Tag Archives: A/V

[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 9) New Harmony and Beyond

Kevin Cole joins Danny and Brett once again to wrap-up the exploration of New Harmony. Discussed: After its collapse, was New Harmony (or the broader work of Owen) cited by later social planners, philosophers, etc.? In what context? What is the legacy of New Harmony? What impact did the experiment have on American history? The real Illuminati: What was the significance of Pestalozzi's membership? Where does Kevin's personal interest in New Harmony come from? What is most interesting/important about New Harmony? How does the experiment at New Harmony compare to the American experiment? Are they necessarily opposed philosophies? Are there any elements of New Harmony that you think have rightly been incorporated into our society? Are there any other elements ...

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[BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – April 2020 – Boogie Nights

Installment #6 (AUDIO, 114 MINUTES) We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, but also possible continued downfall), set against the decadent and volatile adult film industry of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is both inspired and relentless, and it was a very impressive second feature for 27-year-old P.T.A. Important themes and elements we'll discuss: - Family: escaping dysfunction and building a new one; the unstable nature of synthetic families - Ego: how it interferes with human connection - Foreshadowing: how Anderson builds ...

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In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 8) New Harmony, Part 2

What was the ideal for New Harmony, as well as what life was actually like there. What was the theory? How was it practiced? Education at New Harmony: Last time we discussed his philosophy of "love" super-ceding classical instruction, concluding that Pestalozzi (while he might have meant well) developed a "soft-power" approach to education, which then came to New Harmony via F.J.N. Neef. We discuss how exactly that system of instruction manifested at New Harmony; what do we know about the actual techniques as they were applied? In this episode and the next, we discuss how New Harmony ties into this series as a whole. It is a quintessential utopia, reminiscent of those that came before (More, Bacon, the Puritans), ...

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The New Progressive Era? (Autonomy Mastermind 3-31-20)

This is more speculative and conspiratorial than I'm willing to get in the regular podcast. Danny McCarthy and I discuss the current crisis on scales ranging from the personal to the international. Rich and others join in as we move on to tips about caution and preparation. Related PostsShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)88Tags: a/vPre-Show 8-2-1288Preparing for the idea of doing a solo show.Tags: a/vHacky Sack 8-24-1388Tags: a/vBandwidth Test For Larken Rose Show 9-6-1288Tags: a/vPre-Show 9-13-1288Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: a/v

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e07) Don’t Do What Everyone Else Is Doing

Andrew and Brett discuss potential travel and travel restrictions, and how to adjust small businesses and ourselves for continued success in new and uncertain times. Related PostsBonus Show: Listener Participation Live Show (Video)91(A/V CLUB) Brett hosting Free Talk Live? - Will calls to discuss college and the related pressures - Why Brett fails at entrepreneurship - tech talk - animation ideasTags: brett, entrepreneurship, discuss, a/v, bonus

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[BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Installment #5 (AUDIO, 109 MINUTES) Is T2 is the best action film ever made? Thirteen-year-old Brett Veinotte thought so! It's certainly one of the most impressive sequels. Directed by James Cameron and released in 1991, T2 set a new standard for blockbuster films. Some of the (mind-boggling by 1991 standards) special effects might look a bit dated today, but there are numerous reasons this film has stood the test of time. We'll discuss... the story laid out in The Terminator and Terminator 2, and the predestination paradox, but we don't get stuck here forever what is the film trying to say about humanity, destiny, and hope? the character arcs of Sarah Connor and the T-800 (Arnold) Why the film's score ...

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The Discomfort Zone (s03e06) Discomfort Phone

Brett and Andrew offer what is undoubtedly masterful dating and romantic relationship advice to Andrew's long-time friend Amy. Amy repeatedly becomes involved with men who are beneath her league. Why does she do it? And how can she stop? Think of it as The Bachelorette meets Nathaniel Branden's Psychology of Romantic Love meets Amy, as she meets the most unimpressive men in Western Pennsylvania over and over again.

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[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind – February 18th, 2020

Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging without massaging: A thought experiment and discussion about the actual effectiveness of InfoWars. - Feedback from an AUTONOMY participant on some advice I gave several weeks back. How to move from inertia into action. Related Posts[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte84After Rich and I recorded his presentation for the upcoming Ideas Into Action Summit last Tuesday, we stuck around and took questions and discussion topics from members of the Autonomy community. You can learn more about Autonomy HERE. Topics Include: 1. How to add value ...

