H.I. No. 125: The Spice Must Flow

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"The Spice Must Flow"
Hello Internet episode
Episode no.125
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Original release dateJune 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)
Running time1:22:31
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"H.I. #125: The Sand Must Flow" is the 125th episode of Hello Internet, released on June 30, 2019.[1]

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Episode 125 on the podcast YouTube channel

"Grey and Brady's [sic] discuss: Grod, the cricket world cup, #squarespacebeyond100, wax cylinder follow up, podcast faces, tipping revisited, the new awkward social thing, and vaping."[1]

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"The Spice Must Flow" was released to podcast clients on June 30, 2019.[2] The corresponding video was published on the Hello Internet YouTube channel three days later and received 27 thousand views within its first two weeks of release.[3] The audio is set to footage of a surface of red- or orange-colored powder, intended to represent the sand referenced in the episode's title, framed in close-up and appearing to rotate.


Hey, oh great, you sound good. My parents house is like the world's most echoey place in the whole world. Yeah, so I'm going to, I'm going to try to lean in real close. That's what I'm going to try to go for instead of sounding like this. Okay, here's three claps from me. Oh, that big. The echoes in this room help. Oh, that's the echadness of Cheto Gray. Yes, but I'm also holding my hands together now in a praying position because you told me that you're not running any backup recordings in case your main recording fails. So I'm just, I'm saying a little silent prayer to the podcast gods that people are able to hear your hand of the conversation. What would podcast God be called? Just like pod? It's not a very intimidating name. No. But it's not that different from God and God's an intimidating name, like just one letter, eh? Yeah, but the per, per sound is not as good. God. That's much more like raw. Do you think God would be more intimidating if he was called God? Maybe. Or just grud. Maybe. I mean, you know, the current word has a lot of historical precedent behind it. It's got a bit of cultural currency. And just like with flags where the design of the flag becomes inseparable from the concept of the place that it represents. Oh, what? What would God's flag be? Oh, no. It would just be white, wouldn't it? It would just be plain white. Like pure. It would have to be used all white, God's flag. I think you're right. Yeah, I think it would have to be all white. I'm glad we've solved that problem for God in case God was wondering about what flag to make. Maybe he should have a vote. Great idea. So great. The cricket world cup is on at the moment in England. Okay. I went to a game in Nottingham last week. Okay. I just want to say I had a great time. It's not the Ashes. This is the other cricket cup. No, no, no, no. Okay. The Ashes is just Australia versus England. And it's also a different form of cricket. Right. The Ashes is a series of test matches, which are those five day games. But the world cup are these one day games. Every time you mention cricket, though, I always think of the Ashes because it's where I feel the most secure. Like, oh, yes, I know that one. I know that one. It's between England and Australia. That's the one bit of linger you can drop. Yeah. Yeah. If anybody brings up cricket with me ever, that's going to be my first question. Are you talking about the Ashes? No. No, we're not. Okay. I'm sorry. The Ashes are happening after the World Cup. So after the World Cup, Australia are hanging around in England to play an Ashes series against England. Oh, very exciting. So how was your game? You enjoyed your game, Brady? Well, it was Australia playing, which was great against Bangladesh, which 10 years ago maybe would have been seen as like a bit of a minnow game. But Bangladesh are a lot better these days. So it was, you know, it was a really competitive game. It ended up being the highest scoring game in the history of the World Cup as well. Like when you combined all the runs, the two teams scored, which was a little bit of history. Australia won the game, most importantly. Right. Yes, that's a matter of. The crowd was full of people from Bangladesh, the way out numbering the Australians. Because there's a lot of Bangladesh's living in England and a lot came from Europe. The guy sitting next to me had come over from Finland. And it was a great time. There was a really great atmosphere and there was great, like, banter between myself and all the Bangladeshi fans as we were giving each other, you know, a ribbing as the game Ebton flowed. It was wonderful atmosphere as there often is a cricket. Beautiful weather. It was a beautiful day. Okay. But the best thing about the day was I went along with Sean Riley. I don't think you've ever met Sean, but he's the guy who makes computer fire. He films and edits the videos and lives in Nottingham. So we went along. He's English, but he decided he was going to be an honorary Australian fan for the day, which was kind of him. And he brought with him these funny yellow hats that had this funny yellow hair on it. Okay. Australia wear yellow and cricket. So we could wear these yellow, funny hair and show that we were Australia fans. Like a clown wig? That's what I'm imagining in my head. Like a big puffy, yellow clown in the hair head. That'll do. Not quite so, you know, clowny. There was a bit of subtlety to it. Okay. Anyway, as we were walking into the ground, he handed it to me and I was holding it in my hand and he was holding his in his hand. And we were like out the back behind the grandstands before we were going to go and find our seat. And this camera crew comes up to us and goes, are you Australia fans? Oh no. And we're like, yeah, yeah. Oh God, no, no, no. The first thing they said to us was, do your partners know you're here? Which is obviously a concern people sometimes have. And we're like, yeah, yeah, of course. Right. Okay, then can you put those on for us and like do a little, do a little thing for us? And we're like, we're in a good mood and we said, no problems. And then what they did was, in cricket, one of the things you can do, it's a bit like a home run, but it's way more common. You can hit the ball all the way to the boundary and you can get four runs or you can hit the ball over the boundary on the full and you get six runs. Okay. And whenever that happens, everyone in the crowd will cheer. It can happen, you know, a hundred times in a game. Okay. And then the crowd will hold up little signs saying four or six. And wherever a batsman might get to 50 or a hundred, you can hold up little signs saying 50 or a hundred and celebrate. And they had a bunch of these little signs and they said, can you hold them and celebrate and pretend someone's just hit a four? You know, someone's just hit a six, like just a little like five second vignette going, yeah, like celebrating. And they said, we might use it on the screen at some point. And we're like, no problems, no problems. So we did these little celebrations and thought nothing more of it. And we went to our seats. And then the Australian innings began and it turned out every time a four or a six got hit, they would show one of these vignettes on the screen. But they only had about two or three in the bank and they were just using us all the time, all the time through the game on this massive screen. We must have been up there 30 times. And like the first few times everyone's sitting around us was going, oh my god, is that you guys on the screen? That's amazing. And we're like, yeah, yeah, it was all a big joke. By the end of the day, we were sick of it. We'd been on there so many times. Right. It was so funny. We loved it. I thought it was great. But one of the funny things was at some point just before the game started, I tweeted arm at the cricket today. Australia versus Bangladesh. Yeah. And someone replied on Twitter saying, oh, thank goodness, I thought I was going crazy when I kept saying, Brady, upon the big screen celebrating for us. Yeah. It's really good. So I'll send you some pictures. I love me. I think there's someone in the art going, is that Brady? Or am I, am I losing my mind? I'm seeing him everywhere. It's crazy. Right. And it keeps happening. It's not just the once like it happens over and over again. And it's like, is that Brady? Or am I having some kind of Hello Internet related mental breakdown? It's amazing. So this first picture I'm sending you is when an Australian batsman called David Warner has just reached his 100. So he's up on the big screen. He's holding his bat in the air, acknowledging the crowd and celebrating. Is everyone cheers for him and goes crazy. That is a very big screen. And then a few seconds later, like a wipe goes across the screen and there appears Sean and I saluting David Warner doing like a jockey salute. That's great. This is making me think of that famous Alabama football game we went to with Destin and some friends years ago. And one of the things that was quite striking about that football game was the repetitive use of the same pieces of footage. Yes. It would be the same clip of like the angry army general yelling where it'd be the same clip of elephants trampling their victims to death. All of this stuff. And now you are that like raw rock. Exactly. Clip that's being used at the game. That's exactly what we were. Yeah. Like the way things work is the first three times it's funny. Yeah. You know, for the next 50 times you're tired of it. But after the 50 times it then becomes something that you need. Right. It's like it's worked its way into your brain. And so like if they keep playing this over and over, people are then just going to be expecting like we need those guys in the