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Is It Just Me Podcast

Layla K & MJ met in business school. After decades of work in the worlds of business and government, they have seen both the outrageous and the mundane, and you can listen in as they share some lighthearted insight on topical and timely subjects. Tune in and decide, is it just me? It COULD be!

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Season Three Finale - That's A Wrap!
That's a wrap on Season 3 of the Is It Just Me with Layla K and MJ podcast!  But before we go on hiatus until September, we thought to highlight a few episodes that confirmed it wasn't just LaylaK or MJ who thought a topic merited a conversation. And, of course, share a few ever-popular bloopers. Thanks for listening and following our podcast! While we are on hiatus, we still want your ideas for future shows, including disappearances in parks, UFO or UAP sightings, and hot enough to fry an egg stories. Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to be sure to catch our Season 4 launch in September.  Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Podcast Statistics & Industry Trends 2024 (The Podcast Host) Nothing To See Here (Season 3, Episode 3) Decomposed body found in barrel on shore of shrinking Lake Mead (NBC News) That's Just Not True! (Season 3, Episode 5) True Crime: Dumb Criminals File (Season 3, Episode 11) 5 crime fails almost too funny to be true (Murdoch University) Predictions! (Season 3, Episode 9) Deryk Gilmore: What IS NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) And Why The Controversy? (Season 3, Episode 15) Is My Diamond USED with Louis Valentine (Season 3, Episode 10) Season Three Premiere (Season 3, Episode 1)
12:58 6/5/24
Topics To Avoid: Don't Bring This Up!
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and then they suddenly bring up an uncomfortable topic? Like asking about your salary - or maybe wanting to know if you prefer cats to dogs? In this episode Layla K and MJ discuss, or at least raise, precisely those! And it's not just the usual topics you might expect.  Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Deryk Gilmore: Life As A Sports Agent (Is It Just Me, Season 3 Episode 14) Jason Gilmore, LinkedIn (Is It Just Me The Great Resignation [S1E6], and Predictions! [S3E9]) What is the difference between a Trekker and a Treckie? (Stack Exchange) Music Credit: Sneaky Adventure by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
09:53 5/22/24
We've Always Done It This Way!
"We've always done it this way!" In this episode, Layla K and MJ share real-world, in hindsight humorous, examples of the six words that make leaders cringe. Minor details have been changed to protect the innocent!  Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: The Most Dangerous Phrase In Business: We've Always Done It This Way (Forbes)
10:14 5/8/24
The Market Decided!
On the last episode, Layla K and MJ discussed products that might have seemed silly during the pitch, but the market decided and they ultimately made millions of dollars! On this episode, they discuss products that the market decided were fails. Think chicken and crab meat frozen entrees, brought to you by your favorite toothpaste brand! Spoiler alert: it flopped. What do you think? Will any of these supposed flops ultimately have a happy ending? Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Darth Vader Talking Clapper Biggest Flops At Museum Of Failure (The Mirror) 15 Discontinued Sodas You'll Never See Again (Eat This, Not That!) Hidden Valley Ranch Couch (HIdden Valley) MJ's Most-Requested BLT Pasta Salad - featuring HVR (The Pioneer Woman) Juicero, the $399 Internet Connected Juicer, Explained (Vox) Quibi Is Officially Dead (Variety) 11 reasons why Quibi crashed and burned in less than a year (The Verge) Intro and exit music: Foam Rubber by Alexander Nakarada | https://creatorchords.com Music promoted on https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
09:28 4/24/24
Let The Market Decide!
How many times have you seen a product that is so silly and ridiculous, yet still hit those amazing million dollar mark in sales so quickly? You know the products, like the Pet Rock and the Clapper! On this episode, Layla K and MJ discuss some of the seemingly ludicrous products that people just can’t get enough of - so we say, “let the market decide!” Is it just us? What do you think? Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Liquid Death Pet Rock “Overworked South Koreans Unwind With Pet Rocks” (WSJ) Snuggies The Slanket (The Original Blanket with Sleeves) Million Dollar Homepage Chia Pet The Clapper The Clapper - Darth Vader Edition Episode music: Foam Rubber by Alexander Nakarada | https://creatorchords.com Music promoted on https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
10:25 4/10/24
Deryk Gilmore: What IS NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) And Why The Controversy?
