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A highlight from TBGP #412 Alan Wake 2 Previews, Cyberpunk Phantom Liberty Wrap-up, Starfield Review Bombing Far Cry 7
"Yeah, game of thrones is like to me that first season is like super dark uber grim, no, no magic, no nothing. And then suddenly it sort of gets into itself. Sup everybody. This is carrick with ACG and I'm here with abzi doing the, uh, yeah, oh shit, yeah. Doing the, uh, the best gaming podcast number. I gotta look. Where are we at? What are we at? 412. 412. Yeah. Thanks to abzi for joining me. We've decided to do these occasionally. Well first we're going to start doing them biweekly to see how that goes and then we're going to sort of see how it works for the long term. We just really haven't decided. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while, especially because we miss a lot of the news in the starting week. We do skip a lot because yeah, we go on tangents and shit. Well it's all my fault. We talked about dreams for an hour and it was good, it was good, but we talked about dreams for an hour. So yeah, something's getting skipped. So thanks for everybody showing up. I absolutely appreciate it. Thanks for spreading the word around that we're doing this. If you can tweet it, super chats, all that kind of stuff. We're just going to actually jump in, discuss what we've been playing for a bit. Talk about early week news and we got a couple couple interesting bits here as well that I think will be fun. But what have you been playing? Um, I just recently started Phantom Liberty, like the cyberpunk expansion. Dude. Okay. I played it for about maybe five, six hours, four or five hours. Okay. Honestly, dude, it's fucking cool. That's all I'm going to say. It's just fucking cool. I enjoyed the first four hours. I think the new characters I got introduced to are pretty cool. I'm liking the dialogue. It has a lot of edge to it, which I like, you know, we talked about edge and lack of edge before and, um, and, uh, the VA is pretty good. And the, I'm liking the writing a lot, a lot more than the, than the original game. And it seems to be having like, it seems to have actual choice and consequence in this one versus like the original game. So yeah, I'm enjoying it a lot. And some of the stuff kind of layered into the main game, like there's like these new things, activities that kind of got pushed into the main game as for a 2 .0, like the main game, it's the combat's fun and stuff, and they fixed a lot of issues for sure. The new system is amazing and the skill tree and everything, but it still has that like kinda, um, there's a lot of, the map is just a lot of shit. You know what I mean? You just go, it's kind of like far cry. You just go and kill and go and kill and like 90 % of the stuff is, is just, is just combat minus like the few really good side quests. But um, with this, I think it's because it's like a smaller setting and Phantom Liberty, it's very packed and tight. I feel like there's more, um, motivation for exploration and stuff and talking to different npc's listening and into stuff and reading lore and the main story and the characters. Yeah, they're just, uh, I've been enjoying it a lot, you know, goul $2 super chatter. We still get a friday podcast. Of course. I'm not stopping friday podcasts. I said it starting. I'll say it again. I've talked about it on twitter. No way. Are we stopping that? This is simply just to do some extra stuff, especially because reviews don't hit this embargo time. Uh, very often, Wednesday, two or three hours in the early morning, Wednesday, I can work around that. And if I can't, that's on me. But I would agree with everything you said. I also think there's a lot, not a lot. There is some far cry stuff in cyberpunk that they hide by not putting icons down. For example, the consistent fucking fighting between gangs in that game. And I had forgotten something has to happen every 20 seconds. It's all the time. You come around a corner and it's like, and I was so confused because I had forgotten. So I thought it was a big deal. And I got into like 40 fights. I was like, fuck man, things are going, this is all because of, and then it dawned on me a little later on. I'm like, oh no, none of this is because I have like, you know, had something cool happen. It was the way the game was set up. They were smart to hide it because I think Ubisoft gets dinged a lot of times because it's there too. They present checklist. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So have you done any of the driving stuff? People were just talking on our discord about leaping off the cars and katana. Yeah, that's pretty cool, man. That shit's pretty cool. I, I, I'm, there's still some bugs just reminded me, um, like I had a bug where I, if I pull out a certain weapon in a car, I just couldn't move my mouse to aim or do anything. And it wouldn't auto lock like it's supposed to, um, also for everyone playing. So I I've isolated an issue where causes game crashes and I've seen multiple Reddit posts about this and comments. If you use a mod called, I think it's the airstrike mod on a melee weapon, which gives you, I think higher crit chance. If you strike from, uh, uh, in the air or something like that, it crashes your game straight up, uh, like 90 % of the time. So just don't use that mod. Now I've isolated that issue to that. It might be even deeper than that. So it might be like my combination of perks or something interacting with that mod, but you should just like stay away from that mod for the time being.
Fresh update on "alan" discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"Your information station with mandy factor and brian calvert sponsored by apollo plumbing .com frank lenzie is our editor on this tuesday morning it's 5 47. all the republican presidential front -runner will not on be the campaign trail today instead he'll be back in court we get the update from abc senior investigative correspondent aaron katursky with his business and his image on the line former president trump is returning to court for day two his of civil trial attacking a case that portrays him as a fraud and the state is a disgrace latisha james is a disgrace she's a to our country and to the state of new york james staring at trump in court wants him his eldest sons his and company to pay a 250 million dollar penalty the judge has already agreed with her that the trump's stretched which the value of their real estate so they could obtain loans and insurance on more favorable terms donald trump and the defendants have committed persistent and repeated fraud james accuses trump inflating his net worth by billions undercutting the brand he built that propelled him from real estate to reality tv to the white the house her team playing a portion of a videotaped deposition from trump's former lawyer and fixer michael cohen the election. financial officer alan weisselberg adjusted the value of certain properties at trump's direction sometimes to accommodate his desire to move up the forbes list of the wealthiest he people wanted to be he higher on the forbes list and he then said i'm actually not worth six billion i'm worth seven in fact i think it's actually now worth eight everything that's going on alan and i were tasked with taking the assets increasing each of those asset classes in order to accommodates that eight billion dollar number while it may be one thing to television audience the attorney general's team said in court they could not do it while conducting business in the state of new york trump's lawyers argued valuing real estate is subjective one of his attorneys suggested trump's assets are priceless calling them mona lisa properties that's abc news senior investigative correspondent aaron ketersky speaker kevin mccarthy facing a mutiny within his own party abc news senior congressional correspondent rachel scott has this story florida congressman matt gates turning against him introducing a motion to remove mccarthy as speaker setting the stage for a rare and dramatic vote that will decide his future in leadership at this point next week one of two things will happen kevin mccarthy won't be the speaker of the house or he'll be the speaker of the democrats it all comes after mccarthy worked with democrats to keep the government funded the speaker responding with three words bring it on the math is tricky republicans have a razor thin majority mccarthy can only afford to lose four republicans so far five have signaled they would vote him out that would have been supported because i don't think he is the person that demonstrated that consciousness is telling me to vote him out if if that holds mccarthy would need the support of democrats to save his job overnight several republicans showing support for mccarthy most still standing by him why bring this up if you don't have the support of of most your conference well he doesn't have my support anymore and he doesn't have the support of a requisite number to of continue republicans as the republican speaker you made it clear that if this fails you will try again how soon would that happen well i'm not so pessimistic as to immediately accept that it'll fail but with another government shutdown coming just before thanksgiving some conservatives saying this should not be the
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
Fresh update on "alan" discussed on The Bitboy Crypto Podcast
"All right. Let's talk about Sam Bankman here. Sam Bankman-Fried FTX trial. Five things you need to know gets underway very, very shortly, folks, in two days. So we're right around the corner here. So he's set to face 21 days in court during his criminal trial, expected from the 4th to November 9th. He's been in pretrial detention at the MDC in New York City, I think it's the Brooklyn Detention Center, and has filed several unsuccessful motions seeking temporary release to prepare for his trial. What happened to FTX? Well, we know what happened. We're not going to get into all that. They kind of go into the tweet that some say began the whole situation here, liquidating our FTT position here. All right, so he's facing seven counts of conspiracy and fraud relating to the collapse of the exchange. Who will testify? He said he'll call up several witnesses, including former FTX clients, investors, and staff. Is Caroline going to take the stand? That's going to be news, right? If Caroline takes a stand, talks about the diary, you know, maybe they cross-examine her about their personal relationship. People like salacious details, and I see it just trending and getting pretty popular here. Might even percolate into mainstream media. I think I could see mainstream media picking up the story like lover spat, billionaires, vegans, polycule. It's just got a lot of exciting components here. Let's see. Will his sentence be her whipping him again? Or... Sentence be what? Caroline whipping him again, or do you think he's into that? Is that a thing that happened? I don't know. They're pretty kinky. You were there. Wait a minute. Are you telling us you're a witness? Wait a minute. What did you do in Bahamas, DJ? Are you going to be witnessing us? Dude, I do freelance video work. Hmm. Okay. That's... I think we can see where you're going with that one. All right. FTX wasn't a Ponzi scheme, but a real business, said American author here. So this is according to Michael Lewis in an interview with CBS News. He shared his stories of meeting the CEO, Sam Bankman-Frieden, claimed that people were misreading him. He said that the fall was a financial collapse and no one had ever cast aspersions on the business if there hadn't been a run. That's so dumb. It's like no one would have seen me as a murderer if they hadn't found the body. No one had ever cast aspersions on the business if there hadn't been a run on deposits. They'd still be sitting there making tons of money. No, they probably wouldn't because it seemed like they had pretty bad operating expenses and it seems like they were definitely spending more than was coming in. And if they were spending more than they were coming in in November of 21 during the bull market, you don't think they're going to be spending more than they're making in the bear market. They would have collapsed. If anything, it's better that it happened sooner rather than later. I mean, they had the negative news in a semi-positive environment. I can only imagine the negative news in a negative environment. It would have been probably a little bit worse there. All right, the interview sparked much debate in the community. Many weren't happy with it. Ryan Selkis said the Michael Lewis interview is infuriating. SBF was a scumbag and we need to hear about his tragic call. Crypto lawyer John Deaton called the interview insane reporting. So what is going on with this? All right, let's just get into the... enough said. There are rumors that this is an apparatus of the intelligence agencies. Enough said. Drew, would you concur, CBS? Is it on the list with like Rolling Stone and Guardian? 100% said Drew. When it comes to stuff like that, if Drew says 100%, I'm more inclined to trust my gut on that one end. So I'm not saying it. I'm just saying smart people have said it more than Drew. Other people have said that. So to me, that is just nothing more than a psy-op to portray him as the lovable goofy kid that bites on a cucumber. He's a lot more than that. He's a lot more evil than that. That's all I got to say. I mean, what are your thoughts on... why do you think that they're fluffing him up? Is it because they disagree with his effective altruism? I was going to say, I mean, look, they got to... they have to soften the blow of how ugly this is because of the people he was known to have relationships with. And I'm not talking about BJ's videoing relationships. I'm talking about political relationships. On both sides, by the way. On both sides. We're not going to turn into a one side thing. It was on both sides. A lot of it was with Gary Wang that did it on the other end, you know, compared to what they're usually doing it. I was mad when FTX recovered a black folio because I could no longer keep up with the portfolio. Hey, slugger slug, enjoy your breakfast. Some say the most important meal of the day. Hope you're having something good. Get some eggs in that. Some people are wrong, though. Some people are wrong, though. Yeah, yeah. A lot of people. All right, let's talk about SEC finding charges against former FTX auditor over independence violations. So it looks like even the auditor was maybe a little bit sketchy here. John J. Ray has previously expected apprehensions about the validity of information in the audits conducted by the firm. SEC says they incorporated, let's see, provisions and over 200 different instances here, practice that reportedly compromises independence, according to federal security laws. So as alleged in our complaint over nearly three years, they fell short of fundamental principles. Our complaint is important reminder that auditor independence is crucial to investor protection. Yeah, that's an off use criticism of auditors like who who's the author of the Watchmen BJ? Oh, I have no clue. Neil Gaiman? Gaiman? Is it? I can't recall. Frank Frank something who wrote anyways, he has a very good quote. And the quote is that who watches the Watchmen? So who audits the auditors? It's a good question. And it makes you think about who is truly impartial. I am going to share some Vegas stories that show it made me think alright, so where we were saying Westgate, they had a steakhouse and they had an Italian place. Guess what 2022 Travelocities number one restaurant in Vegas, number one steakhouse and number one Italian restaurant. And they're both made it was actually TripAdvisor, TripAdvisor.com that seemed a little suspicious to you, BJ. Didn't we go there in 2021? Yes, yes. It was pretty good. It was pretty good, but best in Vegas. And they both happen to coincidentally, the same corporation gets an award from the same corporation for two different distinct restaurants. It's a fake award was my theory here. And so it's the same thing. You know, you can have Oh, yeah, JD Power and Associates, and then you're like, well, JD Power and Associates was corrupt. Oh, Consumer Protection Report, you're like, Oh, well, that was corrupt. Oh, FDA. Oh, FTC. It could go into government agencies, too. So we can't trust government agencies. We can't trust independent agencies. Can the blockchain save us? Maybe, maybe. Make it transparent, but do people still care? It's just like, for example, somebody who worked for the FDA that then works for another company that or goes from that other company, the FDA that's transparent, but people still don't care, even though it's blatantly obvious the corruption. Frank Miller. Okay. SPF has plot armor. He can be harmed. Was it? Oh, the show was Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay. Oh, maybe it's Alan Moore. I think Frank Miller was the author. No, he's the author of the artists. Frank Miller was an artist. I can't recall guys. It's been a while since I've been deep into the comic industry here. TripAdvisor is one of the biggest third party. I'm in the vacation industry. TripAdvisor is one of the biggest third party scams. Whoa. Whoa. It's like, yeah, sometimes things just don't pass the sniff test or the really test. Guys, you got to be able to you got to turn on these filters. All right. The plot armor though. I almost like that. That's a part of the simulation there that make a little bit more entertaining. The plot armor would presumably come from the same people that, you know, visited the island. You know, what protected those people? What would be the same apparatus protecting him? All right. Let's talk about Doukwan. Speaking of protection, got people who need it here. Terra founder Doukwan chat history is leaked from the SEC here. So reveal the chat history between Doukwan and Daniel Shin, the founder of the payment app Chai. The chat between the both founders date back to 2019. Didn't even like Mr. Beast promote this like years ago? I think like early early Mr. Beast, I may be I'm not I'm not 100% sure. I can just create fake transactions that look real which will generate fees and we can wind that down as Chai grows. He said to Shin in response to a question, asked when will participants start engaging in staking or when the token airdrop ends? Shin was concerned about the suggestion and asked, well, what if people find out it's fake? He said, all the power to those that could prove it's fake because I would try my best to make it indiscernible. I won't tell if you won't wink. That part was missing in the message, though, but it was implied the defendant's attorneys were against the SEC's request saying it was impossible to allow Doukwan to leave Montenegro. The attorneys therefore requested that the court should dismiss the request, positing that would prevent Terraform's labs from presenting a statement from Doukwan during the summary judgment process, if granted. Yeah. OK, so we got the looks like SEC is trying to get them. They're trying to get them. Hey, put them put them in a cargo container and ship them over here. Terraform's partnered with Chai in 2019 to speed up Terra's payments. Blockchain announced its partnership with Chai and Medium noted it would rebuild the payment stack on the Terra blockchain to simplify the legacy payment system and provide transaction fees at a discounted rate to merchants. I mean, he obviously was greedy. He also bought mansions. I believe it was alleged. I believe, you know, there were some mansions, you know, I don't know if it was bought legally with the funds or not. I wasn't the auditor looking at that. But there are people saying like the guy really was trying to build something special. He just was in over his head. That kind of makes me think that. But obviously, yeah, if you're going to try to up in the whole world's payment system, don't spend customers' money. I'm not saying he did, but let's just have that as a general rule moving forward here. Let's see. Yeah, yeah. Well, Coinhead, we didn't announce our time change. And so I'm actually going to announce the ATB time change for PM. Well, let's do it next week. So OK, what do we got? OK. Uh, Coinhead, how are you doing, man? How are you doing? Let's let's let's be positive as we move into 2024 and 2025. I believe in you. Would you do an update on COTI? OK, that is a Cardano stablecoin. That's a good idea, Marco. I might have to look at that. The biggest problem with the travel industry is when booking through third parties, they get a cheaper room price. But when they arrive, they get what they pay for. Booking through third party is hell. Yeah. Yeah. I would concur. Yeah. I've never trusted any of those third party systems. All right. All right. Let's talk about Tron. I am Tron. All right. Tron total value lock balloons to over 15 billion dollars. DeFi growth evident here. So I looked into it. 14 of the 15 was just in time. Now I'm just kidding. That was a joke. That was a joke. Everybody. It was actually 14.9. Can we kidding? All right. As a press time, the total value locked associated with Tron has surged to an impressive 15.8 billion, reflecting a substantial growth of more than 2% within the span of just 24 hours. I mean, 2% is a lot when you're dealing with 16 billion. Let's see. That would be 16, 32 million. Yeah. Only 32 million. 160 million would be 10%. 1% would be, yeah, 60. Wow. Only 32 million. All right. Total value locks is essential for assessing a DeFi project's health, security, and attractiveness to users and investors. So this is a thing that retail looks at when they're trying to pick what coin to buy. And right as we get closer to the bull run, we have total value lock surging. This increases my odds, or the probability, I think, that 15.5 was the bottom. I have said this since 2021, since I first ever appeared on this camera. You are not going to out trade Justin Sun, okay? You're just not going to do it. Look it up. He catches tops. He catches bottoms. And it signals that he's long term bullish in crypto's ecosystem because if Bitcoin was going to fall, Tron's going to fall. And I don't think he would be investing all this money. So I feel like Justin feels like there's a reversal in the markets here. So I'm not saying I'm super bullish on Tron, but I'm super bullish on Justin Sun being super bullish. I'm reading between lines. Maybe he's not super bullish. Maybe he's tentatively bullish. But I think he's at least that. All right. So timeshares. You can trust a timeshare salesman. Ha ha ha. LOL.
