I think at a certain point you start to recognize that more tech isn't helping as much as it was (diminishing returns perhaps) and that a more holistic approach to improving is necessary.
1. Meditation comes up in a lot of the podcasts as a performance practice (as opposed to spiritual practice). It's good to hear that reinforced by a lot of successful people.
2. I use a technique from the Josh Waitzkin episode about priming your brain with hard problems to work on while you sleep. You finish your work day with your most intractable problem. That primes your subconscious to think about it overnight (assuming your evening isn't very taxing). Then I journal in the morning to see if I've had any insights. I often find the intractable part was emotional and whatever happens in my brain while I sleep helps me figure that part out.
3. I like the Pavel episode (the Russian strength coach) for reminding me that a lot of strength training is neurological and that not every workout needs to be done to exhaustion. His Russian athletes had a thing they called Grease the Groove, which was essentially to do lots of short sets spread throughout the day. That basically saved my strength work because weights are the part I'm most likely to skip at the gym for time.
4. There's a segment in the Tony Robbins episode where he denies being a motivational speaker. Essentially he thinks he's a strategist that also happens to care about sequencing and packaging his strategy advice in a way that people can hear it. I think that concept comes up all the time at work: it's not enough to be right, people also need to hear you.
At some point, I feel like I have to focus on the whole package and being a rounded human instead of knowing all the new hotness. Thats what I really feel Tims podcast fosusses on; doing less with more and optimising life with whatever advantage is at hand.
* http://blog.codinghorror.com/ (Jeff Atwood)
* http://www.catonmat.net/ (Pete Krumins)
* http://blog.fogus.me/ (Mike Fogus)
* http://research.swtch.com/ (Russ Cox)
* http://effbot.org/ (Fred Lundh)
* http://adam.herokuapp.com/ (Adam Wiggins)
Podcasts in no particular order:
* http://www.dotnetrocks.com/ (NET Rocks)
* http://herdingcode.com/ (NET focused podcast with Scott Allen, Kevin Dente, Scoot Koon and Jon Galloway)
* http://www.coreint.org/ (A podcast about indie software development)
* http://www.talkpythontome.com/ (Python podcast)
* http://www.binpress.com/blog/category/podcast/ (Binpress podcast about digital products)
Magazines in no particular order:
* http://www.hackernewsletter.com/ (HN in PDF)
* http://www.codemag.com/magazine (Tech/coding news)
* http://www.drdobbs.com/ (Dr. Dobbs)
and many more.
Too bad; I grew up reading Dr. Dobbs, in late 80's, and have so many fond memories. I had to travel 1h by bus to a nearby city every month to (try to) buy it. Only two newsstands in the entire state used to carry it. This was south of Brazil, so an international subscription was completely out of reach for my teenager penny-pinching standards
Episodes are usually small bites (~20-30 mins) of discussion/interviews on one of the upcoming technologies/trends by a couple of Andreessen Horowitz partners and an invited guest. Content is usually pretty insightful and they are really good at doing a thorough analysis of the current status of the tech industry.
http://www.economist.com/ - my second best feed (after HN)
http://www.datatau.com/ - HN for data science
https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/ - Mathematics, Theoretical Physics
https://terrytao.wordpress.com/ - Mathematics
http://slatestarcodex.com/ - Less Wrong-kind stuff (the guy writes frequent and well, but somehow too verbosely)
http://visualizing.org/ - data visualizations
A bit of G+ (mainly, if not only, for a few guys in mathematics and physics).
edit - I also follow asp.net\community, techcrunch, robert scoble's updates, the hacker news, fb engineering, scott hanselman, guy kawasaki and few more tech resources via my fb news feed. I also watch few videos from time to time at youtube.com. MSDN blogs, Channel 9, mvc conf, dotnet conf are also in my reference list.
My problem here -
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Features coming soon - great search capabilities by tags, date or content. Calendar to locate stored articles or schedule reading for yourself or with your friends. Article recommendations.
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* Talking Machines (http://www.thetalkingmachines.com/), which is a relatively 'heavy' podcast about machine learning, great for when I've managed to make coffee before getting on the Bart.
* Partially Derivative (http://www.partiallyderivative.com/), the podcast about data science and beer. Perfect for the days when I haven't managed to make coffee before getting on the Bart.
I'd love to find another show that has a similar scope but focuses on another language or area of technology, since it would both keep my interest while giving me familiarity with a whole other area of programming. I haven't found one yet, but maybe skimming through the lists posted here will reveal one.
Most stuff I find is too serious and I rather hear podcasts to entertain myself instead of trying to learn more stuff while driving.
Uhhhh, what? The only remotely political topic they touch on is women in technology. Casey Liss went to bloody Virginia Tech, hardly Reed College level progressivism.
