66 episodes

Sam and Simon talk about everything, but mostly how to do the things you have to do so you can make more time for what you want.

Take Back the Day Sam Beckbessinger & Simon Dingle

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Sam and Simon talk about everything, but mostly how to do the things you have to do so you can make more time for what you want.



    Sam and Simon are together in a room, for a change, and discuss the impact of artificial intelligence, existential crises, and a range of other topics. Along the way they mention:

    The Cope Zine (instructions on how to fold it below)
    ChatGPT again.
    Nick Cave's The Red Hand Files on ChatGPT
    Francis Fukuyama and his theories on the progress of civilisation.
    Irresistible the movie (one of the many things Simon could not remember).
    Also Triangle of Sadness.
    The incredible art of Fanie Buys.
    Many games. Including World of Warcraft, Don't Starve Together, Mario Kart, Stardew Valley, League of Legends, and other candidates for Sam and Simon to play together.

    How to fold a zine:

    • 57 min


    From trippy breath work to commanding a robot army, Sam and Simon are getting ready for a super weird future with its various perils. While discussing their battle strategy they mention:

    The Wim Hof breathing method
    ChatGPT, of course.
    Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less by James Hamblin
    Building A Virtual Machine inside ChatGPT by Jonas Degrave
    Botto the autonomous artist.

    (Thanks for the album art, DALL·E 2)

    • 58 min


    Simon reads Sam a poem and our intrepid duo considers the best ways in which to treat our future selves, the tensions that keep life balanced, pros and cons of social media, and myriad other thingies. Along the way they mention:

    Swan by Mary Oliver
    Twitter's impending doom
    No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    Replay by Ken Grimwood
    Breath:The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

    • 54 min


    Sam and Simon explore identity, how we change ourselves for each other, and what it means to push for making things better while appreciating the way things are. It's complicated. Along the way they mention:

    Adventure Time!
    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
    Morning Pages
    Ann Patchett
    Clarkson's Farm
    Wilding by Isabella Tree
    The Jamison Valley
    How Wolves Change Rivers

    • 53 min


    Sam's robotic brain and Simon's tin heart contemplate practices such as writing, running, meditating - or antyhing else that curiously calls you to do it for its own sake - and what these commitments mean and ask from us as they curiously make their way into the other parts of our lives. Along the way they mention:

    Return to Oz
    Google Keep
    Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
    Jim Rogers
    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    The Hardrock 100
    The Dreamachine
    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

    • 50 min


    What gives things value, and how much should we be worried about that? Sam and Simon discover that everything is rubbish, and along the way mention:

    Veblen goods
    A lot of garbage things that don't deserve extra attention here
    Sir Digby
    Vaccines: A Measured Response
    Google Keep
    Bo Burnam

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Concerningmj ,

Great podcast sam

Informative and fun.

Calberta ,

Smart and funny

Great show. Clever hosts, wide range of topics. Thanks. ... from California, SF Bay Area.

Dan Doiter ,


It's like my smart, dynamic friends get together each week to dish over the things I'm interested in. Sam, Simon - love love the format and where the conversations go... keep it going. -- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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