Yes, I may be grumpy. No I did not get an iPod for Christmas. Despite this extreme hinderance, I have sampled a few more, and am still feeling a yawn reflex or hearing the strumming of lowdown 12-bar blues.
I was thinking of the old (and still alive) Movie-A-Minute site:
Let’s face it. There’s a lot of movies out there and very little time to watch them in. Well sit back and relax, because your troubles are solved! We here at Movie-A-Minute have come up with a solution. We’ve taken several classic and contemporary movies and extracted the important stuff, cutting out all the filler. (You’d be surprised how much filler there is sometimes.) With our ultra-condensed versions of your favorite films, you can experience whole movies in just one minute! As an added bonus, Movie-A-Minute protects against torture by bad movies — if you don’t have to sit through them, well, you don’t have to sit through them.
For example, one of my favorite movies as a kid, the Bridge On The River Kwai is condensed down to:
Build a bridge.
Only if you ask nicely.
(Alec Guinness helps the BRITISH by building a BRIDGE for the JAPANESE.)
What have I done?
(Everything blows UP, and everyone DIES.)
Madness madness madness.
(War is bad.)
So what happens if you pour a podcast into the kettle or put it outside in the Arizona summer sun, and let all of the fluff evaporate, what do you condense out?
Amy is learning to use audio tools.
Amy does not like the word “podcast.”
Or over at Xplanazine, the Flash audiop from Rob Reynolds speaks on “Ignoring Something Beautiful for Something New”:
As a kid Rob had an expensive dud of a train.
Teachers should focus on content, not shiny technology
C’mon and play! Listen to a ppodcast, and see if you can boil it down to something less than 100 characters of summary.
I hope it is obvious I am having some fun here, not picking on people and their technology. Or maybe I am very sour at being among the 4% of the population who lacks an iPod… Yup, that is the case.
The post "Essence of Podcasts" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2005/01/essence-of/) on January 5, 2005.