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Listen To bill's Birthday Suit

bill's "Sound Scientist" has been featured on several podcasts since the debut of the Podsafe Music Network. After hearing the song on the Daily Source Code last week, I checked bill's website and they're offering their soon-to-be released album, "Birthday Suit", for free. Sound Scientist is great and so is the rest of their album, so I urge everyone to check out "Birthday Suit" and buy it if you like it. Yes, all the cool kids pirate their music, but let's support the independent artists that aren't associated with the major labels and maybe, just maybe, the labels will realize they can't keep shoving crap down our ears.

(Yes, the band's name is intentionally lowercase)

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Media Glutton

I just started watching Scrubs, and after realizing I have ~50 episodes left to watch before I'm all caught up, I came to the conclusion that I consume too much media.

TV

  • American Dad (22 min)
  • Desperate Housewives (42 min)
  • Drawn Together (22 min)
  • Family Guy (22 min)
  • Reunion (Cancelled) (42 min)
  • Scrubs (22 min)
  • South Park (22 min)
  • The OC (42 min)

On a week when all shows are on, this takes up: ~4 hours/week

This is a bit of an overestimate because not every show is on every week (especially over the holiday season), however, it doesn't take into account the time spent acquiring the shows (maybe another 15 minutes a week).

Podcasts

Total time: 7.25 hours/week

Podcasts take a long time to listen to because a lot times I have to really pay attention or else it becomes background noise. I've had to unsubscribe from IT Conversations because I fell so far behind, there was no way I would ever catch up. It's a shame, because the shows I did have time to listen to, I really enjoyed.

Blogs

I've got 51 feeds in my feed reader that are updated at varying frequencies. I figure that even at 10 minutes per feed per week, I'm looking at 8.33 hours weekly. This does not include the sites I read that don't have feeds, or links that I follow from the feeds in my reader.

All things considered, this adds up to almost 20 hours a week that I spent not doing homework, reading for class, socializing or doing something that doesn't involve sitting in front of a computer. Somehow I need to trim some of my consumption, but its not going to be easy giving up the things I've grown attached to over time.

Any suggestions on how to cut down? What's your weekly media consumption look like?

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New York City Cabbie Blog

…and she's a girl.

New York Hack was started last August by female taxi driver Melissa Plaut about her experiences as a cab driver. The blog gives a great insight into the lives of cab drivers and its even more special because she's only one of the 197 female cab drivers in New York (of 42,000 total). Her entries are accented with pictures of traffic, angry drivers giving her the finger, and perhaps even more rare, pictures of inside the dispatch station and airport taxi lots.

I'm having a lot of fun reading past entries and its always great to learn about the lives of people who you would think you really wouldn't want to know about.

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(via Yahoo! News)

Saturday Afternoon Links

A couple of links I came across today that I thought I'd share…

Satellites on a Budget - A teacher from Idaho builds balloons that travel up 25km and take pictures in "near space" for less than $1000 a trip.

Binary Arithmetic and the Socratic Method - 3rd graders are taught binary arithmetic in 25 minutes by employing the Socratic method (teaching by guided questioning).

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Naked Conversations

The other day I sent an e-mail off to Adam Curry about the Google Maps of aviation charts and he read my email on DSC 316! Man, was I excited when I heard him mention my email. Later on in the show, he talked about how podcasting is opening the channels of communication between podcasters/artists and their listeners and I'm thrilled to have just experienced that first-hand.

Today, I happened to pick up Robert Scoble and Shel Israel's new book, Naked Conversations and even though I've only read the first chapter already, I'm already excited about reading the rest of it. The first chapter details the story of how blogging got started at Microsoft and how it has helped Microsoft turn its public image around.

An interesting little anecdote mentioned is how they came up with the name Channel 9:

The name is derived from the United Airlines (UA) open audio channel, on which passengers can listen to pilots during take-offs, flights and landing.

It was this channel 9 that helped Lenn Pryor, former tech evangelist of Microsoft, overcome his fear of flying. In the same sense, Microsoft hopes to make people less afraid (or less hostile?) towards them by letting customers "listen in" on the company.

After spending all of last week attending presentations for internships in the financial services industry, these two events brought me real voices from inside companies after having to deal with all the garbage "corpspeak" that comes with those corporate presentations. A bit disturbing was that a quick search last week (which was by no means extensive) didn't produce any results for bloggers who work in financial services. Is the industry that competitive that no one is willing to give up any information that would take away their edge over their co-workers? Or am I just being antagonistic and the real reason is that blogging doesn't really have a place in B2B businesses?

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Too late for a HNY post

I'll spare you all the typical Happy New Year post only because we're already half way through January. A lot of things have happened since the last time I posted, in fact, more than I could completely list right now.

Without a doubt the most notable thing that happened has to be our trip to Italy. I met my parents and sister at O'Hare on the 21st of December, and from there we were off to Rome by way of Zurich. We stayed in Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice over the course of 8 days while visiting several tiny medieval towns along the way. We spent a day and a half in London before flying back to Miami on the 31st.

Seeing as how I took over 1100 pictures over the course of the 10 days, I'll spare you all the details I don't really remember and instead invite you to visit my Flickr photostream where I am slowly uploading the photos I took during the trip. It's taken me a bit to get the pictures up only because converting from RAW and then tagging/naming the photos is such a time-intensive process.

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