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80: Epilogue
Sep 15, 2016 • 30 min
How often do you consider how your life will be in the future? If the book of your life ended now, how would the epilogue read? Russell and Jelly discuss the concept of looking forward and planning for the unseen future, whether it’s scary or hopeful, and…
79: The End
Sep 8, 2016 • 20 min
Nothing lasts forever; eventually the heat death of the universe will claim us all. Russell and Jelly consider the ending of things from their lives—school, jobs, relationships, TV shows and podcasts—and how these experiences have affected them and shaped…
78: Being Indie vs. Working for the Man
Sep 1, 2016 • 26 min
If you work for a big company, chances are, you’ve considered “going indie” at some point. The opposite is also true, as many indies pack up their things and join big companies in search of something different. Jelly and Russell consider the career moves…
77: Basic Needs
Aug 25, 2016 • 22 min
If you’re hungry, or tired, chances are you’re not going to be able to reach your fullest potential. Russell and Jelly take a look at the concept of basic needs, how they affect us, and whether some of these needs can be offset with something like a…
76: Fitness Trackers
Aug 18, 2016 • 23 min
Fitness trackers, from the Fitbit to the Apple Watch, are everywhere, and theoretically helping people improve their fitness, but are they all that they’re cracked up to be? To find out, Russell and Jelly look at how they exercise (or… don’t) and how…
75: Digital Currency
Aug 11, 2016 • 20 min
From Bitcoin to Dogecoin, the internet is filled to the brim with digital currency, and both Russell and Jelly have toyed with the idea of making it rich. But with support still lagging, and a significant amount of bad press surrounding the idea, has…
74: First Impressions
Aug 4, 2016 • 19 min
First impressions count. The judgements we make about people or things when we first encounter them can sometimes stay with us for a long time, and colour our perceptions. Russell and Jelly take a hard look at their first impressions of each other, how…
73: Hackintoshes
Jul 28, 2016 • 22 min
With Apple’s hardware in a state of stagnation, more and more people are revisiting the idea of the Hackintosh—custom-built PCs running OS X—which boast superior performance, but require additional maintenance and care. Russell’s a little scared that he’s…
72: Pokémon Go
Jul 21, 2016 • 23 min
Russell and Jelly discuss the social phenomenon that is Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that has players everywhere going out into the world, collecting digital creatures and meeting real-life people. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t…
71: Getting Things Done
Jul 14, 2016 • 17 min
There’s a plethora of management tools and methods dedicated to getting things done, and so Russell and Jelly throw it all out the window to talk about how they approach the things they need to remember to do, appointments the have coming up, and bills…
70: Hobbies
Jul 7, 2016 • 19 min
Building Lego sets, reading books, and playing video games are hobbies that many people enjoy around the world, but exactly what people enjoy differs wildly from person to person. Russell and Jelly look at their own hobbies and consider some of the deeper…
69: Elections
Jun 30, 2016 • 24 min
On the eve of the federal election in Australia, Russell and Jelly turn their focus to politics. Together, they discuss the concept of preferential voting, referendums and the way that government works… or doesn’t work, depending on your point of view.
68: Campuses
Jun 23, 2016 • 23 min
Having just visited the—strikingly different—campuses of Facebook and Apple during their recent visit to San Francisco, Russell and Jelly think back to the various campuses they’ve worked and studied in. Together they compare their experiences and mostly…
67: The Big Question
Jun 16, 2016 • 19 min
Russell’s ready to finally tackle the big philosophical questions that people ask: How did we get here? Why are we here? What happens after we die? He and Jelly look at where we turn for the answers, and how these questions are tied to our beliefs, our…
66: Speculation
Jun 9, 2016 • 17 min
There’s no time of the year quite like the lead up to Apple’s developer conference, which sees the tech community start to bubble with the excitement and anticipation of the new things Apple is about to announce. Russell and Jelly look at why we love to…
65: Interpersonal Conflict
Jun 2, 2016 • 20 min
Every relationship endures conflict, whether it be platonic, professional, or romantic. Even interactions with complete strangers can be ridden with conflict, so Jelly and Russell spend a little time considering the ways that they handle conflict in the…
64: Perceptions
May 26, 2016 • 22 min
The way we perceive ourselves is important, but the way we think others perceive us can drive us to do things we would never normally do. Russell and Jelly take a long, hard look at whether changing so that we’re seen in a different light is healthy, and…
63: Job Interviews
May 19, 2016 • 21 min
Sitting on the other side of the table from an interview panel can be daunting, but have no fear! Jelly and Russell reminisce about job interviews they’ve been to—and those they’ve helped conduct—to come up with a foolproof way to get the job of your…
62: Launching an App
May 12, 2016 • 27 min
It turns out launching an app isn’t as easy as it might seem. Russell and Jelly, who have one or to launches under their belt, recount the processes they go through and the things they do to try and make it successful.
