Nerd Culture: The World of Comic Books & The Upcoming Release of ‘Terminarch’ ~ FWIW Episode 16

June 7, 2016

The comic book industry continues to thrive and attract new readers, flying in the face of some opinions that new and digital forms of entertainment would wipe it out faster than a speeding bullet…so what is it like to bring your idea to life in the form of a comic book? What is it like to promote and distribute it and get it in the hands of readers across the continent and the world? On this episode we will find out all that and more as I host Editor-in-Chief at OSSM Comics, Siike Donnelly, and Jordan Hart, the creator and writer of the upcoming comic ‘Terminarch’; a tale of self-aware androids which have eliminated 95% of the human race to build a Utopian society for the 5% which they revere – artists. However, the logic of their actions was lost on the chosen…


Recorded on May 31st, 2016


Music: Hazardous - Light

Find out more about Terminarch HERE
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Green Propaganda: The Ins & Outs of the Forest Industry ~ FWIW Episode 15

May 11, 2016

It’s May 9th, 2016 and while it’s slowing down, the wildfire around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada continues to burn. By now, the entire world has heard of the situation and difficult questions are beginning to be asked.

Some of these difficult questions will inevitably turn to forestry, logging, etc: This is where my guest comes in. Marcin Lewandowski is a manager of operations and product development at Ecostrat Inc., a Canadian company which specializes in the supply of wood fiber and biogas feedstock worldwide and the mitigation of biomass supply chain risk. He joined me to discuss forest management including influence exerted by well-funded Environmental Non-Profit Organizations (ENGOs), international certification schemes, the way urbanization has shifted power to people who are no longer in touch with the land, and more. In addition I got his take on the contributing factors to such catastrophic fires as the one in Fort McMurray and what can be done to prevent them.


Recorded on May 9th, 2016

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Layman Watching: On the Ghomeshi Trial, Sexual Assault, and Lawyering ~ FWIW Episode 14

April 22, 2016

Michelle O’Doherty, a criminal defense lawyer at Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa, joins me to discuss the recently concluded sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi; Canada’s most prominent case in years. During our chat we touch on everything from the trial and its outcome to the way his lawyer, Marie Heinen was perceived by some women’s groups, the interview she gave to the CBC after the verdict came down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XB5fG7gbZ0), trying sexual assault cases in general, the ‘I believe survivors’ movement, judge vs jury trials, consent in sexual encounters, and more.


Recorded on April 17th, 2016
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Fully Grounded: The Journey and Thoughts of a Gay Catholic ~ FWIW Episode 13

March 23, 2016

To many, "gay" and "Catholic" seem like contradictory terms...after all, The Church's rules for homosexuals are quite different and more stringent than those for heterosexuals. Furthermore, some clergy and leaders in The church preach a very hard line on the matter and finally, the institution tends to represent traditionalism while open homosexuality is a matter of a modern, liberal society. What is it like, then, to be an openly gay man while remaining not just a practicing Catholic, but one who shares his gifts and volunteers in his parish and community? My friend Séan joins me to take me through his journey and discuss how he reconciles these two very important aspects of his identity.


Recorded on March 18th, 2016
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A Pirate’s Tale: Surviving the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise ~ FWIW Episode 12

March 15, 2016
CORRECTION: I erroneously referred to the cruise as "7,000 Tons of Metal" in the episode. It's actually 10 times better than that: 70,000 Tons of Metal and 70000tons.com. Apologies!


Going on a cruise is the preferred method of vacationing for many people around the world. But, what do you think of when you hear the word 'cruise'? I know I never thought of heavy metal rock music...well, as it turns out, if this genre floats your boat (sorry, I had to), there's an option just for you! A massive 4 day party where 60 bands perform almost around the clock as several thousand attendees from all corners of the world take in the action, mingle, and have a jolly good time. What is that whole experience like? What should one keep in mind if he/she is thinking of attending and boarding this pirate ship? My good friend, Maciej just returned from the 6th successful voyage of '70,000 Tons of Metal' and has lived to tell the tale...which he generously shared with me.  