wig to let us know that it is this 100 or this four or the six or whatever is scored, right? Like you need it after a certain number of times. That's how things get beaked into your brain. They also have lots of live footage on the screen all the time. And there are roving camera men during the day who are going around the edge of the boundary and pointing it at a section of fans. And whenever that happens, everyone just goes completely ballistic and jumps in front of to try to get on the screen and have their moment in the sun. And you see this happening and you know when the camera is near you because everyone suddenly just starts acting like lunatics, trying to get there like two seconds of fame. And everyone's just falling over themselves to get their moment on the screen. And sure tonight, just when we were walking in at the start of the day without even wanting it or anything, just got pulled aside. We were on the screen just all day over and over again for like zero effort. And I did feel like there was this tiny kernel of resentment amongst the people like they were saying, how did this happen? Why are you guys up there all the time? Like, where was this done? They just hadn't seen it enough times that resentment, you would eventually turn into it. That's how that would work. There we go. I did mention that one of the things that is most celebrated in cricket is the number 100. So what a segue to square space beyond 100. Oh, okay. I was like, where's it going with this? Where is it going with this? Oh, I know where he's going with this. The ongoing saga, which has had major twists and turns since we last spoke. Yes. We've had a drag square space beyond 100. Hashtag, why is life always so hard and complicated? That's where we currently are with square space beyond 100. What I would say initially looks like a tremendous victory for podcast hordes became surrounded by many asterisks about what had actually changed. Doubt. Yes, the doubt is a good way to put it. To bring people up to speed, square space announced that they had lifted their RSS limit for podcasts. If you tabbed a certain setting behind the scenes and pressed a special button, your podcast RSS feed could now have 300 entries, 300 episodes. And while I didn't consider that winning the war, I considered that a pretty big battle victory. And while they did not acknowledge myself or Gray or Hello Internet in any of these announcements, I think we all know what was going on here. I think we all know where the impetus came from. I think we all know exactly what happens. Because the teams had gotten behind the campaign and also my gratefulness to those teams who did. There was a lot of pressure being brought to bear on square space to do this. So they did it. And I thought that's it. I wasn't entirely humble about it. But I was reasonably humble about it. You were reasonably humble, okay. Yeah. I mean, to be fair, Brady, one could not be expected to be humble in this situation. I mean, I was David. I defeated Galaif. Right. Yes, that's exactly the metaphor that came to my mind as well. Yeah, but it turns out Galaif hadn't completely fallen over. We would later learn. Yeah. So when you first told me that the limit had been lifted, I was like, yay. And then you said, two, three hundred is a, we thought our problem was solved for a while. Yes. I mean, let's not do the actual math, which says that would have lasted the show another eight years. So we don't need to think about that too hard. But yeah, there were podcasts, friends of ours who already have shows that are over three hundred, right? Which doesn't help them at all. I was initially thinking, oh, okay, well, we'll do this. We'll press this button. We'll make this change. But in addition to it not being an unlimited number of episodes, there is this caveat, which I am as the one of us who has the responsibility about whether or not to push the button. I feel very hesitant because there is a trade off here where if we press the button to have three hundred episodes, those three hundred episodes will not have show notes. They will be episodes that can be downloaded. There will be titles. But by default, there are not show notes. Now, Squarespace says they have a way around this, but I as the one with the responsibility do not feel very confident in their solution working well on all podcast players. So this is partly why I have not pressed the button yet because I'm concerned about trading one problem for another, which is many people who have been listening to the show for years probably don't notice or think about the back catalog slowly rolling off the end. But they sure do think about the show notes for every new episode. And so I'm imagining a scenario in which we press the button. And what actually happens is the number of complaints magnifies tenfold where people want to know where the hell are the show notes in whatever podcast player they're using. Their solution, like the solution that Squarespace are trumpeting is the hack around this seems sort of questionable and would involve a whole stack of work and work that might not work in the way we think, links might not work, you might not be able to do it all, it will take a really long time. And also, is it reversible if we do lose everything and we think this is worse? Can we flick back and get them back? Probably not. Yeah. And it's like, you know, and no one wants to be the guinea pig for this and be the one to press the button and have their entire podcast get destroyed. Exactly. Yeah. So we haven't pressed the button. We just wanted to give that as an update and also to help maybe reduce the number of people who are bothering Brady online about why haven't you put the rest of the back catalog up. This is the reason why because it has not come as a clean win. It's come as a solution which I am very concerned will actually cause a larger increase in complaints than the current situation. And the genius of this first Squarespace is now the problem is complicated and messy. Yes, exactly. Yeah, exactly. What's my campaign now? Campaign for show no simplicity, fairness. Yeah, no, exactly. Now I haven't got like something that we can rally around. It's just like. Squarespace can reply, oh, we've gone to 300. I don't know what are you talking about. Yeah. And they say that's the app will limit. So they think 300's fine. No, I know. It's genius. It's like an octopus trying to escape from a predator and ejecting a whole bunch of ink and messing up the silt on the bottom of the ground and everything's all cloudy. And it's hard. Like, where do you strike? I don't know. Yeah. So yeah, it's a great move on their part. Yeah. I'll be like, oh, 300. It was enough for the Greeks trying to defend their empire from the outside world. Clearly, it's enough for your podcast. But yeah, so now it's all muddy and messy and we're not exactly sure what we're going to do. But we did just want to let everybody know what the situation is and why the back catalog has yet to appear on the main RSS feed. You can still get in all those other ways we've talked about before. Yes. YouTube, website, the special Patreon thing we're doing. All those things are. Yes. You know, maybe we'll sort of that with Squarespace one day, but until I come up with a new campaign, they've kind of threw me off balance. I'm going to do a little bit now with their Half-Bike solution and I need to think about what's next. We'll let Brady plot for a little while. He has that maniacal media mind that scares me sometimes where he knows how to go after people. We'll let you turn on this for a bit. I also have been somewhat distracted lightly because I had to finish off our wax cylinder project, which ended up being a bit of a saga. You sent me that photo of all of the wax cylinders on the table. Yeah, it just filled my heart with so much joy. They look so good. I love the old timeliness of them. It's just perfect. It's just perfect, Brady. But the thing I don't think I made clear to you was in the end, I was the one that had to do all the labeling by hand. Ah, that was not made clear to me. You put all those labels on. Yeah. Did you get stickers to put on the containers? I did. Ah, that's brutal. I didn't get stickers, but I got these special ones that had this nice, oldy, well-eavily finish. I got these stickers, but doing it by hand, like where it had to be quite precise, and I'm not famed for my precision, and I had like many of them to do, and I had to do all these other things, like I had to make the cardboard boxes that they then went in, I had to make up the boxes from the wax. It ended up being, seriously, it wiped out an entire weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 12 hours each day. Oh, man. I had sport on the TV, and it was like, I found it quite therapeutic. And I did get pleasure from knowing each one was going to be like going to a person, and I did feel like I link with the people that would be getting them, so it did have this kind of lovely Father Christmas feel, but it was very difficult. And can I just say, if you've got your wax cylinder and like the labels a bit different or like, it's not like it does not look like it was done by a machine, that's because it wasn't done by a machine. It was done by me with love and every imperfection on your cylinder, every little crease or not quite lined up sticker or anything you've got on there makes it a unique special snowflake and you should treasure that imperfection. They're individually handcrafted. Wow, I didn't realize that. I didn't realize the full scope of this situation. So handmade. The wax cylinder was done by hand and the labeling I numbered each one because I thought people might be unhappy with like the stickers being put on by me. Okay. So I thought, but if I numbered each one like in my handwriting as well with a little initial that would even add to the like, oh, that's genius. That's a genius move. That's a genius move. You converted it then