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"Obscure" podcasts worth checking out

On Facebook, my friend Joseph Pred asked his pals to recommend their favorite "obscure" podcasts, "Feel free to share even if it’s on a niche topic or something weird. I like weird." He got some great responses, so I asked everyone if it was cool to share with you all. Here's some of what they offered up:

Joseph himself recommends: Damn Interesting "...Besides having fascinating stories has fantastic sound design."

Todd E. recommends several: Blank Check with Griffin & David "A podcast about auteur directors who are given a blank check for their movies. Sometimes great art is made and sometimes the check 'bounces.' They tend to do a director's entire filmography, one episode per movie."

WEDWay Radio "A great historical Disneyland podcast. The format has recently changed but the back catalogue of episodes are fantastic."

American Hysteria "A fantastic new podcast about public panics."

The Sweep Spot "another Disney-themed podcast done by two former custodial cast members. They have a slightly unpolished 'aw shucks' vibe that I like and talk in-depth about the behind-the-scenes cast member culture."

CTP (who is a magician) recommends: "Obscure? Two friends of mine do one called Shezam" and the co-hosts "get way better at it as they go."

Co-hosts and professional magicians, Carisa Hendrix and Kayla Drescher attempted to finally answer the question… “What is it like to be a woman in magic?” But since the answer is too long, and too important, they made a podcast! Shezam is not only a podcast, but a full resource for the magic community to empower women to empower themselves.

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Seth Godin's Akimbo podcast is definitely worth a listen

I generally don't listen to podcasts. It's not that I don't want to, it's that it's difficult for me because a) I'm not good at multi-tasking (listening and writing do not go hand in hand) and b) I don't have a commute. But I do make exceptions, especially when a podcast has been recommended to me.

The rotten thing, in this case, is that I can't remember who to thank for recommending Seth Godin's podcast to me. I took two trips to SoCal in the past two weeks, one by car and one by train, and got hooked on Akimbo. I listened to as much of it as I could while watching the beautiful state of California fly by me.

It's about how to change culture and it's terrific.

Akimbo is an ancient word, from the bend in the river or the bend in an archer's bow. It's become a symbol for strength, a posture of possibility, the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, looking right at it, we can make a difference.

Akimbo's a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what's happening and choosing to do something.

The culture is real, but it can be changed. You can bend it.

Now, I think of Seth Godin as a marketing guy, and he is. But this podcast is something more. It goes beyond that. I guess what I'm saying is that I think it would be interesting to non-marketing folks. . Read the rest

The GDPR might actually create an "attention economy"

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect this month and will completely overturn the way that businesses gather and circulate data about internet users. Read the rest

Make tough decisions easier with a decision matrix

You decided to read this article on a whim, and I'm glad you did. Not all decisions require a decision matrix. I'm an author, so I use decision matrices to methodically decide what's going to happen in a story. After completing a decision matrix, I'm satisfied with my choice and I can concentrate on writing about the option I selected.

In preparing to describe how I use decision matrices to make decisions, I noticed that Boing Boing's primary reference to decision matrices is highlighting another website's flowchart. It's a great flowchart. It's just not a decision matrix.

Decision matrices start with a matrix, in this context defined as a rectangular array of elements. A blank spreadsheet is fine. If you abhor spreadsheets, use any other medium you can make rows and columns with, but keep in mind that the decision at the end involves some elementary math. This is an example of customizations I'll suggest while I'm explaining decision matrices, to make the technique work well for you.

Now that you have an empty matrix, define the problem you want to solve. If you're into the 5 why's  technique, or if you've never tried it before, this is a good place to use it. If you'd rather meditate or walk or shower to let your subconscious define the problem, that may work better for you. A decision matrix is a tool, so make sure you're applying it to the question which will get you the results you want.

A simple question which a decision matrix can answer is "What should I write about?" Read the rest

The Marketing Seminar: an online masterclass in marketing from Seth Godin

From the wonderful, refreshingly bullshit-free marketing guy Seth Godin (Seth Godin, a new online course on marketing, called (simply enough), "The Marketing Seminar." Read the rest

Coded: new documentary series on hackers

Seth Godin sends us this trailer for Coded, a new documentary series on hackers: "There’s an invisible war being waged. And we’re all part of it. Foreign governments are hacking major corporations. Major corporations are collecting massive amounts of consumer data. And the NSA is listening…to everything. But a new generation of programmers armed with powerful technology is rising up and fighting back. Freethink presents a new original series: Coded." Read the rest

What I learned about leadership when I interviewed the biggest drug dealer in history

Rick Ross sold about a billion dollars worth of crack cocaine during his "career."

Seth Godin recommends his favorite tools and magic tricks

Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin was the guest of the Cool Tools show this week. He recommended a website development tool called Strikingly, his complete collection of Wired magazine, a health website called One Lucky Duck, and the Penguin Magic site. Kevin and I had a great time talking to Seth about all these things and more on the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show. Read the rest

Blogging History: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's hoover design; Bureaucracy-fu explains crappy airport food; MCM casemods

One year ago today

After torture, and between Harry Potter novels, CIA allowed KSM to design a vacuum cleaner: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?

