3/30/08

My Life with Podcasts

I remember when podcasting was something new to me, and now it's something I cannot live without. My first podcast I subscribed to was “This Week in TECH,” hosted by Tech TV alum Leo Laporte. Now, to me, that show is unbearable to listen to, and honestly, boring. Maybe it was just fatigue.
The problem could have been that it is an audio podcast, and now a majority of the podcasts are now video podcasts. I have two audio podcasts now, “The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack,” which helps me understand and decode all of the happenings on that Island in the Pacific. The other one, when I don't feel like reading, is the New York Times' in a 45 minute podcast, reading some articles from all of the sections.
Then there are the video podcasts I watch, of which there are a startling 13. In counting them, I am surprised. I subscribe to 5 podcasts that are updated daily. The pervasiveness of daily content is pretty new.
One podcast studio I love is Revision 3. There's Ctrl+Alt+Chicken, a show on a permanent hiatus (i.e., it's cancelled), hosted by Alex Albrecht and Heather Stewart. It's a cooking show hosted by people “who don't know how to cook.”

Another show is Diggnation: I can't embed a video here of this show, because it's too explicit. But 143 episodes strong, Kevin Rose and (again) Alex Albrecht, discuss the best stories from the Digg website.
The Digg Reel, another Digg-based show, hosted by Andrew Bancroft, talks about the best of the site's most popular videos; chock full of Rick Astley videos (consider yourself Rick Rolled). It's only 11 episodes old and has recently changed hosts, but it's interesting to watch.


Internet Superstar, yet another one I can't embed here, is hosted by Internet's (yet earlier a TechTV host) Martin Sargent. It is a funny, funny show detailing the weirdest and most interesting internet stories. He's talked to Tay Zonday of “Chocolate Rain” fame.
There's also Pixel Perfect, hosted by Bert Monroy, who teaches viewers how to do neat things in Photoshop, though I'm not apt enough to follow what's going on.
Tekzilla, the monster of tech podcasts, or so they claim, updates daily with a tip and every Friday with all new episodes, hosted by Patrick Norton. Norton gets pretty preachy about tech, and says “Absa- Smurfly” he and a cohost had a “Absa-Smufley” contest, which seemed to acknowledge that the saying was ridiculously annoying.


Then there is the best of the best geek podcasts in the entire Universe. I am not lying. It's called “The Totally Rad Show” and it's hosted by Jeff Cannata, Alex Albrecht (yeah, him), and Dan Traachtenberg. Each week, they discuss movies games, comic books, and television, with reviews and news. They also, at the beginning of each week's episodes, they spoof or recreate famous scenes from movies. Recently, they celebrated their first year on the Web with a retrospective of what happened. In the first episode, a scene where they are making ice cream sundaes, Cannata says “give me the whip,” referring to the whipped cream; Albrecht retorts, saying “give me the Idol,” referring to an American Idol DVD. But careful inspection shows that this dialog is actually from Raiders of the Lost Ark. This showed the sheer brilliance that was emerging, in just the first episode. Watch this episode, the one year Anniversary to catch up on what has happened:



Martin Sargent also Web Drifts on his show Web Drifter, meeting, in person, these “Internet Superstars.” There are some very interesting people out in the web, and Sargent seems to travel to the weirdest corners of them.
And that's just Revision 3, which also has a few other shows that I've reserved judgement on until a later time.
Another podcast I love gives me some campaign news in just 5-6 minutes a day: Political Lunch. Hosted by Robert Millis and Will Coghlan. The show is very even handed, and delivers all of the news in a bite-sized format. It's a lot of fun to watch.



Moblogic.tv, hosted by Lindsay Campbell, is a show full of interviews about current events. Recently, they interviewed people about the Iraq War's five year anniversary. I was surprised at how many people were surprised the war has gone on this long. It is partly shocking and also par for the course in America.



Finally, the podcast Mahalo Daily with Veronica Belmont is a little bit of everything: because it's interviews with anyone. Sometimes they'll be at a tech conference or at a rock climbing wall.


Though the future of television is digital in transmission, the future of entertainment isn't television. It's the computer, or internet connected cable boxes, that download podcasts like these.

1 comment:

kvonhard said...

EXCELLENT blog post! I loved it. The LOST podcast? I may have to check that one out now... :-D