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Back to Normal
A small podcast about life in quarantine.
3 hours ago
89 – Will We Get A Concession?
Today I’ll be speaking about the possibility of a Trump concession speech, and what the time between now and January 20 might look like. READ: GSA letter to Biden stating that transition can formally begin
1 day ago
88 – My Favourite Mobile Work Apps
Today I’ll be sharing my favourite work apps to use on my phone, and talking a little more about why I like using Microsoft’s suite of mobile productivity apps.
2 days ago
87 – Black and Indigenous Lives Protest
Overnight on Friday, protesters in support of Black and Indigenous lives were arrested in a clear display of exactly what was being protested, systemic racism and white supremacy. Today I’ll be discussing that news and giving some of my thoughts about the evils of white supremacy. Related reading: Protesters arrested during Black, Indigenous lives demonstration…
3 days ago
86 – Call A Coup A Coup
Today I talk about the general importance of a peaceful transfer of power after an election, and how flaws in the US system make a coup attempt so much easier for an incumbent president, especially in comparison to a system like Canada’s. Reading: I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now
4 days ago
85 – What Makes A Developer
Today I’ll be attempting to provide an answer to this question, as somebody who doesn’t have formal training in programming, but who has built several different tools on the web and more traditional desktop platforms.
5 days ago
84 – Pokemon GO Beyond
Today I’ll be talking about the latest set of updates to Pokemon GO: ‘Beyond’. There’s a lot to discuss, so buckle in!
6 days ago
83 – 6-Week Baby Check-In
Today, I do a self check-in with my work/life balance 6 weeks in to working from home with a newborn.
Nov 17, 2020
82 – Let’s Talk About Moderna
Today we will be discussing the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the very good preliminary results from its Phase 3 trial. Link: COVID Vaccine Excitement Builds as Moderna Reports Positive Result
Nov 16, 2020
81 – COVID Christmas
Today, I’ll be talking about our preliminary set of plans for Christmas, and the complexities of figuring out what to do with all that.
Nov 15, 2020
80 – A Very Cold Vaccine (And Other Assumptions)
Today’s episode, we’ll be examining the requirement for extremely cold temperatures for the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, and how making seemingly small assumptions early on in a project can really fundamentally change things later on.
Nov 14, 2020
79 – iPhone 12 mini First Impressions
Today I’ll be sharing some of my first impressions of the iPhone 12 mini, my favourite new phone since the iPhone SE (original) due to its being the *perfect* size (for me). Links (to ergonomic phone holders I’ve used): Phone Loops PopSockets
Nov 13, 2020
78 – A Vaccine Around The Corner
Today I’ll be discussing the ramifications of a timeline where we get a useful COVID vaccine from Pfizer in the spring, and the hope that things in that timeline quickly go back to something resembling normalcy.
Nov 12, 2020
77 – Google Monetizes Photos
Today I’ll be talking about the Google announcement yesterday about starting to charge users for uploading to Google Photos and Google Drive. I’ll discuss the consequences of the decision and offer some ideas for alternative revenue streams.
Nov 11, 2020
76 – Thoughts on the Apple M1 Event
In this episode I’ll be talking about the Apple Event yesterday, featuring the release of three new Apple computers with the new M1 chip in them. I’m very curious to see how this future plays out over the next couple of years.
Nov 10, 2020
75 – Onboarding During A Pandemic
Yesterday, we had a new employee join our team at NSERC. I’ll talk a little today about the process of remote onboarding and since this is the first time I’ve had a direct report, it’s a whole new thing for me.
Nov 9, 2020
74 – iPhone Visual Voicemail
Today, we’re leaving politics behind, and talking about the ridiculous cost for the simple service that is Visual Voicemail.
Nov 8, 2020
73 – Biden Declared Winner
Yesterday, Decision Desk HQ called Pennsylvania for Joe Biden, and along with it, the presidential election. The other networks followed suit, and today I talk about my feelings in the half-a-day or so since. Feels good man.
Nov 7, 2020
72 – Why Nobody Is Calling The Election
This episode goes in to the reasons why I think we haven’t seen any media organization call the election for Joe Biden, in spite of the fact that much of what they describe explicitly mentions that it’s effectively impossible for Trump to come back. Lots of potential reasons, lots of frustration from everybody watching.
