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2 Podcasts

I travel quite a bit for work and I drive quite a lot. All that time in the car means I could:

  1. Flip channels and listen to a lot of ‘swap shop’
  2. Bring along the XM radio and go through the bother of messing with it
  3. Listen to endless podcasts on the Zune

I’ve done quite a bit of #3. So, for tonight, here are two podcasts I’ve started listening to lately.

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First up, from the CBC: “Wiretap”. The premise is that we are listening in to the host on various phone calls. Some are interviews – some skits – some appear to be oddly random and personal. There are short story readings thrown in depending on the topic.

I’m still trying to figure out my true feelings on this one. I find most of the topics interesting. Sometimes the way the host gets “picked at” by his various friends can get a bit annoying – such as his friend upset with him for not keeping up his end of an agreement for them both to get beards and his talk with an ex-girlfriend that kept almost bursting into an argument. Yes – these are skits but they are just about ‘cringe-worthy’ at times (just like watching “The Office”). I’ll keep listening. Maybe if I had not listened to several hours worth in just a couple of days, it would not be wearing me out.

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Next up, “A Life Well Wasted”. This is a podcast about video games and other video game related topics. The newest episode had an interview with one of the main pinball designers of the 70’s and 80’s. The show has no real regular schedule but it is worth the wait. The production rivals “This American Life” and the interviews are fascinating – at least to me. You don’t just hear the history of a game – you learn about the personality behind it. And, you learn about the people who love playing games. This is one of my new favorites.

So, that’s the update from the road – another random hotel room in a random city. Tomorrow I will be back home just in time for the winter storm that is supposed to roll in late tomorrow night. There will be pictures a plenty if it actually happens.

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