The Brilliant, Dangerous Mind of Michael Reeves [Ep. 61]

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*Michael Reeves* is a singularly-brilliant mind and one of our most requested guests. His unrivaled coding ability and creative vision have given life to amazing inventions like “The Roomba That Screams When it Bumps Into Stuff” and “Trigger Me Elmo,” and he streams most of the design process on Twitch to offer a peek at what it’s like inside the mind of YouTube’s resident mad scientist.

Today, Michael takes a break from designing his masterpieces to sit down with us on The Create Unknown.

Every generation needs a scientific figurehead. Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye dominated the 20th century. Is Michael Reeves the next generation of science, engineering, and coding entertainment?

We also learn the incredible lengths Matt has gone to just to record this episode — and why he sounds like a tornado warning broadcaster.

After that we explore Michael’s most recent project: The Laser Baby. He partnered with Amazon for their series “The Boys,” but he took a pretty unconventional approach to promoting the show. Kevin talks about his wildly different experience with making sponsored videos, and it leaves us wondering: just how did Michael pull it off?

Michael makes some of the most unique and fun videos on YouTube, so how does he come up with his bizarre, unique ideas? He also employs an abnormal editing process, which may keep him from hiring an editor and also throw a wrench into collaborations.

Then we get down to business.

We talk about Michael’s former work experience as a software developer, his near-experience as a psychiatrist, and even his time working for the government. He also tells us about his self-teaching method that he used to learn everything he knows about software engineering — and it’s much cheaper than you might think.

Oh, and we also learn about Michael’s explosive, podcast-interrupting bladder.

Finally, we take some questions from our patrons who have been saving these up for the year and a half they’ve begged Michael to Enter the Unknown. They want to know all the watchlists he’s probably on, the average cost of his projects, and how he keeps coaxing his friends and loved ones into his various taser-laden death traps.

A huge thank you to all of our baby-saving patrons — you really make this show happen. And thanks to Michael for joining us!


Hosts: Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor

Produced and Edited by Ben Webster →

Theme by Mega Drive →

Opening Animation: Kidmograph

City Animation: Eric Langlay

“The Create Unknown” is produced by Unknown Media.


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