My Podcast Subscriptions: 2012

I've learnt so much from podcasts over the years. I remember being in a co-working studio on my own for a month, and only having the Boagworld podcast for company! Here are a list of some of the podcasts I listened to for work or pleasure this year.



  • Geeks Guide to the Galaxy (iTunes) The format for this show is unusual—half dedicated to an interview, the other half discussing something related to the interview (usually)—but once you get the hang of it it works. What's great about this show is that hosts David Barr Kirtley and Joseph John Adams are sci-fi writers and editors, meaning that their commentary is far more literary and knowledgeable than you might get one some geek shows. Early episodes suffer from sounds quality and teething problems (though hearing the Skype in as they hosts call an author is somewhat charming), but still worth listening to. My favourite talks include Jennifer Finlay Boyan, Naomi Novak, and Simon Pegg.
  • This American Life (iTunes). The Radio 4 for the rest of the world (or this must be the case, as hardly anyone in the UK seems to know about this show). I love the themes. It's worth knowing that while the iTunes podcast only contains the latest week, the radio archive on the site goes right back to their first episodes in 1996 when they were still known as Playhouse Theatre (from which the show got its act structure).
  • NY Times Book Review Podcast (iTunes). There are rumours that all the NYTimes podcasts are to go, but for now they're still around. The Book Review podcast has punchy interviews with various authors (my favourite to date has been John Lithgow) and will keep you up with the book trends enough to be able to hold your ground at learned parties.
  • Diry Whoers (iTunes). Last but not least, and most definitely NSFW. The podcast, made up of two Brits and two Yanks swearing passionately about Doctor Who is wonderfully adult if you're a fan of the series. Let's put it this way: they call themselves Whoers rather than the standard Whovians for a reason….

Johnny Holland: Good Night, And Good Luck

In November 2008, I was living in Whangarei, New Zealand (I'd temporarily moved back to my family's place while I finished up my Masters) when this email appeared on the IXDA mailing list.

The start of Johny

(Thank you Gmail and your neverending space!)

I replied a few weeks later (four years next week as it turns out), when I was back in Auckland again.

Email from Jeroen

(There's more, which is pretty funny in an overenthusiastic kinda way… to the point that I'm going to leave it safe in my email archive.)

And so it began.

Personally, I'm stunned to look back and see how different things were for me back then. For one thing, I'd never been on a plane. Also, I'd signed up for twitter but only used it once. (Yes, really).

It's been a lot of fun along the way. Though it did take until Interaction 11—a full two years—until I could confirm that Jereon was in fact real i.e. actually meet him. (Though apparently that's nothing: Nick Fink told me that he worked with one magazine editor for eight years until he met him in real life.)

Four years later and over 500 articles later, Johnny Holland is taking a break…for now. 

Jeroen sums it up best on the site, but I'd also like to say a heart felt thank you to Jeroen and everyone who I've had the honour to work with: past kahunas Steve and Will; Jeff (Radio Johnny); Martin (Johnny Holland TV); the many conference organisers for UX event coverage; and all the authors who felt the call to share their knowledge and opinions with the interaction design community. And a special thanks to all my fellow conference reporters!

Here's to the future: it's a good night, not a good bye.