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WHO airlifting medical supplies to Lebanon
"The the World US Health trade Organization deficit drops says for the it's first a lifting time in medical four supplies months at the Lebanon and the trade Russia is deficit contributing fell to by seven and the a WHO's half percent says in June it expects to about to come fifty off the one billion thousand dollars former the when first up to one decrease thousand since surgical February interventions the commerce following department the explosion says exports in Beirut posted a record supplies increase airlifted rising from humanitarian an unprecedented hub in Dubai nine percent will be used while to treat imports burns and rose wounds almost five caused by percent broken glass global and commerce other debris has been from hammered the massive by covert blast nineteen separately but some Russian economists emergency expect officials the U. S. say trade the numbers first Russian to continue plane improving with medical workers and as production equipment catches for makeshift up with the hospital recovery in has consumption left the country and he's heading my for Lebanon camp in Washington for more flights will follow in the next twenty four hours with more rescues and medical workers I'm Charles the last month
US trade deficit drops in June on record rise in exports
"The US trade deficit drops for the first time in four months the trade deficit fell by seven and a half percent in June to about fifty billion dollars the first decrease since February the commerce department says exports posted a record increase rising an unprecedented nine percent while imports rose almost five percent global commerce has been hammered by covert nineteen but some economists expect the U. S. trade numbers to continue improving as production catches up with the recovery in consumption my camp in Washington
Lawmakers Seek Records on Planned Kodak Loan
"Trading is another dangerous corporate game. And the Securities and Exchange Commission has suspicions about the $765 million federal loan that Kodak Kodak got to start making pharmaceuticals. Kodak's jumped stock jumped Morton's 25% the day before the announcement of alone reaction from President Trump. I don't know I wasn't involved in the deal. The concept of the deal is good, but I'll let you know what we'll do. A little study on the Kodak century into Big Pharma is seen as a way to reduce Use U. S dependence on prescription drugs now made overseas, particularly in China, the world's
U.S. Seeks as Much as $18.1 Billion From Purdue Pharma
"The US Department of Justice is demanding oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma pay as much as eighteen point one billion in penalties as part of its bankruptcy reorganization plan. The Wall Street Journal reports on the civil side. The DOJ is seeking two point eight billion, which could be tripled under the law for tax dollars spent battling the US opioid epidemic, as well as kickbacks to doctors and pharmacies, and transferring cash to hide money from creditors on the criminal side. Federal prosecutors want purdue to pay a six point, two, billion fine and the forfeiture of potentially three and a half billion more over marketing and distribution that violated criminal statutes including anti kickback laws misbranding under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and conspiracy.
One nation, under gods? Indias divisive temple
"Off. Today India's Prime Minister Narendra. Modi. Traveled to the northeastern city of yoga which was hung with saffron flags and more than one hundred, thousand jobs. He came to lay the first stone of temple to Rahm incarnation of the Hindu God vishnu with believed was born in the city. This isn't the standard fare of a politician pressing the flesh for a photo op. It fulfils a promise Mr Moody made as a young politician to return to iota only when construction on a new temple began. Key. Speech at the dedication broadcast into the whole country he said the temple would be a symbol of unity that the weight of centuries and today. Agreement nation. Idea A symbol of unity. It is not the weight of centuries as Mr Moody and his BJP party see it goes back to the founding of a mosque on the site that was razed to the ground nearly thirty years ago. When we're talking about a Yoda today, we're talking about a very specific place just a couple of acres off the center of town where there was a great big mosque built in the sixteenth century and destroyed by Hindu activists in nineteen ninety-two. Alex. TREBEK's is the economists India correspondent based in Delhi the site of that former mosque is what's under contention? It's been the most controversial. Acre. In all of India. Ever since and the question is whether or not Hindus may bill the temple to Rahm right there and so how did things progressive since nineteen ninety two when the the mosque was destroyed how does that end up as a temple concentration today? It's been a terribly. Tortuous story through the courts after decades of legal stasis and very bizarre humiliation the supreme. Court. Last November, few months after Narendra Modi Wins, wapping reelection decides that the most crucial part of the ground ought to be given to the Hindus go ahead and build the temple that you've been clamoring for these decades. The court noted that the demolition of the mosque illegal in sort of compensation that no one appreciated very much allocated several acres of idle land outside the town to Muslims. In effect, the court just gave the Hindus white they had wanted and I mean the Hindu nationalists, the very groups that had clamored for the destruction of the mosque and eighty is a ninety S. And so what precisely is happening today then so today is the last of three days of the ceremony. Put. In which people most notably the prime minister are doing various prayers, offering ritual sacrifices, and so on. Around the site itself most spectacularly in the middle of all the Prime Minister Narendra. Modi ritually lifted into place the forty kilograms silver brick, which serves as temples foundation stone. Now it's consecrated and all its left is to keep on raising money and build the actual structure itself and what's the reaction been from Muslims about this this contentious building. You know in a way Muslims and everyone cares about civil rights and the secular foundation of India knows what to say no. One's happy about it. firebrand Muslim leader in Parliament Assadi. Noisy has criticized the prime minister going to a religious event and it's indeed striking that the prime minister should be there on the temple grounds with a bunch of priests and Politicos all mixed in as if they were a single class, it's shocking if you've been sleeping under a rock as India's changed in recent years and in fact, I was Struck that there have been no mass protests by Muslim groups either after the Supreme Court's decision last November nor today it doesn't mean they're happy about it. But at this point, the thing to protest, we talked a lot about Narendra Modi's brand of Hindu nationalism I. Guess This is kind of a pinnacle. Then for his aims I mean what? What does this mean for him and his party it is a pinnacle of sorts but I think it's more important to look at this as the end of a long first stage of Hindu nationalism. Movement. In India. We're looking at something more like a capstone than a foundation stone and at the same time this date August fifth was chosen for quite obvious reason. It's the first anniversary of this government very bold move to strip the state of jump in Kashmir India's only Muslim state a year ago of its status as a state and rule it directly from Delhi that was one of the main three goals that the Hindu nationalist movement had till. Now now, the third of those goals creating a uniform civil code that would bind. Muslim family law into line with Hindu and secular family law governs most of the rest of India is a less inspiring goal and it's been half accomplished. Already what Mr Moody is going to need in future is another another series of rallying cries like build the temple and where he's GonNa find them it's just not obvious at this point. So today's ceremony is is not a cause for for great triumph. This is this is not the the the end of this long road for the Jay he's hindu-nationalist goals and therefore mission accomplished. This is a triumph. Yes. By all rights Mr, Modi a good one to be taking the victory lap for his party is ideologically movement but that's also very backwards looking Mr Moody was elected with a terrific share of the parliamentary seats in two thousand fourteen in the first place. Because of these hindu-nationalist goals which attracted the devotion of his base, but because Indians were eager for change for economic development and good technocratic governance of a sort that he seemed specially poised to offer, there are various reforms for which he and his government can claim credit over the past six years. But there are many many more disappointments and in particular over the past two years say before the covid nineteen pandemic and then much much worse since it's begun, India's facing an economic crisis, it's every indicator is worse than they've been in a generation. So there's GonNa be a very strongly felt need. A week the opposition to come up with some way of rallying the country some nationalistic theme or series of themes to distract from the sort of impasse in India finds itself had economically this Hindu. Nationalist ideology offers no guidance towards what India's trade policy ought to be say or how environmental law to be fixed or scrapped. They've got a steady ideology, but it's not tacked onto any particular policies at this point i. think that the government we have in place right now strong government but in dark turbulent times is going to be almost desperate to find something to replace the impetus with. Altogether, though these changes that have already gone through, do you think it chips away at the basis of modern India's government? The the idea that religion shouldn't be a part of it. Yeah I think that India as we know it maybe as an idea we almost to retire Mahatma? Gandhi. Still on on every currency note but this is not Ghandi's India anymore you might almost say that the the anti-secularist of one it's now very ordinary to see symbols of state power mixed with. Symbols of sectarian dominance over the hindu-majority expressing itself often revanchist terms, which is why this template a Yoda really does. Alex thanks very much for joining US Jason. Thanks very much.
SEC Probing Kodak Loan Disclosure, Stock Surge
"For Kodak, drawing the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Price spike just before the White House announced an agreement for Kodak started making raw materials for generic drugs and the $765 million loan to the company, Senator Elizabeth Warren, asking the SEC to investigate whether insider trading laws were broken. President Trump
Ex-Google exec sent to prison for stealing robocar secrets
"Google engineer who helped steer the company's self driving car project has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Anthony Levandowski was also ordered to pay more than $850,000 after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets before joining Uber's effort to build robotic vehicles.
SEC Probing Kodak Loan Disclosure, Stock Surge
"The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating Kodak's lucrative deal to help the U. S. Government make more generic drugs. White House correspondent Greg Clugston reports. Kodak stock Price surged last week before the company announced its plans to work with the Trump Administration in exchange for a $765 million loan that prompted Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren to ask the SEC to investigate. Whether insider trading laws had been broken. President from says he doesn't know the details. If there is any problem. We'll let you know about it very quickly, but I wasn't involved in it. Kodak says it will cooperate with any
Witching Hour Poet EP 2: THE BUNKER (Ghost Island of Corregidor)
"Shrapnel, whole sunlight shafts impale the gloom. Bent on door constellations inches thick. Perforated delicate lace on dulled by decades doubled in grief weeping rust confetti for lost brides to be imagined weddings treasured scenes dead. unfulfilled. Gems held precious in aged minds, ju to the cruelties of this space. By, God's grace I. Hope they now play out in some prayed for parallel. Scott. Concrete walls brazen scroll anointed to clear the lives of those once loved and now forgotten testimonies of the extinguished names fresh as youth of folks back home from sea to shining sea girlfriends, wives, Dream Hollywood lovers long since dead. All born over oceans kept in hearts and wide eyed night thoughts of teenage soldiers and still ship coffins. Names closest to the delicate door see dawn and dusk sent tropical trade winds that sometimes deaths way the trees dense now, bombs churn soil to rubble. Third and cloaks broken tooth ruins to merge like lost mine temples, obliterated barracks, bombed hospital. The Old Movie Theater Concession Stand awaits moviegoer jostling. Specter's who gather when my sight is turned. Officers quarters hold towed filled craters on loans where children played. Names deeper in the dock begged to be read. To be remembered. Brought to life. They Beckon me. Then need for witness burns my eyes.
SEC Investigates Kodak's Federal Loan, Stock Surge
"Last week, Kodak announced, it had secured a seven hundred, sixty five, million dollar loan from the Federal Government under the Defense Production Act to shift gears for making photo supplies to drug ingredients. Now, we've learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the deal joining me now with more details is Wall Street Journal reporter Dave, Michaels? So Dave Codex shares surged after news about this loan broke, and that got the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission. What can you tell us about what they're now looking into? Well, we understand that the SEC has opened up. An investigation they're looking at trading in the shares just before the loan announcement was officially made, and then also how the in the news about the loan was communicated to the wider market. Why is that potentially a problem that Kodak had shared news of this deal with some media outlets before making this public wouldn't be a violation of criminal law, but but it could be a violation of the regulations that apply to public companies, which they can be straightforward. They can also beat her technical, but suffice it to say that public companies have to have a lot of rigor around how they communicate. Information, that is information that is going to influence investors decisions about whether to buy a seller, hold on a shares and if the company released information. About the control loan before the initial announcement in released in a way that was. Haphazard or not well thought through and then that information. Leaked down in some form or fashion to the wide broader market people traded on it than that could be a problem for Kodak as a public company just in terms of their responsibilities in terms of how they're supposed to control the flow of material information. So what are some of the questions still surrounding this deal that our team is looking into right now including this question about the disclosure in the communication? Of the loan, we're still looking into the loan itself in Kodak is saying that. Alone details are not fully finalized and yet the announcement was made last week that it was going to be getting seven, hundred, sixty, five, million dollar loan. So announcing net to the broader market, ensure holders developed certain expectations about how that's going to change. Kodak's business. But the loan is in guaranteed is not finalized. Query whether whether it was appropriate to make make that announcement at the time. We're also looking into continue to look into some of the equity options grants that were made to executives directors in the day before the day, just before the official announcement was made. So Dave, what are the potential outcomes from an SEC investigation of this sort? What can we see come out of this and when? You know we understand this is Very early days of this, I mean after all the announcement was just made last week, so it could take. Months to learn anything from either the company or potentially in the SEC. If actually brought any sort of official claims against the company. So we won't. We won't know anytime soon, and also it's also not clear that this would result in in a in former allegations of wrongdoing SEC opens up investigations all the time they ask questions, they do the dig into something, they take testimony and they might decide you know, hey, this, this was a little weird wasn't perfect way went down, but there's not a clear regulatory violation. Yourself is just something that I think people who are interested in Kodak Interested in in this story would just have to stay tuned.
When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.
