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5 Podcasts Worth Listening To

December 15th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Podcasts!I wrote up this list for a friend yesterday and I figured maybe it was worth sharing with the world at large. While a number of these are video podcasts, I usually listen to these while riding a crowded bus into and home from work each day, so even the video ones often get consumed in audio-only mode from my pocket.

  • Buzz Out Loud – A daily tech discussion show. A great way to stay up to date with current topics in tech. Usually pretty easily digestible at around 45 minutes. WebsiteiTunes direct-link
  • Co-op – A weekly gaming review video podcast. Really good, but not very audio-only friendly (lots of video clips from the games they’re reviewing), so skip this one if you’re looking for something to listen to while driving. WebsiteiTunes direct-link
  • The Totally Rad Show – A weekly video podcast. Three dudes talk about movies, video games, tv shows, comics, pop-culture, etc. The kind of show I wish I was hosting. Works pretty well in audio-only format as well. WebsiteiTunes direct-link
  • Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – A weekly video podcast.  Kevin Pollak interviewing people in entertainment. Each episode runs pretty long (1.5-2hrs) but they’re almost always interesting and often really funny. Also works great in audio-only format. Website (don’t bother with the website though, it’s terrible) & iTunes direct-link
  • ROFL – A weekly video podcast. Standup comedy cut down to one joke (presumably the best of the set?) from comedians all over the US. Also works great in audio-only mode. Website & iTunes direct-link

I’ve got more… but these will do for now. Do you subscribe to any podcasts? If so, which ones? And if not, why not?

Feed me Seymour

January 30th, 2006 at 11:10 pm

Apparently, when I updated my blog to an early beta of WordPress 2.0 back in November, I failed to notice that the plugin I use to redirect WordPress’ RSS feed to my feedburner account, broke horribly. Since I’ve never been particularly attentive to my blog, or the stats associated with it, I didn’t notice until just now that my subscribed readership has dwindled almost to nothing since November.

Anywho, just a note that if you’re using WP2.0 and you upgraded from an earlier version, and you were using Steve Smith’s Feedburner Feed Replacement plugin, and you DIDN’T upgrade it to the 2.0 compatible version, you .. um.. probably should!

Blogathyant Recommends: Mid-Nov. 2005

November 19th, 2005 at 5:40 pm

I thought I might try something new… here’s a summary of some stuff that I’m into at the moment.

Music:

  • I really cannot get enough of this band. Some really great tracks on this album. Perhaps I’ll just provide you with a quote from a review that does better justice of summing things up than I can do:

    Jimmy Shaw lays down increasingly awesome guitar work over more maturely realized lyrics. And how’s our favourite first lady Emily Haines doing? Pleine forme, ma belle, pleine forme. While everyone is going on about their first single Monster Hospital, for me it’s Police and the Private that the band allows to stay in gorgeous mid-flight, and that really shows the huge potential of Metric. Ottawa XPress – Oct. 13th 2005

  • I know I’m coming in late on the Kanye train, but whatever, it took me sometime to hop on board, sue me. Anyways, we’ve been playing this album a lot around the house. It’s really great. Review except time:

    Diamonds From Sierra Leone is hot, no doubt, especially with the Jay-Z help on the remix; Touch the Sky is fun, as is Heard ‘Em Say with blue-eyed crooner Adam Levine. But my favourite verse on the album, somewhat inexplicably, is Paul Wall’s on Drive Slow, in which he steals the show from Kanye and GLC. Ottawa XPress – Sept. 15th, 2005

Online

  • CBC has been doing a pretty good job with putting up a lot of (unfortunately small resolution) video content from it’s (canadianized) answer to Comedy Central’s the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. My favourite segments are the comercial spoofs. Check out this one from the latest episode: A message from the Distillers of Canada (you probably wont get it if you haven’t seen the source for the spoof). They have pretty much every produced segment (i.e. non-monologues) from every episode available online, which is pretty awesome.

  • The place to get the latest Greasemonkey scripts, all served with all the fancy whiz-bang/hype features of Web 2.0. Here’s a link to my scripts on userscripts.org: [My] Profile! I just wish they could make their login system persist between sessions (Especially annoying, since their fancy AJAX login form doesn’t actually submit, so Firefox never prompts to save the password).

Out with the old…

June 8th, 2005 at 2:29 am

Say good bye to blogger blogathyant.  Today marks the beginning of blogathyant on wordpress.  This is the first official post, although I seem to have succesfully imported in all my old posts.  The move to wordpress wasn’t particularly motivated by any one thing, but more a desire on my end to have more control over the overall feel and functionality of my blog.  Being a php programmer by trade, it just makes more sense for me to use a tool hosted on my own system, written in a language I know like the back of my hand as opposed to using a remote system that just publishes content back to my own machine.

I beleive I’ve made a little mod_rewrite hackery to make almost all my old blogger-style indexed links redirect to their proper WP equivalent.  Which was pretty much the one thing that was holding me back from making the switch months ago.

Well off we go.