Tag: podcasts

My Current Obsession: The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast

For the last six days, I have done almost no reading, a thing virtually unheard of for me. Instead, I have been obsessively listening to back-episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show Podcast. Tim Ferriss is the author of the Four Hour Work Week, a book that I skimmed, but never finished. I have, however, read two of Tim’s books that I really enjoyed, Tribe of Mentors and Tools of Titans. I’ve never been much of a podcast fan, but the thing that attracted me to Tim’s podcast was that I knew he was a meticulous experimenter, and tried to learn from data. I’m this way as well–as I wrote about often in the days after I discovered the concept of the quantified self.

I have always been someone who tries to take actionable lessons from my reading and experiences. When I read biographies, I take notes on things that the subject found useful and see if I can apply them in my life. Tribe of Mentors and Tools of Titans were chock full of these kinds of actionable insights. (One example: I learned of the Calm app, and have been using it for over a year now for daily meditation.) So I figured I’d give the podcast a try. I started with the most recent episode this past Friday, which wasn’t an interview, but a kind of roundup. After that, I went through the back list of 517 other episodes and marked the ones I thought I’d be initially interested in listening to. The list below is the list that I have listened to in the six days since. It is listed in order beginning with my most favorite. I list the times of the episodes to give a sense of just how obsessed I’ve become with these.

I’ve done the math: that is 19 hours of podcasts in less than six days. Obsessed is probably not an exaggeration. I have filled pages of my current Field Notes notebook with notes, ideas, and scribbling from these podcasts.

Raw notes I've taken from podcasts
Raw notes I’ve taken from podcasts

I’ve then tried to turn these into curated notes in Obsidian, for example from the first Jim Collins interview on the podcast:

Some of my curated notes from the first Jim Collins interview
Some of my curated notes from the first Jim Collins interview

And this is what I’ve managed to get through so far. I’ve got at least another 20 or so in the list I pulled, including a second interview with Walter Isaacson, Ken Burns, Steven Pressfield, Michael Lewis, Edward Norton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Allen, Adam Savage, Nick Thompson, Drew Houston, Tim O’Reilly, and more.

I usually get a bit anxious if I am not reading a book, especially after a few days, but I’ve been so focused on these podcasts and what I can learn from them, that it hasn’t bothered that I haven’t done much reading in the last six days. It doesn’t bother me to think I may not do much over the coming week or so as I get through this initial wave of podcasts. It has actually been a pleasant change of pace.

The only problem is what to do with the mass of notes I’ve been generating. I think I’m going to need to set aside an entire day to compile and make sense of them, and figure out what actions I want to take first, and put together a plan. It’s really great fun, I find myself smiling often as I listen to the podcasts, and have been honestly surprised (despite how much I read) at how many of the books mentioned on the podcast I have already read. And of course, rather dismayed by how many I have yet to read.

Considering Becoming a Patron of the Functional Nerds Podcast

Allow me a moment to plug a Patreon campaign for a really fantastic science fiction/fantasy podcast: The Functional Nerds. The podcast is hosted by musician extraordinaire, John Anealio (@johnanealio), and Patrick Hester (@atfmb), a podcast grandmaster. In the course of 250 episodes (as of this writing) they have interviewed practically everyone in the science fiction/fantasy/horror world. They even interviewed me, back in Episode 226. The interviews are always great, often funny, and the people that they have on are fascinating. Binge-listening to the Functional Nerds is like getting a master’s degree in the genre.

The time and effort it takes to put together these shows is enormous. I’ve witnessed it firsthand, both as a guest, and as a person trying to locate Patrick at a Worldcon. It was tough; his schedule was filled with wall-to-wall interviews for the show. John and Patrick have started a Patreon Campaign to help support the show and introduce improvements along the way.

If you enjoy their podcast, consider becoming a patron. If you’ve never listened to their podcast and are interested in what it’s like, go check it out (and why not start with yours truly in Episode 226?).

I’m Talking Golden Age Science Fiction, Evernote, and Lots More on The Three Hoarseman Podcast

Sunday evening, I had the wonderful opportunity to be the guest on the Three Hoarseman podcast. I chatted with hosts Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson, and John Stevens about Golden Age science fiction, Evernote, productivity, what I’m reading, and much more. If you’re interested, you can check out the podcast for yourself.

As always, I sound just like my brother whenever I hear myself speak.

Thanks, once again, to all three of the hosts for having me on the show.

I’m on the SF Signal Podcast This Morning: “Authors We Can’t Get Enough of (and Why)”

Last week, I was part of the Hugo Award-winning SF Signal Podcast hosted by Patrick Hester. Among the other guests wereJosh VogtJeff Patterson, Andrea Johnson, Paul Weimer, and Larry Ketchersid, with John DeNardo lurking in the background as always. The topic this week was “Author We Can’t Get Enough of, and Why.” There are some great authors mentioned. I had to make a list while participating.

If you want to find out which author I can’t get enough of (and why I’ve accidentally stood that author up twice), have a listen.

