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Dandy Cast 016: How would a heaping handful of joy treat you these days?

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on March 17, 2020.

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There are several things that make me happier than a clam, as they say. There’s a heaping carton of vegan ice cream. There’s petting dogs and cats. There’s sleeping in on a free weekday. Oh hey, there’s also a bunch of other things. Too many to name in this particular paragraph, so listen to this episode and check out the links below, why don’t ya?

Look, when times are tough (and they’re certainly tough as hell right now), it’s important to keep your spirits up. That’s why I made this list of things I love watching, listening to, and reading for your pleasure. Give them all a go, you wonderful person you.

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Why It’s Okay To Work a Lot (or a Little).

Some people like working a little bit. Some people like working so much that you wonder if they might actually be some kind of robot. Whatever the case may be for you, it’s all good. You should work how you prefer to work. Just make sure you get everything done, you take care of yourself, and you read this blog post.

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

Good Mythical Morning - YouTube

The Nicest Place on the Internet - YouTube

The Chef Show - Netflix

Chef - IMDb

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend - Earwolf

The Big Ones - Earios


More Movies Please! - Libsyn

Good Omens - Goodreads

Good Omens - Prime Video

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Goodreads


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes - Andrews McMeel

Alton Brown’s Handwashing Tutorial - YouTube

Why It’s Okay To Work a Lot (or a Little) - Dandy Cat Design

Locke & Key - Netflix

Excitable Boy | Warren Zevon - YouTube

The Stand | Stephen King - Goodreads

The full text

The Dandy Newsletter - 03/17/20

First off and most importantly, I hope you’re doing well and staying as safe and healthy as possible.

There’s really nothing that means more to me than that. I could spend this email talking about some challenges I’ve been having with my website or business or I could spend it talking about the fun things I’ve been doing with my life. I could spend this email doing that, but I’ve decided not to. That doesn’t appear to be the most pressing matter facing everyone right now.

Unless there are some extraordinary circumstances that keep me from doing it, I may get back into those sorts of emails next week. For now, though, I’d like to help bring some goodness to your life in a small way. Let’s get to it with an opinionated list of nice things!

To watch:

  • Good Mythical Morning. Rhett & Link have been a constant wonderful fixture on YouTube for more years than I can count. Their goofy and playful show is something that brings a smile to my face every day. They’ve got enough content to keep you going for a long while.
  • The Nicest Place on the Internet. The original website doesn’t appear to exist anymore, but there are loads of really nice videos on this YouTube page. If you find yourself needing a hug, then please go here.
  • The Chef Show. I’ve made no secret of my love for the movie Chef (which you should also watch), so when I saw that Jon Favreau was making a Netflix cooking show I knew I was going to be all in. This show is bright, fun, colorful, and a wonderful way to pass the time. Just try to watch any episode without getting hungry!

To listen to:

  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. You won’t find a bigger podcast fan than me. I’ve been listening to them for a long time and have heard shows of all types. Conan’s show, to me, is among the cream of the crop. His interviews are both delightful and insightful.
  • The Big Ones. The Big Ones, by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci, is part of the Earios Network—“podcasts by women, for everyone.” Their chemistry is undeniable and their humor is easy to fall into. This is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling low.
  • SModcast. SModcast has been around for nearly as long as podcasts have been a thing. They’ve been one of my dear favorites since they first began. If you want to hear filmmakers Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier just gab about nonsense for a while, you couldn’t do any better.
  • More Movies Please!. I’d be remiss in my duties as a new podcaster if I didn’t mention my own podcast. My friend, Steven, and I are watching and talking about movies we’ve wanted to see and share. It’s been a great way to be creative and see some interesting films with a really good friend of mine.

To read:

  • Good Omens. I love this book. Like, a lot. It’s one of the first Neil Gaiman (my favorite author) books I ever read and it’s still one that brings such great joy to my life. Sure, it deals with the end of the world, but I can guarantee that you’re not going to finish it feeling depressed. A wonderful mini-series adaptation was made for Amazon Prime last year and is also worth a watch.
  • What If?. By Randall Munroe, creator of the always brilliant XKCD comic, wrote a book that answers the most absurd questions with serious (and seriously researched) science. It’s a great way to tickle your brain with stuff you never knew you needed the answers to.
  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. This one can be a hefty purchase, but if you can find and get it, then you won’t be unhappy. Bill Watterson is a brilliant man and gifted the world with his creation of a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger. These comics never fail to put a smile on my face.

I think this collection of things is a great place to start on our quest to grow joy in our lives during these rough times. While we should all be mindful of ourselves and the people around us, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun while we do it. So please, enjoy yourself as much as you can.

And make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly and often! With actual soap. Seriously, it’s actually effective against this virus, far more so than hand sanitizer. Let Alton Brown tell you why. And practice good social distancing! It’s not just to keep you healthy, it’s also for the safety and well-being of those around you.

Go ahead and put your feet up

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Huzzah! 🎉

It’s called: Why It’s Okay To Work a Lot (or a Little).

Just in time for the disruption to many of our working schedules, there’s a brand new blog post ready for you to read all about working habits. The timing coincidence here couldn’t be more amazing to me.

We’re told to put our all into the work we do, sometimes explicitly and sometimes in more subtle ways. No matter the case, working employees to the bone is just how modern workplaces operate. But there’s a growing movement to change the amount of time that people work. Not only are fewer hours healthier for us, they can also increase productivity for businesses.

But sometimes that’s not your jam, and that’s totally okay too. Look, we all work in different ways and I want you to click through the link above right now and read about why all of our different methods are okay.

I’m going deep into why it’s okay to work a lot (or a little) in this week’s blog post. It’s a great read if you’ve been wondering how you can improve your life through the amount of time you spend working.

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, stay dandy, cat.


Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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