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Herman & Jason Spin the Yarn

Herman & Jason Spin the Yarn

By Herman & Jason
Ever wondered why the world works the way it does?

So do we - all the time!

We don't have the answers but we do have an endless supply of deep curiosity. Listen in as we shoot the shit and pull at the threads and levers of interesting topics on whatever we fancy - all over cups of steaming coffee.
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#28 Buying vs Renting in 2022
Apologies for the poor sound quality in this episode Should you rent or buy a house, and what are the pros and cons of both? In this episode we discuss: Internet in Thailand The economics of renting and buying The personal aspect of renting and buying Personal non-negotiable requirements when it comes to our living spaces How we aren't financial advisors ๐Ÿ›–๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿข If you want to leave us feedback, feel free to use the box in the episode page on Spotify! We're eager to hear what you think!
June 20, 2022
We've hit peak agriculture, what happens now?
In this episode we talk about agriculture and the impact of meat production on our worlds natural resources. We also discuss some potential alternatives and whether indoor farming has what it takes to satiate our global need for protein and high quality food. Outline (0:00) Intros and updates on travels. (2:34) Roll in the episode. (4:15) Herman introduces the topic of Peak Agriculture. (8:00) Jason introduces the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they relate to Peak Agriculture. (9:30) Factory farming and the challenges of meat production. (11:15) Link between alleviation of poverty, economic growth and the agricultural challenges. (13:00) Alternatives for meats in Indonesia. (14:08) Differences between developed vs developing economies. (15:10) How do you even measure something like peak agriculture? (15:45) Impact on bio-diversity globally & rain forests. (17:05) Declining reproduction rates might give some alleviation alongside agricultural efficiencies. (19:15) What are the solutions? (21:35) Herman has some opinions on alternative meats. (26:10) Croplands, mono-crops and specifically indoor farming. Resources Trains coming to South Africa: Article on Peak Agriculture: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - South Africa: UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
June 06, 2022
Can South Africa build better railways?
How does a country build or retrofit a rail, and why are trains so awesome? In this episode we talk about: - The importance of interconnected cities - Self-driving vehicles - Why trains work well - What it would take to build an interconnected South Africa ๐Ÿš„๐Ÿšƒ๐Ÿš‚
May 20, 2022
Can we turn poop into coal?
What is hydrothermal carbonization and is it everything we need for a sustainable future? In this episode we talk about: - The scooters in Bali town - Electrification of said scooters - Waste management - Turning waste into energy - Turning waste into building material (and the carbon sequestration of said waste) - Some other interesting things ๐Ÿ›ต๐Ÿ’ฉโšก๏ธ
May 13, 2022
A light chat about life & capitalism
In this episode we have a little off-the-cuff conversation about life and socialism: Start a bit about coffee of course.ย  Herman has an new article!ย  Motorcycle adventures and geeking on bikes leading into self sufficiency.ย  Philosophical aspects of riding and being reliant on yourself in the middle of nowhere.ย  Herman has tattoo sleeves on for some reason.ย  Venturing beyond and connecting with nature. Preparing and being ready for challenges.ย  Basis of stress and how to cope with things.ย  A little career advice and some bank bashing.ย  Giving back into the tech community. How to be successful in tech and how to set people up for success.ย  Core of value creation & the importance of education.ย  Bootstrapping nations to prosperity.ย  Gig economy discussion starts with spotlight on Uber Jason has a slightly dubious challenges :/ on some capitalistic dynamics.ย  Private companies building neighborhoods!
April 22, 2022
Is energy efficient housing possible?
How can we make residential housing greener and cleaner? In this episode we talk about: - New architectural practices - Energy efficiency of old buildings - Passive homes - Retrofitting old homes to be more energy efficient - A bunch of other wank ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ”ฅ
April 08, 2022
The Airbnb Duality
Is Airbnb good or bad for a city? In this episode we talk about: - How Airbnb makes travel easier - The difference between intention and economic effect - The economics of a tourist destination - Gentrification - Bad Airbnb experiences - Our experiences both running and living in Airbnbs ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿข Detailed Show Notes (0:00) Preamble (2:30) Intro to Airbnb and the topic (3:10) Cleaning fees are ridiculous! (4:45) The Seller Experience (8:00) Benefits and economics & challenges (11:40) Seasonality of the trade (13:00) False hopes, trickery & exploitation (14:45) Short term vs long term impact (15:55) A fringe income stream to finance other purchases (17:20) Externalities and knock-on effects (18:20) Investing and how the pandemic impacted those investors (20:14) How does city culture get impacted? Does it cause gentrification? (22:17) Urbanization, wealth migration and the forces that interact with tourism (23:47) Changes in Bo-kaap (25:31) Movement dynamics in and out of cities and the future directions for Airbnb (27:02) Infrastructure considerations for distributed living, impacts on neighborhoods, towns and sense-of-place. (31:13) Tourism during the pandemic and before, skiing season (33:10) What oversight do we need for Airbnb? Herman has some thoughts (35:04) Jason has some thoughts, income and wealth inequality. (37:35) Distributing new apartments to locals, effect for service economy, what it's like in Aspen.
