85 episodes

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

Metamuse Adam Wiggins, Mark McGranaghan

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

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

    85 // Local-first podcast and conference

    85 // Local-first podcast and conference

    Metamuse is still on hiatus, but this is a brief announcement of some related projects. Localfirst.fm is a new podcast that Adam is helping to produce. And Adam is on the organizing team for Local-First Conf 2024, held in Berlin on May 30.


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    Localfirst.fm podcast
    Local-First Conf 2024

    • 2 min
    84 // Retrospective

    84 // Retrospective

    Mark and Adam take a look back at three years of podcasts to reflect on their favorite episodes—and the friends they made along the way. They discus Metamuse’s origin story, walk through the production process, and wax nostalgic on some of their favorite episodes. Plus: a look at what the future holds for our hosts and the podcast.


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    NPR
    The future of iPad
    Ferrite
    Hello Internet, Gastropod, Lexicon Valley
    This American Life, Gimlet Media
    Most downloaded episodes: Computers and creativity with Molly Mielke, Sync, Growing ideas with Andy Matuschak
    Mark’s favorite episodes: Local-first software with Martin Kleppmann, Local-first one year later, Hiring, Cities with Devon Zuegel
    Adam’s honorable mentions: Progress with Jason Crawford, Rich text with Slim Lim
    Metamuse podcast guest handbook
    lossless audio
    Riverside
    Audio editor Mark Lamorgese
    Post-producer Jenna Miller
    Podcasting Microphones Mega-Review
    XLR microphone
    pro sound dampening material
    RØDE Podcaster
    Pop filter, plosives
    John Michael Greer

    • 1 hr 21 min
    83 // End and beginning

    83 // End and beginning

    Bittersweet news is the topic of this episode. Adam Wulf and Adam Wiggins discuss the end of an era for Muse, leadership transitions, and what the future holds for Muse 3.0 and beyond.


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    An end, and a beginning
    Ink & Switch
    Adam Wulf
    Loose Leaf
    Here, File File
    prosumer
    Industrial research with Peter van Hardenberg
    Netlify proxy, Webflow, Hugo
    Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

    • 1 hr
    82 // Spatial computing with Yiliu Shen-Burke

    82 // Spatial computing with Yiliu Shen-Burke

    Is virtual reality useful for productivity software? Yiliu is the founder of Softspace, a VR/AR tool for thought. He joins Mark and Adam to discuss the human brain and body as inherently spatial systems; the question of whether information is fundamentally 2D; and why social comfort is the biggest challenge facing VR today. Plus: how to avoid a dystopian future.


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    Yiliu Shen-Burke @softspaceninja
    Softspace
    Wim Hof breathing method
    Studio Olafur Eliasson
    The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces
    Oculus
    Oculus development kit
    heads-up display
    Scott Greenwald’s Media Lab thesis
    Beat Saber
    A Beautiful Mind
    Softspace demo
    force-directed graph
    Steven Johnson on DevonThink
    Google Glass, Magic Leap, Vision Pro
    Supernatural
    vergence
    history of VR
    PlaneVR: Social Acceptability of Virtual Reality for Aeroplane Passengers

    • 1 hr 35 min
    81 // Evergreen notes with Stephan Ango

    81 // Evergreen notes with Stephan Ango

    Quotes from famous people or books can turn a feeling or a concept into a memorable chunk of text—how can we do the same for our own ideas? Stephan is the CEO of Obsidian, and he joins Mark and Adam to discuss notes as personal memes, the balance between freedom and cohesion in plugins, and why it's so hard to be messy in digital tools. Plus: why “tools for thought” rubs Stephan the wrong way.


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    Stephan Ango @kepano @kepano@mastodon.social
    Obsidian
    Pillowy Swedish cinnamon rolls using the tangzhong technique
    Lumi
    Erica Xu, Shida Li
    Growing ideas with Andy Matuschak
    Evergreen notes turn ideas into objects that you can manipulate
    Apple Notes, Apple Journal
    Zettelkasten
    stream-of-consciousness writing plugin
    Obsidian developer docs
    Launchers with Thomas Paul Mann
    Infinite canvases with Steve Ruiz
    Obsidian Canvas
    Excalidraw, ExcaliBrain
    .canvas format

    • 1 hr 18 min
    80 // Planning

    80 // Planning

    Planning might have a reputation for being boring, but Adam and Mark believe it can be one of the most exciting moments in your team’s work. They discuss the importance of inspiration and collective knowledge; the musical rhythm of planning cycles; and how to “draw the line” when prioritizing. Plus: the importance of revisiting the plan in times of doubt.


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    Muse for Teams beta announcement
    Against boring planning
    agile methodology
    ticket trackers
    Gantt charts, burndown charts
    Pivotal Tracker
    kanban board
    Jesper Jørgensen
    V2MOM, OKRs
    effort to impact chart
    Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
    Amazon’s “working backwards” approach
    go slow to go fast
    Zoom fatigue
    shared knowledge vs common knowledge

    • 1 hr 10 min

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