For me, the best part about being a web worker is that I can listen (and watch) podcasts and videos on my second display as background noise while I get work done and no one complains. While it’s easy to have hundreds of feeds in a […]

For me, the best part about being a web worker is that I can listen (and watch) podcasts and videos on my second display as background noise while I get work done and no one complains. While it’s easy to have hundreds of feeds in a text-based aggregator, you do have to be a bit more selective in selecting audio/video feeds. There’s only 24 hours in a day, and you can’t skim it over like you can do with text. But on the other hand, you can’t read a text feed while you’re driving to a client meeting.

What’s worth your listening/watching time? A few of mine are after the jump…share yours in the comments.

I have 50 or 60 podcast feeds in iTunes, but I maybe get to 5 or 6 a day. I have iTunes set to only keep the latest episode. If I miss one, I miss it. It’s the only way I can keep up…by not trying too hard.

Here’s a few of my favorites.

For tech, I like most of the TWiT podcasts, or should I say “netcasts” as TWiT founder Leo Laporte calls them. I like the original “This Week in Tech,” a roundtable of former TechTV personalities talking about the week’s tech headlines.

Yes, some women do watch Diggnation. For the more high-brow geek, NPR packages the best of their tech content into a weekly podcast.

Another favorite is Om and Niall PodSessions, a podcast by Niall Kennedy and our very own Om Malik that listens like an audio version of GigaOm.

I spend a great deal of my time in Adobe applications, so I enjoy Terry White’s near-daily Adobe Creative Suite Video podcast. White is an Adobe employee. He doesn’t cover the new Macromedia-inherited applications, but I’ve learned a great deal about Acrobat 8 and InDesign by watching his podcast.

Also focusing on Adobe InDesign is the InDesign Secrets podcast, hosted by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion. No one knows InDesign better, but the lack of video demonstrations makes it a bit hard to follow if I’m not giving it 100% of my attention.

On the lighter side, Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite TV shows so I enjoy creator Ron D. Moore’s weekly commentary podcast. Likewise, the producers of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Lost have weekly (when the shows air) podcasts. In short, if it’s on TV and it’s popular, odds are the folks behind it have a behind-the-scenes podcast for it that are often more entertaining than the shows themselves.

What makes the cut for time with your ears? Do you juggle them while web working, or are they strictly for off-line time?

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  1. for my commute, just over an hour each way, I fill my ears with the ramblings from both of Paul Boag’s podcasts, Boagworld.com & the .NET magazine podcast. for something lighter, check out ask-a-ninja and indie-feed performance poetry’s podcasts.

  2. “I Should Be Writing” – for warming up my writing muscles – and “PotterCast” – for fan-girl moments. This just about does me most weeks. :)

  3. Brian Alexander Saturday, January 27, 2007

    Relevant Magazine here.

  4. Steve Severance Saturday, January 27, 2007

    I listen to DotNet Rocks, Venture Cast, Scoble Show, misc other podtech.net, Windows Weekly, Business Week Smart Answers, and on occasion a few others. I also listen to some electronica podcasts.


  5. I listen to screencastsonline with Don McAllister, the show with Ze Frank, Room Eight ( a new york politics show), The Smartphone show, and Hawaii Surf Session Report. All great entertainment to get your mind off things and relax, as well as learn something.

  6. I started watching Photoshop TV about a year ago and found some really good tutorials on the show. The jokes are corny but the contents is good and useful.

    Strongbad emails and Ask A Ninja are the comedy staples.

    I also like The best of Ideas from CBC.


  7. They’re not really in any way related to my job, but

    (From ABC Radio National http://www.abc.net.au/rn )
    The Science Show
    National Interest
    Background Briefing
    The Law Report

  8. In addition to Diggnation and TWiT, which were listed above, I also listen to Verge of the Fringe, a somewhat-lesser-known storytelling podcast. Lance Anderson always has something of value to say, and often provides great life lessons and insight into today’s problems.

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