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We Should Be Working

We Should Be Working

By Jace and Critter
Two guys talking about work culture, programming, teams, life, people, and whatever else comes to mind, instead of getting work done.
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#2: The mantras we live by

We Should Be Working

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We Should Be Working

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#52: Jace is probably a sociopath
Critter feels guilty when he makes people feel sad, but Jace is a sociopath so he's not too worried about that. Jace ripped a door-curtain-thing off that his mom worked on for him, because he's a sociopath. Critter fakes excitement for even the most terrible of gifts, but when Jace (a sociopath) was younger, he threw wrapped presents back at the people who gave them to him. But at least we can all agree that surprise parties are the worst. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
56:28
September 15, 2021
#51: What do you mean you have no pronoun preference? (with Erik Summerfield)
Erik Summerfield's been on here before (#3, #24). This time, after he was super late and unprofessional, he joined us to talk about how we choose to identify ourselves vs. how other people identify us. Erik has no pronoun preference, and the implications of that are fascinating. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:10:27
September 13, 2021
#50: Let me tell you about Amazing Marvin
- Critter's life is changed from creating a list of stressful things and blocking time for Slack. - Jace is bored by both of those things, and whines about it like a stupid baby. - Critter is sheltered from always living in the same place his whole life. - Jace thinks strong women are awesome. - They both think social networks are dangerous because losing touch with people is actually healthy. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:01:45
September 8, 2021
#49: That's not an undercut
Critter struggles with detaching his emotions from results, Jace struggles with detaching his emotions from his bad, and they both rant about how schools only teach the skills they don't mean to teach. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
59:17
September 6, 2021
#48: You need a different marshmallow (with Nadia Saleh)
Nadia is a UX Designer and a prolific 3D printer enthusiast. We chatted about the day to day tasks of UX and IA work, how hard it is to assume best intent, finding other rewards for bad days besides being grumpy, and all our favorite childhood treats. LINK AS PROMISED TO USERINYERFACE: https://userinyerface.com/game.html Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
53:49
August 30, 2021
#47: Drugs, etc.
All over the place with this one: psychadelics, rebel leadership, arbitrary deadlines, authority figures at school vs. work, clients as problems, and shortcutting the "getting comfortable" process for new hires so that they can get right to the good stuff. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:00:22
August 25, 2021
#46: Blockchain makes sense now (with Brian Aznar)
Brian is an Engineering Leader currently at 21Shares, formerly VPE at Voice.com and Senior DoE at Major League Soccer (which is where he was lucky enough to work with Jace and Critter). He's kind of a big deal. We chatted about scaling an engineering team through a hypergrowth period, finding purpose in your work, and what the heck blockchain even is.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
52:12
August 23, 2021
#45: Two trees growing together (with surprise guest Jace's mom!)
Jace's mom happened to be hanging out in his house when we recorded so Critter gave her a half hour minute impromptu interview. She had some A+ insight on the resiliency of nature, the importance of social media, the harm of coddling, and a bunch of other stuff. After she left, we chatted about processing things by writing them out and whether or not personality types are valuable. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
57:40
August 18, 2021
#44: Manufactured bureaucratic chaos (with Terry Stephenson)
Terry is a family man, a Managing Director at Phase2 Technology, and an overall okay dude. We chatted about dealing with nerves before public speaking/presentations, scheduling your friendships, companies that have it together vs. companies that don't, and teachable skills vs. ingrained talents (thanks for having my back on this one Terry). Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
58:36
August 16, 2021
#43: Critter's tinier violin
After a discussion about mental resets and the urge to always be productive, Critter whines for a long time about how work is stressful. Womp womp. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
57:09
August 11, 2021
#42: That rat race tho (with Lauren Burroughs)
Lauren is a Solutions Architect at Contentful who has had the misfortune of being Jace's former manager. We talked about moving on from coding, creating goals vs. habits, why clients are or aren't the worst, and lots more.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
56:23
August 9, 2021
#41: Eighteen pounds of chicken
Jace has decided to go full caveman and eat only chicken, rice, and broccoli. Critter talks about coming back from vacation and the related stress imbalance. And finally, Critter picks Jace's brain about about Magic: The Gathering for the last 20 minutes.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
