Shelter in Place Day 56
The beautiful thing about podcasting is it’s just talking. It can be funny, or it can be terrifying. It can be sweet. It can be obnoxious. It almost has no definitive form. In that sense it’s one of the best ways to explore an idea, and certainly much less limiting than trying to express the same idea in stand up comedy. For some ideas stand up is best, but It’s really, really nice to have podcasts as well. ~Joe Rogan
If you really know me you know I’m a podcast junkie. I listen to everything. I got started back probably about five years ago. I was working an inventory shift and it was eight hours in a dark warehouse going through the Fantasmic stock. Packing everything in boxes and scanning every item, keeping lists of everything. Rebarcoding and making sure the barcodes matched what the item was.
It was everything I’d ever imagined, and if any of you remember my LARP roleplaying years, as Bob Davidovich. His flaw of CDO, which was OCD, but I had to alphabetize it. I think I really have that. I love organizing things in spreadsheets and keeping track of everything, just like Bob.
But, I’m running down another path that is only the start to my love of podcasts. So, I was listening to This American Life on my way home and it was announced that it had a podcast, so I listened to everything, and there was a commercial for Criminal and someone recommended Radio Lab and there was a commercial for 99% Invisible and so on, and so on.
What set it off for me was when I discovered My Favorite Murder, at the time the number one comedy true crime podcast. I couldn’t listen to it at work, because it was super foul-mouthed, but oh my god so funny. There were times on my way into work where I’d be laughing so hard, I couldn’t drink my coffee.
But, then I discovered The Black Tapes, and I scared myself for weeks on end. And I feel in love with a zombie podcast called We’re Alive, but I can only find an archive of it anymore. It was such an amazing podcast. Well acted, great special effects. Also I had discovered Lime Town, back when it was a podcast before it was becoming a tv show.
Podcasts amaze me, like the quote above, they can do anything. In fact, I’ve got a list of the 184 podcasts I subscribe to. Even the Husbear has a podcast. I’ve talked of starting one, my co-workers wanted me to just talk about the shit that happens at work and they’d be my guests just laughing in the background. And my author friend, Tari wants to do one with me about cooking and writing.
I suppose we could record a Skype of us talking about the food we’re cooking while we’re writing. I don’t know if it’d be successful, but someone else said, you’ll never know if you don’t try it. So, maybe I’ll be podcasting by the end of the year, who knows.
Oh and I’ve included a link to all the podcast I’m listening to if you’d like to check them out. Podcasts can be found on Spotify now, Stitcher is something you can download. If you ave an iPhone, there is a podcast app you can download and store them there.
If you listen to podcasts, what have you been listening to?