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[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 7) – “New Harmony”

(AUDIO, 135 minutes) with Danny McCarthy and Kevin Cole. The New Harmony  story includes interesting and largely unknown roots of both American compulsory  schooling and socialism.  In the Richard Grove/John Gatto clip that opens the show, you'll notice some nice tie-ins to our previous podcasts this week . Outline: How does Robert Owen's system (called by Marx and Engels "utopian socialism") compare to Marx and Engel's system (called by them "scientific socialism")? How are they similar? Was Owenite socialism consistent with the ideals of the Enlightenment? In other words, is it fair to say that socialism is just as much a product of Enlightenment rationalism as is American republicanism? Just as the religious utopias are reminiscent of the Puritan colonies, ...

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[BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – American Psycho

Look in the mirror. Installment #4 (AUDIO, 97 MINUTES) American Psycho was released in 2000, based on a controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, and set in 1987 Manhattan. Thus, a significant crash quietly looms over all the film's detestable Wall St. yuppie characters. Its focus is a darkly satirical character study of a man who's arc travels from psychopathy to psychosis. Maybe. We'll discuss... - the film's (and book's) motives, message, and impact - its themes of image over identity, conformity, self-denial - its relatable emotions of jealousy, fear, and hopelessness delivered to us through incomprehensible characters - and much more PICTURE OF THE MONTH CLUB is a monthly series featuring Dutch - a delightful, insightful and successful ...

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[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind – January 7th, 2020

Featuring Richard Grove and an unknown number Autonomy students! This is probably my favorite meeting so far. After Rich and I warm up with some Nazi talk... We start with Krista, an academic and an intuitive (you'll learn about what that is) who is struggling with balance and time management. I was captivated and impressed by her story. In hour two, Tyler and I discuss starting a production business and I review the principles of The E-Myth book. In the last 20 minutes I just rant. Related Posts[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind - November 19th, 201975Featuring Richard Grove and 22 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Tyler, an aspiring content creator. The issue: How do I develop consistency, but ...

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[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – December 3rd, 2019

Featuring Richard Grove and 14 Autonomy students! Today I pose a series of discussion questions to the group: What did you first see, hear, read or experience that alerted you there was still lot to learn about how the world worked around you? Or that your map of the world was entirely wrong? What took you from drifting to seeking? What steps did you take? How did your journey unfold? Where did you get stuck along the way? I explain my goals with these questions more completely at the beginning of the audio. This prompt inspired the most challenging and rewarding Autonomy Mastermind meeting so far. I really wish everyone could hear this one. Huge thanks to Tyler, Martin, Cameron, ...

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e03) – Nick Hazelton Futures

We're investing! Nick Hazelton is a 21-year-old entrepreneur, farmer, media creator, and a School Sucks favorite guest since he first appeared on the show several year ago. He also loves weed. But hold that thought. Circa 2015, Nick told Brett he wanted to leave high school to pursue yak herding. And then he did it! He shared his self-education and self-reliance journey on numerous platforms, including Anarcho-Yakitalism Podcast, School Sucks, The Freedom Feens, and Unregistered With Thaddeus Russell. People who aren't inspired by Nick's story are assholes. Recently, another Millennial, entrepreneurial SSP listener (and past TDZ guest) named Alex Bell (aka Yung Alexx) connected Yung Nick with TDZ co-host Andrew for advice on a new business venture...hemp farming. "What's hemp?" ...

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[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 26th, 2019

The intro: This was supposed to be released last Friday, but due to a technical error it wasn't. Featuring Richard Grove and 13 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Jim, who is building a course called Test Drive Your Future, aimed at young people struggling to find career paths. Jim and his wife have already a book on the subject The issue: How to find and speak to your ideal client avatar. Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Adam: How do I break away from classroom teaching and start my own online educational product or content? Chris: What does complete mean to you? The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. You can learn more ...

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[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind – November 19th, 2019

Featuring Richard Grove and 22 Autonomy students! The first hour is spent speaking with Tyler, an aspiring content creator. The issue: How do I develop consistency, but not just produce content for the sake of producing content, or for monetization. How often should you produce? A better question is how often can you produce value? We also discuss: - Branding, the importance of being your "weird-ass self" (credit: Landon Porter) - Why I quit my show in 2011 - Why we need to schedule time for new input and inspiration Follow-Up Questions and Topics: Lawrence: How do you find your voice and get started? Gus: Was School Sucks Project the result of a hatred for teaching? The downloadable version of ...