April 04, 2022
The most valuable areas of Cape Town
In our travels through the internet we've managed to find an interesting video show how you can map the economic prosperity of a city and show the areas that have the highest and lowet ROIs. We dive into this and see how it would apply to Cape Town and what it might mean to have no bicycles on the promenade - oh no!! In this episode!! Jason walks in Edinburgh (1:30) It starts (2:29) mapping a city and overlaying the ROI (2:50) convenience of different areas and highly dense areas (5:45) the power houses of the city (7:20) South African context (9:10) another source of prosperity (11:00) thinking on the US commute (12:15) stress response of commutes (13:50) the anonymity of traffic (15:45) trouble on the Sea Point promenade (17:35) there might be a middle ground (22:00) but Herman disagrees (24:35) back to the original topic (26:20) highest revenue areas of Cape Town (28:00) what about Vredehoek (32:00) economies of scale (33:45) city kids have all the fun (35:30) nailed the topic - kinda (38:00).
March 22, 2022
The future (and present) of transport
What is the best way to move people around cities quickly, cheaply, and energy efficiently? In this episode we talk about: Where is local transport done well? Small things that could be done to improve city transport infrastructure How weird electric Land Rovers sound Why Elon Musk doesn't understand transport How plazas increase thoroughfare and quality of life ๐Ÿšฒ๐ŸšŸ๐ŸšŒ Details & Tags (1:30) The perils of developing for Safari. (1:40) About trust... (3:30) Overview of the episode. (4:00) It begins! (05:12) The worst types of transport. (7:29) Herman goes on a tangent about electric 4x4s. (8:50) Hypothetical question: Jason is now in-charge of transport for Cape Town! (11:01) Herman's bicycle gets stolen ๐Ÿ˜” (12:08) What would we do to improve transport in Cape Town: 3 things. (14:00) Cycling in Woodstock vs the rest of the world - and the humble plaza! (16:00) Long street gets an open street experiment. (17:00) Getting into the city - where to park? (19:00) The most beautiful ride in the world๐Ÿš‰ ! (19:58) Rail in Africa needs changes and the secret railway! (21:55) Trains might get an upgrade in future. (23:20) The free market in transportation. (24:45) Herman's problem with Elon Musk! (25:55) Is more technology the solution? (27:45) Jason has a go at deliveries in the UK! (30:00) No food ordering in Feb goes well! (31:45) Rejoining the transportation conversation. (32:30) About the everything store. (34:00) Problems with the tube. (35:45) London cabs are good. (38:45) The ultimate solution to it all.
March 02, 2022
Can democracy get any better?
What are alternate forms of governance, and can democracies be improved? In this episode we talk about: The evolution of government Different power structures The benefits of a democratic system Problems with democracies in general and how they could be solved Hypothetical forms of government Note: This is not about current politics, but instead an exploration of the overarching concept of politics. Overview and Tags: (1:12) Why do we have governance at all? (6:10) The part of religion in state formation. (9:02) On representative democracies. (10:50) Is Swiss direct democracy better? (14:36) Devolution to two party systems. (16:00) What about Singapore? (19:55) Major problems with democracies? (21:15) Herman hears a parade. (23:50) Treatments for broken democracies. (28:04) Better democratic selection processes. (32:33) Herman's favorite theoretical governmental system. (35:37) What can you do now?
February 12, 2022
What if the wind never stopped?
Cape Town is known ย as the Windy City to some (as a lot of cities with a decent amount of wind are). In this episode we discuss what it would be like if the wind started up one day around the globe, and never stopped. How does this affect our leisure? How does this affect our energy production and society? Find out with us.
