neadods: (busy)
I've been so wrapped up in the neverending "must be done"s and "ought to get done"s that I've long since written off the "enjoy doing"s... and that's not right.

So I'm making an effort to spend not just a little time doing the things I enjoy, but putting them on the schedule as a high priority. There is little in my life that HAS HAS HAS to be done on a schedule anymore - there's no cosmic difference in my life if, say, I set up the new laptop today, tomorrow, or Wednesday. I need to do it soon, yes (this one is dying of cat hair and entropy at a high rate) but I don't actually need to do it *now.*

So I'm making a point that on the weekends I take the time to:
- read a chapter of a book. A whole chapter, all at once... and that this feels dangerous and slothful is, frankly, appalling.
- Spend significant time crafting. This can be knitting, sewing, quilting (even mending will count, I think, just to get the mending done) but Accomplish Something With My Hands
- Listen to a podcast or Big Finish. I'm about 3 behind on my Big Finishes and my podcast backlog is in the hundreds (recs at the end of this post)

The other day one of my actual chores was to sew a Jane Austen logo onto a second-hand purse so I'd have something appropriate for the upcoming Janeite convention, and I was sitting there, podcast and sewing machine running, thinking "I'm happy. I like this. Whyyyyyyyyyy did I ever stop?"

So... I won't stop. There's no damn reason on the face of this earth why I can't give myself the same happy time at least once a week.

So, podcasts. My backlog is in the hundreds because I'm now listening to quite a few. If you have an iphone, I recommend PodCruncher as opposed to the native bullshit app, but there is a learning curve and they haven't updated it to properly fit the size of the screen past iphone 5. Still, once I got the hang of it, I really enjoy using it.

Podcasts I listen to always:
- Staggering Stories (fannish news & chatter. ~1 hour to 90 minutes; Doctor Who predominates)
- Welcome to Night Vale (fiction. 30 minutes; NPR from the Twilight Zone)
- Stuff You Missed in History Class (history all eras. ~30 minutes; The vast bulk of my backlog is downloads of the last 3 years of this one)
- Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare Unlimited (nonfiction. ~30 minutes; a must-listen for theater, history, and Shakespeare nerds)
- Within the Wires (fiction. ~30 minutes; the Night Vale folks break out into relaxation tapes for medical prisoners)

Stuff I listen to if I like the topic(s) du jour:
- BBC Comedy of the Week (exactly what it says on the tin. ~30 minutes)
- BBC Drama of the Week (see above)
- Big Finish Podcast (Advertising for BF. ~30 minutes)
- the Holmesian trio: Baker Street Babes, Three Patch Podcast, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (all ~1 hour)
- Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast (nonfiction. ~20-40 minutes; theater interviews and Reduced Shakes news)

I'm off Great Detectives of Old Time Radio at the moment simply because Adam isn't running any of the shows I'm interested in. There are still some Ellery Queens and Philip Marlowes in my backlog, though.

And I'm waiting to catch up in Zombies, Run! before I start listening to Podcast Detected, although I know it's out there.

I'm about to test-listen to some food-related podcasts, such as The Salt, A Taste of the Past, Gastropod, Gravy, and Dinner Party Download (episode 356 of which apparently has Doyle at the dinner party).
neadods: (i_think)
I just started listening to Welcome To Night Vale.

Hoe.

Lee.

Schitt! That is some weapons-grade weird!

.... I shall, of course, subscribe.
neadods: (i_think)
I'm looking for recs for podcasts on the following topics:

- Doctor Who
- Sherlock Holmes (all eras)
- Knitting
- Cooking (including specialty things like tea or bento or specific foods)
- Literary discussion, esp on:
- - Jane Austen
- - Mysteries
- - SF/F
- - Shakespeare

If you've got a favorite that isn't on this list, sing out anyway; you know I've got eclectic tastes. And if you can find me a Jane Austen podcast that does NOT include the phrases "So, like" or "and he was all 'whatever'..." my cringing brain and appalled sensibilities will thank you most graciously.

