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Follow the journey of Giselle and Clif, a couple living aboard their sailboat, Sedna, as they embark on their first ocean passage. Get a glimpse of life at sea from the saltiest of sailors, to the greenest of pollywogs. Listen to a narrative of a ever-present, nomadic culture that follows the wind.
 
Always entertaining and informative, in each Spinning Yarns Podcast our Oriental rug experts interview prominent interior designers - bringing our audience the best interior design tips, tricks and techniques to help you better serve your clients and better build your home. In every show we discuss the interior design industry and all the latest trends from the ground up, weaving our decades of experience in the rug trade with expert contributions from interior decorators, furnishers, arts a ...
 
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In this episode we circle round to the topic of co-working and what the future of work looks like! Sure remote working has it's benefits but are there drawbacks to how teams interact and are there limiting factors for what roles are more suited to remote first. Outline Some banter about operating systems and laptops crashing (3:25) We get started a…
 
In this episode we talk about the layoffs that are happening in the tech industry. We chat about way to fire and why companies get into this situation in the first place. We talk about some of the positive changes that could be on the horizon for Twitter and whether there is a future for people who loose their jobs at this time. Outline (0:00) We g…
 
In this episode we talk about one of our favorite places on Earth - the small seaside town of Muizenberg. We talk about the develop works that are planned and what a upgraded town would look like. We talk about the challenges and some of the wider issues facing this project and then give some optimistic outlooks on anyone can build anything better …
 
In this episode we do a take on housing. What are the challengers that renters and landlords face in this changing world. We talk about the effort that goes into building, operating and living in an apartment in the city with a few stories here and there. Outline (0:25) Herman talks about his think carpet and his new home. (2:05) What about steepne…
 
About the Episode In this episode we dive into the topic of personal finance, how to ensure that you don't run out of money at the end of the month, the importance of income rather than saving as a means of accumulating wealth and some topics here and there about how to generate value in this modern world. Outline (0:00) How to start the conversati…
 
In this episode we talk about the darker side of the internet, the topic of scams. We uncover some of the scams that we've be affected by over the years and the types of scams that are out there. We also give a few top tips on how to stay vigilant online and avoid getting taken for a ride! Outline (0:45) Talking about Jim Browning and something you…
 
We continue on the topic of longevity, this time we focus on human longevity. We talk about some of the types of illnesses we get as we age and some of the processes that can make life after 30 harder. We chat about some of the approaches we take and how we think about health, exercising and staying on track with exercise. Outline (0:00) Working ha…
 
In this episode we talk about product longevity, drawing on a number of examples of where it works and where it doesn't. We talk about natural longevity and answer some questions about things that last a long time. Enjoy! This is first part of a two part series on the topic of longevity! Episode Outline (0:00) Banter about heaters, heat and cold an…
 
Carbon Capture Technologies In this episode we digest some of the technological breakthroughs in the realm of carbon capture, from the organic to the inorganic and present some optimism on if we are able to meet climate change agreements globally! Episode Notes (0:00) Intro to the show. (1:40) Why do we need carbon capture? (5:15) Different classes…
 
In this episode, we talk about that rich, creamy liquid that is coffee. We talk about the different styles of coffee and coffee shops; drop a little into the history and how coffee affected the development of the new-world; talk about the effect of climate change on coffee production and some of the good and bad side-effects of having this drink as…
 
In this episode we talk about AI and the intricacies of building machines and systems that interact with the world in a way similar or better than us humans. We play around with Siri and we give some examples of things we're really looking forward to in the future of this awesome technology! Transcript (00:00) Herman talks about his train adventure…
 
Spin Me A Yarn reads traditional stories while doing fiber arts. This week, we are exploring the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. This tale touches on many areas, from faithless actors to caricatures of dwarfism. Plus, of course, there's the fiber arts aspect to it. Join us as we delve into this classic story.…
 