61: Parties
May 5, 2016 • 24 min
From the ones we attended as kids to the ones we organise as adults, parties are the way we celebrate big events in each other’s lives. Russell and Jelly look at the kinds of parties they’ve attended, share some stories about the things they do to get…
60: Electric Cars
Apr 28, 2016 • 23 min
Cars are at a tipping point right now, where electric motors are starting to be more and more common. The question is, however, when will buying an electric car be as reasonable and normal as buying a fuel-powered car, and will the concept of self-driving…
59: Cars
Apr 21, 2016 • 26 min
Cars are a fairly big part of most adults’ lives, and it’s almost like they live a life of their own. Jelly and Russell share stories about the cars they’ve had over the years, their first experiences buying a car, and the accidents they’ve had.
58: Software Scheduling
Apr 14, 2016 • 24 min
If you’re a software developer, and you’ve ever been asked how long it’ll take to build an app, your reaction was probably to back away slowly… or maybe to just turn and run. But why is it so hard to figure out how long it takes to write software, and…
57: User Experience vs. the Bottom Line
Apr 7, 2016 • 24 min
Apple’s caught flak for both not innovating enough, and also not spending enough time nailing the bugs in their software. But are these two issues contradictory? Russell and Jelly look at their experiences as product developers, why hard calls have to be…
56: April Fools
Mar 31, 2016 • 22 min
The first day of April is loved and reviled by people all over the world for it’s practical jokes. From joke features in our favourite websites and apps, to joke articles and press releases from blogs and news sites. Every year, the April Fools phenomenon…
55: Retail
Mar 24, 2016 • 23 min
Shopping can be fun, and it can be excruciating, but we all have our preferred approach when it comes to buying things. Russell and Jelly take a look at Retail based on their experience on both sides of the counter, sharing stories and techniques on how…
54: Homeschool
Mar 17, 2016 • 23 min
Russell has some pretty specific ideas about homeschool, and given that Jelly spent a good most of his teens actually getting homeschooled, he’s on a mission to find out how it all really works. Is it different to normal school? How do grades work? Do you…
53: Off the Grid
Mar 10, 2016 • 18 min
Having just had solar panels installed, Jelly’s getting pretty keen about living off the grid, or at least relying less on it. He and Russell talk about ways that you might reduce your reliance on utility companies, why you’d do it, and whether you have…
52: Beta Testing
Mar 3, 2016 • 25 min
Jelly and Russell have been on both sides of the beta testing process, and talk about what it’s like across the spectrum: from those that just post new builds and are otherwise quiet, to the betas that are more like being a part of a community, with Slack…
51: Encryption
Feb 25, 2016 • 23 min
The topic on everyone’s lips is the case of Apple vs. the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone formerly used by a terrorist. With the government wanting Apple’s assistance bypassing some of iOS’s security features, the case has potential for consequences…
50: Television
Feb 18, 2016 • 27 min
Television has changed a lot over the years, both in regards to technology and also how we watch it. Russell and Jelly take a look back at the sorts of things that have impacted the shows they love, like how stories have become more and more continuous in…
49: Pronouns
Feb 11, 2016 • 20 min
Pronouns are something you learn about as part of basic English, but they play a big role in people’s lives. Russell and Jelly look at how pronouns can make people feel excluded—or worse, offended—and discuss how simple changes can make big differences.