"Since its debut and twenty seventeen, the Chinese APP tick tock has become one of the fastest growing social media tools with more than eight hundred, million active users. The APP lets users make short videos that are often shared across the Internet, but Tiktok isn't all fun games for months. Now, a lot of the attention about the APP has been focused on the national security concerns and the collection of user data, and as a result, the platform has been banned in India, by multiple branches of the US military and by Wells Fargo employees most recently however, president trump took aim at tiktok himself by threatening to ban the APP. We're looking at Tiktok we may be banning TIKTOK. We may be doing some other things, a couple of options, but a lot of things are happening. So we'll see what happens but we are looking at a lot of alternatives with respected dictum. Those remarks were before reports surfaced that Microsoft was pursuing a deal to buy TIKTOK in a press conference at the White House yesterday president trump claimed Microsoft or any other company would have to wait until September fifteen to acquire the APP and would be expected to give a percentage of the profit from the sale to the US Treasury. Joining me now is Graham Webster editor of digit China Project at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Center and a fellow at New America Graham thanks for being with us. Thanks for having me. And Cowan Rosenblatt is a youth and Internet cultural reporter for NBC, News. Dot Com callen thanks for being with us as well. Glad to, be here. Cowen who is the average tiktok user? The average tick tock user really is is a dynamic question because there is a huge range of different people who are using the APP but I'd say the most common person you're gonNA find is someone who is either at the tail end of high school or College who is definitely a solidly in generation the Gen Z. and he was using me APP mostly for fun to do dance challenges trends an engaged with communities that serve to their world. Graham. All of that sounds pretty basic I mean it doesn't sound like there's anything to be concerned about so far what type of data does tiktok collect from its users Graham? We'll TIKTOK is like a lot of social media companies these days It's using an AI driven or machine learning driven algorithm to figure out which content to to individual users. So to get this accomplished, they pay attention to obviously whatever you post that also you know what posts on your feed you look at how long you look at them where your device location is They also tried to track individual users like many apps do by looking at things like screen size and operating system and of course, they have a fair amount of information about your social graph, your your connections to friends and other people that you follow. And so what were some of the concerns around the data collection that way Graham given that it feels like there's a lot of, as you mentioned, other social media platforms and advertisers and the like that are tracking everything that we do already. Why? Why is Tiktok being highlighted here and banned in some of the institutions that we mentioned at the top Well, the basic reason is that tick tock is owned by a Chinese company named Bite Dance and they're a fairly new social media company. They had a breakout a few years ago in China with an APP called junior Tokyo that that is a you know an algorithm, IQ news feed and this is China's first big breakout internationally in terms of social media APPS and really getting take-up in in many different countries around the world not just the United States. So there's A concern that data collected by Tick Tock could end up in the hands of the Chinese company or the Chinese government and wild tick. Tock says that it stores all US user data in the US or in Singapore we don't really have a good way as a society right now to check that type of thing and to make sure that companies commit you when they commit to you know storing data and the Safeway making sure that they're actually doing that. Doesn't sound like we have a lot of that in the United States either though Graham. I mean, we have constant security breaches left and right Right. Well, the United States doesn't have a central data governance or data security or privacy Regulatory System the most prominent example of one globally as Europe, which has the general data protection regulation called the GDP are, and that governs things like when an apper services going to collect your personal information they have to gain certain types of consent and follow certain types of rules and there's also kind of limits the. Idea that if you collect data for a certain reason that you got consent for you shouldn't be able to use it for other reasons and that type of governance is just not that prominent in the US partially because the big US social media companies are not especially keen to have their practices heavily regulated they. They find GDP are in Europe to be burdensome and You know get in the way of making money. Kalland back in June president trump organized a rally in Tulsa Oklahoma and rumor has it that tiktok users promoted buying tickets for the event and didn't show up so that the event would be empty. What do we know about how that rubbed of the administration? So, what we know is it seemed to sort of frustrate the administration. Now, there's no evidence that the Tiktok users and K pop stands who are fans of Korean pop music that they had any impact on turnout. We are going through a global pandemic. There are a lot of factors going on right now. So it is really hard to know sort of what that impact was. But what we do know is it likely inflated expectations for turnout. The administration was planning to have a second rally after the main rally in Tulsa. which they then had to cancel, and so we think that it really messed with them. It was a it was a real genuine troll on the part of these tic TAC users against the president, and it really seemed to rub him the wrong way and there are lots of Tiktok users young first time voters who are telling me that when trump said, he wanted to ban this APP that was a retaliation for what they did the stunt they pulled the prank they pulled in Tulsa most what they think is happening. That's what they think is happening why there is no evidence that that's the president's line of thinking but that's what these eighteen to twenty two year olds are telling me that that's their beliefs. Cowan, we talked about The you know whether or not talk users actually had any effect on the trump rally in Tulsa back in June but more more directly here wondering if you're seeing any more political movement on the APP, whether it's a pro trump or pro biden or anti-trump anti, Biden has it started to move away from dance and song and move towards more political leaning so far. It can do both things at once actually. So there are still the dance trends. There are massive accounts that are just enjoying music on the APP but we see a lot of politics on Tiktok now maybe more than ever some young people are telling me they feel that because their home in quarantine and because politics ramping up nationally as we get closer to this election that they're seeing more and more politics in their feet, and what we're seeing is a not so much pro by content, but a lot of anti-trump content and I WANNA be clear. There is Republican Todd Democrat tiktok liberal Tick Tock conservative Tiktok. But what it appears to be is a lot of generation. Z.. Has a anti-trump sentiment and that does not mean they heavy pro biden sentiment. But things that we see our young people say, Hey, on this day, everyone go to president, trump's campaign store and put these products in your cart. But don't check out because allegedly that messes with their inventory or everyone on this day go to president trump's twitter account and report account, and let's see we can get a taken down. So we're still seeing these sort of organized movements sort of Troll, the president and a lot of discussion of politics but whether or not that is in in favor of vice, President Biden or in favor of president trump is sort of yet to be seen. Graham LE. Let's talk a little bit. But I mean, it sounds like tiktok users are for the most part having fun on the site sort of trying to do the things that Collina's talking about here but. On a more serious note, the trump administration has been trying to ban the APP. They're citing national security concerns, concerns over censorship by the Chinese government. Valid are any of those concerns really given what you know about China US politics Well I think it's you have to separate them out So the the concern about censorship I think is legitimate there was there was an example a little while ago where it looked like some of the censorship that they would do in China restricting conversations about things the Communist Party doesn't like discussed had bled over into the international product Now, Tiktok said that they were addressing that wasn't intended again, we don't really. Have a good way in the United States to check up on that and to kind of make sure that speech isn't being censored one way or the other the national security issue I think requires a lot more imagination Now, you know as was mentioned, the the military has has told service members to not use the APP and I think that makes a good amount a sense you know if if you're concerned about an APP Having links to a potential adversary There's all sorts of possibilities of ways that it could be exploited even just using location data of of service members or people who work in sensitive facilities. But if you don't work in sensitive facilities, if you're just sort of going around and and and doing the fun things and engaging in some of the political discourse that Cowan was mentioning you know there's not. A real big national security issue there a I will say that some people think that collecting the full aggregate totality of US Tiktok users could be used later in a analysis to try to do something, but it's really imaginative at this point whereas I think the censorship concerns a real and could be checked on and data privacy concerns are real but should be able to be checked on as well. What about the fact that we we just heard from Ian Bremmer, the president of the Eurasia Group in the previous segment talking about how the United States is viewed internationally in terms of our response to the corona virus. But I did ask in also about his thoughts on what this Tiktok dust up between president trump and China what seemed to Be Rooted in and he said, you know this is also part of trump's sort of relationship with how he views China and Chinese technology he's gone after while way he's gone you know talked a lot about five G. technologies. So do you see that I mean? Do you see that as a pattern in how the president views technologies specifically that's coming out of China. Yeah I think the you know the trump administration's been. Pursuing a campaign of you know escalating what could be a new type of Cold War approach to China and a lot of it is wrapped up in technology and and I think the focus on Tiktok really makes the most sense. If you consider it a distraction from two things I is a distraction from actual problems with China you know the the trump administration got this phase one trade deal which didn't really get to the deep issues of subsidy and market access and intellectual property protection. And, on the other hand, it's distracting from the fact that a lot of these security concerns should apply across many apps. Why just tick Tock you know you're talking about including American made apps like facebook and twitter. Yeah I mean the concerns are different when the parent company is in China but there are really unaccountable data collection methods going on across ad networks and data brokers are building profiles of Americans and people in other countries that can be purchased just with money and you know it's not only add companies that by this data governments can get it to. Callan, as we sort of touched on this earlier. But of course, we I, say this all the time we're heading into one of the most consequential presedential elections in my lifetime at least social media is constantly changing is tiktok going to be a thing and twenty twenty and November, or is it going to be eclipse with something else or it'll change the? Will it change the election? Calvin what are your thoughts on that? I don't see Tiktok going away anytime soon, as long as the president allows it to operate in the United States I think we're gonNA see more is eight organizing on the APP among young people and I think we're GONNA see. TIKTOK. As long as Microsoft buys it or another company comes in to allow it to operate in the US I think it's going to stick around for a long time. I mean the president did Callan has also asked that Microsoft give money to the Treasury. If it makes this sale, we is anybody else interested in buying tiktok or is it just Microsoft right now? I don't think anyone else has come out as far as I'm aware and said that they are interested in purchasing Tik. Tok I think Microsoft even just recently confirmed that they were interested in this conversation, but it appears a deal needs to be made by September fifteenth. So if someone's going to buy it, it has to happen soon. Well you heard it here I guess I callan Rosenblatt is a youth internet culture reporter for NBC News Dot Com and Graham Webster is the editor of the digit China Project at the Stanford? University Cyber Policy Center and he's also a fellow
Tipping the Waiter at the TikTok Table; Howard Schultz: This is a five-star emergency
"Up on today's podcast tech and the platform that's finally got adults talking tick tock tech stocks have been on a tear salesforce Microsoft and facebook all hit record highs this week. But leading the charge apple last Friday I will lead over ten percent in one day yesterday the stock closed at an all time high and now apple is just a few percentage points away from hitting a two trillion dollars market cap the golden number to get it there four, hundred, sixty, seven dollars and seventy seven cents a share. And it looks like apple wine this milestone before it's order one stock split goes into effect at the end of this month. The other companies in the headlines? This Week tiktok beloved by teems commonly misunderstood adults, and now a chesapeake in international business and diplomacy. Here's injury Ross Mark and we've been talking TIKTOK and Microsoft and all of what's happening in Washington. Eunice Yoon reporting now that it's not just Microsoft but to other tech firms that are in talks with Tik Tok owner by dance over a possible sale in president trump said yesterday, he was ready to approve a purchase of the US operations tiktok. But then he said the only woman to do it if the government receives a lot of money in exchange listen to this. Microsoft or somebody else who was the Chinese? What what the price is the United States could should get a very large percentage of that price because we're making it possible without us you know I use the expression it's like the landlord and the tenant. And without the lease the tenant doesn't have the value what we're sort of in a certain way the lease we make it possible to have this great success, tick toxic tremendous success, but a big portion of its in this country. Sale? Yeah. Whatever the number is, would it would come from the civil on Wall Street banker problems. By the way they call that tipping the waiter, but I don't think we've ever tipped the government for transaction president trump said he told Microsoft's CEO that a very substantial portion of the price is going to have to come into the treasury of the United States because quote or making it possible for this deal to happen I was on the phone by the way with. The people involved in this transaction deal teams on all sides who heard that yesterday. Couldn't really even make. Heads or tails of what the president was saying how. Would you hey the government what would that look like could there be a formulation where ultimately you come to some kind of transactional agreement and then you announce that you're making some kind of infrastructure investment in the in the United States who you're going to create some kind of jobs I'm literally, this is the conversation that's happening inside the room among these companies. If we created some companies without yesterday we got to it. It's what did you say? I. Heard it reported yesterday when I first started reporter yesterday I thought he's just saying this stuff off the cuff he doesn't really mean it. Then I saw what he actually said I thought wow, he does mean it. I don't even know how you could possibly as somebody WHO's working on this deal come up with anything that makes any sense and Steve Ballmer Steve Balmer was with us yesterday and said as a shareholder as the top shareholder Microsoft he would love to see this deal get done at the right price. Gets an exciting proposition for Microsoft. obviously depends on the price. Price is important as well as whatever restrictions come from a government perspective but I think it's an exciting avenue for Microsoft to really increase its consumer base. I don't know how you figure out any sort of pricing right pricing when you have to then go in and add some significant number on top that you'd be paying to the US Treasury. Well, what are they? Going to happen is because this is a bit of evaluation game. And I hate to say, we're going to be using trump valuation but I think that what's going to happen is they're going to effectively. Create a higher valuation for the overall business. Then kind of create something where they can say we're giving you something and that bite dance is giving it. That's the other important part of the view at least from what I understand Turnley among these groups is that the money has to come out of China not out of a US company. So you're going to have to make it appear whatever that whatever it is that you're giving to appear that China's not getting part of that's because Peter Navarro and others don't frankly want US money. Ten twenty thirty billion forty billion dollars ending up in the hands of China for the. So there's so many sort of China. has already weighed in. On this today that China has weighed in on this today through some of the states that media where they are saying that you know the US is basically stealing us and trying to do take off with this that it's a rogue nation now at this point. So the idea that you are going to come up with something that satisfies the trump administration and at the same time satisfies the communist government in China Good luck with that I mean this is they're going to get caught in between the two the two with this because even though China may not. Necessarily, be looking for some of the same angles. It's not going to say, okay, it's okay for the US to come out looking like this and stealing our company and don't worry about it. CEO of Tiktok you know or bite dance don't worry about it. We'll live with that sort of a kind of a slap in the face. To all this stuff we're talking about it. Sorry Andrew it. It overshadows the the lead of the story right and that's that there are possibly other suitors for the US. Of tiktok, we we we talked yesterday Andrew about well, maybe media companies would be interested in this property. Now, you know the the wording here that that we use her that Eunice was reporting was other tech offense, which which makes it even more interesting and who these other tech companies. May Be an at. Are they based in the US or are they elsewhere? It would be very I. I would imagine it would be very hard for Google or Amazon or an apple etc to try to buy this company given the anti-trust pressures on them, I. Think my understanding was that the White House preferred that liked the Microsoft choice from a regulatory perspective. So it's all very interesting by the way the other piece of this is the part I. Really don't understand if you're apple today, you know we're talking about this two trillion dollars market cap that keeps going up and up and up. Given. Given. The China risks now now, maybe look they foxconn supplying hundreds of thousands of people if not more than are making these phone so maybe they can't just say to Tim. Cook. Good luck to you but I would think there would be risk if we do this to a Tiktok what kind of a backlash reciprocal. Backlash is China going to have for some US companies doing business there? That's the part I don't understand say knock built into any of the. It it's it's no different than the same conversations we were having during the depths of the trade war. Right? We had these same conversations. We push too hard if the tariffs are to punitive companies are companies like apple, the ones that are going to face the pushback or the retaliation in some way and I think it's fair to say that that that never really came back to these two tech companies I mean, she didn't say where those tech companies were based and and I wonder what the US would do that if if it was being pursued by a company, another technology company based in China but not based in the United States either how would Sylvia's see something like that and would they still threaten to turn off the the APP in the United States if it was not a US company?
