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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 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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Entertainment: Podcasts – Planetary Radio

I haven’t updated this blog in a long while, mostly because of school and motivational issues. I’d like to get back into the swing of things, so here’s a review of one of the best podcasts out there.

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Planetary Radio is the Planetary Society‘s weekly radio show that is featured on NPR stations across the nation. I have been listening to this show for about a year now, through iTunes‘ podcast aggregator (which seems to run my in-car entertainment by itself). Because I don’t have the time to set aside the 20 minutes involved in listening to this fascinating material, I must get by through my iPod while driving to and from school and on errands.

I’m a huge fan of the format, as it’s easy and portable, so that I can spend the time that I take in my car in a constructive way, and excersize my brain a little instead of listening to music while turning my mind off.

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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.

On the Road Again

My wife and I will be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary on Saturday. We both have been looking forward to our trip to Tybee Island in Georgia for a long weekend.

We are leaving tonight, and driving all night to get there. This is no small feat, as it turns out this should be around an 11.5 hour drive.

Myriah worked 11 hours today, and has been working overtime for the past two, so she is ready for a nice nights’ sleep in the car on the ride down. I’m going to be entertaining myself with podcasts (Diggnation, The Totally Rad Show) and a radio show (Slipstream from the BBC).

We’re very, very excited about all of this, so I will probably be writing about the goings on here on the blog.

If all goes well, we’ll be spending most of our time on the beach. We also plan to go to the Crab Shack (one of our favorite places down there), and going on a “haunted walk” in Savannah.

All in all, it should be a fun vacation, with time for just the two of us. As long as the weather does better than what is expected, things will be dandy.