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We're trying to learn more about videography, podcasting, and learning. We'll try to share the good stuff.

Active Recall with Walter & Francis Walter & Francis

    • Society & Culture

We're trying to learn more about videography, podcasting, and learning. We'll try to share the good stuff.

    Warming up the gear (and top 10 books of 2019)

    Warming up the gear (and top 10 books of 2019)

    Sections
    Start, stop, continue (with the podcast) 3 book quotes from some of my favorite books in 2019 Ranking the books I read in 2019 and a sort of top 10 Active Recall 2019 Reading List
    The 10 books I mentioned from 2019
    Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind Liar’s Poker Creative Calling Recursion Stillness is the Key The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning

    • 37 min
    Book Notes: "A Fighter's Heart"

    Book Notes: "A Fighter's Heart"

    Ces talks about "A Fighter's Heart" by Sam Sheridan

    • 26 min
    68: Atomic Habits (again)

    68: Atomic Habits (again)

    We're talking about "Atomic Habits" by James Clear
     
    Previous episode:
    63: "Atomic Habits"
    https://activerecall.co/atomic-habits/
     

    • 37 min
    67 - "Finish" — PAO: Mr. Perfect cutting food in a kitchen with an invisible cloak on

    67 - "Finish" — PAO: Mr. Perfect cutting food in a kitchen with an invisible cloak on

    We talk about "Finish" by Jon Acuff
    https://www.amazon.com/Finish-Give-Yourself-Gift-Done/dp/1591847621
    Great book with tips about finishing work I'm good at starting, bad at finishing. I don't usually have writer's block, but I certainly have finisher's block. By that, I mean that I'm able to outline and outline and outline a bunch of ideas. And even get to drafts of things. But then actually finishing the thing and releasing it becomes a challenge.  We discuss hiding places and noble obstacles. Wally talks about how he can get caught up editing a certain point of a video. But we also discuss that video editing work for a client deserves perfectionism more than something like a blog post does. Picking between good and bad is easy, between good and good is hard. This is where it's a noble obstacle. If I want to finish editing and scheduling this podcast, I need to edit and finish these notes. That'd be good. But I'm tempted to just leave and head to the gym, because that's also good. And it also gets me away from the resistance I feel toward finishing these notes. One tip to finish: set a timer. We don't talk about this tip specifically, but it's what I'm using to cut the goal down to something that can be finished. I create a memory palace room to remember some of the tips: Mr. Perfect cutting food in a kitchen with an invisible cloak on

    • 21 min
    66: "Quitter"

    66: "Quitter"

    Our arms still hurt from patting ourselves on the back for returning to the podcast. 
    The book of the week is Jon Acuff's "Quitter"
    https://www.amazon.com/Quitter-Closing-Between-Your-Dream/dp/0982986270 It's about passion. We talk about both sides of the 'follow your passion' argument. We are both in a place doing work that we're passionate about. It doesn't mean there aren't parts that don't feel like work. There are also things we're passionate about that we weren't able to turn into careers. Here's the best book against the idea of following your passion: Cal Newport's "So Good They Can't Ignore You"
    https://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You/dp/1455509124 We batched a couple episodes. We were going to try to get to 4 episodes. (One for each of Jon Acuff's books: Quitter, Finish, Start, Do Over. We didn't finish all 4 episodes, but we did finish two. So an episode is scheduled next week for Jon Acuff's "Finish". Okay I set a timer to write these notes and the timer is up. I think this is better than not having notes at all. But I'll set a longer timer next time.

    • 50 min
    F07: A Podcast Palace

    F07: A Podcast Palace

    This week I'm sharing some podcast episode recommendations.
    00:58 — Petting zoo x Jason Fried (Knowledge Project)
    06:26 — Fitness center x Mark Manson (Model Health Show)
    15:02 — Moleskine wallpapered room x Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz (The Moment)
    21:51 — White room with all your unfinished projects x Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Start With This)
    28:19 — Driving range with pie x Scott Page (Knowledge Project)

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Leadfoot8888 ,

Great podcast!

I have been a listener since the beginning.
The banter between Walter and Francis are entertaining and natural. Often at times very humorous.
Keep up the great job, guys! More talk about video games, and bring back Jason!

easchu ,

Discovery and Reciprocity

As I listen to these episodes I can’t help but appreciate Walter and Ces’s willingness to introspect and discover tools. Their conversations can be lighthearted but they also have a depth that I feel will have a lasting impact on their audience. As a creative and driven person, I personally relate to most if not all the topics they discuss and have a deep appreciation for their openness. Thanks for what you do!

Jake 🦔 ,

Good stuff!

Check it out. 💪

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