Rules for Being Human
"I'm excited about the possibility that this show can offer to all of you within the sound of my voice right now because when I decided I was going to continue with television. I. Wanted to be able to use it as an instrument a vehicle to try to bring meaning to people's lives so that something we might say something you might hear might create a spark that would create something inside yourself with touch some part of yourself that would make you live better do better. Create the highest vision for your life, and this is this show is spectacular today in terms of being able to bring you to that. If you pay attend, you pull up a chair I know right now children are running around the house. That I know you know not to be thawing the chicken out who did you on it in the microwave? Hit. Pause, on that right now. Call your friends tell them if they can't watch right you should really take this because this is really important important for you and even more important if you could share this with your children because if there's one thing you should know if you want to have a better more meaningful, fulfill deeper richer existence, it is this that the world and everything in this world that this physical reality that we are experiencing right now operates under certain laws y'all know that. And it supersedes everything. It is real and as consistent as the scientific law of gravity or the physical law of cause and effect, and once you begin to understand how the world operate and how fair and just it really is no matter where you are in your life right now, you then can begin to learn to be a more powerful person. So this little book if life is a game these. Are The rules explains ten rules of universal wisdom if you understand and follow them every day every moment, which is hard to be in there. Every moment I'm telling you and we all struggling you'll have a better life and better relationships in your life because you come to know yourself better doctor. Cherie Carter. Scott, is the author of if life is a game these are the rules coming up in. Telling you. Thank you. Read that is great to get a standing ovation. Yeah. Open your mouth yet. How did you come up with these rules? It was in nineteen, seventy, four and somebody turned to me. I was creating a course to teach people how to coach other people and he said, you know it would be so nice if we just had a handbook for living, why don't we have some kind of rules for being human and I said that's it we need. The rules for being human and turned to me and they said, well, what are they and I said, well, you start with the body and they said Okay and then we're and all of a sudden it was as if spirit inside me was speaking and they came through under the paper and there they were plain and simple and I looked at them and I said. I don't know if I'm brilliant enough to create those I listen and I, allowed it to come through there they are. Okay. Rule number one is you will receive a body. So. Who in this room received the perfect body and you know it was just the right one for. You. No. Problem because if we did get that body and we said you know, thank you that's the one I ordered and it's exactly got it would be a different rural but I bet if you look around this room, you see somebody else that's the body I should have gotten. No, that's the one I should've gotten and you would trade you do an exchange but somehow that's not the way it is we are given a body and it's the one that we are meant to make peace with. The rule is you you going to receive a body? Yes. Otherwise we wouldn't be here. Exact. That's how we moving around in the body. Yes, and you may love it or hate it but it is yours for the duration of your life on absolutely. Okay. It's only when you got but yet the reason why so many people have their greatest pain and struggle in that body. Absolutely. Okay. Dinky says she's a perfect example of this rule and what dinky definitely. So much of our society looks at people by their body type and. How they come across in their body, I suffer from gaining weight losing weight gaining weight losing weight. You know just like why do people do? I know I have every reason in the world to be happy. And I have this void within myself and I don't know how to fill that void. I don't know how to to get to the core. Okay and you want to do something with me a little exercise fast close your eyes for second take a deep breath. And ask your body what it wants to say to you that you're not listening to. Deep Breath. Just, have it speak to you and say whatever the words are that you hear. Expecting respect me what else? I'm here for I'm here for you. What else? I do a lot for I do a lot for you and what else? Take Care of take care of me, open your eyes do you hear it? It's speaking to you.
Twitter Expecting FTC Fine of up to $250M for Alleged Privacy Violations
"Twitter is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. NPR's Shannon Bond reports, The tack comedy could be on the hook for a multi $1,000,000 fine related to privacy violations. The FTC is looking into Twitter's privacy practices. The probe is related to what the Social network did with the phone numbers and email addresses that users provided for account security. Last fall, Twitter admitted it had been using that data to target people with ads for years. It's said that was an error and it would stop the practice. Now. The FTC is investigating whether Twitter violated a 2011 agreement made with the agency not to mislead consumers about how it uses their information. In a securities filing. Twitter says it is setting aside $150 million for a potential fine but could end up paying up to $250 million. Shannon Bond. NPR NEWS SAN
Jared Young Explains Why Kindness, Honesty, & Integrity Are His Top Priorities
"Jared Welcome to the show welcome a dose of leadership. Thanks to be here. Well I'm excited to learn more about employer advantage and really your leadership philosophy. It seems like I'm. Looking at your background man you've you've done a lot of things and now you're the president of employer advantage. Traveling the world working in various branches of government learning multiple language Arabic is that right to get that right you understand. Yeah, Eric my Undergrad is an Arabic. Wow. Well let's start. Let's talk a little bit about how we got to employ advantage. What was the kind of as you're going through school and working what was your dream at the time? I can tell you my dream was not to end up in. Joplin. Missouri. But I know my I guess my my dream candidate evolved. By the time I got through law school I knew I didn't want to be a lawyer and so I had to figure out. What I wanted to do. So I went into corporate law for a little while I was looking for a chance to pivot to the business side of things because I decided that's what I was really interested in. and. Had A a cousin in DC where I was working Who have happened to have a father-in-law that was? Had founded a business along time ago and was looking for some help some young blood to get into the business to. Start with. A succession plan. and. He learned me out to the Midwest and. I guess we haven't looked back. So how long has that been? How long have you been in Missouri five years five years so prior to that, you were working in various branches of government and you're doing it was many. as an attorney as a lot. What was it doing what we doing government? So I worked before law, SCHOOL In the private sector actually in the healthcare it sector but then during law school and after I actually thought. I thought government was what I wanted to go into. That's actually part of the reason I studied Arabic in my Undergrad as well. It's thought government was around I wanted to go but as I got more experience in government i. realized. I didn't think that was going to be for me. and. Why was that? Would you see there that just turned you off to it I think. I worked with a lot of great people and saw a lot of really interesting things but. The the kind of lockstep. Advancement structure of most of the government. Offices wasn't very appealing to me I I saw people that had been there for thirty years and it seemed like if you wanted to get anywhere, you had to be there for thirty years and there's no getting anywhere without putting in your thirty years. there. There's also the factory you know have a pretty large family. We're expecting our child next month and I knew if I was going to support a family of that size. It's Government salary. Yea. I I know I understand the attraction in the allure. I thought about going into government to at one time when I was laid off from American you know. In the lure was kind of a the security, the job security, everything else and. I got to say a lot of consulting work with the government I've been out of the marine, corps and doing this. And it's such a challenge because what I found is that there's There's just this kind of embracing of mediocrity and it's nothing against the people within it. It's just it's it's a culture of mediocrity. I think and I don't know what your thoughts are on that. Again, I don't into government bashing session but well, exactly I that's I. think that's probably what I was trying to say with trying to dance around and be a little diplomatic but I I totally agree I and I think you're right I don't think it's any individual person just as. Houses that it's the it's the whole system is just too big. It's too bureaucratic right and an end. To. It's that too big to fail mentality. They all know that that they're going to have a job they don't have the pressure of trying to turn a profit to kind of motivate them but. I don't know if they're they're tons of fantastic. Working in government and I I admire the work that they do. But with a lot of great intentions, you're right in the. Same reasons that just wasn't for me I needed to be around a little more Spontaneity. In the the fact that if Wanted Faster Pass towards performance in the object objectives that just seemed like it was applaud you know what I mean like a slow applaud. Yeah. Yup totally get it. Very. Cool. So I'm curious to before we start talking about your roles a president here. What live in Jordan for four months? What was what year was that and what was that like? In two, thousand, nine It was awesome. Just incredible experience. You know as part of my. Undergraduate studies studying the Middle East Arabic So I got to go there and really just immersed myself in Jordanian culture. In my Arabic study I had just gotten married the year before. So my wife and I join me and she actually celebrate our first anniversary in Jordan. Wow and just an amazing cultural experience you know when you visit somewhere as a tourist. You see some cool things but you don't really get a good feel for what people really like where the country's really liked but when you live there for a while. We were able to go to church there and and just make friends interact with people in their everyday lives. It was just awesome to. Be Part of a culture this. So completely different from ours you're live two years in Sweden, but Sweden in so many ways this is just a lot like America so it wasn't kind of a full foreign experience, but Jordan was definitely full foreign experience and There were definitely parts of it that weren't as fun. You know there's water rationing. There s he had you know. Limit, your showers and and and just be really careful with your water and we had bedbugs. there. Definitely. Reasons. That we were happy to go home but man, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything such memories of time that
"The Buddhist said. This. Is The noble truth of the path that leads to the ending of suffering. It is simply the noble eightfold path that is right view right intention right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, and right right mindfulness and right meditation. Today we're GONNA be talking about right livelihood. So. That's not necessarily the best translation or the clearest translation, but it's the usual translation. right livelihood is talking about right employment. So right occupation right work right way to earn money if you will. and. So the Buddha said, and what is right livelihood it is winning noble disciple gives up wrong livelihood and earns a living by right livelihood. This is called right livelihood. Okay. So that doesn't necessarily really clear it up much other than he gives up wrong livelihood. So we have to look bore closely at what is wrong livelihood. So let's go and look at another passage. Here. The Buddha said practitioners La fall under should not engage in these five trades. What five trade in weapons living creatures meet intoxicants and poisons. A lay-follower should not engage in these five trades. So. Let's look at those trade in weapons. So this is the manufacturer of weapons, weapons, the selling of weapons. Now in our modern day, we would think about guns but in the day that the Buddha wrote, this was more swords and things of this nature. So it includes all things that are used to kill and selling buying owning are things that are not appropriate for a lay follower of the Buddha. The second one is. Trade in. Living creatures. Now. Of course, this definitely is a an honestly one of the earliest things you'll ever read about neither buy nor selling slaves. You don't own slaves. You don't trade in living creatures, but it's not just humans I. Think some people read this thanked living creatures humans but no, it actually is talking about. Owning and trading in living creatures. As well. The third is trade meat. So this would be the butcher's meat markets, fish markets, seafood, all of that buying and trading in meat would be forbidden by the Buddha. nother. One is trade in intoxicants so Abboud shouldn't work in a bar for an example selling alcohol or buying alcohol that's not something a Buddhist should engage in if they can avoid it at all costs you know. and. The last one is trade in poisons, and of course, this is dealing with clearly dealing with. Weapons making poisons in order to to kill people, and and so there's a whole buying and selling of that. That's so you shouldn't make your living in any of these things you shouldn't make guns and sell guns. Or other weapons you shouldn't trade in living creatures you shouldn't kill manufacturer or sell
EPA aviation climate control proposal
"First story comes from manufacturing dot net US says, it will adopt gradual climate standards for aviation. That's a line that kind of sparks some interest. Given the history with maybe the the European views of airplane emissions compared to. Well, the United States and some other countries as well. So what we have here, his the EPA, the environmental. Protection Agency has proposed new aircraft emissions regulations he and some people are criticizing them in other applauding them. Well, this proposal adopts the twenty seventeen emission standards from. The International Civil Aviation Organization. So Boeing and the Airlines for America Trade Group welcomed the proposal. Meanwhile environmental groups and even the EPA itself said that the proposed regulations would really have no meaningful effect. This is. Kind of frustrating I. Love Our current climate where we? Excuse the Pun where where the regulatory agency issuing the regulations is saying it's probably not the best thing that we've done, but here it is anyway I just. Kind of exasperating. Well, it is. It is the representative from the center for Biological Diversity. Had An interesting comment. that. Rip said they are literally just ANTIBAC- sliding provision. They don't require anyone to improve. They just say when doing stuff don't make it worse. Yes, but then you get credit for having done something even if you didn't well, I also that that I think that's the motto of Tonight's episode is we're doing stuff. Don't make it worse. Well, we should mention how much they are planning to reduce it They said that they plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for new aircraft by four percent over twelve years. So that's one percent what every three years. I don't know from just kind of engineering standpoint. That's very, very really little improvement in efficiency and I would think that just by occasionally burning a little biofuel, they can nail that one, another perspective I, it comes from the hill which reports that an analysis from the International Council on clean. Transportation. Found that most airlines in the United States covering more than three quarters of Asian demand already meet the K. KO standards. So, we don't WanNA get into politics. But here, here's some proposed regulations that. You know one group of individuals say don't have any teeth whatsoever. Their lines for America a a is commenting that this is nice. Balanced approach that kind of Addresses all the concerns but So. There we have it. It is just a proposal. I, don't know what the process is to Go forward with this, but it is a proposal, notice a of no, our PM's NPR 'em no. Yeah I I. Don't know. I don't know how the EPA does. I don't know if they do the same way. The FAA does that being? Developed briefly make that would possibly make sense. But that doesn't probably isn't how to happen.
Interview With Stephanie Flemming
"Okay, we'll Stephanie. We are so excited to have you on the here for her podcast. Thank you so much for joining us. And we are so curious about everything that you've created and your and so I think. Our audience is going to be very very interested in the business aspect of. Everything that we're about to talk about some super excited cool. I'm so excited to be talking to you. Guys for those who don't know. Tell us a little bit about your health. I'm Stephanie. Fleming and I'm a creative entrepreneur. I actually call myself like an accidental entrepreneur. I started my business me and my big ideas with my mom twenty actually over twenty years ago started in my garage with an idea of just one idea for making stickers for the scrapbooking industry at that time and. And really just kind of wanted to do it too. I needed a creative outlet. Yes, but I needed to pay the bills like I. was you know a young mom and struggling to make ends meet, and just really wanting to like. Go out there and I would do anything because I you know I wanted a better life for myself, and for my kids and and so I was definitely you're. You're? The definition of a hustler like I was like I have no money, but I will put in the sweat equity so. We been hustling with me and my big ideas for. Over twenty years now, and we've created everything from paper stickers and now planner, so planners is our latest the happy planners, our latest product line and It's just been such a a wonderful thing for us to get into because we get to share a love for creativity for positively, and that's been kind of where I have fallen in the last probably five or six years which. Not only being an entrepreneur in a business person, but also being able to be the spokesperson for our product and our brand, and that's something that I've been totally passionate about. It's amazing. I'm curious. So, what did you do before you started your business? Were you a stay at home? Mom? Did you have have a job, so I was? I was pregnant when I was eighteen. Not Married had had a baby, and when immediately from high school to I need to find some way to take care of my son and I did in home daycare for eight years, and was daycare provider for six kids usually at one time and it was you know it's honest work? It's hard work. It's eleven hour days for you know for eight years and you know all I to do is be a good mom, and and so I didn't have a college education. I grew up in the craft industry though my. My parents had a manufacturing and distributing business so I grew up from picking orders in the warehouse. To you know watching my parents who are entrepreneurs basically navigate the craft industry and come along with them to trade shows and things like that so I always had that creative bug, and and even as an entrepreneur as a kid I was making little catalog, so you can buy these cards here, my designs and so, but then life hits, and then you have to go out, and you know and do the best you can and and so at the time. In one, thousand, nine, hundred eight. My mom and my mom had sold that business, she and my stepdad divorced and they sold their business, and so she was kind of at this place in her life where she was like okay. I'm ready to start over, I need. She was probably my age now, and it was like thinking I need to start over and figure out what life looks like for me. Now and I was saying I just I want to start something something I want to do anything and so my mom had some seed money and. Like I said I would do. You know so. I stayed up all night trying to find just hustling to find hair. Competitors are advertising in this trade magazine. So that's a potential a mailing list for so anything possible. I was willing to do so. Yeah so it was not like I had this pedigree of an MBA, and I'm going. Go start a business, and that's why I say I'm definitely. An accidental entrepreneur, but I've I've loved it. We'll story. It is very very cool. It seems like you had it in your blood like raped in the beginning. Though like it was something that you're meant to do. I, think so. I think without knowing that that's what it was like. I was just cleaning out. One of the things we've done in quarantine is cleaning out our garage and so all my memorabilia. That's where I found my card. Catalogue of here are the things you combine I'm like I always was. Experiencing entrepreneurship right in front of my is growing up but I never really knew it. In fact, my mom was in charge of all of the creative side of the business, and was the one in charge of new products, and out there trying to find out what creative women were doing next, and so when my mom would go on an rnd shopping trip and take all of us with her. We didn't realize what we were doing was watching her shopping trends and seeing what was out in fashion, and how we can bring that into the craft and creative industries, so when it just seemed like something natural, and now I'm trying to identify people go. Where do you find your trend Mic-? Just Watch I. Just look and so yeah. We were Kinda groomed without knowing that that's what was happening.
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"Dylan I, thank you for taking the time to share the toys and tech of your trade well, thank you very much rich and a day strong, and that hero you WanNa be and thank you for having me. Man What an awesome conversation with Dylan hints from Saga Action Arts we probably could have spoke for another hour or two, and even after we wrap up the interview Dylan I agreed that a second interview is a must. Because there's so many things that we didn't even get to explore not only that, but there was just so much stuff that we can nerd out about whether it's action films, fights martial arts, etc, there's there's so much stuff and I. Feel. That probably do on another two hour episode. Just on that stuff alone, so definitely be on the lookout for that. Maybe when things open up, we'll. And do some stuff on location. We'll see what happens. Speaking of Saga Action Arts. We're going to include links for everything related to Saga Action Arts in the show notes for this episode as well as links to some of the stuff that Dylan and I discussed as always some of those things, maybe affiliate links, which if you click or receive a small commission, which of course goes towards helping us give you guys better content whether it's on the site on our podcasts or on our youtube channel, so feel free to use those links as you wish, every little bit helps and. And of course, if you want to keep up with us, you can find us on social media at rage works pretty much everywhere and links for all of our different social media accounts will be in the show notes for this episode as always. Thank you guys for checking out toys and tech of the trade and we'll see you in two weeks with a brand new episode and Man. We have some awesome guests. Take us through the summer. So can't wait to share it with you folks. Thanks for checking US out. We really really appreciate it. That's it I'm Outta here, peace. Off. Aw. Aw! A. Toys and tackle. The trade is part of the range works podcast network your source for rants about Gaming Entertainment, and the works visit us and rage works network DOT com..
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"How can I be the best that I be at this and You know got through. Through that job and I went back into the the local film industry in the DC area and I addition tonight acted and got some lead roles in some films that didn't pay me anything and brain. Much cost me money to drive around the whole area and you know it was just like this is final, but I don't feel like I'm pushing myself the way that I wanna be I. Don't you know I feel like I need to shut up and thinkin focused and work more and I was doing martial arts at the same time and I was like. Like man I really just want to change my branding to be like I'm just going to be a stunt guy, so people would offer me acting roles and I'd be like sure I'll I'll You pretty much gotTa Pay Need to act, but I'll stunts for free right now while I'm building this career, you know I've worked on a couple of TV shows like nightmare next door. All those like murder death worn recreation things that what was informative murder porn. Yeah, where were they recreate? They always recreate the crime. Do they have the people yeah? Tire thing Silver Spring Maryland the hotspot, or it was for making the recreation really There's only yeah. There was a company. Their sirens media outlets silver spring was actually female owned and operated You know which was a big deal to them but it was all these scenes of like, and he looked at her and thought I'll kill her. Ha Ha, you know he's like Did he do it? Let's find out after the commercial break. You know I I played everything from like a creepy stalker boyfriend to like a peeping Tom Window anchor. I played a lot of weird role I I'm pretty sure I played a white supremacist..
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"Has I guess that that helps a lot to like knowing knowing people who might be working on a project, and only like you know you really enjoy like you know like you and all that awesome all right? Lastly before we wrap things up if people wanted to catch up with you, follow your work. Where could they keep up with you well on I'm ANA instagram. S. K. N. E s e. ninety-nine s niece ninety nine You can also on spotify tunes. With Sean K on Facebook, BS English Sean K There's also the thing was Sean. facebook group, and you can find some episodes on Radio Free Brooklyn but like the older episodes are not really Brooklyn just the episode started with them. Like the older, the older ones like on my main website, shawnise, dot, com, or on bsn with Sean cade up, Dot Com Earth spotify knighthoods awesome, very much That's very good stuff. A link for that will be in the show notes for this episode. Folks Sean thank you for taking the time to share the toys and tech of your trade. Thank you for having. US thanks to show a needs for sharing not only his personal story, but just a lot of actionable advice as well as information and tools that can be useful for you if you are embarking on your own podcast journey or you're looking to get into acting. We're GONNA. Make sure to include links to everything that Sean outlined in his interview as well as where you can keep up with. With Sean plus all the usual links for everything, regarding rage works as well. We'll be in the show notes for this episode. I just want to close out this week's episode. everybody know as we said when the show started A. we're back to a regular publishing schedule. If you enjoy what we're doing, I would really mean a lot to me if you took a moment and reviewed the. The show on Itunes of you're consuming it via itunes and not only helps us place higher in the Algorithm, but it just allows us to utilize social proof to get other awesome guests on future episodes of the podcast. So if you've got a moment, please go on itunes. Give us a review. We would really really appreciate it off for those that have asked were still releasing toys and tackle. Tackle the trade on Youtube for the handful of people that are still consuming it that way watching it at work. We're still putting episodes there. I know some of you have asked about putting episodes on TV It's a little. It's a little bit more of a lengthy process to edit the podcast for that something that we've considered, but we haven't totally dismissed it as of yet. Yet, for now you can find this podcast as well as all of our other shows on Itunes stitcher tune in radio, spotify,.
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"Auditioning was just something I could just go and do I just kind of fell more into being on the other side, being in front of the camera, rather than being behind it Ryan I. Just Kinda got back into it that way and I started like doing background work..
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"Of Toys and tackle the trade, your one shop for toys, tech and talk with some assembly required I'm your host rich? And if the first time checking out an episode first of all welcome second about what we do here, toys and tech of the trade is an interview series, or we share the gadgets, the gear and the tech that creators entrepreneurs, and just awesome folks on our radar use to run their businesses create their content and just be more productive when it comes to toys, we like. Like to discuss more than the usual action, figures, statues, or things of that nature, you'd be surprised what people consider their toys whether it's something like collecting guitar picks to still collecting beanie babies, you'd be surprised what people obsess and collect and consider their toys, and we like to mix that in with our business. Talk on our entrepreneurship talk because it just lets us have cooler conversations and most importantly more human conversations than just the usual stuff before we get into this week's guest, I did want to just address a couple of housekeeping things toys and tech. Tech the trade is back to a BI weekly schedule, so expect a brand new episode every two weeks as usual. We got a lot of great gas on the horizon from different facets of entertainment content, creation entrepeneurship, and we look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming weeks and months in addition to that I want to thank everybody who's been welcoming of our brand, new show on the rage works network, which is track on told hosted by Matt Kaplowitz from Nerd News Today lot of great trekkies out there man that either have already been consuming our. Our content or are joining our audience now I WANNA. Thank everybody for the support that Matt has got on. Behalf of rage works lots of great interviews on deck when it comes to trek on, told and look for new episodes every week, usually on Thursdays, and as always you can check out some of our other shows including a call me when it's over which comes out every Saturday and turnbuckle tabloid, which comes out we every every weekend. usually either Saturday or Sunday, sometimes Monday, depending on what's been going on in the wrestling business so definitely keep. An eye out for those shows airing weekly and biweekly in some cases offer those asking black in the black is the new black has been on hiatus off for a little bit Ben..
