Monday, November 30, 2015

Ottawhat 80 - Chris Bailey


This week on the podcast, we caught up with Chris Bailey. He was on the show before, talking about his Year of Productivity and how he was writing a book. Now, he's done the book and talked with us about the process and how productivity has changed his life. Chris is always a fun guest!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Future Chat 79 - Shoving the Gene In


Future Chat this week was a fun chat between Mike and I about genetically modified foods, the Tesla recall, and a recent experiment on self-control with kids and raisins.

We also got into a good discussion of online forums in the aftershow. Given the recent changes to Google+, we questioned the validity of wild-west type forums where moderators can stake their claims to certain topics, to the exclusion of others, even in a democratic forum. The aftershow starts at 1:01:41, and though we start from a Google+ angle, the discussion is interesting even if you don't give a crap about G+.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ottawhat 79 - Mayor Jim Watson


In a really great series of events in the last couple of months, we got to interview the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, on Ottawhat this week. It was a really great time and I'm so glad we got the chance to do that. Hopefully it will lead to even bigger and better things for the podcast!

Go enter this week's Brew Donkey contest once you've listened to the show: ottawhatpodcast.com/brewdonkey.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Future Chat 78 - Overrun by Cod


This week on Future Chat, we discussed the food industry in some detail, some interesting data on how to change the mind of an anti-vaxxer, and more interesting energy projects going on around the world.

Future Chat is a ton of fun and if you haven't listened in a while (or ever), I would strongly encourage you to give it a chance. This weekly podcast is a real passion project of Mike, Nick and I, and we really have a lot of fun with it. It's a niche show, but we obviously think it's worth listening to. If you enjoy it, we'd really love to hear from you via Twitter @_FutureChatFM or by way of an iTunes review.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ottawhat 78 - Ours is the Fury Podcast


This week on Ottawhat, we talked a fair bit about soccer, the sport I love most in the world. Our local soccer team is in the championship of the NASL (North American Soccer League) this Sunday against New York, after an amazing fall run where they only lost once in 20 games!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Future Chat 77 - So Much Swiping (BONUS: Snapchat after-show)


*The Snapchat portion of the after-show begins around 1:34:15*

Future Chat is a really fun part of each week for me. Sometimes, we've ended up kind of regurgitating the news and not really getting too in-depth in discussion. That didn't happen this week.

We ended up having really great conversations about the future of science in Canada (something we talked about a LOT last summer in our government funding of science episode). Then we talked in depth about the new BlackBerry phone, and some interesting points about tradeoffs you make in choosing BlackBerry and the likelihood of its success in Canada. Then we talked about a few stories relating to different renewable and non-renewable energy around the world, in Morocca, Kenya and China.

Perhaps my favourite part of the whole show though, was at the very end. Mike tried to figure out Snapchat when he first got it, but since the conceit of the app is lost on those who weren't in the their teens when it was released, he was having trouble. We explain how the app works, and I really hope if you haven't given it a try, that you will consider checking it out. If you do have Snapchat, go ahead and add me (sciencerob), Mike (ma_yyc) and Nick (nwamaddox), and we'll surely all have a great time! The Snapchat discussion starts around 1:34:15, I highly encourage you to listen. It's fun and informative.

Friday, November 6, 2015

East Meets West 12 - My Eyes Are Up Here


On East Meets West, Nick and I talked about Canada's new Cabinet, how our applications to the Liberal Party are going, and follow up our conversation on toplessness. The episode makes me pretty happy.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ottawhat 77 - Poppa Bean Coffee



This week on Ottawhat, it's a very special episode, featuring Paul Foster from Poppa Bean Coffee. We also got a new set of mics, so it sounds great! But even better than that, we're launching the very first contest we've ever done. You can enter this week to win a free ticket for a Brew Donkey brewery tour.

Brew Donkey are a really cool company that gives really fun brewery tours and can deliver craft beer right to your house. The tickets are worth about $90 each, so you should definitely head to ottawhatpodcast.com/brewdonkey now to find out how to enter!