A highlight from Solutions to Student Loan Debt: Bridging the Partisan Divide with Alan Collinge
"Before the pandemic, 58 .9 % of all borrowers were not paying on their loans. That's nearly three in five of all borrowers were not making payments on their loans. That's going up. All right, thanks for tuning in, tuning in to the podcast. I got you downloading the podcast, listen to the podcast, whatever you do. We've done radio, by the way, for 25 years, if you haven't listened before. And so it's hard to shake that habit. But today, of course, it's a podcast. And we have a special guest today, which is not often that we have a special guest on our podcast. So I'm kind of looking forward to this. We have Alan College, right? He is a member of the studentloanjustice .org group. And we're going to talk a little bit about student loans and waiving them and the whole business of college, which really has turned into more of a government business, -funded which, as a result, if you see that as the wild inflation there. But we're going to talk about that and the cost and just kind of go back and forth on some of the things that you believe in, some things we believe in. So we'll kind of go from there. So Alan, let me ask you this. So we'll start off and just jump right in.
Fresh update on "alan" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"In both Oxon Hill and the Wharf in DC. It's brought to you by Longfence. 25 Save % on Longfence decks, pavers and fences. Six months no payment no interest financing. Terms and conditions apply. Go to longfence .com. 610 money news at 10 and 40 past the hour. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland president Loretta Mester says the central bank most likely isn't done raising interest rates. Her comment came during a speech to a group in Cleveland. These are Mester's first remarks public since the rate setting federal open market committee held rates steady last month. The Fed has raised rates aggressively over the last year and a half to help cool inflation. Ebbing price pressures allowed officials to keep the funds federal target rate at between 5 .25 and 5 .5 percent last month. is Disney Plus now the latest streaming service to crack down on password sharing. The Mouse House has notified Disney Plus subscribers in Canada that password sharing will be a thing of the past come November 1st. It means users can longer no share their subscription outside of their households. Anyone found violating those terms could have their account terminated. Password sharing crackdowns will be coming to the U .S. later this year. Sponsored by GiveMeTheVin com. If you want to sell your ride all you have to do is go to GiveMeTheVin .com put in your license plate number put in the miles attach a couple of pictures and GiveMeTheVin .com or get it bought. GiveMeTheVin .com coming up Patience hard in my first year with lung cancer. I'm Neil Oitkenstein. It's 611. The technology of cyber might be evolving rapidly but there are still some old -school best practices when planning cybersecurity upgrades that government agencies should follow shares Alan McNaughton the director of solutions architecture for public sector at Infoblox. At the Federal News Network 2023 cyber leaders exchange presented by Kerasoft McNaughton said three basic steps lay the groundwork for any cyber remodel starting with documenting your enterprise. look I at it as the who what where and when you need to understand who's connected what they're connected with where they are and when they are connected and you need to have an authoritative database that you can look at and say hey here's where all my folks are here's what all is connected to my network here's where they're going this becomes extraordinarily important when you start going down the road of investigating a security event. Want expert advice help and with cybersecurity at your agency? Infoblox, Karasoft and their reseller partners are at the ready. To listen the to full discussion visit federalnewsnetwork .com and search cyber leaders. WAPA helps provide coverage today that will protect your tomorrow. Group term life insurance coverage is important to have while your building future. Whether you're starting your first federal job, beginning a family or
A highlight from Generative AI News This Week - Google Gets is Gen AI Mojo Back, ChatGPT Enterprise Debuts, New Big Funding Rounds, Products & More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 349
"Hello to all you generative AI news fans out there and Voicebot Nation, this is Brett Kinsella, host of the weekly generative AI news rundown. Today we take you into the deep recesses of generative AI land with my co -host, Eric Schwartz and a featured guest, Alan Furstenberg. Alan is a Google development expert. He's got deep knowledge of conversational AI and generative AI, so it was great to welcome his insights this week. As always, you can just listen here or you can watch the recording on YouTube. We have visuals this week, but I don't think the visuals are that critical to the conversation. So it's really up to you. If you do want to watch on YouTube, please go to Voicebot's YouTube channel. And while you're there, give us a like, maybe subscribe if you haven't already. That'd be great. Top stories this week, ChatGPT Enterprise debuts and shows how OpenAI is going to service big companies as an application provider. Google Cloud Next introduced dozens of new generative AI announcements. We talk about more than 15 in today's rundown. We go really deep on this. And so if you want some Google news and you want the perspective of Alan, Eric and myself, that will be the place to get it. The funding fountain also gave us some big news. Hugging Face landed over $200 million in giant new valuation. AI21 Labs took down $155 million in established unicorn status. We'll talk about that. CoreWeave is flirting with a two to four X valuation increase. This is like many billions of dollars and that's just since April in five months. It shows how important access is to the latest GPU chips right now. We also have product news from Meta and EncodeLlama, AI21's word to him. A new Harman smart speaker. Yes, a new smart speaker with a feature no one was expecting. ConverseNow's new LLM based chatbot, Gupshups, domain specific LLMs, GM, Walmart, and a bit more. We finish up with a generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, Google, OpenAI, Hugging Face, Meta, Walmart, and much more. Generative AI ends the summer with a bang. Let's get started.
Fresh update on "alan" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Enough republicans where at this point next week one of two things will happen kevin mccarthy won't be the speaker of the he'll house be or the speaker of the house working at the pleasure of the democrats and i'm at peace with either result because american the people deserve to know who governs them speaker mccarthy response on social media with bring it on donald trump appeared in a new york city courtroom today for the start of the civil trial to determine damages in a fraud case against him and new york supreme court justice found the former president guilty of fraud for overstating the value of his assets bs news reporter astrid martinez has more trumps former fixer michael cohen said in a position played in that he and former trump organization cfo alan weisselberg were tasked with inflating assets he he then said i'm actually not worth six billion i'm worth seven in fact i think it's actually now worth eight trump attorney chris kyes called cohen a serial liar and said everyone has a different opinion as to valuation the trial is expected to last into december a nine -year -old girl who disappeared state from park a in new york over the weekend has been found safe details from cbs's matt piper new york state police say they identified someone being in the area of the state park around the time charlotte senate went missing they then searched homes multiple where the person is known to live and at 6 30 p .m monday they found the nine -year -old and say she was in good health the suspect was taken into custody and they say more details will be shared during a press briefing tomorrow the u .n. is working with haiti to launch a mission to haiti to address insecurity and work long -term stability in the country cbs's olivia gazis reports the u .n. security council adopted a resolution to authorize and multinational security support mission to haiti in response to a long -standing there the mission to be led by kenya has no firm start date but officials said the u .s. and other countries would provide millions of dollars in additional in -kind or financial support the c .d .c. is proposing the first morning after pill to protect against sexually transmitted diseases cbs news medical contributor dr celine gounder explains antibiotic doxycycline can prevent chlamydia and syphilis infections if it's taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex many health departments and sexual health clinics have already started offering doxypep to patients this is cbs news you need to hire indeed is with you every step of the way helping you attract interview and hire candidates all from one place visit indeed dot com slash credit it's 1103 here on WTOP on this monday night it's october 2nd 2023 reagan national at so
A highlight from TBGP #408 Starfield Sales, Baldurs Gate 3 console, Mortal Kombat 1 JCVD, Alan Wake 2, Switch 2
"What's up, everybody? This is Carrick with ACG and I'm here with Citizen Sleeve. Longtime member. Very long time member. Five years, six years ago. Yeah. Oh, geez. Remember, Silver fell ill. Johnny fell ill and Abzi is on a work trip. So it's just him and I keeping the fires burning. Reg is making those games and Reg is making games. Yeah, it's like it's so weird, too, because sometimes we'll get six or seven who want to come on and I pare it down. And then this morning I woke up and I was like, I think pinging people and they're like, Johnny's sick. Silver's out. I'm like, oh, because Abzi told me he was out a couple days ago. Like, what am I going to do? I was going to do it by myself, but I wanted to get sleeve on here if he was able to, because he comes on occasionally. We talk about games and movies and he's a big Mortal Kombat fan. And now we know that Mortal Kombat is going to have Jean -Claude Van Damme. We're going to talk about that full circle. So I'm actually excited about that because it is full circle. Like, it's legitimately going all the way back around to the first time. The old style games from them, man. Finding that first one in the arcade was so crazy. Oh, dude. Every time I've seen like Source Street Fighter two for the first time, I remember seeing MK for the first time and then Killer Instinct for the first time. And that loud ass cabinet you could hear across the room that all of them fucking. Yeah. Oh yeah. You know, I always forget the sound of an arcade. The sound of an arcade is crazy. When you go in and you like all of the games merging together, it's just like show you. You almost need to acclimatize now when you go in. Like I've been in a few because we've got a town near us, which has got a ton of arcade. So I go in. Yeah. It's like John change. Oh my God. Overwhelming. And then you kind of click into it. You're like, oh, I remember we would be at the fair and we would just you would track down. You would be able to track down the arcade pure by sound. You know, there'd be like at our fair, there were like animal exhibits. There was zoo exhibits. There was all kinds of crazy stuff. People paint in your face. You know, you can get pictures, you could get all this and you would just hear very far away. Okay. It is 20 meters that way. Yeah. You'd hear somebody or whatever he says when he's doing somebody's doing a kick. And I was like, OK, we know we know where the arcade is. And then you would go. And I still remember the first time it went from 25 cents to 50 cents. And I was like, oh, no, half the games because we would spend almost all of our money. Like, we would just go there, nothing to eat, dry, desiccated husks of gamers to wet in in there, just playing. Love that shit, scribbled away, hunched over. Yep. If you guys get a chance, tweet out that we're doing this. Hopefully the alert went out, but it looks like it went out with the wrong thumbnail. But that's life. I don't even think I put the numbers on the thumbnail. So a lot of people won't know that. But I appreciate you guys spreading the word of this word. A million. We're almost at one million one hundred thousand subscribers. So thank you to all of the new subscribers as well. I know a lot of people don't check out the podcast as much as the reviews, but if you do, thank you for showing up. Definitely appreciate it. Let's just break into Starfield real quick. So Starfield, it released a couple of days ago, then, you know, released early access, then it released final to people to actually play, which is what you're doing now. And they said over five million or six million people were playing it. You know, you don't know the sales. I think six and one million concurrence is what feels tweeted out. Yeah, there was one million concurrent and that was early access. Yeah, dude, like, regardless if you like it or hate it, it's obvious. I mean, even if you just look at that, it's a success of some kind, especially with it being exclusive to them. Yeah, it was pretty interesting to see something that I noticed this morning, too. So I've continued to play it after beating it twice, the third time, actually. But for the review and I saw a lot of people sort of changing their ideas on the reviews, which was weird. There was a lot of even the people who were high, low, what have you. There was a lot of people were like, oh, I've continued to play it now. I like it more or whatever. I'm like, I should do a review then. I don't quite get it. I saw a couple of people say, no, now it's my game of the year. And I'm like, what now? I don't know if it's my game of the year. I'm not. I don't want to get in that conversation. That's a dumb conversation to have right now, but it was an odd process. What do you think about the first couple hours, though? You yourself. Okay, so I got it for early access. I paid the extra. I was off for a few days. I was not aware of that. I apologize. Okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Early access. But I haven't played a ton because you know me and I did what I always do. I made a character played three hours. I didn't like that character because I didn't like the traits I've chosen. So I started again. I started again. I did see that. I'm okay now. So I mean, about eight hours in, so not loads, but the opening is tedious as all fuck. Yeah, I think luckily short. Yeah. I mean, it's only I mean, I've rushed through it without paying attention. It was only 90 minutes until I was making a character. There you go. That's not it's not long or anything, but it's just like Bethesda have always struggled to have an open into a game that creates the sense of kind of open world that you're about to enter into. I think Fallout does it best because you have that moment when the door opens normally. Yeah. But like growing up as a baby in Fallout three and having a birthday party. I know the idea is to establish the world and you're this kid growing up in a vault, blah, blah, blah. I don't need an hour of it. Yeah, I don't need it. And then I like Oblivion, the dungeon even Patrick Stewart's King for the first time. That's really tedious. And all I ever did in the end with those games was I would get through that as quickly as possible, make a save just before I created the character and never, ever do it again ever. Yeah, right. But this one, I think, is the worst it's been for a long time. There's no moment of do you get in the ship and you fly off? And even that's a bit trite in terms of like, here's a chance for folks to get some resources. You're not going to use for however long following. Yeah, it's it's definitely slow. Thanks for all the chats and super chats, folks. It helps the channel. I'll read them in a bit. I would say that when you look at this game, it definitely is like I can get through it, but it doesn't have it doesn't solidify me in the world, even though those others I didn't like as much. They did. And they were like, so you do it once or solidify to understand. I didn't feel that way with this. And even though I've done and plus now three times, I still don't I'm still like I even come up with a couple ideas on my own. I'm like, I could have I'm not saying I could have done it better, but I would have loved to have seen some of the other ideas that these guys had had for a starting.
