Podcast List 23may13

May 23rd, 2013 | daybook

As I’m sure we all know by now, I prefer these posts to fire while everyone’s asleep…!

Some of these are recently added and being tested.  If the OPML-to-HTML thinger worked as advertised, all these links should be good for both subscribing and finding the originating websites.

I could really use more ambient/drone music podcasts, and some suggestions in the parapolitical/fringe/weird realm.  Also good history podcasts.  I’m @warrenellis on Twitter.

But this is what I’m listening to right now.  Perhaps you’ll find something of interest in there.



Well, I’d Like To Write A Thing About UPSTREAM COLOR, But…

May 22nd, 2013 | daybook


…this would be that revolutionary self-organised distribution process I’d been reading about.  I’m geolocked on all services: even using my Amazon.com account fails.  This would also explain why I saw more than a dozen different streams of the film on movie2K the other week, when I searched for curiosity.  (I was going to double-check that today, but my ISP has now blocked movie2K and I can’t be bothered to run a VPN.)

This is apparently down to Carruth selling the UK distrib rights to a company who doesn’t intend to do a UK cinema release until autumn and presumably doesn’t want DVD or download to dilute cinema takings.  They must be expecting to absolutely mint coins out of the twenty screens they’ll squeeze the film on to here.

So it seems I might get to buy a download in October.  Which I find kind of amusing: when I was a kid, I would read about films in American comics and magazines fully four-to-six months before they made it over the ocean to Britain.  And, in those days, of course, films would open in London first and make their way to the regions over a period of weeks.  Warm memories of seeing a tv ad for a film playing in London and working out how long it’d take to reach the Southend cinemas (the old Rayleigh Regal was gone by then). 

Well done to Shane Carruth and his distribution partners for allowing me once again to experience the film distribution methods of the 1970s.


May 8th, 2013 | daybook

I just upgraded the hosting plan for my SPEKTRMODULE podcast, which will allow me to bring the frequency closer to weekly. 

(The new hosting plan also gives me the option of designing standalone Android and iOS apps for the podcast, but I really don’t have that kind of time, and I really don’t want to charge people yet for that kind of access, which the system seems to want me to do.)

The great joy of SPEKTRMODULE, for me, is locating new music, and rooting through my digital collection, to find things I like that go well together.  It’s me little hobby.

But, since I want to increase the frequency, I’m going to do this: if you make music that fits the general tone of SPEKTRMODULE, could you maybe send me a link at warrenellis@gmail.com ?  I do love to discover new stuff.

The SPEKTRMODULE podcasts all live here.  The most recent one has been listened to by some 25,000 people, which I frankly find baffling.

The Status Board

April 23rd, 2013 | daybook

The Status Board is an iPad app from Panic.  It emulates a huge screen that’s been in their office for a few years.  The app will suck in information from various feeds and produce auto-updating panels, tables and graphs.  Mine is simple.  Here’s a screenshot I took for Rich Stevens last night.  The blurred panel on the left is the email panel.  The photo panel in the top right is a cycling Instagram viewer, showing a new photo from the people I follow there every 15 seconds or so.  I think the visible photo is a shot of some new weird cheap phones taken by Kevin Slavin.  I blurred out some stuff in my calendar on the bottom, too, because you don’t need to see me scheduling my bowel movements.

There are many Status Boards, but this one is mine.  My iPad lives in a stand next to my laptop, as a second screen.  Set up like this – and this is a very simple implementation, no graphs or tables or CSV or JSON data feeds – it’s actually an excellent glanceable information radiator.  I could put a couple more feeds into the RSS display panel (I only have three in there right now, as a churn test), but that might make it more demanding than the quick snapshot I want.

At USD $10, it’s probably quite an expensive intangible toy, especially if you don’t have as defined a use case for it as I do.  Mind you, when I said that to Chief Mechanic Ariana last night, she said, “um, besides pretending I live in a command center?  Maybe I like pretending I am Mission Control.”  So there’s that, too.

Despite its kinda-weird semiotic payload and the things it probably says about me, I love this damned thing.  It’s extremely well-designed, both practical and playful in its intent, and, for me, very useful.  It turns the volume way down on ambient informational awareness for me – Gmail gets switched off, MetroTwit gets switched off, everything I need is up on Status Board  — without switching everything off altogether.  Which, for me, is like trying to work without music on.  Not going to happen.