Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Walkin'... by myself...

Sorry, that was totally uncalled for.

Well, after unsuccessfully talking myself out of being lazy (after I said to Robert Crane that I'd go for a walk while he sits and eats some of the chocolate he received as his Spotlight Session thankyou gift), I asked Ben for some podcast ideas, and he suggested iTunesU.  I don't have iTunes installed anywhere here, but am going to run it in a virtual machine when I get a few minutes to spare.  So I looked around a bit more and came across Armed with Science which had a number of interesting podcasts available, so I downloaded and listened to Episode #20: Carbon Nanotubes -- From Super Molecules and Super Computers to Super Strong Fibers and also Episode #28: Designing Intelligent Braces and Exoskeletons to Facilitate Walking After Paralysis during my 6km walk this evening.

Why podcasts?  Well, walking bores me shitless.  Totally.  Utterly.  Completely.  And I've tried walking with music, but it didn't help.  So I thought I'd try podcasts.  And it works quite well.  I can walk, listen and learn at the same time.  And I can learn stuff I normally wouldn't spend the time sitting in front of the computer listening to - such as things about the design of intelligent exoskeleton braces to help paralysed people stand and walk.  That's right - I can learn *cool shit*.  :)

I think I'll listen to Episode #1: Atomic Time and the Master Clock of the Naval Observatory and Episode #8: Earth Orientation Parameters for Geopositioning tomorrow morning.

So, if anyone knows of any interesting podcast sites, please let me know!  :)


The Outspoken Wookie

1 comment:

Ben said...

Nice work mate. I find the intelligent podcasts great for walking, dead time in the car, that sort of thing. Makes the brain work a bit, and you don't notice the time fly by.