Prior to leaving on my cross-country road trip I loaded up on new podcasts to listen to. Here are two new retro-related podcasts that I added and greatly enjoyed listening to.
On the 2600 Game by Game Podcast, Robert “Ferg” Ferguson is attempting to go through each Atari 2600 game (by catalog part number!). Ferg is a long-time fan and collector of Atari 2600 games, and has some great stories to go along with each one. One cool thing about Ferg’s podcast is that he tells you what next week’s game will be and encourages you to write in and share your stories about the game as well.
Next up is TheLogBook.com’s Escape Pod, by Earl Green.
Earl’s website TheLogBook.com has long been a repository of all things both geeky and scientific, but his latest foray into the world of podcasting has a unique twist — each episode is five minutes or less in length. These are great to listen to on the way to work, right before bed, or while taking a sh…ort break. If you enjoy trivia facts about science fiction and science fact, check out Earl’s Escape Pod.
I have gotten a few emails and IMs from people asking why I have not put out a new podcast this holiday season. I planned on a few episodes this month, I even recorded the audio for one early in the month. Sadly an event transpired that has consumed my time and has dulled my ability to do the show.
My Mother, who was a very early fan of the site and even occasional commenter passed away this month. I am perhaps a little biased, but I think everyone who knew here would agree she was a remarkable woman. Opinionated, yet quiet and strong, she was a role model whose influence will continue to inform my decisions and direction for the rest of my life.
She instilled in me an appreciation for the past and for the small things in life that have served me well, as I worked on the site and podcast. So in a very important way, she was a key member of this website.
I was not sure I was going to mention her passing here on the site, but I think I needed to explain what has been going on with the lack of shows. Plus when I went on her computer this morning and opened up her browser I noticed that her homepage was The Retroist and the first link in her bookmarks was for the podcast archive. So maybe she would appreciate a mention on what looked to be her favorite website.
I am not sure how long it will take me to record a new show. The story at the beginning is largely informed by her and it is difficult to frame experience through this veil of grief.
Yet, even as I typed that I can hear her voice in my head. It is in a calm New Jersey accent, telling me to look on the bright side of things and that life is just too short to dwell on the bad stuff for too long. It is the type of steady motherly advice that she was always able to muster even in the darkest of times.
So, I might need a little time, but the show will be back and the site will continue to grow. That is exactly what she would want.
I was still getting a few straggler emails for the Cassette Tape Episode of the Retroist Podcast contest, so I extended it a little longer. Last week I picked a winner and sent the tape out to two listeners named Jim and Allison. I had so many great stories from people about why they should win, but a few were real standouts, so I put the best ones in a hat and pulled them at random. I do not want to get into the details of people’s personal stories (those are theirs to tell), but I can say that Jim and Allison used the Retroist Podcast on her iPod when Allison was in labor. A move I have a hard time understanding, but a very humbling honor to be sure.
I wish I had recorded more of these and maybe will again someday. In the meantime thanks for all your entries and stories and congratulations to Jim, Allison and Lilly.
After I publish a podcast, I move on and have never listened to one of my own casts. Now I know why :P
The Zerbinator of Zerbincast fame, who is a regular listener to the podcast, went through and listened to the first 60 episodes of the show and put together an audio reel of “highlights” from the show. So now you can listen to just the essence of my awkwardness!
A big thanks to the Zerbinator, I really appreciate the pain he must have endured putting this together.