FUNKQUEST - with Chantal Bosse.
You should listen to Chantal Bosse on FUNKQUEST if you don't know what a space hopper is. (Pretty sure there were copies called moon boppers or something).
Do you have a "witches nose"? - That is - can you suss out when something is good or bad - legit or a scam - truth or fiction? Worth trying to develop one if you can.
How do you judge a person?
And how do you figure out - in advance - that a salesperson is likely to be pushy and aggressive?
Is it what they say? How they dress ? What they look like and what mannerisms they have? Or all of the above?
What got ruined after it got popular?
Or would you stand on line to get an instagram picture taken at an "iconic" location - without thought for what you are doing to the local environment? Lots of people would (normalites mainly).
Recorded just after the Boston RedSox won the 2018 world series, Bryan gave me a quick lesson in how big it actually is.
Brief nugget about history and tradition - I looked up the Boston curse - vs something being manufactured in the last 20 years.
The environment cropped up. Maybe it is the next generation that accepts global warming - rather than the current one which could typically say "I don't believe in global warming"
I googled seaweed water blob and this was the first result I got. Coming soon to a running event - or a developing country near you...
Bryan found that turning his phone resolution to black and white reduced use dramatically. Maybe we should all try it.
Too busy to listen to the full episode? Watch the extracts below
The BBC drowning in plastic trailer is below.
Tim Armacost is a musician.
I asked him off air if he was any good - just google his name...(or better still type his name into YouTube...)
What's it like to be children of US diplomats?
Well you get to go to baseball games as kids on the Japanese underground. (With no parents attached).
The Japanese still have the social contract - even today - that most other western countries have lost.
Tim has conflicting emotions because for the last few weeks - he has had no kids around the house - they have all flown the nest.
Luck vs skill and what is a professional musician anyway?
There is a cliche which says the harder you work - the luckier you get. Attributed to various people. Or is it skill ? Below is Tim's take on it.
How musicians make money in these days of music on tap via YouTube, Spotify etc?
In days gone by, record collections would take months and years to assemble. Incrementally, the fan would send money to the artist every time they bought a single or an LP. Now you can listen to the entire back catalogue of virtually any artist you can name.
The answer is the experience... Instead of just pulling up YouTube on your phone - you gotta go to a live event. Concert, gig, whatever you want to call it.
Who is the person Tim want to be stuck in a lift with?
Turns out it is JOHN Coltrane - video below - rather than Scottish actor ROBBIE Coltrane. You can tell the obvious differences in the two clips below.
Oh the amateurish mistakes we make when not properly prepared...
Makes for a better conversation though?
We also talked about 'bloodlines' for rock groups.
The Beatles/Sex Pistols vs heavy rock KISS - YES etc
In his younger life, Tim was a KISS fan but never painted his face...
What is it like to be a musician and be paid to mine/act/play along to backing music?
Plus - ever been to a wedding and thought the band/music was somehow a bit odd. Here is why...
Did you know it is rude to ask a lady how old she is?
That's what I was brought up to believe anyway...
Vivian Acquah is a workplace wellness advocate from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Of course, we didn't talk about that - but a whole heap of other random stuff. It's Funky Thinkers after all.
The most unusual place Vivian has been to is the LA ghetto.
I am not sure there is such a place with the designation of ghetto.
What is it actually like in Germany?
Does the grass grow straight up like it has been combed with a hair comb? And why does Germany have that reputation?
The term screenager cropped up - I hadn't heard it - and it turns out it is a film and a whole heap of other stuff.
Maybe I need to get out of the Funky Thinkers bubble a little more often.
Meditation crops up as per usual but Vivian is the first person to talk about meditation using an app.
Connect with Vivian via LinkedIn.
Too busy to listen to the full episode? Watch the insight below...
It'a an interesting question.
What do you do without the consent of the other party.
Tedx speaker Jessie Sutherland talks about preparing to delivering training for UNESCO, grateful that we don't live in a war zone.
Plus - boys will be boys - really ? Why?
