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Mysterious Universe Season 1 Back Catalog Available

ZOMG!!

ZOMG!!

My ongoing love affair with the unknown has been bolstered once again by the Mysterious Universe podcast.

Season 2 has been a refreshing mix of the new and the old, with Benjamin Grundy returning with a new co-host, Aaron Wright.

I have been a listener since the early days of Season 1, and I’m super excited that they have again released the back catalog, this time on 8GB brushed metal USB drives.

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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.


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I Find This Scientifically…Fascinating – Mysterious Universe Returns!

Shiny

Shiny

The podcast that has been held so highly in my heart as the best podcast ever made, Mysterious Universe, has returned after a long hiatus.

There was some speculation about the return, when the website changed to show that things were ramping up, and now we’re finally being treated with brand new episodes.

So how does the new “season” of Mysterious Universe stack up to the classic?

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How Not To Write A Novel – Or 4 Ways To Drop The Ball

As I’ve mentioned multiple times here in the past, I am working on writing a novel. Truthfully, there is enough material in the universe of this novel for three or four full length novels.

I started with the ideas in late 2002, and have progressively and consistently dropped the ball day after day since then. I have found that there are no less than four things that have played into my failure in finishing the novel(s) that I have been working on over the past few years.

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Requiem for a Podcast

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the joy of listening to my favorite podcast of all time, Mysterious Universe. This wonderful podcast stopped production just short of its 100th episode.

Looking back, I realise now that Mysterious Universe was the first podcast that I ever listened to. Before I joined Digg and started to listen to Diggnation, there was Mysterious Universe.

Mysterious Universe was a romp in the world of the unexplained and pseudo-scientific world of the supernatural. From stories of Bigfoot to tales of UFO abductions, Benjamin Grundy kept you listening intently as you learned about all kinds of new, f’ed-up things that happen all around us on a regular basis.

Now some of the stories might have turned out to be hoaxes, but that’s something you have to deal with when talking about anything unexplained. The great vocals and background music kept this podcast alive, and kept you coming back for more.

The podcast became so popular that it spun off another show, Mind Shots, and began taking on a paid model. After this success, though, the shows’ sole host became overwhelmed and was not able to keep on going.

Though it’s been a year since we’ve heard any news about this, I still feel like there is a hole in my iPod that isn’t easily filled by any of the podcasts that I’ve picked up in that time.

If only Mr. Grundy could get back into the habit, maybe I could be once again filled with that childhood passion for the unexplained.

But, alas, it probably will not happen. I wish Mr. Grundy all the luck in the world with his new endeavors, and hope that he doesn’t look back on his time with Mysterious Universe with contempt. If you haven’t heard this podcast before, look around, you may be able to find the 94 episodes for download somewhere. It’s well worth the bandwidth.

Sequestering

I’ve decided that I’ve really got to stop wasting so much time with the internet. I look at how other people function in the world without having hundreds of RSS feed stories to sift through every day, and see that they are getting along much better than I am.

I’ve decided to stop following the webcomics that I’ve been tuned into, as well as several other sites:

As you can see from this screenshot, I’ve reduced myself down to a respectable 11 feeds:

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I may very well suffer shock from not getting a constant feed of news into my brain, but I see it as an opportunity to spend less time worrying about the new whizbang thing, and more time doing creative things.

I’ve kept the few feeds left for specific reasons, most of which directly relate to the way I do work today. Hopefully this will work out for the best, and I won’t regress to visiting Digg 1500 times a day.

Also, I plan on spending less time visiting forums. I belong to a pretty long list, and they’re just going to have to live without me for a little while, while I get things straight. (Not that anybody would be much worse off without me.)

I can hear the crickets chirping already…