Interviews with notable people talking about something they're not normally known for, or outside their normal purview, how they got into it and what they love most about it. Any sort of hobby, side-gig, or obsession is fair game.
Episode 20: Steven Masuch is a pog slammer
Steven Masuch is a "character actor of the web," with a variety of projects under his belt and a day job building iOS apps. He hosts the Slam for Hope Pog Tournament each year in Vancouver BC, Canada, with the 5th one coming up (and still accepting players and donations) on November 22nd. We go deep on something I completely missed while growing up (because I was 20 years old already). It's everything there is to know about pogs.
The Canadian (evil) Justin McElroy:
Last tournament's surprise champion:
Steven MasuchS (@smasuch) | Twitters mazukSprinklesPeachThe Fridge for iPhoneecho2video - YouTube — Hi Chew reviewsMy Brother, My Brother and Me | Maximum FunSpartacus Books – Explosive titles since 1973Slam For Hope — November 22nd, 2018 in Vancouver BCPogman | Advertisements Time ForgotSlam For Hope 2014 Finalist Match - YouTube
Episode 19: Erin McKean has sewn hundreds of dresses
Erin McKean is a lexicographer, writer, speaker, and maker that started Dress A Day about 13 years ago to chronicle her sewing projects. If you've ever seen Erin at a conference, chances are you've seen her in a really cool print fabric dress she made herself. We talk about her career, how she sews her dresses, as well as tips on how anyone can learn to sew their own clothes too.
One of Erin's dresses, complete with bright red piping:
Erin McKean - WikipediaErin McKean (@emckean) | TwitterWordnikUrban DictionaryAdopt a Word at Wordnik!A Dress A Day – A dress, nearly every day.Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 - 99% InvisibleThe perfect airplane dress – A Dress A DayCalling all creative people! | Craftsy — how-to sewing videosPatternsy — PDF-to-pattern printsSewing Pattern Review Online Sewing Community — "There's a forum for everything"
Episode 18: Dan Benjamin knows what time it is thanks to his watches
Dan Benjamin is the creator of the 5by5 podcast network and the podcast hosting service Fireside.fm and he is really into mechanical watches. We talk about his career in podcasting and how he got started, when he fell in love with watches, and how he wears and collects them today.
Dan Benjamin𝙳𝚊𝚗 𝙱𝚎𝚗𝚓𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚗 (@danbenjamin) | Twitter5by5 | Dan Benjamin5by5Hivelogic5by5 | Pipeline Classic #9: Matt HaugheyPulsar Time Computer LED Watches of the 1970sWatch Winders: Handmade Watch Winder Boxes & Watch Rotators | WOLFSeiko Quartz Astron (first quartz watch)Unwound Podcast (about watches)Seiko Men's SKX007K2 Diver's Automatic WatchSeiko men's Diver watch (note the tiny arrows on the inside bottom right)watchuseek.com - Watch you seek is Watch you get!Watchuseek forumsRolex Submariner WatchOMEGA Seamaster WatchesSeamaster Watch 188.8.131.52.03.001
Episode 17: Darius Kazemi explains his love of anime
Darius Kazemi is a programmer and bot author and all-around internet artist that has a podcast with two fellow cohosts about an anime series they all love. Darius explains how he got into programming, gaming, bot authoring, and the social network mastodon, before we dive into the ins and outs of anime, what kinds of shows he likes and how one would go about getting started.
Tiny Subversions | Darius Kazemi — Darius KazemiFeel TrainMetaphor-a-Minute! (@metaphorminute) | TwitterIan Bogost (@ibogost) | TwitterWordnikRoof Slapping Bot (@RoofSlappingBot) | TwitterConceptNetQueer Eye Bot (@QueerEye@botsin.space) - botsin.spaceGitHub - dariusk/corpora: A collection of small corpuses of interesting data for the creation of bots and similar stuff.wordfilter - npmGlitch Logos (@GlitchLogos) | TwitterFord-Mozilla Open Web FellowsBeaker BrowserJoJo's Bizarre ExplainerJoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Watch on CrunchyrollWatch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Season 01 Episode 01 | HuluJoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Adult SwimYowamushi Pedal - WikipediaSlice of Life - Anime - MyAnimeList.netMy Love Story!! - WikipediaLove Kome: We Love Rice (Love Rice) - MyAnimeList.netShirobako - WikipediaThe Japanese Military Is Getting Offensively Cute | VICE NewsWashington DC’s role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think | The IndependentYuri!!! on ICE Series Marathon | Fathom EventsToo Much Not Enough by Too Much Not Enough on Apple Podcasts — (we ran out of time to talk about it, but worth checking out)
Episode 16: Todd Hamina is a winemaker that raced his bike across America
☝️Todd's bike for the Trans Am Race
Todd Hamina has been making wine under different labels for 26 years in the Pacific Northwest, from farming his own grapes to owning his own winery. We chatted a bit about how the wine industry works in Oregon before transitioning to bikes. Todd's been riding his whole life, but in June of 2018 he decided to participate in the Trans America (self-supported) bike race from the coast of Oregon all the way across the US to the Atlantic Ocean in Virgina.
He pulled out of the race in Colorado after nearly 1800 miles over the course of a couple weeks riding over 130 miles per day all on his own. He had to quit due to cramping in his hands and shoulders that took away his ability to use his brakes. We talk about how he trained, what his setup was like, and how he attacked each day of the race.
Biggio Hamina Cellars of McMinnville, ORMaysara Winery | & Momtazi VineyardTrans Am Bike RaceTodd Hamina - Trans Am Bike Race 2018 — Todd's tracker from the race, where he covered about 1,700 miles before having to quitRoute Maps | Adventure Cycling Association
Episode 15: Lucy Burningham spent a year becoming a beer sommelier
☝️Lucy outside of the StreamPDX trailer where we recorded
☝️Lucy's book along with the three beers we sampled during the show
Lucy Burningham is a writer, editorial director at Cozy, and spent a year getting certified to become a master beer taster and wrote a book about it. She brought 3 beers to the Airstream trailer at Stream PDX where we recorded and we were a bit punchy and goofy by the end.
Lucy Burningham's websiteLucy Burningham (@lucyburningham) | TwitterCozy — Free property management software | Online rent collection, renters insurance, tenant screening, credit and background checks My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training: Lucy Burningham: 9781611802719: Amazon.com: BooksKölsch from Occidental Brewing Co. — Beer #1 (I thought it tasted like Budweiser)Franziskaner yeast wheat beer Naturtrüb — Beer #2 Hefe-WeissbierFlanders Red | pFriem Family Brewers — Beer #3 (sour cherry)Breakside Brewery - Breakside | Seek and EnjoyApex Beer Bar PDXXOXO 2018Saraveza Beer BarPodcast Hosting and Analytics - Fireside
Such a brilliant idea!
I love the brilliance of this idea: get well-known people and talk to them about their personal passions that they are not well-known for. This is such a great concept and well-executed. Thanks for making this!