into, oh, look at this collector's edition. It's not a bug. It's a feature. Yeah, it's a feature. It's like when they have like a limited print of a photograph, right, that you could run a million times, but they instead write, oh, this is number 150 out of 200 that'll ever exist. And suddenly people go, oh, so exciting. Wow, that's amazing. I've been getting a few pictures from people who receive them. I'm yet to receive evidence of one being played. I've received a picture of one on a player. Okay. But I've not received evidence of one being played. And Greg, can I do two public service announcements about these wax cylinders? Please, please. I know utilizing the podcast for such a niche announcement is abusing my powers. But I think this is important. Okay. I told you about this solar eclipse story, didn't I, at the advertiser? Mm-hmm. I've seen that on the podcast before. But years and years ago on the paper, there was an eclipse happening. And one of my mates, who was a journalist, wrote in the article, do not look at the sun unless you're wearing sunglasses. I did tell you this story. And he should have said, do not look at it even if you're wearing sunglasses. And it went on the front page of the newspaper. And as a result, we had to put out all these like emergency radio announcements to the health state saying, if you read that in the paper today, do not look at the sun because they didn't want everyone going blind. This is my equivalent for the wax cylinders because there were two things that may not be clear to people who've received their wax cylinders. Now I'm fascinated. You're already almost accidentally blinded half of South Australia. Yeah. And now I'm wondering what could possibly go wrong with these cylinders. It wasn't me. It wasn't me that made that mistake. I think you bear the responsibility. But go on. So the two things with the wax cylinders, if you've got one, it's too late now because everyone's already got it. But don't take the wax cylinder out and just hold it like you would hold a can of coke. You've got to stick your fingers in like you're giving a rude V sign. Stick your fingers down the hole of the cylinder and then expand your fingers out and slide the cylinder out. So it's almost like you're holding it. Your fingers need to be inside the cylinder. That description sounds very inappropriate. If you go to the Wikipedia page for wax cylinders, you'll see a picture of how to do it. Okay. So I use that picture. Okay. Put it in the show notes that will be there for this episode. Yeah. And the other thing is it's a two minute episode, not a four minute episode. So that you can set wax cylinders to play at different speeds. Oh, if you set it to play as if it's going to be a four minute episode, you could actually shred your cylinder to pieces apparently. Or something could go horribly wrong. So when the time comes to play it, make sure you know it's a two minute episode. This is like records. Don't they have 45 RPM's? It is like records. Yeah. But if you play a record at the wrong speed, it just sounds a bit too slow a bit too fast. But apparently with wax cylinders, because wax is so fragile, it will damage the wax. I mean, as it is, you actually do only have a finite number of plays of your wax cylinder before it starts to just erode away from being played. But I'm told that's quite a few plays. More than you would actually have a need. More than you would ever need for a voice memo. This was the original purpose, but certainly not more than you would ever need to listen to Hello Internet. I think people are going to want to revisit that many times. I've heard of them going after 20 or 30 plays, but my guy reckons I'd go beyond 100. We're going to get wax cylinder beyond 100. Hashtag mix. I'm going to get cold out. We need to upgrade this standard. Right? The wax cylinder standard hasn't been keeping pace with modern needs and desires in the past. 100 and 10 years. Is that about right? That's crazy. I want to hear how you would explain how to hold the wax cylinder because you said I did it too rude. I didn't say that you did it too rude. I just said it sounded quite rude. Bit naughty. Yeah. Nauty is perhaps better. That's a better way to describe it. I'll send you the link. Oh, no. And you have a look at the picture. You tell me how you would describe this. OK. I better make sure I send it to you and not like my what I feel than you think I'm being weird. She wasn't actually. And she was pulled into two hours of wax cylinder duty. OK. Oh, I see. I see preservation of cylinder recordings. And imagine that's already inside the box. So you've got to pull it out that way as well. Right. So that's in the box. Is that how you were imagining it when I described it? Yeah. I mean, yes. To be fair, your naughty description was also accurate. And now I'm just trying to think of a way to say it. Like, oh, you need to stick your fingers inside the tube and make bunny ears and then take it out. That's what you do. Oh, that's better. Except if I was doing bunny ears, I would probably use my pointing finger and my little finger to make a bunny. You mean like a live long and prosper sign? How are you making a bunny fingers? Wait, what? Your index finger and your pinky finger? How those two up and the other two, your second and third ones there, your ring finger and your middle finger, put them down into your palm and put your thumb over them. You mean like you're making devil horns then? That's the rock on devil horns. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's not bunny ears. But it's only devil horns if you make them point out. If they point up, it's more like a rabbit. You're taking a photo in Japan and someone does bunny ears behind your head, right? That's what it is. It's the bunny ears. Oh, so I know what you meant. Like bunny ears that you would do behind someone when you're taking a photo. Yeah. Okay, yeah. Yeah, you're right. That's a good way to do it. Or you could go to the Hello Internet YouTube channel where we put the video of wax cylinders in production. And at the end, I'm holding it in that way so you can even watch me doing it. You can watch Brady do it on the Hello Internet YouTube channel and decide for yourself. I suggest if it looks link in the show notes. This episode of Hello Internet is brought to you by HelloFresh. HelloFresh is the meal kit delivery service that shops, plans and delivers step-by-step recipes and pre-measured ingredients right to your door so you can just cook, eat and enjoy. HelloFresh makes conquering the kitchen a reality with deliciously simple meals and recipes that are enjoyable and easy to make. All the meals come together in 30 minutes max, call for less than two pots of pans and require minimal cleanup. 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So for $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to hellofresh.com slash HelloInternet80 and enter offer code HelloInternet80. That's HelloFresh.com slash HelloInternet80, the number 80, and enter the promo code HelloInternet80. That gets you $20 off your first four boxes. Seriously, give it a try. Not only does signing up support the podcast, but getting HelloFresh might just change your dinner life as well. Well, that reminds me of something that I didn't put in our pre-short notes, but now's a good time to mention it because we're talking about the fact people can go and see a picture of me. And obviously for a long time, like, you know, as long as I've known you, there's a large section of the audience that don't want to know what you look like, like actively don't want to know, and they are upset at the idea of accidentally seeing a picture. Yeah. It's boilers. Yeah, yeah. I've always respected that, but I've never really totally understood it. Really? Not totally, but now I do. Okay. Because I've recently started listening to a podcast that I'm not going to mention because I don't want people to play funny bugs with me. Okay. And try to like ruin it for me. Oh, okay. I've really fallen in love with it. I really like it. And a lot of the things that I've always heard people say about podcasts for the first time I totally understand, one of them is that feeling of like these people are your friends. Okay. Like I really feel like these people are my friends in a like a weird way. And I wouldn't want to meet them because I think I might freak them out because I just want to say to them, you guys should be my friends. Like I really like them. And but also I really don't want to know what one of them looks like. Okay. Two of them are my K with knowing what they look like. But another one I don't want to. And like I'm scared of seeing what he looks like now because he's got an interesting voice and I've got this picture in my head and I don't want that ruined. So for the first time, I'm like that. I'm like avoiding pictures of this person. Okay. I will bleep it for the show. Tell me what the podcast is. I'm just curious if I know it. It's cold. Okay. Interesting. The question that I want to ask you. Yeah. I wrote an article about this a long time ago trying to explain like my relationship with audio media and partly the way like I like to create audio media and even like the videos even if I'm doing something that's like live filming like the test love vlog was. I don't put my face in it because I do think there's a way in which it benefits the audience. But here's a question for you. When you say you have a picture in your head, do you have like an actual idea in your mind of what the person looks like? Not to the extent where if you sat me down with a sketch artist, I could do it. It's more nebulous than that. But I know seeing a picture would most likely ruin it. I don't know. It's hard to explain. Yeah. I would struggle. And it would be like shifting sands. It would be like, is it curly hair? Is it straight hair? Or maybe it is straight? Oh, is it curly? I don't even know. But I just know it like exists and