Mountain Shores: The (Un)Productivity Podcast

by Fabian Kruse (The Friendly Anarchist) and Milo McLaughlin (Clear-Minded Creative)

Mountain Shores: The (Un)Productivity Podcast
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 21
  • Last: 13 Apr 2016
Mountain Shores is a laid-back podcast about navigating the valleys and peaks of creative life without ending up in the doldrums. Your hosts are Fabian Kruse (The Friendly Anarchist) and Milo McLaughlin (Clear-Minded Creative). Each month (or thereabouts) we’ll share insights, advice and lessons learnt from our own journeys as self-employed bloggers, authors and cake aficionados. We’ll also be welcoming some very special guests from around the world to take part in the conversation. We believe that in order to create a great body of work and live a good life, artists need to recognise and embrace the paradoxes of (un)productivity, the art of getting things done without sacrificing health and happiness. It means adopting the idler's approach: Avoid stupid work and mindless busy-ness, and focus ruthlessly on what really matters. After all, real productivity means learning to choose wisely. Regular discussion topics will include creativity, (un)productivity, blogging, freelancing and self-employment, personal development, minimalism, idleness and the many ways that technology can both help and hinder our progress. We’ll also try to regularly mention cake. To keep in touch don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or visit us at http://www.mountainshores.net/

Episodes (21)

  • MoSho Mini #2 – A nice little ritual
    MoSho Mini #2 – A nice little ritual
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    Published: 13 Apr 2016 Duration: 07:01
    The chaps (Michael, Fabian and Milo) ease their way back into podcasting with a brief discussion about caffeinated beverages and their tasty but rather addictive qualities. MoShow Notes: Michael’s choice of decaffeinated coffee Track your c... Read more →
    The chaps (Michael, Fabian and Milo) ease their way back into podcasting with a brief discussion about caffeinated beverages and their tasty but rather addictive qualities. MoShow Notes: Michael’s choice of decaffeinated coffee Track your c... Read more →

  • MoSho Mini #1: Giving our all
    MoSho Mini #1: Giving our all
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    Published: 28 Nov 2015 Duration: 12:04
    Michael Phelps couldn’t be arsed giving it his all, so why should we? Michael, Milo and Fabian meet up to record a Mountain Shores episode in a completely new format: About 10 minutes long, discussing a single topic, unapologetically record... Read more →
    Michael Phelps couldn’t be arsed giving it his all, so why should we? Michael, Milo and Fabian meet up to record a Mountain Shores episode in a completely new format: About 10 minutes long, discussing a single topic, unapologetically record... Read more →

  • 19: The Vanishing
    19: The Vanishing
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    Published: 28 Jul 2015 Duration: 35:46
    Lourenço Azevedo joins the MoSho crew to talk about Chi Kung, 3-month holidays, and the downsides of violent stopping. Learn about Lourenço’s “color grade of connection”, Milo’s vision of effortless discipline, and the beauty of microadven... Read more →
    Lourenço Azevedo joins the MoSho crew to talk about Chi Kung, 3-month holidays, and the downsides of violent stopping. Learn about Lourenço’s “color grade of connection”, Milo’s vision of effortless discipline, and the beauty of microadven... Read more →

  • 18. El Capitan vs Jelly Bean Sandwich (Chaps on Macs Special Episode)
    18. El Capitan vs Jelly Bean Sandwich (Chaps on Macs Special Episode)
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    Published: 10 Jun 2015 Duration: 37:42
    The Chaps on Macs are back to discuss the most recent Apple announcements, but their infatuation with the world’s most profitable company appears to be waning. Michael is now doing much of his work from a Google Chromebook, Fabian would rat... Read more →
    The Chaps on Macs are back to discuss the most recent Apple announcements, but their infatuation with the world’s most profitable company appears to be waning. Michael is now doing much of his work from a Google Chromebook, Fabian would rat... Read more →

  • 17: World (Un)Productivity Summit 2015
    17: World (Un)Productivity Summit 2015
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    Published: 17 May 2015 Duration: 21:12
    Five partners in blogs met up in Wales at Gladstone’s Library to hold the inaugural World (Un)Productivity Summit. As the name suggests, we enjoyed a delightfully light programme: “Presentations in the morning followed by general lolling ab... Read more →
    Five partners in blogs met up in Wales at Gladstone’s Library to hold the inaugural World (Un)Productivity Summit. As the name suggests, we enjoyed a delightfully light programme: “Presentations in the morning followed by general lolling ab... Read more →