PS - having just watched The King's Speech, I'm also interested in recs of biographies of the people involved.
neadods: (reading)
If I didn't clear the backlog, I was going to end up with an encyclopedia's worth of links. So:

DISCWORLD FANDOM
This will only make sense to Discworld fans, but it really must be checked out (says the person who just discovered it via a rec at another LJ). Gender identity has been one of the threads discussed in Discworld. Pratchett did it as the case of dwarvish women discovering that they could admit that they weren't just the same as men. Then a fan asked - what if all the female dwarves aren't biologically female? What if gender privacy in dwarfdom has been masking homosexual marriages for centuries? And thus: Modern Love.


DOCTOR WHO
[livejournal.com profile] wendymr recced this first: a beautiful tribute to the Brigadier told from the "those were the days, my friends" perspective of Liz, Jo, and Sarah Jane. A Final Toast Includes the absolutely perfect bit when Jo pulls out mini bottles of booze and announces "Five rounds rapid!"


SHERLOCK
Before I get into the fanfic, podcasts of old Sherlock Holmes radio stories are available for free download

The Angsty Stuff:
Sink Like a Stone A post-Great Game story that's hard to describe without spoilers. Two men, traumatized by Moriarty, waiting out the endless rain.

There is No Return Sherlock returns, 3 years after being declared dead. John is broken.

Actual Casefic! And long casefic!
The Affair of the Batshit Blogger Scroll down to the first tagged post, read the warnings, and I'll bet you'll be amused enough to keep going on the strength of that alone.

Crackfic
Batshit Blogger could just as easily belong here, but it has a plot, and everything here is pure fluffalicious crack

Bitchslap On Baker Street (art)

Alien Abduction Blues The aliens like to unwind after a long mission by messing with a human for a while. This time they pick up... Mycroft. There's a podfic version, although I've misplaced that link.

And I have far, far too many lit geeks in my flist to pass up passing on A Study in Pastiche. (BBC & ACD versions of Holmes) Unlike the others, I simply canNOT resist quoting the hell out of this one, and I'm barely scratching the surface of what's available at the link:


My lover’s eyes are nothing like a star,
(And I’m not his « little blond satellite ». Honestly, people !)
His phone is far more pink than his lips are,
And his skin, however pale, is not alabaster...

***

For God’s sake shut your gob and let me love,
Or mock my IQ, or my team,
My full grey hair or ruin’d self-esteem...

***

Because I always stopped for death,
Scotland Yard called on me...


And that's before you follow the on-post links to the flash-based Heloise and Jane Austen pastiches. Hilarious as Pride and Pugnacity is, I must say that Sherloise is really, really fabulously in character.
neadods: (i_think)
I'd drifted away from all but the most imperative of podcasts because it just seemed to be a PITA to open iTunes, wait for 'em to download, wait for 'em to sync to the machine du jour, and hope that they *did* because sometimes what I thought I was downloading, I wasn't.

This is one of the things having a sea change because of the Touch - it's *so* much faster to whip out the touch, tap "get more episodes" and download direct!

The first thing I looked for was a modern Sherlock podcast, but if one exists, I haven't yet found it. If you have, sing out!) However, there are two that may be of interest to the flist:

First up, I'm going to hype my favorite, Staggering Stories because episodes 83 and 84 dedicated almost as much time to discussing the BBC Sherlock as they did Doctor Who. Add in a mixed-gender cast and a filthy sense of humor, and that's pretty much my ultimate in listening entertainment. They enjoyed Sherlock thoroughly, so I believe it has joined Who and Being Human as being their three main topics of discussion.

Second, there's I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. This is a podcast for all forms of Sherlock. The drawback that will keep me skimming rather than squeeing is that the podcast team is a group of purist men, so there's little shrift given to modern interpretations (they didn't like the Robert Downey Jr. movie for canonical reasons) and there is no woman's point of view.

That said, they didn't bash the movie either, and there's lots of information on other things Holmsian, such as Sherlockian conferences, Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, etc.
neadods: (Default)
Boosting the signal: Doctor Who Podcast Alliance, a website which collects all the Who or mostly-Who podcasts out there, including my beloved Staggering Stories. (hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] wshaffer, who also reccs the unlisted Cadmium2.)
neadods: (i_think)
I wanted to throw in yet another plug for the Staggering Stories podcast. Yes, I like it - enough to put up with hour and a half shows when my attention span is closer to 25 minutes. Yes, it provides a fairly comprehensive sweep of SF in addition to Who - at the moment I'm listening to Crumbly's overview of Harry Harrison's books.

