Hosts Peter and Harry converse on all things techno-artistic. Everything in the world is fair game, from the nature of Time to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
TSP182 – PH Factor: Hit The Road Jack – The Covid Catalyst Migrations July 31, 2022 – Covid induced social distancing protocols and affordability issues have been instrumental in driving Canadians into smaller towns and cottage country, where larger living spaces are available. Working and studying from home has become a reality for many, and one that few wish to give up. Co-host Harry Posner and his partner have joined the ranks of Canadians in this rapidly growing segment.
TSP181 – PH Factor: We resurrect… So, you think you can podcast? You can. July 17, 2022 – For the first time in our five years of doing this podcast, we’ve elected to repurpose a podcast we recorded in 2018. Over the years we’ve had listeners comment or ask us questions on many of our podcasts and, amongst the varying feedback, we’ve also responded to questions about the creative process, equipment used and even our topic selections, so we thought this would make a timely segue from our last podcast TSP180, where we looked back and reminisced about our first 5 years, 2017 to 2022.
TSP180 – PH Factor: The Sill 2017-2022 – Oh, the changes we’ve seen! July 3, 2022 – Five years in, The Sill podcast is turning a corner in more ways than one. For starters, Harry and his family are relocating to the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. In this nostalgic review Peter and Harry recall the beginnings, the evolutionary process, and reflect on their respective personal experience of producing the podcast.
TSP179 – PH Factor: Catch and Release – The Art Of Letting Go– PH Factor: The Directed Imagination – Are we at a tipping point? June 19, 2022 – We are drowning in stuff. In every life there comes a point when unloading stuff is beneficial to one’s well being. When does it become critical to sometimes break attachments, whether they be objects, ideas and/or relationships?
TSP178 – PH Factor: The Directed Imagination – Are we at a tipping point? June 5, 2022 – Are we at a tipping point, and what are the dynamics playing into this moment of human evolution? From social infantilization to the relentless onslaught of dubious information to our obsession with safety first, we have created a scenario fraught with ambiguity, confusion and anxiety.are just two prime examples of seduction we have collectively bought into.
TSP176 – PH Factor: Just Ask Why – Stepping Out Of The Herd May 8, 2022 – The power of persuasion often includes a well crafted and delivered seduction in order to convince another into the need or desire to have whatever is being sold. Speed and convenience, primarily driven by technological advances in the modern world, are just two prime examples of seduction we have collectively bought into.
TSP174 – PH Factor: Seduction For Sale – Instant Coffee’s Gonna Getcha! April 10, 2022 – The power of persuasion often includes a well crafted and delivered seduction in order to convince another into the need or desire to have whatever is being sold. Speed and convenience, primarily driven by technological advances in the modern world, are just two prime examples of seduction we have collectively bought into.
TSP173 – PH Factor: Measured Response – Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em. March 27, 2022 – In every interaction there is a tipping point or a threshold moment, beyond which it becomes increasingly difficult to stabilize. This tends to hold true for individual relationships or all circumstances where conflict is present. Can focusing on measured responses be a key to de-escalating or defusing potential volatile situations?
TSP171 – PH Factor: Under The Cover Of Darkness – The Light That Guides February 27, 2022 – We have been plunged into a kind of psychological darkness precipitated by the Covid pandemic, slowly transitioning towards a hopefully brighter future. This period has shed light upon our blinded consciousness, as well as offering us opportunities for healing and enlightenment.
TSP169 – PH Factor: The Pandemic Narrative – Word To Your Mother January 30, 2022 – The stories we tell are the stories we live, and the words we use to tell these stories shape what we learn from them. In the time of Covid certain words have become charged and contentious, because their meanings have been altered to support one or another narrative. We zone in on this verbal minefield.
TSP164 – PH Factor: Future Unkown – Us, post Covid. November 21, 2021 – Where are we headed? What will the world, post Covid, look like? From the obvious economic, social, and political changes to the deepening of personal and spiritual awareness, the future though for the most part unknown, is ours to create.
