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Zengineering Podcast is for everyone who loves Science & Technology and also cares deeply about the beauty of Life's Big Questions. We (Adam & Brian) are obsessed with the spot where modern Science, Technology & Engineering meet Philosophy, Art & Spirituality. We have found this to be the place where the most interesting questions are both formulated and discussed. It's the place where mental models are born, and that's what we're really chasing. Are you? Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support

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Zengineering Podcast is for everyone who loves Science & Technology and also cares deeply about the beauty of Life's Big Questions. We (Adam & Brian) are obsessed with the spot where modern Science, Technology & Engineering meet Philosophy, Art & Spirituality. We have found this to be the place where the most interesting questions are both formulated and discussed. It's the place where mental models are born, and that's what we're really chasing. Are you? Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zengineering-podcast/support

    089 - with Mike Rosolio - On Video Game History

    089 - with Mike Rosolio - On Video Game History

    Howdy, Zengineers,


    This week we’ve got our most popular guest, back for another romp down memory lane. Yes, Mike Rosolio returns to discuss the history of Video Games with us. There are some secret reveals, but I can’t remember if they are so secret that they weren’t mentioned in the show. If they are, they’ll be cut. If they’re not, then you’ll hear them. What a cliffhanger? Is that the right phrase? I don’t think so.


    Anyway, this week we chase down some fun memories discussing our own experiences with video games over our lives. All three of us are part of an age group that really grew up with video games as they were emerging as a global force. When we were very young, they were still only for the most cutting edge tech nerds. Now, everyone gets to be addicted to them.


    Mike brings some real depth to this conversation as he’s not only the greatest player of video games we know, but he’s also a major history buff. We chase down some of the major developers and artists in the video game business world world, discuss Mario, Nintendo Power, weirdly over-sexualized characters from Soul Caliber, and the increasing and current moral complexities that modern games encounter.


    As always, it’s a great convo with Mike, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking. We know we do... like listening to ourselves.

     Ya know what I mean. Yeah. We do. Endless loop. Loop.


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    Adam & Brian

    Show Notes

    Nintendo Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_Power
    Ninja Gaiden Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCnZtUS4tCw
    Shigeru Miyamoto: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Miyamoto
    Final Fantasy V1 Famous Opera Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe3pGU9jcag
    Legend of Zelda, Breath of Wild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rPxiXXxftE
    Play Tetris, free, online: https://tetris.com/play-tetris


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    088 - On Government - Part 1 - An Operating System for the United States

    088 - On Government - Part 1 - An Operating System for the United States

    Happy Holidays, Zengineers,


    Adam is our conductor this week, guiding the train down the historical tracks of political exploration. Did you know that Adam went to law school? Of course you did. It comes up all the time. Yes. We do too, but he takes all the jokes really well, considering, ahem ... that he’s a lawyer. Zing!
    When studying the law, Adam wrote his thesis on how the law mimics software and how software mimics the law. It’s an interesting, powerful, and relevant comparison to make. Through this episode we hope you’ll come to appreciate why attorneys, programmers, judges, engineers, accountants, and more, all produce things they call “Code.” Remember Hammurabi’s Code? That s**t was harsh, but concepts of that early foundation still persist today. Never forget this.


    We discuss historically different types of government, how they have been evolutions of each other, and how constitutional government starts from these founding operating systems. This foundation formed over millennia by generations testing out new ideas and new structures, often through trial and error. This stuff is NOT perfect, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. That would be a disservice to our world.


    We hope you enjoy our ramblings and have found a new way to look at the governmental structure and evolution of our world. There will be more to come. Yes, that sentence does have a lot of different meanings. Yes, we meant to do that. No, we’re not sorry.


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    Cheers,
    Adam & Brian
    PS. Say hi to your families for us!!

    Show Notes

    Living Constitution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_Constitution
    Virginia Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/us/politics/virginia-ratify-equal-rights-amendment.amp.html
    John Oliver, Equal Rights Amendment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCBYJZ6QbUI


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    • 57 min
    087 - with Sam Rad - On Blockchains, Supply Chains, and Paradigm Shifts

    087 - with Sam Rad - On Blockchains, Supply Chains, and Paradigm Shifts

    Our friends, the Zengineers,

    We are joined this week by anthropologist, technologist, speaker, and author, Samantha Radocchia, AKA, Sam Rad. Yeah, that's a great full name and great nickname. Way to be named, Sam!!

