Chad Hall has hosted 134 episodes.
I want to learn to listen rather than to compulsively assume I know the answers to everything. I believe that there is a way to use my hunger for knowledge and learning to improve the lives of others without becoming a fake answer factory or some bullshit guru. I believe that by letting go of my assumptions I can grow, I can press down the tall grass for others, and that together we can all lay in the fields of rye staring up in awe of the stars and the infinity of space–and each other.
I’ve written a few fairly popular pieces on reading, productivity, and not going paperless for places like Todoist & The Observer. I’ve also had my writing referenced by LifeHacker. I published one book of poetry called Erectile Dysfunction: Stunted Poems of Stilted Emotions.
I’m a writer at heart, a reader in action, and a student in soul. My bookshelves are overly full. I own more books than I have time to read—but despite my eagerness, I know that the value of reading comes from contemplation rather than consumption. That’s why I wrote Read Less, Learn More. And ultimately, that is what lead me to podcasting. I believe I’ve found an intimate way to create from a place of learning rather than a place of feigned knowledge.
Some of my current favorite books are Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Between the World and Me, The Celestine Prophecy, & In Search of Lost Time.
Some of my favorite films are 8 1/2, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Dictator, & Dodes’ka-den.
I’ve played guitar since I was in puberty. I’m ok. I’ve never been in a band. I used to have a terrible voice, but now I sing in the shower. Sometimes I draw, or paint. And I love to play around with photography (especially black & white.)
In another life I might have been a criminal profiler, a jazz drummer, an architect, or a children’s book illustrator.
I don’t participate in social media, so don’t look for me. I put everything I have into writing, making the podcast and doing stuff for my patrons.
Lam Nguyen has hosted 85 episodes.
Hm. What to say about Lam. It’s easier to tell you what he hasn’t done, than what he has. His path has taken him into and out of many worlds. He’s been a photographer, a writer, a journalist, an entrepreneur, a musician and a host of other things. Fast-forwarding to the present, he works at a golf company by day and is neck deep in political campaigns by night. In the quieter moments, of which there are few, you will find him at a piano or covertly snapping photos in spite of the fact that, as he’ll tell you, “I’m not a photographer anymore.” He totally is.
Favorite Band: Radiohead
Favorite Song: Paranoid Android
Favorite Artist: Vermeer/Banksy
Favorite Food: Pot Stickers
Favorite Writer: Dostoyevsky
Favorite Book: The Road
Favorite Movie: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Favorite Mystery: Atlantis. Not really. More so the true age of humanity.
Thomas Woodrum has hosted 10 episodes.
Tom Woodrum is a man of many disciplines. Whether he’s fine tuning lead guitar compositions on any number of his admired music projects, or keeping the stage running smoothly while co-hosting the Go Go Gone Show, San José’s merciless talent competition, Tom is an ever-present stalwart of the Santa Clara valley performance scene. It is safe to say that he is widely-recognized not only for his luxurious beard, but certainly for the awe-inspiring guitar work he’s done with San Francisco Bay Area bands Delta Activity and Fiction: The Antipop. Tom has advised countless other musicians of all genres and talents with regard to technical and creative troubleshooting. Whether he’s playing for crowds along the Pacific coast, helping local musicians fulfill their dreams, or co-producing variety shows in his hometown, Woodrum is well-respected force of generosity, kindness and laughter.
Latte has hosted 49 episodes.
Latte is a Chihuaha mix. Most people seem to agree that the other half is likely a Jack Russell Terrior. He lived three years in other homes and shelters until being adopted by Chad.
He has a big bark for a little dog and uses it whenever he sees other dogs or when people approach him too fast. He's supsicious of humans, but if ignored he'll likely jump on your lap with time.
He likes long walks, urniating on every third object, chewing cheesburger-flavored Nylabones, sittting on Chad's lap when he's trying to do something, and hunting for rats in the middle of the night. He loves his stuffed Lammy (not to be confused with fellow podcaster Lam,) and will run and grab it when exicted. His other close friends include Rocky, Mr. Bluebone, and a pomeranian named Fiona.
He's present for most episodes, but rarely has much to say.