Nov 6, 2020
71 – Election/Work Updates & Poppy Nonsense
Today is a mish-mash of news and updates, got a lot on my plate today! Enjoy! 😃💙🍑
Nov 5, 2020
70 – Enough Politics Already
My episode title writer is freaking out, but it’s hard to think about anything else. Relatively brief episode today, talking about the current state of the race in the US election.
Nov 4, 2020
69 – Very Much Not Nice
Election results have been rolling in over the course of the night, and it’s not what we had hoped up here in Canada. I have some thoughts.
Nov 3, 2020
68 – Election Day Plans
Today, I’ll give a few closing thoughts about the upcoming US election, what I got out of scrolling through conservative subreddits, and where the US goes from here. Everybody, take a deep breath, and buckle in. It’s going to be a long day.
Nov 2, 2020
67 – The Eve of the US Election
What else can a sane person talk about on the morning of November 2, 2020 but the eve of the US election. Nothing else is occupying my mind right now. Don’t feel like you have to listen if you already doing this.
Nov 1, 2020
66 – Ending Daylight Saving Time
Today, I’ll be talking about Daylight Saving Time, and why I think we should be getting rid of it. I mention the following media as ‘homework’ as part of this episode: Daylight Saving Impacts the Timing of Heart Attacks The Problem with Time & Timezones – Computerphile How time zones are subtly messing with you
Oct 31, 2020
65 – Pandemic Hallowe’en
Today is Hallowe’en, so I’ll be talking about our plans for the day, how this will be different from some of the other major ‘holidays’, and how I think it’s too bad Ottawa went for ‘we don’t recommend’ instead of ‘here are some ways to do this safely’. But I get it.
Oct 30, 2020
64 – Science and Tech YouTubers (Part 2)
This week, I go in to the next set of my favourite science and tech YouTubers. You can check out the channels here: Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) Tom Scott Vsauce
Oct 29, 2020
63 – Managed vs Unmanaged WordPress Hosting
Starting or moving a website can be tough. In this episode, I’ll try to discuss the ways you can set up a WordPress site for yourself, along some of the reasons you might want to set up your site as managed or unmanaged. My web host is DigitalOcean, and I’m very happy with them. For…
Oct 28, 2020
62 – Buying A New iPhone
In the first worldiest of first world episodes, I discuss the prospect of buying a new iPhone during a pandemic, something which is sure to be rife with many options and small but important annoyances and caveats.
Oct 27, 2020
61 – Anxiety About the US Election
This episode is just the opposite of cathartic, the podcast equivalent of doomscrolling, so if you decide to sit it out, I don’t blame you.
Oct 26, 2020
60 – COVID Frustration
Today, I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts on the psychological effects of the lockdown on my family, and why it’s so frustrating to get basically no information about how COVID-19 spreads in the city, and why it’s so hard to know what’s safe and what’s not.
Oct 25, 2020
59 – Upload (s01e01)
Today I’ll be talking about episode 1 of the Amazon Prime Original show Upload. I’m rewatching the show which came out this spring, and going through episode by episode here giving my thoughts. I really like the show and encourage you to watch along.
Oct 24, 2020
58 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ‘Review’
Last night, I watched the new Borat sequel, and I have some thoughts about it. It’s hard to keep up with reality when making satire in 2020.
Oct 23, 2020
57 – Science and Tech YouTubers (Part 1)
Today I’ll be talking about 5 of my favourite YouTube creators, discussing what I like about their channels, why I think you should subscribe, and what I think they all have in common. Channels: Veritasium SmarterEveryDay Technology Connections It’s Okay To Be Smart Stuff Made Here
Oct 22, 2020
56 – Getting To Know SharePoint Online
Today, I’ll be chatting about the process of migrating a website from WordPress to SharePoint Online. I’ll discuss the pros and cons of the two platforms for this use case, and some of the things the two platforms have in common.
