Still creating massive missives of prose

For some ineffable reason yesterday I thought it was a good idea to move the widgets around on the blog. If you had to pick one thing that could be done, but had very little end value that would certainly be on the list. Most people who encounter the blog got to it via some sort of search for a keyphrase that I happened to write about sometime in the last couple of decades. Maybe they will use the search box to look for more or maybe they will just bounce after reading whatever it was that brought them to this platform. Based on the statistics a few of them click around from time to time trying to figure out who is still blogging after all this time would be my guess. Writers write and the ones that got into the habit of blogging are probably going to be the last ones still creating massive missives of prose

In the absolute calm of my morning writing routine I did pull the “Obligatory Search Box” from “Footer 3” to the normal “Sidebar” position. That puts a search box at the top of every desktop viewers page and right after the opening text of whatever page somebody would land on within a mobile browsing experience. From what I can tell the mobile experience basically displays the page in an order from top to bottom assuming an order of header, body, sidebar, and footers 1 to 3. My very earnest guess is that nobody outside of me uses the content in the footers. I happen to like to watch the “Weblog Calendar” fill up as the month goes on and the “Very Random Tag Cloud” is obviously a self-serving way for me to be reminded that the range of my writing needs to be more expansive during these blog posts. 

My writing has to shift into the category of being more active to describe the things that are happening and what is going on in terms of my interaction and reaction to them in the form of prose. A lot of what this blog ends up being is a reflective look at the process of writing and the nature of how the conflict of action and inaction gets processed both for me at the time and against my view of what writing trajectory I’m supposed to be marching down at the time. Some actual pruning did occur with 2 pages being moved to the trash bin within the blog. Both “Podcasts” and “Guitar Gear Watch List” were moved to the dustbin of history. 

I’m sure you really want to know what was on the podcast page so here it is:

Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts as of June 23, 2019:

  1. Tomorrow Podcast
  2. This Week in Google
  3. The Vergecast
  4. This Week in Tech
  5. This Week in Science

I’m listening to fewer podcasts right now. Here are my top 3 favorite podcasts as of June 28, 2020:

  1. Tomorrow Podcast
  2. This Week in Google
  3. The Vergecast

At the moment (0741 hours, Saturday, September 5, 2021), my podcast interests have changed a little bit. This list seems to change a lot… Right now I’m still using Google Podcasts as my primary listening application.

  1. The Vergecast // Decoder podcast
  2. Lex Fridman Podcast
  3. Machine Learning Street Talk
  4. Science Friday
  5. FiveThirtyEight Politics

To round up this post to current and bring it fully into the now here are my current top weekend listening rotation podcasts as of Monday, March 6, 2023 at 0540 hours:

  1. All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg
  2. Hard Fork with Kevin Roose and Casey Newton
  3. The Vergecast & Decoder (both are Nilay productions)
  4. Machine Learning Street Talk
  5. Lex Fridman Podcast (I’m 50/50 on listening to these) 
  6. New Heights (everything reached peak Kelce in the playoffs)

As an alternative to listening to podcasts you could listen to one of my curated Pandora internet streaming radio stations:

  1. Warren Zevon Radio — https://www.pandora.com/station/1406490537159530917
  2. In this Moment Radio — https://www.pandora.com/station/2702008915953424805

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