Tuesday, January 16, 2018

More Podcastery

Last year I wrote about all the podcasts I listen to. Here are the changes I made for this year.  There's still too many and I need to trim some more but right now, this is where I am. 

1A NPR current events (Male Host)
The Broadway Cast - Playbill show talking about Broadway. (Male Host, rotating guests)
Everybody's Got Something - ABC's Robin Roberts interviews folks about their something (often struggle/survival). (Female host)
I Hate It But I Love It - Guilty pleasure pop culture (Female hosts)
The Kojo Nnamdi Show - Current events in DC and beyond (Male host)
Literaticast - Discussion of Kidlit publishing (Female host, rotating guests)
Making the Sausage - A deep look behind the scenes on TV shows (Male host, rotating guests) - on hiatus
Offshore - Stories from Hawaii Public Radio about the non-touristy bits of Hawaii (Female Host)
The Table Live - topics through a faith lens.  (Two Female Hosts, both of Christian persuasion, one of whom is known to me in real life.)
30 for 30 Podcasts - Sports documentaries (Male host, rotating guests)
Ear Hustle - Life in Prison (Female host, male experts)
Sweet and Sour - This Asian American Life (Two Female hosts)
Traitor Radio - Their tagline is, "A resistance podcast for short attention spans" (Female host, rotating guest) - now on hiatus
Up First - Short NPR recap of the morning's news 

Short run Shows
S-Town - (Male host)
36 Questions (Male and Female main characters) Fictional musical podcast. 

Update - Love And Radio - it was probably always true, but it became more clear to me this season that sometimes, in their attempts to make sure folks are heard in their own words, problematic statements are allowed to stand.  It's still a fascinating look at different folks, but something to keep in mind. 

Sampled - All of these I liked they just didn't survive the cut when my podcastery got out of control
Delete UR Account - Current Events (Male and Female hosts)
Jules and James - Fictional chance meeting story.  (Male and female main characters)
Reply All - Unusual stories from around the internet (Male hosts)
99% Invisible - design is everywhere in our lives (male host, rotating guests)
Reality Bytes - Dating in the Digital Age (Female hosts)
Smart Podcast Trashy Books - Discussions about romance books (Female host, rotating guests)
With Friends Like These - Hot topics of a liberal bent (Female host, rotating guests)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Three Interesting Things

1.  I had heard about the media men list from a friend in media. The original author speaks wonderfully about why such a list came to be, and how there was more outrage over the need for such a list than the reason for such a thing. 
2. I am all for DC having all the choices for biking and shared biking.  This post did a great job looking at how dockless bikes close a number of gaps
3. Teenagers discovered a substitute teacher was a white supremacist. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

2017 Reading Tally

Total Number: 153*.  There's an additional 32 if we count all of the novella shorts and anthologies, I counted by covers, so 11 are a novella or anthology.   In other years tallies have been higher and lower

