Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Stuff With Which I fill my Head!!!

The last couple of posts mentioned that I listen to ten podcasts a day. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. It's more like seven or eight, but nice round numbers and all...

Some of the podcasts I listen to are mentioned in the list of sites I hang out in to your left. Others are not. But here are the podcasts I'm currently subscribed to. As I am a geek. many of them are of a tech nature. But are a couple of sports podcasts and a few political ones also.

TWiT or This Week inTech: Leo Laporte has a veritable empire of tech media goodness running out of Petaluma, and any geek worth his USB cables has at least one of the ten thousand podcasts he hosts on his or her MP3 player.

TWiT , A weekly rundown and discussion of the tech news that is coming out of Silicon Valley, Redmond, and anywhere else where bits and bytes are being folded, spindled and mutilated.

Mac Break Weekly, (hey, I don't run a Mac, but it's always good to hear about the latest Steve and Co. gadget that the Apple fanboys are creaming their jeans about)

Security Now, A podcast that Leo hosts with Steve Gibson (he of Shields Up and SpinRite fame) This show focuses on various computer and Internet security issues that crop up on the Internet such as viruses, spy and ad-ware, bot-nets, malicious hacker attacks on websites, and so on. Occasionally, the show can get overly technical as both these guys are bull geeks and many of the topics they cover can be over the heads of average computer users, but Gibson is an authority on computer security and has forgotten more than most CompSec types know.

Windows Weekly
, Leo and Paul Thurrott of the SuperSite for Windows cover the latest developments coming out of Microsoftland. As Your's Truly runs a Windows machine and is not especially ashamed of doing so, I like to hear what Bill, Steve(the other Steve, not that Steve) and others have cooked up that maybe I'll install when I get a faster computer. I tend to run a generation behind in OS's. I only just started running XP last year after a long time with Win2000 and Allegra, as capable as she is, just doesn't quite have the horsepower to run Vista, especially in the video department.

Now let's move on to the non-TWiT podcasts.

I listen to a few podcasts out of the CNET stable. CNET is a content and news source out of San Francisco that also focuses on tech. (Sorry, I told you I listen to a lot of tech, Deal!)

Buzz Out Loud, A show hosted by Tom Merritt and Molly Wood is a daily runthrough of the latest tech news delivered in an irreverent but informative style. "The Podcast of Indeterminate Length" as it's known to its legion of fans is one of the best podcasts out there for learning about what's going on in the world of high technology. It';s also one of the longest running with 700 episodes and counting. The hosts don't take themselves too seriously, and to hear Molly go off on a rant about whatever has her pissed off that day is something to be experienced.

The Real Deal, Hosted by Tom Merritt of Buzz Out Loud fame with Rafe Needleman ( yes, that's his real name) The Real Deal purports to dispell "FUD" or Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt about technology. If you're interested in how to use a digital camera to its fullest potential, what's in the newest version of Firefox, what a solid state hard drive is, or why everyone is so frickin' geeked up over the next iPhone, The Real Deal can answer your questions.

Dialed In, CNET's cellphone podcast. I like cellphones, I have a box full of old cell phones I've collected over the years. It's astounding how a device which just made phone calls back in the 90's has evolved into a veritable Internet/multimedia/computing machine that also makes phone calls. Dialed In explores all things cellphone.

Security Bites, a short podcast from CNET that covers security issues a la Security Now, but not in as deep a detail.

I also watch Buzz Out Loud, The Buzz Report, and CNET Live's Video podcasts.

Now let's get away from the geek food and move on to things that involve sticks and balls and not mice and monitors.

I have two podcasts from ESPN that I listen to:

Pardon the Interruption, the popular sports show featuring yappers Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser has its highlights distilled down to a half hour podcast format. I'm a fan of both these guys and when they get together, it's nothing short outright hilarity.

Junker and Crow, the local ESPN AM radio affiliate ESPN 1250
hosts long time Pittsburgh sports commentator Guy Junker and Rock radio legend Eddy Crow on a three hour mid-morning sports talk show. These two have been on the air for 4 years and their show covers the Pittsburgh sports scene with a humorous take.

Moving on from sports to politics:

KCRW's Left, Right, and Center: Broadcasting out of the studios of KCRW in Santa Monica. This half hour podcast features political pundits from the left, right, and the center of the political spectrum. This show prides itself on maintaining a reasonable tone of conversation between the various panelists.

Washington Week in Review: This venerable PBS show 40 years going on is hosted by veteran political correspondent, Gwen Ifill. Her and then panel of regular and guest journalists dissect the week's political news in a round table format.

Now if you're interested in verbal fisticuffs, may I offer:

The McLaughlin Group: John McLaughlin has been riding herd on this bunch of political pugilists for over 25 years. The show is loud, boisterous, and similar to political roller derby. Talking over each other is encouraged, and strong opinions rule. It's all in good fun though because the panelists despite their political leanings do respect each other.


The Burd, Doyle, and Jones Show: This full-length podcast comes out of 3wt Talk Radio in Washington DC. David Burd, Jessica Doyle, and Victoria Jones (she of the Victoria Jones Fan Club note in my profile) discuss the politics of the day in their early morning talk show. This show blends informative political analysis across a wide spectrum views with the right amount of humor and a touch of snarkery. As it is a show originating out of DC, there are a lot of local references that make no sense to those who don't live within the Beltway, but I like it just the same.


The Tony Kornheiser Show: This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Tony Kornheiser or Mr. Tony or T.K. or Satchmo to his loyal fan base has a long history of talk radio. His show originated on ESPN and is now carried on 3WT Radio.
It's billed as a sports talk show, but sports are not the main focus of Mr. Tony's show. Mr. Tony's show is about...Mr Tony. From complaining about his golf game, to kvetching about how much it cost to send his kids to George Washington and Penn, to being convinced that there's an underground revolution amongst the animal kingdom, and that the cruise lines are killing people and paying off the rest of the passengers in hush money, to his constant carping about having to flying cross country to his fall gig as part of the Monday Night Football announce team. Tony Kornheiser is everyone's favorite grumpy old grandpa. The email segment during the last 10 minutes of the show is worth the price of admission as he reads emails from his fans that contain humorous running gags, references from the day's show and let's just say that his fans "get it."

This is just a part of the podcast mix that I have spinning in the iPod at any given time. The next post will finish the rest of the shows.
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