Over the weekend the world of podcasts threw me for a loop.
On Friday Penn Jillette announced that it was the last episode of The Penn Jillette Show. I have been listening to and loving, his one-hour talk show which was put out each weekday for many months and had no clue that the end was near. I am sure that I will find something to fill the void, but I am going to miss this show.
The end of next week will also mark the end of The Show with Ze Frank. From its beginning this series has been advertised as a one-year run of short video clips which were produced five days a week. You’d think that advance knowledge of a show’s demise would prepare me for losing it on my daily routine of media nourishment, but somehow I know that I will miss it very much as well.
I have to admit that I might have a “man crush” on somebody. Okay, it’s really more of a Mann crush because the person in question is Merlin Mann. In case you are unfamiliar with Merlin, he is a forty-something nerd who throws around obscure jokes about the eighties — hmm, that sounds vaguely familiar….
Unlike me, Merlin is successful in the Web 2.0 sphere. Merlin is the founder of the “productivity website” 43 Folders and a regular on many of the tech podcasts that Leo Laporte has created for his TWiT Newtork.
This past week Merlin Mann started a new interview-style video podcast called “The Merlin Show”. In the first few episodes he has interviewed musicians, Google employees, and musicians who are also Google employees. Consider this to be nerd porn.
This weekend there were two fantastic hash parties. Even though I had expressed plans to attend each, I went to neither. I really don’t like being that flaky but in each instance something else intervened (which included drinking beer) so I felt it was best that I not drive to a party to further inebriate myself.
I wholly apologize to the party hosts who probably had no idea that I was MIA. 🙂
ITP Flickr Pic
One of the events which caused me to miss one of the parties was a opportunity to learn about studio lighting — something I know nothing about, at least until this coming weekend when I take a two-day workshop.
I’ve also learned that I have so much more to learn…
The Sooner They Go The Better
Even though I was worn out from hashing I managed to stay awake long enough to watch last night’s Amazing Race.
The sooner Charla and Mirna go, the better; their over-the-top attitude and paranoia bug the living shit out of me. If I had to deal with them I am certain that I would kill them.
I was kinda bummed to see David and Mary get ousted. I didn’t much care for them in the previous season, and even hinted at conspiracy the two times they finished last but were not eliminated, but this season I appreciated them more. Given all of the blunders committed by the other teams I was surprised that they were the ones eliminated.
The mark of a good show for me is the feeling of “Crap, I have to wait another week for the next show?”. While watching the coming attractions for next week’s episode I had that feeling.
Hello Netflix My Old Friend
I rejoined Netflix this weekend. I had been contemplating rejoining for some time, but the backlog of movies I had recorded on my DVR convinced me not to. This weekend I was sent a new set-top box by my employer, Dish Network, and was asked to return the one I had. Therefore that backlog of movies has gone away. Not to completely lose the movies I recorded I entered each into my new Netflix queue. Next up, add some HD-DVD’s into the queue…
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – late
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Field Music — “A House Is Not A Home”
Website Of The Day – I don’t recall how I found out about The Subversive Sounds, but do know that it is interesting blog with some pretty cool music videos of old.
Exercise (b)Log – a good day of hashing yesterday
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight ~205 lbs?)
2) Run no fewer than thirty miles.
3) Do twenty push-ups and fifty sit-ups at on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
4) Finish February’s book and read at least one more.
5) Take Marta to work at least ten times.
6) File my Income Taxes.
7) Wear “nicer” clothes to work at least one day a week.