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Hi. I'm Matt.

I like interviewing people and writing for my blog.
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Money, Please

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One day, at work, I received a text message from a colleague. All it said was the following: I was busy doing a few things at once, at the time, so it took me about a second to get back into the context. Basically, she had ordered food for lunch, and was looking to collect the cash before the restaurant actually delivered. It wasn’t long before I dropped the money off, and went on with my day. But when I looked at the text message again, I saw more than just a request for action – there was some humor to it, in my mind. It was the sheer simplicity of the text, “money please,” that spoke to me. To me, those two words perfectly summed up…

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Is It Possible?

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You know those moments where you wish you had thought a little bit more before you spoke? I know I just finished writing a blog post about not using my brain wherever possible, but those kinds of moments aren’t exactly what I meant. So, I was at the grocery store today, and I set my eyes on pizza crust… otherwise known as the first ingredient in a meal that is pretty much destined to be tasty. As I typically do, I scanned the available packages, and looked for the one with the furthest best before date. I soon located the freshest, most suitable candidate for my eventual consumption, but right as I was putting it in my shopping cart, I did a double-take. There was something about the…

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Don’t Make Me Think

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You know what I like? Not using my brain. Sometimes, I find it refreshing to just hand over control, and enjoy a pre-established solution. Consider GPS navigation systems in cars, as an example – here we have a device that is capable of directing us, and as long as we follow its instructions (with common sense), there’s really no need to know every single step in the trip. We can just have faith that the automatic directions are gonna get us to where we want to go. If we miss a turn, no problem – the GPS adjusts itself to the new trajectory, and once again, no need to worry, no need to think. Now, of course, the brain is kind of completely essential when driving vehicles, so…

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The Test

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This week, I decided to seek the advice of a pharmacist. “It’s actually pretty simple,” I said, “I’d like to go to La Ronde [an amusement park] without being sick.” The pharmacist laughed. See, the last time I rode a roller coaster, I was really young, and the result wasn’t pretty. It didn’t result in extreme projectile vomiting, or anything graphic like that. I just felt really, really nauseous, and after that one ride, I’d had enough. But time passed since then, and I’m the type that likes to face obstacles, fears, and basically anything that brings me discomfort that I feel shouldn’t. So when a colleague invited me to visit La Ronde, I knew what I had to do. My body didn’t like being thrown around like a ragdoll, it was…

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A Quest for Water

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It’s not exactly uncommon for me to roam the city of Montreal on my bike, as I enjoy a fitness-oriented life. Like most, I’ve been awaiting the arrival of summer with enthusiasm; spring being an appreciated intro. Today, I set out to do my usual routine: 20km, with no specific plan, trajectory-wise. I tend to vary the paths that I take, and I don’t usually know what I’m doing until I decide in the moment; however, there are certain trends that can be observed. My most frequent location, for example, is Parc Jean Drapeau, a local park that hosts the yearly Grand Prix races. Parc Jean Drapeau is fairly accessible, and it has a nice balance of greenery and asphalt, where the latter culminates with one major feature: the Gilles…

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An Update On The Interviews (Hal-Con 2013 and Dragon Con 2013 Complete!)

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An update on my progress, which, as you can now tell, I’m not enumerating anymore. Gotta keep this short and sweet, so here’s the gist of it: good news for my Hal-Con 2013 and Dragon Con 2013 interviews. Also, one technical issue fixed on my website. And here’s a friendly list of all the stuff I added, changelog-style: Added four Hal-Con 2013 interviews: Changed how YouTube videos were being loaded so they have a higher chance of being viewed across all browsers and mobile devices. Previously, the videos wouldn’t load correctly on iOS (iPhones).

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A New Approach: Fun First

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I felt like giving you all a quick update on what’s been going on. In this quick vlog video, I explain how I plan to approach my work in the future, I mention my status regarding my interview footage, and I give thanks to the people that supported me in getting to this point. In short, exciting things are ahead. Recommended Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work Chris’ YouTube Channel: Wormeck Gaming

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Update #5: New Hal-Con 2013 Interviews, Portal 2 Video

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People of the internet, hello! How are things? Good? Everything shiny? Glad to hear. On my side, I’m happy to the report numerous new additions in this update. One exciting little tidbit is that I’m down to one last Dragon Con 2013 video, and though it’s not fully finished yet, it will be ready quite soon! I’m also set to attend another convention, shortly, and that’ll mean more interviews in the near future. In fact, overall, I’m ramping up production in all of my content creation plans. It’s an exciting time! Added four Hal-Con 2013 interviews: Steampunk Beast Big Bird and Evil Elmo Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear (Attack on Titan) Robin Added the second part to my Portal 2 Let’s Play series.

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Update #4: New Dragon Con 2013 Interview, Transcription, Let’s Play Series, Facebook Page

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Hello again! This update will list what I’ve accomplished over the past month or so. Once again, the limiting factor here is that I can’t reveal everything I’m working on. You can expect more information about some of these additions in future posts. Added one more Dragon Con 2013 interview: BMO. Something unique happens in the middle of that interview, so look for that when watching. I even wrote a blog post about it, and transcribed it soon after uploading. Added the first video in a new Let’s Play series, one where I play through a friend’s Portal 2 map. Expect a post about this initiative in the near future. Launched a new Facebook page to represent my content creation efforts. If you like my…

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