The Hate Debate

Listened to a podcast episode titled, “The Hate Debate” (via Radiolab Presents: More Perfect by WNYC Studios). It was published on November 5th, 2017.

Should you be able to say and do whatever you want online? And if not, who should police this? More Perfect hosts a debate about online hate speech, fake news and whether the First Amendment needs an update for the digital age.

Definitely worth a listen.

Official runtime is about 36 minutes, and a bit less if you use Overcast with Smart Speed active. 😉

See also: Freedom of Speech at

Merlin Mann discusses GTD on Back to Work

Why would you use a source of input as a way to decide how to spend your day?

Merlin discusses GTD with Dan Benjamin in their podcast, Back to Work: 261: The Illusion of Ease (starting at 1:23:00). I’ve listened to this several times. Super insightful, and perfect timing in combination with my earlier post, Keep todos out of Slack.

They also reference earlier episodes that were great, so here’s a search at 5by5 for podcasts referencing GTD.

P.S. If I don’t have weekly reviews, I’m not following GTD.

Huffduffer: Your personal podcast feed

Huffduffer is a free service that helps you create a podcast feed consisting of your selected episodes. While downloading individual episodes with Overcast can be done in a few steps1, there isn’t a quicker workflow when using a laptop or desktop.

With a Huffduffer account, you can use a browser bookmarklet! Stumble across an episode? With the bookmarklet and a few text fields (optional if you’d like to add a description), that podcast episode will be queued for download shortly.

You’re also given a Huffduffer username and public page, where others can subscribe to your Huffduffer feed, or listen to podcasts from the page itself. (I was able to snag bryan.)


  1. Search the title of the podcast, scroll through the episodes, then tap the episode you’d like to download. 

Marvelous calendaring tips from Back to Work

I listened to Back to Work: 200: Blitzkriegscheiße a couple of weeks ago. Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin share excellent calendaring tips for yourself and shared events at the 52–minute mark.

The suggestion to include a list of agenda items in the notes field for the event is one of my favorite tips.

For reference, I currently use:

  1. I grabbed Calendars 5 when it was free last year for a limited time

Podcasts I love

When I’m on the Metro or driving without friends, I’m listening to podcasts. I haven’t made a list here in awhile, so I thought I’d share in hopes you’d like them, too.

Yes, most of these are photography-related. I don’t have any favorites…I love them all equally! The last one is definitely the oddball out of the others, but sometimes I just want mindless humor. 🙂

One more thing: listening to podcasts don’t require the use of an iPod. You can listen to them on your computer, any MP3 player, or burned onto a CD-R disc.


Speed up podcasts for free with foobar2000

A commenter (Freddie) was struggling with speeding up podcasts with Audacity. (See my how-to on speeding up podcasts with Audacity, version 1 and version 2.) Then, he found this article:

Time stretching [MP3s] and other audio” by Blake Tolbert

I haven’t tried foobar2000 — because I’ve only been into the Kevin and Bean’s podcast from KROQ lately — but it looks legit and much simpler.

Oh yeah, welcome the new blogger! He doesn’t have a contact page and his comment form is broken, so let’s send him some traffic so he could see a spike from my blog. 🙂

How to speed up podcasts for free with Audacity (v2)

This is an update to the How-to article, “How to speed up podcasts for free with Audacity.”

In Audacity 1.3.2 (Beta), configuring the batch script is easier. The developers moved the location, though, so you might be lost if you recently updated to this version.

First, setup the chain: File > Edit Chains

In the left pane of the window that pops up, you’ll need to add a new chain. Title it “Speedup,” or whatever you like. With it selected, the right pane should have only one parameter: END.

Select that command, then at the bottom of the window, click Insert. Another window will pop up, and you’ll want to choose Change Tempo. Change the parameter to 25.000000, then click OK. (Later, you can increase the tempo if you’re comfortable.) Again, click Insert, select the ExportMP3 command, then click OK. Finally, OK out of the Edit Chains window.

Then, if you want to run the script, go to File > Apply Chain. Select the chain you just created, click Apply to Files, then browse to the folder where the podcasts are stored. Like I mentioned in the previous How-to, I copy the MP3s to the root podcast folder, so I’m not limited to one show (folder) at a time.


This’ll empower you to listen to podcasts, or any other supported audio files in a shorter amount of time, and you can convert multiple files at once. In addition to podcasts, I also speed up class lectures. 80-minute classes reduced to 64 minutes — awesome!