It was a fun podcast, with lots of stuff going on in the background. For instance, while Patrick tried to bait John into jumping into the fray, Larry and I discussed the Churchill biography I’m about to finish up. None of that is in the podcast itself, however. That was all happening in the background as we all tried not to laugh. As always, it was a lot of fun.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 257): Authors We Can’t Get Enough Of and Why

I’m a Panelist on the SF Signal Podcast on SF Readers vs. Fantasy Readers

Over at SF Signal this morning is the podcast we recorded last week on the topic of SF Readers vs. Fantasy Readers. Panelists for this week’s podcast include:

It was a fun discussion. If you are interested in this sort of thing, I’d urge you to have a listen.

The SF Signal Podcast, My Daily Science Fiction Story and My Capclave Reading

Just a couple of items for bleary-eyed folks on Monday morning (a holiday in this part of town, although not for me).

  • I am on the current episode (#156) of the SF Signal Podcast. Along with Derek Johnson, Stina Leicht, Jaym Gates, Justin Landon and Patrick Hester, we discuss whether or not optimistic science fiction stories are gone forever. It was a fun discussion, and you are interested in what we had to say, you should go listen in.
  • My story, “Lost and Found” will be emailed to subscribers of Daily Science Fiction on Wednesday, October 10. If you want to get to read this story a week before it is available on the website, head over to Daily Science Fiction and subscribe to the email. You get one story every weekday of the year, and it’s free!
  • For folks attending Capclave this coming weekend, I will be doing my first-ever reading. I’m trying to decide what to read, but it would be nice to, you know, have an audience to read to. My reading is scheduled for 12:30pm on Saturday, October 13. Once I know where it will be I’ll let you know. Stop by if you can make it.

That’s all, folks.

I am on Today’s SF Signal Podcast, Episode 150: A Panel Discussion of the 2012 Worldcon

Last Wednesday, I stayed up way past my bedtime to be a part of the panel discussion that makes up today’s SF Signal Podcast, Episode 150, talking about the crazy time we all had at the 70th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago a few weeks ago. And by “crazy time,” I mean, you know, squeeing over all of the Big Names we saw or talked to. And by “we” I a mean John DeNardo, Brent Bowen, Josh Vogt, JP Frantz, Patrick Hester, and your humble blogger.

Have a listen. I think it was a fun podcast.

Science Fiction Podcasts

I think of myself as a fairly busy guy. I’ve got a fulltime day job, two young children, and a burgeoning writing and blogging avocation. There is not much time for anything else. I’ve given up on television. And about the only music I listen to is Sirius XM satellite radio (where I switch between 70s on 7 and 80s on 8. I’ve never been a podcast-listener, because I figured I just didn’t have the time.

And then I attended the panel on Podcasting at Worldcon, moderated by Patrick Hester.

Also on the panel were James Patrick Kelly, Mur Lafferty, Kate Baker, and someone, who was a late add-on, and I didn’t catch his name. This was a fascinating look at what goes into making a podcast, but not just any podcast. Just about everyone on the panel was a part of a successful podcast.

I might be slow with these trends, but I don’t have to be told twice. After the panel, I started listening to the various podcasts out there, and now I am hooked. I made a few interesting discoveries. First, I can listen to a podcast while I am doing other things. Second, the podcasts are amazingly interesting and well-done. Most of the ones I’ve listened to are far better than most of the non-music shows I’ve listened to on the radio. Finally, they help keep me up-to-date with the goings-on in science fiction.

So in five days or so since the panel, I’ve been catching up on science fiction podcasts and here are the ones that I’ve now subscribed to and settled on as genuinely excellent:

I would be remiss if I did not mention one other podcast that I’ve really grown to enjoy, and that is the Clarkesworld podcast. There are always great stories being read on the podcast, but the real draw is that they are being read by Kate Baker, who, among the readers I’ve heard read stories aloud, has to be in the top two. (Harlan Ellison is also in the top two, if you are wondering.) Listening to Kate read a Clarkesworld story gives it a whole new dimension and really highlights how a reading is a remarkable dramatic artform in and of itself.

So there you have it. I might be slow to get started, but I’ve greatly enjoyed what I’ve heard of these podcasts thus far, and I consider myself a regular subscriber and listener to all five now.

  1. I have been an occasional guest on this podcast, but until recently, I must admit to my great shame, not a regular listener.

Latest SF Signal podcast on science fiction’s visions of the future

I took part in the most recent installment of SF Signal’s podcast, hosted by Patrick Hester. This week, Paul Weimer, John Stevens, Jeff Patterson and I all discussed our favorite visions of the future with Patrick. You can listen to the podcast over at SF Signal. This one was a lot of fun.

The SF Signal Podcast Episode 68: The Readercon Recap Edition

Last week I was among several folks who participated in the most recent SF Signal podcast. The topic was a kind of recap of Readercon from those who had attended. Several of the SF Signal “irregulars”–myself included–were at Readercon and give our thoughts on the convention. Others in the podcast include: