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Juan Granados & Kyrin Down

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Philosophising in the park, deep conversations with a light-hearted touch. Stay tuned for dives into cryptocurrencies, fitness, goal setting, fun hypotheticals and whatever captures our attention. 2 to 3 uploads every week!
 
Mere Mortals Unite provides skills and techniques so you can discover your superpowers. The result is an increase in success and joy in your life and the lives of those that surround you. You don’t have to be a celebrity to possess these superpowers, but you do have to find them. Mere Mortals will take you from ordinary to extraordinary, from mere mortal to super hero. Together we’ll find simple solutions that create big results. Let’s change the world one person at a time, starting with you!
 
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Let's go on a journey through human history in 500 pages. A glimpse into my love for the book Sapiens, the points that really struck me and how much information can be packed in one book is beyond me. I hope you have a fantastic day wherever you are in the world. Juan out! If you would like to support us and grab the book use our link here! https:/…
 
How might the whole world change if everyone embodies the Bitcoin mantra of 'don't trust, verify'. In Episode #238 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why this topic popped up for us, ways we believe the world could change with less trust in the ecosystem, process vs characteristic vs institution based trust, some data and graphs about the link betwee…
 
Have you ever heard of the Australian childhood game of Brandy? In Episode #237 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why the Dere Dortals are feeling dusty (aka, hungover), the popular Squid Game show, turning Brandy into tennis balls with acid, Red Rover come over, how explaining things simply is quite difficult, some thoughts on how a dispassiona…
 
A delve into the thoughts of a great leader, inspiring visionary, a venerable soul, but ultimately just a man. 'An Autobiography' by M.K. Gandhi (also known as 'My Experiments With Truth') is an overview of his life from birth in 1869 to 1921. It is split into 5 parts which reflect his time spent studying in England, working in South Africa and pro…
 
In Conversation #59 I chat with Jordan Michaelides, host of the 'Uncommon' podcast, cofounder of Neuralle digital agency and Head of Partnerships at CoinJar. Some of the topics we cover include: the origination story of Neuralle/Uncommon, guest selection and how he gets the most out of them, his experience in the crypto industry with CoinJar and a …
 
A listener suggested topic (props to Petar), are NFT's just the current hype or do they have some lasting value? In Episode #236 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: the definition of a fad (and provide some examples), my 4 categories that are indications of a fad, Juan's thoughts on a product integrating into society, our conclusion on whether NFT's a…
 
Juan almost got stood up recently and so we both had an outlet to bitch and moan about getting stooged. In Episode #235 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: why we have so many topics for meanderings, Juan's drive to the Sunshine Coast that almost ended in disaster, the dodgy people I encountered in a Macca's carpark, dirt balls vs meatballs, how J…
 
I'm finding a common pattern amongst books on this subject that I'm really not enjoying. 'The Heart Of The Buddha's Teaching' by Thich Nhat Hanh is an explanation of the most essential ideas, instructions, teachings and guides of Buddhism & the Buddha. It is split into 4 parts with the first two deconstructing the Four Noble Truths & The Noble Eigh…
 
In Conversation #58 I chatted with Katie Ferreira, co-host of the 'Two Girls In A Podcast' ..... podcast! Katie (along with her co-host Jen) love Disney World and all things Disney related. We discuss what makes it stand out and why it has become a big part of her life. We also get onto the cool/wacky part of South Korean culture, amazing interacti…
 
You smell that ....... it smells like it's goal time. Do you set yourself monthly goals and if so, how many do you set? Juan and I on the first week of every month go over our progress from the previous month and where we are heading for the next. Emphasis as always is on the shortcomings; what we didn't achieve in the previous monthly goals and ho…
 
In our last episode we were looking at the past year, now we are looking forward to our goals for the future! In Episode #234 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: why starting your goals on New Year's day is stupid, Juan's 3 categories of Body, Mind & Soul, my 8 categories of Partner, Relationships, Finance, Health, Spirituality, Travel, Character & Kn…
 
It's time for a sum episode of everything that we've been doing in the past year! In Episode #233 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: the links between our overarching long-term goals down to our daily checklists, Juan's 3 categories of Body/Mind/Soul and why he is pretty chuffed with an 80% completion rate, my 8 categories (too many to put here) …
 
Authentically Russian. Depressingly bleak, a touch of divinity and more than a little strange. 'The Death Of Ivan Ilyich' by Leo Tolstoy is a collection of 11 novellas, which contain Russian everything (characters, landscape, traditions, culture, etc.,). There is no connecting theme in the stories but they do contain some commonalities. They're tol…
 
I got the chance to sit down with the big man himself, Royce Dunne, and briefly touch on competing, the mentality to keep on going, competing at the games, being in the storm, being an athlete and a father and his two great takeaways. Small audio issues towards the end of the video did not stop us from having a good time. As always, we hope you enj…
 
Recap timeeee! Yessiree, here's an overview of the 7 books I read (and 2 x book review from Juan) that was posted in September 2021. The standout for me was Candide by Voltaire, very witty and has obviously stood the test of time (it was published 260 years ago!). Most of the rest were pretty solid books that ranged from philosophy to children's bo…
 
