podcasts

Country of the Blind

 
On Wednesday was listening to the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's adaptation of The Country of the Blind part 1, by H. G. Wells (part 2 of 2 here). I suppose I'd call it a horror story, because it serves to illustrate 1) that in a society constructed around what we regard as disability, an abled person will not necessarily find emself in a position of automatic superiority because the others are not structurally disadvantaged relative to em, and might even be in a position of advantage, and, 2)

Finding what we can where we can

 
On my drive home tonight I was listening to an episode of ABC Radio's All in the Mind program, an episode called "Placenta Brain: the cognitive burden of pregnancy?". Amid all the talk of whether being pregnant induces cognitive impairment[1], this exchange struck me as relevant from an autistic perspective. Mary Ann Stark: We all use both voluntary and involuntary attention and the involuntary attention - or what we call fascination - is where you can't help but be attracted to a certain stimuli.

Hobbying

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; some additions before posting Friday due to the passage of time] I think I must have mentioned the acquisition of fragmentary older archives of SETI Radio (now Are We Alone?) previously because memory says I have written of starting the podcast listening over again and going through an initial set of Planetary Radio alone. It continues to irk me that I do not have access to the full, original run of Are We Alone? from 2002 because I do remember seeing those listed in...

Long news

 
Started on project Catch Up Chronologically To The Podcasts I Subscribe To [on 2015-0-17]. This is something I have attempted a few times since 2012, periodically restarting as I devise more satisfying (i.e. completist) ways of going about it. The furthest I got was covering the span from 2005 to early 2008, by the close of 2013. Since then I have gone through a few restarts and fads but hope to have finally settled on a scheme which will stick. The last few iterations have mostly been refining...

But I do love the show a lot of the time

 
On the drive home today I listened to the episode of Planetary Radio covering SpaceShipOne's claiming of the X Prize, from way back in October of 2004 (why yes, I am behind on a great many things). The bulk of it held interviews with private industry types and a lot of overwrought language which annoyed me about how important what they did is. Stuff like suggesting NASA and major aerospace corporations are now thinking "we're screwed" in the face of SpaceShipOne. Because I have a helluva lot...

Trice's Log: 2015-05-21

 
Finally answered the Malheurs' question about podcasts we listen to ('finally' - it was only yesterday morning). Left a few off because didn't want to flood, though. Mainly SF Crossing The Gulf, science news series like the Nature magazine podcast, and the story magazines like Escape Pod and Podcastle. And some I just can't recommend like Skeptic's Guide to the Universe partly for the often confrontational tone (and associated ablism) but especially what stands out is one of the host's periodic parodies...

Found thought objects

 
Current assignment - still the same assignment - is a pseudo-presentation for undergrad science students on the importance of records and archives. Consequently have been focusing reading on records practice in science, the use of records as evidence and the personal process of developing record-keeping style as part of being enculturated to a community of practice. Consequently consequently, was interested to listen to this Science Friday segment on part of the drive home. The show's Science Club...

Longer to write than to live

 
[there's some references at the end of this journal post because school and I felt like practicing] Lasering this morning. Daring to hope I might be done after this round, in half a year. That would not be too long a time. Little bit frustrating that I took up a desire and occasional accomplishment of morning walks right around when I am experienced a laser-induced need to avoid UV exposure, so I look forward to the banishing of one of those duelling tensions. Took a while to find where the...

It was called "Mother's Little Helper on the Couch"

 
A thing I just saw reminded me of an interview I listened to [there is a transcript available at the link] on All in the Mind a couple of days ago. They were talking to a psychiatrist / historian who had done research into gender and mental health. Apparently, a study he conducted had shown a shift in how our society conceptualised depression from the 1980s onward. A split, where women are perceived as having difficulties with housework, with socialisation, with their love lives, while men are perceived...

OSNews Podcast #22 and Site Whingeing

 
Catch Croc, Thom and I duke it out on the topic of the XOrg implementation on the OSNews Podcast. I can't help but chuckle a bit each time I'm referred to as "the Linux chick" in the podcast comments. I found it so humorous that I decided to take a look at acquiring a domain name themed around it. Alas, they've all been bought up by parking services. I can, at least, create a channel for it... I have been meaning to set aside time to work on deninet for several weeks now. Unfortunately, by the...