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Welcome to the Good Guys To Know Podcast. Each month we’ll bring you a new dose of great information guaranteed to make you a good guy to know.

Episodes

Unemployed Professors  

Wow.  I had never heard of this website or concept at such a scale, and as you can tell in the episode, I am totally blown away.  Such an awesome topic, so much to think about.  Special thanks to our english teacher guest Peter for bringing his insights into this one.  Whether you are for...

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Opioid Epidemic  

Immediately on the heels of our annual golf trip (where Chad got a hole in one, Geo got an eagle, Mitch drank tequila, and Perek got lost in the desert never to be heard from again), the good guys dive into the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic. Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Planned Obsolescence  

Hey Everyone – This week Perek talks about planned obsolescence.  The podcast should still work on whatever device you are listening on, unless of course the evil overlords have rendered the device useless.  Thanks for listening!!

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Universal Basic Income  

Hey everybody, happy new year!  This week Geo brings us the pillar on Universal Basic Income.  Whether you’re for it, against it, or oblivious to it, we’ve got some good discussion for you.  Thanks for listening!

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2016 Year In Review  

Hey everyone, Happy New Year from the Good Guys To Know!  This episode is our 2015 year in review episode.  Geo will lead us through the ups and downs and all arounds of the year that most people are considering the worst year ever!  WE go over our challenge result scoring and crown a winner.  We also introduce our year long challenges for 2017.  Thanks for sticking with us through another year, we appreciate your comments and continued support! Love, Geo, Chad, Mitch, and Perek

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Fake News  

Whatup listeners?!  This episode Chad fills us in on all the news that shouldn't be printed - fake news.  What is it?  Is it relevant?  Is it powerful?  Perek throws out a creative challenge this time, and we go over our house decorating challenge results.  Thanks for listening - like us on Facebook for a shoutout!

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Email, Email, Email  

Hey everybody!  This episode Mitch talks to us about email.  Tips on how to write better emails, how to get your emails read, and how NOT to get your emails read.  I'll take one of his tips and keep this post a bit short - but as always, thank you for listening!!!

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Top 12 Kitchen Gadgets and Gifts  

Hey there everybody!  This episode Perek goes over some of his must have items in the kitchen, whether you are an amateur trying to get better, or an amateur trying to stay terrible, these ideas are just what you're after.  A couple of these are a bit pricey, so they would make a GREAT item for a wish list.

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Video Games II  

What's up everybody?  This week Geo talks about his favorite topic in the world - video games!  I know, I know - we've already done a video games episode.  But I assure you, this is different.  Plus, the other episode was like 5 years ago, so who remembers that anyway?!  Thanks for listening!  Like us on Facebook and I'll read your name like I did for Joe this week!

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Personal Finance – Cont.  

This week on the Good Guys To Know Podcast, Chad continues his multi-part pillar on personal finance.  This one is a doozy and covers a TON of great stuff.  If you're new to retirement saving, or saving in general, there's tons of good stuff in here for you.  If you're a veteran sitting on piles of money - well - it's good to brush up on this stuff anyways.  And if you are in the second group, send us a check or something already!  As always, thanks for listening!

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Personal Finance  

Whaddup listeners?  Glad to be back!  This episode Chad begins a multi-part dive into personal finance.  It's a huge subject but there are so many things that are confusing or intimidating that don't have to be!  Give us a shout and let us know what you think!  As always, thanks for listening!

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Talking to Strangers  

  Whatup listeners?!  This episode Mitch lets us in on some secrets about talking to strangers.  Could it really make you happier to talk to that random guy in an elevator?  Listen to find out!  You'll never guess what happens next!  Strangers HATE him!!   Thanks for listening!

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Voting  

Hey everybody!  OK, fair warning, this episode might have a slightly different feel than we're used to.  I know it had a different feel than I was used to!!!  We're talking about conscious non-voting in this episode, it gets a little hairy, and I'm sure there are a ton of listeners who disagree, respectfully or otherwise.  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or twitter or on our website - if YOU don't comment, some guy who disagrees with your comment probably WILL comment, so you are kind of obligated to do something - OR ELSE!   Thanks for listening!

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Reddit  

  What's up listeners?!  This week Geo fills us all in on Reddit.  If you haven't been there, we recommend giving it a shot.  It's a deep hole though, so be careful out there!  Thanks for listening!

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Online Security  

What's up everybody?  This week Perek goes over some simple yet effective methods and strategies for staying secure online.  At least that's what he thought he was going to do... If you've never heard 2 of the good guys get into it, this is your chance!  Thanks for listening, and as always, if you have feedback or additional comments, drop us an email at goodguys@goodguystoknow.com or hit us up on Facebook!   Thanks for listening.

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Habits  

Greetings habitual listeners!  This episode Mitch discusses habit forming, based on some really interesting writing by New York Times best selling author Ramit Sethi.  Head over to iwillteachyoutoberich.com for the (free) awesome guide we talk about in the episode.  Thanks for listening!