it's a weird thing. Yeah. I just ask because the thing that I'm really aware of, you know, a thing that happened to me a while ago is there's an audiobook narrator who does a lot of audiobooks who I really like as a narrator. And I was really annoyed when I just by total dumb luck on one of the audible pages. They had a picture of the narrator. It was like, God damn it, Audible. I didn't want to see what this guy looks like. It's not that I have an image in my mind. It feels very much like voices that are not attached to any kind of face exist in a different higher plane in my brain. And then when you see the person, it's like it clunks down into dirty reality. And now that's like, oh, there's a person connected to this thing. Like at least for me anyway, I've always found it genuinely makes it less enjoyable to listen to the voice, to have an idea of what the person looks like. There's somehow that the experience is more pure and disassociated from even the concept of like, what does this person look like? So that's one of the reasons why I've always for podcasts and audiobooks. And things very much trying to avoid finding out what people look like. Yeah. I suspect that some of the people who listen to the podcasts and like watch the videos that I make feel the same way. You know, because I think like you tend to make stuff that someone like you would also enjoy. Like I'm very willing to bet that's a decent portion of the audience feels that same way. Or it's like, it's not even that they're thinking about, what does this person look like? It's more just like, oh, hello internet is better. I think if you don't know what either of us look like and we're just disembodied voices coming to you across the internet pipes. I can almost understand it better for an audio book though, because like with an audio book, you don't want to have like personality and identity attached to that person too much. But with something like, yeah, hello internet and like people who've been listening to this show for a long time, probably know quite a lot about you now. Like they would feel like they know you quite well, whether that's true or not, it's not debatable, but like they certainly have like a lot of information to have this sort of profile. But to still not want to have an image attached to that is quite interesting, isn't it? It's not like you're existing on some higher plane, like just a deliverer of information like an audio book reader or even your videos. Yeah, the videos as well. Yeah. But here on the podcast it's almost like you are kind of like a bit of a friend. So it's more interesting that people still want to have that anonymity, but I understand it better now anyway. So yeah, let's be clear. I'm not a bit of a friend. That's the illusion that podcasts create, right? It's like that's the illusion that you're experiencing on the other end. That's the illusion I'm having making a podcast with Grey. I have a tipping complaint to register, Brady. Well, it's been a while since we did Grey tipping corner. I mean, look, it's not a corner. Just registering a complaint. Tipping is definitely a corner now. It's been enough times for it to have corner status. Do you know why I haven't mentioned it in a while? Because it is the thing that I know people just react so poorly to. I had a thing in real life where a friend of mine, we got into, I wouldn't say an argument, but I would say a strong disagreement over tipping. And it's just like I just never want to bring it up. And anyway, but now I'm bringing it up because here's a brand new situation. I think needs to be discussed. So I'm down in the South. I'm in America now. And there is coffee chain. I like to go to one of them down here called Panera. And it's like a Starbucks kind of place, but you can also get food very nice. I like it more than Starbucks. I go whenever I can. So one of the things that Panera has recently introduced is instead of having to go to the cashier at, like at a Starbucks where you talk to the person and you say, oh, I want to vent you by place with room for cream or whatever. They've introduced a thing which is basically a self checkout for ordering your own food or drink at the Panera. So if you have a quick order, you can go in. There's a little screen. You can boop, boop, boop. Tell the robot what it is that you want and nice and easy. And it's designed for getting coffees because they just have coffee cups right behind the screen. It's a total honor system. And it works because everybody's really nice. And this is the system. Now I tried it for the first time the other day. I thought great. I'm in a Panera. I don't want to talk to the person. I'm just getting a cup of coffee. Here's what this robot was made to do. So boop, I press, I want my coffee. I go to say yes, medium cup, checkout please. Grab the cup of coffee behind a little robot screen. I swipe my card. What pops up on the screen? What the question? How much would you like to tip today? And it says 10, 15, 20%. Yep. And I swear Brady, I looked around the Panera, expecting someone to like pop out and say they pranked me real good, bro. Because I'm like, I don't understand who am I tipping. I'm doing the checkout. Yeah. I'm even picking up my own paper cup to then pour my own coffee at this entirely self-service situation. And this robot is asking me to just pay 20% more to who? Who is the person that I'm tipping? And I feel like this little interaction just really exposes tipping for what it is. This weird like, hey, sometimes do you want to pay more situation that doesn't make sense in 80% of circumstances? And this one just blew my mind. Yeah. And the kids will be saying things like, mommy, daddy, what's a tip? What's this thing we do when we all have robots over the computers? And they'll explain, well, it used to be, but he we gave when they were humans involved, but now it's just something we still do. Right. But even that, try to explain that. We used to do it when humans were involved, but not all humans, only humans in some circumstances. Yeah. And we're like, oh, okay. So like, what kind of humans is like, well, it's not consistent anywhere in the world or anywhere in the economy, but there were randomly jobs that we decided were jobs that needed to be tipped. What did you do? What did you do? Of course I said no tip was no tip and option. Yeah, no tip was an option. Well, let me tell you something then, Gray. Oh, oh, God. Have you been in a London black cab lately? No. I will do anything I possibly can to avoid going in a taxi anywhere on the face of the earth. So no, I haven't been in a London black cab. Okay. Well, I think they have some advantages over oebers, which I've talked about before. So I have used them, but they have got something that really cheeses me off. They're now trying to like be up with the times and you can do contactless payment with your card. Oh, that's good. Yeah. When you go to do the payment though, it comes up on the screen. How much would you like to tip? 10%, 15%, 20%, I think they're the numbers. Or it says other amount. And because I hate being bullied into tipping and I think they're overpriced as it is, I don't want to give them a tip, particularly. If I'm paying cash, I'll usually tip. I was not inclined to give a tip, partly because I resent this thing. So I'm like, okay, well, I don't want 10%, 15%, or 20%. And I don't want another amount. And then there's also another button that's cancel. So I hit cancel to say I don't want to do a tip. But what that does is it cancels the whole transaction. Okay. And then you have to say to the cab driver, oh, sorry, I just hit cancel when I was asked for a tip. Right. You pretend like you're a numpty who didn't know what was going on. Yeah. And like they have to fire it up again. And they know exactly what's happened. And I've done this twice now. I've not known how to do zero tip. What you actually have to do is go into other amount and then enter the number zero. Right. So it requires way more effort to put zero tip in than to actually do a tip, which is clearly what they're trying to do. Like, you know, when they like opting out of promotional emails, do you not want to not receive emails? Right. You know, they're doing this with tips now. It's like this puzzle to figure out how I can possibly pay without doing a tip. I really hate it. But it's also really socially awkward when you hit cancel. And then you have to say, can you ring up the transaction again for me, please, because as I tried to not give you a tip, I accidentally canceled it. Wow. That's really bad. That's really bad. It is bad. I really don't like it. But this reminds me of something else I saw in the news just recently, which I think is going to be the new awkward social thing to happen between people. And it's something even you may struggle to avoid when Apple goes down this path. Okay. This is this new technology. I think Samsung are already doing it where you can share charge from your phone. Have you seen this innovation? Oh, oh, yeah. It's the reverse inductive charging. Yeah. Yeah. So you can just press your phone up against like your friend's phone and take some of their charge. So if you're low, you can say, oh, can I have some of your charge? Because I'm really low. And I think this is going to be the new awkward thing, like when you're out with someone and they're low on charge and you've got more, but you want your charge. And someone asks for your charge. And like, it's easy to lie and say, I haven't got a spare charge in my backpack when you really do. But it's impossible to lie if they can take it directly from your phone. What are you going to do if your friend's on like 3% and you're on 25% and they say, can I have 10%. First of all, I have to know, like, are you not a charge, bro? Like you can't deny someone when they need charge. I know. I know you can't. No, but it's like, and I'm okay with this. Right. I'm actually perfectly fine with this. What if you