Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hello Folks!

The People Outside My Window Collective is still alive and well, mostly on Twitter.
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Remember, people who don't use Twitter are lame.

Cheers, and good chatting with you again after all this time!

- Sharky

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cheri


This week we have the very funny very charming Cheri (pronounced like Sherry). I'm still not clear on what it is she does for a living but I know it has something to do with me having involuntary and inappropriate erections.

This will be the last interview for the year but be sure to subscribe to the show for when we return in 2013!

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- Sharky

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cass

This week we have Cass. Educator. Philosopher. World Traveller. Hip hop enthusiast. Great stories and heady discussions about the state of education in modern society. Good times. You'll agree that this one was worth the wait.

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- Sharky

Ps. The photo that Buroak describes in this show is posted below. To see other photos from Cass, check out this link here.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gord


We're a week late with this episode, sorry about that. We hope you'll find this interview well worth the wait.

Gord is a Professor of English, a rock n' roller, and a very cool dude. He gives a great interview. Unfortunately SOMEONE accidentally unplugged the mixer board part-way through so the recording gets a little tinny. If you can get based the bad sound you'll enjoy Gord's stories.

Find the episode here, or subscribe on iTunes, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @PeopleOutside

- Sharky

 Ps. The photo that Gord describes in this show is posted below. To see other photos from Buroak, check out this link here


Thursday, November 1, 2012

David

David Alexander Robertson is the graphic novelist responsible for The Life of Helen Betty Osborne, the 7 Generations series, and Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story. Don't miss this episode. David is a wonderfully eloquent and engaging storyteller who shares his views on education, building relations and Canadian identity. Seriously, David is great guy and he's given us another great show.


 Find the podcast here, or subscribe for free in the iTunes store under podcasts. Find us on Facebook and on Twitter @PeopleOutside

Follow David on Twitter at @_DaveARobertson
and check out his website here for upcoming events that David will be at.

- Sharky

Ps. The photo that David describes in this show is posted below. To see other photos from this set check out this link here.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kim


Kim Babij host of the Fabulous Blue Bombers show on Shaw TV. Is this the coolest guest we've ever had on our show? You'll have to listen to find out. Hear both Sharky and Buroak stumble through their starstruck awe the whole way through the show.

Find the podcast here, or subscribe for free in the iTunes store under podcasts. Find us on Facebook and on Twitter @PeopleOutside

Follow Kim on Twitter at @KimBabij and watch past episodes of her show here.

- Sharky

Ps. The photo that Kim describes in this show is posted below. To see other photos from this set check out this link here .


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 148: All That Darkness


Some people believe that we started to be human when began performing funeral rites for our dead. Perhaps we didn't always; but at some point our ancestors began to gather around their fallen loved ones and tell stories, sing songs, weep, scream at the sky in anger.  Some began carefully preparing the bodies and laying them into the ground. Some believe that in those moments, in those minds that began to ask questions about what happens next, the concept of God was born. That the small points of light in the night sky began to be named, and began to have stories told about them. We began to have culture. Some believe this to be true.

A friend of mine told me a story about a funeral he went to for a friend of his who had died young. Very young. Young enough that those left behind would still have decades ahead of them doing things like getting married, having children, watching a man jump out of balloon in space. A lifetime of moments like that with the ever present thought that "he would have liked to have seen that."

This kid rode a motorcycle and came from people who rode motorcycles and so at his funeral dozens of riders showed up to mourn him. Uncles, cousins, friends, brothers. All of them gathered around to pay their respects with their bikes parked a few feet away on the road way. It would have probably meant a lot to him to see that. As the casket was lowered his people walked back to their bikes to leave.

Except that they didn't leave. Each of the riders fired up their machines and opened the throttle revving their engines. Dozens of them surrounding their fallen loved one, and his family, letting their bikes scream. My friend said the sound was deafening. Like a twenty-one gun solute with loud pipes. In unison. Until everything that needed to be said had been said, in that way.  And then they left.

If the people who write the books are right than in that moment each of them there: the riders, the family, those who stood watching the machines scream out into whatever happens next - were in their most human moments.

I don't know if anyone is listening to us when we call out like that. As I get older I'm doubting more and more that there is. But I guarantee you this: if there is someone listening they heard what was being said that day. Somewhere out there, in between unnamed stars in all that darkness, the sound of those bikes is still stretching out into an ever expanding universe.

- Sharky