Think Different TV Episode 1: Cal Newport and Me

Today I'm launching a side-project called Think Different TV. It is a web site that will host split-screen video conversations between two talking heads. does this for political bloggers, and I hope Think Different TV can do this for folks in the entrepreneurship / business / education world.

We're still working on the technology piece, but for now the videos will be hosted on Vimeo. You can load the whole episode and then jump around to different points using the chapter markings listed in the description.

Click here to load the video for Episode #1. It's between Cal Newport, doctoral student, author, and blogger at Study Hacks, and me. We talk about being interesting vs. being impressive, how to become a "Zen Valedictorian," and the (overstated?) differences between the real-world and school. Jump to minute 15 for Cal's interesting theory about the compounding effect of seeming impressive. Total length of the video: 30 minutes.

As our first go-around, there are a few video/audio quality issues, and both Cal and me were half-focused on the tech so at times the conversation wanders… In any event, your feedback is encouraged! Thanks to Charlie Hoehn for editing and production help.


6 Responses to Think Different TV Episode 1: Cal Newport and Me

  1. Justin says:

    Excellent idea! I really enjoyed this video and can honestly say I took more away from this than nearly any hour long bloggingheads video I’ve seen.

    Please keep it up!

  2. Ben Casnocha says:

    Awesome. Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Sameer says:

    Ben, can you offer an mp3 version so people can listen in the car, while jogging, etc? Thanks!

  4. Ben Casnocha says:

    Good idea. We¹ll try to do this going forward.

  5. andres jimenez says:

    @ Sameer,

    128kbps cbr stereo normal

    for those with a mac;
    quicktime pro + perian
    from quicktime, export audio as wave
    itunes, convert to mp3

    download from vimeo using keepvid*com

  6. Ben Casnocha says:

    I’ll be posting an MP3 version of this episode soon…


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