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[UN-IVERSITY] Moritz Bierling – Q&A – Building A Second Brain

The first of many UN-IVERSITY post-event supplemental conversations. Moritz Bierling joins me to discuss digital productivity and Tiago Forte's method of "Building A Second Brain." We take questions from Discord participants and we'll cover productivity and motivation ebbs and flows, GTD, how Moritz uses Evernote, what it means to build a second brain (and a third and a fourth), using Evernote for reference and archiving, in-person networks, time management, and more. Referenced In the Discussion: Brett's Evernote Screenshot: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/633039919463268372/640255052627574855/unknown.png Moritz's Evernote Screenshot: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/633039919463268372/640256033780138004/Screen_Shot_2019-11-02_at_19.28.40.png Learn more about the UN-IVERSITY Ideas Into Action Summit HERE Contact Moritz/Learn More About His Work HERE

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e02) – The Wisest Path To Professional Freedom

Alternate Title: Shit Just Got Real (Estate) Richard Grove joins TDZ for an urgent and important strategy session. Andrew has been on an exciting and promising path to more professional freedom and satisfaction in his work. He has talked in previous episodes about how his real estate ventures will eventually allow him the financial freedom he needs to leave his day job. This week, Andrew was presented with a job offer. While it promises a lot more money, what are the costs in time and flexibility? Andrew asks Brett for advice, even though they both know Brett's advice will not be taken. Brett also realizes he might not be the best person to give advice in this situation. And he ...

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e01) – Have Your Cake and Hate Yourself Too

Welcome to Season Three! Andrew and Brett welcome Joel to the conversation. Joel is a long-time School Sucks listener (since 2009), supporter, doer, and contributor (working behind the scenes on an eventual new website). Joel joins TDZ to discuss self-discipline and Steven Pressfield's concept of conquering "resistance with a capital R." Joel's approach to the practice of getting important things done: he encourages looking at meaningful action as a cost-benefit analysis and a cause and effect relationship. This is an alternative to the judgement-filled language of good/bad, should, and must. So how will Joel's method collide with Andrew's advice to "hate yourself into action" ??? No player? Click HERE

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[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte

After Rich and I recorded his presentation for the upcoming Ideas Into Action Summit last Tuesday, we stuck around and took questions and discussion topics from members of the Autonomy community. You can learn more about Autonomy HERE. Topics Include: 1. How to add value to your own life before you try to value to the lives of others 2. How to handle high-stakes, volatile conversations with friends and family 3. "My children are in public school. How do I manage this?" Related Posts[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - February 18th, 202084Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging ...

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[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 3 – Noble Lies

Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: "The development from Aquinas through Locke and Newton represents more than four hundred years of stumbling, tortuous, prodigious effort to secularize the Western mind, i.e., to liberate man from the medieval shackles. It was the buildup toward a climax: the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. For the first time in modern history, an authentic respect for reason became the mark of an entire culture; the trend that had been implicit in the centuries-long crusade of a handful of innovators now swept the West explicitly, reaching and inspiring educated men in every field. Reason, for so long the wave of ...

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[BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 2 – Illumination

Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: In the 17th century a small group of religious luminaries built a colonial society around the mission of preparing their tremulous followers for ascension to heaven. In the 18th century, an even smaller group of scientific and political luminaries draw up plans to bring about their conception of heaven on Earth. In the following episode, we'll discuss how these two visions collide in the new world. About Your Instructor: Danny is a 24-year-old SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming book on the historical pursuit of utopia. About This Series: In the 21st century, we're living ...

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e12) – “Os Pubis”

Brett and Andrew welcome listener Jay back, for a continuation of the conversation from The Discomfort Zone (s02e08) – "Upgrade Your Problems." Jay wants to discuss the problem of self-sabotage in his health and fitness pursuits, and the problem is addressed from several angles - biological, behavioral, psychological and environmental. In hour 2 Jay asks for an update on Brett's back and reciprocates support, taking on the role of therapist. Everyone walks/limps away from the conversation much better off. No player? Click HERE.

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[BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e10) – Works For Me!

"Young Alex" (Alex Bell) joins us to discuss sleep, herb dependence, a stoic disconnection from comfort and convenience, and Getting Thing Done. Then Alex educates us on why Freelancing should be in every creative's toolkit (that's the title of a presentation he's giving on June 15th!) and he shares several strategies for getting started, finding clients, and ultimately succeeding. We have some really great public speaking tips for him too! Want to see Alex speak? Learn more at the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/371143260164052/?ti=as Or buy a ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-bell-tickets-61475803784 No player? click HERE

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