Casey is a fine straight man.
I guess that's how everyone felt when the original iPhone 'invaded' former Mac-only blogs...
2)BraveNewGeek - http://bravenewgeek.com
3)Antirez(redis) - http://antirez.com/latest/0
4)Aphyr - https://aphyr.com
5)GitHub's Engineering Blog - both old and new
6)Facebook Engineering https://code.facebook.com/posts/
7)Twitter Engineering https://blog.twitter.com/engineering
8)Code as Craft - Etsy's Engineering Blog https://codeascraft.com
and loads more... will update tomorrow.
* http://show.terrifyingrobotdog.com - new and near-future tech and its impact
* http://www.unfinished.bz - web design, business, funny stuff
* https://boagworld.com/show - web development and business
* http://www.relay.fm/rocket - general tech
* http://spong.com/podcasts/tsf/ - videogame development
Sites and blogs:
* http://culture.vg/ - videogame criticism
* http://acko.net/ - advanced JS
* http://scripting.com/ - web, news,
* https://www.baldurbjarnason.com/ web, writing
Here are some of my favourites that I haven't seen mentioned (so maybe lesser known).
Codepen Radio http://blog.codepen.io/radio/
Software Engineering Radio is in my podcast software but I don't find myself listening to it much.
I have a variety of others more oriented to productivity and freelancing, but they're less technical. I do highly recommend the Home Work podcast by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo - one of the few I have set to auto download.
Each episode we take a paper or topic from the research world and discuss how it applies to us as practicing software engineers.
Somewhat inspired by Adrian Colyer's Morning Paper (http://blog.acolyer.org/).
I'm also a big fan of:
* http://www.se-radio.net/ - hour-long interviews with solid guests
* http://giantrobots.fm/ - pretty wide array of topics (tech, design, business) covered by a Boston-based rails dev shop
* http://nodeup.com/ - Only NodeJS, well-produced, infrequent
Edit - The irony of typing "I need my brain now" while I'm hanging out on Hacker News (and getting nothing done) is not lost on me...:)
1. Linux Action Show (http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/tag/linux-action-show/)
2. Bad Voltage (http://badvoltage.org/)
3. TechSNAP (http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/techsnap/)
4. BSD Now (http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/bsdnow/)
Other than that, my main source of information is youtube videos coverted to mp3 using `youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format=mp3`. Possibly your podcast player can treat regular mp3s as podcast episodes (the wonderful PocketCasts on Android supports this: http://www.shiftyjelly.com/support/pocketcasts#115)
I agree that sometimes the interviewers (or the recording quality itself) can be a little weak and difficult to understand, especially on older episodes. That seems to be pretty common among podcasts, actually. I dislike and/or disagree with the host, and the production quality sucks, but they get such outstanding guests that it doesn't matter. I used to listen to a lot of podcasts on homebrewing beer, and that was definitely the case in that world.
The on-the-fly pseudo-pitch that Chris Sacca did in the 1st episode is a gem.
- Adrian Kennard's (revk - CEO of Andrews & Arnolds UK ISP) blog: http://www.revk.uk/
- GOV.uk's digital services blog [UX, Design, Govt]: https://gds.blog.gov.uk/
- Canonical design blog [UX & Design]: http://design.canonical.com/
- CGPGrey, excellent youtuber and podcaster [misc. history/politics/sciences]: http://www.cgpgrey.com/
- Martin Graesslin's blog on KWin/KDE [programming]: http://blog.martin-graesslin.com/blog/
- Alexander Brazie's (Blizzard/WoW, League of Legends) blog [game design]: http://xelnath.com/
- Eric McClure's random ramblings [programming, misc personal] - http://blackhole12.blogspot.com/
- EFF Deeplinks [tech politics/activism] - https://www.eff.org/rss/updates.xml
Also on gaming opinions, history and news: Totalbiscuit (soundcloud + youtube) and SuperBunnyhop (interesting pieces on game design incl. https://www.youtube.com/user/bunnyhopshow/videos)
General interest, science, philosophy, design and architecture:
* Radiolab: http://radiolab.org
* 99 Percent Invisible: http://99percentinvisible.org
* Sparkgap, focused on a specific technical topic each episode, sometimes with guests. http://thesparkgap.net
* Embedded.fm, focusued on technical and non-technical topics surrounding embedded systems software development but also often links with art and education, often with guests. http://embedded.fm
* AmpHour: Dave Jones and Chris Gammel ranting about whatever they feel like fairly often with guests. http://theamphour.com
I also really like Hello Internet , which is done by a couple of guys who make YouTube videos for a living. Usually not super tech-oriented, but they almost always have interesting discussions. It's a fun podcast.