TSP161 – PH Factor: Corroding Connections – Are we heading into a societal meltdown? October 10, 2021 – Perhaps even more important than the physical challenge of Covid-19 is the impact brought on by the increasing divisiveness evident in communities, small and large. Do we have enough energy and goodwill left to avoid the potential for a social Chernobyl?
TSP160 – PH Factor: Where Do I End And You Begin? – My body, your health. September 26, 2021 – Where do my individual rights end, and your public rights begin? The crux of this moral and societal dilemma revolves around agreeing on a satisfactory answer to this question, which may affect the way we understand ‘the common good’ for the foreseeable future.
TSP159 – PH Factor: We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Breaking out. September 12, 2021 – Reaching escape velocity, or breaking out of self, requires intention, energy and direction. There are a multitude of options that may help get us there, as many options as there are individuals. Executing the breakout may be difficult, though potentially life-saving.
TSP158 – PH Factor: Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog – What brings you joy? August 29, 2021 – Our quest for joy has taken on a whole different dimension during this time of Covid. A conversation exploring the many possible roads leading to euphoric epiphanies, which will hopefully help to rejuvenate our depleted spirits.of, the Covid crisis.
TSP157 – PH Factor: Citizen Engaged – Challenging the status quo. August 15, 2021 – Co-host Harry Posner shares his motivation and experience from a recent World Freedom rally and march held in Toronto on July 24, 2021. Challenged by co-host Peter Noce to elaborate, the conversation spirals outward to include the many varied layers embedded in, and as a result of, the Covid crisis.
TSP155 – PH factor: Walls of Bias – Blinding Truth July 18, 2021 – We are all biased in one way or another. The question is, are we aware of how biased we are and do we need to do anything about it? This conversation is an attempt to explore and dismantle the walls of bias in pursuit of a better solution.
TSP154 – PH factor: Year 5 Begins – A Fond Retrospective July 4, 2021 – July 10, 2017, marks the beginning of The Sill’s 5th year. With 154 episodes in the can, the audio journey continues to surprise and captivate the imagination, through the art of conversation. The hosts reminisce about favourite episodes and the story’s behind them, as well as share their personal trajectories over the past 4 years. All Podcast Categories: https://thesillpodcast.com/podcasts_categories
TSP151 – PH Factor: Who’s in charge? Who do you trust? May 23, 2021 – Are we experiencing a fundamental failure in leadership during this time of Covid? Just as leaders have been judging their populations willingness to comply, we the people have been assessing their level of competence and integrity. Realizing that leaders have been, and are still facing into what is a no-win situation, it’s important to acknowledge the complexities and the profound challenges facing decision makers at every level of society.
TSP145 – PH Factor: What’s The Bottom Line? – Conclusion vs Inclusion. February 27, 2021 – Our approach to dealing with the complexities of the modern world is profoundly affected by our decision to take a conclusionary or inclusionary attitude. From our dealings with Covid to child rearing to friendships and spousal relationships, the choice between inclusion and conclusion can make a ‘world’ of difference and a different world.
TSP142 – PH Factor: Business ‘Not’ as Usual. January 17, 2021 – Two lockdowns within a year have posed near insurmountable challenges to ‘business as usual’, forcing business owners and entrepreneurs to seek out creative ways of remaining commercially viable. Our conversation includes Tattoo artist and illustrator/author Jayme of Fabled North Tattoo Inc., who shares her broadening perspective in the face of lockdowns imposed due to Covid. Fabled North Tattoo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fabled.north.tattoo
TSP140 – PH Factor: Silver Linings – The bright side of Covid. December 20, 2020 – In this year of trials and tribulations, of viruses and lockdowns, the resiliency of people across the planet has been nothing short of inspirational. As we navigate forward, maintaining a positive attitude is proving to be an instrumental coping mechanism. We share our views and those of some our listeners.
