In a continuation of my peculiar hobby, here they are, in the order I listened this week, reports on a few of the podcasts of the geeks, nerds, freaks and boy-men of the Interweb:
- Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast, Episode 407 The name is a misnomer. This podcast is often not funny. The comedian Jimmy Pardo (who?) and a group of friends manage to make the lives of Los Angeles comedians sound boring. Jokes about Woodstock and the Who ("You saw who?" Nyuk nyuk). Airport humor. Industry chatter. L.A. freeway jokes. They're having fun, though, and obviously enjoy each others' company. The free 30-minute show is available on iTunes; maybe the other 30 minutes in the $ premium podcast are the funny bits. I listened to a couple of episodes, and this was the funniest of the three. By which I mean, not very. Update: I may give it another chance; Episode 409 features the actually funny comic Jen Kirkman. Length: 30 minutes. Release date: Nov. 12.
- Vomitus Prime 82: Vombodies This effort at first reminded me of Five Tacos and a Taco, the podcast I had to obliterate from all devices last week. The first five minutes include explicit discussions of stomach flu symptoms. Not to everyone's taste. I would say not to anyone's taste, but they seem to have a following for their shockpod routine, a more explicit and meanspirited version of "Uhh, Yeah Dude" (below), only from the Midwest. The high point are the calls from apparently drunk listeners for what seem to be regular segments. There's a good riff on The Yellow Pages -- a humongous waste of paper that no one uses. This riffing is, unfortunately, marred by misogyny and explicit profanity deployed for the shock value. It's not just edgy; it falls off the edge. Just because you're not on terrestrial radio and can say whatever you want, doesn't mean you should. Length: 1 hour, 22 minutes. Released: Nov. 16.
- "Uhh, Yeah Dude, Episode 141." One thing I like about this podcast, which is still my reigning favorite, is that each episode features a fresh song at the start and the end, often a cut I would like to own. And while they do get scatological, famous son Jonathan Laroquette and bit-actor Seth Romatelli are not misognyist or angry. They seem like Oxford scholars compared to some of the other nitwits recording podcasts these days. This week, they are back on their game. They mock "Brocabulary: The Man-ifesto book on Dude-talk." Examples: Wintercourse, Testoster-zones, fellobrating, brocrastination, prebauchery, guybernate, broverdose etc. Ugh. Then they move on to the 10 most irritating expressions in the English language. At this moment in time. Another traffic altercation from Jonathan. Hating on racists. Secret Service code names for the Obama family. The "Quantam of Solace" catch-phrase: Fuggehdaboudit. Nebraska feral child total reaches 30. Police traffic stop of 55-year-old man in a 1994 Thunderbird yields 250,000 hits of Ecstasy. Same-sex Koala bear orgies in captivity upset Australia. Man sues classmates.com for false claim old friends were looking for him. Jonathan's crazy gun dude story: Live round in the chamber. Released: Nov. 14. Length: 1 hour, 4 minutes, with 10-minute supplement..
- "TWIT 169: The Donkey of the Week" After those three, it was refreshing to listen to some clean and useful from Leo Laporte's crew. This podcast is back on track after some meandering. After a two-year wait, Jason Calacanis finally gets his Tesla electric car and justifies its exorbitant cost because its a good example of green consumption. He also hints that he's working on a "big deal." Disclosure form will discourage tech-savvy applicants to Obama's White House. The president-elect's blackberry and email problems. What about Twitter? "Going into a meeting with Putin." Patrick Norton is back doesn't think Twitter is presidential. Calacanis says Obama should have a Facebook presence but not use the zombie app. He needs a social media secretary. The fellow endorse the idea of a massive Depression-style government project, a la rural electrification, to wire the country for broadband Internet with data speeds comparable to the rest of the world. A six-minute Audible ad; Calacanis picks a "Star Wars" novelization. Some extended chatter about weird stuff in Japan. An Argentine soccer star (Diego Maradona) sues to block Google searches on his name. The Classmates.com lawsuit again, more favorably received: They think the guy has a point about false advertising. Your old classmates are not looking for you. Layoff news from tech companies; an office killing spree. Will tech industry be spared? Consensus: No. Patrick Norton bails out without discussing his take on "Anathem," as promised (I'm in the 200s, and it's getting better). More from Calacanis about how the Tesla works. Lengthy economic discussion. No pity for bankers. An obsession with growth. Innovation is the cure. Productivity lost to video games. "Ender's Game" spoiler at the end; turn off the podcast if you haven't read the book. Length: 1 hour, 46 minutes. Released: Nov. 16.
- "MacBreak Weekly 115: MacBroke Apparently, not much Mac news this week. "This is our license to do a shorter show." "No, we'll just talk longer about less." Playing around with the voice function on Google Mobile App for iPhone. Force an update through iTunes if you already have the app. Jerry Yang steps down @Yahoo. "This is not really a Mac story, but we use Yahoo." "Do you?" "No." MacBook Air updated. Rare negative notes: Why doesn't Mac ship all the cables you need? Why are their products so expensive? A lost Beatles track. Whatever happened to getting the Beatles on iTunes? Personally, I no longer care. Various software updates discussed. Audible ad, just over 4 minutes: "Team of Rivals" is book pick. MacBook Pro battery bloat. "Copy protection's a bag of hurt." The picks: new iPhone games (Touch Physics, JellyCar), Adobe Photoshop CS4. Scott Bourne's new blog: consumervideotips.com. Length: A delightfully short 57:06 minutes. Released: Nov. 18.