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Podcast review: A great way to listen to podcasts on Android

Years ago, I used to listen to a lot of podcasts. I would mostly listen to them at work, and I used iTunes.

One of the apps on the “do not install” list at my current job is iTunes, and I’ve struggled to find a podcast app that I really liked — especially one that worked well on Android.

About six months ago, I saw someone mention a podcast app called Pocket Casts. They mentioned it wasn’t free, but it was totally worth paying the $3.99.

There were a handful of podcasts that I had started listening to again (Serial, some of the stuff from Gimlet Media, and a few others), so I decided it was worth it to at least try.

I’m super happy I tried it out. I love this app. Searching for podcasts you know about is super easy, and it also has a great “discovery engine” to find podcasts that you might be interested in watching.

The app makes queuing up a playlist super smooth, which makes it super easy to set up an hour or two of episodes.

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Review: A Chef’s Life

Chefs-Life_815x567I love documentaries.

 

And, I love shows about food.

Due to awesome computer algorithms “A Chef’s Life” popped up as a show I might like, and I loved it.

The show airs on PBS stations around the country and the first two seasons are available on the PBS app for you to watch. I think they are currently filming Season 3, and I can’t wait for the new episodes.

The description from the show’s page describes it this way: “A Chef’s Life is a half-hour character-driven documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, left the big city to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina.”

One of the things I love best about the show is that a majority of it doesn’t take place in the restaurant. Vivian Howard is all about the whole “farm to table” cuisine and the show actually focuses on what that means.

The show talks about food — especially southern food — in ways I hadn’t seen before. Whether it’s biscuits, turnip greens or Tom Thumb, it’s very cool to see.

Being a Trekkie – My problem with Deep Space 9

Back in the early 90s, I officially became a trekkie. I was obsessed with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I had missed the original episodes, but my friend Justin and I would meet almost every night when a local TV station would run reruns of the show at 11 pm. It was daily ritual during my junior year in college, and it was something I rarely missed.

Given how much I liked The Next Generation, watching Deep Space 9 should have been a no-brainer. However, I could never get in to the show. Over the years, I’ve tried watching episodes of the series and they’ve never held my interest.

Deep Space 9 is now available via Netflix Streaming, and I thought I would try to check them out again. I’m about 10 episodes in, and I’m not sure I will be watching much more of them. My biggest issue is the acting of Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisto. I know that Avery Brooks is a well-respected actor, but I just don’t believe him especially when he is angry.

There is one scene early on in the first season that he goes to smack the wall and I actually laughed out load about how ridiculous it was.

There are pieces of the Star Trek timeline that I’ve missed by not watching Deep Space 9 (the continuation of the Worf story, for example), but I’m just not sure I can sit through 7 seasons of Avery Brooks for that reward.