Just what is NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) all about? Some college athletes are now earning more than their coaches - and it’s not stopping there!  On today's episode, Mr. Deryk Gilmore, President & Owner of Day 1 Sports & Entertainment, an NFLPA Contract Advisor, breaks it down for all of us. We learned that it’s not so cut and dry - everyone’s getting in on it, and some will profit while others might get hurt. Many thanks to friend of the pod Mr. Jason Gilmore for making the introduction to this engaging guest! Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Deryk Gilmore: Life As A Sports & Entertainment Agent (Is It Just Me podcast, Part 1) What is NIL (on3) Day 1 Sports and Entertainment on X (Twitter), Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn Kristen Hayden, record-breaking Women’s Diver, X (Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn Oluchi Okananwa, nationally recognized Women’s Basketball phenom,  X (Twitter), Instagram Macey Cintron, champion Softball athlete, X (Twitter), Instagram, TikTok Jason Gilmore, LinkedIn (Is It Just Me The Great Resignation [S1E6], and Predictions! [S3E9])  
20:39 3/27/24
Deryk Gilmore: Life As A Sports & Entertainment Agent
On today's episode, Mr. Deryk Gilmore, President & Owner of Day 1 Sports & Entertainment, an NFLPA Contract Advisor, shares the real behind-the-scenes perspective of life as a sports and entertainment agent. Come for the glamour and celebrities, stay for lessons on hard work and hustle to get the job done. That "biggest deal for an NFL wide receiver" teased at 3:50? You can read about the details here.  Many thanks to friend of the pod Mr. Jason Gilmore for making the introduction! This is just Part One of a fascinating conversation. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to be sure to catch Part Two (drops 3/27)  which focuses on the super hot topic of Name-Image-and-Likeness (NIL) in sports. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Cliff Branch, Legendary Raider & Hall of Fame Receiver (Raiders) Jason Gilmore, LinkedIn (Is It Just Me The Great Resignation [S1E6], and Predictions! [S3E9]) Camille Gilmore, Vice President, Human Resources and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Boston Scientific Corporation (LinkedIn) Day 1 Sports and Entertainment on X (Twitter), Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn "Biggest deal for NFL Wide-Receiver in a long time" - Bucs, Mike Evans agree to 2-year, $52M contract, agent says (ESPN.com) N1L Day 1 Media Day 1 Lifestyle (coming soon)
18:33 3/13/24
It's Tax Time Again?
It’s tax season, again?? Yes, as the saying goes, like death, it's inevitable. Is it just LaylaK and MJ whose minds wander to... how did we get here?? Take a break from those receipts and forms for a quick review of just that, including some pretty unusual taxes that have existed in the past. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: History of Taxes (Tax Foundation) Good Intentions Gone Wrong (Is It Just Me Podcast, S1 E19) The Window Tax (Lincoln Institute of Lane Policy) Beard Tax (Wikipedia) 13 Of The Weirdest And Most Absurd Taxes Known To Mankind (Scoop Whoop) History Of Federal Income Tax Rates (Bradford Tax Institute) How would you handle a 94% tax rate? (MoneyWise) Let The Rich Get Richer (Is It Just Me Podcast, S1 E2) Here's why the US tax system is so complicated (Yahoo Finance) Music: Run Amok Run Amok by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10:42 2/28/24
Things That Don't Go Together
This episode drops on Valentine's Day, which got LaylaK and MJ thinking about... things that DON'T go together! While it leads with a controversial take, don't worry, they end on a positive note. From food, to famous characters from TV and film, to the business world, this episode covers it all in just 10 minutes. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Grean Pea Guacamole Recipe (New York Times) New York Times pea guacamole controversy (Slate) James Cameron Admits Jack "Might've Lived" (People) 12 TV Couples Who Absolutely Hated Each Other In Real Life (Ranker) Elon Musk Lays Off Nearly 4000 Twitter Employees (Inside Edition)
10:20 2/14/24
True Crime: Dumb Criminal Files