"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
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"trade" Discussed on Toys & Tech of the Trade
"You know every every bit of time that she can spend my daughter especially working during the day The gym kind of took a back seat for that reason though she tried to get in and do classes and stuff which is what she really enjoyed especially because the gym. I go to his twenty four hour gym in during the daytime. It was extremely crowded but my wife loves her classes and I was originally considering getting her. Appel Tom by just because she liked doing spin when she went to the gym and I thought how why not get a Peleton bike. I think you can finance now and I've heard nothing but good things if anybody out there that I know besides Anna's using a Peleton bike or or Peleton treadmill and has had you know positive experiences negative experiences. Definitely shoot me a line Rich rage works dot net or via social. I'd love to learn a bit more about it and I'd rather hear from people that are going to give me something. Genuine versus some sort of manufactured. Review Steve's recommendation is I really thought was complete. Bs until I researched a bit more and he said a no contact door opener. So when I when I when I got his email and he wrote that I didn't understand so I emailed him back and I said what. Do you mean no contact door opener. And he basically sent me a photo of it and looks like a almost like a skeleton key like those old school keys to open like jail cells and basically you it has a loop on one end and then the front of it looks of like a key almost like an L. And you can use it to turn Door handles pull doors touch key pads on ATM's and Card you know credit card machines etc and I asked him I'm like why is that so important and he was saying that you know he's a he's a huge germophobic and he ended up just buying it one day when he was commuting in the city from some guy but the one that he got broke it was plastic. He bought a metal one off of Amazon and he has been using it ever since and he feels that it has been instrumental in allowing him to not touch anything. Well all right. Steve Goal after. He sent me that and answer some questions for me. I did go on Amazon and I checked it out and sure as sure as hell. There are indeed lots of no contact door openers. Funny thing after I did some research and I looked into it. My wife mentioned that her her office company wants to buy those door openers and you know monogram them or put the company's logo and give them to employees which is which was just insane when. I read it but damn I guess I guess that's where we're going For anybody that's interested in picking one of those up they they're going to run you between eight and ten dollars of them are made of brass. There are some that are made of plastic. Better cheaper The one Steve said he picked up off Amazon was was brass. I but he said he thinks it's brass but in any case I'll put a link to it in the show notes for this episode of you're interested in scoring yourself a no contact door opener. I can't even believe I'm saying that but Strange Times. We're living in folks. John. Hit Me with one. Which I could have said was something I was using if I were still commuting to work. But he's an essential worker much respect to you John. Thank you for Your Service. And he is using the air pods pro. He's had nothing drowns out the subway better than my brand new air pods pro which are in my opinion substantially a better set of headphones then my previous air pods. They stay in my ears. They're comfortable and I can wear them without my ear lobes and ear an inner ear hurting from the sharp edges of the original air pods. I'M NOT GONNA lie I use the regular air pods and I have a small ear canal and I don't really when I initially bought them. I used to have some pain when I put them in the ears and put them in my ears and wear them for a while but what ended up happening after a while is that they just became va. They would just become slippery. That was the biggest annoyance with my air pods that I still struggle with until I learned a better way to wear them was the fact that you if you want to the gym and you would sweat and the would pool in your ear. They would slip out which was just such a pain and unusually drove me back to using the beats headphones that I had that would just have the ear hook behind the ears but I ended up going back to the air pods and once. I figured out a comfortable way to wear them. I definitely can understand where he's coming from. They have been great. Just keep them in their little case they hang on off my keys so always have headphones at all times Maria said my instant. Pot has been a godsend as I have been eating and eating and eating and eating non stop all right. Maria cool As an instant pot owner myself. I've definitely started using it more just because we're buying a lot more food in bulk. Were cooking for a lot more people and it just cuts It cuts a lot of time offer certain things that we wanted to make. I mean. Recently we did ribs in the instant pot which just sounds ridiculous but we ended up doing the ribs in the pod. They came out beautiful even though they had terrible color. But what I ended up doing was once they came out of the INSTA- pot. I threw him on my grill. Outside gave him some Nice. You know scorch marks. They looked really colorful. They you know they had nice color and it. Wasn't you know boiled meat? Which is what you would think initially came out really well and Yeah that's a that's a hell of an awesome co-signed instant pot is Definitely worthwhile actually picked up an air FRYER and That's that's dope too. I've been doing some. We've been doing some cool stuff in the Air Friar Bacon. Especially if you're if you're looking for something to do with your Air Fryer Bulk Make Bacon. You will not regret it. Oh and pork belly definitely pork belly goes in there too so there you have it. Those are are Qna answers for this episodes quarantine addition QNA I did want to mention that. We're GONNA try and do more Q. And A. Episodes by by all means if you have any suggestions for a future. Qna feel free to shoot me an email. Richard Rage works dot net. It's always good to have different. Qna's on deck to interact with the audience and even if we're not doing Qa episode and you have a question that you want answered Feel free to reach out via the email address or the contact form on the site and either a will read it on a future episode or will respond to you directly all right. That's going to wrap up this episode of Toys. 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"Helped us get in front of you know the right audiences. Daddy look it's people from all over the world which lesser-known It's incredible by people that are looking to acquire Help from the fact that we have these Just lasted to the world. It's it's really amazing. Yeah I think I think that with everything going on. It's it's hope which is important. And I think that when everybody unlocks their phone logs onto every social media platform or any or any news outlet. You we all know that. Always see or just mounting numbers of of just unfortunate things and we're seeing very few positives so like I said when when I receive. Is this press release. I felt that it was. It was a great positive thing that that people needed to hear that companies are pivoting and and being and being reactive and they're doing it very quickly instead of you know throwing a press. Release out there and saying yeah. We're going to do something. And then months and weeks and months go by and it was just that hollow words so I'd like to commend you both for not only stepping up but also putting something out there and not just lip service. I think it's a IT'S A. It's you know very very noble thing the last question I wanted to ask because I want to be respectful of both of your time's Rahul. Do you think and I'll start with you. Do you think that going this route is going is is going to make that? The government is going to want to reach out to more companies to create more hardware like this obviously with the defense production. Act that they push they wanted to. Kinda get other companies going into this but main gear voluntarily did this. Do you think that more companies are going to start revisiting the the applications of their hardware to do this sort of stuff like obviously we know that Tesla wanted to do something but again they wanted to do something. We haven't seen anything Significant yet neither. Have we from dyson? Yeah look at those companies are working on it I think it's a lot more challenging than what people think you know what what what's amazing about it is That if you look at like the Tesla video for example if you look at what other companies are building. They're building traditional ventilators. Which is a very complex thing to do right. Attract the way we built the live is we're using. We're we're we're using no moving parts. We're using software In a series of circuits to to be able to replicate what a traditional ventilator does a traditional ventilator uses things like turbines to push air and that sort of thing. We're not doing so so our unit is so are less complex that we could ship this in. May those guys are building You know they're they're like Landingham a man on Mars little longer and they're and they're shipping in August like they're sort of going down the traditional path. We went down the path of. What do we actually need to build an emergency ventilator? And that's what we did. I think that that simplification. Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel. I that's that's the short version. I I feel with this with this instance if you were able to do it with less parts for a fraction of the cost and it's making a difference. I I don't see how other companies may wouldn't follow suit with that approach but to your point you know they're definitely trying to land a man on. Mars. Everybody wants to be a hero in this instead of just wanting to make a difference it aspect of of Louis soffer where we can make changes on. The fly is author updates that you can just add features right leg. Discussing things like could talk more apparent temple cycling Asian out of out of the ventilator. That's a feature that we didn't have for software wave with a just give him sickly program it and all of a sudden he shouldn't able so there's no hardware that we need to change to to act and the learn the learning curve for for the software. I mean if you guys have been stress testing so when it goes out into the field do you. Fee based on the advisory panel. Have they pretty much gone through it and found ways to streamline You Know Somebody. Who's trying to use that and learn it in ten or fifteen minutes like what's the learning curve you guys of established for the for the device the learning curve. You mean you mean for for users to be able to use it. Yeah so in other words. The the unit gets approved that goes into a hospital presented. It's it's pretty basic. I beginning in any respiratory therapist will be able to pick this up fairly quickly uses. It sounds ridiculous. But it uses like an android tablet. You know some Exalt were upset the floodings that you want you can set breath rate you can set you know different settings like things that are like minimum factors specifically for the patient on what a couple of things to to know you hear about people going on on on ventilators that have a twenty percent chance of living like so so basically what you get on a ventilator you basically are eighty percent going to die. That's what they say that's what they're saying in New York. That's what's happening to a lot of that has to do with the fact that the people who are operating the ventilators are either using very aggressive settings or other. You know they're just not they're just you're using setting that are designed for a different type of of sickness and an apparently and this is what we're learning as we go which is which is both a hoarder and also. I guess a bit of a blessing that people are learning. But it's a horror that people are learning on the job at the settings need to be changed differently for Cobras on. They shouldn't be as aggressive on. You know there's a lot of things that we learn along the way and the Nice thing about this this Reserve settings are available by touch. So you can change the settings you know like the X. Out of the the the expiratory pressure and things like that can be done just with the touch on the finger so it's pretty neat and then and then you know as far as the The the inlet goes the pressure that comes in from the oxygen. There's like a manual regulator on it. You know it's not it's not. It's not like rocket science. So that's that that's one of those things that I'm sure the people that here. This is going to wonder because again. You're creating something that's that's new but also simplified but still able to do what is needed without as much input especially going to your point if the settings for this particular illness or supposed to be a lot more a lot different you you wanna be able to account for that and have something that's easily customizable on a person to person basis yet and. I'M NO DOCTOR. But we've spoken to doctors about it and they've been telling us this as as we go along and Yeah and I mean it's just it's unreal. What you learn you know It's it's it's kind of a. It's it's surreal happening but yeah We've learned a lot along the way You know the Nice thing about this devices you can. You can change all these settings via software rather than having to kind of reinvent the whole device well to break bring things full circle. I that was actually my next question during this entire endeavor What is what's the most valuable thing you've learned so far and I'll start with with you Rahul I. What's what's the been the most valuable experience from this entire endeavor that's kind of imprinted itself on you Well I think You know the the biggest The biggest thing that I learned or not even learn but just saw was was the dedication that these that people have to kind of making a difference like people are actually Doing this because they want to help. Not Because They Wanna get rich you know. So we've got people at main gear that a working twenty four hours a day to make this happen. We have people in Italy during the same thing or doctors have been nothing. Short of extraordinary and selfless. Everybody wants to do just to help. And that's That's just an incredible feeling awesome. Wallace would've I've learned that there's will be people Miss World Basketball and a lot of people when dancing Rallo hakodate right like our whole set. Were not being born. People advisory that are that are that are weren't in something like were seeing each other eleven thirty pm at night talking about the limitations new ideas etc and also in also visit. General Public wants Lee with the press. Release Al just just positive feedback the receivables like ninety nine matching and. We'll just let the hand is amazing so far awesome. What what. What can my my audience. Our listeners do to help you guys. In this endeavour what what what call to action. Do you have for audience retweeted Gourd site share it everywhere? You can And you know and and ask for any like help us push to governments in hospitals. That are looking for this sort of thing you know. People talk about a shortage of ventilators. Send them away. All they can do is help us. Get the word out. And that's really what we care about right now. Actually Wallace anything had. That's it just spreading the word looking detention from the right people end. Yeah generate. Yeah that's why released the prototype. Hold it until we have a final Fleet right one get feedback looking to get the right people on board and the people took better for for all of us excellent. I want to thank you both for taking the time out of your busy busy schedules to sit down and trump it up with us and share more about the main gear. Live to find out more definitely. You can visit facebook dot com forward slash Maine gear or twitter dot com forward slash maine gear links for that as well as links to the main gear. Live will be in the show notes for this episode. Gentlemen once again. Thank you for your time. I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoyed our conversation with Wallace and Rahul to find out more about the main gear live ventilator make sure to visit main gear links will be in the show notes for this episode to visit main gear site. Follow them on social as well as reach out to Wallace or Rahul. If you're a medical professional and you'd like to secure some of these ventilators definitely reach out to wallace and Rahul. And they'll be able to assist with that the only call to Action. I have for this. Episode is to share it and also share the piece that we put out regarding the live ventilator In the hopes that we can continue raising awareness and when the unit secures the FDA approval hospitals across the world will be able to use these life saving devices and do their part to continue flattening. The curve. Wash your hands. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. I'll see you guys in two weeks. Thanks for checking out toys and tech of the trade.
