Podcasts I got around to listening to this week, and what was on them, in the order I listened:
"TWIT 167: More Twit Than You Require" First half: An informative discussion of Windows 7, the replacement for Vista, which I did not care about, as a Mac user. Fast-forwarded to second half (just past 1-hour mark): Leo Laporte interview with John Hodgman, the fake-trivia expert Daily Show I'm-a-PC guy, who is on a book tour. Instead of playing a character, Hodgman gets nerd-real. It's good. Released: Nov. 2. Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes
"Uhh, Yeah Dude, Episode 139." Michael Keaton was once a jerk to Jonathan Larroquette. Jonathan and Seth remain obsessed with abandoned tweens running amok in Nebraska. The 56-year-old woman who gave birth to her own triplet grandchildren. Hot coffee makes you friendlier. "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" continues to beat new action films at box office. Ben Affleck's offensive retirement from acting. Adults should not dress up for Halloween. Decades-old rumors about Stevie Nicks. Public prayer booths. Brothers of candidates misbehaving. Derek the undertaker. Paco the gardener. Tina the person. Finabulous isn't a word. Released: Oct. 24. Length: 1 hour, 1 minute.
"MacBreak Weekly 113: The Sum of All Knowledge" Rumors of an iMac upgrade before the holidays were false, so now I have to decide whether to buy one. Laporte gave up on G1 Google Phone, low battery life with constantly running apps; back to iPhone. A new iPhone app gives you all 2 gigs of Wikipedia [launches iTunes] even if you are not connected to the Web. The panelists then mock anyone with a puny 8-gig iPhone. Nice. This week's endless Audible ad was for a pretty good book that was one of the first I listened to: history of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales. Released: Nov. 4. Length: 1 hour, 23 minutes.
"Battleship Pretension, episode 85" I only listen to this one once in a while, with film geeks Tyler Smith and David Bax. This week's guest: Jen Kirkman, standup comic. Topic: A discussion of sexism and feminism in the movies. The sexism of "High Fidelity" and the terrible role models played by Reese Witherspoon. Negative depictions of men in films and TV. Jane Campion.The obvious feminism of "Thelma and Louise." Liberal sexism. Nerd sexism. Released: Nov. 2. Length: 1 hour, 2 minutes.
"Diggnation: Alex's Halloween Arachnophobia" It doesn't matter how many flavors there are; Michelob is still terrible beer, and that is what Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht are drinking when they discuss the layoffs at Revision 3. Top digged article was about a fighter pilot revealing 30 years later that he was ordered to shoot down a UFO. Then I bailed, as I always seem to do, because I have less tolerance for BS on video than audio. Released: Oct. 31. Duration: 37:38.
"Buddhist Geeks, 94, Horizontal and Vertical Enlightenment" This is not about Web verticals. I rarely listen to this one, because if I had 26 minutes to spend on Buddhism, I should be meditating. Which is an excuse, of course. "Seriously Buddhist, seriously geeky." Oy, an Audible ad from the Buddhists, too. This episode continues an interview with Ken Wilber. He quotes a version of a koan that has always interested me: "Show me your original face, the face you had before your parents were born." Always reminds me of "Franklin's Tower": "In another time's forgotten space, your eyes looked through your mother's face." I listen long enough to remember I don't know much about this stuff. Maybe I'll study it some more on the bread line. Released: Oct. 27. Duration: 26 minutes.