Oct 21, 2020
55 – This Week In Ontario News
Today, I’ll be going through 3 news stories based on changes proposed by the Ontario government, some good, some real bad. Ford government reveals proposed changes to blue box recycling program Ontario driver’s licences will go digital as part of major government services overhaul Ontario moves to axe ranked ballots from municipal elections
Oct 20, 2020
54 – The Future of WordPress
This episode is all about the future of WordPress. Full site editing, Twenty Twenty-one, Gutenberg, block patterns, I’ll be talking about why I’m so excited about this future, and why I do my best to stay on top of the latest developments and updates to WordPress.
Oct 19, 2020
53 – Going Deep on Apple’s New MagSafe
Today, I am following up on my fall 2020 iPhone event episode, with a deep dive in to what I think we can expect from MagSafe accessories with the new iPhone 12s coming out this fall, and where I think designs will lead in the future.
Oct 18, 2020
52 – Giving Up On Daily COVID Case Checks
Today, I will be discussing the process of giving up on checking daily Ottawa/Ontario COVID case numbers, generalizing to include other times I’ve given up on dumping a bunch of energy in to something I can’t change and how it never pays off.
Oct 17, 2020
51 – My Podcast Queue
In this episode, I’ll be going through the podcasts I listen to, what I look for in shows, and how my podcast listening has changed now that we’re stuck at home.
Oct 16, 2020
50 – Personal #5 (Cystic Fibrosis)
Today, on this major decimal milestone, I’ll be talking about my cystic fibrosis diagnosis, what’s it’s like, and how the pandemic is a little different for me.
Oct 15, 2020
49 – Back to Work (Kind of)
Today, I will be talking about my experience going back to work (from home) with a newborn, and how I’ve been navigating the balance of getting work done with a 2-year old nearby, particularly as it pertains to the use of technology.
Oct 14, 2020
48 – 2020 Fall Apple Event
It’s time for an iPhone upgrade this year and I could not be more excited about what was announced in the iPhone 12 (mini!). This episode is all iPhone hype, especially with the new MagSafe functionality on the iPhone and the return to iPhone 5S-style form factor (flat sides!).
Oct 13, 2020
47 – Work/Life Rebalance
Today is my last day ‘off’ with a newborn, and so I’ll be discussing what the plan is for working from home while at least taking part in child care for a 2-year old and <1-month old child, as things settle down for us at home.
Oct 12, 2020
46 – What It’s Really Like to Have A COVID Baby
Today, my wife joins me (finally, a guest!) to tell her version of the events leading up to (and including) giving birth to our new son right in the midst of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 8, 2020
45 – Post-Birth Follow-up
This episode, recorded in the car while waiting for my wife to finish our newborn’s 48-hour follow-up appointment, revisits the time from 7 AM on October 5, until shortly after the birth of our child.
Oct 5, 2020
44 – Nope, It’s Not Normal (but in a good way)
This contingency episode was recorded on September 12, 2020. If you’re hearing (or reading) this, it means the show will be taking a brief hiatus because we are having a child. Yay us!
Oct 4, 2020
43 – Giving Birth During the Second Wave
Today, I’ll be discussing the situation my family has faced with being pregnant during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how our ‘birth plan’ for doing this during the pandemic need to keep being thrown out the window as things shift under our feet.
Oct 3, 2020
42 – Ted Lasso (s01e10)
In this episode, I talk about the season finale of Ted Lasso, how many of my predictions came true, and what happens next season (whenever they’re able to make it).
Oct 2, 2020
41 – COVID SuperSpreading
Today, I’ll be talking about COVID super spreader events, but not before discussing the news that Donald Trump and at least several people close to him have the virus. Please read the following links for background on what I’m discussing: This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic Elgin Street bar owners say two…
Oct 1, 2020
40 – Personal #4 (Politics)
Today, I’ll be getting personal with my political history, how I come to form opinions on moral and social issues of the day.
Sep 30, 2020
39 – The First ‘Debate’
Today, I’ll be doing a little dive in to the first 2020 presidential debate (though I would not call it that), talking about format changes, breaking the rules, and disavowing white supremacy.
Sep 29, 2020
38 – RSS
In this episode, I’ll be talking about RSS, the web aggregation tool that came in with a bang via powerful services like Google Reader, disappeared pretty much completely in the mid-2010s, and seems to be coming back in fashion lately.
