible; embodied metaphors; and the false duality of artistic versus logical thinkers. Plus: how to make blinking lights for your Burning Man art installation.


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    Maggie Appleton @mappletons
    egghead.io
    Centre for Computing History
    Pacific Pinball Museum
    Nintendo 64
    the noughties or the aughts
    React
    Scratch
    Zapier, IFTTT, Integromat
    low-code / no-code
    Rocky’s Boots
    circuit diagrams
    DrScheme
    Origami Studio
    Muse memo on infinite canvas with Origami screenshot
    LabVIEW
    Logic Pro, Reason
    the environment in Logic
    iOS Shortcuts (née Workflow)
    console loggings
    end-user programming: embodiment
    VS Code, npm, Ruby on Rails, GraphQL, React hooks
    cultural anthropology
    Geroge Lakoff, Mark Johnson
    embodied metaphors
    Dan Abramov
    Just Javascript
    pointers in C
    Redux actions
    _why’s poignant guide to ruby
    Learnable Programming
    Edward Tufte, Visual Explanations, Beautiful Evidence
    Graphviz DOT graphs
    jigs in wordworking
    Unity
    episode with Geoffrey Litt
    Flutter, SwiftUI
    XState
    Apparatus
    direct manipulation
    Dreamweaver
    Interface Builder
    Hacker News folk wisdom on visual programming
    Adafruit
    circuit debouncing with capacitors
    walk uphill in the snow
    Visual Programming Codex
    Whole Code Catalog

    • 50 min
    36 // Text

    36 // Text

    Text blocks are a new beta feature for Muse. Mark and Adam use the opportunity to discuss the origins and philosophy of text in computing, including text as a datum in environments like wikis, REPLs, and social media; the writing workflow of collapsing spatially-arranged ideas down to a linear text buffer; and company memo culture. And Mark shares his vision for how the Pencil could become the X-Acto knife for fast text editing on a tablet.


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    Podstatus
    Cortex, Accidental Tech Podcast
    “going viral slowly”
    text blocks beta manual and memo
    Notion, Roam, Craft
    plain text
    ASCII art
    logograms
    The Humane Representation of Thought
    William Playfair
    Literature & Latte, Scrivener, Scapple
    terminal, REPL
    Man-Computer Symbiosis
    TTY = teletype
    Roam backlinks and knowledge graph
    view source
    Sublime Text
    Twitter was 140 characters for SMS
    episode about iPad
    emacs Org Mode, WorkFlowy
    Miro, FigJam, GoodNotes
    uncanny valley
    IPython, Jupyter
    Markdown
    Atlassian’s wiki
    “turn my ideas into our ideas”
    responsive design
    folio keyboard, Magic Keyboard
    iOS voice input
    Scribble
    infinite canvas beta → flex boards
    kill your darlings

    • 45 min

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