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Sunday Hangout: smart homes and future interviews

Alex and Rob catch up on a lazy Sunday. We talk about some lesser-known smart home tools, and Alex wants to plan a post-marriage bachelor party!

Thinking about future topics, we explore some ideas together but would love to hear what you think! More music, philosophy, science?

Rob wants to talk more about Nils Frahm, a contemporary composer that does interesting and beautiful things with synthesizer and acoustic piano alike!

Listen on Idagio: https://app.idagio.com/profiles/nils-frahm/albums


As usual, follow/tweet at us via @SorryTopic!
Chat with us in the Telegram group. // Wait, what’s telegram?

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Rob got a VR headset, or: Podcasting in SPACE

Alex and Rob are joined by special guest, Patrick, a full-time astronomy nerd who actually works at a planetarium!

Alex wanted to try something different and record this episode during our most recent Elite:Dangerous play session, since we’re hanging out on Discord as it is.

Inevitably, we end up talking a lot about the game, giving some more backstory in case you’re not familiar with it yet. Rob also got an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, and Alex bought a lawn mower because he’s a an adult home owner.


P.S. If you’re interested in screenshots and details of our journey to the center of the galaxy, you can check out our game blog here: elite.robrogan.com.

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Josh is BACK to talk about Apple and Birds, of course

Wow, it has been nearly a year since our co-host Josh actually joined the podcast!

Josh realizes how much he doesn’t even know what he looks like when trying to create an avatar with the Stereo app. Then he talks way too much about the AirPods Max he just got, and explains why a cockatiel he found caused him to miss a year of podcasting.

Then Josh and Rob get into a discussion about mental health, ADHD, and how difficult those things can make it to keep things organized correctly in their lives.


This episode was live-streamed on Stereo! We’ll let people know on our Twitter and Telegram shortly before we start, so come tune in next week if you want to hear it live or even send in an audio clip to be featured on the show.

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Maybe leaders are like teachers

Alex and Rob get together after a six month hiatus!

We touch on suburban life, changing careers, job interviews, and viewing skills in another way. Maybe being a leader is actually similar to being a teacher.

This episode was live-streamed on Stereo! We’ll let people know on our Twitter and Telegram shortly before we start, so come tune in next week if you want to hear it live or even send in an audio clip to be featured on the show.

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A note from Rob

Just a short hello, thank you, and update from Rob.

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Catching up with Castaneda

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a new episode here. A lot has been going on!

In this episode, we’re easing back into it with just a casual catch-up chat with Chris Castaneda. Sorry his microphone isn’t so great. He promises higher quality next time around 😉

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Sunday Hangout: Chiropractors, digital pianos

We tried and failed to do a live stream of this episode! Hopefully next time around Rob will have it figured out. When he does, the first broadcast will be here: twitch.tv/robrogan

In this episode, Rob and Alex take a while to hit their podcasting stride again but we hear about Alex’s honeymoon around Lake Michigan, a visit to the chiropractor, some different types of massage that we manage to tie in with mindfulness of course, and lastly, Rob bought a NEW PIANO (it’s very exciting).

As always, say hello or ask a question on Twitter: @sorrytopic

If you want the full song from the end of the episode, here it is:

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Rambling about work with Mike

We’re off this week, so here’s some B-roll of my recent conversation with Mike Rapin. Before we got into our chat about Video Games + Roll Playing we blew off some steam about work. Mostly complaining, but kind of interesting to hear about common problems in tech work. Hopefully it can be interesting to a broader audience too.

By the way, for other episodes featuring Mike, you can browse the Mike tag here.

Find Mike on the internet most likely under “mikerapin” and I’m easily found with “robrogan.” As usual, follow/tweet at us via @SorryTopic!

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Video games + Role playing games

This is a pretty specific episode, so feel free to skip it if RPGs and video games aren’t your thing.

Alex and Rob have been thinking about playing Elite Dangerous (that space game we’ve mentioned several times) but with a role-playing twist where we stay in character and make decisions in the game based on our character’s motivation. We’re a little stuck on how to turn this very “blank canvas” type of online game into a role playing game however. So, we’ve called in the expert, none other than… Mike Rapin! Mike will also be joining our group in the game. Maybe we’ll document some more about how figure this out together… maybe a totally new podcast just for the game.

By the way, for other episodes featuring Mike, you can browse the Mike tag here.

Find Mike on the internet most likely under “mikerapin” and I’m easily found with “robrogan.” As usual, follow/tweet at us via @SorryTopic!

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Sunday Hangout: COVID teaching and Universal media services

Ahhh – back to the old hangout. This episode is full of big life updates from both Rob and Alex. I’ll let you listen to find out what’s new.

We do touch on being a teacher and going back to school right now, as Alex has to prepare for the school year.

Rob has a rant about the increasingly fractured “media landscape.” In other words, all the different streaming services for TV were almost the first wave and now we have so many exclusive platforms for podcasts. It’s great that podcasts are getting more popular, but what this means for the medium as a whole is that your reach gets smaller. You can’t just publish once and be discovered by everyone. It’s going to depend what app you’re part of in the coming future.

Lastly, we also talk a bit about music and quarantine. Even with social distancing, things like a concert will be very hard to pull off. What does it mean to stream a performance instead of being there?