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Pop Filter: Best of 2016

There’s too much pop culture to possibly keep track of. There are so many podcasts, apps, boxsets, books, and movies clamouring for your attention that it’s hard to know which are worth exploring. That’s where Pop Filter comes in.

The producer/editor behind the Inspireland Podcast, Wil McDermott, and Wil’s friend, Lorraine Harton, (and sometimes Dave from Inspireland), sit down every couple of weeks to discuss some of the latest popular culture.

In this episode Wil & Dave discuss their favourite Pop Culture from 2017. Enjoy.

Recommendations: Dara O’ Kearney

If you haven't listened to my conversation with Dara yet you can check it out here. Below is a compilation of the stuff Dara recommended at the end of the show. Dave

Films: Rounders

The first of Dara’s film picks was the classic Rounders (1998) by John Dahl. Here’s the great scene of the final hand with the equally great John Malkovich. ***SPOILER ALERT***

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Kliph Nesteroff Recommends…

If you haven't listened to my conversation with Kliph yet you can check it out here. Below is a compilation of the stuff Kliph recommended at the end of the show. Dave

Favourite Fictional TV show about Comedy/Comedian?

The Comedian (Playhouse 90) 1957 Dir: J Frankenheimer

It starred Mickey Rooney as … the star of a live American comedy show, variety show, in the 50s and the whole teleplay is about the backstage drama of this guy who causes chaos. Who browbeats his brother, who browbeats his stage hands, who is a total unfunny monster off stage but beloved by all of America onstage.”

Thanks to the absolute wonder of youtube you can watch this in it's entirety below.

Favourite Comedy Documentary?

“I have different ones from different eras but I love the Jerry Seinfeld documentary The Comedian. It’s funny, my book is called The Comedians, my favourite teleplay is called The Comedian and my favourite documentary is called Comedian. When it came out in DVD form in 2003 it had an audio commentary track by Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld which is just as good if not better than the documentary itself.”

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30 Day Challenge: Clean Eating; Days 1-10


This longform post is the first of 3 posts where London based student Valeriya Rodimova details her experiences of attempting to eat clean for 30 days. The posts will include dietary, fitness, and personal observations. The posts are brilliantly long and detailed but we will do a summary and cheat sheet when the 30 days is complete. You can follow Valeriya on Instagram here.

Who is Valeriya?

My name is Valeriya Rodimova and I am ready to start my 30-day Eat Clean Challenge! I will tell some basic staff about me to start with. I am 20 and I am 2nd year Queen Mary University College London student. I am doing International Relations. I have been always keen on searching diets and not finishing them. Something has to be changed, as I might appear to be slim, however my skin, my hair and my health overall is dissatisfactory. So this challenge is an amazing opportunity for me to start new life!

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*** There will be spoilers! ***

There’s too much pop culture to possibly keep track of. There are so many podcasts, apps, boxsets, books, and movies clamouring for your attention that it’s hard to know which are worth exploring. That’s where Pop Filter comes in.

The producer/editor behind the Inspireland Podcast, Wil McDermott, and Wil’s friend, Lorraine Harton (and sometimes Dave from Inspireland), sit down every couple of weeks to discuss some of the latest popular culture. This week, they chat about Netflix/Brooker’s Black Mirror.  Enjoy. Dave

If you enjoyed this episode of POP FILTER check out the last one where Wil And Lorraine discuss HBO's Westworld here.

9 quotes from Magic And Loss: The Internet As Art

Tomorrow’s guest, Virginia Heffernan, believes the internet is the greatest piece of communal art ever created. Here’s some of the passages I highlighted while reading her excellent book, Magic And Loss.


…the Internet is an extraordinarily seductive representation of the world

If it’s ever fair to say that anything has “changed everything,” it’s fair to say so about the Internet. At stake in this cultural transformation are the way we live, the way we think, the way we love, the way we talk, and even the way we fight across the globe. The Internet is entrenched. It’s time to understand it—and not as a curiosity or an entry in the annals of technology or business but as an integral part of our humanity, as the latest and most powerful extension and expression of the project of being human.

With media, books, texts, and emails on mobile devices people are never not reading. We read while we’re socializing, working, shopping, relaxing, walking, commuting, urinating. From a nation that couldn’t stop eating, we’ve become a nation that can’t stop reading.

I’m trying my hand at anthropology here: where farmers bred to produce field hands, industrial workers bred because they couldn’t help it, and Kennedy-era couples bred to goose the GNP by buying sailor suits and skis, in the Internet age we form families so we can produce, distribute, and display digital photos of ourselves.

What’s more, it had long been accepted as axiomatic that technology and pornography—from the printing press to photography, magazines, film, and videotape—always evolve in tandem. “Sometimes the erotic has been a force driving technological innovation,” John Tierney wrote in the Times in 1994. “Virtually always, from Stone Age sculpture to computer bulletin boards, it has been one of the first uses for a new medium.”

