281: TZ Discussion – “Based” on a True Story

Justin and Jason discuss the technical issues of streaming the show using Periscope, the possible resurrection of Empath, Jason’s advising CTO strategy, fear-based parenting, Justin’s secret project and reserving a name in the app store, the Seasteading Institute, nature vs. nurture, the latest with Justin’s “get fit” effort and Jason’s injuries, the athletes who benefitted from Jason’s vertical training protocol, Jason’s spontaneous two-man TechZing Summit, the math team’s performance at the LA Math Cup, when parents take things too seriously, teaching calculus to the math class and plans for the future, the latest with MV Code Club, the upcoming TV shows LimitlessFear the Walking Dead and Mr. Robot, the inaccuracies of The Imitation Game and Argo, how the story behind the killing of Osama Bin Laden is a myth, the lie about how Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces and how easily people are manipulated by the media, the TV show The Blacklist and thoughts on streaming with Periscope.

  1. Watching the show live on Periscope was definitely a lot of fun. Not to mention, how funny the short story from the guy popping up randomly while we tried Google Hangouts … priceless. 🙂

  2. You aren’t a laughingstock Justin. While I don’t like you having a hard time over it I am rooting for you and want you to achieve your health goals. Every little victory has me doing a winning kid fist pump for you. Keep it up.

  3. Where does one get to see the video? Not sure if I want to peek behind the curtain 😉

  4. Mohammed Firdaus says:

    Saw something similar to empath – http://www.15five.com/ – but it seems to give the employee’s response in verbatim to the managers.

  5. Richard says:

    @Philippe – Ah, a random hangout member maybe explains why Justin said “for Terry’s benefit” for no apparent reason in the middle of the show 🙂

    The app name discussion was interesting. I was wondering how this works as Justin had an app named Swarm then at some point Foursquare released an app with the same name.

    For anyone in the UK a trip to Bletchley Park is well worth it. I went a couple of months ago, you get to see a replica Bombe computer in action.

  6. Danilo Celic says:

    @Jason, I think the character that fell over the cliff with the Bumble is Yukon Cornelius. Cool to hear about MVC and the math team updates.

    @justin, looking forward to hearing more about the secret project. As always, if you’re in the Chicago area, let me know, I’d be up for a mini-TechZing Summit Chicago.

  7. Justin says:

    @Richard Wow, now that’s what I call paying attention to detail!

    @Danilo, yup I’m excited for the secret project. Looking forward to being able to talk about it one day. Will ping you next time I’m heading that way. Nothing arranged ATM.

    @Ben Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  8. Jason says:

    @Steve French – What a bunch of bullshit. For starters, read these:

    * The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful

    * It’s a Conspiracy! How to Discredit Seymour Hersh

    The thing about the mainstream / establishment media is that they hate, I mean HATE!, being shown how toothless and unchallenging they are when it comes to accepting our government’s narrative on foreign policy. You’d think they’d take their role as investigative/adversarial journalists more seriously after how badly they failed their collective readership in the runup to the Iraq War, but no, it’s just so much easier to sit back and accept whatever some nameless White House or Pentagon spokesman wants to feed them. It’s really disappointing and a major deficit for our democracy.

  9. Jason, Khan Academy is recruiting instructors. Have a look! https://www.khanacademy.org/talentsearch

  10. Jason says:

    @John Humphrey – That’s pretty cool. If I only had the time. 😉

  11. I get dizzy thinking about how much you accomplish. I guess I was just thinking that as long as you’re doing all that teaching anyway, there might be a way to record them and make them available to other kids. Just riffing here, but imagine KA picking up the tab for having someone shoot and edit your classes!

  12. Jon says:

    The first episode of Mr Robot is free on youtube right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxvvnWvffM

    I’m pretty impressed, especially since the USA Network shows are usually pretty cheesy.

  13. So sorry I just now heard the show and wasn’t able to watch live. Periscope is decent for broadcasting without engagement, but Meerkat is much better for developing real relationships with the audience. The way that comments work on Periscope is frustrating because they disappear within a few seconds and viewers get locked out if the audience reaches a certain size. The Meerkat community is really friendly and much stickier.

    I hope to catch the next show on either or both apps! 🙂