48: Languages
Feb 4, 2016 • 23 min
Languages! They’re what separates us from things that don’t have languages, and like any good standard, there’s also a whole lot of them out there. Russell and Jelly chat, in one of their all-time favourite languages, about what it’s like to know multiple…
47: Chat Rooms
Jan 28, 2016 • 23 min
Chat rooms are everywhere on the internet, and are part of what makes it a great communication tool, but often it can devolve into a cesspool of hatred and offensive behaviour. Russell and Jelly discuss why this is the case, where the overall problem…
46: Space Exploration
Jan 21, 2016 • 24 min
TV shows like Star Trek have explored the concept of space travel for decades, and more recently, we’ve started to see a transition to looking at it in a more current light, with movies like Gravity and The Martian. This begs the question: are we going to…
45: Murder Porn
Jan 14, 2016 • 24 min
Shows that investigate the narrative around a murder are becoming incredibly popular, with podcasts like Serial and the new Netflix series Making a Murderer. The real questions, though, are: why this type of show is so compelling, and is it actually…
44: Living Overseas
Jan 7, 2016 • 23 min
Taking up residence in another country is an exciting thought for many people… but where do you even start when you make the decision to move to a different part of the planet? Jelly gets all the details on this special crossover episode, from finding a…
43: New Year’s Resolutions
Dec 31, 2015 • 17 min
Once a year, people all over the world make the decision, short-lived though it might be, to better themselves. They make the commitment to go to the gym, eat better, or quit a bad habit, causing Jelly and Russell to question why this happens, and whether…
42: Santa
Dec 24, 2015 • 21 min
Christmas is here and Santa has been and gone for another year, causing Russell and Jelly to take a hard look at the cultural phenomenon that is Santa Claus. Kids love him and parents proselytise him, but he’s not exactly the most modern of characters… so…
41: Batteries
Dec 17, 2015 • 21 min
With Apple moving to devices that charge using a lightning cable, Jelly feels like it’s the perfect time for he and Russell to look at the things that power our modern devices, from the disappointing lack of inductive charging to tales of espionage within…
40: Caffeine
Dec 10, 2015 • 20 min
It’s almost impossible to completely avoid caffeine in the modern age. From coffee and tea, to chocolate and sodas, it’s one of the most prevalent — and accepted — drugs on the planet. Jelly and Russell look at their experiences, from how they first got…
39: Stress
Dec 3, 2015 • 17 min
Stress is a pretty normal — and somewhat negative — part of life, so Russell and Jelly take a look at how stress affects them: from the kind of stress they deal with, to the way it tends to accumulate, and finally how they deal with it… or at least try to…
38: Twitter
Nov 26, 2015 • 21 min
Russell and Jelly have both been on Twitter since around 2008, and since that time it’s gone through many changes, both good and bad. They reflect back on how the social network has grown, how it differs from the other social networks like Facebook, the…
37: Eating Out
Nov 19, 2015 • 21 min
While living in a hotel room in Sydney for two weeks, Jelly’s been eating out on a regular basis. He and Russell talk about how you’re trained as a kid to consider fast food a treat, how your treatment of eating out changes as you get older, as well as…
36: Preorders
Nov 12, 2015 • 24 min
Jelly’s been doing quite a few preorders lately, and so he and Russell look at how preorders work, how they affect the games and tech industries, and where Kickstarter falls in the world of preordering goods.
35: Winning and Losing
Nov 5, 2015 • 22 min
Winning is awesome, losing not so much. But is there more to it than that? Russell and Jelly were both told as kids that “winning doesn’t matter”, so they look at how they win and lose in everyday life; from Jelly’s traumatic childhood sports stories, to…
34: Death
Oct 29, 2015 • 19 min
Prompted by a comic which poses the concept of a machine that can tell you how you’re going to die, Russell and Jelly talk about a topic that most people would rather avoid: death. How it’s treated in fiction and the effect it has in real life are vastly…
33: Buying a House
Oct 22, 2015 • 21 min
Russell and Jelly are feeling a little more mature than usual, so they take a look at their experiences in buying and owning their own homes, from the positives it brings to how the responsibility can affect more than just your everyday finances.