haven't got any more yourself, though? But then it's very obvious and you say, like, oh, no, sorry, I'm down to the end, too. Right? And then I guess what'll happen is you're a dinner with a bunch of people and then it becomes some kind of charge communism and you all get charged down to whatever the total amount of charge is divided by the number of people at the table. No, okay. I've never smoked. But I've always kind of assumed that there's like a camaraderie between smokers about hey, man, do you have a smoke? Grey, are you saying you would give charge to strangers? If you're in an airport lounge and someone comes up to you and says, can I have charge from your phone for 10 minutes? Complete stranger. Because that's what's going to start happening. No, they can get f***ed. That's a different situation. No, no, please, please. Of course, if it's like one of your best friends, you're going to give them charge or someone who you really care about. But I just think this is going to be a new thing. Yeah, but this is why I'm using smoking as an analogy. Right. If I was a smoker and some stranger came up to me and said, hey, man, can I have a smoke? It's like, I would no more give him the smoke than I would just give him money straight out of my pocket. That's not going to happen. But I feel like if I was a smoker that the giving of cigarettes would extend very far out in the circle of people that I know to like glancing acquaintances. And I think the charge radius is the same thing. Like my willingness to reverse inductively charge outward, I think would extend to the very edges of what I would consider an acquaintance. So I'm actually okay with this. I asked the guy next to me at the cricket for charge. Okay. This Bangladesh fan at one point because I was running at a charge and he did give me his lot, charger, but it was out of charge. I mean, but that does count twice if he's a Bangladesh fan and you're an Australian fan. Right. That seems like that's. But I, he may have been star struck because I was on the screen so often. Oh, that's true. That's true. Okay. Well, you surprised me. And I think this is going to become a thing. I'm just saying, I think it's going to become a thing. It's going to become this. We haven't built the social etiquette around it yet. The technology is moving too fast for our human brain to figure out how to deal with this. I think we're going to immediately adopt smoking rules and it's going to be fine. Okay. You know what many of us have to do during the summer? We have to travel a lot. They know it can really make traveling unpleasant, having a terrible suitcase. Look into your heart, listener. Do you know that you have a terrible suitcase? Well, lucky for you, a way is here for you. A way is a company that's really thought about what does someone need when they're traveling. Their suitcases are lightweight, but they have a durable shell that's made to last for a lifetime of travel. They have clever built-in compression packs that let you fit more in your suitcase. 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There was like beautiful clear sky. So everyone who's trying to climb Mount Everest all went for the summit at once. And basically for the last, it must have been hundreds and hundreds of feet towards the summit. There was just this absolutely crammed queue like people lining it to go up to a sports stadium of people and all their mountaineering suits and stuff trying to get up onto the summit. And it was this complete traffic jam on this tiny, thin ridge. Yeah, it looked like a bunch of people on an escalator. Yeah. There was a tragic component to this, of course, because a few people have died in this climbing season, including that day, I believe a few people died. So and then there's all this debate are people dying because they've been delayed by these queues. And some people say, yes, other people say that's not the main problem. But either way, it's not a good look. It's just not a good look in many, many ways. It doesn't seem like the mean problem. The mean problem to me seems like you're on a freaking mountain. It's the tallest mountain on earth. Yeah. Like there's problems on a mountain. Yeah, but you also want to spend as little time as possible at that super, super rareified height. And if there's a big queue of people, it does make it hard to do your quick dash to the summit selfie and back down because you have to stand there waiting for hours and hours at this higher altitude. Oh, that's right. Okay. So I totally forgot this. But that's right. You're only supposed to spend a limited time above a certain altitude. I'm never. So that's what is like you're waiting just below the threshold. You're dashing up and you're dashing back. So summit day, you normally get up, you know, before sunrise. Okay. Get to the top and get back down as quick as you can. So a, if bad weather comes in, you've gotten out of dodge, but also less time at the high, high, get down into the thicker areas, quick as you can. So if you're standing there waiting for every tourist, Tom Dick and Harry also trying to get to the summit, you're spending more time in the dangerous. And so when someone then collapses and dies, a lot of people will say, well, hang on. Okay. Would they have lived if they were here for less time? Is this cue causing the problem? Right. Okay. But it's also just a terrible like PR look, just for mountaineering and for cool adventures. I mean, saying, yeah, I'll be to the summer of Everest is suddenly seeming silly and silly when you see pictures like that. I mean, I think long time listeners of the podcast will know I've for a long time not taken Everest, submitting super seriously because of the Sherpas and all of like, oh, who put that bridge there for you? Right. But this photo was just genuinely appalling. It really did make going to Everest look about as fun as standing online in Disney World. Like that's the way that photo looked. It looked brutal. And I was just kind of curious like if you feel the same way about that or yeah, yeah, it hurts my feeling. How so? As someone who like as an Everest fan and a purist and someone who reads all the books and idolizes all your your George Malaries and Edmund Hillary's and Tenzing Norgas and these famous mountaineers and a lover of Everest lore to now see Everest just being talked about as like a dinner table joke that people say, oh, did you see the picture in the times today of all those jokers climbing Everest? And now people who even don't know anything about Mount Everest, all they know is, oh, yeah, that picture and yeah, any tourists can get to the top of Mount Everest and things like that. You just get dragged up there by a Sherpa, which is kind of simplifying things a bit, but maybe not as much as I used to think. Like, yeah, it's sad for me. It's probably sad for me the day it will in some ways become sad when a boy band makes a music video on the moon, you know, like that will happen and it will be a sad day for me. I'm sorry, it's just an amazing comparison. I know I sometimes give you a hard time for your comparisons and your analogies, but that is an amazing comparison. Okay. Who will be the first boy band to make a video on the moon? Well, I was going to say it would be sad for me when tourists start going to the moon, but then I knew everyone would get upset at me. So I went for the boy band for the boy band just to, yeah, no, but it's like, but it's actually, it's actually a good comparison of like, oh, the moon is being used as a backdrop for this other thing. Yeah, it's a trophy. Like man, Everest is this trophy. Like, I mean, it's always been a trophy, hasn't it? But now it's a trophy for 50 year old overweight investment bankers. So if you were a king of Nepal, what would you do about this? Or would you do anything about it? I mean, it's easy for me to sit here and say that poor country shouldn't be taking so many thousands and thousands of dollars each year in permits. But I mean, this is the debate. Everyone says that Nepal authorities are being too greedy and giving out too many permits. Other people say that's not the problem. I don't know what I would do about the problem. I do think there are too many people doing it. There are only a small number of days per year that people can get to the summer. And these are these tiny windows of dashing to the top and back. And when there are lots and lots of people there, I think it's ruining it for everyone. But who am I to decide who the ones that get to do it, Aaron, who the ones that are, you know, it's difficult. It's difficult. I think there should be fewer people climbing each year. Just also just to protect the mountain as a, as a, as an icon of our planet, you know, stop covering it in poor oxygen bottles and an increasing number of dead human bodies. I'm asking as well because I feel like this is one of these situations where we talked about on the podcast a little while ago over tourism. And now I feel like I'm kind of seeing it everywhere. And this Everest thing is like the most striking image of overtourism. I genuinely think there could possibly be. Because it's the most exclusive place on earth. And it is such a small little piece of real estate to put humans on. Yeah. Like I've seen photos of the Great Wall of China where there are so many people on the wall. I don't believe anyone can even move. And those images are horrifying. Like there's collections of these photos on the internet of like tourists swamping and destroying the thing that they're all there to see. I really do think that that Everest photo because of the location that it is is the most representative image of this concept that there could possibly be. I've seen more and more places discussing this as an actual issue. I can't remember where I came across it. But like as an example, I was reading, I think it was an article by an economist discussing how one of the possible causes of overtourism just in general is