Favorite podcasts for Spring 2006

Been too busy to blog lately. But not too busy to keep listening to podcasts, so I thought I would update my favorite podcasts for Spring 2006. They are (not in any particular order):

Reviews for the Weekend by Ebert and Ropert. - I watch about 2 or 3 movies a year in a theater, however, I really enjoy listening to movie reviews. It's great to know that I'm not missing much...

Security Now! - This computer security podcast is pretty technical and even a pseudo-geek like me sometimes can't keep up with how public key encryption works for example.

NPR Technology - A summary of the weeks technology broadcasts from National Public Radio.

Chinesepod.com - Still haven't learned to speak Mandarin yet. But, at least I've learned a few phrases (Bù hǎo yì si). This is not your typical foreign language class. It's quite entertaining and useful for the modern world. For example: Dàn shì tā méi yŏu shŏu jī. That's something about not having a cell phone.. :-)

The Naked Scientist - Interesting Science show from the BBC. Probably middle school or high school level at times. But, it's been a long time since I was in high school. We had fun listening to this on the drive from SF to Tahoe. Definitely helps pass the time.

This Week's Challenge - NPR Music Puzzler - A musical puzzle in a common song is played in the style of another composer. For example, one was "Scarborough Affair" in the style of Beethoven's moonlight sonata.

Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know - Uh.. not sure how to describe this one. A short satire on the news.

NPR: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! - Current events quiz. Common events and a few obscure ones.

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur - Interviews by Amber MacArthur with people who are doing "Web 2.0" sites.

Game ON! - A game podcast by our own Chief Gaming Officer Chris Melissinos from Sun Microsystems. Yes, I admit that I still play video and computer games once in a while (well more like every week...) My current favorite is Runscape which is an online RPG game in Java. Over 100 servers supply the game to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I'm a level 37 monk. :-) I wonder what hardware they run on?

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