Donovan talks about how going through the "old house" and all the crap stored in it really impressed upon him the idea of Entropy.
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Donovan talks about a favorite snack, Cheetos, Georgians (and Americans in general) need to start moving our butts more, there's a new FICO score in town, and Google plays fast and loose with the ads in search.
- It’s not called ‘Cheeto Dust’: Cheetos announces official name for cheesy residue that sticks to snackers’ fingers | FOX 5 Atlanta — While it has commonly been known as “Cheeto Dust” or “Cheeto Fingers,” the Frito-Lay snack brand just confirmed the official name for the accumulation of cheesy finger dust that has always been a inevitable by-product of eating the snack.
- CDC reports inactivity pockets in Georgia | WFXL — The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd Edition recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. However some in the area are falling short.
- FICO 10 Credit Score Changes: Here’s How You Might Be Impacted — Americans who are struggling to pay off their debt could see lower FICO credit scores in their future, especially if they miss payments.
- Google’s ads just look like search results now – The Verge — Last week, Google began rolling out a new look for its search results on desktop, which blurs the line between organic search results and the ads that sit above them
Donovan continues to deal with the aftermath of his mother passing away back in November, and in this episode he continues to talk about what he calls the "Death Industry", and how it's a darker, seeider side of capitalism. In the news, the Y2K bug comes back as the Y2020 bug because programmers are lazy (not all of them, just some of them). Finally, in an attempt to stave off more people dropping their cable packages, Verizon is doing away with contracts for cable TV and Internet services. Smart move, Verizon.
- Death care industry in the United States – Wikipedia — The term Death Care Industry refers to companies and organizations that provide services related to death: funerals, cremation or burial, and memorials. This includes for example funeral homes, coffins, crematoria, cemeteries, and headstones. The death care industry within the U.S. consists mainly of small, family-owned businesses
- A lazy fix 20 years ago means the Y2K bug is taking down computers now | New Scientist — Parking meters, cash registers and a professional wrestling video game have fallen foul of a computer glitch related to the Y2K bug.
- Verizon gets rid of contracts for internet and TV — Verizon is changing how it sells cable and internet by getting rid of annual contracts and letting customers pay by the month for the cable and internet plans they want, the company announced Thursday.
In this episode, a 2019 year end episode turned into more a personal reflection for the guests and the host of what happened to them in 2019 and what they look forward to or planned for in 2020.
Sam talks about how he started using a planner in 2019 as well as how he "themes" his years instead of doing resolutions for each new year. In 2019, this theme was the "Year of Encouragement". In his YOE, he started college, thus becoming a "college kid" (at his age!!!) in his quest to be a Mental Health Counselor.
Discussions happen between Sam and Oliver as Oliver talks about his first attempt at college after high school, and how that didn't actually go all that well; but years later as a non-traditional student, everything just seemed to fall into place for him. He was curious how Sam's experience was. Sam's thoughts were that unless you have a plan that requires college, don't do it.
Shae quips that the other two are making it obvious that he and Donovan need to attend college, but Donovan counters with the fact that his future plans don't require him to have a college degree (i.e. most business owners don't need one).
Somewhere in there, Sam does a damn good Dr. Phill impression, one so good that Donovan asks him to "put it away".
Pivoting to Oliver, he talks about how his college trek ended with him having a Master's Degree which allowed him to make a job change in 2019, one that worked well for him. Also in 2019, Oliver had surgery for a deviated septum, which sounds bad, then doesn't sound bad, but actually is pretty bad.
Shae sidetracks the conversation by asking Donovan if he remembers Roses in the Tifton Mall; Donovan does remember and even reminisces about the good old days when his Mom traveled from Fitzgerald to Tifton to visit the mall, Kmart, and other places.
Sam and Shae briefly talk about their monthly podcast they do together, and Donovan and Oliver talk about the beer that Oliver had gifted to Donovan for his 49th birthday, which he finally received via Shae right before his 50th birthday this year (i.e. January 2020).
Oliver attempted to get the podcast back on track by discussing the issues he had with one of his crowns in 2019, when it broke and how he's now going to have an implant done.
The sidetracking never ends, though, as Shae and Oliver start talking about places to eat in Columbus (specifically Shae mentions how he loves a Doughnut Burger).
She talks about how in 2019, he loved the experiences he had with his Oculus Quest. Donovan says he's concerned about VR experiences because he has had motion sickness playing Minecraft. Sam talks about how there's a Doctor Who VR experience that he wants to try.
Shae tries to clarify that the beer Oliver gifted to Donovan was supposed to be for Donovan's 49th birthday but by the time he actually got it to him, it was late December 2019, just in time for Donovan's 50th birthday in January.
Somewhere along the line, the sidetracking never ended as DefCon is brought up, where Shae thought it had ended but Donovan clarified by the official website it was scheduled through 2022.
Oliver said he started using Fountain Pens in 2019 and loved the idea of taking notes on paper; Sam actually got a cell phone in 2019, and a new audio recorder with some cool features that only content creators would probably appreciate.
Donovan said he upgraded his wife's Samsung S5 to a new Pixel 3a.
Donovan's biggest positive for 2019 was getting another business client under contract that doubled his revenue; the negative was that his mother passed away in November.
Sam finally tries to rescue the podcast by talking about his theme for the year of 2020 — "The Year of Settling" but it's not what you think; he mentions some things he didn't mention before that happened in 2019 — (a) his car was crashed into by another person and (b) his living space was destroyed by another driver; in 2020, he's getting a new place to live!!!
Oliver talks about his plans to take 3 weeks in March/April to attend a bicycle mechanic course in Oregon, and to read more books.
Donovan wraps up the show by talking about how he hopes to be able to finish up his Mom's estate, and a new project he and a co-host are working on in the way of a new daily online radio show.
Oh yeah, Donovan turns 50 on 1/4/2020!!!!
During the show, Oliver mentioned their dog, Molly, that they had to put down due to cancer. Here's a picture he shared with the group.
Special Guests: Oliver Banta, Samuel Lewis, and Shae Jones.
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