like Airbnb having dramatically increased the supply of hotel rooms in major cities all across the world and also bringing down the price. And it's like, oh, yes, there used to be some kind of natural balance between how many hotels there were and the number of tourists who would come to a city. And then lots of places feel like they're being over-touristed because the hotel supply jumped by 30% in the space of five or 10 years, which is just like way more than hotels would ever get built in the same period of time. I think I saw something about Iceland's thinking about like a tourist tax. I may have come across that incorrectly, but like I'm just wondering, that's why I asked like if you were King of Nepal and you really did have, yeah, or I guess King of Nepal and King of China, you could make it be. However, it would want to be for a place that you know well. Yeah. What would you do? Like, okay, you think there should be fewer people there, but what course of action would you take? If I wasn't taking into account things like, you know, the problems in the polls having rebuilding after it's earthquake and it's poverty and things like, if I could take all of that out of the equation and I can just be... Yeah, your King of Everest is what you actually are. I would limit the number of people who can do it and there would be some kind of merit-based system to who gets to do it as well. There'd be a small lottery component, there'd be a small number that are merit-based and a small number that are just ridiculously expensive. So I'd have like, you know, 20 permits a year for like, you multi-multimillionaire so I can really milk them. I'd have, you know, 50 permits a year for special charitable causes or special events and things like that. And then I'd have another 20 that are done by lottery and I'd build fairness into it. Maybe there'd be permits for people who've tried before or people who've done other things like, I don't know what the system would be, but that would be how the system would work and I know people would be unhappy with it. But it's like, you know, you've got to enter lottery to get into things like the New York marathon, don't you? And there were all these different ways to get in and stuff. It'd be like that, but on a tiny scale. But that's what I'd do. I'd have like a system like that. That merit one's really interesting. You know me, I would just go straight to an auction and just bypass all of that. But the merit one is an excellent point for climbing Everest in particular. Yeah. It's a very interesting thought. Yeah, well, because a lot of the climbers, the world's great climbers and a lot of the people I think who have the right to attempt this fate aren't necessarily particularly wealthy. So I don't think it should just be the domain of the wealthy. But I do think the pool should be able to milk the cash cow. I think my solution probably deals with both. It's not such a big problem on the China side, by the way. Coming in from Tibet, you don't get that situation partly because it's a more difficult fate to climb it from that side. That's the side George Mallory died attempting. Whereas Hillary succeeded from the Nepal side. It's a slightly easier way to do it. I'm kind of taken by this idea of merit. You know, you get up to the top of six of the other tallest mountains in the world. You have like a little stamp in your mountain passport. Yeah. Counts more towards, oh, you can collect ever is too. It's an interesting idea. You've got to also allow for people who have raised a tremendous amount of money for good causes. And you also get people who climb it for, you know, the 50 year anniversary of tensing norgays, you know, birthday and you could have all things like that. Like, you're going to have all these people who want to climb for different reasons. You're going to have to have some, hmm, it'll be a devil of a job deciding what to do. And then when people fail, you know, and they want to do it again, what happens do they have to, can they try again next year? They've got to wait 10 years. Like, I don't know. You've got lots of, you got lots of complications. But I don't know how it works now, by the way. There is a finite number of passes now. So there obviously is some criteria that stands at the moment. So I believe they're the phase of fixed. So I was also just idly wondering what would merit be for just a tourist in general, you know, for like the over tourism problem all around the world. Maybe it's like an inverse merit system where the more you have traveled, the less likely you would be to get a permit to go anywhere else. Right. So like, I think that'd be like a global inverse merit solution for over tourism. Like, hey, people, you got to, you got to pick, you got to pick your places. There's only so many places. There's way too many people. I turn out to sound of that. I can easily imagine why you wouldn't like the sound of it. But again, I'm just like, I find this a genuinely interesting problem and like a weird situation that more and more places are facing. And it's also just been on my mind again, because I was, as I always do when I come to America, I do like to go out to the parks. But I'm just so aware that particularly the national parks, almost everywhere are so incredibly busy in a way with, you know, particularly foreign tourists like that they just never used to be. I'm always going to like the state parks because that's where I find like you can get a nice optimal mix of still very beautiful, but also not crowded with people. But I do wonder like what can, you know, what can the national park service do? And they just don't have a lot of options and same with cities or other other sorts of places. So I don't know. Maybe my, my inverse meritocratic method is a potential proposal for places around the world. A terrible one. I am going to your Saturday night of this year and I'm worried about how crazy that's going to be. You let me know. You let me know. I expect it's going to be very crazy. I expect it's going to be super crazy because there's been like a few really good films lately, you know, set in your Saturday, like free solo and the dawn wall and stuff like so like interest in your samadis increasing bring some hand sanitizer. That's what you're going to need. Don't share your charge. The little quiz we did recently where you dug up those quiz questions from that academic paper that I was a thousand questions or something that were asked of university students and we went through a whole bunch of them. It was the general knowledge quiz or at least that's how it was pitched. Yeah. So since that happened, a few Tim's have created online like websites and tools where you can like take the quiz. Oh, which was quite a handy thing. So I went and I went and had a play on one of them recently just because I wanted to see what more of the questions were like. Because I think anyone listening to the podcast would have come away with the impression, well, I feel like I did quite well. Yeah. So the questions were quite easy and like even when we got to the point where only 50% of university students were getting them right, they were still reasonably easy and we never really got to many questions that both of us couldn't answer. So then as a bit of an experiment, I said to you ask me the hardest question like what was the bottom of the list and I sort of semi got that one right. So I came away thinking these are pretty easy bunch of questions. So when I went and did the quiz again, like on one of these websites, I went straight to the end to the hard ones and I have to say although I did kind of know the answer to the hardest question. Yeah and a kind of mountain. The hard ones were very hard and like basically the next 50 or so above that I pretty much knew none of them. So it did get to a point where those quiz questions were actually extremely hard. So I wanted to tip my hat to people who made these some of these online tools but I also wanted to just acknowledge that going through this it seemed like easy peasy but there were some curly questions in there as well. You wanted to be a little bit humble that you couldn't get all 1000 questions right? No, yeah but yeah of course I didn't think I could get all 1000 but like towards the end there it was like no chance, no chance. We talked about who wants to be a millionaire didn't we in Australia. The first time that ever went to the million dollar question. Oh I don't know. Who wants to be a millionaire star they were like after the commercial we're going to have the million dollar question. I think it was the next night they were going to have the million dollar question so everyone tuned in and the first ever million dollar question on in Australia was how many men have walked on the moon and that would have been like my dream question because I would have just said I would have named all 12 like I would have been a complete show off it would have been brilliant. Oh wow you would have named them too. Oh yeah. I would have pretended to not know but I could have just gone well let's see there was Neil Armstrong and obviously Buzz Aldrin but then we had Pete Conrad and Alan Bain and then I would say that's 12. So I was telling someone that story and they said oh that's a funny you should say that because the first time there was ever the million dollar question in some other country I can't remember what it was. The question was who were the two what were the names of the two people who first summoned to Manivorous? It's like oh another one I would have got. Where are these million dollar questions when you need them? Yeah. There are not enough million dollar questions when you need them that's for sure. And if I was on the show I'm sure the million dollar question would be some American horse racing question but I would have no idea. Let me jump forward. I was really looking forward to this one. So Forbes has really as they do they love releasing these