Friday, November 28, 2014

Attrell Update/Ask Rob - What's the Deal with Coffee?


This week on +Attrell Update, I finally get to another #AskRob question from Nick Maddox about coffee. Check it out and ask your own question at http://blog.robattrell.com/askrob. I'm answering these questions as fast as I can!

+Stephanie Attrell, when can I expect your next video??

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ottawhat #28: Grant and Magill of Rule2Productions

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Grant and Magill are part of Rule2Productions, an Ottawa-based video production company.
#28: Grant and Magill (Rule2Productions)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Listening Party Volume 4: The Rock and the Tide

This is an old album (released in 2010) but Julia is going through Grey's Anatomy on Netflix and You Got What I Need came on (House M.D. also features at least one Josh Radin song, Brand New Day). It took me back to that time and it's just a really great, solid album. All of his other stuff is great too, you should check it out!

The Rock and the Tide - Listen on Google Play

Find it on iTunes

Monday, November 24, 2014

Future Chat #39 - Light

This week on Future Chat, we talked about all the different forms light can take, and some scientific and technological applications of light energy. Subscribe via RSS, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Radio to check it out.
Future Chat #39: Light

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ottawhat #27: Zosia Huszcz

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Zosia Huszcz works with medical technologies for Abbott Laboratories.
Ottawhat #27: Zosia Huszcz

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Attrell Update - We can't all be stupid ALL the time


This week on +Attrell Update, I talk about the improvements I've made to my desktop "studio", and then I go over some of the "life hacks" I've been thinking about for the last week or two.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Future Sci Chat #12: GMOs

This week on Future Chat, we talked about genetically modified organisms, and we tested a more robust way of recording audio. Subscribe via RSS, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Radio to check it out.
Future Sci Chat #12: GMOs

Friday, November 14, 2014

Attrell Update - Whoops I Made TWO Videos


This week on +Attrell Update, I "accidentally on purpose" made two videos. The first (above) is about how I feel about what feels to me like losing time, and daylight savings time isn't helping!

The second video (below) is about the Rosetta space probe, which this week landed the Philae lander on comet P67, an unprecedented scientific accomplishment!


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Earlier this week, +Stephanie Attrell let me know why she's had so much going on this month that she missed her last video, and she's apparently planning to learn a Taylor Swift song, because I asked her to sing one and she's not much of a fan.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ottawhat #26: Shawn Bashir

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Shawn Bashir is an engineer in training who is also Amaan's brother!
Ottawhat #26: Shawn Bashir

Monday, November 10, 2014

Future Tech Chat #26: Automation

This episode of Future Chat was all about Automation, how robots and algorithms will continue to take human work and do it more efficiently and more quickly. I had some help in the introduction from Alex from the UK, just another great example of automation.
Future Tech Chat #26: Automation

Friday, November 7, 2014

Attrell Update - Congrats to Crash Course!

This week on +Attrell Update, I share some news about something I love, +CrashCourse! My favourites +vlogbrothers will be working with +PBS Digital Studios to bring you new science videos in the near future! I can't wait!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ottawhat #25: Lisa Marie Smith

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Lisa Marie Smith is a member of the literary community in Ottawa and knows a ton about digital publishing!
Ottawhat #25: Lisa Marie Smith

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fake It Show #5: Fake it 'til you Mike it

+Mike Attrell joined me this week on Fake It to talk about parenting, adapting from student life to adult life, and the complexities of young people's job hunts in our time.
5: Fake It 'til you Mike it

Monday, November 3, 2014

Who has Two Thumbs and Loves Things Online?

I'm going to start this post in an unexpected way: Taylor Swift isn't the person posting things on her Twitter account, in at least 95% of cases. I know this because for the better part of a year, I have been patrolling the better part of 5 different Twitter accounts, 4 Facebook pages, 3 Google+ pages and 4 YouTube channels. I know she isn't the one doing this because if you actually want to promote your stuff online, you lose a significant amount of time that you would otherwise dedicate to actually MAKING the things you want to make.

Now, obviously Taylor Swift is many orders of magnitude more popular than anything I will ever do. She has millions of fans tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming her photos of themselves with her album or the paraphernalia she included in the purchase of her physical CD. Anytime she (or her social media team) posts a photo of a fan (or 4 photos, since Twitter now lets you attach 4 photos to a tweet), it makes that fan's month, and basically ensures they will be a life-long fan. The second effect of her "choosing" fans to highlight on her Twitter account is that it prompts people to continue to send her even more photos. This will likely go on for months after the album's release, and I KNOW there's no way one person could keep up with this unless that was their only job, and even then you wouldn't be able to sleep, so there are probably multiple social media team members doing this in shifts.

When I release something into the online world (something I do a few times a week), I do it for a couple of reasons:
  1. I like making things and paying forward knowledge I've gained and insights I've had.
  2. I want to learn how to make things better and to better myself.
The hardest part of making things so far for me has been exposing my work to a larger audience than my immediate circles. I do hope that if you see something that you like, that you tell people about it. One of the biggest things I'm working on is the idea that I don't want to force people to see what I'm doing if they don't want to, but if they DO want to, I want to make it easy.
On that note, there are a couple of ways you can keep abreast of what I'm working on, both for more technically savvy people who are control freaks, as well as for people who want something easy to use.
  • I made a Facebook group where I will post my project updates (so that my personal timeline won't be constantly spammed by what I have going on). Follow the link above to join the group, where you can receive passive or active notifications when I post something new (you don't HAVE to get notifications if you don't want them). We can also discuss my projects together there, which could be pretty cool.
  • You can subscribe to the RSS feed from my website, blog.robattrell.com, at this link: (RSS).
  • It's also possible to just head to blog.robattrell.com in your web browser, I have been linking to all the projects I have going on there, so it's a good way to see what I have going on.
So I hope you will feel excited to have a real way to follow everything I'm doing. You can also follow me on Twitter @RobAttrell and on Google+ obviously (+Rob Attrell) to see the stuff I've got going on.

If you have suggestions or questions for me, feel free to email me or fill out my #AskRob form right here.

Future Sci Chat #11: The Paranormal

+Future Chat did a Hallowe'en episode this week, and that means that Rob dressed up for the show! We talked about all manner of supernatural and paranormal phenomena, like ghosts, psychics, and many other supposedly unexplained spooky events. We had a ton of fun this week!
Future Sci Chat #11: The Paranormal