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How do you feel about work now?


If you could eliminate forevermore one cause of death on earth, what would it be?

Old age. If you're really just cranking along I don't see a pressing reason why your life should end without your specific intent.

What adventures do you want to have before you die?


If you could read the mind of someone famous, who would it be?

Jim Carrey as The Riddler because then it'd be like I was reading *everyone's* minds and that didn't end badly at all.

What's for dinner?

A salad with meat, which has been a pretty consistent dinner over the last month. I'm diggin' the consistency.

If you could only hear one voice that you are familiar with for the rest of your life from the mouth of all people, whose would it be?

I'd probably want to pick a voice actor that enunciates well and can imitate lots of voices. Maybe the dude that did the Harry Potter audiobook or my friend Breena.

What would someone that cares about you do for you today?

Make me dinner :D

Can you refuse?

No thank you.

If you were elected to be the leader of the United States tomorrow, what would be your first act?

Hold another emergency election to replace myself.

Do you feel like there's someone in your life that knows the real you?

Ok but what is the real me though.

What is your longest running friendship?

The friendship I have with my sister <3 Strong time advantage there though.

If you could overthrow any government in the world, which one would you replace?

I'm actually pretty okay with most world governments right now. I'm pretty confident I couldn't do a better job.

How would you know if you were breathing incorrectly?

I'm pretty sure I could be optimizing more here. Breathing is pretty important and I do it fairly frequently.

What's your long term advantage?

I freakin' love building stuff, more than any other activity (including ziplining, which is just like, one of the most fun things you can do).

What are the areas in your life that you can’t help yourself from optimizing?

Any interaction I have with a machine can be optimized 🤓

Are you doing this for Present You or Future You?

I feel like *most* of what I do is for future me.

What do you enjoy refining?


What is something that feels productive to you in the moment, but usually ends up wasting time and energy?

Agonizing over purchasing decisions. Just buy it and if it's bad get a different one.

If wealth is the power to choose, in which areas of your life are you wealthy?

I'm awash in time to work on what I want to work on. It's a luxury and a privilege I appreciate immensely.

How have you changed over the years as a daughter or son?

I've gotten much better at establishing healthy boundaries.

At what point in the past week were you most frustrated with or discouraged by your work?

I tried to get Final Cut pro to do what I wanted and it kept lagging out.

When is your next vacation?

I'm headed up to New York (🎵headed to NEW YORK, headed to NEW YORK🎵)

What area of your work routine would you like to improve?

My journaling and emails habits have fallen off the wagon a bit.

What part of your work routine do you find is working best?

Long stretched of focused uninterrupted work time.

What smells good?

A pine forest right after it rains.

If someone was doing a sports recap of your life this last week, what would be on it?

I had several kinda crazy technical breakthroughs that are letting me automate computers in ways I didn't know they could be automated. That'd be on the recap.

How did you like to play when you were a child?

BATMAAAAAAN! dunnanananananananananananananananananananananana BATMAN!!!

If you could live during any other period in history, when would you choose to live, and why?

I'm kinda diggin' this time period actually, though I think the 90s would've been fun to live in as an adult.

When do you feel least yourself?

When I'm driving to the post office to mail a check to the IRS.

When do you feel most yourself?

When I'm a hundred feet down a rabbit hole building a machine to shave a yak that I'll never need to shave again.

What does this make possible?

Anything is possible with the power of God and anime on your side.

What superpowers would you like to develop?

"The ability to acquire any other sup-" OKAY CALM DOWN

What additional training or education would you like?

I'd really like to understand taxes better.

How do you prefer to receive feedback?

Frequently and with praise.

What did you listen to today?


If you could choose the way you will die, how would you want it to happen?

Jeez I dunno. Tyrion Lannister has a reasonably good deathwish.

What was the funniest thing that happened to you today?

Huh. Nothing notably funny happened to me today.

Will you grow from this experience?

Is it possible *not* to grow from experiences?

What are you doing now in service of your older self?

Jeez. Like, everything? I'm really enjoying the work in the moment though. Future me is going to have a lot of stuff going on.

What would you want to request of your older self?

"hows about tree fiddy"

What would you write in a letter to your younger self? What would you thank, praise, comfort, and scold them for?

Hey good job developing technical skills. Maybe work on balancing manic coding marathons with sleeping better, exercising more, and improving your relationships.

Which book would you want to live in for a day?


If you could send yourself from yesterday morning a 5-second message, what would you say?