But also, as Who fandom continues to chew over the staggering entitlement of Walker's selfish and lightfingered "flattery," I can't recommend Staggering Stories' "Fake Keith" enough. Because the attitude of the the men in the podcast isn't "And now here's a moment of 'feminist' blah blah blah from some alien life form with bizarre but hypnotic chestal protrusions to prove how open-minded we are," it's very much simply four fen and four microphones, period. That one of them is a woman and she talks about things like how dishy she finds some actors and raising her children goes completely unremarked - not that the others don't care, but her perspective is no more nor less than anyone else's. Aside from the monniker (I'm rather assuming that Karen is being ironic in doing that to her husband's name) there's no attempt to make her into one of the boys. She takes (and receives) the mickey equally with the others, she has as much to say as the others, she does *not* have to mommy the others - she is, in short completely equal and equally heard without it being an issue in any way.

And that's the way fandom is supposed to be. Snarky, opinionated, wide-ranging, and egalitarian.




(And besides, that series of Nanny Ogg-style single entendres over Time Crash? Hilarious.)
neadods: (i_think)
I'm still trying the odd podcast - there are some cooking ones I want to explore - but at this point, I'm not going to waste anyone's time with "tried it, hated it" posts anymore unless I really, really feel the need to pull a Dear Author on 'em. If I find something new that I adore, like Staggering Stories, I'll talk about that.

For those following the saga, the "I love them and can't wait to listen to the next one" podcasts are:
- Reduced Shakespeare Company
- Staggering Stories (which makes a very good double feature with the RSC)
- Will@Warwick
- The Food Geek


The "I'm listening, but reserve the right to get bored and drop them without warning" podcasts are:
- The Moth
- Knit Science
- Colonial Williamsburg Podcast
- Cast On (it gets a hell of a lot better in retrospect!)


The "I won't subscribe, but I will look for individual episodes" podcasts are:
- British Old Time Radio
- Mystery Theater
- Old Time Radio Mysteries
- Free Audio London Walks

In-depth discussion of all of these is available in previous posts under this tag.
neadods: (Default)
Tried a new podcast today: Word Nerds, as mentioned on the RSC podcast. The one I picked was rhetoric in famous speeches. Now, I could read a book on that subject, preferably one that went through the speeches with a fine-tooth comb for every obfuscation, logic flaw, appeal, etc. I could read a very thick book on that.

So that each speech got about two comments is why I won't be listening again.

However, yesterday, I liked Staggering Stories. Today, having listened to the uber-cracky Fight Club: Lois Lane vs Sarah Jane, I adore it. I loved it from Team SJ asking "would you like to just surrender?" at the beginning through Fake Keith (a woman) saying "Sarah sets the sonic lipstick to Setting 12. You know the one, ladies."

And then there was the recap of Stolen Earth:
"Boom, Rose appears! Packing heat!"
"Packing big heat."
"Packing SERIOUSLY big heat."
"Rose is in heat?"
"Bad Crumbly!"

This isn't so much a newscast as a drunken interlude with some seriously silly fans.


Speaking of Sarah Jane: I endorse this fabulous Clyde and Luke vid to "Popular".


On the knitting side of things, I'm kicking around designing a lap afghan. But just designing it isn't exciting enough, oh no. Knitting it isn't enough. The question isn't even will I share it with the blogosphere. No, the question is *how* I share it. Just put it up on Ravelry and here? Put it up, but release the directions at a piece at a time, knitalong-style? Or make everyone take a leap of faith and simply collect the instructions a piece at a time, to be told at the end how to put it together? (This despite never having been part of a mystery anything... although there is a mystery shawl project about to start.)

[Poll #1249337]
neadods: (i_think)
I may have found a long, piffly podcast that I actually enjoy: Staggering Stories. (Proving that I'm still more interested in someone else's opinion of Ark in Space than I am of their knitting.)