TSP136 – PH Factor: Muzzling Dissent – Access denied. October 25, 2020 – The right to free speech is not a given. In this day of ‘unfriending’, it is easy to muzzle our fellow human beings, in order to control the narrative. From censorship on campuses to discouraging your children from, “Speaking until spoken to”, the impulse to deny self expression is a social sickness in need of healing.
TSP133 – PH Factor: Becoming Other – If not now, when? September 13, 2020 – This period of Covid-19, has catalyzed the impulse towards personal and societal change. The question is how capable are we, as individuals and members of society, to realize these changes, given the power of traditional thinking and habits?
TSP130 – PH Factor: Every Breath You Take – The body politic. August 2, 2020 – Is it even possible anymore, that human beings can communicate with each other, directly and authentically, given the pandemic of politicization? The challenge to defy categorization is paramount in our attempt to resist the ‘isms’ that have engulfed us.
TSP127 – PH Factor: It’s A DIY World – Peggy Lee’s Delicious Lips. June 21, 2020 – Do-it-yourself, on the surface a new fad propelled by the COVID crisis, is in fact an age old go to and accepted MO throughout human history. Using the creation of a DIY audiobook – Peggy Lee’s Delicious Lips – as an example, we talk about the process from A to Z.
TSP125 – PH Factor: Necessity is the mother. May 24, 2020 – During the mother of all crises, another mother is stepping up to give birth to plethora of creative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprising, in light of other historical upheavals, out of which emerged new and unique technologies and approaches to problem solving.
TSP122 – PH Factor: What is a life worth? April 12, 2020 – At the time of this podcast, the number of global COVID-19 cases has eclipsed the 1,000,000 mark with over 50,000 deaths. We are confronting an unparalleled firestorm of ethical and moral dilemmas, in the face of mushrooming economic turmoil. Over 3 days, and from a distance, these issues and more, inform a time-lapse dialogue.
TSP121 – PH Factor: COVID-19, tragedy or opportunity? March 30, 2020 – The COVID-19 is proving transformational on a level that has not been seen since 911. Could this be a pivotal paradigm shift in the way we treat each other and all life forms on the planet?
TSP118 – PH Factor: Hurry up and wait. February 17, 2020 – We spend an average of 5 years waiting in lines and queues during our lifetime. Is waiting a waste of time, or can we alter our perspective about these (commonly) anxiety-making situations?
TSP115 – PH Factor: Between dog and wolf. January 6, 2020 – The balancing act of our primal instincts versus our domestic existence from children’s stories to the world of cinema, from Paganism to Christianity, the symbol of the wolf has been a central theme, painted in both a positive and negative light.
TSP113 – PH Factor: Hunger Reigns – Feast, famine and faith. December 9, 2019 – The impulse to archive has been added and abetted by the exponential advance in recording technologies, which begs the question: What have we sacrificed in pursuit of our never ending desire to preserve memories.
TSP110 – PH Factor: Branding – Look at me, I’m relevant. October 28, 2019 – The impulse to archive has been added and abetted by the exponential advance in recording technologies, which begs the question: What have we sacrificed in pursuit of our never ending desire to preserve memories.
TSP105 – PH Factor: Freezing footprints. August 19, 2019 – The impulse to archive has been added and abetted by the exponential advance in recording technologies, which begs the question: What have we sacrificed in pursuit of our never ending desire to preserve memories.
TSP100 – PH Factor: The little ‘cast’ that could! June 10, 2019 – Our special celebratory milestone moment where we reminisce across 2 years of podcasting and what led up to it. Our conversation includes podcast excerpts, special moments, joys and challenges along the way.
TSP094 – PH Factor: Notre Dame, the unmaking of history. April 29, 2019 – The tragic fire at Notre Dame de Paris on the 15th of April, 2019, sparked a slew of social, political, and religious reactions. 850 years of history gone up in flames, provides the backdrop for a lively discussion about this historic event.
TSP090 – PH Factor: What’s up with DST? April 1, 2019 – The pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time have been the subject of an ongoing debate since the late 19th century. There’s validity on both sides of the argument, despite the lack of general agreement as to its efficacy.