Sep 28, 2020
37 – Taxes
In this episode, I’ll be discussing why I think taxes are important, why income inequality is fueled by western tax law, and how I think the system can be fixed.
Sep 27, 2020
36 – Avoiding a Fall Election
This episode I’ll be talking about the aftermath of the Canadian Throne Speech, wherein the Liberals were able to negotiate with the NDP and preserve confidence in Parliament to continue running things, avoiding a fall election.
Sep 26, 2020
35 – Ted Lasso (s01e09)
In this episode, I discuss the second-last episode of Ted Lasso, how I continue to feel very strongly that we all need this show right now, because of its focus on compassion and empathy, especially as it relates to masculinity.
Sep 25, 2020
34 – Control vs Burnout
In this episode, I talk a little more about my feelings on this project I’ve been working on and discussing in previous episodes, and how a lack of a clear leader on a project and many sets of cooks in the kitchen can contribute to eventual burnout.
Sep 24, 2020
33 – Civil War in the US
In this episode, I tackle an episode I’ve been wanting to discuss from the beginning of the show, the idea that the United States might just be on the brink of another civil war, very different from the one that preceded it.
Sep 23, 2020
32 – Building Systems and Enabling Communication
Today, I’ll be diving a little further in to my work on the NSERC-related project I’ve been working on (talking about building the system), and then pivot in to building and testing systems to keep people in touch (enabling communication).
Sep 22, 2020
31 – Solving Problems with Excel
In this episode, I talk a little about solving problems creatively with Excel and how you can solve almost any problem involving data with the right combination of Excel formulas.
Sep 21, 2020
30 – Personal #3 (Programming)
In this episode, we get personal again as I talk about how I got started programming, how it wasn’t easy to learn for me, and how I finally cracked the code (so to speak) and really jump in to development.
Sep 20, 2020
29 – Why I like Windows (and the Mac)
Today’s episode, I’ll be talking about the differences between Windows and the Mac that I’ve noticed over the course of my life, why I think in some ways they’re very similar, and why I’ve never owned a desktop Mac.
Sep 19, 2020
28 – The Social Dilemma (Thoughts)
In this episode, I’ll be discussing The Social Dilemma, a Netflix ‘docu-drama’ about social media networks, the attention economy, and recommendation algorithms. These networks do a lot of harm and addiction to them is an extremely serious issue that needs to be discussed more.
Sep 18, 2020
27 – The (Small) Joy of DIY
In this episode, I’ll discuss my latest DIY project, which has motivated me to seek out new little projects and expand my horizons a little bit.
Sep 17, 2020
26 – iOS 14 (and more)
Today, I’ll be talking about my favourite updates to Apple software (mostly related to iOS 14) that were announced earlier this week, having used a lot of it extensively during the beta period this summer.
Sep 16, 2020
25 – Phase 4
Today, I talk about the potential need to reimpose restrictions on some kinds of businesses, to demonstrate what is safe and what’s not. I also discuss the need for more of this type of reporting, sharing how the virus is currently spreading and what kinds of activities to avoid.
Sep 15, 2020
24 – The Promise and Shortcomings of Microsoft 365
Today, I’ll be talking about the best and worst things about Microsoft 365, and why I think the set of services is absolutely worth it despite various missed opportunities. Hopefully, the service will continue to improve!
Sep 14, 2020
23 – Ted Lasso (start of the season)
This episode will focus on the nuance and emotion of the Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso. I love this new show and highly recommend you check it out, and I go in to detail as to why. I also mention the following episode of a YouTube series called Pop Culture Detective about Fantastic Beats and…
Sep 13, 2020
22 – Masks and Viral Load
In today’s episode, I’ll be discussing some of my thoughts relating to a story in the Telegraph about how masks might be affecting the way people are getting COVID-19, and how it might be good news for new infections.
Sep 12, 2020
21 – Welcome to Modern Email
In this episode, I go deep on a real example of software updates instantly and drastically improving my quality of life at work. We are in the process of migrating our work email to Microsoft 365, and it’s amazing!