"Hey please limit your time outside today—allergies are killing me today."

Where could you add more fun to your life?

Once this COVID-19 thing blows over I'd love to pick up swing dancing again.

Are you happy with your diet?

Yes. But is my diet happy with me? 🤔

If you could steal one thing in the world, other than money, without getting caught, what would you take?

Don't you dear "your heart!" the person you're listening to this with.

What makes you happy?

Going down internet rabbit holes, especially ones that lead to watching "Baby Shark Dance," "Despacito," "Shape of You," and this delightful Russian children's show called "Masha and The Bear."

What doesn't quite make sense?

Why do you drive on a parkway, but park in a driveway? 🤔

What made today worthwhile?

Oh jeez is that song really from 2009? That was so long ago! Also wow this is an interesting music video. Also wow the clean version is hilarious.

How might you spend five minutes today building a system to improve your physical health?

I could make some masks out of old tshirts and set them up by the door!

If you could pay $1,000 to instantly acquire any skill, what skill would you pick?

The skill of acquiring more skills. I know how this game works.

Who is your biggest fan?

mAyBe ItS yOu O_o

If you could be the richest man or woman in the world, what would you do with your money?

I like to think I'd do things like start building factories for 7 vaccines at the same time, but I'd probably do a lot of much sillier things first.

What's your happiness level on a scale of 1 to 10?

"An eight. Eight point five. Or a nine. Not over a nine point eight because there is always room for improvement." - Draco Malfoy

What is stopping you from being completely satisfied with what you already have?

Faded dishes with chipped edges, tiny spoons, forks that aren't good, and dull knives to start with and WHO KNOWS WHERE WE'LL GO FROM THERE

If you were to create your ideal position, how would it differ from what you are currently doing?

I think my ideal position has more outsourcing, but I'm pretty good at designing systems that are so effective that I can run them entirely on my own, so I'm actually pretty happy with what I'm doing.

How might you fulfill your purpose today?

By passing some freakin' butter.

How might your days be more fulfilling?

Man, I dunno. I feel like I'm kinda jammin' out right now at maximum fulfillment.

What memory would you like to keep from today?

I had a really cool chat with the team behind the Dreem 2 sleep headband that I felt very happy about. I'd like to stash that memory away someplace safe.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but couldn't take anything out, which store would you pick?

REI would probably be the most fun. Also they've got plenty of food. Ooo also maybe the crazy pyramid Outdoor World in Memphis.

What would you like to learn about in the future?

Paragliding kinda dropped off my radar. I'd like to pick that back up.

If you could push a button and be invisible for one hour a single time, where would you go and what would you do?

Realistically I'd put myself under the strictest environment of study so I'd have a chance of figuring out how the laws of physics can be bent this way, but my fun answer is that I'd plan a heist.

What does adventure mean to you?

Your answer better not be "going to the grocery store."

How did you add value to those around you today?

I recorded another week of Your Thoughts episodes! :D

If you stand for nothing Burr, what'll you fall for?

I think the answer from the musical is "the ol' act-like-I'm-going-to-shoot-you-in-a-dual-but-then-don't-and-let-you-kill-me trick." Classic.

When did you feel healthy today?

I've taken up slacklining since my gym closed. It's a freakin' blast and fits in a backpack.

What are your top 5 favorite things in the world?

"Free money, cold beer after a long hard hot working day, warm blankets on a cold day, sand in between my toes on a beach and laughing so hard you can't breathe with good friends." - Sam

What mild ailments you've had in the last week?

It sucks that hay fever has a very similar symptom profile to a much more popular diagnosis.

Would you rather have sticky hands for the rest of your life or lose all your money?

The only winning move is not to play.

My Thoughts

We're changing some things around here.

What's your obligation to society?

Keep improooooooving! If you're not growing, you're dying.

If you were to choose a musical instrument that best describes your character, what would it be?

I'd be the mere concept of virtual instruments in Garage Band.

What is your purpose?

"To create systems that save human time and chew bubblegum."

Who was your childhood hero?

Tony Stark has supplanted Batman recently. His gear is cooler.

If a book were written about your hometown, what would be the title?

It'd probably either have something to do with the median income being outrageously high or the life and times of Riley Dodge.

If you could "uninvent" one thing in the world so that it would no longer exist, what would you choose?

I think fast food has had a great run, and sure was fun while America was excited about cars, and I think if it were taken away overnight something much better would replace it.

If you could work for any person in the world, who would it be, and what job would you want?