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Splitting  

Hey Everybody!  This week Chad digs into his bag of psychiatry to talk about a concept called splitting.  We all do it, some more than others, but it's a concept that we should all be able to identify and acknowledge. We also introduce our Pokemon Go challenge!  Gotta Catch Em All!  Try to beat the Good Guys and catch more distinct pokemon.  Prove it and send us a pic of your Pokedex! Thanks for listening!!   What is Splitting? Splitting is the psychological term for a defense mechanism in which people utilize "all-or-nothing" thinking to make the world more comfortable and predictable.  We all do this to some degree, and most of the time it's not really an issue - think about when your cheering for your favorite sports team as they play their rivals.  You might catch yourself assuming only benevolent actions from your side while the opposing team is constantly trying to cheat their way to victory.  Of course, the reality is that both teams are made up of a group of people who likely have many good and bad qualities, and your perception of the game is ignoring all of that. In a sporting event, this probably isn't a big deal, but when we employ splitting in our everyday lives, it can become very problematic.  At it's worst, splitting can lead to incredibly unstable relationships, violent mood swings, complete losses in one's sense of self-worth and purpose in life, and may require help from a therapist or psychiatrist. Thankfully, most of us end up somewhere in the middle - we can appreciate the subtleties of life without being threatened by them, and can limit our splitting to engagements in which it is socially acceptable.  In fact, some degree of splitting behavior was likely crucial in our ancestors' development of social groups (we're good, the other clan is bad, so let's work together), and may be very engrained in our evolutionary psyche. Our hope is that this episode may bring the process of splitting to your attention, so that you can examine where in your life it is helpful and where it may not be.  Enjoy!

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Brexit  

  Sometimes there is a news story so big that even the GGTK can't ignore it. No, I'm not talking about Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In this podcast the Good Guys try to give you a crash course in Brexit. What happened? What does it mean? Why should you care? Dive in for the answers! As always, thanks for listening.

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Driverless Cars (Sort of…)  

Hey everybody!  This episode Perek uses his time to discuss driverless cars in the context of ethical implications.  Should cars be programmed to kill?  Will robot overlords take over the earth and never let go? I guess you'll have to listen to find out!   Thanks for listening!   Also, here is the article Perek mentions in the show - a lot of the thoughts and insights were drawn from this article by David Roberts:  http://www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11896166/self-driving-cars-ethics

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Cloud Computing  

So it was a little bit of a windy path as I was researching this pillar. As I looked around life, the thing I’m most excited about is stuff like Amazon with their new(ish) Amazon NOW service that gets me stuff delivered to my door same day. So as I started looking into that, it became clear that Amazon is taking over the world. There is SO much going on with Amazon that this might even be a series of pillars for me, but I thought it might be most interesting for listeners if I dove into one part of their business that might not be at the top of everyone’s mind. We all know about Amazon Prime, and their foray into streaming content, and their cool drone stuff, and Alexa, etc. But have you guys heard of AWS? Stands for Amazon Web Services, and if we really simplify it, it’s “The Cloud.” that you may have heard of. So I still know embarrassingly little about what ‘the cloud’ actually is, especially because I’m in IT for a living, but with just the little research I’ve done, I think it is an important and cool phenomenon that’s happening, with Amazon leading the way. So I’m going to do the best I can at explaining what Cloud computing is, what the three flavors of it are, and then end with how Amazon is kicking ass in this space. At its highest level, it just means “internet-based computing.” Whenever you hear “the cloud” it’s pretty much half the battle to just replace “the cloud” with “the internet.” We get what the internet is, that’s easy to understand, but what does ‘computing’ mean in this definition? Let’s try and replace the word “computing” with something we understand. We’ll start with an easy example of how I’m computing right now as an individual consumer user. I’m currently typing this pillar in Microsoft Word. This is called an “Application.” There’s a bunch of stuff that the application allows me to do – when I hit the letters on the keyboard, those same letters appear on my screen, I can highlight them and make them bold, change the font, send the page to a printer etc. That’s all “Code” that someone had to write to tell the application what to do when the user does certain things. (C++). I’m using this application that Microsoft created, to generate a bunch of data. All applications have data associated with them. At some point, I’m going to want to save this data, so I go File>>Save – choose a location, and when I want to look at this tomorrow while we’re recording, I go back to that location and retrieve my data. So that’s a long example of a bunch of aspects of “Computing,” but the way I traditionally use Microsoft Word, isn’t very cloud based. I installed Microsoft word on the hard drive of the computer that I’m also typing on right now, so it’s taking up space on my computer. When I save my data, a little icon appears on my desktop and it’s also saved on my computer. If I want to work on this on another device, (without the internet) I’m going to physically copy it onto something else like a thumb drive and bring it to another computer. So what would this look like in “the cloud?” Well instead of installing Microsoft word on my computer, I’d just go to something like ‘microsoftword.com’ in my internet browser. I would probably login with a username and password and the entire ‘application’ would be right there in the browser, I could make stuff bold, type letters, etc, but would be doing it all over the internet. That “Code” is still somewhere – maybe at some big Microsoft server, or maybe somewhere else (hopefully we’ll get to that later), but it doesn’t have to be on my computer anymore. Similarly, when I’m done for the day and want to save my work, in true cloud fashion, I wouldn’t save this document to my computer, I’d save it to my online storage locker. So there are a couple layers there that are in the cloud. The application itself is in the cloud, and my data is also saved and stored in the cloud.   So what I’ve just described there is very end-user and consumer centric,

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