32: Product Placement
Oct 15, 2015 • 23 min
Product placement exists in almost all TV shows and movies in one form or another, and this has Jelly very intrigued. He and Russell look at some examples from popular culture, and ways products are shown and advertised as part of, and sometimes in…
31: User Interfaces
Oct 8, 2015 • 27 min
Jelly’s clearly been thinking about the Apple Pencil a little too much, as he’s got user interfaces on his mind. He and Russell discuss how we interact with devices today, and more importantly, how that might change in the future and what needs to happen…
30: Marketing
Oct 1, 2015 • 26 min
The latest Apple event has got Russell thinking about how Apple market their new products, and how no other company seems to be able to match their effectiveness. He and Jelly discuss reasons why this might be, and what it might be like in a reality where…
29: Content Blocking
Sep 24, 2015 • 29 min
The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS comes with a built-in way of blocking content within Safari, which has cause quite a stir online, particularly amongst journalists who rely on ads for their livelyhood and the tech industry which is creating these…
28: Drinking
Sep 17, 2015 • 28 min
What are you like when drunk? There’s only really one way to find out, so Russell and Jelly get their drink on to look at drinking, from the social aspects to hangovers.
27: Holidaying
Sep 10, 2015 • 25 min
Jelly’s looking for some travel tips, so he and Russell discuss some of their past holidays, recounting mis-adventures and some of their more notable instances of culture shock.
26: Science Journalism
Sep 3, 2015 • 20 min
When Russell and Jelly can’t agree on whether podcasts under 30 minutes are definitively better, they bring in an expert to help them solve the mystery with science. While they’re at it, they learn what it’s like to make a science podcast for a major…
25: Pets
Aug 27, 2015 • 26 min
Regardless of whether you consider yourself a cat person or a dog person, you’ll find that pets become an integral part of your life. But how attached can you become to your pet, and how does their shorter lifespan affect your relationship with them? Even…
24: Alternate Professions
Aug 20, 2015 • 18 min
If you’d never gravitated towards the profession you chose for your career, would you be the same person? Are you defined by your career choice? If Russell and Jelly had never gotten into IT, they both agree their career paths would be vastly different,…
23: Imposter Syndrome
Aug 13, 2015 • 20 min
Sometimes in life, you find yourself asking if you even deserve the successes you’ve received, and whether you’re as good as your peers. Jelly certainly has recently, and he and Russell take the opportunity to look at what Imposter Syndrome is, how it can…
22: Facebook
Aug 6, 2015 • 19 min
With 10 years under it’s belt, Facebook has gone from being a tiny college start-up to being not just the world’s largest social network, but also a fundamental part of people’s lives. But is it anything more than just a platform for staying in touch with…
21: Technical Debt
Jul 30, 2015 • 22 min
Technical debt is something that every developer finds themselves dealing with at some point. As code ages, the need to maintain and update older code becomes more and more important, but how and when do you do that?
20: Emotions
Jul 23, 2015 • 22 min
Humans are emotional beings, and when you give them an outlet like the internet, there’s bound to be some emotional carnage. When a sneaky visitor attempts to subvert Jelly’s hosting chair, the three decide to explore how emotions affect life on the…
19: Business Models
Jul 16, 2015 • 27 min
In making products, and software in particular, at what point can you call your venture a success? Jelly and Russell take a look at their own ventures and try to determine the best model for creating and selling apps, and how to make such a thing…
18: Birthdays
Jul 9, 2015 • 17 min
It’s Jelly’s birthday, so Russell breaks out the helium balloons and the two get to the bottom of what birthdays are all about. Along the way they talk about what their ideal birthdays would be, buying gifts and the change that social media has brought to…
17: Jet Lag
Jul 2, 2015 • 21 min
Having just gotten back from his trip to San Francisco, Russell has just a touch of jet lag. He and Jelly talk about what they’re each like when they’re tired and how easily they can each push through. They then move on to talking their strategies for…
16: Web vs. Native
Jun 25, 2015 • 23 min