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"I'm your host rich and if this is your first time checking out an episode. I'd like to welcome you and also tell you a little bit about what we do here. Toys and tackle. The trade is an interview series where we sit down with content creators entrepreneurs and just awesome folks that are on our radar and discussed the gadgets the gear and the tech that they used to run their businesses create their content and just be more productive when it comes to toys. It's more than just talking about their favorite action figures or funchal POPs. You'd be surprised. What people consider their toys? It could be cars. It could be guns. It could be knives We WANNA share every one of those unique toys with you. This week's episode though is going to be a bit of a departure from our usual format and while we will be sitting down with two entrepreneurs were not going to be discussing the toys in tech of their trade. What we are going to be discussing is something. That's being done to assist in the coverted. Nineteen pandemic which has affected The world at this point and what we're going to discuss is actually a life saving ventilator that is being created for a quarter of the price of traditional ventilator and that company. That's doing all of this is main gear and I'll be joined by their CEO. Wallace Santos as well as their chairman of the Board Rahul. Sood will be discussing what goes into creating a device like this what hurdles. They've had to overcome where they are in the FDA approval process and much more without any further ado. Let me turn it over to Wallace and Rahul so you can learn more about the main gear live ventilator Wallace Rahul. Thank you guys for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us. Pleasure thanks for Adamus and appreciate it rich. Thanks for having US so before we jump into it. A little bit of background about main gear. Main gear is a Pc manufacturer they make some awesome hardware. A WHO's who of youtubers have main gear units If you look up People in this business that have been doing tech reviews for quite some time. There's definitely been the occasional main gear unit at their disposal but in addition to that they've also done Accessories PC chairs backpacks. But this newest endeavor is like I said incredibly timely with what's been going on with the current pandemic and the ventilator shortage and I want to start by asking Rahul. Who is the chairman of the board for main gear? How did you? What was the the spark that got you to want to suggest this to to Wallace? And the main gear team. What what what. Fired you up to get this ball rolling. Well mostly just watching You Know Governor. Cuomo talk about some of the challenges that were coming in watching what was happening in Italy where. There's actually video that I sent Wallace on. It was this doctrine Spain who was crying because he had to make a choice right between one patient. Getting off the ventilator and putting into another in basically making a life or death choice which is a horrible decision for Dr to May and then at the same time seeing what was what was happening in New York. You know where they were pleading for Ventilators Wallis being from New Jersey. He's he's been messaging me about you. Know he was messaging me quite a bit like a couple of weeks ago about friends and and friends of friends that were dying. It was insane and so you know so we saw this. We saw this as something that needed to get done. I end and I and I figured that anyone could do it right. It would be main gear and that was kind of how it all came together End End before had the discussion. As soon as I had the discussion with main gear. You know I just I I said. Let's let's get a team together and we built this This team of medical professionals Starting with a couple of my friends. Dr Deepak Corre doctor mcadam and and then and then a lady that I've known for years but a Carney who who is a a WHO used to be a A R- A respiratory therapist and and you know the the bottom line is we put together this team. We brought on some Inventors from Italy And and we just we just got this thing going. Within a month while that's amazing now with regards to establishing that that group of trusted individuals what what process where you looking at in terms of getting a unit like this out quickly was it a matter of knowing and having the components already in house and knowing how to pivot or were as team of advisors Directing you about what would be needed to get something like this done for a based on what was said for fraction of the cost. Yes so we started out with that which is a a a vision of what we wanted to create. Which is you know. We wanted to create something affordable. First of all because these ventilators are selling Walson I've had discussions with with with purchasers near fifty thousand dollars plus for ventilators and and we're saying well. There's there's gotta be a way to make a fraction of that price and we've done that. We wanted it to be portable So that it can be used in field hospitals We wanted to be a robust so like that that easy to build And can be can leverage parts that we know and then the last thing is We wanted to make sure that it was easy to use and the reason being is the trend. Were showing that you know medical professions. Were getting sick so we wanted to make it possible so that almost anyone in the field could use it as so simple to use and so when we did that We we spoke as I mentioned with that. With some inventor France from Italy who were who were who were building a platform as an emergency a ventilator and they actually have version one of this platform that we built is is is running on a actual people in the field in Switzerland now and And so it is being used. We've we've made some significant improvements to it And we're just in the process of of It's already been filed for FDA emergency clearance. We're just waiting for approval before we can for what. What kind of hurdles did you have to go through for FDA approval? I know a lot of people that are kind of getting a glimpse into this. This aspect of hardware are not too familiar with that. How did how did you go about just securing that initial that initial presentation to the FDA well so just dealing with a good FDA lawyer was was the first thing in the end getting all. The questions answered that we needed answered. You know making sure that the base system would support You know Guidelines from the FDA and then also Guidelines from from the Canadian Health Authority as well wanted to make sure that it would meet those specifications in those arms than it does And then and then just working with a with an FDA lawyer. There's a lot of work that goes into the initial filing. But luckily for us you know this. This is inventor that we that we work with out who who developed this. This platform is Is it already been kind of working to to to get this approved in other markets including You know in in Europe and other places and so So you know we. We're we're we feel like we're good hands and we'll see you know the the FDA is is moving faster than it ever has on but but the minute the country says it is no longer in emergency like then you getting emergency. Fda approval is is is no longer an option. So you know. We HOPE THAT WE GET OUT EMERGENCY. Fda approval because we'd like to make it available to other countries and because other other ventilators aren't coming until August right. And you know we. We could ship this thing in. May That's that's that's why we want to get people's attention. Have you received any pushback like and I say this because as many of you know as soon as you try to disrupt an industry that has you know for the longest time it's like you know? Elon? Musk space travel When you try to disrupt an industry where ventilators fifty thousand dollars and you're saying that you're going to be able to do it for a fraction of the cost. Have you experienced any sort of push back or negative negative commentary from the industry? No not really. I think the reason being an wallace if to add to this but I think the big reason is that we're looking to replace traditional.
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"But we're GONNA try and get a couple of episodes in and return to our bi weekly schedule in other notes Just Real Quick. Our to podcasts Turnbuckle tablet and call me when it's over celebrated milestone anniversaries As part of the rage works networks. So congratulations to Jozies boy from call me when it's over and J Olszewski from turnbuckle tabloid for Their milestones and anniversaries which again just really great work from those guys. If you're into wrestling definitely check out. Turnbuckle tabloid If you want something a little different That's artistic and tackles culture and racial issues and relationship issues than Definitely a big endorsement to jozies boy and Alexis Forum from call. It's over there killing it over there. Of course check out. Black is the new black and if you're into photography content creation podcasting definitely check out Jose Bettencourt Latest edition is cheese. Photography podcast All of those are on. The rage works network available on Itunes stitcher tune in radio spotify and hopefully fingers crossed We'll be day doing on Pandora very very soon. Lastly one of the show is heading. Your Way You know because of course I don't have a thousand other things to do But I've been kicking around a show Which is kind of going to be an audio blog It's going to be more life centric Just because my the things that have gone on in my life have been very very interesting. for A litany of reasons and I WanNa take some of those stories. Share them with you guys. I think it's going to be therapeutic for me Just because a lot of them are just locked in and I think that by sharing them with all of you it may impact you and help you get through whatever situations may be getting through. There's going to be Life advice there's GonNa be some stories It's just going to be a more unfiltered stream of consciousness so to speak It's not gonNA be a long running. Show maybe twenty five twenty five fifty episodes tops Tackling different things like I said life stories Things that are going on in my life world views on certain things that I just don't want to share in this particular podcast or any of the others so The first three episodes for that are pretty much recorded. And I'm going to try and get five together before releasing it so be on the lookout for that. It's GonNa be called tales from the Brown side so There's a lot of jokes there and we'll discuss that title at a later date. So with that said as always thank you for letting me grace your headphones and your ears With my voice and sharing my stories my insights and everything in between Brennan episodes of Toys and tech of the trade will be released biweekly as always to find out more about toys and tackle the trade visit us. The rage works network DOT COM or visit us at reach works dot net. You can also find rage works on your social media platforms of your choice if you want to keep up with me personally. You can follow me on. Instagram Ridge works rich and also follow. Rage works there as well as always if you have any concerns or would like to be a guest on a future episode of Toys and Tech of the Trade. You can email me rich at rage. Works Dot net. You can also if you use the potted service reach out there Potted is a great way to connect podcasters with potential guests or connect potential guests with Podcasters P. O. D. I. T. You can look up toys and tackle the trade there. If you're interested in being a guest set up a profile Brent Basham in his crew are doing a great job over there and it is a service. I wholeheartedly endorse links to everything we've discussed in. This episode will be in the show notes as always full transparency. They may be affiliate links. Which if you use them it at its at no cost to you receive a small commission which allows us to keep the lights on and continue delivering great content for you the listener or a guys. That's going to wrap up this. Toy's tech of the trade. I am glad to be back and I look forward to speaking with you in the coming weeks and sharing some kick ass. Yes thanks for listening.
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"Accordingly but definitely get some sunlight. That is important because again. Can't you can't work well if you don't have all of those things you know some nice weather some sunshine on your face. You'd be surprised with that does for your mood food. Of course eat accordingly. Try Not to get sucked into eating just junk foods sitting at your desk especially because your home. The temptation is too damn great. Do not fall for it Last but not least a good home speaker to listen to music Whether it's some sort of a of an Amazon device or some sort of Google device definitely go with one of those. There's tons of them out there to choose from. I use one. That's paired with my nest doorbell so that we especially now with what's going on. I can see the ups. Guy drop-off packages. I can answer the door again without getting any sort of time. Vampires the constant getting up walk into the door. Seeing who it is I can just See who it is right from the screen on my desk. Click the microphone. Talk to that person. It's a solicitor that I don't want I can tell him. I'M NOT INTERESTED WHILE WHILE. Not even breaking a you know a stride when it comes to getting work done so definitely very very very crucial. Lastly I have to say and this is something that a lot of people don't think about but no one to shut off. Have a dedicated space to do your work and know when to separate it from your home life meaning and this is something that many of us you know. We have so much trouble with especially now if we're working from home with our partners our family members and our children have a dedicated space like I have a small space. That's my Home Office and if I'm on a call shut the door put a d. Do not disturb door hanger. You can buy one of those on Amazon or you can say. Call him progress. Whatever the case may be eve or print something out in tape it on your door have that separation but also know that that separation is double sided. Meaning that yes separate so that people don't bog down or interrupt your work throughout the day but lastly also no one to disconnect because you know and I say this not to be not to dismiss anybody's job but it's like listen a you're a medical professional police officer someone that's on call. Someone who who's doing. Whose job is something so grandiose that they need to be plugged in at all times know when to set limits if your day is eight hours and you have a forty hour workweek and you don't punch a clock in your salary. Employees Take Take Pride in knowing that you have eight hours in a day forty hours a week to get what you have to get done and when when that is over you shut off your phone you turn off your corporate laptop or desktop or whenever you may have and you go hug your kids had take go have dinner with your wife go outside whatever the case may be but it's something that is so so so trivial but so many of us fall victim to it In the early goings on my wife would come home and I'd be like I'm just finishing this last thing and it would be you know six o'clock seven o'clock and the other thing is that you have to put those you have to put that also out there for your colleagues who you know. They think that just because they made they may not know may totally accidental that they make a phone call at six o'clock and you answer the phone when you shouldn't or seven o'clock just because you're there you have to really focus on nipping it in the bud and just saying hey you know You know whatever it is can. Can I take care of it? You know as a quick 'cause I'll gladly get it out of the way right now if not. I'm on the way out even if it's on if you're on your way out to go sit in your dining room you know. Hey I'm on the way out Can I call you back tomorrow or can I shoot you an email in the morning and we can reconvene? I only say this because one of the biggest things and I attribute this to my good friend James Lopez from fatherhood is lit is presence over presence. Meaning be there with your kids and don't just think that buying them the latest game. The latest hand held the latest Ipad is enough be there be present one of the things. I've been grateful for being able to work from home. Aside from just being able to bond with my daughter is being there for those great moments. You know her first steps when she rolled over for the first time the first time she stood up which I actually saw her sneaking sneaking around on a babe on the baby monitor while I was working I genuinely paused and just watched in amazement as she walked back and forth in the crib even though she didn't let us know she was walking These are these are little things and again I say this just as a parent but you know maybe maybe you want to sit outside on your stoop and pet your dog for for half an hour. Whatever it is like definitely no went to separate one from the other and you know again be be very very firm with that. No that if your workday starts at nine and you're done at five you're done at five I mean. Of course things are going to happen. Things are going to get in the way but if you have people that are counting on you that that really value your time then you gotta do what you have to do to protect that time because guess what you can lose a dollar but you can always find a dollar in the street you lose our. You're never getting that our back. You're never getting that thirty minutes back that that thirty minute meeting that that because of of back talking nonsense turned into a forty five minute or an hour meeting. Guess what. You're not going to get that extra time back. And unfortunately that's that's GonNa be something that over these next few weeks as many of you work from home you're going to see that that becomes a thing because it's going to be all let's talk about what's going on in the with with the virus or the politics or what am. I getting my thousand dollar check or whatever and that's great you know and if you want to dedicate time to that that's fine but just remember every minute you spend doing. That is a minute that you lose. You know playing catch with your kids in the backyard or reading your kid a story or sitting on the couch and just watching a movie with your wife or whatever the case may be and you know those are those are the toys and attack of the the quarantine trade so to speak and I think that coming back from such a long hiatus I wanted to come back in just do something a little bit more a little more casual Especially because like I said. We're we're all in this together now. All of us are being affected by this in different ways and I just wanted to do my part give you guys a little a little value and give you guy something that can hopefully help you and be actionable show. Let me not drag this out. We've pretty much gone a little over twenty five minutes This is pre editing of course So with that said what happens next with toys and tech of the trade. Well you know. Now that I've hit the record on this microphone and I've Kinda got back to it. I've recorded this episode at least three times already I think this is the one We're back to it. We're going to try and just now that people have a little bit more dispensable time we're GONNA try and get some more interviews in some more creators Have a wish of people that I want to speak to share. Their stories share their attack and their toys with you Hopefully give you guys some value and also as always just help. You guys be distracted. You know my job. In addition to giving you valuable things just to entertain you know you can sit here and hear the sound of my voice and it might get you through the day or am. I put a smile on your face or you might say. Hey that guy's full of crap but at least you reacted and you did something and with that. My job is done so We're back to it. We're going to have new episodes Definitely probably GONNA stick with Bi Weekly. Maybe monthly not sure yet. We're we'll see how the schedule goes..
