Archive for July, 2007

Radio Lab

Wesley, one of my friends from across the pond
introduced me to the Radio Lab podcasts. It’s an hour long program that comes
out once a month or so that focuses on incredibly varied topics from zoos to
memory to death.

Presented by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, each episode concentrates on one
of those subjects but talks about many different aspects. Its a history,
science and general knowledge lesson all rolled into one. Each hour is made up
of talk by the two presenters as well as stories and reports by experts from
all over the world.

It’s perfect for long journeys when you’re not in the mood for music (I listen
to it on my long commute to work in the mornings) and there’s always something
new to learn. Sometimes some of the stories aren’t for the faint hearted but
generally the’re told intelligently but still in a way that’s really easy to
understand.

If you’re looking for something new to listen to, but not necessarily music
based, I definitely think that you should give Radio Lab a shot.

I listen to the podcast as I can’t pick it up over here in the UK (although I
don’t generally listen to the radio unless I’m in the car and since I don’t
own one you can imagine how often that is).

The podcast can be found via iTunes (do a search for Radio Lab in the iTunes
store) or from the Radio Labs website.

Why I’m excited

I’m very excited today. Not because the weather has finally turned nice. Not
because it’s payday tomorrow (although that in itself a very exciting
thought). No the reason I’m excited is because I’ve bought myself a new
digital camera.

I used to have an Olympus mju (or however you spell it) but for some reason
the sliding front stopped working about a year ago. I could have got it fixed
but to be honest that was more fuss than it was worth and if it was still
operational today it would have been about 4 years old.

The camera I have bought is this one. A Canon IXUS wireless. 5 mega pixels so
quite an improvement on the last 3.2 MP beauty that the Olympus was. But
wireless as well. Apparently I can wirelessly print to any Pictbridge printer
or simply copy the photos to my (wireless) laptop.

The best thing of all though is the price. £100 including delivery. I’m pretty
sure it’s a typo as Amazon charges about £250 – 300 for the same one, although
you can get a used one from Amazon marketplace for about £130.

So that’s why I’m excited. Unfortunately it won’t arrive for another week, so
I won’t have it for Carol and Mike’s wedding on Saturday but I’ll try to
borrow Emma’s for that day and post some up after that.

[Update – Woo it’s left the warehouse. Might actually arrive here tomorrow
then!