MPU 418 Automation

This week was a really fun episode of MPU with Rose Orchard. There’s a ton of interesting ideas for automation on this show. I especially liked the bit at the end about Launch Center Pro, which has long languished on my iPhone. It’s funny, I think Mac Power Users is the longest running podcast that I still listen to. David Sparks goes way back in my memory to the “old days” of podcasting.

The Lore Podcast Link

Lore is a very well made amateur podcast. It’s a riff on This American Life but focused on the weird, mythological, mysterious and sinister stories of our culture. The first episode is only 17 minutes long and provides a brief discussion of vampires. Episode 2 walks through the Hoosac Tunnel. It’s a refreshing change.

Behind the App Link

The Inquisitive Podcast was revamped to be more of a documentary than an interview show. It’s two episodes into the new format and it’s very entertaining. If you only listened to the first episode of the series (ep. 27) then it may have seemed more like Apple cheerleading as it described the launch of the iPhone. But episode 28 is chock full of developer interviews that frankly discuss what it is like to make a living off of the Apple platform.

Podcasting Ebb, Flow and Overflow

It was a terrific run. From the very first (and very awkward) episode of Generational with David Sparks to the final episode 80 of Technical Difficulties with Dr. Drang, I enjoyed making podcasts with all of my friends, heroes and inspirations. I got a chance to make something I’m proud of while talking to amazing people like Helene, David, and Merlin. What a total and complete joy this project has been.

Meeting Notes, Molotov Lite and Arrogant Bastard Link

Taking notes is hard enough. Taking notes during meetings can be a real pain. Jeff and I discuss our techniques and shortcomings during the latest episode of Nerds on Draft. We also drink two fantastic and wildly different IPAs. Ever wonder what a good “Lite” beer would be like? We describe it in excrutiating detail.

Time, Money, and Eclipse Stout Link

This week’s Nerds on Draft spirals out of control talking about time and money. It’s hard to blame us when we’re drinking a rare treasure like the Four Roses Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty brewing. We discuss options for buying back free time and the guilt of spending money for our leisure time. Here’s a bonus zip file containing my notes for the show.

Supertrain Tickets

I’m just going to assume that this shirt is required to board Supertrain. You probably want this in your small bag. As of this writing only 325 shirts have been ordered. It’s pretty hard to believe that’s all the people that love ROTL. I guess it’s a good sign I’ll have plenty of overhead space for my rubber-girl.

Rocket Podcast Link

Relay.fm has a new gaming and tech podcast named Rocket that really has my interest. Smart people talking about stuff I like. It’s an instant subscribe.

Podcasts for Your Brain

Just a few podcasts I like. These seem to always get reprioritized to the top of my podcast list as soon as they come out. In no particular order: You Are Not So Smart Every episode is amazing. This week’s episode discusses the potential primal origins of our value system. Each minute is like a revelation. The Partially Examined Life The best of philosophy. The topics are hard and the discussion is dense.

WTF and WHC Podcast Episodes to Catch

I’m not sure why but these two podcast episodes really stand out to me as special. Maybe it’s the way they define their own format. Maybe it’s the subject matter. Maybe it’s because they are offensive, endearing and insightful all at the same time. WTF: Louis C.K. from 2010 We Have Concerns: Work the Planck Both of these are good examples of breaking the expectations of a podcast. They can’t all be winners but it must feel pretty damn good to make something this unique.