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!


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Productivity tools, life online, and trumpet talk with Todd

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Rob has a long chat with another good old friend from Band Camp. Todd currently lives and teaches music in New York City. He also studied trumpet, so we occasionally veer into the weeds to learn some interesting (to Rob) facts about trumpets.

If that’s not your thing, don’t despair, we also hit on a few productivity apps and methods that Todd has experience with, talk about similarities between education and tech jobs, and of course get a bit philosophical along the way.

All the external audio is sourced from youtube which you can view on our website or (if I did this right), hit the links in the notes below.

How brass instruments work from TedEd [youtube]
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major by Franz Joseph Haydn [youtube]
Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury by Benjamin Britten [youtube]

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