3. Website: Subreddit Programming for my general interest in programming
4. Magazine: Harvard Business Review for understanding business needs. Reading business case studies help to align my tech skills with business needs. I find this combination particularly essential.
5. Magazine: MIT Technology Review for tech related research
6. Podcast: Nodeup for my nodejs interest
7. Website: Producthunt for uncovering products that I dont know.
Lastly something which you didn't ask. But I want to share is books and video tutorials. Books and videos recommendation is a whole new topic.
Thanks. It looks very interesting.
I would follow EEVblog if it were a proper text blog, but I don't have time for video or audio blogs.
I also follow some tech blogs in Spanish: Microsiervos, Fayerwayer, Manzana Mecanica, Hipertextual, Genciencia.
It really goes into detail, background and most importantly asks the questions that I, as a geek, would want to know.
Devopsweekly http://www.devopsweekly.com/ is a good summary of major goings on.
He doesn't post often, but when he does, the articles are almost always good.
although the list have grown since then, if you are interested I can update it.
Then there is the security now podcast by Steve Gibson (and leisure Laporte).
Finally, I've found the Radiolab and Startalk podcasts to always keep me entertained and feeling smarter.
As for blogs I follow closely Paul Graham's, Sam Altman's, Ben Horowitz's and Alex Torrenegra's.
I don't follow or listen to any podcasts at all.
I also read LWN extensively; subscription highly recommended if you work anywhere in FOSS, especially if you work near the kernel.
I'm a host, but I figured it's okay to post since I spend more time working on this podcast than I collectively do listening to others.
I listen to most of the podcasts from http://www.radiotopia.fm/
None of them are directly tech related, but most of them have insights that are applicable to projects from a human perspective (eg discovering things about how people react to stuff).
They start off their podcasts with a review of some sort of alcoholic beverage, then progress through discussions about data science. I find the combination works, I suspect the alcohol helps them express themselves and often it gets pretty hilarious - but I don't think I've listened to an episode that hasn't informed me or gave me some sort of insight into data science yet.
Hat tip to the podcast - they're pretty awesome.
Watch a preview here: http://ratemyapp.com/video/6K_HgG_Xmf8/Walkthrough-Two-new-a...
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But I do subscribe to a few key developer's blogs.
It really depends on what you work on though.
The Jeff and Casey Show is a weekly podcast by software developers Jeff Roberts
and Casey Muratori that is, for lack of a better description, almost completely
random. Often both meticulous and erroneous, somehow both offensive and
compassionate, and always unorthodox, the one thing you can say for certain about
The Jeff and Casey show is that there’s nothing else quite like it.
I tried subscribing to blogs and newsletter and I never read them - I just end up with another inbox that I can't empty.
Also http://www.hackernewsletter.com/ is awesome - I get a weekly email with the "best of HN" in case I missed them...
Also, the "Weekend Reading" Mailing List (https://tinyletter.com/assaf)
Interesting bits, lots of funny stuff, ideal for, well, weekend reading.
EDIT: If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
-you must listen to Android Devs Backstage : http://androidbackstage.blogspot.fr/ It is animated by key members of the Android team at Google, so they offer really good insights on the platform and its internals. Even if you are a senior android engineer, you are going to learn new things. Sadly, that's the only android podcast I can really recommend (if you know any good alternatives, feel free to let me know).
- many engineering blogs : etsy, instagram, square, facebook, ..
-it is a good idea to follow googlers and experienced devs on G+.
-for consumer oriented blogs : http://www.computerworld.com/blog/android-power JR Raphael makes awesome reviews where he spent weeks with a device in order to really know it.
That's not a podcast or blog, but it is a website and it is extremely good for keeping up to date on software security news.
A variety of FLOSS projects, usually entertaining and quite often I learn about projects I've never heard of before.
Randal Schwartz et al. are pretty good at extracting interesting information.
He had stopped writing but, the contents there never fail to leave me with an enhanced perspective of things even today.
Sometimes economics at http://zerohedge.com
entrepreneurs interviews http://mixergy.com
light financials - http://www.npr.org/sections/money/
personal development - http://theartofcharm.com/
Some basic common sense stuff, but as a tech person its good to be reminded.
* Tim Ferriss Show
* Seth Godin's Startup School (limited series)
* TED Radio Hour
* BBC World Service - Elements
(in fact, there are a bunch of stuff by BBC and NPR you can't go wrong with)
Varieties, science, design.
* This American Life. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/
* Radiolab. http://www.radiolab.org/series/podcasts/
* Planet Money. http://www.npr.org/planetmoney
* Stuff You Should Know. http://www.howstuffworks.com/
* The Infinite Monkey Cage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00snr0w
* The Weekly Briefly (Shawn Blanc). http://feedpress.me/weeklybriefly
* Actuality (from Quartz). http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/actuality-marketplac...