A highlight from Short Stuff: History of OK
"You know, there are some things in life you just can't trust, like a free couch on the side of the road, or the sushi rolls from your local gas station, or when your kid says they don't need the bathroom before the road trip. But there are some things in life you can trust, like the HP Smart Tank Printer. With up to two years of ink included and outstanding print quality, you can rely on the HP Smart Tank Printer from HP, America's most trusted printer brand. Hey, and welcome to The Short Stuff. I'm Josh, and there's Chuck and Jerry's here, too, standing in for Dave, and that makes The Short Stuff OK. Thanks to Dave Ruse and howstuffworks .com and Grammarly for this, because we're talking about OK, which some people say is one of the most versatile and one of the greatest words in the English language. And I don't disagree. I don't either. I say like more, but I think OK is probably second in my vocabulary. Yeah, absolutely. Grammarly will tell you that OK can be used in myriad ways, and it's a very versatile word. It can be used as an adjective. Oh, that's OK. Yeah, that's just OK. Like how was it? Eh, OK. Right, exactly. It can be an interjection. OK. OK, let's talk. Or someone's talking too much, OK, OK, right? Yeah. It can be used in the verb sense, like give me an example. That guy's really OK -ing that boat all over the lake. OK, that's not right. More like it's being OK -ed as we speak. Oh, good, yes, thank you. All right. Or it can be used in the noun sense. You want to try that one? I'm having an OK for breakfast. Nope. We got the OK. It's all good. Ugh. I know, so boring. OK. No, it's not boring. I'm just disgusted with myself. So very versatile word, and the origin of OK, I don't even think we should go over all what kind of dumb ideas people have had, because we're pretty sure we know where it came from, right? Oh, OK. See? OK. So, yeah, we know where it came from, almost certainly, thanks to an etymologist named Alan Walker Reed, who at some point apparently put down his insects in his lab and started researching origins, I don't know why. But Reed was working back in the 1960s, and he essentially, through really hardcore, old -timey, pre -internet research, traced back the origin of OK, the letter O and the letter K, and the meaning of it as we understand it. And it's got one heck of a rump -slappin' origin, if you ask me. Yeah, he also had a newsletter called Stuff You Should Know that ran for 15 years, but he only put out four topics, because it took him so long. Yeah, took a while. But this is the 60s even. That joke was not OK. It was OK. It was OK. So what he found out is the following. In the early 19th century, when printing was sort of a new, sort of, not new, but it was cheaper to do than it had been previously, and there was an explosion of printing. And one of the things that people started putting out were something on the penny press, like these, sort of, rags that had a little bit of news to them, but also some opinion stuff, some jokes, this is what's trending, this is a little witty poem, you know, just little things like that. Dave kind of likens it to the internet of the 1830s. And there was a lot of back and forth about this stuff through the editors of these penny papers. I guess they would, they would sort of respond to one another through their own penny papers. Yeah, they would trash talk one another, kind of like how our old stale rivalry with John Strickland. Oh, gosh. Kind of like that, right? So there was that trash talking or that joking, in -joking back and forth between editors of these penny papers coincided with a trend that Reed called a craze in, starting in the summer of 1838, that's how good this guy's research was, he pinned it down to that, starting in Boston, that people started using abbreviations for everything. It was like they thought that was so hilarious in 1830s Boston. Yeah, which is funny, like you think, you might think now is so over abbreviated, like this point in time with texting in the internet, with LOLs, and like I don't even know what half of them mean, I feel like. LOL means lots of love. Lots of love, okay, that's what I thought. But the craze started back then, and here's just a few examples that Dave dug up.
A highlight from Pastor Allen Mashburn
"We are representing a second whistleblower from the FBI, Marcus Allen. Due to whistleblower retaliation by the FBI, I've been suspended without pay for over a year because of you, ACLJ donors. You get the best attorneys in the world. Folks, welcome to the Eric Mataxas show sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit Legacy PM investments dot com. That's Legacy PM investments dot com. Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. It's my privilege to introduce you today to someone to whom I have just been introduced. I'm talking about Pastor Alan Mashburn. Pastor Alan Mashburn is one of those crazy pastors who doesn't understand that you got to keep religion out of politics. You should never mix the two. Well, maybe I'm kidding. Alan Mashburn is running. Pastor Alan Mashburn is running to be the 36th lieutenant governor of North Carolina. Now, I don't know if you folks know, but the current lieutenant governor of North Carolina is a hothead, a Christian named Mark Robinson, who is just one of the brightest lights in American politics today. So he, I'm told by Pastor Alan Mashburn, is going to be running for governor. Praise the Lord. And Alan Pastor Mashburn is running for lieutenant governor. All I can tell you is I'm ready to move to North Carolina if this happens. Pastor Alan Mashburn, welcome to this program. Well, thank you, Eric. It's an honor to be on. I appreciate all you have done in promoting conservatism and Christian causes. Well, listen, you and I know that we forget about conservatism and Christian causes. We're just interested in truth. And it just so happens that in this crazy day and age, that falls into the category of conservatism or Christian causes. But it used to fall in the category of common sense and reality. And we are now at a point where the insane left, sometimes the demonic left, has been really at war with reality and with the God of the Bible, with his reality and with everywhere we look. So we're seeing moral corruption. We've never seen anything like it, let's be honest, in our lifetimes, never seen anything like it. So it thrills me that you, who are a pastor, are running for lieutenant governor in North Carolina. I heard Mark Robinson speak, I don't know, about a year ago someplace. And I thought, wow, this is tremendous that we have men of God running for public office, winning public office. I want to talk to you about everything. But give me a little bit of a background on yourself. Where did you grow up and how did you come to be who you are today? Well, I grew up in central North Carolina and North Carolina has always been home, except for the time I moved away in college. I have been a pastor for over 30 years and I have a family, of course, my wife, Melissa. We have four children all the way from ages 19 down to age four.
A highlight from Generative AI News - GPT-4 LLM Moderation, CEO and Gen AI, Llama 2, Voiceflow, Anthropic, Pindrop & More - Ep 345
"This is episode 345 of the VoiceBot Podcast. It's the 28th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Top stories this week include GPT -4 for LLM moderation, what's really driving CEOs to adopt Generative AI, Llama 2, Amazon, VoiceFlow, Anthropic, PinDrop, and more. Welcome back to everyone in VoiceBot Nation and those of you joining us from the world of Synthetia. This is Brett Kinsella, your host of the VoiceBot Podcast. We have another episode of the Generative AI News Rundown for you. And this week, it's where Eric Schwartz and I from VoiceBot .ai break down the top news of the week. And, more importantly, we offer the story behind the story, not just the news, but the perspective. As always, you can listen here or watch on VoiceBot's YouTube channel. I think you know where to find that. I know many of you like the story links that we provide, so you can read more about the stories or curate your own list, back catalog. You can find all the links for today's stories in the podcast notes or in the Synthetia post for this week's GAIN. Hopefully, that's easy for you to find. But we also have something new for you as well. We read and write and cover many stories every week, but we read more than we actually write about or that we have time to talk about in the GAIN show. So we figured out another way for you to stay connected with the news. Several times per week, we call it GAIN daily, but it's not really every day. It's like three or four times a week. We send out the GAIN daily news brief as a LinkedIn newsletter. So each issue has five to seven story links. This is the headline and the link. They also have a data chart in there and one research paper that we think is worth reading. So it's links. We curate so you don't have to. If you'd like to sign up for that, it's on LinkedIn, but the easiest way to do it is just go to bit .ly forward slash GAIN dash newsletter. bit .ly forward slash GAIN dash newsletter. It's all over the case. Okay, let's get back to GAIN. And the top stories include how to use GPT -4 to moderate LLMs and spend even more money with OpenAI, the groups pressuring CEOs to adopt generative AI. We also have more funding news this week. That includes SK Telecom's nine -figure investment in Anthropic and how it points to a new phase of LLM competition. Voiceflow doubles users on the back of generative AI and then raises new funding and grows valuation by 50%. Interesting how that happens. DynamoFL, they announced a series A funding for a privacy -focused generative AI model. That's interesting. And our friends at OpenAI acquire Digital Studio Global Illumination. That's turned a lot of heads, confused a lot of people. We can give you a perspective on that. Also, stories from IBM and the new service with Metaslama 2, Amazon's latest generative AI feature. Google generative AI search has new features as well. The U .S. Department of Defense, Roblox, deepfake detection, and a whole lot more. Eric and I finish up by picking our generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, LLMs for content moderation. Why CEOs are pushing generative AI, funding, features, and a whole lot more. Let's get started. All right, folks, I'm Brett Kinsella. This is Gain, the generative AI news rundown. We do this every week, most recently at 11 a .m. Eastern time. We take about 45 minutes to an hour to talk about the latest generative AI news of the week. And we have a lot of great stories for you this week. You know, LLama's back in the headlines, a little deal with IBM. It's amazing how Meta is coming back. We'll talk a little bit about that, and particularly using open source generative AI to do it. We also have GPT -4, a suggestion from OpenAI to use it for moderation, but maybe not the type of moderation you might think initially. We have a number of new funding rounds. Anthropic, Voiceflow. We have an acquisition. We have a new kid on the block out of the West Coast, too, to talk about today. Amazon. We have Google. We have stories about deepfakes. So a lot going on today. And to break it all down, I have my colleague, Eric Schwartz with me. Hey, Eric. Hey, looking forward to hitting all these big stories. All right. Eric is the head writer at Voicebot .ai. And someone who I believe has written more stories in generative AI than anybody else in the industry, certainly in conversational AI as well. And I did notice we have over 5 ,000 stories written in Voicebot .ai. And Eric has more stories than I do these days. I think I only have around 15 to 1600 of those. So there you go. Eric is the font of wisdom, and we'll get right into this. And I think, Eric, the top story this week, or I think one of the most interesting stories of this week, and I wanted to feature it, was that OpenAI came out with this blog post that suggests that you use GPT -4 to moderate your GPT -4 -based applications or your other large language model applications. And one of the things that was very interesting about it is OpenAI generally, they put out announcements about their product. They don't generally put out announcements around some sort of best practice or technique to use their product. And I'll give you, so that's like one thing, and I think some of the other things we'll talk about this in terms of what it is and what it is not, is it has this whole little flow chart of sort of what you're doing in terms of how to think about the architecture for applying GPT -4 to moderation. And Synthetia did this helpful overlay of numbers, because otherwise, how would you figure out what's the order of operations here? I looked at it, I was like, oh, well, that's really interesting. So we broke that all down. But there was a couple of things that I was thinking about here is like what it's not. And what it is not is it is not moderating, although you could potentially moderate, it's not moderating the output of the LLM. That's not what their focus of this is. And it's not about moderating, so hallucinations or the bad things that the LLM might say. And it's also not using it to moderate social media spaces or things like that, although potentially it could be used for that. It's about moderating the inputs. And it's actually a little interesting because the video that they had describing it actually makes you think that it's about, they show this chart, which was really about moderators who were looking at things basically that have already been put up. But no, that's not what it's about. It's about this idea of training a model based on your policies, your content policies, and then scoring the prompts to see if they are acceptable use or not. And if they're not, then you would obviously come back with a message to them, we don't do that or something like it. But the first thing it needs to do is do this filtering. Is this prompt OK? Yeah, it's funny. These terms are, there are all these technical terms that are then used by the general public and sometimes they're not always the same. And I feel like, honestly, in terms of content moderation, there should be one specifically for these definitions so they can make sure that people are using the term correctly. But I think OpenAI is not wrong in terms of what the AI could do as a content moderator for these kinds of inputs. But I don't know, I question how much fine tuning would be necessary in order for it to parse the acceptable from the unacceptable when the distinction is not very obvious, when it's not very obviously something that shouldn't be going in if it's something that's on the margins. Yeah, absolutely. Shout out to Dave Gerbino, who just rolled into the YouTube livestream. I know there's a bunch of people on LinkedIn as well. Let us know if you're out there. Make comments on this as well. We'll incorporate them in the show, ask questions. All those things are welcome here at GAIN. That's why we do this live. So, yeah, I think this is really interesting. And one of the points that I brought out in the Cintidia article was that we're talking a lot about the LLM outputs. And that is actually important. And you're going to have content and policy guidelines associated with what's appropriate for the LLM to talk about. On the back end, you might want to do some analysis of that. Is this appropriate? That's in addition to the hallucination checking, which is truthfulness. We've got to think about appropriateness as well as truthfulness on the back end. And these same techniques that they're using to identify appropriateness, moderation, for the inputs, the prompts, they could use for the outputs from the LLM to make sure that it stays within the guardrails. In fact, that's essentially – or that's one of the ways the guardrails actually work. But there's less conversation about the idea of putting guardrails or moderation around the inputs. And you would think about this more in terms of like social media because user -generated content is something that needs to be moderated. Now, is that algorithmically or the human reviewers? Are there other types of automatic stops? All these techniques actually exist in the social media space. In the large language model space, generative AI space, there is this co -creation element. So the prompt is kind of like UGC. And most of the examples are like, you know, making bombs or other types of violence or things that the model doesn't want you to ask about because it doesn't want to answer about it. It's like out of scope for what they will do. So that's the idea there. But there's also this idea of security, which is going to start coming up really significantly, because there might be some things, not just like it would be uncomfortable or outside of your policy, but there might be some things that people attempt to do with prompt in order to violate security along these lines, too. So I think this is going to become a bigger issue going forward. And I'm kind of happy they did this. Oh, there's one other thing, too, I'll just throw in and I'll throw it back to you to close it out. They talk about this idea you can use GPT -4, which is like very good to train, essentially, and it creates this prediction model about whether something is in or outside of the policy guidance. But then you use that to train a smaller model, which then can be your moderator, your automated inline moderator for this identification. And why would you do that? Because, well, GPT -4 is kind of slow, but more importantly, what they're talking about is lower cost. And you want to save on all those inference costs. And these smaller models are just far cheaper to run. Yeah, that concept makes sense of having these sort of micro monitoring and then obviously with the ability to toss things up the chain as though we're a human moderation system. I think this is going to be important, but it does have that weird sort of like, speaking of security, it's like you want to make sure people aren't putting in proprietary information, but that means somehow you have to train it to spot proprietary information, which feels like a bit of a paradox. Yeah, absolutely. And somewhere I did put in, I think, one of these posts, GPT - $ instead of the number, because it is interesting, Alan Furstenberg just said, so an LLM to watch the output of the LLM. Do we need an LLM to watch the LLM that watches the output? And the answer is yes, exactly. And so isn't this amazing? We're implementing all these LLM based solutions and they have potential problems. And what's the solution? Another LLM. So always good that we're just one step ahead of these problems that people have that we're creating, but then we're solving. And it's actually all pretty benign, I think, for the most part. But I was happy to see that they did post it because we should see some more of the sharing of best practices about how to do this and recommendations. And they have an incentive to do it because this is going to be something that could be a blocker for systems going live. And if they then propose a solution to the blocker for going live, then they can get more people bringing systems live using GPT large language models and all good for them. OK, but there's another story here about adoption and adoption of large language models. And Eric, you had a story this week from some IBM data around what's going on in the enterprise. In fact, there's so much going on in the enterprise in terms of adoption. But why is that? Yeah, there's a real excitement when we see so many stories about companies being excited to employ generative AI in different ways. You know, investment rounds that seem out of proportion sometimes to the size of a company or where it's at in its product development. But yeah, there's evidence that there's just so much pressure in both the positive and potentially negative sense from all stakeholders in a company. You know, it's not just the development teams that are pushing for it. It's the boards, it's the employees, it's the investors. They all are urging company executives to look for ways to bring generative AI into business models. And, you know, the data from IBM shows that the CEOs are just as happy to start bringing in. There's 69 percent of CEOs in this study said that they see broad benefits from generative AI across their organization. every And it's source that might want to emphasize caution or slow things down, which is sometimes the case in certain industries or for certain kinds of technology. And generally speaking, all the inputs that executives get says, go ahead, keep going. Right. Exactly. And Yeah. the signals are strong. I mean, two -thirds of board members and just about two -thirds of investors, CEOs, 3 ,000 CEOs across the globe said, hey, yeah, I'm getting pressure from those two areas to implement generative AI in some way. And also interestingly, like 49 percent said that customers were pressuring them as well. And you might wonder why customers are. Well, one of the things might be features, but the other thing is cost. And I've seen that. I've actually talked to some companies who are working with generative AI today and they've already had customers ask them how much of a discount do I get now that using generative AI because they know that there's going to be some productivity gains. And that's really where this comes from. I think you have some articles coming up fairly soon about this. And this is going to be something we're going to talk a lot more about. We've been overwhelmed by the news and the news has been very important. But over the next coming weeks, we're going to be talking a lot more about market data because we're starting to see some data that actually is pretty useful because it's based on behavior, not just based on forecasts. And so forecasts are OK because they're based on assumptions and some of those can be tested. But when we start seeing behavior and we start seeing data that sort of indicates why behavior is taking place, that's going to be really interesting. So we have a lot of stuff I know that you're working on, Eric, to bring out over the next month on this front. Yeah, it's definitely some indications that this is much more than the excitement over a new fad and that this feels much more fundamentally. I mean, how good is this? CEOs are always like they always want to do these initiatives and they have to convince their board, they have to convince their investors that they're spending their money wisely. 70 percent of CEOs want to do something with generative AI because they think they're going to get some sort of great benefit out of it. And oh, by the way, all their constituencies want them to do it, too. So this is one of the things where if you think of organizational friction that can stop the adoption of new technologies, new techniques, processes, it's not there. In fact, it's like an organizational lubricant for driving adoption in this space. Yeah, and it helps that a lot of, not everything about this technology, but there are many facets of it that have an immediate impact or have very easy to grasp effects on a business. So it's not trying to convince people of some obtuse new technical thing that won't be obviously changing the business. Immediate cost savings. Yeah, and we'll have a conversation next week, I think, about some people thinking that like, oh, that this market's in trouble and all that. Like the data I'm seeing suggests it's not because people are spending money on this already. OK, so and oh, another place that people are spending money is in the generative AI funding fountain.