It’s a discussion that’s been brewing amongst developers for many years. In an effort to decide once and for all, Russell and Jelly talk through their preferences for mail clients, photos apps and everyone’s favourite web-based chat app to figure out the…
15: Workplaces
Jun 18, 2015 • 23 min
Now that Jelly’s working from home, it seems like the perfect opportunity for he and Russell to discuss the differences between that and working in an office. They discuss what they each struggle with, and Jelly gives some suggestions on how to make…
14: Celebrities
Jun 11, 2015 • 17 min
Russell’s visit to San Francisco has allowed him to briefly experience what being a celebrity is like, from many different angles. He and Jelly discuss what it’s like to be on various sides of this experience, both being recognised, recognising others and…
13: I/O vs. WWDC
Jun 4, 2015 • 23 min
Russell is in San Francisco to attend Google and Apple’s respective developer conferences. Both happen at roughly the same time of the year, and even in the same building. Nevertheless, the two conferences are quite different, and might even say a lot…
12: Communication
May 28, 2015 • 17 min
From speaking to writing to Matrix-style information download, Jelly and Russell tackle the concept of people communicating with each other, and try and figure out what the ultimate form of communication looks like. Along the way they discuss the flaws…
11: Friday
May 21, 2015 • 14 min
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Jelly and Russell are looking forward to the weekend, but how exactly do people get themselves out of work mode and into… non-work mode? They enlist the help of Russell’s pals from Shifty Jelly to figure out…
10: Independent Podcasts
May 14, 2015 • 29 min
Jelly and Russell are unexpectedly joined by a mysterious guest. Having established that he has the power to just drop into podcasts at will, they decide to go with it and explore the seedy world of Independent Podcasting. What they learn is both equal…
9: Motivation
May 7, 2015 • 26 min
Finding the wherewithal to get off of the couch can take some effort, but never fear! Russell and Jelly discuss what it takes to get motivated to do things… and complete them probably. After a good nap, of course.
8: Employment
Apr 30, 2015 • 25 min
Jelly’s quit his day job, so he and Russell talk about different kinds of work: working for an employer, freelancing, and creating your own products. Having done all three between them, they talk lessons learned, pros and cons, and try and figure out what…
7: Clickbait
Apr 23, 2015 • 28 min
After Jelly discovers that MSN still exists, he and Rusty find themselves sucked down a rabbit hole of sensationalist headlines. In an effort to understand humanity’s need for entertainment, they sacrifice their browser history and attempt to understand…
6: Minimum Viable Product
Apr 16, 2015 • 26 min
At a listener’s request, Jelly and Russell tackle the concept of a minimum viable product and the process they go through when deciding on features that go into their respective apps. Along the way, they discuss the concept of feature regret, and whether…
5: Criticism
Apr 9, 2015 • 17 min
Nobody is perfect, especially Jelly, who has recently received some criticism through the internet. This lead to some reflection on how one deals with negative feedback, both constructive and not-so-constructive, and how to make it so you don’t feel quite…
4: Galaxy S
Apr 2, 2015 • 24 min
Samsung cops a lot of flak for cloning Apple devices, which is something Russell doesn’t think they deserve any more. In fact, he’s convinced that they actually made the right business move to duplicate the iPhone when building the Galaxy S.
3: Shower Thoughts
Mar 26, 2015 • 16 min
Russell’s favourite place for thinking through the problems he faces is the shower (don’t worry, he wears a tuxedo), so he and Jelly talk about their favourite ways to solve problems with down time, whether by showering, walking or building Lego.
2: Nicknames
Mar 19, 2015 • 18 min
If anything is certain, it’s that Jelly has a really odd nickname. He also has some pretty specific ideas about how others should refer to him, so he and Russell discuss the origin of their online handles, the names they prefer other people call them by,…
1: Watch
Mar 12, 2015 • 30 min
Sure, Apple now have a $10,000 watch which is made out of a special gold, but is this the beginning of an Apple which no longer produces things that we care about? Russell certainly thinks so.
0: Topical
Mar 5, 2015 • 18 min
Russell wants to start a podcast, but Jelly’s not sure. He doesn’t have a lot of time on his hands (worst excuse ever), but he’s at least willing to hear Russell out. Along the way, they talk Crossy Road, whether there is a limit to the cuteness of…