I always listen to podcasts on my commute

November 3rd, 2014

The Atlantic: Podcasts So Good You Want to Binge-Listen. By Conor Friedersdorf.

Serial could build on the success of This American Life and Radiolab to produce the most ambitious narrative nonfiction ever delivered via your ears.”

I subscribe to more podcasts than I can usually manage to listen on my commute regularly, and I sort of keep some extra episodes for longer drives. Mostly, it doesn’t matter to me if I’m two or three weeks behind Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me or Radiolab or even This American Life, I’ll catch up eventually. But I’ve followed Serial very closely, listening to each episode as soon as it came out. I’m hooked!

When I grow up I want to be an astronaut

October 27th, 2014

Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space (TED talk).

Chris Hadfield (official homepage, Wikipedia entry) was the first Canadian who walked in space; he was inspired to become an astronaut when he watched the Apollo 11 lunar landing as a nine-year-old.

“We did not free ourselves from England’s cruel yoke to have static pie.”

October 14th, 2014

The Awl: A Field Guide to the True American Diner”. By John Leavitt.

“The True American Diner is a casual sit-down restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner—all three meals—all day, often for all twenty-four hours of it. Time has no meaning in the presence of eggs, steak and hash browns.
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Dessert is pie, and if displayed in a glass case at the end of the counter, it must rotate. We did not free ourselves from England’s cruel yoke to have static pie.”

Reading the article made me want to fly to the US and have breakfast in a diner right this instant. I guess the next best thing would be to listen to this episode from This American Life again: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple (transcript).

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