Five years ago today Talking to bureaucracies considered as a corporate fitness factor: Seth Godin eloquently describes the fitness factor that makes a restaurant suited to getting placement in an airport: they have to be run by corporations whose primary skill is dealing with bureaucracies.

Ten years ago today

Casemods from classic industrial designs: "Bootleg Objects" is a casemod project that starts with design classics like this 1973 Bang & Olafsen tape-deck, Technics turntables, etc, and builds PCs and displays into them ("In the series of the Bootleg Objects, the BO.02 is a representative of the era of the music cassette. Read the rest

Gweek podcast 131: Huggable Atomic Mushrooms

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In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. This time my guests were Michael Pusateri, a television technologist, inveterate tinkerer, cooking geek, and cycling enthusiast, and Rob Walker, a technology and culture columnist for Yahoo Tech, a regular contributor to Design Observer, and The Workologist columnist for the New York Times Sunday business section.

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This Day in Blogging History: Ox-stunning Seth Godin book; Overhead luggage/chest-of-drawers-seat; CG fan-recreations of Yesterland rides

One year ago today

New Seth Godin book could stun an ox: At 800 pages and 19 lbs, this book is ridiculous. In a good way.

Five years ago today

Heavy-duty overhead luggage with a chest of drawers and a seat: It's got a built-in seat and internal, stacking drawer-like sub-luggages, and it fits into overheads.

Ten years ago today Recreating gone Disney rides online: At least two other sites are creating virtual versions of discontinued Disney rides: Adventure Thru Inner Space, a Disneyland attraction that gave visitors the experience of being smaller than an atom, and If You Had Wings, a Disney World ride to exotic travel destinations. Read the rest

The Icarus Deception, an inspiring book about making meaningful work, by Seth Godin

A couple of nights ago I was listening to Jesse Thorn's Bullseye radio show and podcast. It was a terrific episode. His guests were singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, and one-man idea factory Seth Godin. Both of the interviews were fascinating, and were both related, in a way, because they were about creating art for a living. Aimee talked about how she came to enjoy writing music when she started doing it to please herself, and Seth talked about looking at everything you do as a kind of art.

Seth has a new book out called The Icarus Deception, which he talked about on Bullseye. I have a copy, and after hearing Seth's interview, I'm looking forward to reading it. Read the rest

New Seth Godin book could stun an ox

Today's post brought quite a treat: a box containing (among other things), Seth Godin's massive new book, called "This Might Work/This Might Not Work," which he launched via Kickstarter. At 800 pages and 19 lbs, this book is ridiculous. In a good way. I'm not sure if this is an article of commerce at this point, but when (if?) it is, count this as a strong "buy" recommendation.

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Gweek 060: Superman is a Happy Mutant; Batman is Jerk

Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for this episode are:

Michael Pusateri -- a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney


Seth Godin -- author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer.

In this episode:

Real money trading in virtual worlds - Diablo 3 gold now selling $(removed) per million. And Valve's resident economist blog.

True Believers by Kurt Andersen. "Both a thriller of what life what like in 1962 and know," says Seth.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. "The key message of the book is that being a spectator is no fun," says Seth.

The pathos of the Golden Silver Age comics of the Justice League of America.

Seth's riff on the worldviews of Superman vs. Batman.

Follow up on The Breach, recommended by Ernest Cline

Michael: The perils of re-reading books from your youth (Heinlein's The Number of the Beast)

Mark: The joy of re-reading books from your youth (Philip Jose Farmer's Dark is the Sun)

The Philosophy Book

Nest thermostat

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Seth Godin does very well indeed on Kickstarter

Marketing guru and fab writer Seth Godin recommends Kickstarter for the similarly situated, having just raised over $120K on it in less than a day. Read the rest

Seth Godin: Apple won't sell ebooks that link to Amazon

David Weinberger sez, "Seth Godin reports that the Apple store is refusing to carry his new ebook, Stop Stealing Dreams, because it links the books it references to Amazon. Seth argues that the market dominance of a mere three ebook vendors, and the fact that the vendors of ebooks are also the vendors of ebook readers, imposes a special cultural obligation on them to be 'net neutral' (so to speak) about the content they sell." Read the rest

Email from a Gweek reader

Here's a nice email from Geoff Petrie, a Gweek listener. If you haven't subscribed to the Gweek podcast yet, I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as Geoff does!

I just wanted to send you a short note to thank you for the great work you're doing with Gweek. I listen to podcasts whenever I can and Gweek is now the one I look forward to the most. I only recently started listening to Gweek, catching episode 26 with Joel Johnson. I loved the episode and thought Joel was a great co-host with you and Rob. I also have a severe addiction to Dungeon Raid whenever I pick it up.

I'm as far back as episode 23, and I have kept up with your most recent ones. This is one of those podcasts that I'm going to make the rare attempt to go back and listen to all the back episodes.

I loved the episode with John Hodgman (I just picked up Atomic Robo because of it) and Seth Godin was wonderful. Having Jon Ronson on was simply exceptional. It was great to hear David during the show, too. I picked up Jon's ebook after the show. It was great. But your last was incredible with Maggie. She was funny and informative. Plus now I'm a fan of Oglaf.

The shows are filled with the perfect mix of geek, neat and thoughtful conversation. I can't say enough good things about it. Thanks for putting in all your hard work.

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