This is a serious question: Do you like your art in front of you, inside your body, or all around you? People who are drawn to plays, movies, and TV sports generally prefer to keep their diversions at some distance. These are traditional “viewers.” We sit in relative shade or even theater darkness while our entertainment is brightly lit or backlit. People who like food, perfume, and music in headphones like entertainment in their mouth, nose, and ears. They are cultural “consumers” and generally take their pleasures in low restaurant lighting. People who like architecture, video games, music in speakers, and, most recently, 3D media seek to be surrounded and included in the action. They like a diverse, changing light scheme, like those in cathedrals, theme parks, and dance clubs. In marketing lingo these people are “experiencers.”

“The truth is,” Cleary said, “virtual reality just creates a deep hunger for real-world experiences.”

I kept Wittgenstein close: “Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent.”

Twee or crazy as it may sound, a time or two I took a tablet of ecstasy and snuck into the computer room, fired up one of the massive terminals, and signed in to spend the night in a solo orgy of logical proofs.

You can buy Magic And Loss here.

Kirby Ferguson: Where do ideas come from?

Most of us have to create ideas/solutions occasionally and many of us struggle with the process of getting, organising, and expressing our ideas effectively. In this short video the always excellent Kirby Ferguson breaks down the 4 step process he uses.

Check out my interview with Kirby here, he was great. This is his site. This is his Patreon page, I'm already patronising him!


E48 Easkey Britton: Soulful Surfer


The above pic was taken by Robert Weber. Check out his site here. The featured image is by Tomas Hein, you can see more of his work, including more pics of Easkey, here.

In episode #48 I was joined by Ireland’s first lady of surfing, Easkey Britton. Surfing is so deep in Easkey’s DNA that she was named after a famous wave off Ireland’s west coast. More recently, Easkey has shifted her focus from competitive big wave surfing to using her training and research to help bring surfing to communities with no experience of the sport. If all this wasn’t enough Easkey also writes, paints, and speaks.

During our conversation we discussed;

  1. The legendary story of Easkey’s grandmother bringing the first surfboard to Ireland in the 1960s.
  2. Easkey’s earliest memories of surfing and the origin of her deep relationship with the sea.
  3. The ability of surfing to help people live in the moment.
  4. The introduction of surfing to a group of women in a remote part of Iran.
  5. How the environment and society are inextricably linked.
  6. The power of exposure to nature to improve our mental well being.

Easkey was a superb guest and I know you’ll enjoy listening to her as much as I enjoyed speaking to her. Dave

You can check out Easkey’s site here, or her twitter here. Waves Of Freedom‘s site can be explored here. Check out Easkey’s TEDxDublin talk here.

Constantin Gurdgiev: Quotes & recommendations

If you haven't listened to my conversation with Constantin yet you can check it out here. Below is a short compilation of some of my favourite quotes from the interview and a list of the stuff Constantin recommended (books etc). Dave


On his time as an undergrad in LA: “I lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union, several deaths in my family where I couldn’t travel, the LA riots, and subsequently the big earthquake as well.

“Economics to me is not a science, I come from the American tradition that sees economics as art.”

“Human beings are the subject of economics and we as human beings can be simultaneously rational, irrational, mad, calm, psychotic, neurotic, we can make consistent decisions from time to time and inconsistent decisions between those inconsistent decisions. We can and do change our minds and preferences and this is just one individual.”

“As Naseem Taleb has said we, as human beings, are not wired for uncertainty. We tent to trust somebody who speaks with certainty and confidence.”

“Once you understand the limitations (of economics) then you move economics away from this purely scientific type of study to a field where you relate the story, the narrative.”

“Every day, every nanosecond, every minute, every time we make any sort of decision, we are operating in a world of uncertainty. Economists are not god.”

“Irish decision makers got accustomed to the idea of relying on advice which is free but the economists who provide this advice work for vested interests such as trade unions, law firms, multinational corporations. The free lunch does exist but you just don’t want to eat it.”

“If you want to reduce inequality over time you have to imagine wealth as a lake.  You dam a stream and a lake grows, this is the lake of wealth.  On one side of our society we have a very big dam which was built over time and the lake is massive.  On the other side we have a smaller lake and a smaller dam and that’s the rest of us. The big lake didn’t become big just because of the dam it became big because of the stream, the stream of income. If we want to reduce wealth inequality in an economy the irony of ironies is you need to allow people with lower wealth to be able to start accumulating over time more wealth.”


Constantin suggested Nassim Taleb as a good author for anyone who wants to learn more about economics. Check out his author site here. He also mentioned David McWilliams, Morgan Kelly, Brian Lucey, Liam Delaney, and Kevin O’ Rourke as worth following.