    We've been excited about this conversation for a while because, from the very beginning, we knew we were going to talk about a lot of our shared passions. Sam is not only the author of Bitcoin Pizza (how Adam and her started talking), but she also co-founded and operated a technology startup merging blockchain and manufacturing supply chain. What a rad combo! See what we did there? Of course you do. Our listeners are sharp as tacks. Needless to say we took a lot of fun turns exploring technology, manufacturing, blockchain, and even competitive skydiving, with Sam.

    What has she learned from all this experience? Well similar to some other sages we've spoken to, technology is wildly complex, its pace is changing the world in ways we must work hard to understand, and, if done right, we can form these technologies to make the world not only more successful, but just plain better for every one and every thing.

    We hope you enjoy Sam's joyful energy and wise insights as much as we did.

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    Cheers,

    Adam & Brian

    Show Notes

    Sam on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantharadocchia/

    Sam's new book, "Bitcoin Pizza": https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Pizza-No-B******t-Guide-Blockchain-ebook/dp/B07TYHKVLF

    Sam's Supply Chain Startup: https://www.chronicled.com/

    Saving Time, Working Remotely: https://twitter.com/madisonkanna/status/1154169387470823425?s=21

    Dropzone Trailer (yes, it is an awesome movie about competetive skydiving featuring true classics like Wesley Snipes and Gary Busey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX17-NVFgGY

    And ... one more for the history books, the Aspen Extreme Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5Q_fjvKVQ

    Fav Quote: "You know how you know a good expert? They try to tell you they aren’t an expert."


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    086 - with Peter Dering - On Peak Design, Kickstarter, and Living Carbon Neutral

    086 - with Peter Dering - On Peak Design, Kickstarter, and Living Carbon Neutral

    Heyo, Zengineers!


    This week, we get to be fan boys of our guest. As you all know, Adam and I are life long photographers, so you can imagine our joy when Peter Dering of Peak Design agreed to join us for a few hours to share his experience designing and selling fantastic photography gear, and creating hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns. To our surprise, the connections went even deeper.


    Peter was happy to share his thoughts on building great products and a company culture that have a positive impact on customers, employees, and our planet. We talk about the inspiration to start Peak Design, how it happened, and early successful Kickstarter campaigns (of which Adam and Brian both participated with great gusto).


    From here we were surprised to spiral a bit off course from where we thought we were headed. In fact, we barely discussed photography. Instead we strayed into a common area of conversation recently on the cast, Climate Change, and what the hell to do about it. As the CEO of a company that makes physical products, an outdoor adventurer, and a generally well read and good dude, Peter understands the challenges facing the world around the release of carbon into our atmosphere. To do his part, he's started an initiative called Climate Neutral to encourage other businesses to reduce and eliminate their carbon footprint. Once again, we're big fans.


    We hope you enjoy this winding adventure through the mind and explorations of Peter Dering!


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    Adam & Brian

    Show Notes
    Peter on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-dering-54760718/

    Peak Design: https://www.peakdesign.com/

    Peak Design's latest succesful kickstarter campaign for the Travel Tripod: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peak-design/travel-tripod-by-peak-design/posts/2564456

    Peak Design's Mission (it's great): https://www.peakdesign.com/pages/mission

    Peak Design's Sustainability Strategy (also great): https://www.peakdesign.com/pages/sustainability

    Climate Neutral (Peter's Climate Innitiative): https://www.climateneutral.org/

    Mutual Benfit Corporation: https://info.legalzoom.com/difference-between-nonprofit-mutualbenefit-corporation-27224.html

    Project Wren (carbon offsets): https://projectwren.com/


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    085 - with Jeffery A. Martin - On Happiness, Fundamental Wellbeing, and Flow States

    085 - with Jeffery A. Martin - On Happiness, Fundamental Wellbeing, and Flow States

    What’s up, Zengineers?

