I know, I know.. this WAS suppose to be a weekly blog (ideally), but I’ve not written anything for almost a month. What can I say, I’m a procrastinator and a lazy bum, PLUS, I’ve been flooded with work. For those who don’t already know, I work as a senior software developer at a software house which sells payroll software. As a payroll software vendor, we have to keep up with the latest changes to tax forms, tax rules, etc. While the rest of the world generally wakes up to filing taxes by mid-April next year, we have to make sure our software is compliant to government requirements/specifications by October of this year. As the “main developer” involved in what we call “year-end” activities, that means I get the “privilege” of being “invited” to join ALL the meetings/discussions/debates/etc regarding such stuff. It so happens that there have been MAJOR changes this year (which we’ve sort of anticipated since there were, strangely enough, no changes last year). That means reading through heaps of technical specifications to “spot the differences”, and discuss with my product leader what actions we need to take. Thankfully, being a “senior” now means I get to delegate some of the work to my juniors, while me and my product leader sit down to do design and give consultation.
Ok, enough of my whining. Last Saturday (August 9th) was National Day in Singapore, and the company has credited each of us an extra day of leave. Since it’s a school holiday today (the kids have been credited an extra holiday too), many parents have taken the day off today to spend time with their little ones. So we only have half-attendance in the office today. Since I’ve cleared what’s on my plate, I thought I’d take the time to finally start work on my blog. So here I am.
Before I start on the reviews, I’ll like to give a BIG welcome to my Twitter/Plurk/Facebook/uStream buddy, Inge Loots (a.k.a taquoriaan), who was confirmed as a Catholic yesterday (August 10th)! She is living proof to the rest of us of the power of Father Roderick and his podcasts and new media ministry a.k.a. SQPN, because according to Inge herself, her iPod made her Catholic! WOOT!!!!
Now to the reviews proper. Today I’m going to introduce to you a couple of podcasts that are short and sweet. Most of these are below 5mins and are great for times when you just want to listen to something “bite-sized”.
If you like finding out about how stuff works, you’ll probably enjoy the series of podcasts produced by HowStuffWorks.com. The good people have produced 4 podcasts, each focusing on different subjects. Each episode is a brief explanation of the topic in question, that’ll surely feed curiosity while on the go.
- Stuff You Should Know (rss) deals with topics regarding society and culture
- BrainStuff (rss) delves in science and medicine
- TechStuff (rss) obviously talks about technology
- Fact or Fiction (rss) is excellent for history buffs
Movie geeks will surely enjoy the Movie Mantras podcast (rss) by Martyn Darkly. This podcast offers to help you “search for enlightenment through the wisdom of film“. Twice a week, a quote from a movie is given in the “meditation exercise”. Each episode is about a minute in length. That’s what I call short and sweet.
In this crazy world, we all tend to have a couple of crazy thoughts once in a while. If you thought you were the only one feeling that way all along, wait till you listen to Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts (rss) by Christiana Ellis. Christiana is a writer/podcaster. To keep up with her job, she naturally has to keep her mind constantly churning out fun and interesting ideas. She shares her thought process and offers listeners a “daily dose of serene surrealism“.
Can’t get enough of funny stories? Check out Short Cummings Audio (rss) by Kevin Cummings>. Every week Kevin shares a funny story inspired by his everyday life. Give him six minutes and he’ll share his life with you.
Well, that’s all for now. I managed to finish this entry just in time to pack up and leave the office and enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing in some corner of Singapore. I have more reviews lined up, so keep a lookout for my next entry. Until then, take care and God bless!