TSP085 – Lines That Blind: Why should I trust you? February 25, 2019 – Can you trust what you can’t see? The ideas of trust and respect have become nebulous concepts in a world of promises and betrayal.
TSP078 – New Year, New Self: I resolve. January 7, 2019 – In the face of the inevitability of accelerating change, how in the world can we positively integrate these shifts, while maintaining a true sense of self?
TSP077 – The Sill Podcast 2018 in Review: Cogent clips. December 31, 2018 – Our first full year of podcasting spanned a diverse landscape of ideas, interlacing the large and serious with the profane and fun, as reflected in the excerpts included in this podcast.
TSP076 – So, You Think You Can Podcast?: You can. December 24, 2018 –The reality of podcasting is a bit more complicated than talking into a microphone. Taking an initial idea to a finished product, entails a variety of considerations, from topics to technical requirements to content delivery.
TSP075 – Resistance is Futile: Zoomers tackle tech. December 17, 2018 – Seniors are tackling the challenges of technology to remain connected and relevant. Overcoming fears and learning obstacles have become part of yet another phase of life.
TSP070 – We Don’t Know You Anymore: The deluded self. November 12, 2018 – The eternal question of who we are: Are we a singularity or a multiplicity? The self has been the subject of exploration for Millennia, so who are we now?
TSP066 – The Hippo and The Oxpecker: Repairing the synapses of community. October 15, 2018 – From the Humongous Fungus of Oregon to the wave of human migration spreading across our planet, life has become more dependent than ever on a value of connectivity.
TSP062 – Whose Got The Right Time?: An enigmatic dimension. September 17, 2018 – Why are we obsessed with time? Both art and technology employ and utilize different aspects of this man-made dimension.
TSP061 – The Absence Of Silence: Is technology engulfing us in a world of noise? September 10, 2018 –The short answer is yes… The sonic landscapes through which we move offer us both challenges to, and opportunities for, our general health.
TSP060 – In My Craw: What’s bugging you? September 3, 2018 – Pet peeves have been exacerbated by, but not limited to, technology. Venting steam, in the face of a world that so often diminishes human values.
TSP058 – Head and Heart: A tenuous tango. August 20, 2018 – Where thought and emotion intersect is a veritable no-man’s land, on our ongoing search for perspective and empathy.
TSP056 – You Can Lead A Horse To Water: Consumer con contagion. August 6, 2018 – Have I got a deal for you! Lost in the whirlpool of stuff, decoupling from consumer clutter.
TSP054 – You Talkin’ To Me?: I’m not sure how to answer that question. July 23, 2018 – Beginning near the end of the 18th century, our fascination with Speech Technology has brought us to the age of virtual assistance in the form of Siri, Alexa and others. What does this all mean?
TSP053 – Place Your Bets: Is life predetermined? July 16, 2018 – Is life a ‘casino’ (Italian word for chaos). When it comes to determining our ‘free will’, all bets are off.
TSP052 – 52 Pick-Up: A year of podcasting. July 9, 2018 – From initial concept to uploaded podcast, Peter and Harry chat about the in and outs of podcasting. This one year retrospective, includes snippets from some of our last 51 episodes.
TSP048 – Make It So, Number One: Regaining control of the good ship ‘Self’. June 11, 2018 – Is it in our power to take charge of our own life, in a world rife with controls?
TSP046 – Money, The Root of All Evil?: Is currency the only measure of your wealth? May 28, 2018 – An exploration into the nature of wealth and the system that it spawns. Is a world without money as we know it, even possible?
TSP045 – Blues & Jazz Bops Into Town: 16 years of musical joy. May 21, 2018 – Harry and I talk with Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival founder Larry Kurtz.
TSP044 – Welcome To Slumberland: To dream or not to dream. May 14, 2018 – Given that we sleep away about a third of our lives, it behooves us to explore that world in a deeper way.