lists of like rich people don't they? And one of them like the list like the world's 20th richest people kind of thing. Yeah. So they've just released recently the list of the 100 highest paid athletes sports people in the world. And I wanted to go through the top 10 to see how many of them you knew. Oh no this is a pop quiz. It's kind of like a quiz but like I was just curious. Okay. And I will say there were there were names in the top 10 that I probably wouldn't have gotten. Okay. So but not many. This is just this is just my curiosity. I'm always curious about how aware you are of sport because I know you're not into sport in any way. Just tell me because I'm fantasizing that I'm going to be able to guess the sport like I'll be able to tell you the sport not only that I recognize the name like I'm hoping to slum dog millionaire this one. All right. Number one pulling in 127 million dollars a year. Lionel Messi. No, I've never heard this name before. Okay. Well he is a soccer player. He's a soccer player. Barcelona. Yeah. He's but I think he's the best player in the world. So do you think that salary is commensurate with his playing skills? It's probably commensurate with the good he does for his commercial interests because every kid wants to be him. Right. Because he's quite like he's quite a small little guy and he gets by with his skill. He's not he's not like you know six foot five and and a donner. So he doesn't look like he's blessed. He actually had he had some condition when he was growing up that affected his growth and stunted his growth. He's actually like a little small guy. And he's just incredibly skillful and clever. So I think he's like you know. He gives hope. Number two, $109 million. Cristiano Ronaldo. Oh, is that tennis? I've heard this name. I'm guessing tennis. He is also a soccer player. Oh no. Okay. He's like you would know his name though because he's very famous and he is like blessed. You know he's tall and incredible athlete. I think I know this name because you've mentioned him on the podcast. Yeah. I've like I'm trying to drag it up in my brain and I feel like I've heard you say Ronaldo. That's where I'm coming from. Yeah. Number three, $105 million. Nema. Oh, no, I have no idea. Oh, so a soccer player. Okay. Are there any not soccer players on this list? There are. Okay. Number four, Canelo Alvarez. No, nothing. Soccer, I'm going to get soccer. There's a good chance I wouldn't have got that because I'm not particularly into boxing and he's a boxer. I know him. I'm a boxer. I like to think I know the famous boxers but I'm not overly familiar with him. I probably would have guessed from his name though. Number five is the first one I think you might get 93.4 million dollars. Don't put pressure on me, Brady. Roger Federer. Oh, yeah. I know that. I recognize that name. Uh, baseball. I'm going to go with baseball. No. No. Okay. I'm going to go with tennis. He was the one that interviewed and they asked him if they'd read in the green tennis balls. Oh, the team's dad asked him the question, hey, Roger, a tennis ball is green or yellow? Okay. It's the greatest tennis player ever. Brady, I don't want to draw attention to it but that was actually probably your best American accent. That you just did there. I feel like that. And actually, that actually wasn't half bad. That wasn't half bad. I think you weren't paying too much attention to it. So it came out better than most. Number six. I don't have got myself. Okay. I'm going to get it. Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson. Yeah. If you get this on me, it may. Russell Wilson. It's a water polo. I also wouldn't have got number seven who is Aaron Rodgers and they are both American football loss. Aaron Rodgers, I think I feel like I wouldn't have been able to guess football but I feel like I've heard the name Aaron Rodgers. Yeah. I'm the same but I wouldn't have guessed right. Number eight. LeBron James. Oh, basketball. That's the first one where I actually have a good sense of it. $18 million. Number nine. Stephen Curry or Steph Curry, he's often called. I can give you nothing about Steph Curry. Or Kevin and number ten is Kevin Durant. They are also both basketballers. No. Yeah, I got nothing. That's the top ten. LeBron James. The reason I know LeBron James is because a few years ago. I think he switched teams. He was somewhere else and he went down to Florida or something. He switched teams a few times. He moved to Miami. He obelished. Miami Heat, that's what it was. Yeah. And the reason I knew this is because there was a service person who came to the house in America years ago who I ended up having to handle while my parents were out. And instead of doing his job, he wanted to talk to me about LeBron James while the Miami Heat thing was going down. And I kept saying I don't follow sports and he kept hearing, please tell me more about sports. Right? It was one of these situations where I'm like, oh yeah, no, I don't really follow any of this. I'd really just like you to do what we're paying you to fix in this house. And he was like, oh, let me tell you how exciting all of this is. So I got stuck in, I don't know, a half an hour conversation about LeBron James where I remember getting to hear everything about him going to the Miami Heat because this guy thought I didn't follow sports because no one had told me about them before. Yeah. I just didn't realize how great it was. Yeah. It was like the sports version of the terrible thing when you go to a restaurant and people are like, oh, have you had octopus? And you're like, yeah, I had it. I don't like octopus. I'm morally opposed. And they go, no, you haven't had octopus here, right? You end up like this is where they really make it. It was the sports version of that. Though I don't follow any sports at all. Oh, but you haven't heard about LeBron James. That's the thing that's going to get you into this. Let me tell you about the Miami Heat. I completely forgot about that Netflix formula. One thing you were supposed to watch. Oh, damn it. Well, let's do that for let's keep that as ongoing homework. Everyone gets an extension. Yeah, everyone gets an extension. I had it. Brady, I literally had it on in front of me in Netflix. But this was two weeks ago when I knew it was going to be too long until we actually recorded the next show. So I made it. But it is on my list. I genuinely will watch it. I know that this is the octopus that I will like. And I'll give it a watch before next time. Let me choose a few other random names on the list. Just for my curiosity, let me give you number 11 just so you can have one because I want to build your confidence up. Number 11 on the list is Tiger Woods. Yeah, golf. I know that. Yeah. Number 13 is Lewis Hamilton. No, I don't know that. He's a Formula One driver. He's the current world champion. All right. I will know him very soon, though, apparently. He's not in that documentary that much. Number 17 is a guy called Novak Djokovic. No. He's a tennis player. Okay. Number 21 is a chat named Connor McGregor. He sounds Scottish. Golf. I thought you might know him because he often spills into like the popular cultures art, guys. He's one of these mixed martial arts. Oh, he's one of the MMA guys. Yeah, and he's a bit of a character. Okay. MMA is pretty brutal. Number 32, Rory Mechelroy. I'm sorry, Brady. You should have done what I thought you'd do when you saw a muck, you'd say, is it golf? Because he's a golfer. Okay. Raphael Nadal at number 37. That's, it does sound kind of familiar, soccer. No, he plays tennis. Oh, okay. This is just getting humiliating. The only woman on the list I believe, the only one I found so far, at number 60, 60, yes. Serena Williams. Serena Williams, I know. Serena Williams, I'm 100% now. All right. Let's get down to the bottom of the list here. Oh, here we go. Number 81. Tom Brady. American football, right? Yes. That's okay. I have to get this. I know this has come up before on the show. All the way at number 124, at a poultry, $25 million a year. Virat Kohli. No, I have no idea. Okay. He is the, I believe, only cricketer on the list. The top guy was what? It was 127 million, is that right? Yeah. That feels like a flatter. A flatter half-life curve than I would expect for the top 100 paid sports people. Yeah. Yeah. To drop basically 100 million in 100 places. Yeah. I don't know. I would feel like, you know, because this is, you know, like in the entertainment industry, this is going to be one of those curves where the, you know, the top 0.1% earns a bazillion dollars and it drops off tremendously rapidly. And there can be quite a disparity between salary and endorsement deals too in these figures. Some of them are owning most of their money in salary and some of them have got like whopping amounts from, you know, all their sponsorship deals. Sorry. Okay. That's interesting. But yeah, this feels like it feels like a flatter drop off than I would expect, especially for sports, like sports so big all across the whole world. I feel like I would have expected number one is like 300 million a year and number 100 is 10 million a year. Like I don't know. Oh, right. Like I would have, I would have thought there was a bigger disparity between them. But like apparently not, but I'm sorry. I didn't do very well on your quiz, Brady. No, no, no, it wasn't. It was not a quiz. And if you set there and asked me to name video game characters or whatever you just know about, I'm sure there's a very charming concept of like what would gray know a bunch of things about video game characters. Yeah. Yeah, productivity experts. Yeah, like I don't know what my equivalent of this would be. I don't think I have an equivalent of this for you. This episode of Hello Internet is brought to you and part by Audible. If you are listening to this podcast, which I mean, I guess you are obviously, then you would like audio books and audible is the place where I get all of my audio books from. 