* Anticast (for Portuguese speakers out there - the best Brazilian podcast I know). http://www.brainstorm9.com.br/anticast/
* 99% Invisible. http://99percentinvisible.prx.org/
Technology, programming, Apple, etc.
* Debug. http://www.imore.com/debug/
* Mac Power Users. http://www.relay.fm/mpu
* Accidental Tech Podcast. http://atp.fm/
* Overtired. http://www.esn.fm/overtired/
* The Vergecast. http://www.theverge.com/verge/verge_archives/show?mode=Entry...
* What's Tech (also from The Verge, fun show). http://www.theverge.com/whatstech
* Pragmatic. http://techdistortion.com/podcasts/pragmatic
* Iterate. http://www.imore.com/iterate
* The Changelog. http://5by5.tv/changelog
* Build Podcast (each post is actually a screencast about some technology). http://build-podcast.com/
* The Talk Show With John Gruber. http://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow
* Inquisitive. http://www.relay.fm/inquisitive
* MacCast. http://www.maccast.com/
* Exponent (from Ben Thompson). http://exponent.fm/
Music and recording:
* Lauren Laverne (music and interviews from BBC Radio 6). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrv0l
* The Talkhouse Music. http://thetalkhouse.com/music
* Home Studio Corner. http://www.homestudiocorner.com/
* Simply Recording Podcast. http://simplyrecordingpodcast.com/
Blogs and news sites:
* The Verge. http://www.theverge.com/
* Web Designer News. http://www.webdesignernews.com/
* Stratechery. https://stratechery.com
* Matt Gemmel (one of my favorite writers on the web). http://mattgemmell.com/
* BrettTerpstra.com. http://brettterpstra.com/
* Coding Horror. http://blog.codinghorror.com
* Daring Fireball. http://daringfireball.net
* Guy English. http://kickingbear.com/blog/
* Ignore the code. http://ignorethecode.net/blog/
* Patrick Rhone. http://patrickrhone.com/
* Shawn Blanc. http://shawnblanc.net/
* The Brooks Review. https://brooksreview.net/
* Tools & Toys. http://toolsandtoys.net/
* George Monbiot (my favorite writer on politics & the environment). http://www.monbiot.com/
(I had to post again to get line breaks. Sorry, this is my first time commenting on HN).
Here is the list:
* Beats, Rye & Types (http://beatsryetypes.com/) -- An entertaining podcast about music, food, and programming. I love listening to Michael Bernstein and Aaron Quint, especially when they're talking about Computology and Hip-Hop. A rather interesting mix. Also noteworthy: the only show in the list without a sponsor.
* Home Work (http://5by5.tv/homework) -- A weekly podcast for people who work from home. I'm currently able to telecommute once a week (which is great, by the way). But even if you're not in the position to work from home, this podcast offers many useful tips on productivity, work spaces, tools, and more.
* The Writer Files (http://rainmaker.fm/series/writer/) -- An in-depth look at the "habits, habitats, and brains of a wide spectrum of renowned writers to learn their secrets of productivity and creativity". I care a lot about writing. It's no surprise that I'm interested in the work habits of people who write for a living.
* The Binpress Podcast (http://www.binpress.com/blog/category/podcast/) -- A series of interviews with creators and founders on how they built a business around their digital products. I've always been fascinated by the idea of monetizing (open source) software and creating a sustainable alternative to working for someone else.
* The Changelog (https://changelog.com/podcast/) -- A podcast dedicated to "the intersection of software development and open source" covering a wide variety of topics. I tend to skip most of the episodes on web development, but I listen carefully to anything about Go, Rust, CoreOS, etc. Bonus: The Changelog Weekly newsletter is excellent too.
* Invisible Office Hours (http://invisibleofficehours.com/) -- Hosted by the smart and funny Jason Zook and Paul Jarvis, this podcast includes topics like side projects, launching products, and writing books. I've read all books by Jason and Paul. I also enjoy their weekly newsletters. As I'm writing this, I'm already excited about the third season of their show.
It touches everything and keeps me up to date on important security vulnerabilities. (Otherwise I would probably disappear in my coding cavern for months and not know what is happening on the surface...)
They tend to have some really good guests.
A good honest news segment highlighting the things you should know, plus a generally good feature, and a sprinkling of humour across it all.
I get occasional reminder spam of my email address used for k5 having been harvested at some point, but looking at those diaries doesn't fill me with a desire to return there.
Maybe to HuSi at some point.
Unfortunately, five dollars is far beyond the means of much of the earth's population.