TSP043 – Machina Memories: Driving stories. May 7, 2018 – From Benz and Ford to Tesla and trending technologies. The personal joys and tribulations of putting the pedal to medal.
TSP042 – Morality In Flux: Right and wrong in a relative world. April 29, 2018 – Is it even relevant to think of right and wrong in the same way that we used to, and what does that mean for our daily lives?
TSP041 – Subterfuge Soup: Who’s pulling your strings? April 23, 2018 – Conspiracies, large and small, infuse the very air we breath. Is our desire to belong and connect influencing our beliefs and choices?
TSP040 – The Caged Mouth: Do we really have free speech? April 16, 2018 – From the personal to the social, to the political, how encumbered is free speech in today’s world?
TSP039 – My Life Has Value: Rethinking Populism. April 9, 2018 – Examining the relevance of populism in our current world and the challenge confronting the new generation.
TSP038 – Roger, Copy That: Living in the duplicated world. April 2, 2018 – Individualism in the context of the duplicated world. The one and the many.
TSP037 – Inventiveness: So, what else is new? March 26, 2018 – In search of the next. Probing the creative imagination and what fosters it’s development.
TSP036 – The More Things Change: What did you learn today? March 19, 2018 – How we learn. Are the old educational models relevant today?
TSP035 – Riffing On Music: Talking about revolution. March 12, 2018 – A hop and a skip across music’s influential landscape, “Songs in the key of life”.
TSP034 – Still I Rise: Yes or no, do you dare? March 5, 2018 –The power of yes, in a world of no. From diets to neuroplasticity, affirming transformation.
TSP033 – Fragmented Realities: Has storytelling gone the way of the Dodo? February 26, 2018 – Where have all the stories gone? The way we tell stories has changed. Technology seems to have altered the landscape of time itself.
TSP032 – Do It Yourself Healing: Carrots versus chemicals. February 19, 2018 – Modern western medicine would be wise to embrace and integrate the traditional art of healing.
TSP031 – Exit Stage Left: Good leavings. February 12, 2018 – Last rights, or last rites? Before the curtain is drawn, somber or joyful, which would you choose?
TSP030 – Who’s That Knocking At The Door: Do you let’em in? February 5, 2018 – To lock or not to lock, that is the question. How do we use our doors?
TSP029 – Relevance & Reliance: Reclaiming the invisible everyman. January 29, 2018 – Relevance in the age of reliance and what it means to unshackling the self.
TSP028 – Hi, My Name Is Servizio: I am your server today. January 22, 2018 – Service from the top down. It’s all about relationships, generosity and community, so say we.
TSP027 – Shattering Habits: Phoenix rising. January 15, 2018 – Habits are not addictions, so say the experts. In fact some habits are good. Discerning helpful from harmful, and getting off the never ending wheel.
TSP026 – Marriage Of Minds: From I. Q. to A. I. January 8, 2018 – Will the ongoing development of Artificial Intelligence impede the evolution of human consciousness? Can we imbue technological form with human intelligence, and to what end?
TSP025 – 2017 In Review: Shock culture goes viral. January 1, 2018 – Is shock the new normal? Are we accepting the unacceptable? From Donald Trump’s inauguration to Harvey Weinstein’s exposure, we explore the quakes and vibrations felt in 2017.
TSP024 – Automation: Embracing or displacing? December 25, 2017 – Automation’s impact on our everyday life. A wolf in sheep’s clothing?
TSP023 – Work: Is it doing its job? December 18, 2017 – From the industrial revolution to the digital revolution, a conversation about the nature of work in the modern world.
TSP022 – Averse to Verse: Poetry and the digital self. December 11, 2017 – The case for poetry’s relevance in the age of the Internet. How poetry can revitalize and rejuvenate the human spirit.
TSP021 – Freedom’s just another word: Real or BS? December 4, 2017 – Unpacking the idea of freedom in a world seemingly bound by restrictions and limitations. Breaking the shackles.