Recorded on March 9th, 2016. 
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Like, Share, Subscribe: The Sociology of YouTube as an Entertainment Hub ~ FWIW Episode 11

February 22, 2016

In its 10 years of existence, YouTube has grown to become much more than the world's biggest online video platform: It is now the number one source of entertainment for many people, especially those 20ish and younger. It has turned the experience of watching television from a solitary one (a small group one, at most) into a connected global community, full of its own rules, celebrities, and loyal fans. To decipher the ins and outs, learn about the biggest stars, hear about what makes the community tick, and more I'm joined by a friend who doesn't even own a TV, such is her devotion to this new media world. Together we discuss how the community operates, YouTube's business model, the future of the medium as its fans + stars age, and much more.


Recorded on February 17th, 2016.

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The YouTubers mentioned on the show:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie

https://www.youtube.com/user/nigahiga

https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

https://www.youtube.com/user/React

https://www.youtube.com/user/smosh

https://www.youtube.com/user/rebecca

https://www.youtube.com/user/IISuperwomanII

https://www.youtube.com/user/ConnorFranta

https://www.youtube.com/user/tyleroakley

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros

https://www.youtube.com/user/AmazingPhil

https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo

https://www.youtube.com/user/latenight

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheLateLateShow

Shaalini on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shaalini88

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The Big Party: A Wedding Blogger’s Take ~ FWIW Episode 10

February 5, 2016

There's something about weddings... In the multicultural society that we inhabit here in North America they are one of the few life events along with birthdays and funerals that most of us take part in regardless of creed or religious background. It's a topic of much conversation and speculation, especially among women! On this episode I'm joined by Olivia; co-founder of onedaysoon.ca, a wedding blog. As we dissect the big day we dive into the world of etiquette, the way new media is changing the occasion, and much more. I also put questions to her from FWIW listeners which yield some interesting opinions as well as advice on how to handle everything from invites to bridezillas.


Recorded on January 20th, 2016

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Headbanging: A Doctor & Fan on Concussions in Pro Football ~ FWIW Episode 9

January 20, 2016

It would appear American Football has a problem...and it's playing out in the public domain. Medical research is starting to suggest that concussions suffered as a result of playing the game can have severe, even lethal consequences. Players are speaking out too...like ex-NFL Receiver Randle El, who publicly stated that if he could go back in time, he wouldn't choose to play that game on account of his health issues which he connects to his football career. What are we to make of all this? To help shed light on the past, present, and future of this issue, I'm joined by my brother - an anesthesiologist and big NFL (Bucs) fan. Take a listen to his $0.02 on the matter with a special focus on the recent hit film 'Concussion' and its protagonist, Dr. Bennet Omalu and his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former NFL players. Oh, and find out who he predicts will win the Super Bowl this year!


Recorded on January 17th, 2016.

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Dr. Jan Padzik on Twitter: @JPadzik

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Fast Food Market: Hip Hop & Its Intricacies ~ FWIW Episode 8

December 19, 2015

Growing up in the 90s and 2000s it was quite common for kids of all backgrounds to listen to rap or hip-hop, some taking to the genre to the point of striking out on their own and creating music. That’s how my guest got started: first working with others and now going solo as well as taking part in other aspects of the industry such as ghost writing. His name is Cody and goes by Lotus. He’s put out a lot of music and continues to create new sounds. In addition to his story, you’ll hear his take on the game, whether having his own young family has changed his take on the messages in hip hop, the ever simmering issues of race and gender in the hip hop universe, and more. *NSFW language warning* Hide yo kids...


Lotus' music can be found here:

Recorded on December 9th, 2015. 
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Lotus - Rodeo Drive
Lotus - Say What's Real
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Never in ‘Cruise’: On Recruiting, Flying, and DJ’ing ~ FWIW Episode 7

December 8, 2015
Sebastian Pavlovec might as well be the most interesting man in the world...between the various jobs he's held, his passion for flying, and part time DJ gigs, it's hard to keep up with him! On this episode I take you through his story, we explore the world of professional recruiting (his current job), check out some of his music, hear what it was like to work as a pilot for Frank O'Dea, the co-founder of Second Cup, and more...

Recorded on December 1st, 2015. 

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N.B. I've changed the sequence of episodes...this is now episode 7. Please disregard me saying it's episode 9...more on this in the next episode!
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