My Top 3 Podcasts

I love podcasts. I think they are wonderful to listen to during my commute, and when I clean. I decided that I would share my top 3 podcasts with you, plus 2 honorable mentions.

Dear Hank and John

Dear Hank and John is categorized in iTunes as a comedy podcast, but Hank and John Green will be the first to point out that almost every episode talks about the inevitability of death—not just your death and mine, but the death of everything. And yet, it’s still pretty funny. Every episode follows the same format: John recites a short poem, the brothers provide dubious advice in answer to questions from listeners, and then we hear the latest (or at least relatively recent) news about Mars and AFC Wimbledon. This podcast takes the top spot because I really do look forward to it every week.

Available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

AAAS Weekly Science Podcast

The AAAS Weekly Science Podcast is a great way to stay on top of recent scientific news and seem smarter than you may actually be. There’s usually one feature story and a round up of the week’s news.

Available on iTunes and through their RSS feed.

Vos Animaux

The Vos Animaux podcast is in French. It’s a call-in show where the host, a veterinarian, answers questions about all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to tortoises and other wildlife. (France seems to have a lot of tortoises.) There are also special segments about various current issues—often related to animal rights.

Available on iTunes and the RMC site.

Honorable mentions

These two podcasts are only listed as honorable mentions because I don’t listen to them that frequently. They’re excellent, however, and I do highly recommend them.

Votre Jardin

Votre Jardin is another French call in show, this time about gardening. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from this show about both French vocabulary and gardening. I highly recommend it. Also, if you’re interested in cars or tinkering around the house, the same radio station has call in shows on those topics as well.

Available on iTunes and the RMC site.

Welcome to Nightvale

Welcome to Nightvale is set in the fictional town of Nightvale, somewhere in the American dessert. It’s done as a community radio broadcast hosted by Cecil, a Nightvale local, as he chronicles the Lovecraftian weirdness that the town’s residents regard as perfectly commonplace. It’s highly entertaining, and often has wonderful guest voice actors.

Available on iTunes and the Welcome to Nightfall website.

Thoughts on the Platinum Preppy EF

A little while ago, I got two Platinum Preppys (in black and blue-black) with extra fine nibs. These are Japanese extra fine nibs, so the line width is about 0.2 mm. It’s more fine than I would like, generally speaking, but I’ve found that they work well on 20 lb copy paper, which is what the daily status sheets at work are printed on, so they’ve found a niche in my pen collection. I have a feeling I’m going to really like using these pens with some brighter inks, but I think for basic writing, I’d prefer a fine nib (non-Japanese).

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Hmm… I may have a fancy pen problem.

Writers Coworking Philly

Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (writing sample)
This photo, “Docket Diamond Premium Writing Tablet.” is copyright (c) 2013 Chris Lott
and made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

A while back, I had posted about wanting to start a shut up and write group. I never really managed to get the group going, but fortunately someone else has. The group is called Writers Coworking Philly. They’ve only had a two meetups so far, and I’ve only been to one. However, I think this group may be just what I’ve been looking for. If you’ve been looking for something similar in Philly, I strongly recommend checking it out. So far, the group has been meeting in West Philly, but it’s intended to be a community effort, so members are encouraged to co-work at other times and places.