59:38
August 4, 2021
#40: Bless your heart (with Critter's wife Nancy)
Nancy is a mom of four boys and she's way too good for Critter. This episode is mostly giggling and inside jokes, plus Jace probing for embarrassing Critter stories. Also, the audio sucks at some points due to putting two people on one mic. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:18:50
August 2, 2021
#39: Brag books are hard
We try to figure out what to put in our brag books, which is tough, because what are we even good at? Also, Critter questions the value in self evaluations and Jace keeps stubbing his toe because wearing shoes inside is disrespectful. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
55:29
July 26, 2021
#38: Good and bad work politics (with Alex Reece)
Alex Reece is a friend and manager at Streamlit (https://streamlit.io/). He joins us to talk about work politics and how much someone in the IC career path has to care about either of them. We also got into the path people take into management vs. staying in engineering forever, and Critter takes every opportunity to whine about imposter syndrome along the way. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
50:36
July 19, 2021
#37: Naming our inner critics
Critter tries to think of a funny name for the bully inside his head, Jace did stupid stuff with fireworks when he was a kid, and we both argue about whether we should prep for our guests, because that's a conversation that our listeners definitely care about.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:03:04
July 14, 2021
#36: Groundhog Day scenarios, becoming trans, and career end games (with Clove)
Clove is a nerdy, trans, blue-haired product manager who has worked with both of us dinguses in the past. They joined us to talk to us about coming out as trans, gotchas with QA teams, where we want our careers to go long term, and other stuffs. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:02:30
July 12, 2021
#35: Failing fast is hard with slow things
Critter whines about how apparently exposure therapy doesn't work with public speaking, and being a tech lead has made Jace anxious due to his annoying trust issues.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
58:18
July 5, 2021
#34: Winning at the wrong things
We're not losing, we're just winning at things we don't realize we're aiming for. Plus: what are our love langauges, and why is the average birthday present so terrible? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:00:31
June 30, 2021
#33: Caring too much and not enough (with Mark Boyd)
Mark Boyd is a Cloud Engineer at Development Seed with a long and storied history of ruthlessly berating Critter.  Titling this episode was tough because we talked about a lot of stuff. Topics include: what is a tech lead, can talents be taught, how and when to assume best intent in the dumb crap people do, hero culture, multipliers vs. diminishers, and finding the right spot for people instead of firing them. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:09:45
June 28, 2021
#32: Jace is tech lead, all hope is lost
Jace feels uncomfortable with being a tech lead and whines about it. Critter gets uppity that anyone would think anything is more important than fixing Scrum process. All that PLUS an argument about the difference between a cupcake and a tiny cake! Wow! Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
59:30
June 23, 2021
#31: That new job feeling (with Mike Wight)
Mike Wight is a project manager at Goldbelly and a top shelf human being. After trying to figure out what cultural appropriation means and whether salsa dancing is problematic, we talked about his first couple months at his new gig and what it's like to work at a product company vs. an agency. Then we got into nature vs. nurture and skills vs. talents, and things got confusing and aggressive. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:11:09
June 21, 2021
#30: The great "is everything teachable?" shouting match
Critter and Jace yell at each other about whether or not talents are teachable. Jace yells that everything can be learned and taught. Critter yells that people should grow the talents they have instead of trying to cram in talents they don't have. Lots of yelling.  Also a fun little discussion at the beginning about "breadcrumbing" people, i.e., leading them along without ever turning it into a real relationship. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
57:11
June 16, 2021
#29: Running for fun and torture (with Frank Febbraro)
Frank is the CTO of Phase2 Technology, an ultra runner, and a family man. He joins us to chat about the pain of running a really long way, punishing yourself to teach yourself to appreciate the highs of live, what the "tech lead" role actually means, and how to get people to use and read docs instead of immediately asking questions in Slack. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
59:37
June 14, 2021
#28: Thanos shipped the proof of concept (with Jake Love)
Jake is a musician, a software engineer (Solutions Engineer at Knapsack), and a super lovable dude. We chatted about being the only person alive when the aliens land, what Thanos could have improved about his development process, and whether or not Jake performs music shirtless. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
52:26
June 9, 2021
#27: But mooooom, I don't wanna do my best!
Critter finally understands what mindfulness means. Jace is trying to be impeccable with his word but talking crap is so much fun. We both whine about how agility is still so hard to find and then talk through the four agreements from the book The Four Agreements. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
58:18
June 7, 2021
#26: The myth of the heads down programmer (with Chris Bloom)
Everyone's best friend Bloom joins us to talk about how developers these days spend so much time doing everything else that development feels like a reward rather than the job itself.  We debate whether Slack or meetings are more harmful to our productivity, and whether being a specialist or a generalist makes it more likely to have both continual career growth and lots of time to write code. Relevant blog post from the the founder of Gumroad about how they launch entire products with zero meetings: https://shl.medium.com/no-meetings-no-deadlines-no-full-time-employees-a8bccd23c766 Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:01:12
June 2, 2021
#25: Bad meeting ice breakers and saving a drowning kid
We rant about bad meeting ice breakers and people who say "wow, quiet crew today!" Then we ponder why we'd pay thousands to save a kid drowning in front of us but not to save a theoretical kid across the world from dying of malaria.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
01:05:60
May 31, 2021
#24: Spreadsheets that should be apps (with Erik Summerfield)
Erik makes a reappearance (he was our first ever guest on episode 3) and successfully does the impossible - he gets Jace and Critter to agree on something. We talked about spreadsheets that should be apps, how to know when technological progress goes too far, and how much one's life experience changes who they are. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
53:42
May 26, 2021
#23: Critter's tiny violin
Critter whines about having too many meetings and not enough work friends. Jace moved around a bunch as a kid and that's part of why he is such a huge butthead as an adult. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
50:37
May 24, 2021
#22: The one where Jace gets super triggered
Jace loses his crap for 20 straight minutes and Critter can't stop laughing. And then Critter stresses out about being a good manager but a bad leader.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
55:40
May 17, 2021
#21: Being the person who doesn't punch back (with Mike Wight)
Our buddy Mike Wight (aka: Mikey Dub) comes to visit on his last day at the agency we all worked at together. After failing hard at putting together a coherent intro, we talk about the time Mike got punched in college and some highs and lows from his past few years. Mike's blog: https://www.wight.ink/ Mike's Instagram with many bird pics: https://www.instagram.com/wightmike/ Mike's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikewight/ --- Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone.
01:00:09
May 10, 2021
#20: Our cringeworthy life moments
Critter still loses sleep over the memory of his pubescent Eleanor Roosevelt impression from 7th grade. Jace is against corporate managers and thinks Critter's job is a joke. They both think the word "expert" should be banned.   Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
56:51
May 3, 2021
#19: The "take me seriously" button
Critter thinks the idea of a manager wearing different hats is hot water trash, Jace wants to float from project to project without ever taking on any responsibility, and we both want a "I'm being serious right now" button so that people know if they can ignore our ramblings or not. Picture of Critter's desk on gather.town: https://i.imgur.com/GDlbDfN.png Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
52:07
April 26, 2021
#18: Playing sports you're bad at and singing in public
Critter runs through a few social anxiety challenges and Jace has no problem with any of them. Jace wants to build a career around never having another meeting. They both want to pay someone to yell insults at them if they aren't productive. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
01:01:12
April 19, 2021
#17: Social anxiety and some other stuff
Another random episode. We eventually made our way to talking about social anxiety, after talking about how long we could keep a job without doing any work and other such nonsense. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
01:01:54
April 12, 2021
#16: The first random show
Jace and Critter chat without a set topic to see if that ends up being a disaster or not. Spoiler: it went okay.  Lots of topics in this one, such as meetings that go on too long, estimates vs. appetites, Critter's 12 week goals, and purposely being uncomfortable. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
51:12
April 7, 2021
#15: Our elevator pitches for ourselves
How do we define ourselves in a few sentences? Jace has a thing for septum piercings and identifies as a Pacific Islander. Critter thinks finding a significant other should be more like job interviews, or vise versa, or something.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
49:21
March 23, 2021
#14: A few tips for a better life
The guys pick a few tips from this fantastic blog post and talk through them: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/7hFeMWC6Y5eaSixbD/100-tips-for-a-better-life Jace reveals that he'd definitely pay well over $100 for ice cream. Critter admits to being a "quarantine rocks!" douchebag in 2020. They both get  excited about the fact that they're dying. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
53:24
March 16, 2021
#13: FOMO vs. FOBI
Critter has convinced himself that he has a fear of being included, but really he's suffering from FOMO just like everyone else.  Jace slowly goes downhill over the course of the episode due to a crippling migraine until he finally leaves with no warning to find a dark room. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
33:07
March 12, 2021
#12: Whining vs. productive complaining
Jace whines over and over about the unsolvable problem of people who whine over and over about unsolvable problems. Critter does some good old fashioned angry ranting about how most teams have bad retros because they're not talking about the real problems.  They both are frustrated at how the threshold between being seen as a productive complainer vs. a whiner is lower for women than men. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
49:59
March 5, 2021
#11: The end of history illusion and other tangents
Jace talks through why he's overhauled his life multiple times. Critter whines about imposter syndrome. They both don't understand how they could possibly grow at the same rate they've been growing. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
54:30
March 1, 2021
#10: Interview from our superfan!
Jace's lifelong BFF Richard joins the guys to pick their brains about stuff from previous episodes. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
01:01:07
February 16, 2021
#9: How do we know if we're successful?
Jace just wants to be jacked and tan and for everyone to leave him alone. Critter finds a way to compare Nazi Germany to the emptiness of achieving goals. They both have dumb, boring uses for a magic wand. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
48:22
February 8, 2021
#8: Death
Jace sees no problem with letting someone fall in love with him even if he only had 10 years to live. Critter would gladly live 500 years if he could keep that bangin' hot bod. For some reason the one thing they agree on is that losing a person you love is similar to losing a job you love. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
51:51
February 2, 2021
#7: Advice sucks. Also: what sentence would we say to the world or ourselves as 10 year olds?
Critter gives the advice that giving advice is bad, and doesn't see the irony in that. Jace presents a short history of himself, most of which Critter never knew about.  Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
45:23
January 29, 2021
#6: What even is friendship?
Jace claims that Critter's best friends are actually just Facebook acquaintances. Critter tries and fails to convince Jace that friendship level is inversely proportional to potential for embarrassment. They both get very confused about many things. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
42:08
January 20, 2021
#5: Imposter syndrome
Critter rambles about the big pile of trash in his garage for some unknown reason. Jace isn't an actual adult, as far as we can tell. We both need therapists still. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
55:41
January 14, 2021
#4: Are our careers our identity?
Jace reveals that he actually does care about something (programming). Critter decides that work is just a proxy for making friends who can't leave him. We both need therapists. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
41:14
January 7, 2021
#3: Bluntness vs. politeness with Erik Summerfield
Our guest today is Erik Summerfield, Critter's former manager and Jace's current coworker.  He joins us to talk about when it's appropriate to be polite vs. blunt, and where honesty and authenticity fit in. We dig into giving feedback in the way that is most likely to be well received and whether to tell someone their hat is ugly.  Also, Jace and Erik team up against Critter which is rude and unfair. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
49:60
December 29, 2020
#2: The mantras we live by
We each name 5 mantras/guidelines that we base our decisions around and dig into them.  Also: Critter goes full therapy mode about his intense need to be liked. Jace doesn't care about much at all. We try and fail to figure out what it means to be successful. Jace says "rainblows" and then denies it. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
46:03
December 22, 2020
#1: What would we do if everyone on Earth disappeared?
How many people do we need on Earth to be satisfied? Whales are mind blowing. Monks are just looking for status and approval. Jace thinks he'd want to see the Northern Lights alone but he's wrong. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-be-working/id1545522072 Homepage of the poddy: https://anchor.fm/jace-and-critter/ Critter's email: mikecrittenden@gmail.com Critter's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcrittenden Critter's blog: https://critter.blog Jace just wants you to leave him alone
49:31
December 16, 2020