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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
    • 4.5 • 2 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.



    Our intrepid explorers consider the world's many overlooked and dissapearing organisms, and how to think about changing environments while making more of what is already around us. Along the way, Sam and Simon mention:

    The Cape Silverside, or "Sukkelvis" fish.
    Else Bostelmann
    The Schmidt Ocean Institute
    Godzilla x Kong
    Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    Survive the Century
    The How to Save a Planet podcast.
    All We Can Save
    Love on the Spectrum
    Saunas and their associated cold-water shenanigans. You don't need a link.
    The Boy and the Heron
    The Book with No Pictures

    • 45 min


    Games are fun. Work... not so much. Sam and Simon reconnect after many aeons spent not speaking on the internet to talk about games, and why they're fun and important in a way that work isn't and is. Along with other stuff. Things mentioned in this episode:

    Hearthstone (don't you dare click that link).
    Rabble - for tricking adults in the UK into exercising.
    The Oatmeal and Matthew's awesome games, including:
    Poetry for Neanderthals.
    Honey Heist - be a goddamn bear.
    FU - The Freeform Universal RPG system.
    Go - games don't get much gamesier than that.
    Smallworld - especially the digital versions on Steam and elsewhere.
    The story of Monopoly and American capitalism
    The amazing Dr Nechama Brodie
    Microsoft Excel World Championship
    The Future by Naomi Alderman
    Girls of Little Hope by Sam Beckbessinger and Dale Halvorsen
    Radiolab's mind-blowing podcast on The Interstitium
    Acquired, Cautionary Tales, Search Engine, S-town, and other favourite podcasts of Simon's.

    • 53 min


    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

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

GSD. Getting sh1t done. ,

Good listen on the way to the office

An entertaining show on being awesome that at times digresses into books, science, music and tech.

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