One of the things developers do well is obsess about how to be better developers. The proof is with how much content one can get on the topic: Blogs, link blogs, screencasts, podcasts, presentations, code samples, open source projects, and books (Oh, so many books I've bought and will never read completely.) Even if technology stopped advancing, there is more content out there than any one person could ever consume.
Recently I was talking about this with my friend Calvin. I told him about some of the podcasts I've started listening to and I'm so glad that I did. He gave me a few more and now I've got a enough non technical content to fill 4-5 hours of commute time weekly. Goodbye tech podcasts, I'm using those hours to ponder on new things:
- This American Life - Stories of and about real people.
- Radiolab - A show about curiosity.
- TED Radio Hour - TED talks reformatted for radio.
- The Moth - Pure storytelling.
The past few weeks of commuting have been pure awesome because of the above shows. I spend most of my awake time thinking about software and I was just burnt out on listening to people talk about it. After a while, it started to feel like every episode is just a repeat of the same things from a few years back. It's refreshing to hear stories about things I've never thought about. There is more to life than writing code.
Do you listen to any podcasts that stand out? I'd love to hear about them.
Bonus: Calvin insisted I listen to the This American Life episode "The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar" from 2008 and it did not disappoint.