Get prepared to go deep, we are discussing 'truth' and how it changes between the 3 states of objective, subjective and intersubjective. In Episode #232 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how Juan found this concept in 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari, our definition of the three states and how they relate to each other, getting distracted by a Simpson…
 
A dive into the brutality of humanity, but childlike in nature and without the bullshit of politics. 'Lord Of The Flies' by William Golding is a boy's dream adventure that takes a dark turn. It begins with an intro to a group of 6-14 year olds who are stranded on a small island without an adult in site. Tensions run high as the responsible tribe fo…
 
What type of person is your typical Bitcoiner? In Episode #231 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: our recent problem with rules & regulations, our experiences going to 2 x Bitcoin Meetups, the funny type of people that you can meet, risky business in the NFT world, why our brains might be a tad different than most people, a debate on how necessar…
 
Shocking and devastating in every which way. 'Hiroshima' by John Hersey details the accounts of 6 survivors from the atomic blast on August 6, 1945 @ 8:15 am. It goes over their injuries, the general chaos, widespread destructive effects, uncertainty of the future, overt heroism on the morning of, and the statistics of the death count. 5 chapters f…
 
In Conversation #56 I chat with James Cridland; the Radio Futurologist and host of multiple podcasts (Podnews/Podland/Podclock). We start off with a bit of tech talk before diving into all things podcasting. This includes an explanation of Podcasting 2.0, how audio programs vary around the world and defining what a podcast actually is. To finish of…
 
Is dedicating yourself single-mindedly to a task a psychologically good for you? In Episode #230 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how Juan is ill prepared and therefore definitely not all in, Tolstoy's book and story that gave me the idea for today's topic, our definition on what this psychology is, why Juan thinks Tolstoy is an average writer and …
 
Like most moralising old men, this philosopher will either enlighten you, bore you, piss you off or a combo of all. 'Discourses & Selected Writings' by Epictetus are the words of wisdom from a notable stoic philosopher. It goes over his core principles/main ideas through the medium of assertions, arguments and conversations. Like most stoic philoso…
 
We're talking about some of our recent concerns, but as usual our reasoning might be a bit odd. In Episode #229 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: an intro of just how wild we are (not very), a couple of boostagrams from my recent chat with Dave Jones, Juan's first dose and how it knocked him around, my intense dislike of politics could lead to m…
 
Begone you engrams, let me be the Thetan I was born to be! 'Going Clear' by Lawrence Wright is an exposé mixed with the history of Scientology. The first half begins with a bio on the mythical/enigmatic L. Ron Hubbard and his life. The second half is of modern Scientology & its influential figures (such as David Miscavige, Tom Cruise and Paul Haggi…
 
In Conversation #55 I had Erika de Pellegrin from The Balance Theory podcast join me again to talk about all things balance and podcasting. We start off by revisiting her core 3 values, diving into her podcasting process and what she has learnt from her guests and audience. We then chat more about her backstory, favourite books, what brings her joy…
 
There's some changes coming to the Mere Mortals and podcasting as a whole. Here's the sum up. In Episode #228 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: our commitment to being awesome & improving, new features such as chapters, links, transcripts, real examples using elephants, benefits that podcasters can now use for themselves, all of this is available to…
 
One of those rare books that appeals to adults & kids alike. 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a surprisingly complex story to convey a simple message. It is a combination of two tales that are intertwined together. One is of an adult aviator who has forgotten how to see the world through the eyes of a child. The other is of an int…
 
Ahhhh shit. My audio is slightly scratchy on this one so I would actually recommend to listen at 1.25 or 1.5 speed as that seems to even it out. In Episode #227 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: Epictetus and how to say his name, shoutouts for boostagrams, Gary Vee's book titled 'Twelve And A Half', the concept of smooth brain, frustrations whil…
 
'Everyone Has A Plan Until Sh!t Hits The Fan' by Tofe Evans looks at the journey from dispair & depression through to success, a focused mind and personal resilience. I summarised the book as follows. "A quaint and straight to the point book written by Tofe. The quintessential self-help book written by someone who just wants to ensure it is read by…
 
An unwavering spirit maybe isn't such a great thing after all. 'Candide' by Voltaire is a funny satire on the philosophical idea/theory of Optimism, which was popular during the French Enlightenment. It is a roving adventure of the ever hopeful Candide as he learns about the harshness of the world while chasing his love Cunégonde and spreading the …
 
'Shoe Dog' by Phil Knight details the journey of Nike's humble beginnings, from the Blue Ribbon Sports, through battling the Fed's, getting thrown out by banks.. the story does not hold back. I summarised the book as follows. "I really enjoyed reading this book, the way that Phil wrote the book himself and allowed the story to shine was excellent" …
 
In Mere Mortals Conversation #54 I got to welcome on Dave Jones; a host of Podcasting 2.0 and integral part of the movement to improve podcasting. In this episode we go over some of the core aspects of how he and Adam Curry are making the podcasting experience better for listeners, developers and podcasters. This includes things like the value for …
 
