It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.

Adios, Walking the Room

In Comedy on October 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

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My favorite podcast, Walking the Room, has ended. I had a few feelings and ideas I wanted to register.

When I say Walking the Room is my favorite podcast I mean my next favorites don’t even chart – and they are great podcasts. As a professional journalist (not an entertainment journalist) I wrote about Greg Behrendt twice, the podcast once, and Dave Anthony once.

When I was younger, I was not a Comedy Fan. What did I need comedy for when all of my friends were funnier than any club meatheads or altcomedy prima donnas the market offered me? It was similar with music. I didn’t need to go see rock shows when I could see The Jazz Greats grabbing their crotches in Antigone’s basement or Ian playing cante jondo in the gravel lot on the alley opposite Max’s.

Numbers: my weekly news column in verse

In Anonymous, Journalism, Poetry on October 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

200176792-001My weekly column on news in verse, “Numbers,” has debuted in The Cryptosphere.

Each week I’ll be reviewing a trend or event in the news. In metrical verse.

Although the approach is exceedingly unusual these days — in fact, I believe Numbers is the only weekly poetic treatment of news currently being published (if you know of any others, please let me know) — but the practice of journalism-in-verse can be traced back to at least mid-17th century France.

I have actually written this type of news-based occasional verse a few times beforeprimarily for ReadWrite. But this is the first time I’ll have a long-term opportunity to see what the format can do over time, for both news and poetry.

Mobility as a Service

In Automobiles on August 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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In the future, cars will be less product and more process

This year has seen an upsurge in mobile connectivity, but not just in handsets and laptops. It’s cars too that are getting plugged in.

Joining Ford’s grandfatherly SYNC system (which first debuted in its original iteration way back in, oh, aught-seven I reckon), and Tesla, which offers free 3G on its Model S series cars, are Audi and Buick.

Audi’s A3 model will feature 4G connectivity beginning this summer, bumped up from 3G+, which was offered in their Audi 47 model under the brand “Audi Connect,” still offered throughout the Audi catalogue.

“Several years ago, Audi viewed that the future of connected cars hinged on the ability to deliver a broadband pipeline into the car’s infotainment systems so that massive amounts of data could be delivered to equip motorists with the best information on navigation routes and destinations,” Audi America’s corporate communications manager, Brad Stertz said.

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