I'd want to work for a SaaS entrepreneur that was just nailing marketing, and I'd want to learn how to do marketing with them. Maybe Chris Gimmer? I'd like to reach out to him...

If now was a rock, how much would it weigh?

It used to just be defined as "exactly how much that one kilogram weight weighs over there," but (you'll never see this coming) then that weight changed how much it weighed so people were like "OH NO WHAT DO WE DO NOW" so that's what they did.

Who's someone you stridently disagree with but whose integrity and good faith you do not question?

My brother-in-law Tyler and I have fundamentally different world views, yet somehow land on very similar behavior.

What would you do if your best friend betrayed you?

Contact wikileaks immediately.

What's one thing you wish you had said to someone but didn't?

"I was trying my best, and I think you were too."

What outstanding mystery is there about your life?

Why do I sometimes wake up feeling groggy even though I went through my bedtime routine perfectly 🤔

What does your ideal day look like?

Wake up, grab a brush, put a little makeup, hide my scars to fade away the shakeup, intentionally leave my keys upon the table, and then do some light fiction writing.

What in your life feels good but you know is bad for you?

EATING SUGAR. Jeez once I slip and have some full-sugar chocolate I just get that craving and can't stop hunting down more sugary foods.

What would you like people to say about you at your funeral?

"He sure did publish a lot of podcasts."

What would 80-year old you say?

"None of that mattered, but I'm glad we had fun."

What would 10-year-old you say?

"Huh—we don't become an actor or director? Oh, we kinda do? Neat."

What high-magnitude, non-consensus rightness have you discovered?

Wear an eye mask, ear plugs, and an EEG sleep tracker every night.

If you were a dictionary word, what would the definition be?

I'd love it if "to Christian Genco" something meant to hyper-optimize it after exhaustively learning as much as you can about it. Ex: "I Christian Genco'd buying a car and now I not only have the best car for me at the cheapest price but I also made an app so everyone else can find the best car for them."

How would you like to grow?

I'd like to grow: my height (a tad), my basketball skills, my number of females (from zero to one, so I could converse with her), and my number of baseball-carrying bunnies residing in caps who possess a 1964 Chevy Impala.

What do you feel vulnerable about?

If your answer is "NOTHING I HAVE NO WEAKNESSES I AM VERY STRONG," I'd wager you're living in an unhealthy situation where it's not safe to express your vulnerabilities because they'll be used against you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What was your energy level like today?

I haven't actually watched any of The Smartest Guys in the Room yet, but I hear it's good?

If you could switch places with someone 100 years ago, or 100 years in the future, which would you pick and why?

I'm consistently amused by people forgetting that, depending on your race and geographic location, traveling back in time would be worse in literally every way.

How have you changed in the last year?

OH JEEZ how have I not changed. I feel like 2020 Christian is living an almost entirely different life from 2019 Christian.

What's the most recent adventurous thing you've done?

Learning to SCUBA dive and going zip lining feels like the most stereotypically adventurous thing I've done, but it was actually pretty chill. I think starting therapy felt the most adventurous.

If you could be famous for anything you wanted, what would it be?

I'd want to be famous for bringing good luck to people who gave me money. Maybe I want to be a fountain 🤔

What's your favorite conversation to start when you're home with family?

For bonus points, start a conversation involving all four at the same time.

What surprised you today?

I thought the dishes in the dishwasher were clean, but the dishwasher was actually paused last night so they were still soapy. I was surprised by this information after I had already put the dishes away. FML.

How would your life be different if you could read minds?

I feel like I would either feel more anxious because the thoughts I thought other people were thinking would be confirmed as their thoughts, or less anxious because I'd realize I'm just projecting and they actually barely think about me. The later is probably more likely.

What are the minority of your actions that drive the majority of your results?

This podcast takes like an hour per week to produce, so it's definitely up there.

What is your favorite toy?

My new Canon M50 is ludicrously fun.What is an f-value and how does it work? Like, physically? Also the lenses are so fun to fiddle with.

What will you finish today?

Three guesses as to what yesterday's... wait, no.

What will you start today?

Three guesses as to what tomorrow's prompt will be.

What just occurred to you?

You ever say a word so many times it stops making sense as a word?

What's going well?

Kinda like everything right now, actually.

What did you need more of yesterday?

SLEEP. That nap was amazing.

What do you need to accept?

One day, I'm going to die.

Did you notice?

I rewatched that video recently KNOWING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN and it still got me.

What do you want?


What would you like to learn?

