Friday, March 30, 2007

My Favorite Podcast

Check out my favorite podcast, Fear the Boot, a great show for hobby gamers (roleplayers) and non-gamers alike. These guys put together a great, professional quality show about an hour in length. Give 'em some listener support.

My Review (of A Perfect Thing)

So I just finished "The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness" by Steven Levy and maybe my favorite thing about the book is how it made me fall in love with my iPod all over again. Written as a series of essays regarding different aspects of how the iPod changed the Apple company, has affected culture and personalities, and created a new iPod economy, the book "shuffles" the chapters around from copy to copy, making sure each book is as unique as a shuffled playlist. The downside to this format is that the chapters can stand alone as essays and therefore have a certain amount of redundancy from chapter to chapter and there is also little sense of continuity.

I enjoyed the book because the author has an obvious love of technology and his iPod in particular; this is someone who knows iPods (and the Apple company) writing out of love. You'll find lots of great interview with Steve Jobs and others from within Apple. In reading, I learned so much about the iPod development process, the philosophy of the Apple company, and the history of digital music players. Overall, the book is insightful for those interested in the tech industry and written in such a way that it's accessible to everyone.