I love free content. I love music. I love audiobooks and podcasts and scrambled eggs and typing PHP code and sleeping in late when I should be getting up to go to work. I love my iPod. All of these reasons have combined in one unified force to empower this website, which I offer to you — o! casual reader — as a testament to my love.
Herein you will find a collection of my original work that is free to download and read and share with anyone and everyone. You can subscribe to the content via email, with a feedreader or through iTunes.
I don’t consider myself either a musician or a writer, truly, because I have never had anything published or played on the radio and — I suspect — even if I did I still wouldn’t consider myself as such beause the very idea seems ludicrous. However, I like to pretend that this webpage gives me some credibility or, at least, a place for me to read and listen to my own work and laugh occasionally and, first and foreforemost, an excuse to write code.
So: download, read, listen, drop me a comment on a post or write me an email and tell all your friends. I hope you find at least as much enjoyment as I do debugging CSS for Internet Explorer.
Podcasting is free syndicated audio content that you download from the web via various sources and through various software programs available for your computer. It is called “pod”-casting because of the popularity of the iPod (an MP3 player) but it does not require an iPod (or even an MP3 player). You need, at the very least, a computer, an internet connection, and speakers or headphones. If you are reading this, you are probably all set.
You retrieve a podcast by subscribing to a “feed” with your podcatching program (I use iTunes because it is free, easy, and I already had it on my Mac; but you can get it even if you don’t have an iPod or a Mac — both of which are not free). Anytime the podcast you have subscribed to posts a new episode, it will automatically be downloaded to your computer and — if you have an MP3 player — transfered to your iPod, which is the beauty of the whole system.
Radio programs, such as NPR and CNN, combine with loads of independent podcast creators (such as myself) to provide a vertible wealth of audio content that you can listen to in the car, on the train, on the bike, or at home for free, whenever you like. I personally enjoy the free audiobooks selection and some of the podcasts from Slate.com — you can find what you like best.
If you still don’t understand and really want to be hooked up to the audio here easily, you can also post a comment or a message and I would be happy to help. I can’t say it enough without sounding like this is a paid advertisment: download iTunes (or get an iPod) and go to the music store. Browse the podcasts or just run a search (for example, “Damon Timm”) and you will be on your way.