011: Tidying Up – The Joy Sparkler is Over 9000

After answering a listener question, we discuss the latest crazy, Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up methodology. Afterwards we dive into Jun’s HomeKit papercuts as well as his new photography gear.

Mentioned Links:
Pragmatic Apple Watch
Tidying Up on Netflix
Marie Kondo’s Book Tidying Up
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3
Peak Design Camera Strap

010: Finding a Home – 160 Pounds of Charcoal

With Alec needing to move soon for Rachel’s new job, we discuss our process when looking for a new place to live. During the after show, we talk about why Jun might be moving soon, too.

Alec’s Siri Shortcut House Checklist
Lutron Casetta
Jun’s Housing Requirements

  • Daycare
  • Proximity to work
  • Yard? Too large is too much maintenance
  • # of rooms
  • Balcony for grilling
  • Neighborhood
  • Walkability
  • Internet provider
  • Price
  • Form of investment?
  • HVAC system

009: Computer Science Education – Breaking The Sound Barrier

To kick off the new year, Jun and Alec discuss Maryland’s recently passed bill focused on bringing Computer Science education to all schools in all zip codes. After that, we discuss our holiday and goals for the podcast and our selves in 2019.

2019 Cortex Yearly Themes
Maryland’s Computer Science Bill
Summary of the Bill

After Show:
Jun’s New Wallet
Alec’s Nespresso
Alec’s 2019 Resolutions

008: 2018 Holidays – AirPod Hipster

Today we followed up on our to do journey with Due. Then we discussed how to fit exercise into our busy lives and if family holiday gatherings are a time and place for ideological / political conversations with family.

In the after show we offer a holiday gift guide for the overanalyzer in your life.

Mentioned Links:


Ricky Mondello – How iOS Encourages Healthy Password Practices

“Kindness is a choice”

August Pro Smart Lock

Ridge Wallet

Basic Wallet

Bellroy Card Sleeve

Casey Liss Wallet Post

Anova Sous Vide


Burr Grinder Wirecutter Review


Philips Hue Smart Bulbs

Optimizing Siri on HomePod in Far‑Field Settings

007: Time Management – Pestering Agent

After a recent swift experience at Sam’s Club using the Scan and Go app, Jun wanted to talk about other time saving and time management techniques we deploy to help us in our day to day lives.

Mentioned Links:
The Next Year Now Podcast

Jun’s view of Alec during some of the show

Jun showing off his “Cool Breeze Blue” iPhone XR.