A highlight from Cedric the Entertainer - Flipping Boxcars: A Novel
"The It's Always the Right Time deal. Hey, wanna go to Mickey D's for lunch? Ooh, let's go now. But it's not lunchtime yet. If we're going to McDonald's, it's always the right time. Yeah, it's hard to argue with that. There's a deal for every lunch hour at McDonald's. Now's the time to get two for $3 .99. Mix and match a four -piece McNuggets, a McDouble, a McChicken, or a hot and spicy McChicken. Price of participation may vary. It cannot be combined with any other offer. Single item at regular price. Hi, everyone, and thank you for tuning in to the 505th episode of the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter podcast. I'm the host, Scott Feinberg, and my guest today is a stand -up comedian, actor, and author who has been a fan favorite for decades. Perhaps best known as one of the four stand -ups featured in Spike Lee's blockbuster documentary The Original Kings of Comedy back in 2000, he also starred on TV programs such as the WB's The Steve Harvey Show from 1996 through 2002, and on CBS's The Neighborhood, which began in 2018 and is heading into its sixth season. And he's also been in numerous films, most notably the Barbershop trilogy, with installments in 2002, 2004, and 2016. Back in 2002, A .O. Scott wrote in the New York Times, quote, He takes his obligations to the audience seriously, and no comedian working today holds up his end of the bargain better, close quote. He, of course, is Cedric Kyle's, better known as Cedric the Entertainer. Over the course of our conversation at the L .A. offices of The Hollywood Reporter, the 59 -year -old and I discussed his unexpected path to comedy and the origin of his unusual stage name, his occasional forays into dramatic acting in films such as 2007's Talk to Me, 2008's Cadillac Records, and 2017's First Reformed, his debut novel, Flipping Boxcars, co -written with Alan Eisenstock, which was inspired by a grandfather he never met, and which Amistad, a division of HarperCollins, will release on September 12th, plus much more. And so, without further ado, let's go to that conversation.
Alan Dershowitz: The Political Ploy Against Trump by Fani Willis
"While while people are caught in the weeds well you know in this charge and then he looked at the document at three o 'clock when the sun was up and you know that kind of crap there's no time for that that misses the point entirely little good it'll do but the real historians the real thinkers the real philosophers they will look back on this they will research it they will look at these indictments they'll break them down one at a time of a democrat attorney general on behalf of a democrat president running
A highlight from TBGP #406 Gamescom, Starfield Finish Times, Alan Wake, BG3 final thoughts, reaction weird game news
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A highlight from The Harvard Set's War Against the Constitution with Alan Dershowitz and Noah Durham
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Hey everybody, it's Andy the Charlie Kirk Show. Turning Point USA is taking charge on campuses. We are making America a better country and the reinforcements are coming. You're going to leave us some hope after this interview. You'll love it. Email me as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA today at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Get engaged, get involved with Turning Point USA. That is tpusa .com. As always, you can email me freedom at charliekirk .com. Buckle up everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust. Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. This is the most conservative high school graduating entering college class of boys in the last 40 years. Something huge is happening and we saw that poll and then I'm starting to get reports from our amazing Turning Point USA field team saying Charlie, we're now seeing this on the ground. We're seeing this when we're recruiting. The response is incredible. Now we have the macro and the micro together. Joining us now is Noah Durham, who is a field rep for the best organization in America. I'm a little biased. Turning Point USA. Noah, welcome to the program. Thank you so much, Charlie. No, yeah, you're absolutely right. We are seeing it on the ground firsthand. Just in the first week of me being back on campus, recruiting for Turning Point USA chapters across the South, we've connected over 800 freshmen just in my territory to their Turning Point USA chapter at their college and university. So we're seeing it. We're seeing the hype. And so just so everyone knows, Turning Point USA, we are doing the work on the ground to save America. This is clipboard and tennis shoes type work. While other people are kind of talking and debating past each other in Washington, DC, and they're writing white papers that people won't read. Look at these images. One after the other, after the other, doing the difficult work. Noah, walk us through in detail. This is tough work. This requires grit. This requires hustle. But the payoff is huge. Noah, tell us about it. Yeah. So, you know, first thing when I get on campus, I just set up a table and start talking about the conservative movement with people. And I've seen of time and time again, students come up and say, wait, is this a place that supports free speech? Is this a place that I can go to on campus and make friends that think the way that I do? And yes, absolutely it is. And the movement's growing and the word is spreading around campus. And I'm so excited to see it grow, especially this year. And so tell us, are you seeing, you know, especially with young men, are you seeing a little bit of a heightened interest more so than previous years? Yeah. And I absolutely think, I think they're fed up. I think they're pissed off coming out of the public school system at their high school. They're tired of these liberal indoctrination camps that keep weighing them down and they're not able to express themselves in school freely as much as they are on college campuses. And then they come to college and they say, you know what? Now is the time. I'm sick and tired. I'm joining a Turning Point USA chapter, and I'm going to make a difference on my campus and in my community. And that's also why I'm really excited for our high school department expanding and getting onto even more high school campuses than ever, ever before. So yeah, it's great things all the way around. Yeah. And so we now, we are the only organization in America at Turning Point USA that has a full -time staff, nearly 50 to 60 people just focused on high school chapter development. By the way, as we're talking here, if anyone is interested, go to tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school chapter, start a college chapter. That's 60 full -time people. By in comparison, the RNC has zero people doing anything. They're up in Milwaukee doing whatever. But Noah, talk about the grittiness of the work. I mean, your students get by the administration, they get smeared, they get slandered. You have a generally conservative region, right? Panhandle region, but some of the schools are as liberal as Stalingrad. Tell us about it, Noah. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, we've seen just honestly, last week we had a number of freshmen come up and they say, hey, I know this is syllabus week, but we just had a number of classes in political science department and they seem to already be pushing these liberal and woke agendas day one with their curriculum. And so they are scared. They're wanting a community to support them and we can provide that for them on campus and just creating that space where someone can come together and meet with like -minded students and have that support and be able to report on the professors that are, you know, basically creating these indoctrination camps in their classrooms is a great resource for them. And they're very appreciative of it. And yeah. You guys want hope that are watching at home. Look at these images. One after we got hundreds, we have thousands of these on campuses across America. When we first started Turning Point USA, I was told, can't happen. Young people are liberal. This work is already getting done. That is a lie. A lot of those groups are low energy. They're out of the way now. They're old. They're outdated. We are on the front lines doing the work. So proud. Noah, tell the audience your story. You started as a chapter leader, which are the Navy Seals of the Conservative Movement. Tell us about it, Noah. Yes, sir. I was actually, I think I was a junior or senior at Auburn And, University. you know, I follow Turning Point USA since the beginning on social media and everything. And honestly, I saw how the college Republicans on campus were all just kind of lame, not really doing much, didn't have much interaction at all. And I was like, let's, let's start a Turning Point USA chapter. So I just went on the website and looked up all the information, how to get it started, and kicked it off from that point on. And, you know, I had, you know, probably 10 to 12 members until I left the school, just regular members at the chapter meetings and everything. We still had a great time. But now I get to work with that same chapter that has over 400 members. Wow. Yeah, 400 members at their chapter. It's grown significantly. They actually just had their first meeting last night, their first chapter meeting of the semester, and over 50 freshmen attended their chapter alone. And we must understand, there's some kids that are afraid. These are kids that are outspoken, right? Because there's a silent majority too, right? Now talk about that. I bet, you know, because we do this thing called tabling at Turning Point USA, which is our bread and butter, because unlike these other groups that just sit around on their hands and do nothing, we're not afraid, you know, to sweat. We're not afraid to wake up early. Tabling is the backbone of Turning Point USA. So, Noah, but tell me, I bet there's people that come up all the time. I hear these stories. Again, this is coast to coast from Buffalo to Arizona State, UCLA. We got thousands of these images. Noah, you hear from people and they whisper and they say, talk about the whisper, Noah. It's a big thing. Tell us about it. No, absolutely. And I'll take it a step further. Yes, students whisper, but we also have a number of college professors that come by the table and they say, hey, I'm with you. You know, they kind of walk up, look around, make sure none of their co -workers are watching. But that's the same kind of thing. There's this silent majority that's still kind of, you know, waiting in the balance. I feel like COVID helped a lot of people come, you know, out of the closet as a conservative. But we still have to push more and more to encourage more of these professors and students to come out of the closet and express their conservative values openly and proudly. Openly and proudly. And so if anyone across the country want to start, say, Turning Point USA chapter, go to TPUSA .com. That is TPUSA .com. We are also hiring, right? And the Republican oligarchs. conservative This can't be done on campus. A waste of time. We have proven them wrong over 11 years. When we first started 11 years ago, the millennial generation was supposed to be the most progressive generation just from a worldview perspective. Now millennials are about 50 -50, almost within 50 -50. And Gen Z is trending amazingly. Noah, are you seeing that Gen Z? Have you seen something change for the positive, even more enthusiasm and more energy as we close this out, Noah? Absolutely. I mean, like I said, over 800 freshmen connected to their chapters just in week one. Week one. That's just one region, by the way, everybody. We got tons of these. This is just one place. Keep going. That's just college. For sure. Yeah. Week one, and we're seeing it too. The excitement when we're tabling. Students are running across the concourse to our table the second that they see our signs, the second they see the Turning Point USA logo. And they're like, okay, now's the time. I've seen you on social media. It's time to get involved. I want to make a difference here. TPUSA .com. Noah, tell people what happens when they sign up to start a chapter. They hear from you or one of our reps and we get them going. No excuses. Every, by the way, adults get your kids involved. If you're a student, TPUSA .com. Noah, tell us about it really quick. Yeah. Get involved. Sign up on the Get Involved form on the website. Your Turning Point USA representative will reach out to you and get you plugged in with your chapter and start a chapter today. It's great. Start a chapter. It's TPUSA .com. Noah, you're doing great work. So proud. We have the best staff in the movement and it really is special to see over 11 years. I'm telling you, Gen Z is going to shock the world. They know it. That's why they attack Turning Point USA so much. We're the most attacked organization in America. Noah, God bless you. Can't wait to see you. Maybe at a campus stop, UCF. I'm not sure if that's your territory or not, but I'll be there. All right. We'll see you there. All right. Thanks, Noah. God bless. Thank you. That's TPUSA .com. Frontlines. That should be your white pill, everybody. Oh, Charlie, things are terrible. Stop it. Go to work. Oh, you know, the country. No, stop it. Get out of the way. If that's the kind of complaining you're going to do, I got no patience for you. Seriously. I get these emails, Charlie, it's a waste of time and all this. I don't have the luxury to believe such garbage. Do something about it. Reinforcements are common. Gen Z is ascendant. Bottom up. Yeah, your leaders at the people from DC, they are awful. I get it. Do something about it. That's what Turning Point USA is all about. Next generation, young, energy, grassroots. That's the type of muscle that is going to make a difference for generations. TPUSA .com. Start a high school or college chapter today. TPUSA .com.
A highlight from O. W. Root
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Ladies and gentlemen, if you've listened to me over the years, or if you've followed me on any level over the years, you know that I believe that everything means something. Everything is connected. And that includes how we dress. If you dress like a slob, no offense to the slobs who are listening. But if you dress like a slob, it says something. It's not just that that's how you dress. Everything matters. And I came to understand this through my friend Tim Raglin. I've talked about him on this program before. He is one of my dearest, oldest friends. Well, he and I did many books together. He's an illustrator, genius illustrator. And Tim Raglin, if you're familiar with my Uncle Muggsy books, Muggsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas, Uncle Muggsy, Yankee Doodle Muggsy, The Birthday ABC. These are three children's books that I have written, which you can find at where you can find them at my store dot com. If you go to my store dot com. But Tim Raglin's illustrations are brilliant and gorgeous and amazing. But it was Tim who really helped me. This is like probably in the late 80s, begin to understand why what you wear matters, why men's fashion matters, why getting dressed up in this way or that way matters. And it's something that I've been interested in over the years. And so I'm really thrilled today to have someone as my guest to discuss this. He goes by O .W. Those are two initials. O .W. Root. I follow him on Twitter at necktie salvage, necktie salvage. But I'm just excited to talk to him about things that matter to me and I hope will matter to you. O .W. Root, welcome to the program. Thanks for having me. You are wearing a seersucker jacket and a white shirt necktie looking snappy. I feel every time I'm talking to you or to Roger Stone on the program, I suddenly feel ashamed because I'm not wearing a tie. I think a tie can look a little ridiculous when I'm in this kind of informal setting behind me. But we'll put that to the side. You're looking great. So as far as my audience goes, who are you and how did you come to be interested in men's fashion as something more than simply what we wear? What I focus on is the idea of civilization and aesthetics. What do aesthetics mean? What do they reveal about our culture, our values? And we obviously think about aesthetics when it comes to architecture, decor, everything, but also our clothing, our clothing, our aesthetics as well. Our clothing reveals our values, what we believe, who we are, both personally and as a group as well. And when we look around, what does the clothing of man today reveal about the state of civilization and his civilization? What is it that he believes? It's nothing good. And what I focus on is an ascendant approach to aesthetics, trying to explore idea this of man, higher man, man in ascent rather than man degraded, and how clothes can build man up and reveal something deep and meaningful about his culture, his values, his beliefs, and who he is. And I do all of that within an Ivy style prep style, Ivy prep framework, classic American style. Well, it's interesting. I think about these issues all the time. The other day, I went for a run, so I'm dressed the way you would be dressed to go for a run. And I ended up in Central Park. I sat on a bench in Central Park and was making a phone call or something. And I saw two young women walk past me dressed beautifully, really beautifully. And this is in the middle of a summer day. And one of them was wearing like an empire dress, empire waist dress or something. But the point is that they were dressed like you just looked up and you thought, wow, how beautiful, how elegant. It wasn't overly elegant. And then it dawned on me that the way they were addressed was actually only appropriately. In other words, it's not like they had to be going to a wedding or something like that. They may have been going to a wedding. But the point is they looked like two young women dressed elegantly walking through the park. But it was startling to me because it everyone used to sort of dress up. You wouldn't go out in public. You wouldn't go into the park. You wouldn't go anywhere, really, unless you were sort of wearing the uniform of what young men and young women or men and women would wear. A man would wear a jacket. It had nothing to do with how much money you had. So I was really struck in a way by that, that I thought to myself. And yet they're only dressed appropriately, but appropriately means beautifully, elegantly. They didn't need to go to some dramatic effort, but they just looked like they had made some effort. They just looked decent. They looked appropriate. They looked like they had a sense of dignity about them, tremendous dignity. And it was it's just but it was so beautiful to see that and so startling. I'm sorry to say it was startling, but we do live in an era where this stuff has gone downhill. Somebody said, I think it was Alan Flusser wrote that in the 60s, this is where this all began. And we can talk about the larger issue. But in the 60s was the first time where kind of adolescent culture took over. And it used to be that boys would look to their dads in terms of how to dress or girls would look to their mothers, how to dress. Something happened in the 60s. It was all turned around where older people look to kids in terms of how do I want to dress. So something really fundamentally upside down was what came into the culture. And it's this false egalitarian view. But anyway, this is something that you're clearly up on. But what was it that brought you into this? What was it that got you interested in this? When did this happen for you, so to speak? You know, I was always more into style than lots of other American men, not necessarily this style. When I was really young, I got into neoprep, you know, really bold preppy style in the early 2000s. Then you weave here and there. But then it was when I got older and I started to, it wasn't until I had kids, actually, that my idea about this really clicked fully. And you spoke about kids. This is a perfect example. We teach our children, our sons in aesthetic language, what we wear, they learn, this is how a man looks. This is how my dad looks. I have a memory. I've talked about this multiple times. I remember seeing my dad. My dad would always wear Navy Blazer, Chinos, OCBD, Oxford cloth button down. He would always wear it. This is what he wore. I remember seeing my dad as a kid and thinking, oh, this is how a dad looks. This is how I look when I'm a dad. And that's a learning. That's a learning. This is how you learn. That's what you said. Boys learn from their fathers how to dress. Girls learn from their mothers how to dress. And that sixties was an inversion. And so I remember when I was as a child learning that, internalizing that. And I started to think more about this as I got older and older. As I said, I was always into style, but more just, this is enjoyable. I didn't start to get into the deeper ideas of what it means culturally, civilizationally for the form of man versus the form of woman until I was older. And I didn't start to really take that seriously until I had children. Well, it's interesting, you know, that what we're talking, I was saying before that one of my favorite books in the world is called Chancellor of the Dance by Thomas Toward. And he talks about how everything means everything, the secular view that there's no meaning in the universe, that nothing means anything. The opposite view is that everything means everything. Everything points to something else. Everything points to truth and points to other things. And so how we does something, say whether we want it to or don't, how a building looks, a building can make you feel small or it can make you it can ennoble you. It can make you feel wonderful. And there's the great line from the Yale architecture professor. Now, I can't remember his name. Now it'll come to me. But but talking about the old Penn Station, which was this glorious building, and he says one strode into the old Penn Station like a god, one scuttles into the new Penn Station like a rat. And you think, what is it about aesthetics, about a building that can make you feel beautiful and dignified and noble or can make you feel small and crushed? What is it about brutalist architecture? All of these things matter. We're talking to O .W. Root about these things as pertains to particularly what men wear. And we'll be right back.