One thing that I find very attractive is that they're ur-geeks; the 'casts I downloaded cover at least references to Superman, Babylon 5, lots of Doctor Who, Heroes, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and more.

Another and even more attractive trait is that although they piffle around and get silly (the final minute is nothing but bloopers), there is no blatant padding. As Podshock lost me by doing almost 5 minutes of nothing but dialog samples from shows that I'd already seen, this was very important to me. They're taking their time, but they're actually *talking,* not throwing in whatever to make up the time.

And the most attractive trait of all is that they do put the time on their website. Everything that they will discuss is right there, listed by time, so if they do start wandering on about something that doesn't interest you, you know exactly the time mark to move to. If I could, I would insist that every podcast in the world do this from now on.

In short, two thumbs and a Nano up as listening for every geek who is mainly a Whovian but has an interest in the rest of the SF/F world. It looks like they come out at a nice regular bimonthly schedule, too.



The other one is The Moth. It's a bunch of storytellers, telling stories. That's it. Short stories. I don't know if I'll subscribe, but I'll certainly point out the Neil Gaiman one as being worth listening to, because, hello - Neil Gaiman!

Although I must say that for some reason, those episodes took an extraordinary amount of time to download, almost three times the d/l of other podcasts that are much longer.



Speaking of single-episode recommendations, a fair chunk of the flist would get a giggle out of Episode 76 of the Reduced Shakespeare Company podcast, "Nerd" vs. "Geek". A linguistic examination. On the same page is their "The Authorship Question" (#72), which is a howlingly funny take on the "Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare" debate.

I've not only subscribed to the RSC podcast, I went and got all of their previous episodes, which I'm seeding throughout the more current 'casts. Still enjoying the hell out of it.
neadods: (knitting)
I've run out of podcasts to review and am going to be taking a break from new ones for a while.

The last three:

She Knits started out with a series of "lessons learned" from a Shrinkyknits' first sweater, but just when I was about to spin the dial out of boredom, Shrinky said "I'm so bored with this pattern that I'd want to move on even if it were pure cashmere imported from Deep Space 9." One of us! (There was a Lord of the Rings mention later.)

Then I went to the next couple of podcasts, found them rambling, and realized I didn't like She Knits so much as Shrinkyknitter, and she doesn't appear to have a blog or podcast of her own. Pity.

Sleepy Eyes Knitting is another one of those where I find the podcast rambling, but the blog interesting. According to her podcast, there are directions for crockpot dying, among other things on there.

Stash and Burn - I may have to come back at a later date and give them more of a chance, because driving home sick from work with no energy, a headache, and trouble breathing is not a time to be entertained. But after about 5 minutes without hearing anything of interest, I dialed out.

Cast On is looking a hell of a lot better in retrospect. And now I'm taking (another) nap.
neadods: (i_think)
I thought Knit Spirit would be a paganish thing with an emphasis on meditation. It is instead one of those "let me tell you about my life" casts and heavy into Judeo-Christian theology, with discussions on the nature of Lucifer and the Second Coming. It was not, I will say up front, creepy or prosthelytizing or anything negative like that. It's just that I want knitting information and not a theological discussion, especially from someone who, I regret to say, sounds like a Valley Girl.

If you can get beyond the Val-speak, someone who discusses both Jewish and Christian traditions in between descriptions of her projects may well be of interest to someone of either faith.

I thought the same about Knit Therapy, which is really more of a visit with someone who has a Mother Earth deep and infectious laugh and talks about projects with kids. I bailed when she was doing something with a tissue paper box. Again, someone with small kids may easily find this a good one, but that's not a description of me.

Math4Knitters works better as a blog than a podcast; she has a lot of visual references (which are more about stitches than arithmetic). However, I will grant a technical writer's appreciation of her very clear verbal descriptions. But I'm going to bail the podcast and urge people to click the link to the blog.

I had SO much hope for The Knitter's Wading Pool, and it died so very quickly.

I should have taken the hint when her second podcast started with a rather long list of errata from her first podcast. But no, I held on, because the theme was mystery knitting books, and I just couldn't resist.