TSP020 – Black, 2 Sugars: Coffee, tea and tech. November 27, 2017 – Exploring the role of tea and coffee in our daily lives and their relative importance to our sense of community and personal rituals. The makings of good tea and coffee.
TSP019 – Darkside: Hello darkness my old friend. November 20, 2017 – Exploring the power of darkness in the modern world, from depression to zombies and everything in between.
TSP018 – Facsmile: Finding authenticity in a simulated world. November 13, 2017 – Is it live or is it Memorex? Sifting through a world of facsimile in a quest for authenticity.
TSP017 – Paris: A Poet’s Perspective – Getting Siri-ous in the city of love. November 6, 2017 – Talking about the ‘apps’ and downs of travel. How technology has impacted travelling and the artistic experience.
TSP016 – Paranoia: Into your life it will creep. October 30, 2017 – Harry and Peter conspire to enter the world of ‘what if’ and ‘could it be that…?’ From Big Brother to Big Google, they ask the question: should we be looking over our shoulders?
TSP015 – Accepting The Other: Does race matter? October 23, 2017 – What shapes our varied perceptions of ‘Races’ who are different from ours? Should we be focusing on individuals, rather than their ’Race’.
TSP014 – Altered Realities: Is anybody out there? October 16, 2017 – Peter and Harry, on a natural high, discuss the value of wriggling out of our normal skin.
TSP013 – Temporary Vs. Permanent: It’s now or ever. October 9, 2017 – The influence your life experiences, religious and cultural background and philosophical views have on how you choose to live, or the life you end up living. Do you live your life as if every day were your last?
TSP012 – Opinion: The U.S. economy will never have another Golden Age. October 2, 2017 – This episode is based on a published article… Changing technologies impact societal and economic development. This podcast gives voice (almost verbatim) to an article written by MarketWatch columnist, Howard R. Gold, posted on MarketWatch, September 1, 2017.
TSP011 – Mentors: Your mother is your first. September 25, 2017 – Who, or what, can influence your creation or vital spirit? Recalling those special people who help shape or completely change the path of your life.
TSP010 – Act Your Age: Where’s the manual? September 18, 2017 – Ageism is the new social prejudice, at a time when people over 65 crowd are beginning to outnumber those under 15. Coping with the disadvantages of aging, while cherishing the advantages a long life can bring.
TSP009 – Fade To Black: Dealing with death. September 11, 2017 – Dealing with the inevitable conclusion of life, as we know it. Is there a case to be made for living too long?
TSP007 – Red Alert!: Is your security is an illusion? August 28, 2017 – Is the world more secure or have we simply become increasingly numb to, complacent or accepting, about what most of us feel we can’t control?
TSP006 – Cockamamy: Living with absurdity. August 21, 2017 – Has technology contributed and exacerbated the absurdity we experience, or are exposed to, in our daily living?
TSP005 – Analogue to Digital: Our brain is not binary. August 14, 2017 – Do you prefer listening to vinyl records or CDs, or does it matter? Digital technology and it’s affect on the quality of our lives.
TSP004 – Cracking Codes: What on Earth do you mean? August 7, 2017 – Decoding the language of Art and Technology. Our brain is not binary. Analogue and digital systems, living in today’s world.
TSP003 – The Art of Poetry: Poet Laureate waxes poetic. July 31, 2017 – Harry Posner discusses his views, plans and ideas, on becoming Dufferin County’s first Poet Laureate.
TSP002 – The Value Crisis: from dollars to democracy, why numbers are ruining our world. July 24, 2017 – As a partial sequel to Episode 1, in Episode 2 Author Andrew Welch (TheValueCrisis.com) joins us to discuss his book,’The Value Crisis: From dollars to democracy, why numbers are ruing our world.’
TSP000 – Intro: Peter & Harry, who do they think they are? July 10, 2017 – Brief Bio chat introducing Peter & Harry. This casual exchange was, in part, what led to the creation of ‘The Sill’.