Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ottawhat 84 - Duncan McEachern

This week on Ottawhat, we were joined by our friend Duncan. We chatted about Star Wars (before having seen the movie), and generally had a fun time learning about Duncan!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Ottawhat 83 - Jon Stouffclair

Ottawhat this week had a musician on the show. We finally had somebody actually bring an instrument on the show, and Joe Stouffclair did not disappoint! Go and listen!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Feedback 7 - Starting Something (Season 2)

That's right, Feedback has finally returned for its second season! We had a great 6 months off, and we're back in style with 2 new songs, and a lot of healthy discussion about the upcoming EP from Sons of Pluto. We also talked about some of the new music we're into these days.

I missed these guys!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Future Chat 82 - Beard Prejudice

This week on Future Chat, we talked about Facebook (including my latest rant about Facebook, starting at 19:25), the latest attempt to save the world by reversing anthropogenic climate change, and how sugary foods won't impact all dieters the same way.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Damien's Incredible Mouth Skills

My good friend and co-host of the soon-to-be returning music podcast Feedback has a very particular set of skills, namely the ability to do a number of incredible things with his mouth. Among them, he can accurately replicate almost any sound nearly perfectly, including, as you'll hear, a drop of water.

This blew my mind, and since he happened to have a microphone right in front of him when he was showing me this talent, I am now able to share it with all of you.

Season 2 of Feedback debuts next week, so stay tuned at!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ottawhat 82 - Monica Haberl

The podcast this week featured our friend, Monica Haberl. She chatted with us about gender equality, something near and dear to my heart, among many other things (that we chatted about).

Monday, December 7, 2015

Future Chat 81 - The Tickets Are Now Diamonds

On the show this week, after solving some of Mike's electrical problems and getting him on the phone, we proceeded to talk about a new form of carbon, the increasing price and rarity of unlimited data plans, and how we might be able to get on student radio.

Friday, December 4, 2015

East Meets West 13 - No New Tim Hortons

This week on East Meets West, Nick and I had another fun hour talking about new rules in the Senate, our recent string of underemployment, and the ridiculous political treatment of refugees by governments.

I always have fun talking to Nick, and even though we're both nowhere near our possible career potential at the moment, we both keep our heads held high and hopes are at peak values right now.

Ottawhat 81 - Natalie Poirier

This week, we had Natalie Poirier on Ottawhat. She did a 6-week hike all alone across Ontario in support of angioma research, and she raised money under the name "The Brain Venture". It was a really cool story hearing what she put herself through for the cause, and all the interesting things we don't really think about going home to sleep in a warm bed every night.

I really like these chats with people who've got way out of their way to do things that are really important to them, especially when those people have extremely positive results.

We haven't had many people go and check out our Brew Donkey contest in recent weeks, so if you head to, you'll have a very good chance of winning a free brewery tour ticket (with a $90 value!).

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Big Day

It only makes sense that exactly three years (to the day) after doing my very first video on YouTube, I would cross the threshold of actually earning real money from Google. Let me tell you the story.

For a little over a year, starting on July 4, 2011, I had been writing on my blog (which still exists to this day). December 1st, 2012, I made my first YouTube video, a Google+ Hangout live chat with my good friend, Carolyn Higman. You can go watch it, the quality of the video is relatively embarrassing, and a lot has changed since then.
The first time I exposed my face to the world, three years ago to the day.
As a point of comparison, here is the latest episode of Future Chat, recorded this past weekend:

Over the years, a lot has changed. But one thing that hasn't changed is that I still love teaching, helping, writing, and learning about technology. Here's a brief timeline of my milestones on the internet.

July 4, 2011 - I start Living In The Future, my blog, on my birthday. I published the first post the following day.

December 1, 2012 - My first Google+ Hangout on Air.

January 14, 2013 - I agree to begin work with Sons of Pluto, a band with my friends. Work includes recording their practices, shows, building their website, making promo videos, and running their social media accounts. Those guys are now working on an EP!

February 7, 2014 - The first Future Tech Chat takes place. This is the spiritual successor to the first Hangout on Air from 2012, and the podcast continues on a weekly basis to this day under the more general "Future Chat".

March 27, 2014 - I make the first Attrell Update video. My sister and I go on to exchange videos on a weekly (or almost weekly) basis until December of 2014.

May 20, 2014 - The first episode of Ottawhat is released, after Keegan, Amaan and I decide we should start an Ottawa-themed podcast about people.

December 14-16, 2014 - East Meets West and Feedback debut, also marking the formal launch of, a media network that is the home of my Internet-related work so far.

November 5, 2015 - Ottawhat News, a satirical look at events around Ottawa, has it's first viral post. In just a few days, over 65,000 people read about Peter Hayes and the Bier Markt.

December 1, 2015 (Today) - In an inevitability of time, math, and fortune, Unwind Media finally passes the threshold for being paid real money for ads on the sites I run. It is now just a matter of time  now until a cheque from Google arrives. It's not a lot of money, but it feels extremely good to hit that threshold.

I really love making things, and being creative. I've been doing it for over 4 years and I'm more excited now than I ever have been. I'm looking really hard for a job right now, and the stuff I do on the side is the only thing keeping me sane at the moment, as it's one creative outlet I have amidst filling out applications and writing cover letters.

Future Chat 80 - We're Not Eating The Bugs Yet

Mike and I joined up again for another fun episode, despite that fact that Nick was once again unable to join us.

I talked about the results of my one year plus experiment with personal hygiene. Tune in to hear what I did, and how things turned out.