Are some "True Crime: Dumb Criminal" stories just too funny to be true? Well, LaylaK and MJ double checked the sources of all these stories for a  quick and entertaining look at crime gone wrong. These capers, a mix of bad intentions, bad planning, and pure arrogance, will definitely have you asking, “Is it just me? How is that even real?" Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here.  Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Because it may not be just you, but it could be! Links: 10 Of The Stupidest Criminals Of All Time (How Stuff Works) Creme de la Weird (UExpress) 5 crime fails almost too funny to be true (Murdoch University) 14 Criminals So Ingenious Even the Police Were Impressed (Did You Know Facts)
10:35 1/31/24
Is My Diamond USED with Louis Valentine
When one episode on diamonds just isn’t enough! A few weeks ago we shared an interview with Mr. Louis Valentine, a gem industry expert. We learned how he entered the field and about his innovation: The Virgin Diamond™. In part two of this interview, Louis tells us more about his innovations of this ancient trade including the DiamondPower™ card and explains the perception and reality of lab-created diamonds. It won’t be just Layla K and MJ who are left wondering, “is my diamond USED??” Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Because it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Diamonds Are Year Round wtih Louis Valentine (Is It Just Me Podcast, Season 3, Episode 7) The Virgin Diamond™ DiamondPower™ Card Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
16:24 1/17/24
Predictions!
Nothing says "new year" like predictions! Layla K and MJ decided to invite friends of the podcast Jason Gilmore, Neville Waters, and Anita Scarlett to share their predictions, and make a few of their own. Do you have any predictions for the year?  Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow the podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links:  The Great Resignation w Special Guest Jason Gilmore (Season 1, Episode 6) Overrated w Special Guest Neville Waters (Season 2, Episode 7) Let's Play "This or That" including Special Guest Neville Waters (Season 2, Episode 19) The Pod Generation Movie (IMDB) Taylor Swift Big Brother, Nineteen Eight Four (wikipedia) 2024 Food and Drink Trends Are All About Ranch, Robots, and Rooster Pasta (Food & Wine) 9 Interior Design Trends to Watch in 2024 (Elle Decor)        
12:32 1/3/24
Good Gift? Bad Gift!
Stumped for the perfect gift for someone? Maybe even for your podcast hosts? This is the episode for you! LaylaK and MJ give a quick guide on what makes a good gift, bad gift, and what to do in the awkward situation of an asymmetrical gift. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Chia Pet  The Clapper (As Seen On TV) Barbie Dolls (Mattel)
10:16 12/20/23
Diamonds Are Year Round with Louis Valentine
Is it just Layla K and MJ, or does everyone love sparkly diamond jewelry? On this episode, they interview Mr. Louis Valentine, an expert in diamonds, on how he got into the industry and invented the brand of the Virgin Diamond. They also discuss a bit of the brilliance (ahem...) in recent diamond marketing and how even this ages-old industry is changing. And diamonds are definitely year round! Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: The History of the Diamond as an Engagement Ring (American Gem Society) Here's Where That 2-Month Salary For An Engagement Ring Thing Started (Good Housekeeping) Diamond Industry Facts (only Natural Diamonds) Introducing Diamond Power™ (Diamond Power) How 2023 became the year of the lab grown diamond (CNN)
20:32 12/6/23
We Chat MORE With Julie Durbin: Learning Difference and Multilingual Success Stories
Layla K and MJ interviewed Julie Durbin about her vocation at "Learn Differently, Teach Differently" a few weeks ago. In this follow-up episode, they celebrate "Making Math Real" success stories and the conversation continues with real life experiences being raised multilingual. You will be inspired by these stories! Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Julie Durbin (LinkedIn) Sausalito Floating Homes Association Chat With Julie Durbin On Her Fairy Tale Life & "Learn Differently, Teach Differently" (S3E3 Is It Just Me podcast with LaylaK and MJ) Advantages of a Bilingual Brain (Michigan State University Extension) Music Credits: Beautiful Piano by LesFM | https://lesfm.net/piano-background-music/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
11:49 11/22/23
That's Just Not True!
