FoML (running past den doorway with toy screwdriver: "I want to screw you mom!!"
Me (as my wife and son were leaving): "Have fun you two!"
FoML: "Have fun you one!"
My wife: "Would you like some juice?"
FoML: "That would be lovely."
FoML: "...and Emily pulled the stump off the track with a mighty heave!"
You may continue. Merely boring stuff follows.
I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, while walking to and from work, working out at the gym, and while doing mundane work on the house. I'd listened to audiobooks years ago, but the whole "podcasting" thing has made the mundane more conventient, especially since iTunes has forced people to use MP3s instead of shitty DRM encumbered crap.
Anyway, with iTunes, I've developed a routine. (Though it's a bit annoying in that it keeps turning podcasts off because "I'm not listening to them".) These are the ones that I generally keep current on:
Science Fiction short stories. The quality is higher than you might think, and probably on par with the pulp SF mags. They've had real writers like Cory Doctorow and Paul Di Filipi. Probably about a third are stories printed elsewhere, the rest original. They usually run about a half-hour, so they're good for both the gym and commute.
This is mostly rebroadcasts of the old "X-1" radio show from the mid-fifties, which featured dramatizations of golden age SF stories. Heinlein, Bradbury and Asimov are all featured. These are pretty good, though very dated. (Amazing how spaceships all sound like WWII submarines.)
Matt's Today in History
These are ten minute or so snippets of history. The subject matter is generally eclectic and while short, they go into enough depth to be new. Of the twenty or so I've listened to I've learned at least something every time.
This Week in Technology
This is a roundtable gossip fest about technology. How interesting it is generally depends on what's going on, but it passes the time.
This is an hour long show with Steve Gibson of grc.com on security stories using an interviewer/interviewee format. (Leo Lapaporte is the interviewer.) It's generally pretty good at the security breach of the day.
The Onion Radio Network
One minute a day to keep current with world events.
Ebert and Roeper
This is the audio from the TV show. It's much more convenient than trying to actually site in front of the TV.
Update [2006-3-20 16:51:2 by ucblockhead]: I forgot to mention...I also listen to Bruce Schneier's Cryptogram...it's only once a month, though.
I also check the NPR "story of the day" and NPR's "Science Friday" podcasts, but generally don't listen to many. The first is annoying because it's only five minutes or so, not in-depth shows, and the latter seems not to include everything, but often seems to end before the call-in portion.
Sadly, a lot of existing organizations don't entirely get it, and see "podcasting" as a way to entice people to their old media sites rather than a whole new form of media.
As far as the house goes, I partially moved into the den. On Friday, I got a bit frustrated with the contractor promising to finish the wiring "today" for the last two weeks (In fairness, he was trying to get outside stuff done before the rains.) so finally I just broke down and did it myself. I think he was a bit panicked. We had one of these cross-purposes conversations where he kept trying to give me a fifteen minute lecture on home phone wiring while I continually tried to interject "no, I just need to know which of these lines goes to that plug".
I'd been itching for it as it was the one thing we needed to move the computer equipment to the new den which was the one thing needed to allow us to paint the old den, etc, etc.
The rocking part is that the new addition has cat5 everywhere. Now the DSL modem and the router are in the garage, out of sight, and the wireless access point is in the exact center of the house.
Feels good to move in, though there's still probably three months of work on the outside.
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