Media Roundup

This is an update to what I’m watching, reading, and listening too.  I typically post this type of stuff on twitter in bits and pieces, but this is kind of a bigger roundup of what I’m into right now.

Podcasts
Adding to the list of podcasts I posted recently: ExtraLife Radio – “Webcomics, video games, movies, TV, special guests and the general eclectic geekery you have come to expect from ExtraLife!  Join regular host Scott Johnson, with regulars like Brian, Obsidian, Andrew, and more! Its a Geek Fest for the intelligent listener.”

TV Shows
Adding to the list of TV shows I posted recently:  “Leverage” on TNT.  “The series follows a team of thieves, hackers and grifters who act as modern-day Robin Hoods, taking revenge against those who use power and wealth to victimize others.”  Sounds weak, but give it a chance.  The pilot presented some interesting characters that will make up for that played-out premise.

Books
I’m still reading Mote in Gods Eye.  It’s very good, I just haven’t been spending much time reading recently. Since every time I set down the Kindle Chrissy picks it and orders 6 more books, I think I’ll pull another book off the shelf when I finish Mote in Gods Eye.  I decided the other day I’m going read all of the Neal Stephenson books.  That means rereading Cryptonomicon, Zodiac, and Snow Crash. We have all of his books between the bookshelves and the Kindle.  I won’t be able to read all the Stephenson books in one shot.  Earlier this year I went on such a long Fantasy binge with the Wheel of Time that I burned out on the whole genre.  I’ll break up the Stephenson with some nonfiction, to be determined later.

Audiobooks
I’ll finish up the Podiobook Earthcore by Scott Sigler this afternoon. Good stuff. Sigler never disappoints.  Queuing up on the ipod I have Snow Crash, Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, and another Podiobook, Consider the Elephant by Aram Schefrin.  I’m taking a break from the Enderverse until I finish Mote in Gods Eye. I find it confuses me. Once I’m done with Mote I’ll return to the Enderverse with Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant.

Websites
educanines.com has been reborn as a blog about dog training.  Recent topics include play biting, barking, housebreaking, crate training, and jumping.  beginningbjj.com is a new site from Stephan Kesting.  If you sign up by providing your name and email you receive a free ebook.  If you’re new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or if you are an instructor it’s well worth taking a look.  It has an interesting look at the positions in BJJ, as well as a ton of links to resources around the web. recapist.com is something I just recently stumbled upon while looking for some information about the show Numb3rs.  The site is exactly what a site called The Recapist should be – it provides recaps, screen shots, and analysis of a bunch of TV shows.  Check it out.  channeldvorak.com is must for John C. Dvorak fans.  If you’re not a fan but you are a content creator, check it out any way.  They did a great job pulling together all of his content in to one clean, and at least for now, ad-free page. The home page has links to his video blog Tech 5 Top 5, his MarketWatch columns, the No Agenda podcast with Adam Curry, the blog, his daily Tech 5 podcast, this WEEK in TECH, his Twitter feed, Cranky Geeks, and the podcast he’s doing with Andrew Horowitz, Dvorak & Horowitz Unplugged.

Magazines
There was a time when I subscribed to something like 30 maganzines.  It was a crazy time when airline miles were abundant and I used them to fund my subscriptions. I don’t believe there was ever a time when I actually read 30 magazines.  I’m down to two regular subscriptions – The Economist and Wired.  I think they are both about to end.  I’ll probably let The Economist go.  I mostly subscribed to that to get access to the audio editions, and I haven’t been listening to them recently.  Between podcasts and audiobooks (and their hybrid form, Podiobooks) there’s just too much to listen to already.  I was considering letting my Wired subscription go too, but seeing how cheap it is now I don’t think I will. Anyway, I think you lose a lot of geek cred if you don’t read Wired.

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