Do you ever read something, know it’s not true, but just somehow accept it, maybe if a little bit suspiciously? Maybe it’s not just you! Give a listen as LaylaK and MJ discuss a few top-of-mind examples that might make you think twice the next time you hear one of these “not quite true” statements. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: All Things Cybersecurity (Is It Just Me Podcast, Season 2 Ep 12) 5 Myths About Organic Food (Farmers' Almanac) Swallowing Gum - Is It Harmful? (Mayo Clinic) People Are Sharing The Biggest Lies In Human History (Buzzfeed) Your Customer Service Is Your Branding: The Ritz-Carlton Case Study (Forbes) Music credit: Sneaky Snitch by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
09:03 11/8/23
Coffee. COFFEE, coffee!
Just how important is coffee to LaylaK and MJ? Listen to this listener-requested episode to find out! You might also learn something about your favorite cup of morning goodness. Do you have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Let's Play "This or That?" with Patricia Gamboa and Neville Waters (S2 E19) Can Coffee Kill You? (LiveScience) 47 Addictive Coffee Facts (Fact Retriever) 63 Coffee Trivia Facts To Impress Your Friends (bean poet)
09:51 10/25/23
Chat With Julie Durbin On Her Fairy Tale Life & "Learn Differently, Teach Differently"
Layla K and MJ interview Julie Durbin on her "Fairy Tale life": both her vocation at "Learn Differently, Teach Differently", and her home life, on a floating home! Julie shares her journey of discovery to both and describes how "Making Math Real", a multi-sensory approach, empowers students with learning differences. It's NOT just us who are inspired by this story! Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Julie Durbin (LinkedIn) Sausalito Floating Homes Association Music Credits: Beautiful Piano by LesFM | https://lesfm.net/piano-background-music/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
20:29 10/11/23
Nothing To See Here...
Have you ever heard a story and wondered if someone is trying to deflect you from the real news? Perhaps trying to give you that "nothing to see here folks...." feeling? Layla K and MJ certainly have! They share a few of those stories in this episode. Is it just me? Or do a few of these stories miss the plot?? Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: The Creepiest Unsolved Mysteries in US National Parks (Outside Online) Decomposed body found in barrel on shore of sharinking Lake Mead in Nevada (NBC News) Russian Pundit's Idea of Nuking Yellowstone Volcano Wouldn't Work (Newsweek) Slugging "sprinter" goes viral, sparking nepotism scandal and an apology (NBC News) Creature Seekers: Center Hopes Drones Will AId Massive Loch Ness Monster Search (HuffPost) Loch Ness Fiction Is Stranger Than Truth (New York Times)
10:15 9/27/23
Season Three Premiere!
"Is It Just Me with LaylaK and MJ” is BACK after taking a proper summer off. We are having none of this “Summer ends mid-August” nonsense. In this premiere episode we recap a few stories you might have missed over the summer and preview what to expect in Season Three. Spoiler alert: we're bringing back more lighthearted takes on the topics you are talking about - or want to talk about! And we’ll also introduce you to some of the fascinating people we’ve crossed paths with. Have an idea for a pod? Guest to recommend? Drop us a comment on X, Instagram, Facebook or here. Follow us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode! Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not be just you... but it could be! Links: Released 50 years ago, "Soylent Green" is an eerie prophecy (The Economist) "A Modest Proposal", Jonathan Swift (Encyclopedia Britannica) Ryan Graves's claims about '100 yards sided red square" (HITC) Spiraling in San Francisco's Doom Loop (Curbed) An otter in Santa Cruz is hassling surfers (KQED)
09:21 9/13/23
Season 2 Finale!
