Fast has been broken. Blood sugar enhanced. And now back to the ‘hawgin.’
I ran across an article “‘Intimacy plus’: Is that what makes podcasts so popular?” [Link] that talks about why podcasts have suddenly become more popular. The journalist’s theory (????? – more like a whack-a-ddoodle conjecture given the absence of any verification) is intimacy. I suspect what the neuroneg means is that podcasts are generally listened to solo rather than as a Millennial pile-on.
I have been listening to podcasts for years, going back before my retirement from the (now unpaid) Yankee government civil service. (I have to applaud how the administration has figured out how to not pay civil servants so they can pay the political appointees – the “leeches” – more.) And I still do. It makes the ennui of gym less painful. To say nothing of the weight bouncers and the teachers who have no indoor voice. Going to the gym is like an unfunny Monte Python movie.
The article lists the “n” most popular podcasts. I am proud to say that I listen to none of these. Frankly, they all look to be stercus. But that’s what BOGs probably listen to. I have my own collection, mostly from other parts of the “English Speaking” world. For some reason, most Amerikan podcasts are on the south side of terrible. the SCIENCE magazine podcast used to be good, as did the Williamsburg podcast, but both rotted with the help of management. As it stands now I listen to:
- Monday: CBC’s “Best of Ideas” (Canadian);
- Tuesday: Guardian SCIENCE podcast and BBC “Tech Tent:” (Mother Country);
- Wednesday: Quirks and Quarks (Canadian);
- Thursday: Ubuntu podcast (UK) and Linux Action news (not sure);
- Friday: Late Night Linux or Destination Linux (not sure);
- Saturday: The Week in Linux (not sure)
It’s hard to tell where Linux podcasts come from because they have multi-national enunciators.
Anyway, none of these are big organization podcasts except the ones from CBC and BBC. I’m not sure whether the appeal is the accents (not as grating as Amerikan) or better composition, but I lean towards the latter. American podcasts generally are less engaging that Radar O’Reilley playing DJ.
I should mention that none of these are much more than diversion. Their educational vale is essentially nil. Reading a book would be infinitely more productive. But they’re good pain avoidance noise.
While we’re on the English Speaking journalism thing, I note a BBC article for Isaac Asimov’s birthday “Asimov’s 2019 predictions – fiction or fact?” [Link] The article is about Asimov’s predictions for 2019. As is usual, the good ones flopped and the bad ones – the ones about tyranny and pain – were accurate. One more indication that intelligence is self-destroying. Sadly, the journalism is a poor example of what goes on in the rest of the English Speaking world, basically on a par with American.
Next, the obligatory memorial to Stephen Hawking “Stephen Hawking remembered by Bernard Carr” [Link] I have to admit that despite the author being a student of Hawking, I find the thing a bit embarrassing, which makes Hawking’s being discorporate rather fortunate. I note that the author says that Hawking was “very smart” several times. This is noteworthy because any memorial you read of any physicist always remarks on how smart the physicist was. And totally impotent when it came to saving humanity from itself. Almost like the exception that proves the rule.
I should comment that the real reason the “Big Bang Theory” television program is discorporate is Hawking’s death and not the ego attributed to the incompetent, inept lead actor.
Next, I note the discorporation of Harold Brown, lately SECDEF for the man-from-jawgah. [Link] I note this because as a young man in the civil service I had to attend a meeting in the Five Sided Fool Farm and got lost looking for a latrine. Secretary Brown was kind enough to let me use his. The moral of this was that the FSFF was built in a day when bladders were expected to be more hale than now.
Lastly, I note that the state of Oregon has been told by the Yankee government that they cannot prevent people who have real engineering credentials from calling themselves engineers just because they haven’t bought an Oregon PE license. [Link] I have to admit to being bemused by this article; one expects the states of the Pacific Northwest to be a bit more enlightened than the states of the old Confederacy. For example, in Alibam, doctor is a synonym for physician for everyone with a red neck. In fact, the reverse is accurate. This is a great embarrassment to Oregon since they were in violation of Yankee government law by telling the civil service that people who are considered engineers by OPM aren’t. Good way to lose fingers in the fan, beaver people.