I read 114 different authors**. 57 of those were new to me. Megan Erickson, alone and paired with Santino Hassell, was the author I read the most with 5.  Next highest was Sherry Thomas with 4. 
I continue to track book diversity by characters, since there is not reliable data on authors but I can try to pay attention when I read. I had 82 this year, and some of them were even intersectional, as in characters of color who were also bisexual, and/or neuro-diverse, and/or having a mental illness.
82 were part of a series***. 
The oldest book was from 1999. Next oldest was from 2006. 55 were from 2016. One had been lingering in the TBR since 2008.  December was the banner reading month with 17. Romance was the highest read category with 76. YA was next highest with 42. 
I read 12 paper books and 14 audio, everything else was ebook. 
And some faves from the 2017 haul are:
The Rogue Desire anthology did that near impossible thing, where I liked everything in the anthology.  (I am still working my way through the next, but they are continuing on.)
Lorelie Brown's Take Me Home was a fun romance that started with a silly challenge, I can be your shocking Thanksgiving date if you promise there is pie.
Kate Elliott's Court of Fives started slow for me (I am really impatient you guys) so I switched to listening to it in audio and then bang, got to places I couldn't wait, and finished it back up in print.  
Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell's Cyberlove series was a lot of fun, and we're now getting to a point where internet fame in books is a thing.
Tiffany Jackson's Allegedly looked at a girl who'd spent years in the juvenile justice system.  It features what some might call an unreliable narrator, to me it read as someone who'd been living with so many told to them versions of what happened, including the ones they told themself, that it took some untangling.
Paul Kreuger's Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge was monsters and cocktails.
Tracey Livesay wrote me amnesia and you can read it too.  Love on My Mind is a brother's fiancee which is typically a hard no for me, but it worked for me. Fiancee gets injured leaving future bro-in-law's restaurant, he escorts her to the hospital and fudges the relationship because his brother is out of the country.  Brother basically says awesome, can't get back, keep looking after her. And she has lost just enough time when she comes to to not remember the original fiance and some other life changes she made.
Julie Ann Long's Hot in Hellcat Canyon was a fun story of two people both with relationship experience, approaching how that worked for them.
Courtney Milan et al's Hamilton's Battalion was a delightful trifecta of stories from or just after the revolution.
Renee Watson's This Side of Home was a fun novel, that also looked at gentrification from the point of view of two twins. 
Nic Stone's Dear Martin I listened to on audio, so hadn't realized until I heard an interview that some of the scenes are intentionally light on setting. It captured the teenage years as you start to figure out the really big scope of unfairness in the world and grapple with how to address that.

*I counted re-reads if I re-read the whole thing a didn't just skip to my favorite parts. 
**I counted authors, not pen names, where possible.  I counted anthologies as one author, because it was just too unwieldy otherwise. 
***Series is based on the book being part of a series, whether or not I read any others. 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Three Interesting Things

1.This post about thinking differently about confrontation, had some interesting points. 
2. This article about surfing looks at how, on one beach at least, the gender barrier is cracking
3. This Do You Need to be an Activist to be a UU column obviously contains religion, but I think it's useful to look at the many ways people can work towards changing the world.  Protesting is a visible one, but it's just one. 

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Go Knit

It is likely a surprise to no one here that I knit.  I credit knitting with the prevention of homicide.  But a piece we are not going to provide traffic to suggest a well known female person of a certain age take up knitting.  As a friend of mine point out on Twitter, this disparages both her and knitting. 
Knitting is a great hobby.  I know people who have even turned it into a bit of a living.  But I have thoughts. 
So let's talk about why knitting is great.  And people who say go knit suck. 
1. Knitting is relaxing.  Except of course when it is not, like when the pattern or the yarn have done or not done something or there's a knot, but basically, overall, knitting is relaxing.  There are studies that like other repetitive motions, can get people to a state similar to what meditation achieves which is good for you.
2. Hobbies are good for you.  Doing a thing that exists entirely on your own schedule and your own whims is kind of amazing.  It's not how most people's paid work operates. It's why writers and other crafters who turn their work into paid stuff often find they crave a new hobby.
3. Making things is fun.  Knitting is not the only path to making things but it is a fun one.
4. Learning new things is good for you.  Learning is a good thing to keep doing.  Picking up new hobbies is one way to get there.
5. Knitting is generally considered to be coded female and/or gay.  Obviously a love of yarn has nothing to do with who you do or do not love in the rest of your life, but the reality is I have never seen anyone say, ugh, just take up knitting or something to a straight male of any age.  I also have a friend who started hauling to the yarn store across town because the yarn store near him told him he must be there to pick up girls and not knit. 
6. Context is important here. We also know that go take up knitting is code for go be quiet in the corner.  Stop being a person I have to  consider relevant.  And this is unfair to both the people (who are pretty much always women) it is directed at and to knitting. If you want someone to stop talking say that.  No need to involve knitting.  And if stop talking seems meaner or you know you will get crap for that, go knit is not the substitute that changes that.
7. Do things that make you happy.  Stop telling other people what they should be doing if what they are doing isn't harming anyone.