The Glorious Twelfth

Tim and Naomi of the Irish Passport Podcast visited Northern Ireland in July to experience the marching season in all it’s “glory” for their latest episode.

It’s a great episode, showing the stark contrast between the neighbourly and friendly people they met during the day on the 11th, and the hate fuelled crowd who descended on the area that night for the bonfire.

You’ll find lots of images of the bonfires that night on Google Images but this Dailymail article (yes, yes, I know) has lots of images and reporting.

I visited Northern Ireland in the summer and really enjoyed myself there. The people we met were friendly and welcoming but it was well past the marching season. Hopefully I’ll write a post about that sometime.


Samy is my Hero

Samy Kamkar

I started listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast after Matt Mullenweg was interviewed by him and I’ve been hooked since.
Tim’s interview with Samy Kamkar is really interesting as he’s the guy who launched the Samy computer worm that infected MySpace back in 2005. It was a little chunk of Javascript code that added itself to MySpace profiles, added Samy as a friend and added him as a hero of the visitor. They took down MySpace to clean it out!

Since then he’s had a really interesting life and the interview covers many subjects like hacking online dating and opening locked cars by hacking their key fobs. Nice to see he’s a Vim user too! 🙂

Check it out here.


Creating narratives to stay sane


One of my favourite podcasts is You are not so smart and the Halo effect episode last month brings together parts of David McRaney’s books and previous shows in a very entertaining two and a half hours plus.

Frankly, the halo effect scares the hell out of me. It’s impossible to be objective when judging others. No matter how hard you try, if one aspect of a person annoys you then you’ll unfairly judge the rest of their personality or ability.

Go listen to the podcast. It’s great.

PS. yes I noticed the scratched vandalism on the picture above, did you?


Step back into the past on the Irish Mail train

Following on from the time travelling theme in my Back to the Future post comes this documentary about the Irish Mail route from London to Dublin that operated from 1848. The documentary was originally broadcast in 1954. It has this lovely old fashioned feel to it.

It’s amazing that it took up to 2 days to travel between those cities but that was quick before regular flights were a reality.

Also be sure to read about the Chester and Holyhead Railway and this page about tunnel crossings across the Irish Sea. Who knew Irish trains didn’t use standard guage tracks eh? Whose bright idea was that then?


I bought an app: Podkicker Pro

I use the free version of Podkicker, a free podcast player for Android every day so when I saw there was a pro version I immediately bought it.

It has a vastly different UI and it somehow detected my original Podkicker subscriptions (I presume from the cloud?) but did not detect my already downloaded podcasts so it looks like I’ll be using the free version for a while. The UI will take some getting used to too as it’s so different but I wanted to support the author as I like the free version so much. Here’s a great review of the pro version if you’re interested.

Related: I don’t buy apps (some great comments in that thread too)


Gaming podcasts

I like listening to podcasts when I’m out walking. Gamers With Jobs is a particularly good gaming podcast that I found via the Brainy Gamer blog. There’s also The Gamer’s Craic which hasn’t been updated in over half a year but remains one of the best gaming podcasts ever (but I may be biased).

I’ve already mentioned Futureshock and I’m a big fan of Science Friday. Any other podcasts I should listen out for?


The Gamer’s Craic #3

Episode 3 of The Gamer’s Craic podcast is now live, with the “guest this time is NGT director and Hupit bod Gary, AKA Hypermole and also mole237 on YouTube.” David did a great job of editing it as always. Thanks Gary for coming on the show!

It was a laugh doing it, but DO NOT listen past the end. No good will come of listening past the end jingle. No, do not do it. Really!

Also this morning episode 14 of the Don’t Revive Me Bro podcast was released with Daniel Matros, aka zh1nt0 who talked at length about Battlefield and other things.


I’m listening to episode 2 of the The G…

I’m listening to episode 2 of the The Gamer’s Craic. TyeWebb (Youtube, Twitter) was our guest of honour and we talk about lots of stuff including dodgy ports of games, “pay to boost” in Bad Company 2 (I still disagree with David over that one) and there’s too much in there of me talking about old ASM coding on the C64. I’ll be covering $D012 in the next one.

Oh, hi Paul and Ron and Andrea, you get a mention too!


Cracking fun on The Gamer’s Craic

Well, David did a great job editing episode 1 of The Gamer’s Craic. It’s now available for all to listen to and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Our first guest is Mike, or mj_whittle as many of you know him as. David and myself have been playing Bad Company 2 with Mike almost from day 1. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ll see me mention him again and again so he was an obvious choice to appear on the very first show.

More details about the podcast are here, and you can even subscribe to it through iTunes, although you’ll have to do it manually at the moment.


The Gamer’s Craic

This is a new podcast David and myself will be hosting where we chat with a guest about gaming. The guest will be someone we know from the Battlefield community so it’ll have a bias towards that but we’re going to cover other topics too. If you’re on our friends list watch out!

Check out David’s announcement post on the podcast blog for more details (or not, we’re keeping it suitably vague!)