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"I'm your host rich and if this is your first time checking out a show. Welcome second of all a little bit about what we do here. Toys and tech of the interview series where we sit down with content creators entrepreneurs and just kick ass folks that are on our radar and share the gadgets the gear and everything that they use to create content run their businesses and just overall make their lives a little bit more easier and enjoyable with run. The gamut when it comes to guests whether it's Developers gamers podcasters bloggers content creators The list goes on and on and we look forward to sharing many more of those stories with you in the coming weeks with the introduction out of the way I want to open things up with an apology as many of you may or may not know The last episode of this podcast was back in November. I want to say so. December January February march. We've essentially gone for months without a new episode as a veteran podcast. That is a a big botch on my part not so much doing not doing an episode for four months but not updating you the listener on what's going on. I mean one of the biggest things about podcasting is the fact that you have to engage with your audience and keep them informed about what's going on and I definitely dropped the ball with that and You know the funny thing is that there's a few reasons for that Number one I hit a a really really big creative block. I Guess Writer's block may be and You know between work and everything else. I just felt that I wasn't able to give the show not not the my attention. Because that's that's not really true I just felt that it wasn't gonNA give it my best and it would have been a disservice to our guests and even the audience to just have A very paint by numbers bla-bla-bla type of podcast. I mean you can hit download and find a million other podcasts. That are capable of delivering that with a lot better production value and definitely just a better engagement. And because of that I like I said I just I felt. I don't WanNa say it was depression. Depression are very strong word. And I don't WanNA use that Think writer writers block but just creators block. I guess I just haven't felt Just creative And not just for the PODCAST. I mean even for the site Which is crazy because you know back. In February we did toy fair which was amazing. Lot of great content. Came out there Definitely got the creative juices flowing and Then you know all this crazy virus stuff happened. And my priorities shifted to You know keeping my my wife and my daughter safe My two sisters One of which has Disability that makes her immuno compromised my grandmother in a few others and You know that's kind of where my focus has been just making sure that they're taking care of and Better off but I wanted to give you guys that real world update and Obviously we are. We are toys and tech of the trade. We do talk about the attack and the toys that keep us grounded so to speak and I actually wanted to take this opportunity to talk about what's been going on with regards to working from home as many of you across the country and even across the world for that matter no There's been a lot of restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the Corona Virus Cova Nineteen and Because of that many of us Not so much me because I've been working from home for the last two years for my regular employer but my wife Has Been Home and many other people that I know that are in. My circle have been forced to adapt and work from home and for many. This is a brand new experience for me. It's it's not so new because as I said my my day to day job Has Me on as somebody who telecommutes works from home and for the last two years I've been able to do it and I gotta say that it has not been easy Prior to my daughter being born most days I'd be working and I would be an utter solitude My two sisters each would go to their adult day programs. My grandmother went to her Senior Citizens Program. My brother was working. My wife was working and it was just me and initially you say to yourself man. This is cool. I could just you know work at my own pace and eat however I want and go outside and do this and that and you know. That's that's definitely a wonderful experience. Initially but then what happens is days turn to weeks. Weeks turns to turn two months and it just becomes a lot of the same monotonous Day to day versus when you're in an office setting or in an environment where there's more people around you can interact have conversations etc and you know you can go outside go for a walk Go grab lunch. Comeback et CETERA. Especially when I was working in an office I had a A very large shopping center by me. So I'd go. I'd get my ten thousand steps. Walk in the shopping center. Grab something to eat. Come back to work If I had to run any errands go food shopping. It was it was easier When my daughter was born she she definitely helped me pass the time a lot easier mostly because obviously priority one is keeping your kid alive that first year but in addition to that you know there was someone to talk to even if it was just talking to an infant it felt it felt very fulfilling. It gave me more purpose besides just my day to day nine to five job and made things easier and as my daughter has grown. She's now a eighteen months old It's it's definitely become a better part of my day waking up. We have breakfast together and you know I. She watches her cartoons. We usually hang out for a little bit. I put her down for a nap around. Twelve one o'clock show sleep till around three shall have her next meal and then show hang out in a giant player that we have in our living room until my wife gets home and then you know she comes home and kind of not that she takes over but she kinda punches in and let me just get my focus on my work and you know content for the site and things of that nature and of course. I still burn the midnight. Oil Lane at late at night Doing different things whether it's social media or getting our shows out for the networks so definitely a lot of things but you know my wife works Regular job Nine five goes to an office and she was told to start working from home and it was a bit of an adjustment Just because they didn't really give her anything to telecommute like a laptop or anything like that. But you don't have a massive computer system here that I use for content creation and doing shows etc and then my office provided me a laptop which I have plugged into a second monitor for Doing my day to day work so she's able to use my desktop and I'm able to work on my company laptop and everything is as it should be. But there's certain hurdles that came in like something I don't worry about the copy paper for instance in. Oh my wife is like oh I have to print out reports you know. How much paper do you have? I think I had the same three reams of paper for like the last two years. I've worked from home The only thing I use here. And they're a little bit more of his toner with the laser printer but even still it might last six months to a year. But you know things like paper Certain office.
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"It sign up go set up your show and get a guest because at the end of the day all you're doing is paying it forward and everyone wins right I mean they still have to in reporter flagging the sand said this one we're gonNA launch when we just worked tirelessly to get it out product that met Dev that met design it's US doing it my name on it it's Mike thing that I introduced you to us and we want you to get value if you say world but the does it okay will let soon nope but we pay that really really well and there's a lot of good meter system obscene lot of good really good influence eighteen I think everybody wants to write things so it's Kinda coming together I really feel very encouraged about the remainder this year. We're actually I'll tell you what your officers come in a quad casters of all people get nickel dime I remember it's it's terrible and we thought well what if we could make this model where off gases pointed laws nobody gets benefit the guests gets the beyond more shows and podcasts are may begin get towards tapes they're hosting or something or you know that little bit because that was also part of the plot date Kazakhstan after game eighty bucks a month or something just to to put my time off but my money my time I ever up a make a show that I didn't get caught exciting for you know and it's not all about the money but it would have been nice to have to pay right you know and they'll get a little bit back so no and I'm glad you brought that lot of value out of the game eight for free ninety nine over zero out of the gate and I wanted to ask about when you wanted to start monitor Isaac and you had your you guys offer paid tears on the site how do you know how did you guys have that conversation because if there's one thing we learned over the years is everybody loves a free APP and they'll accept as many shortcomings as possible but when you tell people to open their wallet it becomes a completely different conversation and yet you know we're figuring that out as we go we have that there and we'll see if the value make sense people I think on the podcast side we always wanNA remain and completely freaked out the podcast rights of your bod gas and you're trying to get guests we want you to be able to have your page we want you to have everything on your page wants you to invite them the middle everything doesn't cost you a dime because that's that's we were podcast that's an important part of it from the guest side we feel like as it starts to really population fill up there's GONNA be a need for guests to get more attention right the ones that are seeking that really grinding and understand arline understanding about you of being on that email that targeted lists more of maybe they can give you an audio version of their pitch in as a hey here's one minute audio or something like that and it's like that might different Jake Dan so there are some key ways were good allow them to be different jaded and it will see I mean right now we think that's probably GonNa work in is probably a percent enough of a percentage of people that will choose that route that will monetize it forever body else because let's face it development and all this stuff is cost leap even for us our time it's we're we're in tech in our time is really valuable experience on our knowledge we could begin compensated ver-very wealth for this but we're not we're doing it right now for free but the thing is we feel like that will likely happen if it doesn't get the attention than there's some other things we can do there's other pieces of the puzzle is going to have like we WANNA add grated context and have that as part of the deal there's there's a lot of different things we can do once we get everybody's attention and provide them value in the trusts us we just had to be careful not to abuse evidence ways that will add value on you can always talk with podcast events in various there's all kinds of ways you can monetize even going to free row with targeted advertising and things like that maybe that's the trade off I don't I don't know exactly luckily right now with server cost isn't that much and the depth costs is basically our effort wrist is effort but it does not paying so right sweat equity yeah right now we're doing yourself so we'll see and I mean I think that hopefully some one at one of the things we're going to probably do is throttle on the guest side so for example thinking maybe doing one you can apply to one show per day and then they'll say prompt you and say hey by the way looks like today you can certainly by tomorrow but because that's a convenience thing like you applied to thirty shows month isn't enough for you then you should probably be somebody that's willing to operate events and so if you are in that camp were it's it to you because a lot of people nowadays are all about by the time they really value spending money on things and give them their time back because they can't get any more that and so in that case be like why could just batch this all at once by the nineteen bucks a month for thirty nine bucks a month I mean my gosh I'm an attorney and get one client out of this in the whole year it basically all of it plus I think the R line for some people is going to be huge and they're going to be like insomuch nobody'll and hopefully that percentage is enough to pay for the free parking else which is really really cool to me to go to find something awesome for a lot of people that might not be that can't that's all really written and sand right now to be honest with your inch okay I gotta ask a looking I was looking through the through the paid tears just because I've been you know kicking around if I wanted to go go pay just to just you know mess around with it and I wanted to ask about what you what you're doing for people that sign up for the lifetime which is is the the podcast guest academy that jumped out for a couple of reasons number one because you can read a book about being podcast there and you can get fairly good at it but you can never fully master the art of being a guest nope messaging matters tech matters all that stuff how you reach out letters all of that and mark a deal partner with on that he covers that with Oh Dan forget his last name but he he's a he does show book series author's books and stuff and he's he knows that sided with the guests in a mark knows decided it with the attack and so they partnered and they've got huge course I mean he charges for lifetime on his Georgia's seven ninety seven in its own right and so we parted within he gave us a six months access which if you're serious you're all about it will we basically did resent they us for two years for the product we know it's early we're going to give you marks zeal for six months which gives you plenty of time to go through all this content that and you can get really good at it and enormous investment in you being able to get booked get booked again actually succeed and convert when you do that and actually have a strategic plan rather than just sort of shot gunning and doing the best she can you know so mark's we don't have that side of that are bought form outside of Mark Right we just we don't have the I teach you how to do it which is a factor yup sure you and I have done it over years this can teach you in a short time so it was a really good strategic partnership from us we basically just eat the 'cause he gave us a good deal and then we eat it just to help you be better and you an incentive to well yeah I mean there's a huge value prop there as I was reading through it because I said to myself you know what if you get good at being a professional guest you not only does it open doors for podcasting but it opened doors for you being a resource for media I mean remember I signed up for a website which is called Harrow which is the acronym for help a reporter out which I'm sure you've seen and it's the same thing you get pitches and you get stuff and some of the stuff that you're seeing people are like oh we need somebody that knows this and this and this and you may know about it but here's the kicker you may not know how to talk about it intelligently front of a large audience and that is where a course like this is huge it's enormous and you get from podcast interviews you get access you wouldn't finally got Nick I opened up doors to speaking engagements I think people are under the impression they're gonNA create a podcasts are getting all this money sponsorship but a podcast can open up so many word of being a guest on other people's podcasts gives you so many key relationships that are so valuable to you I was listening to Pat Lynch show and he had Hal elrod on their of the miracle morning who that stat book blew up blew up and he was talking about what struck me about the episode is how talking about how he went on I didn't have to do it he on I tunes in the cold emailed every single new note worthiness category to be on their show they went on a fifty seven shows wow here you got sit but yet went up fifty seven shows and he said granted he wrote the book in a way that it changed behavior so it would be word of mouth that was all on purpose which by the way but contagious fantastic award about but the biggest thing he said attributed to hint taken off like that was all those podcasts abuse because he was everywhere it went in and were small shows news shows but he was refining his message he was making relationships he was getting ads says and then he was getting access to bigger shows points in media and it was showing up another thing it helps you show up in Google search right because when people search for you they see uh-huh you're on that podcast episode you don't know that it was a small show is just credibility is all it is like oh you are that expert so kids speak enough however whether pod otherwise can't speak enough about about really out there trying to be against some guests well I'm glad you mentioned Pat Flynn because I end I backed his his swing Pod tripod and one of the reasons I did that was because the guys in authority in the in the game so I knew I'm like this is a guy that it's been podcasting for for a long time he's been a voice in the field he's not gonNA put out a product that's that's garbage he's not so when saw it and I saw you know all the different influencers start messing with it I said man what the Hell I'm going to back it and I got mine recently and I says I said this is proof proof of concept that if your authority figure a voice in the field and this goes back full circle to to your service if you bring value the results are gonNA come yet don't expect it to be overnight unless for some reason it's something insane that you do that automatically just put you on everybody's radar but no what if you're bringing value to people and you're bringing people good information and most importantly you're helping people in some way you'll get there yet as key I think it's hard right at the beginning but you gotTa stop worrying about the outcome and just do the right things in put the right message out there and get some shows I mean that's such a big deal whether a superintendent whether it's through whatever avenue choose that's a great way because there's such a big long tail of content creators everybody trying to scream and shout in so you know when they did you WanNa zagging you want to get out there and get some of these audiences that they already trust the host like right now I'm speaking you you're entrust ratio have some give me the benefit of the doubt at least right and then it's up to me but at least you get a foot in the door and people know about you they wouldn't have all about you and it's just the access it's there's another medium that you have such access you try to get home radio shows on TV you.