Sep 11, 2020
20 – Personal #2 (Internet History)
Today, I’ll be delving in to my history of making things on the internet. There have been many a website and YouTube channel and podcast created by me over the years, and you can check out what they look like today from the ‘Other Stuff Our Hosts Do’ sidebar menu on unwindmedia.com.
Sep 10, 2020
19 – Fall Apple Upgrades
In this episode, I discuss where I’m at with technology, and what iPhone and iPad I would like to upgrade to this fall under different circumstances (or when things go back to normal 😉).
Sep 9, 2020
18 – Tailoring Your Job to Your Interests
In this episode, I discuss taking things that are not currently your job (but are your interests), and making them your job, including concrete examples and suggestions from when I’ve managed to make this work.
Sep 8, 2020
17 – Dealing with Repetition
In this episode, I talk about ways to deal with repetitive schedules, like the way many of us are faced with having to live basically the same day over and over again for months.
Sep 7, 2020
16 – The Power of Skepticism
Today I’ll be discussing misinformation as it relates to politics and the pandemic, along with ways you can reduce your vulnerability (as a human) to amplifying or spreading misinformation, by being skeptical and taking a little extra time to verify before you share(ify).
Sep 6, 2020
15 – What You’re Good At
In this episode, I discuss the process of figuring out what you’re good at, through the lens of the Frozen II documentary Into the Unknown, on Disney+. It took me a long time to figure out what my skillset was, but now that I have, I can really double down and work on it.
Sep 5, 2020
14 – Strong Opinions, Weakly Held
Today, I will be talking about why opinions too strongly held are bad, and then I end up veering hard in to Black Lives Matter and ongoing police brutality, which seems to be one important issue arising from the improper use of strong belief.
Sep 4, 2020
13 – The Plague of Cars
Today, I’ll be talking about car culture, induced demand (more lanes = more traffic), and how motor vehicles are great in a few key ways but just awful in so many others.
Sep 3, 2020
12 – All About Updates
Today, I’ll be talking about hardware and software updates, why staying on top of them is so important to an organization (big or small), and the best way to minimize risks while staying up-to-date.
Sep 2, 2020
11 – Progressivism
In this episode, I discuss progressivism, why I think equity, diversity, and inclusion are so critical to a progressive system, and why I will never accept the status quo.
Sep 1, 2020
10 – Let’s Get Personal #1
Today, to celebrate the 10th episode, I’m going to get a little more personal with some of my backstory, how I got interested in technology, and how I moved around at NSERC until I got to where I am.
Aug 31, 2020
9 – Work/Life Balance
Today’s episode falls on a vacation day for me, so I’ll be talking a little about work/life balance, why I don’t really take vacations, and what does pull me away from work.
Aug 30, 2020
8 – Hits You Different
Today, I follow up on yesterday’s spoilers episode, citing examples of ways TV and movies can change even after you’ve seen them, and the way sky-high expectations can ruin perfectly good media.
Aug 29, 2020
7 – All About Spoilers
Today’s episode is all about movie and TV spoilers: why I don’t care, the only kind of spoilers I really don’t like, and why I encourage others to try this lifestyle. Links mentioned: Desktop 17 – Glad She Wrote Her Name Down
Aug 28, 2020
6 – Owning your Online Presence
Today, I talk about owning your own website, making things for the internet, and my history with web development.
Aug 27, 2020
5 – Funding Education
This episode, I talk about the proper funding of school, as it applies to before the pandemic, during the pandemic (as schools try to reopen), and what education looks like after things are back to normal.
Aug 26, 2020
4 – Public Service Pride Week
Today, I talk about what Public Service Pride Week means to me, looking back at jokes where it turns out the punchline never made sense, and how we can all celebrate Pride in our own way with love in our hearts.
Aug 25, 2020
3 – Mask Mandates
Today, the topic of discussion is face masks as they relate to public health and reopening.
Aug 24, 2020
2 – Launch Day
This episode covers launching a podcast in 24 hours, where we go from here, and opening schools during COVID.
Aug 23, 2020
1 – Getting Back to Normal
This is a pilot. Stretching out the old podcast legs.