The Alexa / Echo / TP-Link Smart Plug integration with our Christmas tree is one of our favorite additions to our holiday experience. It’s rare that Karen also gets into the electronic action, but she loves it too. Check out the video to see how it works (Note — the TP-Link Smart Plug works with the Kasa app (iOS or Android), so you can also easily schedule it to turn on and off at your set times (e.g. ‘turn on at 4pm and turn off at 11pm’)).
Since I stopped working, I’m walking a LOT (and regularly listening to more than 10 podcasts), exploring the nooks and crannies of London, and getting in some old person exercise. I even set a goal to walk 5 million steps this year, and a minimum of 11,000 steps every day.
While I’m listening to many podcasts (full list below), I’m actually doing so much walking that I could add a few more to my playlist. So… what are a few podcasts that you RAVE about to your friends? I’m not talking about ones that you somewhat like… raves only!
Here are my favorites, grouped by general ‘category’:
- The Adam Carolla Show – another really funny comedian. But I personally enjoy it because I also like themes he lives by such as self-reliance, hard work, and family. NSFW 🙂 Recent favorite: Jay Mohr and David Wild
- Monday Morning Podcast, with Bill Burr – really funny comedian with a thick Boston accent that reminds me of my friend Bill Andrulevich. So, I laugh, plus I feel like Bill’s talking to me a few times per week! Recent favorite: Friendly Slacks, Silver Bells and Patrick Swayze (NSFW)
- The Memory Palace – I ‘LOVE’ this podcast. Host Nate DiMeo brings the past alive. I strongly recommend these two episodes from 2016:
- This American Life – you’ve probably heard this one on the radio — it’s an awesome podcast, and ensures you never miss an episode. They had so many wonderful shows in 2016, so it was hard to pick a favorite. This was a recent favorite: Kid Logic 2016
- FOUND – tells stories about items that people find on the street. He will sometimes track down the original creators and does great interviews. Recent favorite: Spiders and Trains
- Radiolab – a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Recent favorite: Lose Lose
- Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything – it’s just good 🙂
- Desert Island Discs – great interviews with artists, architects, business people and the like; includes 8 songs that they’d want to take to a desert island. Recent favorite: Bruce Springsteen
- Serial – this is the podcast that brought ‘series podcasts’ to the mainstream. I personally liked season one much better than season two, but they were both good. If you haven’t listened to Serial Season One, I recommend that you start at the beginning — you will LOVE it.
- Criminal – a podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Recent favorite: Everyday Genius
Thanks for everyone’s suggestions, posted on Facebook, Twitter and in the comments below. This is a summary Google Doc to make them easy to find — let me know if you want editing privileges!
Hey folks — it’s been a while since my last post on NoSnivelling. And I’ll likely relapse again. But one of my long-standing todos was to update my blog. So, I finally moved off Blogger and spent some time setting up WordPress. And for the AWS folks out there, don’t give me a hard time about leveraging Bluehost — I’m a person in need of a LOT of tech support, and Bluehost has been awesome (I got the recommendation from wpBeginner.com, which has also been fantastic).
One favor, if you have a minute. If you have a blog that links to me, I’d appreciate if you could update any old URLs. Because I messed up and didn’t redirect the URLs very well. The old structure started with blog. and the new is back to www. — and, I broke the full URLs as well. Nice, right?
Anyway, these are some of the top posts, based on Google Analytics. Or, just update the main URL to www.nosnivelling.com
Thanks for the assist!