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"What's going on folks thanks for hitting that download and then checking out a brand new episode of Toys and Tech of the trade your one stop shop for Toys Tech and talk with some assembly required I'm your host rich and if this is your first time checking had an episode first of all welcome second of all a brief bit of background on what we do here toys in tech of the trade is an interview series where we sit down with content creators entrepreneurs and just ask folks who are out there doing really awesome things and sharing the gadgets gear and tech that go into making their products running their business is or creating their content for that matter when it comes to toys we'd like to focus on that and use quotes when it comes to toys because it's not just relegated to Action Figures Funchal POPs things like that but it could be cars motorcycles could be musical instruments knives you'd be surprised with some people US for air excuse to obsess over when it comes to toys not necessarily relegated to the stuff I just mentioned so this week before we get into what we're going to discuss first of all I want to thank everybody who's been so patient with us as we transition then moved to the brand new rage works podcast network site very proud of what we've accomplished and we have some other shows on the horizon including another podcast that I might be doing but it's going to be a limited series That one is going to be very very interesting on addition to that we may be bringing in some additional new talent as well that I'm very excited about and hopefully I will have updates for you in further episodes now one thing I did want to mention I know a lot of you have been asking with regards to you know what we're doing with Youtube and why the youtube channels been a little quiet as of late really just a matter of trying to figure out a right balance between you know work being a new father there and just everything else plus just trying to give you guys good content there the rage works YouTube channel should in theory be built on the fact it's you know gaming entertainment pop culture and I share our podcast there well the ones I do personally just to give people another way to listen no some of you prefer using youtube especially because it's one of the few URL's that you find friendly at work but honestly I've also noticed that there's been a bit of downtown back in terms of people using the youtube channel for at least podcasts consumption everything else is fine so a bit of a stress test out there with regards to how you're consuming the shows do you use youtube do you find any value in it shooting align rich at rage works dot net would be curious to know your thoughts also know some people have asked about a Qa episode and You know we're definitely going to do more of those so with that said I wanNA start building up questions for the next QNA episode so feel free to reach out rich rage works dot net for that via e email or you can find us on social media whether it's instagram twitter facebook and we're GONNA put post their dedicated to building a brand new question of the day episode well Correction Acuna episode not a question of the day QNA episode For future airing so we're definitely going to start building that out so again follow us on social if you haven't links for it will be in the show notes for this episode all right so this week show is going to be a little different than what we normally and what we're going to be doing is we're going to be talking about conventions and the gear that is that I'd is I personally recommend for conventions and the reason that I came up with this is because right now you know it's October in New York City and a lot of conventions have been coming up right now New York comic con just finished and rage works will be at the photo plus Expo next week actually six from two two weeks from Friday so the thing about it is that we we get asked often especially me because I'm a gadget freak and I like having in different things what do you use to cover events what do you recommend to cover events and I figured that would make a great episode and it would be kind of like what Tim for there's like so call the inbetween Assads just to give a little bit of a break between the interview so with that said this episode is going to be focused on that and it's just going to give some actionable advice a couple of tips and different things for those of you that are running websites or youtube channels and you WANNA cover event and you want some product recommendations that's what this episode is going to be about also while we are on the subject of product episodes we will be doing another gift guide for this year a lot of you seem to have loved that and really enjoyed some of the recommendations we brought to the table so we're definitely going to be doing that as well but you're not here for that what you're here to hear about gadgets and gear and recommendations for cons so for me personally I was a person that covered the different events at one point before my daughter was born and man I was guilty of one of the biggest sins which is carrying a lot of stuff off and you think you're going to need a hundred different things to cover events and as I got more and more experienced covering events and an attending and I realized that you didn't really need a lot of that stuff you know you basically need if you're going to be doing shooting your Zanier camera lenses spare batteries etc.. If you're going to be doing PODCASTS WE'RE GONNA get into that and if you're gonNA be doing video work you you know there's there's so many different and so for me personally my original setup used to be a camera to shoot stills I used to carry a cannon exa Ten video camera a for interviews and things of that nature only because you're probably asking yourself if you have a camera why are you carrying a video camera while at the time I was shooting with vase Sony sixty three hundred and those cameras were notorious for overheating and also obviously the recording limit and Instances where we wanted to record interviews or or I was doing some work in the field and it would go longer than thirty minutes and I didn't WanNa have to worry about the stresses of I gotTa have batteries or I've gotTa have you know multiple as d cards et Cetera et Cetera with the Kennan exit ten which is a really good camera or that you can probably pick up for around seven hundred dollars now since new since new versions have been released since then the candidates eight ten had a hand the top with two xl airports so I was able to put a shotgun Mike or if necessary plugging a hand held Mike to do interviews or wireless mic pack to do run gun shooting and it was it was great and what I would do is like I said set it up I'd take a tripod with me and plug it in a wireless handheld mic go set up the shot frame the shot and conduct my interviews or whatever was needed at the time and again that's great if you're a solo raider or even if you're working with what a second person that person could handle the zooming in zooming out at things of that nature check your levels make sure it's good when you're by yourself though it's it's definitely a little tougher the articulating screen is huge though to help you frame the shot as are the audio levels to make sure that they're shown on screen and you have audio coming in these things are all crucial and like I said the the the the focus is good the color you know cannon color sciences great so definitely I know that at the time was a great approach as I said I was shooting stills with these Sony a sixty three hundred dollars using an eighteen to one zero five f orlands now the eighteen two one five lens not only is it a great lengths for video but it also has in Terminal Zoom which means that you don't have to turn the barrel extend the Lens for it to zoom all zooming his done internally which is really really nice I mean it's a big lens by by most by most standards but was good about it is that the internal zoom is good the F. Four is nice gives you a little bulky and obviously the optical steady shot is great on that Lens as well a really.
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"I'm your host rich Butler and if this is your first time I'm checking out an episode first of all welcome second of all a bit about what we do here. Toys and tech of the trade is an interview series where we sit down with entrepreneurs content creators and just kick ass folks that are on our radar and share the gadgets gear and technology that they use to create their content run their businesses and just make their day to day. They work a little bit easier. When it comes to toys it's not just relegated to action figures and things of that nature we embrace a broader definition here with people having different kinds of toys at their disposal? Whether it's cars guns knives et Cetera you'd be surprised what people consider toys and we embrace braced that broad definition very very much on this show <hes> before we get into this week's guest I did want to get some housekeeping items out of the okay first of all <hes> we were on hiatus for much of July because we had released to back to back episodes plus. I had some travel villain some other things going on which made a <hes> publishing a little bit difficult but we're back to our regular programming schedule going forward for the month month of August which is bi weekly releases on Wednesdays as of right now so <hes> every other Wednesday there will be a brand new episode of Toys and attack of the trade <hes>. I did want to mention that I know some of you were really digging the Q._N._A.. Episodes so if you WANNA see more of those definitely let me know and we'll start start building up questions for a future installment <hes> for those of you that I have asked if we're going to do another audio style Gift Guide <hes> I've been kicking some ideas back come forth. I was going to do something for back to school but I don't know if too many people are really going to give a shit about that but who knows maybe we'll save it and do something obviously before the holidays which is when we did our last our last gift guide. We'll see what happens. <hes> the other thing I wanted to mention is that rage works is celebrating. Its five five year anniversary on August eighteenth. <hes> it's been five years they went by super fast from when we transition from my take radio to the rage works brand rand. It's been an amazing journey. <hes> the website has grown tremendously and of course the podcast network and its origin <hes> is tied directly to rage works so so <hes> one of the things we will be doing is we will be revising the site <hes> and making some changes to it so rage works five point. Oh will be debuting on on August eighteenth will probably be taking out taking the site off of off line for a few days just to make some changes and some style edits etc so be on the lookout <unk> out for that but in addition we will be launching the rage works network website which is going to be the hub for all of our shows going forward including this one <hes> you'll be able to go to the rage works network site to access all the shows going forward and it's just an easier option versus just going to rage works dot net and even though we put the shows there some people couldn't find them etc and <hes> the best thing out of it. All is obviously the growth of the network has led to WHO <hes> the necessity for it to have its own home which I think is just better overall especially because there's minimal crossover <hes> in terms terms of our written content on the site minus the toys and the tack that that we cover on the site that tie into the show. We don't cover wrestling on the side anymore. We don't cover M._M._A.. So are some of the shows on the network that that re- that you know cover that content there's really no crossover with some some of the stuff we cover on the web so it made the transition of form a new site a no brainer <hes> that site like I said we'll be launching on August. August eighteenth along with rage works five point. Oh I really can't wait to show you guys. <hes> both of the sites and I'm really hoping that <hes> you guys is check them out and enjoy them as much as we enjoyed putting them together for you all right with that housekeeping out of the way a little bit about this week's guest <hes> my guest is photographer Jason La Boy <hes> Jason has been a staple in the convention seen taking some amazing images over the last last few years in addition to that he put me onto the Vero social media platform which I checked out and <hes> the other thing that really resonated native with me is the fitness journey that Jason has been on <hes> which he details quite a bit during the interview <hes> just super inspirational that <hes> he went and he transformed his body. He took some adversity that he was going through channel that energy into some amazing physical transformation. I'm excited excited to share that story with you guys as well as the toys and tech of Jason's trade so without any further ado let's turn it over to Jason and hear his story my guest this week is event photographer and all around Jack of all trades when it comes to the photo Game Jason Salah boy who whose work you've probably seen at numerous conventions including as Con New York comic con and a slew of others. He's actually taking time out of his schedule after doing an amazing ninety day transformation to sit down chop it up with us and share the toys and tech of his Trade Jason What's going on my friend not much. How about hugh brother? I'm good man. I really appreciate you taking the time to really sit down and chop it up with us. As as I said before with the mics went live I've been following your work for quite some time women. I always want to support especially fellow New Yorkers Fellow creatives that are out there doing what they're doing and your story really resonated with me because you're immersed I in the comic book and Gaming Culture Much like myself. You're a fellow New Yorker and you know you've been hitting the gym hard lately and I want to get into that story and I wanted to share just everything that you've been doing with our audience because it's just it's just so great I mean I I'll go as far as saying that you actually your work. Work actually inspired me to sign up for Barrow and get a thorough account why it's good to hear yeah yeah yeah definitely when this goes live. We're going to share that with them so they could they. You could hear that yeah so I jumped in. I remember before we get into the story. I'll just add a little personal anecdote you you had just started Arctic promoting the platform and you were saying like hey. I'm putting all my stuff there. My images come out better. It's higher resolution. It's great you guys should check it out. I said well damn you know. I'm putting stuff out therefrom. Some of the events we go to some of the content we cover all right. Let me go in there and mess with it and I signed up for and I shared some stuff like anything else just trying to juggle a bunch social media accounts but you definitely were the <hes> the kickstarter for me to jump into into Barroso rage works is on Vero for sure yeah I mean it's it's a great platform. It's just unfortunate. It's the best way to describe it. It's like it's the matrix you know <hes> instagram and facebook there the Matrix they definitely have everything unlocked now and it's it's it is difficult. <hes> managing multiple social media accounts. I completely understand because I myself <unk>. There's multiple counts. I have to sit there and posters sherzer where I prefer a rather just sharing one account and the reason why I signed with Barrow was I'm a huge <hes> Zach Schneider Fan and when he quit twitter and he just kept his work exclusively barrels all right so the only way I could get my Zack. Snyder fix is go to this platform and then the Morris refuses. I started to realize like wait a second like I don't need no third party APP to revise my photo to share it. Just share the photo right away or you know the videos. I don't have to compress them in such such a way that they look all grainy choppy and then as this is not this is a really good platform so the more I started using it and the margins started supporting and you know the owners took notice and they reached out and said hey you know we love the work that you do in the Kospi's see you know we would like you to be part of this and I was like sure absolutely <music>. I'm totally down for it. Well the thing about it. No no no no no yeah what I was GonNa say was the thing about it. It is after I started following you I saw Zach was on their started following him and you know keeping up to wear when he was working on his films and working on the DC stuff often I said to myself you know. The platform is exactly that I really liked the simplicity and just not exactly what you said not having a reese is not having to worry about the videos sales and compression in this thing and that thing or the other thing but like anything else. It's always such an uphill climb especially when you want to go in the school yard punch the biggest bully in the face you know oh you're fighting instagram. You're fighting the FACEBOOK juggernaut. You're kind of fighting snapchat too it to an to an extent right. It's it's crazy. It's it's totally true yeah. This is true because it's again. It's there's this <hes>. There's this book that I dread lash. I forget the author's name I know his name is Jason at Leech. Each a ten signs believe your social media account and in the book he has warmer engineers who work for facebook talk about how that they program their users to become addicted to the platform and every time I say facebook and instagram Graham and what's APP anything that's facebook own whenever those platforms go down to me I see those who just calculated attacks it to keep the user's addicted to the platform hundred percent you know I I like that because recently you know facebook had that outage and instagram and they were making memes out of it that fans wiped out half a facebook. You know all this stuff and it's funny because at least five or ten people I know personally where like like on either facebook and Instagram or Dan how you gonNA share your memes and all your stuff and I'm just like Oh my God you know and it's funny because growing up especially you know eight being an eighties and eighties and nineties kid. It's like listen you go outside. You pick up the phone. You do. What you gotTa do now you can you can barely get by without somebody D._M.? You and it's the same person that has your phone number that that doesn't want a text. It's it's it's so crazy. Yeah it is and and that's that's really the sad part about in how you know it works and and I find I if you remember the last outage it happened to do if something that was another facebook orientated APP that they just have apparently like five million people signed up at once and it causes them to crash which I call bs because I was saying to myself how how can how can a <hes> a network with billions of users logged in at once crash because I've million users <music> signed up now. I could understand where Arrow crashed when they had their big surge up. Their servers were ready for one point. Five five million users to sign up in twenty four hours facebook is built for that so for their platform to to to to suffer such networks failure earlier like that. I I just to me. It's just all programming to keep you and trapped in the Matrix in keep you addicted to the program to ensure you know that you stay on on it. 'cause remember facebook makes their money when you're on the platform <unk> Asli using it and then their data mining all your Info and you get in tons of advertisements popping popping up over and over and over the craziest part of that is it's funny where you know I can be having a conversation with you and we can be talking about. I don't know golf balls and we didn't use search on our phone. We didn't do anything but yet you're on facebook and you get an ad for golf balls absolutely and I go listen Eh yeah. I'm like something's going on microphones. Yeah Oh yeah. My microphones are completely off for all those apps. They're all for that reason Yup by now yes I do. I do a lot of purchase so how you mentioned earlier at this fitness journey. I get a lot of fitness advertisements popping up. Sometimes they're annoying annoying. Sometimes you know they've actually been beneficial like for example. <hes> one time scrolling through Instagram I get an <hes> an advertisement for a workout bar called bar and it was on sale for fifty dollars so we've got is like okay. It's shaped like an easy bar so if anybody who's gone to the gym you you don't want to easy bar shaped like it's not a straight on barbell has slight curves to it to help with your <hes>. Your risk rips some looking at like okay..