It’s that time of the year… graduations abound and summer holiday planning is in full swing. And LaylaK and MJ are wrapping up Season 2 of the podcast. In this episode we take a quick romp through Season highlights and share some clips that, let’s just say, did not otherwise make it onto a podcast! But don’t worry, we will be back in September with a whole new season and during the summer we’ll continue to post on Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook to keep up the fun. While you're there, let us know if you are interested in being on our show, or if you have a great “Is is just me” topic.   Be sure to follow "Is It Just Me with LaylaK and MJ" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode.   Have a great summer! And in the meantime, remember: It may not just be you. but it could be!   For all of the episodes referenced today, see: IsItJustMe.libsyn.com
12:00 5/31/23
Let's Play 'This or That?' with Patricia Gamboa and Neville Waters!
Layla K and MJ decided to call back two previous podcast guests and ask them to play a quick round of "This or That?" They find willing players in Patricia Gamboa, party planner extraordinaire, founder of Patrician Company, and Season 1's "Better Together" holiday episode guest, and Neville Waters, master storyteller, from Season 2's "Overrated!" guest. Let's just say the lightening rounds of choosing between "This or That?" leave MJ, for one, questioning some of her friendship choices! Give a listen and find out what they all agreed, disagreed and all the fun reasoning for their choices. Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: ChatGPT Mount Zion - Female Union Band Society Cemetery (Black Georgetown) Airstream Friends (IMDB) The Office (IMDB) The Jetsons (Warner Brothers, YouTube)  
18:59 5/17/23
Seriously? An Award For That?
Have you ever received an award, trophy or certificate and wondered, why did I even get that? Or see someone celebrate a certificate for completing a course? Not passing it mind you - just attending it. There are also some highly prestigious awards that occasionally become meaningless! In this episode, LaylaK and MJ take a lighthearted look at some useless awards, and wonder why people seem to be proud to receive them. Or are they? What is the most ridiculous award you've seen? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to follow "Is It Just Me with LaylaK and MJ" on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc to never miss an episode. Only two left in Season 2. And remember, it may not be just you, but it could be! Show notes: Should We Give Every Child A Trophy? (Psychology Today) Man Skipped Work For 6 Years And No One Noticed Until He Won An Award (HuffPost) 10 Most Bizarre Awards (Oddee)
10:48 5/3/23
Is College Overrated?
LaylaK and MJ talk education reform! Is it just them, or does the system need an overhaul? They cover everything from graduates drowning in student debt with limited job prospects to the incredibly competitive market for trained, skilled labor. What do YOU think? Is college overrated? How do we best serve our students and society? Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: Here's how the cost of Harvard has changed throughout the years (Business Insider) Cost to attend California State University Los Angeles (CollegeCalc) Unemployment rate of recent US College grads by major (Statista) Average Salaries of College Graduates, 2023 (Forbes) 95 People who dropped out of college and became millionaires anyway (Bored Panda)
10:00 4/19/23
Would You Rather...?
