iPod and struggling to stay young at 38

Today is my birthday, a whopping 38 years old. That means the "point of no return" (40) is rapidly approaching. Technically, the point of no return is the day a person is born, but those over 40 tell me that 40 is when it really hits you. It's similar to "hitting the wall" in a marathon.

For my birthday, I am joining the ranks of the iPod newbies (folks like gonzo). Perhaps this is a feeble attempt to stick with the younger crowd. With this iPod, I am going to start podcasting. No, an iPod is not required to podcast, but it does seem to put an exclamation point on the experience.

Some are questioning the value of podcasting. I have yet to form a solid opinion as I am just ramping up. I sense some value because I am finding Brendan Watson's blog entry and podcast on open source journalism (via blogs & podcasting) pretty darn interesting. Brendan is a journalism student.

For what it's worth, I will throw my hat into the podcasting ring relatively soon. We'll just have to see how long it takes before I throw in the towel :)


Happy birthday, John! Thanks for making such a useful blog. And don't worry - 40 isn't the point of no return. I have several colleagues at work in their 40s and many of them are "trendier" than I am at 26! Btw, any chance the Container Demo could be made public anytime? :)

Posted by Derek Morr on February 21, 2005 at 05:02 AM PST #

Happy Birthday John.
About you podcasting, I sure hope you don't migrate usefull content to audio files, please remember all those pour low bandwith people that read your Weblog from the other side of the world.
I already lost several usefull content when Sun starting with the webcast's. I can't even download them and, there is no way I have bandwith for real time video.

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on February 21, 2005 at 06:36 AM PST #

Happy Birthday ! I'll be hitting 30 this year - another "milestone" birthday, but it doesn't really worry me (since we're on the metric system here in Ireland, it's really a 48.2km-stone one for me, and approx. 64.4km-stone whenever I hit 40 :-) Kick butt, have fun and enjoy the day !

Posted by Tim Foster on February 21, 2005 at 06:36 AM PST #

Thanks everyone on the birthday thing.

Derek, one day I'll get around to just re-writing the thing under java.net, sourceforge, or similar. Then it will be ready for "mass consumption." It \*really\* needs a re-write. Plus, I have no idea what the legal ramifications are for Sun (liability) if I put it out there.

Jaime, no worry on the useful content thing. Can you imagine me podcasting the the zones creation script?? :)

Tim, you'll hit 30 before those in the US will, thanks to time zones :)

Posted by John Clingan on February 21, 2005 at 07:15 AM PST #

Happy birthday!!

Posted by Rayson Ho on February 21, 2005 at 07:52 AM PST #

happy bDay bro!

Posted by gonzo on February 21, 2005 at 08:47 AM PST #

40 is "no return?" Hey, I'm 40! :) Have a happy one, John.

Posted by Jim on February 21, 2005 at 09:08 AM PST #

Happy Birthday John! Remember when we did the route 66 trip on your b-day a few years back? How time fly's when you are having fun! Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your podcasting adventure...

Posted by Mark Bradley on February 21, 2005 at 11:59 AM PST #

For my fellow blog readers, Mark was the best man in my wedding. He helped me move from Chicago to Southern California during a week-long manly-man trip. We made no trip plans, and didn't even look at a map until we hit St. Louis. We simply knew that when we hit the Pacific Ocean, we went too far :) Mark & I pulled up to my girlfriends (now wife's) place within 20 minutes of when we said we would. That was definitely an awesome trip.

Mark, since my wife doesn't want to drive around the country in a Recreation Vehicle (RV) when we retire (she'd rather fly), you are welcome to join me!

Posted by John Clingan on February 21, 2005 at 12:41 PM PST #

Rayson, Jim & Gonzo, thanks! Jim, on the 40 thing, just tell yourself your only 40 if you blog like your 40 :)

Posted by John Clingan on February 21, 2005 at 12:45 PM PST #

Happy birthday ! I really enjoy reading your blog.


Posted by maal on February 21, 2005 at 02:37 PM PST #

Happy birthday! Have a lot of fun with your iPod, I love mine.

Posted by Bernd Haug on February 21, 2005 at 05:14 PM PST #

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