Open Source Radio

(No, it's not about Linux.) Open Source is podcast hosted by Christopher Lydon, presented in partnership with the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University. Using the ideals found in the open source movement, the podcast and the website act as more like a conversation than a presentation. I highly recommend it for those of you into podcasts, but don't forget to check out the discussions happening on the website. While not every show might be up your alley, there are always interesting conversations happening.

I'm posting this to highlight the past two episodes, both excellent in their own right. The last episode is a conversation with Kevin Phillips, ostensibly about his lastest book Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, but ranges to include critiques of the current administration and American imperialism.

The penultimate episode features filmaker Errol Morris discussing Standard Operating Procedure, his latest movie(and book). A fascinating, though somewhat depressing talk that includes an insightful question and answer session with some Brown students at the end.

If you don't feel like clicking through to Open Source's webpage or subscribing in your podcatcher of choice, here are direct links to the mp3 files for the conversation with Kevin Phillips(16mb) and Errol Morris(23mb).


Note This

In case you missed it: You can now comment on a shared item in Google Reader. YES! I've wanted this feature for months. The GReader team has also created a bookmarklet to share items from sites that you're not subscribed to. Check out the post for details.


Does Google Have the Correct Time?


I just noticed something when I was checking out the new feature in Blogger. Check out this screen capture. Notice anything peculiar?

post time

Here, I'll zoom in on that a little.

post time zoom

Nothing in these fields has been manually adjusted. This image is displaying exactly what was auto-filled into each field. And yet the time in the field is exactly one hour behind my computer's time. Since the difference straddles midnight, the date is also one off.

I checked my computer's clock settings- I'm on the Eastern Time(GMT -5:00) as I should be and my last synchronization with the NIST servers was only yesterday. I checked my Google account's settings, and it says I'm on Eastern Time also.

I'm guessing this is a glitch involving the new scheduling feature. I certainly hope so. Otherwise the only explanation I can think of is that the machines Google's using to run Blogger(or at least my instance of it) haven't been patched for the change in the start date of the observance of Daylight Savings Time from April to March. But that can't be right. That happened last year.

UPDATE: I wrote this post using Windows Live Writer. The time for the post in WLW was set for 01:31. After publishing it to the blog, the post time is showing 00:31. I just checked using my sandbox blog, the time on it is off by -3 hours.

Posting... Into the Future!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Google just, finally, rolled out scheduled posting for Blogger.