The problem is, I have firm views of what a good review should be - you get that way when you're edging towards your 200th - and I have specific things I'd like to see in a crafter's review of crafting fiction. Poor diction, stumbling over words when reading an excerpt, and stopping in the middle of your review to say "I don't know what I was going to say" do not make that list. I tried to be charitable about her saying "Hey, I just realized both these books start with family members dying" because maybe she doesn't know that that's the #1 standard setup plot for a series.

But when she kicked off her review of Mary Kruger's Died in the Wool with "I don't understand her heroine's name... I'll spell it: a-r-i-a-d-n-e. Adrienne? Ariel?" I almost threw the iPod out the window.

On the plus side, I'm starting to get a very good impression of my idea of what the perfect podcast should be )

IF I'm still interested after the England trip and IF I can come up with at least 12 ideas in advance, I may revisit this concept in the new year.
neadods: (i_think)
I'm not that much of a people person, and I really don't give that much of a damn about what total strangers are knitting or viewing or seeing out their window unless there is some form of either entertainment or information that I can use.

Which is why both Knaked Knits and Knitting Naturally were blown through in minutes. The women running both started out talking about their lives, their families, and every time I spun the dial looking for something interesting to me, I didn't get anything. (It does seem as if Knitting Naturally had eventually gotten around to discussing three different cardigan patterns, but by then I'd spun three times already and wasn't willing to wait around anymore.)

On the other hand, Knit Science was so much of what I want that it might have been tailor-made. The first episode I listened to ("Stitch Anatomy") discussed the kinetic and potential elastic energy of yarn, gave detailed reviews of two books (including contents, what patterns were inside and how they were written), and even in her discussion of her vacation talked about a knitting kit she'd bought, the yarn, the pattern, and the needles inside.

She does talk about what's on her needles and other ephemera, but that's at the end of the episode, when you can move on. The other ones I've listened to haven't been quite that concentrated, but every time I'm about to spin the dial, she starts talking about history or data or society. For example, she started going on about the Christmas stockings she was working on, but just as I was about to spin the dial, she gave a potted history of the family tradition of stockings and where the stocking tradition started.

Now that's what I'm talking about!
neadods: (i_think)
The two podcasts I listened to today were:

The College Knitter
An extremely budget knockoff of Cast On, only without the smooth voice, the knitting charity information, and the reviews of anything I've ever even heard of. No.

The Food Geek
Subscribing to this one is a little bit of a leap of faith, because it has only 15 episodes, all of which were released the same day this May. The website has recipes; the podcast does not. The podcast does have a "normal" voice as opposed to an announcer one. He says "um" a lot and occasionally stumbles over words, but I forgive him because he also says things like "it's always been on the 'to do' list and never got 'ta done'," "the sommalier had a nose I'd just love to punch," "the part that wasn't burnt was very tasty," and "this episode's imaginary sponsor is Soylent Green Bakery." Although he occasionally samples music, he plays cuts from a single song throughout rather than padding out the playtime with an entire playlist. This trims the podcast down to a tidy ~16-20ish minutes, perfect for my gnat-like attention span commute.

Even though it is a leap of faith, I'm leaping. The fact that the website has been updated suggests that he is keeping up with the concept, and snark like that is not to be missed. Besides, he likes Alton Brown too!
neadods: (calm_carry_on)
Chopping down the big jobs into "just do x today" is helping a lot with getting the chores shifted and stress levels.

With that in mind, I'm going to deal with the overwhelming number of knitting podcasts I've downloaded at the rate of one review a day. There will be a couple of cooking podcasts in there as well, but most of those were video podcasts, which makes them inappropriate for downloading for the commute to work!

First up is [livejournal.com profile] tchwrtr's beloved Cast On. It is an extremely comprehensive 'cast, covering current knitting charity drives, pattern reviews, knitting web page reviews, a theme, Q&A, and music. Lots and lots of indy music, which is then linked and advertised on the web page as well.