I'm pretty proud of my Italian accent 😏

What's occupying your mind?

Thoughts. I can't evict them because something something squatters' rights.

How might you take care of someone today?

I hope Vito Corleone doesn't subscribe to Your Thoughts. Or actually, that'd be cool. I just hope he doesn't listen to this particular episode.

What's your mission?

"To disregard females and acquire currency."

What do you love?


Who do you love?

"Myself" is a perfectly valid answer. So is "hosts of avant garde podcasts."

What did you do to recharge today?

When children are grumpy you make them take a nap, so I've started forcing myself to take naps when I'm grumpy. It's hard.

Which of your skills are you grateful for today?

"Nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, and computer hacking skills" - my ideal self

How were you physically active today?

Morning walk, kettlebell swings, and nervously bouncing my legs all day while working.

How did your strengths serve you well today?

I got so much more done today, even though I didn't feel like it, because I'm so darn good at planning.

What was your mindset today?


How did you contribute to your relationships today?

Lots of active listening.

What was a positive influence on your day today?

My mastermind call. Those dudes give me such an excited productive energy.

What atmosphere did you carry with you today?

Kinda like a generally positive and productive atmosphere. I felt like I was jammin'

What were your priorities yesterday?

1. maintain healthy habits, 2. finish productivity presentation, 3. record this podcast

How did you sleep last night?

For real though this sleep tracker cured me of my debilitating lifetime sleep onset insomnia and is the most significant life improvement I've made in years.

What would be a perfect gift for you?

If someone could gift me like 100 hours of a personal assistant's time that would be pretty rad.

What's your Netflix special about?

Actually I think doing a comedy special would be a blast.

What made you feel in control today?

Following my todo list TO THE LETTER

Is a Pop-Tart a sandwich?

"…I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"

What would you tell yourself if you had a chance to go back in time 3 years?

"hey bro you jelly of my 2020 vision? 😎"

What hill would you die on, on principle?

Bidets are superior to toilet paper in every way.

What's your password?

If it's letmein, iloveyou, monkey, qazwsx, or 1q2w3e4r, you should probably change it.

What has your work taught you that other people don't realize?

Seemingly simple tasks like "move this file from here to there" are really, really, really complicated for most people to do.


"Ok but not every episode is like this the questions change every day" - you recommending this podcast to a friend today

What do you do when you feel stuck?

When I started tracking my time and realizing how much was being burned on mindless YouTubing I was horrified.

Would you really like fries with that?

"Yes" - me

Why is it like that?

"Because that's the way it is" - Dr. Mason, MD

Would you like to go parasailing?

I went parasailing for the first time four days ago and you can just fly in the air like a bird.

Would you like to go SCUBA diving?

I just went for the first time and holy cow you can just breath underwater like a fish.

What's the last thing you made with your hands?

I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to mangos and I have never chosen not to eat one.

How might you go further with someone else?


What can you do faster alone?

Any sort of shopping.

What diet would you recommend to someone you cared about?

The implied question here is whether or not you care about yourself. I wouldn't be so gauche as to ask that one, though.

Which apps help you live a better life?

If you interacted with a person the same way you interact with that app, would you still hang out?

In which of your relationships are you giving much more than you're getting?

No relationship is perfectly balanced, but none should feel chronically and unfairly imbalanced.

What do you need?

It's so much easier for me to get what I need after I've figured out what I need. Sometimes I feel like a very complicated baby.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

"…you're not better than this."

What's up?

"Don't make a dad joke, don't do it, you're better than this…"

Who would you ask for help from in a crisis?

Having had a crisis recently, I can tell you precisely who I called. I've since called them about non-crisis-related things.

Who is in your tribe?

Wanna be in mine? We listen to podcasts!

What's the best book you've ever read?

I'm going to keep promoting this book until everyone has read it.

When's the last time you called your best friend?

December 9th and whoa I just got deja vu.

What's the most painful part of your life?

This was so much easier when I was forced to be around the same group of people every day and friendship was the most effective coping mechanism.

When do you feel most fulfilled?

After a day of cranking out precisely what I set out that morning to accomplish. Mmm, that sweet ambrosia of productivity.

Why not just do it?

"Because I'm scared!" is usually my internal response, which I've decided is an unjustifiable reason.

What's wrong?

*pulls out full list of grievances from Festivus*

What would happen if you did nothing?


How would you like your life to be different in the next decade?

Healthier, wealthier, and wiser I suppose. But what two habits could I change to achieve all three at once 🤔

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