January 28, 2022
Our infinite energy future
A new year! A new season! We're switching things up, focusing in & improving on what we learned from our podcast in 2021.ย  In this season Herman & Jason talk about what life would be like if energy wasn't an issue. Could we have electric planes that could fly us around the world... what would the timelines be for that?. Would oil & coal become a thing of the past?! What would be the social and economic effects of such a technological (or magical) breakthrough?ย  We discuss it all & more over a cup of old brown coffee! We'd love to hear your feedback:
January 21, 2022
Reflections on 2021
We go over the past 12 months and reflect on some of the things we've learned so far. We dial into our favorite topics and what drives the conversations we have and then we make some exciting plans for 2022 including a change in format!
December 13, 2021
Thinking on Mushrooms
In this exciting episode we take a plunge into the wonderful world of mushrooms. Bring up some interesting factoids about these strange creature-plants; psychedelics (both the good and the bad); and then ramble about some of the side-effects and what could have been if the shroom was given a fair chance.
December 01, 2021
Cultural icons of nautical history! Today we talk about famous pirates of old and their life at sea.
November 13, 2021
Are plastics good or bad?
With the prevalence of plastic in industry and our every day life, they've gotten a bad rap. In this episode we discuss how plastics shaped the modern world, the issues that we have today because of them, and what the plastics of tomorrow look like.
October 29, 2021
Oh, the life of a sailor
What makes sailing so romantic? This episode we take a voyage from the past, to the (potential) future of sailing. We talk about pirates and diesel engines and the names of certain configurations of sail, as well as a bit of a meander into the life of a salty sea dog.
October 16, 2021
How to generate safe, clean energy?
Nuclear is the future! Or is it? There are many aspects that need to be considered. For those who have it - power is a great enabler and is essential for economic stability. For those developing countries who don't - there needs to be drastic technological developments to even catch-up. We discuss the good and bad about energy generation; it's impact on the environment; and the effect of allowing nuclear proliferation in these unstable times.
October 01, 2021
How to think about UBI in South Africa
The idea of UBI has started to permeate society and promises a more efficient way of distributing capital to those who need it most.ย  Unfortunately those benefits don't come for free. In today's episode we discuss some of the pros and cons from the perspective of two dudes from Cape Town.
September 17, 2021
Why we sleep
Why do we sleep; and how can we consistently get a good night's sleep?ย  In this episode we explore how to cultivate better sleep hygiene, what affects our sleep triggers, and absolutely butcher some biology. Sleep tight!
August 31, 2021
What is minimalism?
Essentialism and minimalism are topics that have made their way into the public zeitgeist recently. In this episode we explore what minimalism is and how it can increase one's life satisfaction while decreasing cognitive load caused by over-consumption.
August 14, 2021
How to create awesome cities
What are some of the things that make a city worth living in? Are there things that could be done better? In this episode we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of being a city-slicker and if there is a hope at all of Cape Town becoming as people-centric as some renown gems like Amsterdam or Boulder.
July 30, 2021
Instant Messaging Shenanigans
We use apps to chat as part of our daily life. WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, the list goes on. What happened to open protocols? Why is email the way it is? How can all of this be improved, and what is the communication vision of the future?
July 15, 2021
Herman gets a Tesla!
Combustion engine cars are still going strong but the future is surely electric. With the potential to clean the city air of both noise and pollution it's inevitable but what are the things that need to be in-place to make that future possible? Batteries, smarter electricity grids & more environmentally friendly ways of generating and storing those electrons - we discuss it all in this episode.
July 03, 2021
Async and remote work, or not?
Whether up in the mountains, or on a beach somewhere nice; remote working has become ubiquitous during the pandemic. Is this good? Is it bad? How can we make sure we work effectively while traveling? Herman and Jason hash it out.
June 18, 2021
Are all ads bad?
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June 04, 2021
Come to Cape Town, we have great WiFi
Cape Town is a great, creative space on the Southern tip of South Africa, boasting mountains, beaches, and is awesome space to start a company. In this episode we're joined by a small moving company and a 1/4 inch drill (making background noise). We discuss what makes Cape Town awesome, what makes it tough, and what needs improvement to turn it into the the global tech hub it deserves to be.
May 21, 2021
Herman & Jason start a podcast!
What an exciting move!! But as with most things in life, this involves a big leap into an uncomfortable new world. These two buddies chat about what it means to start a podcast and some of the other things in their lives that have made them a little uncomfortable. Herman started his own small business; Jason is moving to London & both of them are sitting in a small phone booth somewhere in Cape Town on chairs with exactly the wrong number of legs. Enjoy!
May 07, 2021