Posts tagged ‘entertainment’

The ol’ science fiction ghetto

I ran across this article by Chris Beckett, “The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction,” today during lunch while I was reading something else posted at The Atlantic. Later in the day, I noticed that both Dan Frakes and Jason Snell tweeted links to it—approvingly, I believe. I don’t disapprove of the article. It’s nicely…


Letterman

I suppose David Letterman is to most of you what Johnny Carson was to me: the talk show host who’s always been there. But for those of us of a certain age, Letterman will always be the new thing, the breath of fresh air, the guy who changed television. You can find antecedents for everything…


Brainteaser

Last weekend, I forced my older son to take a break from Minecraft and Black Ops and work with me on this brainteaser from Coudal Partners:1 There are five houses in a row in different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The five owners drink a different drink, smoke a…


Release the crackle!

On my ride home from work tonight, I heard something I haven’t heard in ages. RSS and some browsers won’t show the player that’s supposed to be here. Click this instead. It wasn’t “Stairway to Heaven”—that pops up every so often when I’m shuffling through my iTunes library. No, what I haven’t heard in ages…


Bull leapers and soybeans

When I first saw this cartoon back in June, I instantly decided to include its center panel (the funny one, even though it doesn’t have the punch line) every time I write a post about podcasts and radio shows I listen to. “Minoan bull leapers” captures beautifully the eccentric things you can hear on BBC…


To be played at maximum volume

What better way to celebrate the Fourth than to listen to BBC Radio documentaries? I spent yesterday afternoon resetting bricks in the patio and listening to my iPod. First up was last week’s episode of In Our Time, the history/literature/philosophy/science/math Radio 4 series hosted by Melvyn Bragg. The topic was Athelstan: Athelstan, the grandson of…


Podcast cannibalism

Well here’s an unfortunate bit of convergence. The Science Show, a radio show about—you guessed it—science from ABC Radio National in Australia, has decided to rebroadcast episodes of Radiolab, a radio show about science from WNYC in New York. This is great for Science Show fans from the antipodes who listen over the air, because…


The things you do endear you to me

John will always be my favorite Beatle, but I’m enjoying Paul a lot more than I did when I was a young man. This sort of thing might even get me to forgive him for wasting his huge talent on crap like “Silly Love Songs.” McCartney thanked Obama for the honor and, in a short…


Exile radio documentary

Last week, the BBC aired an hourlong radio documentary on Exile on Main Street, coinciding with the album’s reissue. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, you have two days to listen to it—or record it via Audio Hijack Pro or Wiretap Studio—through the BBC’s Listen Again service. I listened to it on my…


Head links

Links, of course, make the web go round. They put the Hyper in HTML. But today the links I found were made in my head, the old-fashioned way. The day started with me riding in to work listening to The Science Show podcast from ABC Radio National. That’s ABC, as in Australian Broadcasting Corporation, not…