    We’ve got a real fun one this week. We’re joined by Dr. Jeffery Martin. He is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being.

    Jeffery spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of others. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way. Whoa … lots to dive into there that are a good fit for Zengineering. One could say, Jeffery studies Zengineering. What a fun guest.

    We talk with Jeffery a little about his background and how he got into this stuff. Would you be surprised to hear that money wasn’t bringing him happiness, so he started chasing what would? We discuss his books, organizations, research, his personal explorations, and what he’s uncovering about humanity and our pursuits of happiness, or contentedness, or good lives, or whatever it is you think you’re after. Let’s scientificize it and let’s try to compare our experiences. This was a great convo and Jeffery was a delight to chat with. We hope you enjoy this episode. Definitely check out the show notes to learn more.

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    Cheers,

    Adam & Brian

    Show Notes:

    Jeffery’s website: https://drjefferymartin.com/

    Jeffery on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjefferymartin/

    Jeffery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jefferymartin

    Transformative Tech Academy: https://ttacademy.co/

    Jeffery’s latest book: https://www.amazon.com/Finders-Jeffery-Martin/dp/1572425563

    Explorers Courses: https://explorerscourse.com/

    VIDEOS of Jeffery: http://www.nonsymbolic.org/

    VIDEO: Reaching for Maslow’s Missing Level: The Further Reaches of TransTech? with Dr. Jefferey Martin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWKDWLcCr0Y

    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

    The relationship between money and happiness: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/relationship-money-happiness/

    California Institute for Human Science: https://www.cihs.edu/

    The default mode network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Default_mode_network

    TPN vs. DMN - Neural Mechanisms and Mindfulness | Exploring The Business Brain: https://exploringthebusinessbrain.com/tpn-vs-dmn-neural-mechanisms-mindfulness/

    VIDEO: How we can use light to see deep inside our bodies and brains | Mary Lou Jepsen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awADEuv5vWY


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    084 - On Stuff - Headphones

    084 - On Stuff - Headphones

    Hi, Zengineers!

    That's right! It's time to learn about stuff. You know, those everyday things that we all interact with but we don't always take time to think too much about. This week, that stuff, is headphones!

    These crazy things are everywhere these days (mostly because we all carry a portable music player at all times). Just 25 years ago, you were probably still a bit of an audiophile if you were rocking headphones on the reg. These days, you'd be the weirdo if you weren't.

    But what has enabled this rise in listening technology and how does it work? These are great questions we get into in this super fun episode with a little bit of pop, a little bit of tech, and a little bit of random walking down the path of exploration.

    Also, check out our episode, "On Digital Audio, Apple, and Headphone Jacks" to compliment this one: https://zengineeringpodcast.com/episode-018-on-digital-audio-apple-and-headphone-jacks-2cec90261056

    Cheers,

    Adam & Brian

    Our Headphones


    Bose QC35 IIs: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-QuietComfort-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B0756CYWWD/ref=sr_1_3?crid=25P2T2G5FYU24&keywords=bose+qc35+ii&qid=1564246289&s=gateway&sprefix=bode+qc35%2Caps%2C312&sr=8-3
    Logitech gaming: https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G935-Wireless-DTS-LIGHTSYNC/dp/B07MP4HT95/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=logitech+gaming+headphone&qid=1564246257&s=gateway&sr=8-10
    Inexpensive bluetooth earbuds: https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G935-Wireless-DTS-LIGHTSYNC/dp/B07MP4HT95/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=logitech+gaming+headphone&qid=1564246257&s=gateway&sr=8-10
    Really inexpensive bluetooth earbuds: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KVKZS87/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Brian's old headphones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SLVAVAY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Show Notes


    Loudspeakers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudspeaker
    Headphone history: https://www.stuff.tv/features/headphones-complete-history
    Another history of headphones: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/technology/history-headphones
    Getting a better headphone fit with Sugru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2B5mmL-61A

    Juris Links From Intro:

    https://debtsettle.co

    https://www.producthunt.com/posts/debtsettle-by-juris


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    • 1 hr 11 min

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