First of all: mark it. Today's the day where I've been drinking diet Pepsi for long enough that it's starting to taste like real Pepsi. And it feels good to be killing my brain with aspartame instead of rotting my teeth with sugar. The only thing is, that little warning at the end of the ingredients ("PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE") kind of freaks me out. Because I'm sure the day will come when I'm seeing my doctor and he just casually says something like "Oh, by the way, you haven't been consuming any phenylalanine lately, have you? You better not; you're a phenylketonuric. That stuff will totally make you break out in hives and give you Joe Eszterhas' writing career." And I'm like, "But he didn't do so bad... I mean, he's rich and he got a novel published after people stopped buying his scripts, right?" And the doctor says, "No, not the good parts with the hookers and coke and three-million dollar specs; just the bad parts with the paranoia and withdrawal and death threats from Michael Ovitz." So on account of all that, I'm trying to keep it down to about two or three diet Pepsis per week.
Anyway, on to the point, which is that Podcasting rocks. It's like Tivo for the iPod, sort of. The idea of it is that people do radio shows (mostly talk shows or entertainment shows, occasionally music shows), which they record as MP3s. You use a program called iPodder (created by former Dial MTV host Adam Curry, I shit you not) to let you know when there are new shows you're interested in and download them to your iPod. Most of the shows are super-indie, but KCRW has started putting most of their shows into Podcast form -- and not just the boring shows like To The Point, but also cool shows like The Treatment, The Business, and Harry Shearer's intermittently funny Le Show. Then there's Adam Curry's own show, The Daily Source Code, which is only about 75% as geeky as it sounds.
With a bunch of good Podcasted shows on my iPod, it's almost like being able to watch TV while I'm out walking. The gap between exercise and sloth is steadily closing.