The format of the Last Tuesday Project takes some inspiration from a Youtube gaming channel called “Continue?”
The premise of the channel is simple: three chaps play a retro video game for a short period of time, usually 15- 20 mins or so. Their goal isn’t to provide their viewers with a full review of the game, or to definitively decide whether it’s a good or bad game. Instead, they make a decision as to whether or not they would want to continue playing the game.
That’s a really important, yet often forgotten concept. None of us have the time or energy to research every topic to the point where we have a full and detailed knowledge of the subject, but it’s sometimes important to take a few minutes out to consider whether or not you want to know more.
“I’m not sure, but I’d really like to find out” is a legitimate answer, arguably just as valuable as “Yes, this is definitely true” or “no, that’s utter bollocks” – perhaps more valuable (and more mature), as it acknowledges depth and nuance.
With just an hour of research time, it’s really easy to feel pretty overwhelmed. We worry a little that we won’t take in the information properly, that we’re looking for the wrong thing, that we’re not finding the best sources in the limited time available. But the important thing is really to plant the seed. To give us, and you, the enthusiasm to want to keep looking, and to show you that, even in such a limited time frame, that seed can be planted.
We recorded our fourth episode last night. Most of us were really, really tired after a long weekend at the QED conference. We had planned to record while we were there, but we couldn’t find the time. We’d had pretty stressful journeys home, and we all seemed to just be having one of those days. There were lost wedding rings, missed trains, traffic jams, floods and of course obligatory technical problems.
However, we finished up the recording enthusiastic and with a longing to know more about a subject we probably wouldn’t have really considered otherwise. We discovered a real treasure trove of fascinating stories, dressed up as something quite mundane.
And that is something really awesome.