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Episode 1500



Episode 1500 in the can but wow what a process to get here. Had to edit tonight you missed some fun as the stream died this evening. A big thank you to the family of listeners as we have been on this journey together to get to episode 1500. The march to 1600 starts now and of course, we would not have made it without GoDaddy as a sponsor and all of you supporting the show through emails and contributions as insiders. Not to mention those of you that have come to CES or NAB and walked the halls with us I am forever in your dept. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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The Bomb



During lockdown I’ve been listening to the BBC World Service’s seven part podcast series on the rapid development and first use of the atomic bomb by the US in the Second World War.

The Bomb is narrated by Emily Strasser whose grandfather worked on the project team as she seeks to understand why he contributed to production of the weapon. The story follows events through the eyes of Leo Szilard, one of the first to realise the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction and the terrifying opportunity for destruction, especially if the Nazis make the atom bomb first.

Through the history of the bomb, the podcast explores the ethical relationship between the scientists, their work and those who would use their discoveries as weapons, which remains as relevant today as it did 75 years ago.

There are some interesting factoids in there too. I didn’t know that the Purple Heart medals awarded today were originally manufactured in WWII in preparation for the expected casualties from a US invasion of Japan. As Japan surrendered after the dropping of the two bombs, there was a large surplus of medals left over and these continue to be presented today to those wounded in battle.

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The Mustang Mach-E #1405



The Mustang Mach-E has debuted and it will be all muscle without a muscle engine. It will have a battery instead. Hey family, nothing like a snowstorm to mess up production. All good plans went in the toilet last week when the weather went sideways. I’m back and will be in the Michigan Studio on Thursday

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T-Mobile Home Internet #1354



T-Mobile Home Internet with unlimited bandwidth may be coming to a rural area near you. I would encourage T-Mobile to really get this offer out in the 49082 zip code area. I am really excited about this as there is simply no way that the incumbent cable providers are ever going to get this done or have the fortitude to make it happen. The 5G speeds that are coming will make this a great alternative for rural customers if the offering is truly unlimited and they do no throttling. Relief could be coming to the millions that do not have broadband in the true sense of the word.

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The British Museum Podcast



The British Museum Logo2010’s podcast series “The History of the World in 100 Objects” by the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, is one of the highlights of the podcast genre. Produced by the BBC, each episode tells of a moment in history through a story woven around an object. At times it’s very moving, especially when a tale hits home and resonates with you. People haven’t really changed in thousands of years.  Your problems were their problems.

But that’s old news. New though, is that the British Museum has a podcast of its own, called, err, The British Museum podcast. Doesn’t sound that inspiring and there’s only been one episode so far, but I think it will be interesting. The first episode is called The Suicide Exhibition and tells the story of how the museum responded to the outbreak of World War II.
It wasn’t only people that were evacuated from London during the Second World War. Antiquities and works of art were moved outside of the capital in their thousands. Relocated to stately houses, abandoned tube stations and purpose-built, climate-controlled bunkers – this is the story of how the British Museum pulled off ‘the biggest, mass evacuation of objects in any museum’s history.

The narrator does talk a little fast but give it a go. Americans will get used to the accent in no time. Just search for “British Museum” in your podcast app of choice (Libsyn / iTunes).

While we’re talking about the British Museum, you might want to listen to the latest episode of The Allusionist which discusses languages and the Rosetta Stone, one of the museum’s most famous exhibits.


Sharing Fatigue



socialmediafatigueFor some time, something has been going on with me I’ve been struggling to explain. My motivation to share things via social media has been waning.

When podcasting came along in 2004, and social media was still in its infancy, my motivation to share was strong. For several years, I was creating and posting new content at a furious rate.

However, in the past couple of years, the motivation I once felt has been on a sharp decline. I’ve been wondering, did something happen to cause me to stop caring? Was I running out of energy? What was the deal?

Lately, I’ve been toying with the theory that people have a fixed amount of sharing capacity, and once that is used up, the motivation drops off. To back this idea up, there have been plenty of people that had a large online presence that at some point simply seemed to run out of gas and ended up dropping off. This pattern seems to be common, whether it is with a large percentage of podcasters, or just people posting stuff on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.

With me, motivation is everything. I find that if I am motivated to learn something and/or do something, I can bore right through to the center of whatever it is and make it happen. However, if I’m not motivated, I might as well forget it. I cannot force myself to do something that I lack natural interest in or motivation for.

So, this is the best answer I’ve come up with so far. I am currently tapped out when it comes to the motivation to create and share content online.

Will this lack of motivation to share continue? Would it return if I found myself in a different personal situation, such as when I retire? These are questions I currently have no answers for.


One Billion Podcast Subscriptions



One Billion Podcast SubscriptionsWhile some people have suggested that podcasting is a dying art, the data indicates an entirely different reality. Apple announced on Monday, July 22, 2013, that there have been more than 1 billion podcast subscriptions through the iTunes store. Thats a big number!

If you visit the iTunes store today, and visit the part about podcasts, you will see the image that accompanies this blog. It is part of Apple’s special promotion to commemorate the 1 billion podcast subscriptions.

The data from Apple notes that the 1 billion subscriptions are spread over 250,000 unique podcasts. The podcasts are in over 100 languages. More than 8 million episodes have been published in the iTunes store (so far).

Those 1 billion podcast subscriptions do not necessarily equate to the same amount of “listens”. Many people, myself included, have fallen behind on listening to the podcasts that they have subscribed to. Personally, I have more podcast episodes that are sitting in my iTunes, waiting for me to get around to listening to them, than is reasonable. My intent is to get to them all, eventually!