It's a good podcast and covers a lot of territory, but in the end, [livejournal.com profile] tchwrtr loves it a lot more than I do. I get impatient with the sheer size of it and start skipping around (for instance, any discussion of spinning leaves me cold). I think in more leisurely days I'll enjoy the ramble, and I probably will subscribe to Cast On, but I also have to confess in all honesty that I haven't listened to a single episode all the way through without fast-forwarding at some point.



Small pleasures: Someone at my office got me hooked on clarity in a can, aka Starbucks Expresso Double Shots and Cream. But they are only randomly available at the Starbucks near my office, and another one in the area told me that they were being discontinued.

Silly me, I should have gone to the local college. There the person behind the counter told me that they get shipments of them *every day* - and they're a full dollar cheaper there than the lobby Starbucks near work.

Also, I am trying to make a point of literally stopping and smelling the roses every day. I cannot recommend David Austen Roses highly enough, and the ones I've had shipped bare root from England do even better than the same roses nurtured in the local gardening stores. I get them, I lovingly plant them, and then I neglect the snot out of them, and yet they thrive anyway. I would tell you the exact one that I'm sniffing - a pale, yellowish English rose with a delicate scent and a Shakespearean name, but their website appears to be down and I can't look it up. I think it's Sweet Juliet. (Wise Portia, if you can find it, and Noble Anthony have fabulous petals for drying - almost fuschia on the bush, but deep red when dried.)

Off to do tonight's [livejournal.com profile] soniclipstick.
neadods: (i_think)
After a slow start, science roared to the fore in the final vote (I'm not going to bother with another poll; I might as well flip a coin.)

The podcasts I picked:

Forensic Fact Podcast: the one I thought most likely to be a "I want this!" and the only one I thought was a complete loser. The speaker's voice is odd, the sound engineer likes to play with the sound, and it's obviously meant to bracket around something else. When I heard "Is science catching up with CSI? We'll discuss it" about five times in a row without him beginning to discuss it, I lost patience and moved on.

The rest of them are good podcasts. Not necessarily to *my* taste, but easily recommendable to others. They included:

Nova:PBS - three to six minutes on all sorts of oddities, from how to figure out a fake Van Gogh to how bacteria communicates. [livejournal.com profile] boogiebabe_smap, I think you'd love it.

Science @ NASA - as you can imagine, 4 minutes on astronomical oddities and facts. Probably a good idea for anyone who has APOD on rss feed.

The Popsci Podcast - 20 minutes of odd and interesting science facts. The first one I listened to was science and archeology, which should have been more interesting than it was; the interviewee wasn't very good. The other one was an interview with a woman who wrote a book on science and summer blockbusters, something that would probably tickle the fancy of most of this flist.

Science Talk - a half-hour addendum to Scientific American, and thus probably most of interest to subscribers. I listened to DNA Evidence of Human Migration, and it does make sense if you haven't got the magazine.



I also started listening to Podshock, but I found it equal parts padding and commentary that was no more (and often less) interesting than I can find here on LJ.


For those keeping track (there'll be a quiz recap at the end) I've currently subscribed to:

- The Reduced Shakespeare Company
- Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Writing
- Colonial Williamsburg Podcast
- Will@Warwick

I am also pulling a la carte episodes of British Old Time Radio, Mystery Theater, and Free Audio London Walks. I intend to have two or three of that last with me when I go this year, on the assumption that everything will be closed New Year's Day.


Oh, and the crappy free nano has punked out on me so often that yesterday I took a Sharpie and wrote the instructions for a reboot right on the back of its case. This is the one that I will take to London for the tours, because if it gets stolen, broken, or confiscated, little loss!
neadods: (i_think)
The last two podcasts from last time were Mystery Theater and Old Time British Radio, both of which were pretty much what they said on the label and both of which came from the same Nostalgia Radio website.

