Podcast List 4mar13

March 4th, 2013 | daybook

I prefer to timeshift these to the middle of the bloody night…!

I have finally succeeded in unlinking my podcasts from iTunes, using the excellent Downcast app.  Downcast does what I always needed iTunes to do: properly sync between the iPhone and the iPad and remember what I’m doing.  So now I’m all set.

I will say, though, that the discovery process isn’t quite as good on Downcast.  Not enough categories.

I always wanted BERG to do a podcast.  They could have called it BERG Longwave, and ended it with a version of The Shipping Forecast, only in Shoreditch, and with pubs.

This is the current list.  It’s getting edited through over the next few days.

Feel free to send me recommendations, based on the below list, @warrenellis.  I mean, if anyone’s awake at this hour.  I’m not.  This is firing while I am sleeping the sleep of the virtuous.*

The Digital Human – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01h8nnt  tech culture

The Cargo Culte Audio Field Report – http://thecargocultepodcast.blogspot.com music

Stone Pages Archaeo News – http://www.stonepages.com/news/ history

Start the Week with Andrew Marr – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/starttheweek.shtml news/politics

Rare Frequency Podcast – http://www.rarefrequency.com/music

Psychedelic Salon – http://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/ – fringe culture

Philosophy Now – http://philosophynow.org/podcasts culture

Monocle — Affairs-  http://monocle.comnews/politics culture

KEXP Song of the Day – http://feeds.kexp.org/kexp/songofthedaymusic

In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl history

Great Lives – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/greatlives history

dublab mp3 blog – http://dublab.com/mp3-blog music

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – http://www.dancarlin.com history

Broken20 -  http://www.broken20.com music

Avant-Avant – a curated musical selection – http://avant-avant.net music

At Water’s Edge – http://atwatersedge.fm music

Arctic Circle Radio – http://www.jointhecircle.net music

Analysis – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4vz news/politics


* Shut up.

A Notice About My Newsletter

February 19th, 2013 | admin, daybook

If you didn’t get MACHINE VISION 038, the latest step of my newsletter, yesterday – check your spam filters.  Gmail, Comcast and Verizon users especially should take a look.

If you didn’t see it, the web version is at this link here.  If you’re not a subscriber, you can still look, too.  And, if you’re interested, you can subscribe at this link here.  You only get emails from me, and, at this point, I’m only going to be posting a newsletter a couple of times a week.

(Older subscribers will laugh at that, because I can go weeks at a time without posting, not least because, unlike my old list, there’s not really an easy mobile option with this system.  But things are a little more sorted now.)

Anyway, if you are a subscriber, I’d appreciate you checking your traps this week.

So I’ve Been Away

February 11th, 2013 | daybook

But now I’m back.  I needed time away from everything, post-booklaunch.  Am ever so slightly recharged.  Forwards!

(Photo taken by me, yes.)

Death Of A Little Printer

December 10th, 2012 | daybook

Or: do not allow a 70-year-old woman to wander about your house unattended, because she will see the pulsing light on your Little Printer and touch it with her aged, destructive claws, thereby doing something unfathomable to it that causes it to be both very difficult to reassemble and refuse to accept reprint commands.

My Little Printer lived in the kitchen.  Which, somehow, seemed the most apt place for it.  It’s a surprisingly heavy thing, with edges.  The combination of brushed metal and white-goods sheen makes it an odd fit in the living room, which is a place where devices (tv remote controls, for instance) are light and rounded things.  It sits better in kitchens, next to coffeemakers and toasters, across from the oven and the fridge.  It is, in fact, a thing you’d set to chunter away while you were making the coffee, and read what it spat out while you were taking your first few sips of the day.  The information that Little Printer prints out, in fact, could usefully be described as “sips.”  A short weather report, the top headlines from the newspaper, a few factoids.

As a proof of concept, a test article and a summation of Matt Webb’s “social letterbox,” it’s a fascinating device.  I’ve seen people start to hack it already, and am keeping an eye on what Dan Catt’s up to.  Dan’s working from the position that some things are just more useful on paper.

However, I must say: Little Printer was certainly presented as the electric Inter Net telegraphy device that your unplugged family members could use.  But I ask you again to observe the result when an ancient relative and her disintegrating talons were left alone with mine.

Drunken Fist: A Bit Of My Newsletter

December 10th, 2012 | daybook

This is a reprint of the missive I sent to my newsletter audience on Saturday night, which I post here because 1) maybe somebody wanted to see what the newsletter was like 2) it was a slightly non-standard newsletter post anyway 3) I am tired and a bit swamped pre-Xmas and this is easier than writing a whole thing this morning.  You can subscribe to the newsletter over here.


MACHINE VISION 028: Drunken Fist

These arrived on Friday. The first box of GUN MACHINE hardbacks.  I just got back from London, where I gave the first copy off the top to urbanist and information architect Adam Greenfield.  The first time I met Adam was at Cognitive Cities in Berlin, where I gave the talk that is the basis of the non-fiction book I’m writing after I finish the novel I’m currently on.

Also I am quite full of whisky and wine and beer and I don’t know I think there was something else.

The first time I ate here was with Joss Whedon.  We’d been recommended the place by his hotel’s concierge.  The walls are covered in cow hide.  In those days, the lighting in the lobby was red.  So it was a little bit like entering a haute abattoir, or perhaps some insane architectural conceit wherein a steak restaurant was staged inside a large cow that some bastard had helpfully turned inside out first so you didn’t your feet wet.

Joss was a little nervous.  And may have said "Good god."

When you get the copies of your book, the first, horrible thought you have — or, at least, I do — is, "well, shit, it’s a fixed thing now.  God only knows what mistakes I missed."

Adam took a photo, laughed at it and said, "We’ll fix it in post."


– W