A highlight from Building a new voice network from scratch, Special TelcoBridges Podcast
"This is Doug Green and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller and I'm very pleased to have with us again our old friend, Alan Percy of Telecom Bridges. Alan, thank you for joining us today. I'm so glad to be here again and thanks for the opportunity to share some news. Well, this is going to be really interesting. This is a special podcast for the Cloud Communications Alliance, the CCATR publications, but we're going to be able to talk today about something we rarely talk about, but I'm going to let Alan, you give us really all the buzz on this. You guys held a webinar recently and just tell us a little bit about what that webinar was all about. Give us a taste. Sure, sure. Well, we've reached a completion point with a new customer of ours that has built out a new voice network from scratch. And you normally don't get that opportunity as a network engineer or designer to be able to develop a new network from scratch. And we had an opportunity to interview Ricky Innes, the network engineer at Paratus, as he told us his story of building a completely new voice network for Namibia, which is a Western African country. So it was a great opportunity to interview him. And I thought today it would make sense to just do a quick summary of what Ricky shared with us in that webinar and then let people go enjoy the full length event on their own. You know, when people hear Namibia, I think the first question is, can what they do be done here? Is it applicable? Is this an opportunity for us to to sort of do something the same way here? Yeah, so that's a great question, because one of the things about this particular project is because because it's Namibia, you know, some of the infrastructure just didn't exist that we're accustomed to. Right. And maybe different regulatory environment. But it is an exact model of what we envision the cloud communications community undertaking as they start to do this network transformation for service providers, especially in the rural parts of North America. I mean, it's you know, this is a start with fiber, build IP infrastructure on top of that fiber, and then layer on top of it, a voice network. And that's really what the story is, is building a completely new voice network on top of virgin fiber as they've built this out. And as you said, it applies directly to what's going on inside North America with all the infrastructure being in a private cloud. Now, why telco bridges? What were you able to bring to to this project? Yeah, so we asked Ricky innocent in the case study, we asked him, so well, first of all, why an SPC, we said, you know, why wasn't the session border controller important as part of a solution. And as he explains, it was so important for him to be able to create a layered approach between class for services, traditional class for services, right, whole wholesale, sip trunking services, and then class five services, which is, you know, hosted IP PBX, and other services, and be able to direct that traffic and provide redundancy for their customers with both geographic and, and physical redundancy. So he needed to have, you know, a centralized database, he could manage all this, and, you know, the session border controller could make all that happen for him. And specifically pro SPC telco bridges, pro SPC was, you know, a cost effective, really good fit for the size of his network and the kind of volume of traffic that he's got. So it was a, you know, perfect, perfect fit in it. And so far, he's been, he's been very, very happy with the performance and the scale. Is there anything else we'll get to see or learn if we watch the webinar? Yeah, so we, we've got a couple different attributes. First of all, we get into the detailed architecture, and we go a little bit deeper than I thought we were going to go and we we dive in and talk about his layered approach to the network, the different, you know, areas where, for example, where his hosted PBX sets where his SPCs are, where his points of presence and all that are. But in addition to that, too, we dive into some of the billing particulars, you know, there is, there's two sides to billing for service providers, there's the subscriber side, and then there's, there's the wholesale provider side. And we talk about that in quite a bit of detail, too, because that's important. It's not only just delivering the voice calls, but also delivering and be able to keep track of all that traffic so that you can bill people appropriately. So there's quite a bit more to it than just this. Now, and as we close up our podcast today, tell us a little bit about this company, Paratus. Sure. Yeah. So Paratus in Namibia, they were founded in 2005. As, you know, a regional operator. They're a publicly traded company. So I mean, they're, you know, they're an entity. It's not just a small little group. And one of the big things is that they really pride that themselves they're 100 % Namibian owned. And so it's a, you know, it's a domestic company with domestic employees. And they built this whole thing out on their on their own. Very, very impressive. A matter of fact, they did it during the pandemic, which is even more impressive. So they, you know, didn't weren't able to travel to do training or any of the rest of that. So it's a very fascinating story. And we've published a copy of the story, if you're interested in seeing it in greater length and greater depth on our YouTube channel. So it's youtube .com slash telco ridges. And it pops up as one of the initial videos that that you'll see. So highly recommend go take a look at that, and you'll get the whole story. And maybe you can apply what what Paratus has learned in, in your cloud communication solution. So that's, that's what I, that's where I think people are going to go with it. Well, and as, as ever always interesting news from telco bridges, this was one of the more interesting stories that we've heard very unique, but it sounds like there's also an interesting application. If we watch the video, it could be duplicated a lot of it right here too. So what, where can we learn more about telco bridges and also this project? Sure. Well, of course, our website at telco bridges .com is always the home of all, all the information and, and, uh, upcoming events and new products, et cetera, et cetera. But, um, you know, we have moved, uh, much of our content, like a lot of people, right over to X and, uh, try to keep people up to date on that, uh, as we go. So, uh, we'll look forward to bump into people there and hearing their comments and they can reach me at Alan D Percy on, uh, on X. It was great talking to you today. I'm looking forward to our next podcast, but, uh, on behalf of CCA and TR publications, thanks very much. You bet. I appreciate it. Thanks Doug.
A highlight from 224: Do the Right Things
"Dr. Alan Laika here and I'd like to welcome you to how to live a fantastic life show where we will be discussing the important aspects of your life. We hope to inspire you to live the best life you can. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the awesome world around you. Break through your barriers, take inspired action. Use the difficulties in your life to achieve the best version of you. Ladies and gentlemen, our next guest is Carlos Acosta Rodriguez. He was born in Torrein, Mexico and lives in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was formerly a computer systems engineer, an Apple consultant since 1990. He's creator of the podcast One Day Less since 2019 and the FM show and podcast Sublime since 2010, which is now approaching its 400th episode. He's an audiobook producer, a radio broadcaster, a tennis fan and a player. So tell me, what has happened to you since January 3rd, 2008? Dr. Laika, it's an honor to be here in your show. Thank you for the opportunity. First of all, I am honored and thank you again. Muchas gracias. My pleasure to have you. Thank you. Let me tell you about that date. It's been now 14 years. I had a serious near -death car accident. I was a copilot in a car, one car crash. Thank God we didn't crash another car. I was sitting near the pilot. The driver felt asleep and we got out of the road and we crashed with something. I don't know, maybe a rock, maybe something standing beside the road. But what happened is that I didn't know about me for about 10 days. I was in a coma fighting for my life. I woke up asking what happened to me. The brother that was there and of course doctors because I was in the hospital told me I had a very serious car accident. I was there in the hospital trying to recover. It sounded like a nightmare at first because I tried to pinch myself to wake up and nothing happened. I think this is a nightmare, this is not real. It was a very sad experience at the moment because you don't expect that from life. It happens and then you have to realize it's real. And then you have to realize that not everything was bad because I was alive. You are alive and then you have a second opportunity. And that was the second thing that happened to me after realizing that it was something from the real world and I was there still alive. I had a second chance. You know it's amazing how your life can change in an instant and how your life will all of a sudden take a 180 degree turn. Yes and you know I don't think that any one of us in this world has a path to have a crash or something terrible in your life. It's just that happens. I felt very lucky before my accident in my life and after because I'm still here and you don't know. You just want to think that nothing will happen to you because you take care of yourself. But sometimes even though you take care of yourself, it happens. And it's something that changes your life completely. Your spirit, your soul, your life, your physical life, everything around you is different. And that's a very important lesson to take and to take it the best possible way. So tell me what has happened since that fortuitous day and how has your life changed? Well my life changed completely because you know I lost my economy was in total bankruptcy because of the accident I had to pay all the medical bills. And I had physical sick sequels that I still have. And it happened in a trip I was doing outside of Mexico in Panama. So it was very hard for me, for my family, for the people that love me. And of course I love because it happened suddenly and everything that I knew was normal was not normal anymore. You know it happened that I had to recover and start from zero again. And at first you only have what you have inside. And that's very important to signal because if you don't have something inside that moves you towards a better future, towards tragedy, then you don't have a point in life you may be there down for the rest of your life. And I believe, I felt very lucky to be alive and I realized that life is a gift and a gift that was given by heaven, by God. I believe in God, I believe in, I am a Catholic person. And of course that was the message that I still live every day that I had a second chance. And you know the difficulties that happened were so great, so big. Of course with the help of many people around me, family, friends, but you have to do your part. You have to do what you have to do to be better, to feel better and to try to get out of that hole, you know, because it's a hole. And you need to do it step by step. You need to have patience and you need to have a belief, a faith in something. Maybe in God, maybe that life will give you a reward because you are doing better every day, in every aspect, you know, working, taking care of yourself in a physical way, taking care of yourself in a mental and spiritual way. So it was, you know, a road uphill, a bottle.
A highlight from 223: Experience the Greatest Pleasure
"Dr. Alan Laika here and I'd like to welcome you to how to live a fantastic life show where we will be discussing the important aspects of your life. We hope to inspire you to live the best life you can. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the awesome world around you. Break through your barriers. Take inspired action. Use the difficulties in your life to achieve the best version of you. Ladies and gentlemen, today I have a very special guest. Her name is Bracka Gitz and she's a Harvard educated author of 40 books that help children's souls shine and she has a candid memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions and the amazing thing about this book is it helps you do it joyfully and spiritually. Welcome Bracka. Thank you so much. Now let me ask a dumb question. What is a Harvard grad writing picture books for children? Yes, I love that question. So actually the thing is I never grew up. I have the same sense of curiosity and wonder that I had as a child and I still think in that way so when I write as a six -year -old character I'm in that mindset. It's not hard for me to get into that mindset but the thing is that I wanted to write books that I wished I had as a child. Books that help help souls to shine. Books that help people, little people recognize from the very beginning that they're spiritual beings so they don't have to play catch up the rest of their lives. They can they can get spiritual wisdom early on and engrave it on their soul. Well I've got to applaud you for that. I think you'd have to be on the dark side of the moon to realize not to realize that comic books have taken off. I mean when I was a child I used to read comic books all the time and then they fell out of favor. I mean what you're reading a comic book was something that people now comic books are like oh my god they have all these comic festivals and these other things. So comic books have really been and I think the same thing about children's books. I mean children books are something we start with children and when my grandchildren come over at least some of them the first thing they do before they do anything else is go to our bookshelf to read the books that are there and to me that is wonderful and marvelous because those books are the path to a new journey. It's a path to a new a new place and without those they'll never find this a magical world out there. Exactly I remember when I was in third grade it began I wrote a poem about books and they read it in front of like the PTA. They had a meeting of all the parents. It was about how books take you everywhere. You just go on that journey you know I call it beyond magic where you can go just from reading a book exactly. Did you keep that poem around someplace? I think I still have it. Well make sure you have it because anytime you do an interview I think you should read it to people because that truly is the magic of books. I mean how many people read books just to escape? How many people read books to take them on journeys in places they'd never be? One of my mentors used to say poor people have rich have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries. So I think it's important for people to cultivate that love of books and that love of libraries that they should have. Wow and I want to tell you the secret about picture books is it gets to every single age because the youngest children read it then the parents are reading the books to the children and grandparents so you can reach and teenagers they pick up the books when no one's around and they absorb the messages too. So basically children's books picture books are the only books that can reach every age with the message. You know just the other day we found an old book that we had that also incorporated sound in it so these old books used to have a battery in it and they had a little picture of a tambourine or a drum or a harmonica and every place that it was of course you had to play that instrument so it was not only just a visual and and wording thing it was also a tactile and feeling thing as well. So you know I don't think those books exist anymore but the thing is it's amazing what a book can do for kids to take them on that journey. Yes it's absolutely it's a wondrous journey for life. Yeah so let's go through some of your books and some of the titles that you have and maybe you can share some more with us on that. Sure like it was during the pandemic that a mother called me up desperately please write a book for children about why junk food is so bad for them why how they can increase how they can in other words improve their immune systems exercise all these things that children need so much. My background is in science I even as an undergraduate at Harvard I was taking courses at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health because this is what fascinates me mind -body connection and the mind -body and soul connection is what I eventually connected with.
