NTL 044 – OVERTIME with Willem Klumpenhouwer

This week’s OVERTIME edition features Willem Klumpenhouwer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary. Willem’s focus of study is on transportation and urban planning, and he’s a regular at city council meetings. Willem shares his insights on Calgary’s transportation future, and how it might affect you in the years to come.

Willem’s blog can be found at http://www.spuryyc.org/

NTL 036 – Robert Avis, Permaculture Expert – The little things we could do to save the planet, the big threats nobody is talking about, and the problem with Climate Change Enthusiasts

Robert Avis from Verge Permaculture joins us for an overtime interview. This guy does amazing things with plants, engineering yards to be thriving ecologies unto themselves.

But he leads us down a few very interesting roads and makes us question what science is telling us – or isn’t telling us – in a fun and provocative way.

Rob’s Reading List:

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: “On Robustness and Fragility” – Nassim Taleb

The End of Food: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Food Supply-And What You Can Do About It – Thomas Pawlick

Pandora’s Seed: Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival – Spencer Wells

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It – Gary Taubes

NTL 034 – OVERTIME: Innovative Play with Dave Ware

Another OVERTIME edition of the National Talky League. This week, we talk with Dave Ware, Lego Artist, founder of Innovative Play by Dave Ware, improvisor, and Co-commissioner of the NTL. In order to keep the flow of things, we enlisted the help of NTL regular Keith Andrews.

Dave takes us through the world of Lego Serious Play, a teaching and facilitation tool for groups, businesses, and such, and explains how the brick aspect changes how people view meetings, and how it open up conversations.

Dave’s website is www.innovativeplay.com

Johan Huizinga’s book Homo Ludens can be found here.

NTL 030 – OVERTIME – Minimalism, with Keith Callbeck

Keith Callbeck is a minimalist. He documents his minimalist life experience and shares his insights on his website ilikehelping.com.

Minimalism came to greater prominence through a documentary put out by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. They are the two behind www.theminimalist.com

So what is minimalism? What is it supposed to do for me?

This interview explores those questions and more.

Topics or themes mentioned in this interview include

Slow living

Marie Kondo’s Book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Sunk Cost Fallacy

NTL 028 – OVERTIME Interview with Trey Kay of the Us and Them Podcast.

A special and timely interview with Trey Kay, a West Virgina native and host of the Us and Them Podcast: Stories From America’s Cultural Divide. Trey talks politics in the USA with Roger and Dave, and gives us some insight in to why the political divide seems to be getting larger, and what we can do about it.

Strong Opinions, Loosely Held, Widely Shared.

Roger has provided some show notes to help you keep up with our many references.

The Big Sort – Bill Bishop

Hakeem Olajuwon

Going to the moon through Mississippi

Amazing Grace episode of Us & Them

Serious as a Heart Attack

All the President’s Men

BJ Snowden – “In Canada.”

NTL 025 – OVERTIME – Honeymoon Horror Show

Rob tells us the story of his honeymoon and the “resort” that pretty much couldn’t get anything right. The tale brings up questions about what we should expect from hoteliers, when refunds should be given without question, and how to remove a wasp nest.

You can read Rob’s full Trip Advisor review, which is both harrowing and artistically on point. Also, check out the uninspiring response from the resort.

It turns out there are a few hotels that don’t change their sheets.

Oh… and here’s the French hobo clown Roger was talking about. (Actually more entertaining in 2017!)

NTL 023 – OVERTIME – Interview with Trevor Tombe

This week on our first official “OVERTIME” segment, we have an in depth discussion with University of Calgary Associate Professor of Economics Trevor Tombe. Trevor straightens us out on the subject of Equalization Payments, how they work, where the money comes from and goes, and why we can’t say “Alberta is sending money to Quebec”. We also discuss the realities of Alberta’s economy, the fiscal sense of an Olympic bid, and Brad Pitt films.

NTL 017 – OVERTIME Social Media in action, Travel and Cats. With Special Guest: Crackmacs

17 episodes in, our first outside interview. We have Calgary’s own Crackmacs (Mr. and Mrs.) to talk about a recent event in the city that transpired with, through, and because of social media.

In this episode:

  • We talk travel, favorite hotels and what makes them that way
  • Whose fault is it that your seat shouldn’t be reclined.
  • Dave goes off on outdoor cat owners
  • Roger ponders the state of party politics and how things are changing

During the hotels discussion, Roger mentioned this show he watched on YouTube. Enjoy Another Dirty Room… try to look away. You can’t!