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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I listen to a lot of podcasts. What can I say, I bore easily. When I have to do something that's not social and takes more than a few minutes I often pop the earbuds in and start listening. My player, the Zen V 2Gb, is far too small to contain any music, and podcasts are a great way of getting some intelectual topping in the daily drudgery.

I thought I'd post the list of podcasts I enjoy regularly:
  • CBC Radio Quirks and Quarks
    A great show about the stories breaking in science. Definitely a Canadian slant, and they've been running theme shows about Canada's carbon-footprint and such lately (which doesn't interest me that much), but still one of the greatest.

  • FLOSS Weekly
    This show died for a while, but they're back with a vengeance. In-depth interviews with important people in the open-source world. Could it be better?

  • In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg
    Melvyn is a delightfully pretentious British chap interviewing academics on interesting themes. Always interesting, and a really eclectic selection of themes.

  • IT Conversations
    One of the really early podcasts, this is excellent quality. I listen to the entire feed, which I think syndicates a lot of other feeds. Great content from biomedical/genetics to philosophy and CTO-grade stuff. There's always something here you haven't heard about.

  • Math Mutation
    This is a new one for me. Erik Seligman talks very briefly (3-5 minutes) about some interesting topics from the world of Math and Numbers. Good content!

  • StarStuff with Stuart Gary
    I'm a sucker for the starry nights, and this recent discovery seems right up my alley. I've only listened to two yet, but I think it's a keeper!

  • The Java Posse
    My favourite! The posse have weekly commentaries on the tech-world with a heavy java-slant. All the members are world-class developers with strong opinions and the arguments to back them up. It makes my day every time I see a new one pop into my playlist.

  • The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
    Tackling the idiocy and numb-thinking out there head on, the Skeptical Rogues are not afraid to delve deeply into any theme they find. It's so refreshing to see that there are intelligent people out there, not just nuts.

  • This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast
    Another recent discovery on my part. I'm not sure if this is a keeper yet. The themes seem interesting, but they're just not catching me yet. I'll keep them around for a few weeks, and see if they're worth it.

  • This Week in Tech
    I've a feeling this is the big one. Leo Laporte is a great host, and he gets a lot of interesting punters. Whenever they talk about something I know they always manage to get it dead-wrong though, so I take their opinions with a grain of salt. Still, the show is a gem.
Definitely a Tech/Science slant, eh? Any others I should know about, or comments are much appreciated :)

1 comment:

Randal L. Schwartz said...

Thanks for referencing FLOSS Weekly!