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Things hitting my ears this week include:

  • Digital Flotsam, which has immediately gone to the top of my Podcast list. As with nearly all Podcasts, the shows can be downloaded in the normal way too, a Podcast client like iPodder just automates the process of getting the latest.
  • NWA’s Straight Outta Compton album, edited by ni9e to include only the swearwords, a total of three minutes of un-bowdlerized ear-cleansing opprobrium. The most incredible part of this compilation has to be the fact that only eight of thirteen tracks have been subjected to the ECO (Explicit Content Only) treatment – the remaining five tracks presumably not carryin; no cussin’!
  • American Copywriter: a regular Podcast in which two advertising executives dissect trends in marketing and media, often flying off on hilarious tangents for no apparent reason. Great in a “hey, I’m not crazy” sense, since the excesses wrought by their Industry gets them just as worked up as those of us on the receiving end.
  • a 1:1 mixture of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 6% hydrogen peroxide: my home-brewed version of some commercial ear drops I used a few years ago. I looked at the ingredients, asked “I paid £6 for this?”, and did my own the next time. Works better than the original, with the peroxide reacting with the wax, heating and foaming the oil, pushing it into every corner. Painless as long as you don’t have any cuts or scrapes inside your ear, I suspect – and why would you, unless you had been trying to tighten the screws holding your tiny brain in place?

Written by brian t

April 21, 2005 at 10:37 am

Posted in music, podcasting

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