The intersection of Effort, Art and Philosophy, a.k.a. The Worst Fitness Podcast in the World, formerly known as The Dissect Podcast. Hosts Michael Blevins and Mark Twight explore the overlapping worlds of effort, action, art, digital and analog in conversations riddled with innuendo, inside jokes, and occasional insight. If you know, you know. Published weekly, usually.
# 169 — SF Derek
Mark and Michael sit down with Derek to discuss risk, backcountry skiing, cortisol response, IEDs, getting blown up overseas, how great V-hull, sloped armor faces are, combat-related PTSD, counseling, and the utility of discussion and EMDR to treat and assimilate the aftermath of acute traumatic events, as well as the power of small group, honest, open conversation, expressing vulnerability, and the self-awareness required to remain (relatively) safe in high-risk situations. Eventually they discuss National Guard involvement during protests at Lafayette Park in Washington DC and what might be learned from that and similar events if civil, open discussion were possible in this era. Towards the end they talk over the practice of physical training — as a vehicle to tune one's psychology and emotion — and agree that doing so appears fix everything.
# 168 — America Now
Michael and Mark review some recent events, discuss how our reliance on technology has placed unelected people (and algorithms) into positions of "leadership". As in, your vote doesn't matter because the fifth column is filtering what you see and shaping what you think you know in order to steer your behavior in a direction favorable to them. If they can get you to spend hard-earned money they can surely get you to misplace your political affiliation. As tempting as that topic was discussion shifted to over- or under-population, the relationship of population to climate change, and how easily we substitute socially acceptable causes and cofactors for the delicate and difficult-to-confront (potentially) real causes of certain problems. On a more positive note, Mark waxes eloquent and positive about Mike Rowe and his push to support the necessary and technical skills and jobs that once formed (and should still) the bulwark of our nation. In the closing minutes the new direction for the NonProphet business model is discussed, featuring an early offer for podcast listeners only to "get in on the ground level", or is it the top level ... whatever, the marketing department will figure it out.
# 167 — Zack Snyder
I could write words to tempt you to listen to the words we shared but why not just click the “Play” button? Honor the words and the work. Or read the “Why” of it here (https://www.nonprophet.media/journal/my-friend-zack).
Process > Product
# 166 — Thirty Minutes To Nowhere
We had thirty minutes so we made some noise about labor, real estate, investment, and COVID. To call it conversation would be a stretch but it was all we had at the time.
# 165 — Mistakes
Michael and Mark begin this conversation with a joke on the topic of mistakes, and wind towards a serious conclusion 90 minutes later. It may be said that, the most beautiful forms of creation are mistakes ... or can be, but also might not be, and the underlying lessons that may be learned are often hidden by the symptom or example the mistake itself produced.
# 164 — Burkey and Thurk
Michael and Mark are joined by returning guests, Burkey and Thurk. The wide-ranging conversation starts by visiting topics of disease, parenting, comedy and misunderstanding, and how some comedians can get away with saying almost anything. They address the focus on "negative" news in the media, how it shapes our perception of reality — and ripens us for targeted advertising, and that begged the question of whether the future will be better or not. Burkey made the distinction that government is people, not an amorphous blob designed to evade responsibility, and if the world is sometimes heartbreaking, one of the reasons is that people are making heartbreaking decisions about policy that affect the world, and the people in it. And that lead to a discussion of mandatory vs. ranked choice voting. The conversation eventually turns to language, its limitations, and our misuse or too-casual use of it, which can lead to misunderstanding.
Listen to all! You’ll like some! You’ll Recoil vehemently at others. It’s difficult but (Zappa) Think about your mind being like a parachute. It doesn’t or won’t work if it’s not open!
Yep, yep, yeah, yeah, mmmmmm, yes, yes love that. Yep, yeah, yes. Please no. Just nod we don’t need to hear your agreement to every word she says.