Swedish rock, Spotify, & siri shortcuts

Rob chats with a friend and old co-worker, Chris Castaneda. You can hear his whole backstory in an episode of Letters, which will be featured on Sorry to get back on topic very soon. Until then, here’s the site for the Letters episode.*

In this episode we talk about design jobs for a bit, but don’t worry, we also get into our changing music preferences, making music as a hobby, and reminiscing about the old Spotify app. 

Chris uses Alexa to help him record covers of Swedish rock, which got us talking about smart home devices, and some pro-user features of iOS like Apple Shortcuts. Rob might have been a little too honest in automating his marriage 😛 

*After talking to Spotify last week, we learned that they don’t support html links in show descriptions. You have to type out the actual URL, like this http://letters.robrogan.com for it to be clickable on Spotify. In general, I think Spotify is trash for podcasts, but I try to make our show available on any platform. On the bright side, I think we get zero listens from that platform, so you should be good to go with Apple or Overcast or whatever you like.

China, Coronavirus, Communism?

Alex Monroe is back!

We mostly catch up about his recent vacation in China, which of course brings up talk about the Coronavirus hype.


Wanna get in touch?

Tweet the show @sorrytopic, or at Rob and Josh.

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BONUS – Letters: Introduction

Here’s a reprisal of Rob’s old podcast project, Letters. It’s a different format than most, as this introduction explains.

We’ll include more episodes in this feed, but if you’re eager to continue listening, you can find it in your podcast app searching for “Letters” or going to this site.

Are you an expert yet?

Alternate title: Popcorn, Disney, and a Tesla ride

Josh and Rob catch up after the holidays!

Rob got an Artiphon Instrument 1 for Christmas and looooves it.

We talked about those refillable popcorn buckets from AMC Classic, Josh and his wife’s Disney ANNUAL passes, (sometimes) boring museum visits, his Lyft ride in a Tesla that sparked a newfound obsession.

Rob brings up his financial anxiety and obsessive budgeting. (Check out Simple, the bank we both use, and/or YNAB a handy budgeting app).

Per the provocative title (how do you like it?), Rob asks if at this point in life Josh feels like he’s an “expert” in what he does. Something about the age we’re at now, it feels like we should have expertise in something.

Lastly, you can get the latest reaction ever to Star Wars episode 9. No real spoilers, if you haven’t seen it, just generalized thoughts.

Gifting, guzhengs, & pocket calculators

Well, this “Christmas” episode is already way outdated so we’ll get right to it. Enjoy!

Miss the show notes? Let us know you’re reading 🙂


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Bananas, business, and other b…

Josh and Rob catch up, originally to talk about his NEW Air Pods Pro… but we immediately got off topic. You can hear about Air Pods in the next episode coming soon.

In this episode we talk about Banana milk, other milks, and bananas going extinct!

Then Rob talks about different tastes in podcasts, a call for submissions, and interesting stuff he learns from shows like Pivot, and Escaping NXIVM.

We touch on news, and being overwhelmed. Rob recommends an different type of news site, The Correspondent.


Quick! What app are you using right now?

We don’t care too much about stats, but when check them it says a few use Apple Podcasts, a few use Overcast, and then the vast majority use “other.” Curiosity is killing us, so let us know what podcast app do you use?

Bonus points: what do you like about the app?

Wanna get in touch?

Tweet the show @sorrytopic, or at Rob and Josh.

Feel free to jump into our open Telegram chat for updates and chit-chat about the show.

Don’t use Twitter, don’t want to download Telegram? Tell us what you use. Should we get an email?

Nick Nelson, Part 2 – lots more gaming

In this episode we pick up right where we left off. Probably best to start with the other Nick Nelson episode (before this) and go back to back 🙂

Music for this episode was recorded in the New York City subway.


SPOTIFY LISTENERS: we just realized Spotify doesn’t support links in podcast notes. They usually aren’t important, but if you ever want to go into more detail, try the podcast with a different app or visit our site (joshandrob.com).

One more thing… if you hear any advertising while listening to this podcast (on Spotify, or elsewhere) please let us know. Advertising is terrible and should not exist. You shouldn’t have to listen to any injected ads just to be able to hang out with us.


Thanks for listening!

It would be cool if you give us a friendly rating on Apple Podcasts, or rate/favorite the episode in the app you’re using right now.

Wanna get in touch?

Tweet the show @sorrytopic, or at Rob @robrogan. Nick is @NickNelson or @BeerCityBG

Feel free to jump into our open Telegram chat for updates and chit-chat about the show.

Nick Nelson – Cities, Camping, and game conventions

Rob drove to Michigan for Mike Rapin‘s wedding and stayed the night with the ORIGINAL podcast host, Nick Nelson. Fun fact: not only is he Rob’s oldest friend, but he started podcasting with Rob back in 2007!

This conversation is loose and casual as most episodes are, but once we warm up we hit on some interesting topics such as ancient cities, big cities, and summer vacation.

If you hear any funky echoes, that’s because this was recorded in person. I fixed most of it, but hey don’t expect too much from me.


Music for this episode was recorded in the New York City subway.

Referenced talk about the origin of cities comes from the highly recommended Long Now Seminars: Cities: The first 6,000 years by Monica L. Smith. Go listen/watch!


Thanks for listening!

It would be cool if you give us a friendly rating on Apple Podcasts, or rate/favorite the episode in the app you’re using right now.

Wanna get in touch?

Tweet the show @sorrytopic, or at Rob @robrogan. Nick is @NickNelson or @BeerCityBG

Feel free to jump in our open Telegram chat.

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Updates

Call for submissions!

Want to be on the show? Don’t really care, but you have a microphone on your phone? Send us an audio clip!

For a special December episode, we want to know: why do you listen to podcasts?

Of course we love your podcast recommendations, but what we’re interested in is a bit of introspection – what do you get out of podcasts and what do you look for in new ones?

  • Less than 3 minutes 
  • *.WAV or *.AAC
  • *.mp3 is fine if you can’t choose a different format
  • Message us a link to download it – Twitter DM, Telegram, anyhow you want
  • If none of the above works, let us know
  • Before November 15

Just like discussing the music or books you like, this is another way to see how people think differently even when we all share what we think is still a bit of a niche.

Submissions close by November 15 so I have time to edit all this stuff.

Thanks!

BONUS: Josh gets the Apple Card, it’s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Josh takes a minute to give his take on the Apple Card and some first impressions.