Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts, i love them and so should you too!!

Podcasts, everyone is at it!!

So i have found myself going on and on to people about the benefits of listening to podcast's and i thought, since i haven't blogged in a while, why not blog about that and who knows?
A, It might be the spark i need to start writing again and
B, Maybe, just maybe, i might stop preaching about podcasts and move on to something else?
Yeah right, the main reason i love podcast's, i i listen to them on my iPod, boom! While in bed. It's like bed time stories, do you remember bedtime stories, no? Well it's not too late to begin, reader, it's never too late to relive the best bits of a mis-spent youth.

The king of hearts

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland 
Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” 
Lets begin.

While i'm not here to sell devices on any kind, if you can be constructive, and learn interesting stuff while lying on your back, you have my vote, i vote lying down!

The word on the street is...

My all time favourite podcast, hands down is 99 percent invisible, Its a podcast about design, 99 per cent of who you are is invisible, each podcast is less than 20 minutes. If you only have 20 minutes, i always have that before nodding off each night.

Next up, i like the Freakanomics guys, last night i learned the value of learning a foreign language, it seems like a no brainer, but if the payoff of learning is more than 50/50, you should.

Lie betting a dollar and you could win a $1.20, its a good bet. According to the experts, i would bet that would lose anyways.
I also learned people take more risks when they are speaking in a non native tongue, which would make sense to me as people would have different value associations in their own native language.

As a kid i knew saying sorry in Irish was no problem, in English, forget it.


Next on the list, The memory Palace, It gets its name from the memory method of where....

Once upon a time, at a wedding party the palace collapsed, everybody died. But one guy that survived was able to visualise where everybody was sitting and could identify all the dead by where they were sitting and in by doing so, realised when you combine your senses ans visualise the things you want to remember and put them in stories, hey presto, even trivial pages of numbers and be remembered.

Next up, How sound, The Backstory to Great Radio Storytellin, is next on the list, lots of short documentary stories, whats amazing is how passionate Rob Rosenthal is about radio and the science of storytelling

FBi Radio in Sydney have a podcast called 'All the best', its is a weekly half hour radio program telling stories from Australia

The BBC is in da house...

The BBC do a huge range differnt podcasts, especially of documentaries, one i quite like is 'A history of the world through a 100 objects'. One of my favourites was the 'Pieces of eight' gold coins, where they came from?

This mine funded a lot of European culture, the renaissance? Yep that too!

They came from Potosi in Bolivia, i was in that mine a few years ago (you could buy dynamite and TNT like you would buy biscuits in the shop), these mined gold coins brought down the Ming Dynasty, funded the slave trade, wars and more, there was never a cash injection like that, ultimately the coins created the conditions for bad economics, which is similar to our recent economic downturn, hard to believe stories.

Oh, only over 8 million people have died in that mountain in Potosi, since it first opened and the poor people still go in to try and mine what ever they can, at its height it was about the same size as Paris.

There is nothing new under the sun.
And you can learn all this stuff, if you like, going to sleep, cant sleep, you can learn.

And learning has never been more interesting.
Try it for yourself, let me know how you go.

Just install the podcast app and you are on your way!

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