A culture of belonging - and one of the best things to make sure you stay sane in the mad crazy world that we live in - is to have a set of values and beliefs that you can hold on to. Without these you are tossed around on the seas of every whacko oddball that you come across.
Jessie is a Tedx speaker and you can watch that below.
Too busy to listen to the full episode? Watch the insight below...
Lisa-Marie Platske put a bit of a fly in the oitment as far as the carefully prepared questions go.
As I have said before - although they may look flippant and easy. They are harder than they appear.
Lisa-Marie blasted a whole - port side - through the desert Island question.
If you are pushed for time - be sure to watch the insight video below. It will give you the skinny.
Will children born today have better or worse lives than their parents?
The answer - it depends - opportunity is everywhere. You just have to know where to look.
Lisa-Marie shared with us how her life flashed before her in a market square in Ethiopia.
What would you do if you thought you were going to die? (Maybe I should start to include that as a question). What do you think?
Lisa-Marie came up with a new phrase - "Connection is the new currency" which we are adding to the Funky Thinkers stable.
Ada Cheng is a former University Professor and lecturer turned speaker and story teller.
On the show, I have a rule of no swearing, no politics and no religion and funnily enough, in answer to the question
"What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?"
Ada's response was - "swearing, politics and religion"
Nice easy one there then...
Ada sang along to Phil Collins - No jacket required - sample below.
And on a more serious theme, a story of out and out discrimination she experienced - you will have to listen to the full episode to find out what it was.
Ada would like to be stuck in a lift (elevator) with Patti Smith, Elton John and David Bowie.
I had spoke to Alison before Funky Thinkers was born - about a webinar series.
I seem to recall that we had a Funky Thinkers style conversation which I really should have recorded.
Anyways - on the show proper - we saw the birth (maybe) of Funky Thinkers anti political correctness - and not in the foul mouthed obscene shouting that I can go onto twitter to find easily enough.
Instead of figuring out what to call somebody - maybe we should spend the time (and expense) in getting to know them.
Maybe that will involve a little more effort than putting people in boxes.
Alison has been called an angry white male. Ahh the joy of virtual conversations - (clue - look at the picture to the left of the screen).
Alison would want to get stuck in a lift with Jordan Peterson.
And also - Keanu Reeves - not for obvious reasons - what ever they are - but to ask him what he is really like.
I have included the twitter page of Italian soccer player Mario Ballotelli - once threw a dart at a team mate. Note what it says in his bio...
Oh and there is a map which you need to listen to the show to understand what it is...
Plus - where you would actually end up if you went due west from Vancouver Island....
Do people need motivating? Why would you go and listen to a motivational speaker? If your life is all about your business and your family is relying on you - surely that's all the motivation you need?
What is Kathy Gruver's tip to really detox from social media?
Most people (normalites) would answer that they need some kind of app or software or gadget or thing.
Kathy's funky answer is to be your own parent.
That's it - simple as that.
Meryl Streep would play Kathy in a film.
Lambrini girls crop up for the first time.
Lambrini is (or was - it's probably illegal now) very cheap wine that has probably never seen a vineyard.
Generally speaking - and I am not a wine snob - if a bottle of wine has a screw top - I would avoid it.
A lambrini girl is a term for women and girls who drink a lot of Lambrini with obvious consequences.
The pyramids of Egypt make a recurring appearance.
Nathen Aswell is a recording artist and speaker.
We discussed the difference between affirmations and intentions. Clue - one is just a wish list.
What is the emotional freedom technique?
Nathen explains it in language that even I can understand.
How to deal with difficult people ?
The only thing you can do (really) is to concentrate on yourself. Watch the Funky extract below.
We also discuss The Police - the group - not the law. Sting is the person Nathen would most like to be stuck in a lift (or elevator) with.
Not only to talk about his musical career - but how they bootstrapped the whole first album - probably before the word bootstrapping had ever been invented.
If you have never seen or heard of The Police - there is a video at the video at the very bottom of this page.
Here is a clip of Nathen's favourite band. With probably one of the best introductions of the 1980's - if not of all time.