Have you ever played the “would you rather…” game? Deciding between dilemmas, sometimes impossible choices, is today's topic. Some of our choices are light and fun but we also ask some deeper skill questions. And we even asked ChatGPT on OpenAI to fine tune our questions! What do you think about our choices? Drop us a comment here or let us know on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasn ts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: ChatGPT Teaser music credits: Investigations by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10:22 4/5/23
Climate Change & Innovation
We've touched on climate change before and agree: it does change and that IS an issue! But is it just us that believe technology and innovation will answer the challenge?  On this episode we focus on some of those fantastic innovations. What do you think? Is it all doom, doomscrolling, and gloom, or is there reason for hope? Know of an innovation we really should highlight? Drop us a comment below!  Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasn ts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: Episode 3: Doomscrolling Is A Lie Episode 2: Let The Rich Get Richer 50 Years Of Failed Doomsday (AEI) 60 Minutes Promotes Paul Erlich's Failed Doomsaying One More Time (Reason) Bill Gates criticizes idea of leading "impoverished lifestyle" to address climate change (Yahoo News) Bill Gates' nuclear-power firm will help build a $170 million experimental nuclear reactor in Idaho (Business Insider) Backed by OC donor, Caltech launches demo for harvesting solar power in space (Daily Pilot) This Billboard Sucks Pollution from the Sky and Returns Purified Air (Time)   Teaser music credits: Good Morning by MaxKoMusic | https://maxkomusic.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
09:55 3/22/23
Weird Work Rules
Layla and I have discussed “good intentions gone wrong” before - policies that didn’t exactly work out as intended. In this episode we discuss some very strange workplace policies we’ve come across, and can assure you, it will NOT just be us that think some of these practices actually very weird and leave employers looking just bonkers in the harsh light of the internet! What do YOU think? Have you come across any such practices? And are some of these just weird? Let us know in the comments. Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasn ts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: The Most Absurd Workplace Rules, According To Reddit (Limeade Listening) 8 Weird Company Rules You Didn't Know Exist (Resume Professional Writers) 30 Craziest Corporate Policies Employees Must Follow (Best Life Online) Workers stunned as bosses ban them from putting milk in breakfast cereal (Daily Record) Episode music credits: Good Morning by MaxKoMusic | https://maxkomusic.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/  
09:57 3/8/23
All Things Cybersecurity, Part 2
If you listened to our last episode, All Things Cybersecurity, Part 1, you understand why we had to continue the discussion with our cybersecurity expert, Mr. Saad Nabeel. In Part 1 you heard how organizations get your data, sell it, and then manipulate you to buy products that you probably don’t even want. In Part 2 you’ll hear more about how criminal organizations get your data and then either ransom you to try and get it back, or simply use it to commit identity or financial fraud. Saad also offers some tips on what to do, how to protect yourself, and to make some sensible decisions before lazily clicking cookie or data permissions. You know. All those screens you randomly click on to get to the content you want!   Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks.   Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.   And remember, is may not be just you, but it could be!   Episode music credit: Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
19:42 2/22/23
All Things Cybersecurity, Part 1
Has your computer or phone even been hacked? What about a company you work for? It's certainly not just Layla K and MJ who have received a letter from a company warning us that our personal data has been compromised. But what does that mean exactly? Should we worry? In this episode they discuss the world of Cyber Security with a cyber expert, Mr. Saad Nabeel. He shares how hackers around the world are well organized, with companies, management, holidays and benefit plans - and even have help desks with friendly agents to guide you on how to pay them off in return for YOUR data. It is just Layla K and MJ? Are you concerned at all about the amount of your data is available? Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Part 2 of this series (because one episode just wasn't enough!) drops Wednesday, February 22. Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: Saad Nabeel (LinkedIn)   What is the CIA Triad? (FORTINET)   Cambridge Analytica (Wikipedia)   iRobot Roombas (Mozilla Foundation)   A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook? (MIT Technology Review)   Amazon’s Camera Drone May Be Risky, Here’s Why (TechTimes)   Amazon's Ring drone camera sets a bad precedent for privacy (CNET)   Episode music credit: Lightless Dawn by Kevin MacLeod | https://incompetech.com/ Music promoted by https://www.chosic.com/free-music/all/ Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  
19:51 2/8/23
Ban These Words!
Lake Superior State University publishes a list of banished words every year. While “banish” is a strong word, it can’t just be LaylaK and MJ that think this year they have come up with a most agreeable list - nominated for misuse, overuse, and uselessness. What do you think should make the list? Be sure to follow Is It Just Me on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc., to never miss an episode. Fresh ones drop every two weeks. Have an idea for an upcoming episode? Drop us a comment here or let us know on on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it may not just be you, but it could be! Show notes: 2023 Banished Words List (Lake Superior State University) Why is Tom Brady called the GOAT? (Sporting News) The “H” In IMHO Does Not Mean Humble or Honest (The Atlantic) Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders bans "Latinx" from government documents "to respect the Latino community" (CBS News)
09:51 1/25/23