Wed, 10 August 2016
Ready to listen to the embodiment of curiosity? Bob flew around the world two and a half times in a plane about the size of a Ford F-250. He’s visited a few hundred countries and the “accomplished” side of his bucket list reads like a compilation of any 5 normal people.
“At a project up in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in a bar, a drunken popcorn seed salesman gave me a quote to live by: Seize upon the moment of exotic curiosity to acquire knowledge.”
Adventurous, curious, and deeply connected to his spiritual side, this is a fascinating look into one man’s journey around the world. Twice.
Don’t say No until you know.
I had intended this to be mostly about curiosity, but we got into inspiration and personal development topics as well. If you like adventuring and learning what the world is like, you’ll dig this episode.
Make your desire bigger than your fear.
Sat, 16 July 2016
Every so often you come across a dude who appears normal but turns out to be a real gem. Brad Barlage is one of those guys. At 5'9 and all of 150 lbs, he's a rangy, stringy dude with bright eyes and a stoked smile.
A superb climber (redpointed 5.14), a real adventurer (kite skiing Baffin Island with Andrew McClean), a dog lover, and the kind of guy willing to build his life based on the "do the right thing always" mantra that marks so many of my mentors.
Brad worked his way up from the shipping floor at Black Diamond (the climbing company) to being a Sales Manage for North America, and split off to go his own way and continue selling outdoor gear under his own brand.
Brad is a very private guy, and I owe this podcast to two things.
First, Brad's willingness to grant a friend a favor. Second, the folks over at Enormocast, a climbing podcast.
Brad's been listening to them. and seeing just how useful podcasts can be, so when i came bumbling along with my request, he understood how much it can help to hear someone else's story.
Thanks Chris Kalous at Enormocast for doing a good enough job to inspire Brad and shining a light. Right on!
Thu, 30 June 2016
I first heard about Gavin when I watched The Rocky Mountains Traverse. The possibilities of paragliding immediately captured me, specifically the vol-biv work he and Will Gadd were doing.
If you're into adventuring, whether it's kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, or paragliding, you'll probably dig Gavin's take on the world.
Whether he talks about his early "frequent bad decisions" or how he's not quite an adrenalin junkie, this is a great window into the mind of one of National Geographic's 2014 "Adventurer of the Year" recipients.
Wed, 30 March 2016
Upon getting back into rock climbing after a 17 year hiatus, I quickly discovered Mark & Mike Anderson's contribution to training for the sport in the form of The Rock Climber's Training Manual.
After reading through it I realized that these guys were demonstrating more than just an interest in training, this is total "pursuit of excellence" material.
In this episode of the Paleo Treats podcast we talk about where they learned about hard work, why climbing satisfies so many human cravings, and what stops most climbers from becoming better.
This is definitely not a "sets and reps" episode; if you're looking for specific training advice, buy the book. :) However, if you're looking for practical examples of what works to improve anything, not just climbing, you'll find enough in here to inspire and encourage you to do the very best you can in whatever endeavor you engage in.
Sun, 7 February 2016
I've been curious about AI, or Artificial Intelligence, for a few years now. I read with interest the opposing points of view in Pedro Domingos The Master Algorithm and Nick Bostrum's Superintelligence regarding how quickly machines are approaching human capacities for general intelligence vs what's called "narrow learning", or the ability to operate in one very small segment of a problem but to do it exceedingly quickly.
This show brings an industry insider in the person of Chris Nicholson to talk about what's going on with AI right now, what it can do, and what it can't.
Chris is a co-founder of Skymind, a company built to help organizations who are not particularly "geeky" build their own AI for their tasks using the well known and very popular computer language Java. There are many flavors of AI, but Skymind is focused on what's called "deep learning", or the ability for a machine to teach itself to get better.
Sounds scary, but after hearing Chris walk you through the state of AI I think you'll be much more excited and hopeful than worried about our future.
In this conversation we talk about machine learning, hadoop, smal data, intrepretability, and dimensions of intelligence. All interesting stuff for those of us relatively unversed in the world of AI, enjoy the show!