So the Relay podcasts are interesting. I like that they at least try to get away from “two dudes talking”. Granted, most of their podcasts are that, but they try.
I’ve had a couple of exchanges with Stephen over Twitter recently. On Connected this week they pretty much skipped over the 8 intuiting that "no one that listens this show is getting one anyway.’ I called them out on it, since I was getting an 8+. Stephen commented that he regretted that comment, which I like.
The other one was when Ben Brooks called out the general nature of calling your article about an OS a “review” Stephen took this as a shot across the bow for Viticci’s magnum opus book on iOS. I agreed with Ben, and writing 20k words about something is not a review. A guide, how-to manual, yes. There was some circling of the wagons there.
As someone who tries to use his iPad as a main device, I appreciate what Federico can do on an iPad. Part of me feels, though, that his Internet Identity is “the dude who can work on an iPad.” It’s a great perspective, but it is almost like he is all-in on something. Back to the large reviews, I also feel that a large part of his identity is that he writes the big-ass iOS reviews. Siracusa struggled with this when he was thinking of quitting the OS X reviews:" The prospect of stopping has made me reconsider my public identity and sense of self. Who am I if I’m not ‘that guy who writes those OS X reviews’? I’m not sure spending the summer writing an guide for an OS pays off, buy maybe he sees enough of a jump in Club Macstories subs to get the ebook. I do find it a valuable reference for getting stuff done on the iPad. Especially now that Federico gets access to beta apps to help write sections.
Federico and Myke have changed a lot, though. Myke runs a good network, and episode 9 of Analogue is a good listen. It’s where Myke goes over leaving the bank to work full-time on Relay. I do like that Myke still has a little bit of the “I hang out with my heroes” vibe. I fear the day if they turn on them. I do not think it’s some odd coincidence Marco and Siracusa quit 5by5 so close to each other. Although, Siracusa’s love of whole numbers may have felt 100 episodes was enough.
Connected I listen to about 70% of the time. It depends on the topic. The last few I’ve skipped. I will catch Tuesdays where they talk about Federico’s thing. Upgrade I like a lot. Cortex is one of my favorite podcasts ever.
Download I have listened to only a few times. Clockwise I will only listen to the segment I want most of the time.
A non-Relay specific thing, but I find if a podcast doesn’t support chapter markers, I’m not likely to keep listening to it. It’s so much better skipping ahead to the section I want to listen to than try and fast forward to get to the bit.