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 ad…
 
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 in…
 
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 🚄🚃🚂 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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 🛵💩⚡…
 
In this episode we have a little off-the-cuff conversation about life and socialism: Start a bit about coffee of course. Herman has an new article! Motorcycle adventures and geeking on bikes leading into self sufficiency. Philosophical aspects of riding and being reliant on yourself in the middle of nowhere. Herman has tattoo sleeves on for some re…
 
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 🏢🏠🔥 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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 🏠🏢 Detailed Show Notes (0:00) Preamble (2:30) Intro to Airbnb…
 
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 i…
 
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 q…
 
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…
 
Cape Town is known 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. --- Send in a voice messa…
 
A new year! A new season! We're switching things up, focusing in & improving on what we learned from our podcast in 2021. 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 thi…
 
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! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.…
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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 impa…
 
The idea of UBI has started to permeate society and promises a more efficient way of distributing capital to those who need it most. 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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/m…
 
Why do we sleep; and how can we consistently get a good night's sleep? In this episode we explore how to cultivate better sleep hygiene, what affects our sleep triggers, and absolutely butcher some biology. Sleep tight! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.f…
 
Today after a bit of a hiatus we come back with a head scratching tale. We will wander through what it is like to be a part of a vast utopia so idyllic, that you more than likely will be unable to accept it as a possibility. Well for every action, there is a reaction. What does it cost to create a utopia? Let's find out.…
 
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? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message…
 
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…
 
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. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/herman-jason/message
 
Are ads fundamentally bad? Here's our take on ads, social media, and other tangents. To Survive in a Wetter World, Raise Ducks, Not Chickens https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/07/bangladesh-climate-change-floods-ducks/593581/ CoinDesk - Networks vs. Governments – Could Crypto-Powered Digital Communities Challenge the Power of Ci…
 
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 int…
 
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 s…
 
Today we are travelling back to Civil War America, recounting a tale about a man to be hung from a bridge after being captured by scouts of the Union army. A story that paints the two sides with a greyer hue than other depictions of this time in history. Emphasizing the humanity and lack thereof on both sides of the conflict. A harrowing story of a…
 
Today in Spin A Yarn we have The Masque Of The Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. A piece that shows a whole host of nobles that stowing away and throwing a party as they attempt to wait out the plague that sweeps the rest of the populace outside their doors. Scary in both its prose as well as its relevancy to current times.…
 
Today in the inaugural episode of Spin A Yarn we have one of my personal favorite short stories: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison. A truly dystopian tale that highlights five humans trapped in the belly of a supercomputer that has wiped out all other life on the planet. It is here, that the supercomputer AM indefinitely tortures …
 
Listen as Giselle and Clif, aboard sailing vessel Sedna, make their way from Mexico to the Marquesas, on their first ocean passage. Episode includes the interview clips of fellow Pacific sailing couples as they reflect upon the highs and lows of passage-making. Cruising vessels featured include S/V Bravo, Ripple, Summer, Merrion and Tioga. Music fe…
 
While interviewing female sailors in La Cruz Mexico, one common thread emerged: the quest, or need for community. Embracing the cruiser lifestyle often equates to leaving behind the ones your love, those building blocks that make up what we call home. Home and friendship is a relative term when you live your life on the sea, but that doesn’t stop t…
 
In this mini-episode of Why We Spin Yarns, I interview Jeanne Socrates, the oldest woman to ever circumnavigate the globe single-handed: totally alone and non-stop. Her accomplishments as a female solo-sailor are impressive, but I was more interested how she got to this place of attempting record-breaking voyages. After the sudden passing of her hu…
 
The second full episode of Clif and Giselle's journey aboard sailing vessel Sedna. Sedna finally gets in the water and begins her first leg of their journey, making the passage from Guaymas to Puerto Vallarta. Tidbits from the long sailing passage lead into reflections from featured cruisers Bruce, on Scuttlebutt, Mike, on Compass Rose, and others.…
 
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