Deep into Sleep

While researchers probe sleep's functions, sleep itself is becoming a lost art.

Stickgold compares sleep deprivation to eating disorders. “Twenty years ago, bulimics probably thought they had the best of all worlds,” he says. “They could eat all they wanted and never gain weight. Now we know that they were and are doing major damage to their bodies and suffering major psychological damage. We live in a world of sleep bulimia, where we binge on weekends and purge during the week.”

iPod podcast listening frustration

Today, I've got this massive stack of clothes to iron... bleh :(

To make the experience a tiny little bit more pleasant, I'm listening to every podcast on my iPod I hadn't listened to yet...

Great time to catch up with all that stuff... but great frustration too!

A typical podcast has an average length of 15 minutes. And when the iPod is done with playing it, it just goes back to the main menu. Yes, that's the MAIN menu, not the podcast feed you where in, not the podcast menu either! It's all the way back to the main menu!

So you need to drill down into the podcast menu again and then into the feed you were listening too, select the next podcast you want to listen to and then, finally, you can continue to listen...

Wouldn't it have made sense for the iPod to automagically playthe next episode in the feed I was listening too!? Isn't the whole podcast concept somewhat supposed to mimic a radio with better programs? Do you need to click on your radio in order to listen to the next show?

Apple seems to have thought this through... at some point... but only halfway I guess: you can actually press play when a podcast feed is selected and the whole feed will get played. But in this case you'll suffer 2 major problems:

  • You'll listen to the feed in reverse chronological order. And you'll hear feedback on the previous episode before you hear the referred to episode! :(
  • You'll listen to everything, including the episodes you've already listened to before...

This second point is something else that has been bugging me for a while: there's no way you can see on your iPod what episodes you've already listened to and which ones are new.

Each episode definitely needs a 3 state icon in front of its title, indicating wether it's unplayed, partially played or completely played.

That podcast song [EXPLICIT LYRICS]

You cannot possibly ignore that podcast anthem by Cruisebox [broken link].

What's a little bugging though, is that you won't find the original version with the explicit lyrics, the rude words and all the rest very easily.

So I thought I would post the results of my search here... :P

Verse 1
Do you remember, way back last summer
When mainstream radio was such a fuckin’ bummer
No indie music…nothin’ too funny
Clear Channel motherfuckers did it for the money

Bridge
But somebody heard the call
Now, you can have it all

Chorus
I heard it on a podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on

Verse 2
Do you remember your first computer
That piece of shit was like a freakin’ Roto-Rooter
Now we’ve got wi-fi, downloadin’ files fast
Listenin’ to everyone who’s ever done a podcast

Verse 3
It’s history, now you see, each and every nation
Radio has got to go, it’s our emancipation
Play that song, sing along, mash it up and mix it
Radio was fuckin’ blow ‘til Adam Curry fixed it

Bridge
Yeah, somebody heard the call
Now, you can have it all

Instrumental

Turnaround
Mp3 killed the radio star…

Chorus
I heard it on a podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on a

Chorus
Podcast…rockin’ fuckin’ radio
You want it, you got it…just download it and pod it
On a podcast…no one’s gonna stop ya
Tell the FCC to stick it…kick it…
The revolution’s on

Chorus Tag
The revolution’s on
The revolution’s on
The revolution’s on
The revolution's on a podcast
The revolution's on a podcast
The revolution’s on

What bugs me about iTunes & the iPod

iPod Sync options in iTunes

I gotta spit this out, because it really really starts to bug me bad! >:-[

I have all my CDs in my iTunes at home. And I have all of them auto-synched to the iPod. Then I take my iPod to work, and guess what: I'm expecting to listen to my mp3 files on my work computer! (Creating playlists, etc...)

Is that demanding too much?

I guess not! But, then, why the hell is it made soooo hard for me to achieve this? :!::?:>:-[>:XX

First problem: You can't copy the mp3 from your iPod to your secondary iTunes (the one on the Work computer).

Second problem: You can, however, have iTunes play the mp3s directly from the iPod through the USB connection... BUT this requires you to unlink the iPod from your main iTunes (the one at home). You can relink it later but this is a boring operation full of boring clicks. And you get to do it twice a day!

Third problem: The more you organize your music and the more meta data you add to it (genres, years, album art, personal rating...), the more you get to enjoy it and the more useful the "smart playlists" get... BUT: try to add a little meta data to your iPod songs while you're at work, then go home and try to sync: everything gets overwritten from the home iTunes and you loose all your meta data -- except the personal ratings. (Those ones are not stored as IDv3 meta data. They are stored separately in the iPod Database).

This is so decieving! So decieving from Apple. So decieving from a company that pushes another smart sync tool (iSync) but won't even bother to do a simple 2 way sync based on 'last changed' file dates! :(

I've looked through half a dozen 3rd party tools allowing you to copy from the iPod to iTunes/PC but none of them is working really like I'd want it... Especially, none of them will let me find and copy only the mp3s I've touched during the day... and brute force copying back all 5000 files is a little too tedious... |-|

The Long Tail

Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.

The long tail