Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ottawhat #32 - Ottawhat? A Year

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This week, we looked back on 2014 in Ottawa, and had a great time going over some of our favourite new years plans in Ottawa.
Ottawhat #32 - Ottawhat? A Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Fake It Show #6 - The Pentatoque

+Mike Attrell and +Nick Maddox from +Future Chat joined me to chat in lieu of talking about science and technology this week. We learned a little bit about the old testament, talked about where our energy goes, and shamed people who shoot vertical videos.
6: The Pentatoque

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Problem with Blackmail - Thought of the Day

This Sony hack and media frenzy around the un-release of The Interview this Christmas Day has got me thinking.

The hackers have now sent Sony a new message thanking them for cancelling the release of their movie "The Interview" and saying that they will keep all of Sony's stolen intellectual property to themselves unless the movie is "leaked, released or distributed".

There are countless occasions when stolen property is held "ransom" unless certain demands are met, and in the movies the thieves always take precautions to ensure that they aren't caught (like no police involvement). However, in instances like this, all Sony (and theatre chains) are doing is kowtowing to ANY future demand these hackers might have.

With this stolen intellectual property, not only will Sony lose money on this film's release, but it will not be able to make any project that these hackers don't agree should be released. Because in cases of blackmail like this, when somebody knows a secret about you, they OWN you.

If Sony really has secret information, they had better think long and hard about whether it is worth losing control over any future endeavours for any executives or employees involved. I always say, it's better to come out ahead of your secrets and be up front, that way the thieves lose all leverage in any situation.

Obviously, this isn't a simple issue, but when it comes to getting blackmailed, the sanest way out is typically doing the best you can to bring criminals to justice, and airing any dirty laundry you might have. If it turns out this is really the doing of the North Korean government, they have made much worse threats than the ones they made this week, and we have never taken them seriously.

If you're going to take a stand, at least stand with the rational among us, or you will forever be beholden to those with your worst interests at heart.

Attrell Update - Back to the Future & the Instagram Experiment

This week on +Attrell Update, we discuss the future of the Update. I also talk about starting my Instagram experiment. You can find me there at robattrell. If you have any feedback about our videos, leave us a comment and let me know!

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Here's Steph from earlier this week talking about her side of Attrell Update.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ottawhat #31 - Samantha Ingram

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This week, we talked to Samantha Ingram from the Ottawa Food Bank about many of their seasonal and year-long initiatives.
Ottawhat #31 - Samantha Ingram

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Feedback #1 - The Pilot

We're debuting all kinds of shows on +Unwind Media this week! This time around, it's a music podcast called Feedback, featuring my friends and excellent musicians, Damien Broomes and Brian Lee. Go check it out!
Feedback #1 - The Pilot
I also convinced Damien and BL to let me record them playing some songs, and here's one of them!

Future Chat #42 - Happy Saturnalia, Everyone!

This week on +Future Chat, it's the end of the year, Mike gets throat punched, and we discuss the usefulness of Watson beyond Jeopardy-winning.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

East Meets West #1 - Toronto, the Great Unifier

Check out episode 1 of a brand new podcast on Unwind Media! It's East Meets West! We talked about beer, milk and what to bring with you when you move across the country.
East Meets West #1 - Toronto, the Great Unifier

Friday, December 12, 2014

Attrell Update - This is Unwind Media!


This week on +Attrell Update, I introduce my media enterprise, UnwindMedia.com! This is also a chance for a year-in-review media empire-wise. Exciting stuff!

You can join the Unwind Media Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/unwindmedia or follow us on Twitter @UnwindMedia.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ottawhat #30 - Cait O'Malley

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Cait talks jellies, travelling to music festivals, and the Ottawa news gets really weird.
#30 - Cait O'Malley

Future Chat #41: That'll Cook Your Phone

This week on +Future Chat, we discussed open science policy, magnetic induction, and Nick imitates uOttawa professors.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Attrell Update - Gorillas, Guns and Going Nose Blind


This week on +Attrell Update, I talk about human filters, why we need to talk about important things, and ponder the future of Attrell Update!

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On Monday, Steph gave some advice on trying to find a gift for that special someone in your life.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ottawhat #29: Lisa Johnston

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Lisa is training to become a chef, and working with the Sock and Buskin Theatre Company on a production of Tempest, playing this week at Carleton.
#29: Lisa Johnston

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Future Chat #40 - Well That Went Well /s

This week on +Future Chat, missed Nick, talked TekSavvy, and tried out a new show structure.
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