These podcast thingies seem to be all the rage

In recent weeks, I’ve seen articles about how podcasting is the new radio popping up everywhere. What has happened? It’s been years since I’ve unsubscribed from Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code after years of listening to it. Over time, I’ve spent my children’s college fund on buying every new podcatching app I could get my hands on. Has podcasting really been that obscure that mainstream publications now regard it as a new sensation? 

Complaining? You’re doing it wrong.

I’m a stoic. Have been for a long time, will ever be. “Love it, change it, or leave it.” That’s my motto. I hate listening to people complain. Complain about their job, complain about their neighbours’ kids, complain about their car mechanic, complain about the economy, complain about the weather. Please stop it. STFU.

Fortunately, D. Keith Robinson wrote “A Short Manual” on how to effectively stop ineffective complaining. It comes down mostly to being honest with yourself and with the people around you.

Cool jazz for cold weather

I decided to spend some quiet time at the office today. After a few stressful days which made me take the tram to save time, it was time to do my 5000 steps to get into the city again.

Inspired by David Sparks’ blog post “Farewell Dave Brubeck” which I read this morning, I chose the “Time Out” album for my walking entertainment instead of my usual podcasts or audiobooks.

I enjoyed listening to the music of the recently deceased Jazz giant very much while walking through the cold winter air. Thanks to my Stupidity Shield™ earbuds, I heard almost nothing from my surroundings and I felt like in the opening scene of “When Harry met Sally”.

The only problem with listening to Brubeck during a walk is that synchronizing your steps with the music will be difficult (and certainly awkward) with many of his songs. As David puts it:

“Dave will be missed but people will be unsuccessfully trying to tap their feet to his music long after anyone remembers any of us. Farewell Dave.”