  • 16: Supermarkt Connections
    16: Supermarkt Connections
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    Published: 29 Apr 2015 Duration: 47:11
    For MoSho 16, we meet up again with our guest from episode 4, freelancing web designer and illustrator, Markus Freise. While Milo is walking the mean streets of Edinburgh, we revisit the idea of a “League of Creative Minds”. We discuss virt... Read more →
    For MoSho 16, we meet up again with our guest from episode 4, freelancing web designer and illustrator, Markus Freise. While Milo is walking the mean streets of Edinburgh, we revisit the idea of a “League of Creative Minds”. We discuss virt... Read more →

  • 15: Writing for Wolves (with Kaite Welsh)
    15: Writing for Wolves (with Kaite Welsh)
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    Published: 22 Jan 2015 Duration: 51:37
    In this episode, Milo and Fabian meet Kaite Welsh (Twitter, Contently), freelance journalist and author (and self-described MoSho fangirl!) who recently moved back to Edinburgh to pursue her writing work full-time. We discuss Kaite’s prepar... Read more →
    In this episode, Milo and Fabian meet Kaite Welsh (Twitter, Contently), freelance journalist and author (and self-described MoSho fangirl!) who recently moved back to Edinburgh to pursue her writing work full-time. We discuss Kaite’s prepar... Read more →

  • 14: Lockpicking Imaginary Handcuffs (with Robert Wringham)
    14: Lockpicking Imaginary Handcuffs (with Robert Wringham)
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    Published: 10 Nov 2014 Duration: 55:13
    Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher In the most political conversation in Mountain Shores history, Michael, Milo and Fabian meet up in a tapped cable somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in order to talk with comedian and writer... Read more →
    Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher In the most political conversation in Mountain Shores history, Michael, Milo and Fabian meet up in a tapped cable somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in order to talk with comedian and writer... Read more →

  • 13: Chaps on Macs
    13: Chaps on Macs
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    Published: 25 Oct 2014 Duration: 54:11
    In their most geeky episode ever (complete with their first ever theme tune!), Michael, Milo and Fabian chat about the two recent Apple events, (frugal) standing desks, sync issues, iOS glitches, and update ennui. Milo reports back on the ... Read more →
    In their most geeky episode ever (complete with their first ever theme tune!), Michael, Milo and Fabian chat about the two recent Apple events, (frugal) standing desks, sync issues, iOS glitches, and update ennui. Milo reports back on the ... Read more →

  • 12: Imperfect Citizens
    12: Imperfect Citizens
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    Published: 31 Jul 2014 Duration: 28:16
    Resurfacing after a few months in his offline hideout, Fabian discusses with Milo the beauty of creating in the real world, the importance of goals, what he has in common with David Hasselhoff and the improbabilities of ever becoming a pro... Read more →
    Resurfacing after a few months in his offline hideout, Fabian discusses with Milo the beauty of creating in the real world, the importance of goals, what he has in common with David Hasselhoff and the improbabilities of ever becoming a pro... Read more →

  • 11: Persons of Interest
    11: Persons of Interest
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    Published: 2 Feb 2014 Duration: 39:46
    A discussion about the ups and downs of drinking alcohol (and juices) leads to a big celebration of Milo’s second birthday as a self-employed mad genius. On top of this, we chat with co-conspirator Michael Nobbs about energy diaries, co-wor... Read more →
    A discussion about the ups and downs of drinking alcohol (and juices) leads to a big celebration of Milo’s second birthday as a self-employed mad genius. On top of this, we chat with co-conspirator Michael Nobbs about energy diaries, co-wor... Read more →

  • 10: Honesty and Hibernation
    10: Honesty and Hibernation
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    Published: 17 Dec 2013 Duration: 45:35
    As we enter Glühwein season, Fabian, Michael and Milo met to chat about how to have a happy, merry and (slightly) productive December (unless you prefer to be a bit 'Bah Humbug', as Milo and Morrissey do). Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stit... Read more →
    As we enter Glühwein season, Fabian, Michael and Milo met to chat about how to have a happy, merry and (slightly) productive December (unless you prefer to be a bit 'Bah Humbug', as Milo and Morrissey do). Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stit... Read more →