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I guess in the last year or so, the number of people vaping on the streets of the London reached some critical threshold that it has started to tremendously annoy me. I keep having this thought, which isn't entirely true, but the feeling of it is true. That I kind of can't believe that smoking managed to replace itself with a habit that is more annoying than the smoking was. Do you know what I mean? That's not literally true. It feels that way. Smoking was more annoying in the aggregate. When you have a lot of smokers, it was totally unbearable. I haven't been in a situation where it's like a pub and there's 30 people vaping in the pub. One individual smoker walking on the street bothers me far less than this cloud of strawberry vapor that comes out of a single person vaping. I don't know. I just always feel like I'm in dune. And it's like, oh, the spice must flow. And we have to do this drug in order for our space machines to work. And it's like, it's so strange and very intrusive on the people around you in a way that I find shocking and appalling. And I can't believe that this is the thing that has replaced smoking. I mean, I don't know how much I want to get myself in trouble here. Please get yourself in trouble because I feel like I'm already in a lot of trouble. I'm about to do that. And I kind of want to put some caveats in there, because I hate cigarette smoking and I hate cigarettes. And I used to go out with a girl who smoked it. It caused lots of problems. My dad's always been a big smoker. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke. I also acknowledge that it's incredibly dangerous and deadly. And I'm very anti-smoking. I've never had a cigarette in my life. I don't like it. And I can see that vaping is probably less dangerous and problem-bedded for society, maybe. I don't know. But the one thing I cannot help thinking is when I see people vaping is you look ridiculous. You just look ridiculous. Do you not see? As much as I hate smoking, at least smoking is kind of cool. And there's danger involved. And there's fire. And it's got this heritage about it of James Dean. So even though I think you shouldn't do it, and it's dangerous, it's kind of like, at least it's got something a bit cool about it. And like, I don't know. But vaping just looks silly. You've got these silly things that look like lightsabers or space toys. They're ridiculous looking devices. They're too big. They're not small and cool like a cigarette. They're these big cumbersome silly things. So you look like you should be in the canteen or at Moss Eisley. And there's these huge plumes of, I have to admit, I do sometimes lack the little strawberry smell if I walk past. I actually don't, I'm a bit of a sweet tooth. So sometimes the strawberry smell, I do think, that is quite pleasant. And I hate cigarette smoke. But that's revolving. That's revolving. I've got a bit of a sickly sweet taste, so fair enough. But I just think vaping looks silly. If you're not going to have cigarettes, I applaud you, but don't replace it with like this silly replacement. I just think it looks ridiculous. I've never seen someone vaping and thought you look cool. Vaping makes you look less cool than you already are. Smoking, I hate to admit it, can actually sometimes make you look cooler than you are. We can all agree on two things. Smoking, bad for your health, but makes you look cool. Like it just does. It just, it just, it gives you plus 10 cool when you smoke. And I just assume that this is like the weight of culture upon us with this concept. There's nothing intrinsic about it. It just does. Here's what it is, right? Here's what it is. A cigarette is a gun. Vaping is a water pistol. Ooh. You've replacing a gun with a water pistol. That's good. In many ways, because a gun is metal and dangerous and deadly, and a water pistol is colorful and childish and silly. There's something that you're right about with the size as well. I think one of the reasons why even now still you see people smoking in movies is because the little cigarette can be held, and it also has a little bit of light at the end, and it can act as like as an accessory to thought and motion. But it is the vaping, I don't know what you call them, vaping sabers, whatever they are. They are these big clunky things in your hands. You can't gesture with it or point with it in the same way or like do little circle motion of, oh, you're thinking about something. Yeah, with just like a little lovely little whisper that's just getting caught in the lamp light of smoke. It is the Apple emoji water pistol, right? Like it's big, they're sometimes colorful, and it just looks stupid. What are they called? I'm very sure it's vaping sabers. Is it vape pens? I saw vape pens or... It's not, but they don't look anything like a pen. Vaping devices include not just e-sigarettes, but also vape pens and advanced personal vapor viruses, also known as mods. Mard, okay. That is the term I've heard a bunch of people use. Vape pens, which resemble large fountain pens, are typically simpler in design and less expensive than devices that have been customized by the user. Yeah, you customize it. You build your own. That's a right a passage of the vapor. Yeah. I have to say, I'm a little bit glad to hear your opinion on this because you use all the words, Star Wars lightsaber, that come into my head when I do look at these vape pens. I was a little worried that you might be taken in by the potential Star Warsiness. No. I'm the wooden toothbrush guy. I know, Brady, but still some of them do look very much like a little lightsaber, which I also think is very much on purpose. Heavy, you don't know me. I like Star Wars, but I like my old school, the old watch. You're the Apple Watch guy. You're the one who I thought would be seduced by the vape mod with all your smart smoking devices. Yeah, no. I'm definitely not. There is something about it where it still does catch me off guard and that my brain does not expect it. It feels very much like living in the future when I see someone use one of those things. The reaction that I have is not like, oh, this is the cool future. There's something about vaping that strikes me as the dystopian future where I can't help but think of the little vaping devices as this is addiction technologically distilled. We've removed having to grow tobacco plants in North Carolina and refine them and turn them into cigarettes. It's like, oh, no. Now we just have this little machine that is just a drug injection machine. It comes with some fancy bobbles and some things that you can customize and these other tricks that humans are suckers for, like the routine of it, but they feel to me like addiction devices distilled. All of the periphery is completely removed. But they haven't distilled it. They've made it more cumbersome and silly. It's like you've managed to quit drinking but your punishment is you have to wear a clown nose and a green wig for the rest of your life. If you're going to quit the thing, don't replace it. I don't understand the health side of it very well and I know it's also debated. Like something. It doesn't seem as a saving lives or this just a people just dying of something else now with this new, I don't know. I know it's debatable about the merits of them but it's certainly going into pubs as much as I said now you haven't got cigarettes in pubs but I don't know. Does vapes, if you hang out with vapes, does it like get in all your clothes like cigarette smoke used to? It's quite coming home from nightclubs and all my clothes smelling a cigarette smock but I don't know what, if all my friends were vapes, vapes, I don't know what my clothes would smell like. I don't know anyone who vapes by the way. I haven't got a single friend or anyone I know who does it. That's interesting because I would say it's the same thing for me. I know and have friends who smoke. I don't have no single person who's transitioned to the V lifestyle. The thing that you just mentioned there is actually an interesting connection to what made me think about this for today which is I lived in London before the smoke ban came in and at least from my experience. As an introverted person who doesn't like to go to clubs anyway and pubs, it's much better now that there's not smoking in them. In public areas it's better to not have smoking but I'm still like if you want to smoke in your own life that's perfectly fine. What I think is interesting is it just happened a couple days ago but San Francisco has apparently passed a ban on e-cigarettes just entirely within the city. They're banning the sale and use of e-cigarettes just completely within San Francisco. Even for me as somebody who doesn't like vaping, I feel like that's too far. I wouldn't go that far but I certainly wouldn't mind a ban on e-cigarettes in any enclosed areas. I feel like right now there isn't an official ban but lots of places like airplanes and restaurants are saying no cigarettes are e-cigarettes which feels like the right way. But I feel like an old man yelling at a cloud somehow complaining about these things. I'm going to get it but Reddit's going to get crazy as well when people telling us why they're good and why they're bad and good time to be off Reddit. I think I'm not going to miss the conversation about this one but they are incredibly obnoxious on the street and you're wrong to like the smell of strawberry spray. I do sometimes like a little weird thing. No, I think you look ridiculous. It's sickly because it's strawberries that have been inside someone else's lungs. You don't want to smell that. Well, not again. We put it that way. Everything's been inside someone else's lungs. The air you breathe was inside someone else's lungs probably a minute ago. Look, in order to get through life we have to disassociate some things and that's one of those things.

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