We're coming to the end of some yearly goals and beginning to start afresh. Do you set yourself monthly goals and if so, how many do you set? Juan and I on the first week of every month go over our progress from the previous month and where we are heading for the next. Emphasis as always is on the shortcomings; what we didn't achieve in the previou…
 
What are our general principles for investing and how does this mix with the new crypto rules? In Episode #226 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how my brother is making money through the gambling websites, how your money mindset changes with time, how Wikipedia is the fun version of Newpedia, my general principles when it comes to investing, our re…
 
So for our light chilled out discussion today ..... we decided to tackle the biggest questions of all! In Episode #225 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: our return to the old stomping ground at South Bank, why I sometimes keep a dream journal, my wacky dream of monsters and aliens, whether dreams can be turned into movies, how suffering and mean…
 
I was fortunate to have a conversation with Jack Jeffery, at a young 20 years old he is already knocking at the door in the world of crossfit, reaching the australian semi-finals in 2021 and with good outlook on his future. A coach as well as a TrueAthlete, in this conversation I got the chance to talk all things fitness, why he began crossfit, the…
 
Bit of a different episode for you today, I'm outdoors! And indeed I'm giving a recap of the 7 books I read (and 1 x book review from Juan) that was posted in August 2021. The standout really was Catch-22, can't rave about this book highly enough. It will make you laugh and still has plenty of room to bring up some darker themes related to war and …
 
Combining the two things we actually know: how to set goals and how to workout! In Episode #224 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: Juan's new focus on cooking, my recent points in the fitness challenge, reflections on mistakes we made for this years fitness goals, how we would start over give the chance, some advice for beginners starting to workout,…
 
You only have yourself to blame if you get burnt by girls like this. 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' by Truman Capote is set in the middle of WWII in glamorous New York City. An unnamed narrator meets Holly Golightly, a young & pretty socialite who lives in his apartment building. Over the course of a year he becomes fascinated with her enigmatic lifestyl…
 
Why aren't apps more customisable and crazy money thrown around during the mining boom. In Episode #223 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: Juan's dying goose impersonation, how my plan to conquer the world with QR codes has failed, the most divisive worldwide topic, how travel will change in the future, Topgolf's extremely racist anti-Kyrin polic…
 
Easily the funniest book I've ever read! 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller is fictional novel set on a US air force base on an island off Northern Italy during WWII. It follows Yossarian whilst he tries to avoid flying missions as everyone is out to kill him. He is joined by a collection of other wacky characters as they all show their peculiar idiosyncr…
 
In Conversation #52 I had a chat with Pete Smissen. Pete is the host of the Aussie English podcast, a pornstar impersonator, mad scientist, linguist extraordinaire and a YouTube thumbnail model (what can't he do)! We chat about some of the decisions he made while creating Aussie English, why you need to dive into the rabbit hole of the YouTube best…
 
If you want to avoid stress in your life it's probably best to avoid fintech, defi and online money. In Episode #222 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: how we as Mere Mortals fail all the time, the Avastar NFT and Juan's debacle in trying to get one, my experience 'losing' my money whilst transferring Ethereum, how being on the ball and smart doesn't…
 
"What can we learn from the individual who swam around Great Britain" 'The Art of Resilience' by Ross Edgely walks through the strategies for an unbreakable mind and body - right up the Mere Mortals alley! In summary "Simply written, it ties together Ross's learnings while swimming around Great Britain and brings together information that he has so…
 
Have you ever been fooled by a phone app that was a knock-off fake? In Episode #221 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: how a QR code can have multiple uses, posting potential litter in random locations (but maybe it will go viral?), how social media and technology as a whole keeps evolving and blending to create new stuff, what we really enjoy fr…
 
You would have to have a heart of darkness to not feel anything from this tale. 'Heart Of Darkness' by Joseph Conrad is a fictional reworking of Conrad's own journey through the Congolese jungle. Marlow (the narrator) is a new captain that must direct his steamboat through the heart of the jungle to relieve agents of the ivory trader. He tells of h…
 
We've had some lockdowns recently here in Australia, so therefore from now onwards you must call me Comrade Kyrin. In Episode #220 of 'Musings' Juan and I discuss: the brief period just before the lockdown of a happy world, details of the restrictions and a theory on what rights one should have if choosing not to get vaccinated, a debate on whether…
 
A topic that effects all of us Mere Mortals. 'Mortality' by Christopher Hitchens is brief (& somewhat meandering) reflection on dying. Hitch was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2010 and the disease 'battled him' for a 1.5 years before his death. The book is not focused on death itself, but more the process of dying. This includes his thoughts …
 
We cover a lot of topics in this episode so strap yourselves in for some deep sexy 'hardcore' discussions. In Episode #219 of 'Meanderings' Juan and I discuss: the coolness of sport climbing and Kabaddi, the Channel 7 app is not fun to use, moving away from applications that are trying to create silos, Juan's fancy dancy watch that will outlive us …
 
The adolescent Peruvian coming of age story seems a tad more intense than most others. 'Cubs & Other Stories' by Mario Vargas Llosa is a group of 7 fictional (but lifelike) short stories mostly involving young men/boys. The titular story is of a boy who is castrated by a dog and then turns into a wild rebellious teen. All take place in Peru with mo…
 
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