  • 9: Cooking Up A Mountain Storm
    9: Cooking Up A Mountain Storm
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    Published: 4 Nov 2013 Duration: 28:50
    Accompanied by some interesting background noises (including the clinking of whisky glasses and what might be traffic, a mountain storm, or alien interference), Fabian and Milo talk about the importance of limiting how much we have on our ... Read more →
    Accompanied by some interesting background noises (including the clinking of whisky glasses and what might be traffic, a mountain storm, or alien interference), Fabian and Milo talk about the importance of limiting how much we have on our ... Read more →

  • 8: Getting Geeky
    8: Getting Geeky
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    Published: 24 Sep 2013 Duration: 43:26
    Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher Featuring very special guest Michael Nobbs, our first autumn episode looks back at vacation time and how we sometimes tend to use even our days off to work a little - or a little too much. Getting inti... Read more →
    Listen/Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher Featuring very special guest Michael Nobbs, our first autumn episode looks back at vacation time and how we sometimes tend to use even our days off to work a little - or a little too much. Getting inti... Read more →

  • 7: Blogging Warriors – Type fast, die young!
    7: Blogging Warriors – Type fast, die young!
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    Published: 20 Aug 2013 Duration: 35:38
    An unsuspecting chat about the advantages of writing over wood-working turns into a full-fledged impromptu podcast. In this episode, Milo and Fabian chat about blogs as digital "total works of art", the advantages of tiny offices, and micro... Read more →
    An unsuspecting chat about the advantages of writing over wood-working turns into a full-fledged impromptu podcast. In this episode, Milo and Fabian chat about blogs as digital "total works of art", the advantages of tiny offices, and micro... Read more →

  • 6: Finding Home In Writing (and Rhode Island)
    6: Finding Home In Writing (and Rhode Island)
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    Published: 8 Jul 2013 Duration: 46:43
    Crossing the seas and encompassing several different time zones, we meet creative entrepreneur Dave Ursillo, our first guest from the US. In this episode, we discuss the emerging phase of the writer's profession and the power of the pen as... Read more →
    Crossing the seas and encompassing several different time zones, we meet creative entrepreneur Dave Ursillo, our first guest from the US. In this episode, we discuss the emerging phase of the writer's profession and the power of the pen as... Read more →

  • 5: Summer (Un)Productivity
    5: Summer (Un)Productivity
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    Published: 22 Jun 2013 Duration: 28:58
    Leveraging our proverbial discipline, we gather with the wonderful Michael Nobbs on one of the warmest days of the year to chat about summer productivity, social media sabbaticals, schedules, sleep patterns and self-depletion. We talk about... Read more →
    Leveraging our proverbial discipline, we gather with the wonderful Michael Nobbs on one of the warmest days of the year to chat about summer productivity, social media sabbaticals, schedules, sleep patterns and self-depletion. We talk about... Read more →

  • 4: The League of Creative Minds
    4: The League of Creative Minds
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    Published: 30 May 2013 Duration: 46:36
    In an act of courage, Milo takes on chatting with not one but two Germans in this episode. With web designer and illustrator Markus Freise, we met on Skype to discuss Markus’ decision to ditch a well-paid and safe job as CEO of a web desig... Read more →
    In an act of courage, Milo takes on chatting with not one but two Germans in this episode. With web designer and illustrator Markus Freise, we met on Skype to discuss Markus’ decision to ditch a well-paid and safe job as CEO of a web desig... Read more →

  • 3: Cakes and Slow Travel
    3: Cakes and Slow Travel
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    Published: 30 Apr 2013 Duration: 16:48
    Our podcast baby has a name, finally! Started as a wee experiment, we’re glad to bring you Mountain Shores episode 3, recorded with our co-host honorem causa Michael Nobbs. In a premiere, we met up in real life – in order to attend Chris Gu... Read more →
    Our podcast baby has a name, finally! Started as a wee experiment, we’re glad to bring you Mountain Shores episode 3, recorded with our co-host honorem causa Michael Nobbs. In a premiere, we met up in real life – in order to attend Chris Gu... Read more →

  • 2: Mountain Shores and Tiny Steps
    2: Mountain Shores and Tiny Steps
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    Published: 30 Apr 2013 Duration: 32:52
    With Fabian busy traveling through Colombia, diving deeply into his research on the topic of creative idleness, we found a working wi-fi signal and some time to record a follow-up episode to our surprisingly successful first episode. Then, ... Read more →
    With Fabian busy traveling through Colombia, diving deeply into his research on the topic of creative idleness, we found a working wi-fi signal and some time to record a follow-up episode to our surprisingly successful first episode. Then, ... Read more →