A highlight from Ivermectin FDA Approved & the Mysterious Die-Off Of Young Americans with Dr. Pierre Kory and Alan Dershowitz
"The U .S. dollar has lost 85 % of its value since the 70s, when the dollar decoupled from gold, and the government seems bent on continuing the tradition. Charlie Kirk here. From now until after the elections, the government can print as much money as they want. The last time they did that, inflation went up 9%. Gold is the only asset that has proven to withstand inflation. Invest in gold with Noble Gold Investments. You will get a 24 -carat, one -fourth of an ounce gold standard coin for free. Just use promo code kirk. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com. That's noblegoldinvestments .com, the only gold company I trust. Hey everybody, to end the Charlie Kirk show, Dr. Pierre Khoury joins us about the war on Ibermectin. May we never forget what they did to early treatments. It's evil. It's evil. And then Alan Dershowitz joins us. Professor Alan Dershowitz joins us to talk about the indictments against Donald Trump and why he's more fired up than ever. It's a great conversation. Email us your thoughts. There's always freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That's tpusa .com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible job. Building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. We have joining us momentarily Dr. Pierre Corey, who's the author of The War on Ivermectin. This is a very important topic. You might say, well, Charlie, you know, the COVID stuff is over. Hold on a second. No, no, no. This was one of the great cover -ups of our time. The fraud, the deception, the lying, the authoritarianism, the doublespeak. As if no one is noticing, the CDC, the FDA, is it the CDC or the FDA? The FDA? The FDA now says Ivermectin perfectly fine for treating COVID. You remember back when they called it horse paste that we actually lost access to our social media because we even recommended Ivermectin? How many millions of lives could have been saved? Not necessarily just domestically, but internationally. How many hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved? We don't know. Pharmacies would not fill prescriptions for Ivermectin. I was with a pharmacist last night in Washington. She came up to me at an event, said, Charlie, I was fired from my job for fulfilling legitimate prescriptions for Ivermectin. How many people have gone to jail for this? This is one of the most evil campaigns that we have seen. To date, no one has been held accountable for it. Anthony Fauci is making more money than ever lecturing at Georgetown University. Play cut seven, please. We learned this morning that the FDA is now saying that it's okay to take Ivermectin if you have COVID. Marie, you know the doctors I've been dealing with and talking to for years now, they believe that probably hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives because they were denied really treatment. And they were denied it because the FDA sabotaged, for example, Ivermectin, who said, come on, y 'all, you're not a cow, you're not a horse. This is supposedly horse medicine. No, this is a Nobel Prize winning medicine that could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. They needed to demonize early treatments because early treatments then would have prevented panic around the virus, would prevented lockdowns, prevented vaccine mandates. The cause set in kill in the crib, and excuse the graphic detail there, the idea of early treatments. Joining us now is a hero, Dr. Pierre Khoury, who has been a dog with a bone with this and has been outspoken and clear. Doctor, I hate to say we knew you were right all along. Your book, Everyone Should Check Out, The War on Ivermectin. What is your reaction now that the government is repeating what you have been saying for years? Well, Charlie, finally, we got him a little bit, right? So that court case last week, the FDA lawyer looked like a fool. I mean, you could see them backtracking. We knew what they were doing the whole time. And now they have to admit it, right? They're sheepishly admitting that their guidance were just quips. That's literally what they said. Oh, we were just quipping, right? Which is kind of a humorous phrase or a witty phrase. That's not what we paid the FDA to do. And they clearly were intervening in the practice of medicine, which they have no authority to do. And we also know it's beyond the FDA. It's literally the synchronized coordination of all three agencies to suppress early treatment. And I appreciate what you just said, you know, you described it as evil and millions of lives lost. Those are both true statements. The challenge that I have is the individual people who are part of that work in those agencies and are doing those actions. I don't know that they individually understand impacts what their actions are having. But this is a massive story. I mean, the FDA finally admits something that we already knew, which is that off label prescribing is legal, not only legal, but it's championed by the FDA. They want us to use off label drugs, because we know there's a lot of diseases in which already approved drugs are effective, and we should be using those physicians to help our patients. And now the truth comes out after two years of just disinformation and propaganda. There was pure disinformation and propaganda, and some Americans are now just all rolling their eyes, shrugging their shoulders, whatever, distant memory. We cannot forget this story, everybody. Think about how many kids had to have school lockdowns because the virus was such a big threat. Think about how many kids committed suicide because of the lockdowns. How many students that are still experiencing depression and anxiety, they're on Benzos or Xanax or Zoloft or some form of that because of the lockdowns. We are still living with the consequences. If we would have been able to have Dr. Corey, early treatments, we would have been a freer society. Is that fair to say? There's no question. I mean, early treatments were a major, major impediment to the prepaying goals of the COVID response, right? Which was this global vaccination campaign. And that's what everyone needs to understand about why these actions were taken against ivermectin and also hydroxychloroquine, right? Is that they were effective early treatments, which would have decimated, first of all, would have removed the ability to give an emergency use authorization for the vaccines. And it would have absolutely skyrocketed vaccine hesitancy. Come on, all of your listeners, all of my colleagues, everyone that I know in my life would have rather taken one of the safest drugs in history than an experimental gene therapy shot. I mean, it was so important that they destroy the idea that there was an effective early treatment. And I hope this sad, tragic tale is known by most. And that's really what my book is about. I want people to know what they did, how they did it, so that we can prevent this from happening again. We're not going to fall for these lies. Well, and I just one of the elements that still fires me up is when is Joe Rogan going to get his apology? He was very close to losing his Spotify show, dangerously close. And he's a man of great courage. And you know, on the conservative right, some people don't like Joe Rogan's politics. I don't care. He stood up when we needed him. And he and he had a series of interviews. And not to mention, remember his selfie video he did, where changed, they by the way, the aesthetic on CNN to make him look green and sickly. I don't know if people remember that. And Joe Rogan was just asking the question. And they said, oh, no, no, Ivermectin was a horse dewormer. Actively involved in the murder of people is what the media was doing by saying that this drug is a horse dewormer and you're going to die from it and all this. When is Joe Rogan going to get his apology, Dr. Corey? He was just asking questions. This is, this is, and this is maddening to me. Charlie, you know, this we're never getting apologies. I know, but that I'm being somewhat, but you're, you're absolutely right. But let me put Joe Rogan's story into context. So there's a chapter in my book, which is called the horse dewormer PR campaign. And I literally trace the structure, the rollout and the sequence, the chronological sequence of what that was. And it was triggered in the middle of August of 2021, when data came out showing that the prescriptions of Ivermectin in the United States were hitting 90 ,000 a week, which was like 20 times pre pandemic levels, the other side got spooked. And you can see in rapid sequence, the CDC sent out a memo to every State Department of Health, which got to every licensed doctor in that state, warning them that people were getting sick from overdoses of Ivermectin, which was totally false. The the data that they provided was actually incorrect overinflated. and And after the CDC did that, the FDA followed up within two days with a tweet, then you started to see a PR campaign. And the way I recognize them, a friend of mine told me this trick is that he calls them two by fours, which is two weeks, four different music sources, hammering, hammering, hammering the same story synchronized, you know, memo messaging, and you got to see that right. So horse dewormer, horse dewormer, late night talk show host, daytime broadcasters, newspaper headlines. And here's the thing, Charlie, in the middle of it, on like September 3 or 5, Joe Rogan gets COVID and admits he took Ivermectin. So one of the things that I've been trying to tell Joe is like, dude, you got COVID in the middle of a global disinformation PR campaign against Ivermectin. And that's why he exploded in that issue is because they were literally making a major move to destroy Ivermectin. And he came out again, the book is the war in Ivermectin. Here's my take on it, which is the lockdowns were helpful politically to these tyrants and early treatments were a threat to tyranny. It's that you could go through the entire, if you have early treatments, then you don't need an mRNA gene altering shot. If you have gene, if you have early treatments, you don't have panic. If you have early treatments, you don't need lockdowns. If you have early treatments, you do not have massive trillions of dollars of bills being spent in Washington, DC. Early treatments was the cause set in motion. And they did everything they could Dr. Corey, but I'll say this, and I've said this privately before. You were terrific. You saved lives, Dr. Corey, you know that. And I really, you were, you did a moral good for our society. Everyone check out the book, The War on Ivermectin.
A highlight from 222: Stay Engaged, Show Mutual Respect, Stay in the Picture
"Dr. Alan Laika here and I'd like to welcome you to how to live a fantastic life show where we will be discussing the important aspects of your life. We hope to inspire you to live the best life you can. Get out of your comfort zone and explore the awesome world around you. Break through your barriers. Take inspired action. Use the difficulties in your life to achieve the best version of you. Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is Karl Picard who is a noted psychologist, speaker, parenting expert and now he's retired from private counseling practice. He received his BA and MED from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American and Texas psychology associations. He writes a popular parenting advice column for Psychology Today and has written some of the most practical and helpful books about parenting including The Connected Father, Stop the Screaming, The Future of Your Only Child and Why Good Kids Act Cruel. He's a prolific author and he continues to write three distinct books about illustrated psychology, of coming -of -age fiction and of non -fiction parenting advice, Holding on While Letting Go, the 17th of three parenting books. Welcome Karl. It's good to be with you Alan. So how did you get interested in the field of parenting? Well, like many of the major changes in my life, it came about through happenstance. Many, many years ago, the job I had, I lost my funding for that job and my wife with two little kids was at home and I had to figure out what am I going to do next and I had some friends who were in private practice so I talked to a number of them and I thought well that might be something I could try and I, one of the guys, Tom said you know if you're going to do that you need a specialty and I said really? I didn't know you needed a specialty. He said yeah that helps identify you. I said well like what kind of a specialty? He said well you know parents are going through a lot of trials with their teenagers you could do something about that and I thought well that sounds good. It sounds good to me and so then I actually I sold a weekly column to the local paper the Austin American Statesman Parenting the Teenager which I wrote for a couple of years and that plus giving parenting talks kind of got me started and I've been exploring the common and coming of age passage ever since then both in the non -fiction and parenting books but also in fiction because I write I've written some novels too and I love the coming of age story and it never gets old and it's always interesting and there's always more to learn so I feel very lucky that happenstance looked my way. Now recently you know I hope to prepare parents for the coming of age passage with their child and that is you know what we call adolescence. It's that 10 to 12 journey from the separation from childhood and late elementary school to the departure and independence sometimes during the college age years and over time a lot of changes happen. This in no way says that parents are destined to go through some kind of agony when their kid enters adolescence that is simply not so the you know the quote terrible teenager is largely mythical however that said there will be changes because you're going to have the young person doing two things over the course of 10 to 12 years and one of the one of the ways they're going to be growing is they're going to be detaching for more independence and they're going to be differentiating for more individuality so that essentially by the end of adolescence during the college age years they are able to say I can take care of and support myself and I know the individual who I am and it takes a lot of effort to go through that redefining process and what I believe is that if parents are prepared for what that journey of development looks like they are more likely to respond in appropriate and not over reactive ways and they're less likely to be surprised. They can say I didn't want this to happen and didn't look for it to happen but since it did happen I thought it might happen and so now I can just deal with where we are. So essentially what the book is about is helping parents figure out where they need to keep holding on and when how they decide to do more letting go because adolescence is a gathering of power and the name of that power is freedom and it's freedom to make your own decisions for yourself about your life and parents have to decide when to hold on and to say no not yet or I think you need some preparation for this and when to let go and say all right you've shown enough responsibility I think you're able to you know take the next step we're willing to risk letting you do that.
"alan" Discussed on How I Got Here with Dave Fiore
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"alan" Discussed on Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda
"Footloose apollo thirteen and a few good men in theaters and most recently city on a hill on tv with his brother. Michael kevin just released the tenth album of bacon. Brothers music you can catch up with them at big brothers music dot com and his very strange but very funny podcast. The last degree of kevin bacon is available on spotify. Meanwhile check out the work and the opportunities offered by his nonprofit at six degrees dot. Org this episode was edited and produced by our executive producer. Graham shed with help from our associate producer. Gene shoemaker are sound engineer. Is erica wong. And our publicist. Is sarah hill. You can subscribe to our podcast for free at apple podcasts. Stitcher what wherever you like to listen. Nexen are series of conversations. I talk with my mba bialik. Her acting career began at the age of eleven and as a teenager who starred in her own sitcom but then her life took a turn. I originally was really fascinated with with biology and with dna. But once i took one of my first introductory classes at ucla and we learned about the neuron. I literally had a moment where i said. This is the level of understanding of the universe. I wanna have the fact that neuroscience is the science that explains consciousness in speech and degenerative conditions like it was just. It was all the things about the universe that i wanted to understand at that level. I actually left academia to be home with my children. Meaning i got my doctorate And then did not take a post doc position and eventually that led to me returning to acting because i was running out of health insurance. That's the truth. And i ended up on the you know the most popular comedy in america by accident mayan bialik and how acting led to neuroscience and neuroscience led to acting next time on clear and vivid for more details about clear and vivid into sign up for my newsletter. Please visit alan all dot com. And you can also find us on facebook and instagram. At clear and vivid and i'm on twitter at alan old. Thanks for listening bye bye..
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Small businesses thrive in the pandemic. It's oldest things that more. And i would say you know. I think the well hasn't cared about. Algeria is like a as a as a force for quite a while but i definitely think the appendix put us back on that will. It's definitely i mean the pivots that you're in the process of making I can't wait till this fall to check out the relaunch if you will And how that manifests itself. But it seems very on point for all the reasons that you've just described a focus back on putting humans at the center of our the experience that were trying to design for them and it's funny. We've done a lot with that tally. So people already feel like with diet right. So there's a lot more work to do right so we'll be doing in townley but you know we. Next created chaos. I think the interesting thing is like this is going to fundamentally reshape. How show up in the walls and at above anything else. I think it's going to really reflect. The greatness of the people allergy lesser even just algae got a few more questions for you and typically switch gears. But i feel like we've been getting to know you throughout this entire conversation. So usually we transition from business conversation personal conversation and i ask a question which i think you've already given me the answer to which is. Has there been an experience of your past that defines our makes up. You are a have to believe that was where we started the Around incarceration but. I just wanna make sure that there's not something else lurking in. The shadows talked about that is the defining experiences of my life. I'm not gonna say something was Something had a bigger impact than that but there was something. I think that i chair. That is really important to people. Recommend so even though i was you know my life is transformed. I mentioned it earlier on this story. That once i quite enough privilege i decided to go for the people i to for i and i did it not in a quiet way. I did it through an opinion piece in the.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"I guess it works in person as well. So we'll that aside. I've love talking about customer engagement. I i want to switch gears on you. We love talking about getting a little bit about you. The person like what makes you tick and who you are at. That's okay sure. One of my favorite questions to ask is. Is there an experience of your past that defines or mix up who you are today. That is such a good question. And i mean first of all. Obviously they all do right. I'm very different person. Not very different. That's not true. I but all of those experiences. I i have have contributed the thing that comes to mind if i think about the last fifteen years or so is the big difference for me was becoming a mom so i have three children. I'm also wife but that didn't change me much. Maybe hey guys you know. But i am a mom to three kids and that has really transformed me when i think of it through the work ones. I think it has a couple of ways. It's changing work one. It's helped me. Keep things in perspective. So i love what i do. I love this team. I am very competitive. I want us to win a take it personally when things don't go our way but we aren't carrying cancer here koros and we have to really matters to me a lot how i spend my time and with whom i spend that time and so having kids helped me with the perspective on the crisis of the day is not maybe the biggest crisis and managing that keeping it in the context of the world. The biggest most irritated salesperson is never going to have a tantrum as big as my four year old wants did and so i think really the big shift for from work has been perspective and i think that's helped me not take some of those things quite so personally and i want to the other thing it's done is helped me appreciate work and there's never enough time for anything in life but.
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"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Starting starting this career all over again i mean just in general i would say buy more bitcoin when i had the opportunity right like if i could go back in time. That'd be my number one piece of advice to myself than anyone else around but my younger self in the industry. I would say so. I started tech support which was a somewhat isolated role so we at twenty four seven. It was We operated up and server and early you know for the first year or so my career. I was just kind of like Head down doing doing the job. That yokota came at me right. Light didn't ask a lot of questions. Didn't try to learn a lot about the industry or the company. As a whole and definitely i would say that by a career kind of took off as i started getting exposed to these other sectors of the business so we also ran an ad network and then we ran a group called b three which eventually formed zacks. So i could do over again. I would definitely tell myself to get more involved more quickly right. Ya ask four questions. I'm see what else was going on. Publisher ad serving isn't the most exciting thing in the world. And you know ten years ago. Fifteen years ago i started and programmatic was brand new on. It was super exciting and when we be three was a very tight atmosphere and so we would like work late and there was a great sense of rotary and i learned a ton about not just the industry but by myself about people. Just come out. Had i come out of my shell. Earlier i feel like i could see a whole lot more in that first year. A kind of a silly question has there been an impactful purchase for you of the hundred dollars or less. In the last six to twelve months i bought at the start of the pandemic. I bought a new bike when winter hit. That was definitely more than one hundred dollars with ahead when winter hit i bought an indoor five lille trainer so i could buy in gore's and i really really love this saying it's super awesome. It's easy to use like the bike just steps in and it's been So i signed up for an app that lets you do trail courses through on your tv. So it's kind of like a peleton but llosa's with like our regular biking wheelchair so it's been my favorite purchase under a hundred bucks in that in the past year. You're hacking you're you're hacking the peleton for your own your own benefit like interesting to more marketing kind of questions for you. Most people i find that are on the show or kind of observant engaged in the world in some form or fashion am curious if there's any brands or companies or causes that you follow or you think other people should take notice so i been. I'm like an ai chunky right..
