iPod and Dog: Memorial Weekend podcasts

I spent Memorial Day weekend driving 10 hours due south from my happy Vermont abode.  I don’t want to say to where I traveled specifically, but I will say that if I wanted to drive another hour or so I would have been in Philadelphia, and being that close to Philadelphia is always an unsettling prospect.

So I had some podcast listening time on my hands.

I will start with the trip’s highlight: Rocky Lhotka and Bill Vaughn Live at Dev Connections in Orlando, recorded March 27th with Carl and Richard on .NET Rocks.  Bill was a riot and Rocky was uncharacteristically cracking wise about Messaging and how he was changing all of the references in his talks from Objects to Messaging.  Other than just good clean geek fun, there was a lot of information in this program from both Bill and Rocky (but mostly Rocky, since he did most of the talking) about the hype of messaging and its historical context, the role of objects in messaging, Rocky’s CSLA, the SQL2005 CLR, and other good stuff.  Definitely on my Keepers list and it retains a spot on my iPod.

The second most favorite podcast I listened to had to be the South-by-Southwest keynote conversation with Bruce Sterling and Alex Steffen.  They talked about tackling problems that will face us in the future and touched on many great practical concepts like how good ideas can now reach critical mass so quickly.  Bruce introduced the term “Protocrat” to describe creative, community-minded individuals who will participate in the realization of solutions to common problems.  Another aspect of this podcast is that these guys have such an excellent grasp of the English language.  I mean, some guys can just flat-out communicate.

I finally listened to a couple of Carl Franklin’s Mondays shows (#20 and #21.)  I laughed a lot, mostly from Mark Miller’s People Dumber Than You segment in #20.  Show #21 killed me with the Monkey bits.

Other mentions include a new business-oriented podcast I discovered called Killer Innovations by Phil McKinney.  Definitely check him out.   I listened to Steve Gillmor’s three daily shows and thought they were good.  Not as good as The Gang (whose return podcast is at the top of my queue), but it’s always good to hear Steve’s take on the industry.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.