Here are the podcasts I subscribe to at the moment. I change them often, but this is the current snapshot.

I have a lot of podcasts on this list, but I am ruthless about skipping out of them when they get boring. I might still have to trim the list as I now have over seven hours of audio queued on my Samsung YP-U2 MP3 player.

I have linked to the podcasts’ news feeds, rather than the websites themselves.

“Moritz Eggert”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/WestparkGamers – best bit of the Dice Tower although Gamer Tech is good too.
“Point to Point”:http://point2point.libsyn.com/rss – a little too focussed on competitive play, but otherwise excellent.
“Roll 2d6”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/Roll2d6 – rarely updated and focussed on American-style games, rather than Euros, but very well done.
“The Aldie Show”:http://www.thealdieshow.com/feed – Aldie holds his own as a solo podcaster
“The Board Gamer”:http://www.theboardgamer.co.uk/theboardgamer_28Jul06B.xml – On hiatus. Steve is in my games group.

*General Interest*
“BBC World Service documentaries”:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/docarchive/rss.xml
“The Economist”:http://www.economist.com/media/rss/economist.xml – summary of last week’s news.
“The World Next Week”:http://feeds.cfr.org/publication/podcast – summary of next week’s upcoming news
“Military History Podcast”:http://geo47.libsyn.com/rss
“Mark Kermode’s film reviews”:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/kermode/rss.xml – my favourite podcast bar none
“History Podcast”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/HistoryPodcast1
“Radio 4 Choice”:http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/r4choice/rss.xml

*Linux, Science and Tech*
“IT Conversations”:http://feeds.gigavox.com/gigavox/channel/itconversations
“Lugradio”:http://lugradio.org/episodes.ogg.rss – Linux podcast. Juvenile, but otherwise good.
“Security Now”:http://leoville.tv/podcasts/sn.xml – was excellent, but has recently become at least 30% adverts.
“Linux Reality”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/linuxreality-ogg-recent
“The Linux Action Show”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheLinuxActionShow
“The Linux Link Tech Show”:http://www.thelinuxlink.net/tllts/tllts.rss – sound quality is poor and they edit nothing, but these guys do the best interviews
“FLOSS Weekly”:http://leo.am/podcasts/floss
“Science Friday”:http://www.sciencefriday.com/audio/scifriaudio.xml
“The Real Deal”:http://www.cnet.com/i/pod/realdeal.xml

Bloglines problem

My recent AVL post keeps getting registered as “updated” in Bloglines, but I have not made any changes. I made a support request to Bloglines, but they were not too helpful.

bq. We are aware that some users see that their subscriptions show new unread items, but when selecting the subscription, no new material is actually displayed.
Sometimes this is due to possible dynamic advertisements in the feed source changing, and sometimes it’s because a post has been ‘updated’ or corrected in some way, triggering a ‘new’ alert, but this isn’t always the case. We are working to track down the issue, and regret any inconvenience.
In the meantime, you may want to choose to edit your notification settings for the feed to ‘Ignore Updated Items.’ You can edit these settings by clicking the ‘Edit’ link above your subscription list, and then clicking the feed in question. Change the ‘Updated Items’ option to ‘Ignore’ from ‘Display as New’.

Until this is fixed, take the advice in the last paragraph. I am not sure if it is a WordPress or Bloglines problem.

Does anyone read this in a desktop feed reader? Can you see the same problem?


I have enabled “OpenID”:http://openid.net logins to my comments. Watch this “screencast”:http://simonwillison.net/2006/openid-screencast/ for more information.


I have been very impressed with the “coComment”:http://www.cocomment.com service.

bq. coComment keeps track of all the online conversations you’re following in one convenient place, and informs you whenever something is added to a conversation.

The Firefox plugin is particularly useful.


I cannot fully believe it, but I have had to change my blogging software again. I tried to upgrade to the latest version of MovableType, hoping to reduce comment spam, but the upgrade failed and broke my site. In disgust, I have moved on to WordPress, which is certainly much more user friendly and fast. The upgrade has been easy, but I have a few things to fix, in particular I use a text formatting plugin called Textile that has not transferred perfectly. Also, I am not happy with the site’s look and I will have to change my blogroll. Worst of all, my newsfeeds have changed address. If you run a games blog, *please* change your links and maybe post something in your site notifying people.

Gmail email address

Thanks to Marc Orchant and his highly informative “Office Weblog”:http://office.weblogsinc.com, I’ve managed to score a “Gmail”:www.gmail.com “email address”:mailto:iain.cheyne@gmail.com. These have a geek cachet as gmail is currently invitation only – an interesting marketing ploy from Google. Gmail itself looks very nice. Exactly the sort of quality you would expect from Google. Hotmail and Yahoo don’t stand a chance, except from user inertia – which will be considerable.

I’m not sure what I am going to use it for as I am pretty happy with “Mailblocks”:www.mailblocks.com. At least I have managed to reserve my name in Gmail (iain@gmail.com is impossible as Gmail usernames have to be six characters minimum).


Today Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools blog included a “Desktop printer that cuts and engraves solids”:http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000430.php, which would be perfect for creating games. It’s $10,000, but it could
revolutionise making board games.

Apparently, Nick Danger makes the “Dice Boot”:http://www.nickdanger.com/diceboot/index.htm from something similar.