Episode 56 - “Two old guys talking about Twitter”

February 3rd, 2014

After an unintended hiatus, Sean and Justin are back at it.  To start 2014, the duo discuss their feelings on (yet another) Tonight Show transition, diverge into an interesting conversation about the immediate and long-term forms of journalism and moving to the questionable, but entertaining Pew Institute quiz on how millennial you are.  The two end with an interesting discussion around gender equality (are we there yet?), inspired by a Tegan and Sara performance.

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Episode 55 - “What is the next thing that makes Justin?”

September 23rd, 2013

Part Two of a two-part series where Justin and Sean take turns interviewing each other.  This time, Sean is at the helm, asking Justin some probing questions that tease out his history to date.  Sean starts with Justin's experience of being on of three siblings and gracefully moved the conversation to a point where he gets Justin to share his philosophies of work, life and play.  If you found the interview of Sean enlightening, you will find this interview with Justin equally so.

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Episode 54 - “Relationships Are Hard, Just Ask Ben Affleck”

July 30th, 2013

For episode 54, Justin and Sean get inspiration from Alex Baldwin's brilliant podcast, "Here's the Thing," and turn the mic on each other.  First up, Justin interviews Sean and walks him down memory lane to some of the key points in his childhood that made Sean the person he is today.  Justin also curiously asked Sean about the sparks that drove his passion for music, the World we live in, and the people in his life.  Hopefully this podcast helps listeners know more about Sean - one half of The Dot Matrix duo.

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Episode 53 - “We’ll Try To Get This Up Before Your Next Birthday Kev”

June 27th, 2013

After a failed attempted at playing tennis, Sean and Justin sat down to a new podcast full topics of life and politics.  Recording from Sean's new home, they two quickly shifted gears from the move to their upcoming Tough Mudder adventure.  And then squarely into politics - like Christy Clark's by-election in Kelowna to the scandals in Ottawa big (the Senate spending scandal) and small (the expensive paint job to the Prime Minister's plane).  Also, the pair promised to post a link to Elizabeth May's calling out Mike Duffy on his television show a few years back - illustrative of things to come.  Click here for that clip.

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Episode 52 - “Even CEOs have to articulate a vision”

April 18th, 2013

Sean and Justin sit down for their first podcast of 2013 and it's already April!  The duo have home on the brain, with Sean in the midst of searching for a new home and Justin finally making it to the new Crate & Barrel in Vancouver.  That theme doesn't last too long and they gravitate back to the topics of recent weeks - the new Pope and the state of the Catholic Church, the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race (including Justin's perspective on a leader's need to articulate a vision), as well as muzzling in Canadian politics and the scientific community.

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Episode 51 - “So it has started, his seed planted.”

January 10th, 2013

After a very long hiatus of six months, Sean and Justin return with a marathon podcast to play catch up before 2013 arrives.  Their 2012 recap included US politics, the passing of musical icons Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar, as well as stratospheric skydiver Felix Baumgartner.  The two share poems by Des Walsh and François Villon.  And they ended with a few predictions and resolutions.

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Episode 50 - “Getting Through the Pain and Knowing there is Beauty after it”

July 11th, 2012

Finally, Episode 50 of The Dot Matrix is here.  Yes, about six months later than originally planned, but it's worth the wait.  Justin and Sean effortlessly float from topic to topic this time out, like pros who have recorded 49 previous podcasts!  Justin interrogates Sean about his latest band tour - including shout outs to funky venues like Jackie & Judy in Montreal and the Lit Lounge in Manhattan.  The two also chat movies, including the recent passing of writer-director, humorist Nora Ephron.  The conversation flows to Sean's weekend at the amazing Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, BC.  Of course the duo talk politics, this week the big story being the US Supreme Court upholding President Obama's health care reforms.  And in a surprise, last minute decision, the two both share poems.  Justin shared Nikki Giovanni's And I Have You while Sean ended with an excerpt from T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

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Episode 49 - “Sean Loves Dix”

May 28th, 2012

Inching closer to Episode 50, Sean and Justin were back at it for another podcast.  This episode was far reaching from the personal to the global.  On the personal side, Sean talked about his band's upcoming East Coast tour (check out Mode Moderne), and both talked about sleeping on the other side of the bed (separate beds, of course).  Same-sex marriage and the hoopla in the US with President Obama "fully evolving" to support gay marriage.  Locally, topics turned to the protests in Quebec over tuition increases, as well as news of the legislation to bring back the PST and Sean's growing affection for NDP BC leader Adrian Dix.  All-in-all a full episode of The Dot Matrix.

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Episode 48 - “They’re Too Bloody Racist… Well that’s My Big Complaint.”

April 4th, 2012

After their longest hiatus between podcasts, Justin and Sean came back in full force for another hour-long edition of The Dot Matrix.  The duo reflected on their 8km Harry Rosen run experience and reminisced about Sean's time rocking it down at SXSW.  Does Austin shape the festival or does the festival shape Austin?  Here's a promised link to the band Puffy Areolas.  Also, a Dot Matrix podcast wouldn't be a podcast without some political musings.  This time, the NDP leadership convention and BC Premier Christy Clark made the cut to round out the podcast.

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Episode 47 - “I grew up living in a community and now I’m told I live in an economy.”

January 29th, 2012

The first podcast of 2012.  Sean and Justin jump right into things, including heralding the return of Bill Moyers on PBS, the surprisingly good David Gregory on Meet the Press, and the dumping of Christiane Amanpour from This Week on ABC.  Other than playing TV critics on US Sunday morning talk shows, the duo also talk leadership -like the Liberal Party of Canada's Bob Rae and his chances of being leader without "interim" attached to it, as well as Thomas Mulcair and his dual citizenship "scandal" as he seeks the federal NDP leadership.  Also on tap was US President Obama's decision to deny the XL oil pipeline through Nebraska as well as the starting debate about the similar Enbridge pipeline through British Columbia.  Some provocative words from Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore also rounded up the environmental discussion.

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