Angry Birds and Podcasts at 2Xby Don Lacey on Jan. 13, 2013, under Art & Culture, Atheism, Atheist Humor, Critical Thinking, Freethought, Reason, Science, Skepticism, That's Life!
Writing to and about the FreeThought community in this blog sometimes takes all the energy that I can muster. It’s hard to know what people are willing to read about and try as I might I haven’t developed the successful formula for what is going to bring in the high “hit” scores. However, communicating to and about our vibrant, ever growing community of freethinkers is important enough to keep doing it. If you are a frequent reader of this blog you’ll know that it isn’t just me doing the writing. The most popular and controversial posts come from my friend Jim Wilson. From time to time, I get an orphan submission from other friends in the community and they are much appreciated. On occasion, I’ve borrowed passages from Dr. Stephen Uhl’s book, Out of God’s Closet and posted them here but I had one of those modern day tragedies recently. I lost my entire “C” drive and the copy of the book I was using.
The title refers to a very popular computer game which you should NEVER try. It’s addicting and will rob you of a lot of free time but once I realized that I could listen to the backlog of my podcasts while playing the game, I began smashing pigs with reckless abandon. There is something strangely pleasurable about being able to do two time wasting activities at once. It might have something to do with the fact that some of the guilt is removed. I only wish I could write this blog and listen to podcasts. I’d be doing it more often.
What does 2X mean? When a podcast is not musical and consists of individuals talking, it is possible to listen to a podcast at twice the normal speed. On my iPhone, I can listen to a podcast at 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, or 3.0 speeds. When it contains a lot of music or the speaker has a heavy accent, I’m limited to listening at 1.0 or Normal speed. I usually listen at 1.5 or 2.0, never at 0.5 or 3.0. You’d think that it would sound like “Alvin and the Chipmunks” but the pitch of the voices are maintained when the speed is increased—somehow.
The podcasts? There are many, too many to keep up with. They can be found easily on the iTunes store. Try typing “Skeptic,” “Atheist,” “Humanist,” or “Science” into the search window and you’ll find many. You can also log onto The Friendly Atheist and read some of the comments posted about favorite podcasts.
Currently, I’m catching up with a few. One is “The Thinking Atheist.” The host, Seth Andrews, is a former Christian radio personality with a high quality voice, quick wit, and plenty of notable guests. I just finished listening to a live recording he did at a University in Oklahoma. It was recorded on March 21st, 2012 (a couple of days before the Reason Rally).
Another podcast that I listen to that is on backlog is “BTR: Think Atheist” hosted by Greg. He doesn’t have Seth’s radio voice but makes up for that with great guests and being well prepared albeit a bit mechanical. Greg actually reads his guests’ books and he has a new release every week.
I won’t cover every podcast that I listen to but here are few that are strictly for Atheists:
The Angry Atheist
Dogma Debate LLC
Atheist Talk Radio
Ardent Atheist with Emery Emery
The Thinking Atheist
Ask An Atheist
The Hellbound Allee Network
The Atheist Experience
Tim Farley, the creator of “What’s the Harm?” compiled a list of podcasts based on Skepticism. The list is constantly changing and at one time included our local Desert Air Podcast but we’ve faded a bit and probably are too “Atheist centric” to be included in the list.
Don’t forget the Humanist centered podcasts such as: “Point of Inquiry”, “Humanist Hour”, “Humanist Network News”, and “Secular Nation.”
Strictly science podcasts include: “Science…Sort Of”, “Science Talk”, “Science Update”, “Big Picture Science”, “Science Friday”, and “Stuff You Should Know” to name a few.
Finally, there are the fun podcasts: “Geologic” (although he is also a Skeptical Atheist), “WTF with Marc Maron”, “The Nerdist”, “The Critical Eye” (they talk about what THEY want to talk about), “Penn’s Sunday School”, “NPR Programs: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”, “WNYC’s Radio Lab”, “Mr. Deity”, and the ever popular but not to be believed “Onion Radio News.”
Sometimes I like to listen to music but these must be run at 1.0 speed, of course: “The Renaissance Festival Podcast”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, and the very weird music of “The Hellbound Alleee Network”.
There you have it! A couple of ways to eat up your day—podcasts and Angry Birds. Fortunately, you can do them at the same time.