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July 10, 2006

Video of Rory’s performance at Shelley Beach

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 11:12 am

Yesterday we went down to Shelley beach north of Manly to catch up with Brendan. He was in great form; he’s lost a ton of weight training for the City to Surf, but the most fun was Rory’s performance on one of the little picnic platforms at the beach.

Put your sound on if you want the full experience.

BTW: I recorded it on my phone so it’s best to watch it on as small a screen as possible.

July 5, 2006

Some good podcasts.

Filed under: Good Podcasts — nicksmyname @ 10:44 am

About four months ago I started listening to Podcasts on my MP3 player. Since then I have become a bigger and bigger fan. I keep telling people about it but then it’s up to them to dig around and find the good podcasts. The other day Michael came over and we were talking about Podcasts. Rather than email him the list I thought I would put the links online so everyone could find them.

Australia’s national broadcaster ABC Radio National has an excellent selection of Podcasts that is expanding all the time.

Hindsight is a historical programme that had a brilliant series on the cold war. Lots of secrets have been released from the archives by the Russian, American and Australian governments recently and their series . There’s only one programme left on the site as a podcast but the other programmes can be streamed if you follow the links at the bottom of this page.

The Media Report covers mostly Australia media stories but this story about journalism in Afghanistan was pretty eye (ear!) opening.

The Irish National Station RTE has a pretty basic selection of Podcasts from their radio programmes but there are a few good doco’s in there. The Anti Jazz Campaign of the 1930’s is classic stuff. They also had an amazing documentary that was made in the 1950’s and interviewed lots of people who were at the 1916 rising. It was a really incredible thing to hear from people who were there at the time. Sadly it seems to have been taken off the site. It’s (still) available for download here (direct link to MP3 here).
On a far less serious note DiggNation is a lighthearted Technology Podcast / Video show based on stories from Digg.com . The two presenters have a fairly good sense of humour.

The IT Conversations website covers a broad range of Technology Podcasts.

The Onion produce the fantastic President’s Weekly Address . Trust me; just listen to the podcast.

That’s about it for now. I’ll post more shows as I listen to them. If you hear a good one then post a reply to this post so everyone can share.

If you have never listened to Podcasts before the easiest way to get into it is probably to download some software that makes it easy to subscribe to and download podcasts. I have found Yahoo Music Engine with the Podcasts plugin to be pretty good. Although it can’t handle the firewalls at work. Itunes is very popular. I haven’t used it but no doubt it works well.

As I was doing this I realise that the ABC podcasts seem to get archived after about a Month. So if some of the links are broken that may have happened. So subscribe to the RSS feed to make sure you see them in time.

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