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Chris Castaneda – Sorry to get back on topic

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 😉


BONUS – Letters #1 Work

Dear Listener,

My hope for this series is that each episode builds as an iteration on those previous. Depending on your impression (and my patience for editing) this episode may or may not become the standard for the podcast.

In this episode, you have a compilation of three letters received in response to my questions:

  • What do you do, and why?
  • What does Work mean to you?

I have listened to each letter dozens of times while editing, and found a lot of joy in their unique perspectives (honestly, not trying to sound pedantic). I was afraid however, that no one wants to listen to three, long (~10 minute) monologues in a row, which led me to an interesting task of finding similarities and stringing these three responses together.

For anyone who prefers to hear each letter in full, please look for “Episode 01B” which includes Chris, Habiba, and Josh, without interruption.

All the best,

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 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.