Well now that we’re all stuck at home, we have time to appreciate podcasts for what they are: on-demand, special interest, personally curated radio stations.
I’ve been a fan of podcasts since Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code since ca 2004/5 (episode 34 was the first I could recover on old hard drives. at first we burnt them on CD-RWs and listened to them in the car at the time). I now have ca 70 podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis, ranging from topics around technology, tinkering, lifestyle, sports, news, some that bring me to sleep and other random stuff.
I use the podcast apps on my mac, iPhone and iPad for my regular listening and would generally say that its quite difficult for new shows to come into my rotation. I appreciate other podcast apps for this filter: Spotify and Overcast.
I use Overcast for shows that i could subscribe to in podcast, but simply find it easier to use a separate app that has a significantly smaller library. If a show makes the jump from one library to the next, it means i’m really into it. Plus: the “push to overcast” workflow script comes in really handy at times!
I, too, have been caught by the reading bug, lately. I say “too” because my filter bubble (one person in my rss-reader in particular) seems to distance itself from online long-form reading and turn to (analog) books.
Paperback books have grown on me since university. As a kid, I never enjoyed reading (my parents never really nudged us to read – I’m doing things differently with my daughter). But now, I kind of do… I still can’t fit it to my daily routine, yet, but I’m evolving.
I particularly enjoy my cookbooks: from Auguste Escoffier to The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez Alt. The book that repeatedly stands out is David Kinch’s Manresa.
The book is inspiring in so many ways – for culinary connoisseurs and fields beyond. Go ahead and check it out yourself. In times like these, inspiration must come from many different sources. Why not a cookbook?