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About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


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Podcasting Antipatterns

I periodically go searching for new tech-related podcasts to make my commute-time more edifying, interesting, or amusing. I'll admit right up front that I'm picky -- the only one I find myself returning to consistently is LugRadio, which I know is not everyone's cup of tea. But I'm not looking for "Bob's Gadget News". Anyway, content aside, there are some production and style problems that have turned me off to so many podcasts that I've come to view them as established antipatterns.

Here's my current list. Please feel free to expand on it in the comments.

Sunday, April 1st, 2007
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Comment from dmoore , later that day

Good post. I have never listened to a podcast. After reading your list of amusing apologies I'm not inclined to start.

Comment from Paul , later that day

There are good ones, too! It's just like any other kind of low-barrier-to-entry media -- there are a lot of people figuring it out as they go. Nothing wrong with that. Mostly I just wish people would get down to what they actually have to say. Most of my list is about people getting distracted by uninteresting meta stuff.

Comment from xian , 1 day later

Excellent. The "I Must Apologize for Not Making a Podcast in Several (Days|Weeks|Months)" carries over as a corollary from blogging, where likewise I don't give a shit if you haven't blogged in three months. If I care, I'll find your new stuff.

Comment from dmoore , 1 day later

on your advice I tried out LUG radio. not bad, but they could afford to edit down the show to about 60 mins.

any others worth trying?

Comment from Paul , 1 day later

Yes, it does get a bit long sometimes...

I have a few others worth mentioning, so I've gone ahead and made a new post on the subject.

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