They were both made about mid-60s, I think; and the British one had Jon Pertwee, although he didn't sound like I expected. Other than that, they lived up to the stereotypes about their respective countries: the British one relied on rattling off difficult and clever lines at speed and panto-level humor ("I say Pertwees because I three see of you. I'm talking to the one in the middle. Lis thandlord, 'e keeps inebriating that we're insisting!") while the American one was into portentious melodrama with musical stings ("So you're telling that just after your fiancee's uncle, the famous scientist of crystallography, committed suicide for no reason last week, she mailed back your ring and announced she would marry his laboratory assistant?" *Dun, dun, DUN!!*)

I don't see myself subscribing to either one, mostly because the women's roles are either Mrs. Slocombe or willing recipients of insane amounts of sexual harassment (British) or duplicitous dames and seriously stupid secretaries (American).

However, I can see myself downloading one or two for the occasional knitting afternoon.



[Poll #1236367]

Next post - a knitting pattern. How sad is it that I plan my posts in advance?
neadods: (Default)
ETA: [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 has her review of Qualities of Leadership.

Also, Cute Overload has a photo everyone must see.

Partial Podcast Results:
Agatha Presents: Someone reading aloud from a Christie novel. A good voice, if that's what you want; it's not quite what I was looking for, though.

Classic Mysteries: 6-minute reviews of classic mystery books, including availability, a little background on book and author, and an excerpt. I'd love it if it was for new books and not always praise; as it is, I feel I've already read the classics I'm interested in and there's nothing new for me there.

One Chicken, Three Meals, Little Effort

A partial recap of things that have gone before, but good ideas deserve repeating.

The Chicken:
Pop into a crock pot with 1/2 a bottle of lemonade and at least two lemons. Score the lemons along the outside of the rind to release the oils and then slice before they go in.

When cooked, pick out the bones and set aside at least half a breast & about 1/4 - 1/3 a cup of those little scraps and bits, which you will keep with a few spoonfuls of the juice.

Meal 1
The bulk of the chicken served hot out of the pot, with a drizzle of honey. Good sides are roasted asparagus and baked potato or rice.

Meal 2
Chopped chicken breast on a salad of field greens*, peas, cold pasta, and pine nuts, maybe dried cranberries too. Have with balsamic vinegar dressing, fruit, and a big loaf of fresh crusty bread.

Meal 3
Saute a fistful of spinach* in olive oil and a little dash of nutmeg until half wilted. This should take about 2 minutes. Set aside. Warm the chicken bits in the microwave for about a minute (you're just taking the chill of the refrigerator off; leaving them out for a while will do the same thing).

Make spinach-and-chicken omlette. Serve with light dusting of lemon pepper.


*Reasonably priced single servings of greens are best found in the salad bar to go. They're already washed, you don't have to buy more than you want, and the underpricing of light leafy things is usually subsidized by overpricing everything else. If you only get light stuff, then a salad bar can be very inexpensive.
neadods: (i_think)
Some of the choices are starting to blend together - for instance, when searching on "mystery" in iTunes, you end up with a great deal of Old Time Radio offerings. So while I'm going to keep the poll, on the assumption that people like clicking ticky boxes, the actual offerings are starting to wander further afield than the winning topic would suggest.

The podcasts I'm trying are:
- Mystery Theater (old time radio mysteries, presented as serials)
- Old Time Radio Mysteries (ditto)
- British Old Time Radio (the same, with an accent)
- Agatha Presents (short stories)
- Classic Mysteries (what I was really looking for)

What I really wanted was a shorter Dragon Page, with reviews and information about upcoming books. That didn't appear to exist. However "Classic Mysteries" is a series of reviews of classic mystery books, and in a world with ebay and half.com, nothing is truly out of print. I've downloaded their commentary on some of my favorites - Return of the Black Widowers, Busman's Honeymoon, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The Colonial Williamsburg podcast is on iTunes, which makes it easy for me to subscribe rather than continuing to check the page and import.
neadods: (i_think)
Couple new things on the poll - there's a lot of Old Time Radio out there - and a couple things off. History is off the list because while I was doing Shakespeare I was also looking around for historicals, and aside from the Colonial Williamsburg 'cast (which I have been enjoying) I really didn't see any aside from TudorCast, which is either stuff I knew or advertising for that ahistorical TV show.

I am always open to suggestions, and will be checking out the ones originally suggested along with things on the poll.

And while I'm keeping it on the list, I've been having trouble finding a good meditation/stress relief podcast.

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