This episode of On the Reg is slightly delayed because of children being stranded in Western Port Bay, internet upload speeds and an ill-advised attempt to record in the evening after work. In other words, it took time to get our shit together (and not just because we are both now over 50 and the government is starting to show an interest in the contents of our poo (long story).
This is the first of our special episode series called 'Is This Book Bullshit?' where we examine the giants of the productivity literature to see if what they say about being productive really stacks up.
We start with Inger reading 'The Four Hour Work Week' by Tim Ferris in less than four hours and subjecting it to a rigorous feminist critique. Jason comes along for the ride, providing very necessary context and commentary along the way. Inger eventually rates this book as a 'Type 5' on the Brisol Stool Chart (soft blobs with clear cut edges - passed easily).
The team go on to take about the Victoria special forces ('The Soggies'), why your brain does a 15 second refresh, why driving a Tesla is like riding a nervous stallion, hyper grooming, the Doom Scrolling Reminder Bot and many other side topics. In other words, it's a pretty standard episode of On The Reg, just a little late!
PS: there's a bit of the odd crackle and background noise in this one - we were both recording under different circumstances than usual, apologies!
Things we mentioned:
Sons of God by Heath O’loaughlin : Amazon Link
Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss : Amazon Link
Everything we see is a mash-up of the brain’s last 15 seconds of visual information : The Conversation
Future Fit by Andrea Clarke : Amazon Link
Doomscrolling Reminder Bot : Profile on Twitter
Endless Scream Bot : Profile on Twitter
Clean Text: removes all the shitty bits from PDFs etc when you cut and paste: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/clean-text/id414782261?mt=12
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