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"When we last spoke you described two approaches to solutions there being worked on one a browser approach and then a universal idea approach. Can you describe both of these. I mean because if we lose the cookie we tire lose targeting and personalization in marketing in the digital form anyway innocence. Yeah and one of the key thing to remember is it's not that all cookies are going away. I'm just third party cookies. So when you're on a website. Let's say you're on cnn dot com or new york times dot com when you're on some some major website and they drop cookies. Those are first party cookies so a domain that juror. That's indeed url bar of your browser. Cookies owned by that domain. Our first party cookies cookies that are dropped from other domains so you know it might be the publisher might be working with. Dsp or an ad server. You might see a domain like some t. s. p. or some ad server dot com and those would be third party cookies. And that's what's going to be blocked. So personalization will still be possible through cookies and through similar methods i party sense from a individual publisher. Or if you're on an advertiser website you'll still be able to to personalize their What you won't be able to do is personalize across sites based on an pages that you viewed or interactions that you've had on other sites so it's up completely going away but there's definitely going to be an impact to how personalization is done today in terms of the two methods right there's two camps like you said there's the browser camp which is being led more or less google and their their proposal of turtle dove and also flock and these are more where identification of audiences will happen in the browser. And then there are the user. Id based approaches unified ideas of major proposal in this space that there's a few others as well but these actually rely on logged in data from email addresses or other pi that similar and this will allow a hashed. Id's that personal. I'll get and then get shared around that way so this is somewhat similar to the way that that third party cookies functions then using a slightly different on to maintain that persistence of the id.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"In in gaming. Learn the whole ecosystem around specially mobile gaming. Anything from how tech works to how you do business in this in this industry and having only interest in technology everything basically summed up to creating a founding advertising sog bidden in my whole career niche into gaming ashley the kind of marketing and business development I come from a technical background. i started my career. I'll doing technical things so it all ended up pretty nicely lane getting an opportunity to create rate this company and hopefully seeing. It's become bigger. I think we're just in the starting points that i'm ready today. Where we are enabling the a new media platform and making sure that there are technology available for gaming asset as channel to hit the world. And when it does it's gonna it's gonna go fast because gaming is already so biggie reaching three billion people today so we're just waiting for the technology to be recognized gaming a whole to be considered a media platform for the future. What advice would you give your younger. Self if you're starting all over to listen to what you like and what you believe it and really focus on that and put all your strengths in time and efforts into what you believe more you like and not really listen too much on with other people. Say and do the things that you have to do while you should go to school. Obviously watson listen to your heart and do what you love because if you continue doing what's you'll succeed in the kind of silly question but like asking this question. Has there been an impactful. Purchase one hundred dollars or less for us in the last six to twelve months. I think i'm gonna put a celia answer to this one for the first time ever this winter. I both winter gloves. That have a special kind of textile on the fingertips. Who could actually use your full with the glove song and known about that for years. This was the first time. I actually bought a pair and they were good. Just love being able to put up the phone. They're not having to remove the glove to do some quick emails or stuff like that. So yeah that that said sure. I had a similar situation to you. Or i've known about those for years. Never for whatever reason purchased a pair but did this past winter as well and and it's a game changer. Should be on every exactly a couple more marketing type questions for you. Curious if there's like brands or companies or causes that you follow or you think other people should be taking notice of parthenon. I'm pretty snowed into what i'm doing at were excel. It's i spent a lot of time within the gaming industry. Of course. I'm still amazed about this industry. Honest how big it has become. I remember doing mobile games in the year of two thousand walmart. Something like that. Send at that time. I think we had three percent of the western world population. Playing mobile games and people were laughing. Sleep when we when we talked about doing game on a very small mobile phone. And today it's mass market sixties is five percents or more playing games on on your fall and the industry's generating hundreds of billions in revenue now every year I like the fact that it enables anyone from obviously those big publisher houses but also small studios up can within a few months creates the most wonderful game out there. They have the opportunity to release it on a global scale and eastern dumped their work correctly. They'll be awarded with millions of dollars in revenue. And i think there are very few industries where you s a one. Two three person company can go off on a global scale and create a product that makes a model mommy and even though the industry has matured in the last year still on a weekly basis some opportunity for a new smelling students. Golf their release a game becomes a top talent game for the moments and make them millionaires. Basically that's something that. I admire a lot last question for you. What do you think is the largest opportunity or threat to marketers to well. I would do my job. If i didn't say that marketeers should start looking. Heavily into game. Is the newest. The biggest the coolest our media channel out there. But it's still on the hard for so many marketeer salt. There's that's gaming is the biggest opportunity for marketers. The biggest threats is definitely the fact that the world is moving very fast. And what i mean with that. Is that if you're marketeer. You need to understand what is happening out there in the world where people are spending their time and what they're doing and you need to be aware of trends you need to bear aware of new social media so things like that if you are still spending long. Tv print santa traditional internet related services. You're easily five years behind where we could be at the moment. Having your iso been invest early into new opportunities you'll be able to reach audiences in a new way and being i could be a big win for marketers will nicholas thanks for coming on the show and given us like the overview if you will of east sports and gaming thank you thank you very much ellen. Musher hi it's allen again. Marketing today was created and produced by me with support from my team and podcast editor sound engineers and writers at share. Your genius find them at share. Your genius dot com. If you're new to marketing today please feel free to write us a review an item or your favorite listening platform. 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"At pace technologies a financial technology company focused on the wealth management industry on the show today ryan and i talk about his pathway to become cmo docu pace and the cmo role there. And how every cmo role at every company seems to be just a tich different ways about the bbc marketing space as well as his focus on content marketing and building expertise within an organization. And how that can be a natural self fulfilling prophecy if you will If he can get the mix right and get the motivations right so. I hope you enjoy this conversation with brian. George ryan welcome to the show. Thanks for having me looking for the conversation. Me too i i. I know we're gonna get into some meaty topics but before we do that i have to ask. You heard the story that you travel around with with muscle to get job interviews. What's what's this about at travel around with family muscle. No i am as we were chatting as most people getting your first job out of school is difficult in When i graduated from the university of texas at austin. I wanted to stick around in austin like most people but after thirty two interviews or so in my least coming to end. I realized that it wasn't going to be able to stick around austin so ahead home. San antonio and luckily my grandfather was the maintenance man out of mutual fund company and the mutual fund company had basically the story was. He came with the building. He worked at the maintenance as the previous owner of the building. And then when the mutual fund company bought them he kept showing up and so they just kept using him but he was rather persuasive writing in the elevator with the ceo. One day by not letting him out until he agreed to to give me an interview in that sort of set off a career. So i'm thankful for my grandfather for his tenacity. It also has always advocating for his grandson. Sounds like a story straight a new york or something not san antonio the white right. Yes yes exactly. Let's talk about your careers so from early days of of your grandmother forcing someone to interview to being now. The chief marketing officer at docu pace. Where'd you get your start. And like we've been smooth stops along the way that mutual fund company i was talking about was accompanying san antonio called. Us global investors in a didn't start off in marketing pr started off answering the phones as a registered rep. Registered rep is basically. Sit there with a headset on a phone. Deans in you know. There's a client. They're ready to ask you a question and it's definitely not what i expected myself to to run out of college but it provided a tremendous learning platform for both learning how to work had to be flexible in also taught me the real business about the wealth management which have been falling in love within still here more than fifteen years later but that was my first role then at that company then i moved into about a year and a half in moved to public relations role and that was something where i really felt like i started started to flourish that public relations was might degree and we happen to have. Co owner that really saw the value of pr and really saw the value of marketing. And that's something that has you know really provided me the opportunity to grow to try new things and i can really credit or helping me get up. Get start within the business. When did you make the transition from public relations to marketing. I was at a natural progression just taking on more responsibilities. That kind of thing. I know in your conversations with advertising marketing communications professionals like there's sort of an overlap. There i think my transition from marketing. I was really the two merged together. I think with my time at us global It was started with just public relations in media And then we really started shifting into content in started a blog in social media and so that naturally pivoted into a broader sort of marketing set. And we we're able to work into new skills in developed that which things that maybe not traditionally were public relations. But now sort of i think sort of defined a multi skill set a marketing communications individual. Let's talk about the company era docu pace in. Tell me what do you guys provide in. Who the service ties the back office for wealth management firms. So if you'd ever worked with a financial advisor or use a metaphor buying house you know. They put up big stack of papers in front of you anytime they want to make a recommendation. You have to sign that. Will those papers go somewhere somewhere. As the back office in what documents does is helps digitize automate those processes so it eliminates airs. Make sure that the account is opened a effectively as you probably be surprised at the the age which a lot of the technology that runs the financial industry. It runs on. Documents helps to make that doesn't in a compliant way as you can imagine. It's heavily regulated industry. So we'd normally sell to a larger registered investment advisers are as or what we call independent broker. Dealers are inclines. I imagine i mean besides the accuracy component. You're automating. I would imagine a lot of steps for them so making it easier to onboard new clients and make changes and things like that yet in almost surface businesses within the industry may look similar but everybody's got these processes that decide to turn themselves to a bunch of unicorns and so the flexibility of the documents platform in our ability to help customize the workflows to to match their business. I think he's been something that's really helped. The company grow over its nineteen years. The cmo as you know mean it's never the same role any cmo you talk to so as thinking about your role what's including your role as cmo it pace so let's have all these all so there's marketing communications both internal external hunting creation events brand awareness public relations strategy. I think strategies become a part of that and then sort of customer industry insights. Which you know. I'm not specifically in charge of the client. Experience duck face. We have a chief customer officer who oversees that. But i am definitely in charge of helping drive insights within that group of from what the industry is best practice may be as well as what our clients take about our brand in what are our service offerings as pretty big scope for sure and you're in the b. space of course so like how do you think about b. two b. marketing today either be marketing one of those things that sometimes. I think it's can be a trigger worked for me. Because i think we we tend to over think it i think b. two b. marketing today is really the best ones really understand that the human connection is really what matters trigger a smile in your possible. You one in trigger entry in curiosity in. I think that a lot of the tools that you haven't have access to today a really sort of automated bad marketing at scale so you have automation tools like we demand base here at a documents. We have a part on place for marketing. Automation sierra services whether it's salesforce or some other. Crm art ubiquitous within the industry. You're able to get an email addresses in be able to reach out to people's inboxes as much as you'd like but they're not necessarily ready or wanting to hear your messages if you're not providing value so if i if i got one more legion guarantee e mail in my inbox. Inbox may explode. Just because that's what seems to be the the bbc world today you know leads. Don't come overnight. They come from knowing the customer engaging with.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Almost like your mother in law's tongue it makes makes sense. I hope my mother-in-law listening to this so anyway moving on as a marketer curious if there is brands or companies or causes that you follow or you think other people should be taking notice. Yeah so a new company that came across in the last couple of months i was. I took the subway for the first time in a long time. A few weeks ago actually saw an ad on the subway platform and it was a company called back market. I don't know if you're familiar with it but they are a marketplace for refurbish devices. And i was just looking more into them. And they're very mission driven and their mission is to really. How do we reduce environmental waste caused by devices. And i think that's fascinating. Because especially with covert and the increase for digitization as we mentioned right devices are indispensable and yet they actually take a lot of energy to create and then it also. They sort of lasts for a long time sort of end up in. Landfills are not back market trying to create not just a marketplace but really an economy for refurbish devices. So that people can sort of make more use out of out of these devices so that a they become more affordable and then be also become warrant sorta environmentally responsible. I think it's a fascinating concept definitely and especially as you think about all the virtual students in the us in many of the students I would imagine have a hard time accessing devices or or cheaply accessing devices. Yeah makes perfect sense in and for the environment for all those reasons he just laid out. I'll have to check them out. I haven't heard of them for will last question for you. Curious what you think is the either largest opportunity our biggest threat that marketers are facing today. So i think Similar to what i was talking about earlier i think a big threat is if people with an organization operate in silos and so i think the opportunity is really how do we better integrate marketing coms customer experience sort of altogether so all of these different pieces work together to deliver customer value and to build that relationship and trust with our customers. 'cause i do think right especially in the world right now. It's it's harder and harder to draw the lines between sort of where pr ends were. Marketing begins or where prada experienced starts. And where service begins right and so i think organizations that internally are siloed and see these different functions being very separated at the end might not be well positioned to deliver the greatest customer benefit. Erica thank you so much for coming on the show. Join the conversation. Thank you for having me. Hi it's allen again. Marketing today was created and produced by me with support from my team and podcast editor sound engineers and writers. Cher your genius. Find them at share your genius dot com. If you're new to marketing today please feel free to write us a review on itunes or your favorite listening platform. Don't forget to subscribe on marketing. Today podcast dot com and tell your friends and colleagues about the show. I love to hear from listeners. You can contact me on marketing today. Podcasts dot com there. You'll also find complete show notes linked to what was discussed in the episode today and you can search our archives. I'm alan heart and this is marketing today..
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
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"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Piece or even the conspiracy theories that run rampant at a hate to say this but like it's marketing in and of itself so it's kind of interesting to see which ones are successful and what they're doing. I actually have a guest coming up after this episode at some point. And i've had that company owned before at austin texas cody yonder that tries to apply. Hey i technology to standing the conversations that are happening in the social environment and try to understand how messages are certain types of thoughts get amplified and how they become essentially a quote unquote viral eight. That word and they do too. But that's the idea it's interesting. I don't understand it either but i'm trying to watch it lot to learn from it so it'd be interesting. Yeah last question. What do you feel like is the largest opportunity or threat. Marketers are facing today. Well i think the opportunity is the threat in my view and that is look. I moved my titles customer experience. My last one was customer. Experience and people like we shifted for me. Customer experience much like when i started in marketing it was like digital was evolution of marketing. And then you know it's like then there's social experience is just what marketing is now and the former levers that we had considered marketing simply levers in ensuring a customer experience and an employee experience for that matter. If you don't have a great employee experience you've got bear little chance of having a successful customer experience so for me the threat and the opportunity is that is keeping the eye on the total experience rather than getting mired down in the vertical function that you think you own so whether your supply chain or whether your it or merchant were in pakistan whatever you might be in whether you're like you are the like frontline to the customer or your somewhere behind the line. You're impacting the customer experience. And i think that if we all and everybody within the company any company isn't thinking that way. I think that's a threat in on the other side. It's the opportunity if you can find a company where every single person feels that they are responsible in some way for that customer experienced an puts that thought into what they do. I believe they have limitless opportunity. Julie thank you so much for coming on the show. I've learned a ton myself. It's fun thanks. I haven't had given my whole life story and longtime sopore period for people necessarily but it was fun to give hi. It's alan again. Marketing today was created produced by me. If you're new to marketing today please feel free to write us a review i tunes or your favorite listening platform and don't forget to subscribe. Tell your friends and colleagues about the show. I love to hear from listeners. And you can contact me at marketing today. Podcasts dot com. You'll also find complete show notes links to anything. We talk about any episode. You can also search our. i'm alan heart and this is marketing..
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"I want. say congrats on your latest book. You lead how being yourself makes you a better leader. What was the motivation for this book. So just like in the same idea. Be yourself how do you do that. And how much of you should you bring into work. We talk about authenticity transparency. But is it about being radically transparent. Radically empathic and radically you totally you. So that was the question. Mark ahead in my mind as i launched intas but actually i started writing this book in two thousand and fourteen and at the time i wanted to be like the book of my life like everything full out work personal and everything in between and it took me a long time to Stu and come up with this line which is hopefully to change the way we lead a not just in business but ourselves because in the end of the day. If there's is huge lack of engagement oversee the previously to books haven't exactly figure that out and then to understand how we can bring more of ourselves feel engaged fulfilled and up bullshitting ourselves at work. Which hopefully has knock on effective leading everybody else to want to be with you. Yeah i mean. Starting in two dozen fourteen. Roughly six years was their their moment where it accelerated for. You does seem like a long time. But i know other books. People have written not you but other people could take ten years fifteen years sometimes so. I'm just curious if there is an unlock moment for you. Well it's great. You know like those more academic papers need lottery such things like that. No this was the actually. The thing that happened here was sort of blocking moments Blocking tackle i had. I went off to croatia. At thirty thousand words. I was like all excited came back wife about it. I've really got a big slug of all of us. Had something happened. And i had actually three big loud bazooka moment blocking me or changing the course of my direction which included a call from the television station. Pbs saying hey mental. Your story so great. Let's put on television and clearly. That wasn't part of what i was thinking and and i'm busy doing something else. Meaning internet this actually takes preference so i then put on hold when off that one and then a friend of mine killed himself and that kind of took on another path and then so i've had these different things that have happened anyway. I would say that the walk. In kensington park with a friend of mine who had been published kogan page was the catalyst to getting contact with them and they said awesome. Great idea really. Love it and next thing you know. I had a publisher and that happened of course before the old pandemic started. We'll let's get into started down this path. And i stopped you apologised for the rabbit hole but i wanna to talk about what you mean by you lead. You talked about authenticity radically being yourself. Tell us a little bit more about what you mean by. You lied so i. I generally feel that everybody has leadership potential and but a lot of times. You sort of like won't take away the responsibility and this listen to orders. And i feel like if there's such disengagement at work something is not happening so the of initial premise. Is you lead you and you need to be master of you. Which essentially means at its heart getting to know who you are and what matters to you and so often we go through life. Allan where we're doing what we're supposed to do getting the title on the business card getting extrinsic ideas doing following in my father's footsteps or not as man whatever and we're not actually in touch with ourselves and this is a particular challenge when you're successful often mail. You just think that this is the thing and so the one. I'm trying to really griffin to is to be in check with who we are as an individual and then once we have that established we get rid of some of the chips in the shoulders. Were more cognizant when we're being emotional and irascible and disagreeable and and potentially more vulnerable and then we can definitely model a behavior that the rest of the team might follow through with got it and i mean those sound like great things to do like just a better know myself to be more aware of my own tics and talks. Yeah why is this important for leaders. Do you think well on one hand. My feeling is that leadership is still wonky. If not a terribly wrong and the other hand i think that is much as some people want to be authentic. It's they're not sure what they're being authentic about and why they're doing it so very quickly you can be put off the course you can be doing something because you think it's good to do because it's like there's the narrative being sustainable development is great. Let's do it but there's no real hook anchor back into who you are as we end up doing so many things because it's good to do. Oh that sounds like a really smart idea let's do that and by justifying rationalizing all these smart ideas. We actually ended up frustrating ourselves. Because we're going to not get to want to get too so i feel like the issue is. We've all been to university a lot of us or you know educated and were reading even if you haven't gone university it's fine but with intellectual curiosity we we kind of think we know ourselves because we have that arrogance may be pretension says i want of course i know myself. I'm fifty six allen. God dammit you crack question me on who i am but i think we have this sort of absolute ability gloss over the details. I'm an executive powerful. And i'm excited. I'm confident on curious. I'd fine but that kind of describes everybody at some level to sort of leggings generic concepts that you want to project but who are you deeply inside and if you're excited about sustainable development can you not attach it to something that's more relevant to you for example or hopefully i'll have one day grandkids. Well i'd like for them to live in an environment where okay well. That's at least a more personal hook as opposed to the intellectual size that it was going to help our customers think that we're better people.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Are now the vp gm of the hispanic business unit for pepsico. What was your path to get there. Yeah i am studied engineering for college. So i was math and science person in high school and my physics teacher mr adrian nouvelle who actually was so important to my life that he came to my wedding by way and kind of steered me into the space helped me with <hes>. College application letters recommendation. And so i studied engineering before. You're so i've been in a manufacturing environment for awhile. Bump steel toed shoes uniform union arment. And that's really where i started my career <hes>. At the same time my company was so gracious that <hes>. They paid for my mba. So <hes>. i went to <hes>. Uconn in stamford connecticut to take classes at night and really got more exposed to concepts of business management marketing research and just really loved it and so then when i asked for a new gig they said finance or sales and unlike okay sales and sales and all i need to go into marketing because marketing guides what we're doing in sales and i think they could do a better job and so i was lucky that my <hes>. General manager at the time created a job and that was that was the beginning of my marketing career. So very classically trained at unilever and then pepsi around marketing from like you know the analysts all the way through up till now you know a vp gm. Which i'm really proud and excited about and <hes>. And yeah i feel like i'm in a really great role. Right can make a big impact on the careers of our of our folks drive to mercy inclusion and drive the business results faster than general market because the population is growing so quick so and <hes>. There's just so many things that are benefiting from being in this role that <hes>. That i'm really grateful about. But that's kind of the the journey really. It was not linear at all <hes>. Did not start off wanting to and marketing that side of my brain and that analytical process orientation i think does just a market yeah i think increasing edge to a home maybe ten years ago when you made the original switch i think today it's much more analytically rigorous than it has been in the past <hes>. But yeah no. That's that's phenomenal. And i've had a few folks on the show. That have transitioned from engineer to sales marketing. And it's it's funny the way you went through that transition in how you described it because a few of them have described it similarly meaning they. They went from engineering the sales and then they realized my words not yours. How bad marketing screws it up. And they need to go help marketing. Try to figure that out because it it comes down to the sales folks at some level whether their marketing is getting it right or not so. It's an interesting learning curve and <hes>. A pathway that. I've heard before. So what would what drove what drove the creation of the hispanic business unit. And how are you guys thinking about like measuring success. That's a that's a big scene seemingly to me as an outsider like it seems like a big big thing like a big shift in how you're organized. Yeah this was created. I believe in twenty eighteen by out. Carrie who at the time was still pepsi. Co when of are really incredible leaders kirk. Tanner who's our ceo and <hes>. My current boss. Greg lyons our cmo and they just really realize that you know the hispanic <hes>. Business is untapped potential and if we have a fixed mindset about it and we're not going to capture that growth and <hes>. So what's the do different because in the past. Yeah we had a multicultural team. That <hes> definitely had <hes>. A role but didn't necessarily have ownership and so the do different had to be to create an organization that was dedicated to this and have the right resources. And that's what they did and <hes>. And it's been pretty successful. Ever since the the key measures to the other question you had really is around. Hey can we help grow faster with hispanic consumer than the general market. Can we help build equity with this fan of consumer and <hes>. And those are some key metrics we look at and so far. We've we've been <hes>. We've been pretty pretty successful doing that. How have you. You mentioned multicultural marketing. How you see you know multicultural marketing involved being. I mean you've gone. I guess a pepsico all the way to creating a entire business unit this kind of like got its measure of <unk>. Market success it's not. It's not the historical tack on her on. That might have happened in the past at different organizations. How do you think about the evolution of multicultural marketing. I guess it's related to. What is the current makeup of our population <hes>. Which is very multicultural <hes>. So in in a way like our everything. We do should be multicultural. Because that's the fabric of our country <hes>. But that's not always that embrace necessarily in that way so <hes>. So i think it's come. It's come a long way to recognize that you do need dedicated resources to unlock it to learn about that consumer really intimately in order to then figure out how to drive the right cultural relevance <hes>. You can't do one. Size fits all. You can't assume that. Okay well you know h-h-hispanics in this case writer are part of the general market. So general market stuff should work <hes>. Should you know resonate just as well right. The reality is that you know if you look like hispanic segmentation. There's different things going on depending on someone's <hes>. Background story you know. I gave you a little bit about what the narrative was for my family story behind every hispanic every multicultural consumer that is in this country and so understanding. That can help you then better. Connect to those emotional subconscious cues in their mind to then build your brand build relevancy so <hes>. One-size-fits-all is not is not gonna work. So how it's evolved. It is getting even more personalized. It's getting even more specific. So even saying multicultural. Marketings probably not correct because now it's hispanic marketing and within hispanic doubleclick. It's mexican from la versus mexican from el paso or ecuadorian. From new york. Cuban from miami which might be different from tampa like it's real localization. Now and that i think is the unlock to really building brands longer term.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Let's talk about the professional path and <hes>. You are now the vp gm of the hispanic business unit for pepsico. What was your path to get there. Yeah i am studied engineering for college. So i was math and science person in high school and my physics teacher mr adrian nouvelle who actually was so important to my life that he came to my wedding by way and kind of steered me into the space helped me with <hes>. College application letters recommendation. And so i studied engineering before. You're so i've been in a manufacturing environment for awhile. Bump steel toed shoes uniform union arment. And that's really where i started my career <hes>. At the same time my company was so gracious that <hes>. They paid for my mba. So <hes>. i went to <hes>. Uconn in stamford connecticut to take classes at night and really got more exposed to concepts of business management marketing research and just really loved it and so then when i asked for a new gig they said finance or sales and unlike okay sales and sales and all i need to go into marketing because marketing guides what we're doing in sales and i think they could do a better job and so i was lucky that my <hes>. General manager at the time created a job and that was that was the beginning of my marketing career. So very classically trained at unilever and then pepsi around marketing from like you know the analysts all the way through up till now you know a vp gm. Which i'm really proud and excited about and <hes>. And yeah i feel like i'm in a really great role. Right can make a big impact on the careers of our of our folks drive to mercy inclusion and drive the business results faster than general market because the population is growing so quick so and <hes>. There's just so many things that are benefiting from being in this role that <hes>. That i'm really grateful about. But that's kind of the the journey really. It was not linear at all <hes>. Did not start off wanting to and marketing that side of my brain and that analytical process orientation i think does just a market yeah i think increasing edge to a home maybe ten years ago when you made the original switch i think today it's much more analytically rigorous than it has been in the past <hes>. But yeah no. That's that's phenomenal. And i've had a few folks on the show. That have transitioned from engineer to sales marketing. And it's it's funny the way you went through that transition in how you described it because a few of them have described it similarly meaning they. They went from engineering the sales and then they realized my words not yours. How bad marketing screws it up. And they need to go help marketing. Try to figure that out because it it comes down to the sales folks at some level whether their marketing is getting it right or not so. It's an interesting learning curve and <hes>. A pathway that. I've heard before. So what would what drove what drove the creation of the hispanic business unit. And how are you guys thinking about like measuring success. That's a that's a big scene seemingly to me as an outsider like it seems like a big big thing like a big shift in how you're organized. Yeah this was created. I believe in twenty eighteen by out. Carrie who at the time was still pepsi. Co when of are really incredible leaders kirk. Tanner who's our ceo and <hes>. My current boss. Greg lyons our cmo and they just really realize that you know the hispanic <hes>. Business is untapped potential and if we have a fixed mindset about it and we're not going to capture that growth and <hes>. So what's the do different because in the past. Yeah we had a multicultural team. That <hes> definitely had <hes>. A role but didn't necessarily have ownership and so the do different had to be to create an organization that was dedicated to this and have the right resources. And that's what they did and <hes>. And it's been pretty successful. Ever since the the key measures to the other question you had really is around. Hey can we help grow faster with hispanic consumer than the general market. Can we help build equity with this fan of consumer and <hes>. And those are some key metrics we look at and so far. We've we've been <hes>. We've been pretty pretty successful doing that.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"Hadn't hadn't given it much thought in terms of the size and scope of that but definitely big pushes in that direction. It's so true. And i think it's part of the maturation of the digital digital transformation ultimately integrates oath. And you see it in the example. We talk about todd. Will you see everywhere. That's how you know it's really maturing really get to mainstream and that's why it's growing so fast because it's getting to point like a car it's a key into it Anymore push button. Start at and you don't have to know anything about the cognitive to not digital or analog you just it just is now and that's when you hit that tipping point you go to the late majority in the markets in that's how companies explode on growth curves and it's happening so naturally to us at the stage that it's it's remarkable. Yeah hundred percent agree. Hundred percent agree will last question for you. What do you feel like is the biggest opportunity or threat for marketers right now. Can i get a little potentially controversial without trying to take any sides. Yeah you can go. Staten island on me. So maybe i'll start talking like my native tongue. They i think there's a third rail out there for marketers and it doesn't matter where you sit on the overall spectrum not going to get to politically but left or right. Everything seems staffed so much purpose right now. A deeper purpose. That if you don't agree with that purpose you polarize major segments of the market. That are just equally good people which is different perspectives and points of view. And it's taking the fun out of so many things and it's forcing marketers and brands to take sides in in places that they really have no real need into. And i think i think it's a very dangerous place to play in great brands. Great organizations getting wrapped up in the middle of this at the end of the day. Were all people were all human. We have differences of views on some things. But it really just be careful of dragging your brand your company or your business into these waters unless it's really really critical to what circus a product to bring into market. Because i don't know how you steer out of it and i see a lot of a lot of companies. Get themselves in trouble right now. No hundred percent are am onboard with what. You're talking about the recent Recording this right after the election for those that are illicit is a little bit later when it airs it came to light as you look at the electoral map in the united states. And you see the red. And the blue and there was a great digital visualization. Done a couple of them. Actually on linked in. I was looking where one was instead of hard. Red and hard blue they shaded it and kind of a red to spec troms so you saw like actually most of the country's purple and then there was another one that showed kind of like the density of red and blue based on population. Because that's actually where people vote. It's not that there's like these huge red landmasses out there. The make it look bigger than it is just fewer people those areas and it was looking at both of those to your point. Like there's this notion of we're allowing ourselves to become more and more polarized and obviously that's gonna seep into many many decisions including things like purpose in taking a side or taking a stand as a company. But i do feel like there is this this need for all of us to stay centered and focus on what unites us or what brings us together and from a marketing standpoint. I feel like that's where the massive markets are as where you can get get that growth that you're looking for is on what brings us together not appealing to one side or the other just makes it complicated and there was time in place for in but it just. It's just some things can be safe spaces for. Everybody and i think that's your question. I think that's the biggest one of the biggest threats in it is not to for marketers today. Yeah recommended this book before to listeners. I'll recommended again. Just because i think it's a great if your marketer and trying to figure out this issue where to take a stand and how to do it not get yourself in. Trouble is a great book by a friend of mine. Peter horst called a marketing in the era of fake news. And it's he has a great if you don't read anything else in the book there's a great framework that he uses the talks about. You really starts with the not putting your head in the sand but figuring out what what your values are the business has right and then working your way out from there to the level of comfort that you have to step into these these areas right but you gotta start with what your company lives from a value standpoint before you can go take a stand on an issue right because need to make sure that your values as you lineup to those things that you're going to take a stand on couldn't agree more rob. I've really enjoyed having you on the show. And the look forward to following the company. Thank you allan. it's been a pleasure and it's been a great experience so glad to be here and thank you very much. I it's ellen again. Marketing today was created a produced by me. If you're new marketing today please feel free to write us a review on itunes or your favorite listening platform. Don't forget to subscribe. Tell your friends and colleagues about the show. I love to hear from listeners. And you can contact me marketing today. Podcasts dot com there. You'll also find complete show notes links to anything. We talk about any episode. You can also search our archives. i'm alan heart and this is marketing.
"alan" Discussed on Marketing Today with Alan Hart
"So i'm gonna go with toilet paper. Oh boy yeah so i. I studied toilet paper in the us. Market for a canadian supplier actually Like a force komo for station company but the learnings from consumer standpoint people are extraordinarily passionate about their toilet. Paper i think is as marketers. We probably look at that as a category. That is just a commodity it. Hello engagements they could be not more wrong. Frankly not to mention the disturbing stat. That i cannot get out of my head and so put it in. Everyone else's head is that in the us. There's two percent of people that do not use toilet paper. I'm just hoping that they have today's that's all i so anyway. Moving on juries. If there is any brands or companies or causes that you follow or you think other people should take notice of while. I was recently invited to join the board of the center for women in enterprise which is a not for profit that helps women and minorities and veterans actually start their own businesses. And the reason. I'm so passionate about it. Because this pandemic has forced us to really see what's important and it has caused a whole bunch of people to really rethink their own livelihood. Many people have lost their businesses. We have seen restaurants closed time and time again expecting another wave of hardship. This fall season hits so the idea of being able to help. Some of our most underserved populations find ways to create value for themselves for society. Altogether has been really meaningful so most passionate about helping those groups of people but also helping people start up new enterprises for sure for sure. What was the name of the organization. I it it's called. Cw e the center for women and enterprise oca- awesome awesome linked to that in the show notes. Thank you. I highly recommend people check about. You will last question for you. What do you feel like is the largest opportunity or biggest threat that marketers space. And i have a sense that i might know where you're going to go with this answer but i'll say trust but i'm not sure you're you're hundred percent right. Only i categorize it. Instead brand promise. I actually think marketers have a huge role to play in trust because marketers at the forefront of how we are engaging with people what we say what we deal and making sure that those things match is incredibly important. Trust is is gained in and lost in buckets according to a windows in a panel recently. And she's absolutely right and marketers play a giant role in making people are clear minded and understanding. What it is. We're trying to do for them. Awesome actually thank you so much for coming on the show. This has been a fun conversation. I was so excited to join. And i hope i can do it again awesome. It's allen again. Marketing today was created and produced by me. If you're new to marketing today please feel free to write us a review i tunes or your favorite listening platform and don't forget to subscribe. Tell your friends and colleagues about the show. I love to hear from listeners. And you can contact me at marketing today. Podcasts dot com there. You'll also find complete show notes links to anything. We talk about any episode. You can also search archives. I'm alan heart that this is marketing..