And how to actually start a podcast

Podcasting can be a fun, productive, creative, and social hobby. However, there is a barrier of entry to it. It involves learning skills than many soon-to-be podcasters do not have, such as audio recording, production, and editing, as well as community management & promotion.

Before I started my podcast, I took several courses on “how to podcast” and also read many guides. Over my three years of hosting Spectology, I also saw much advice given to other new podcasters. I think a majority of this advice is well intentioned but ultimately ill-fitting to most hobbyist podcasters.

So let me define…

These are a delicious, spicy, numbing, flavor-packed snack. I tried to build a recipe which is satisfying in small amounts—it’s something you’ll want to eat a few at a time rather than by the handful.

I developed this recipe because most the recipes I could find didn’t really live up to the name “strange”. Following the recipe itself will be a discussion on my methods, as well as a works cited of other recipes I took inspiration from. Anything with an asterisk will be further explained in the discussion.


I’ve been using twitter as my main news source for about 6 months now, and since I’ve had a few people on Facebook ask me how I do it, here are some general principles I’ve learned as a relative twitter newbie, as well as a “starter pack” of good people to follow. If you don’t care about my “how-to” stuff and just want to see the list of people to follow, scroll down to the “Who to Follow” header.

First, what this is not. As I said, I’m a twitter newb. I don’t use hashtags (I don’t really know how…

Donald Trump isn’t simply a petulant boy, and it’s dangerous to describe him that way

[TW: emotional & sexual abuse tactics]

I came across a tweet the other day that gave me pause.

I had seen this in action. There are plenty of sources calling Trump a child: Eggers wrote the piece from the above tweet, multiple outlets have interviewed child psychologists and experts about his behavior, it’s become a common trope in political cartoons, and Anderson Cooper even accused him of acting like a 5 year old to his face. Doing some light internet searches, the Esquire psychologist interview is the only thing I can find written by a woman.

On the other…

I wanted to present a list of speculative fiction novels that have helped me understand the election of Trump, and inform my view of how things will unfold. This list doesn’t claim to be anything other than me recommending books to others, and is in no way definitive. It’s narrow due to only including books I’ve read, and because of my perspective as a pretty privileged member of society, and for focusing on a particular genre of fiction. …

In which my job and guilty pleasure are fruitfully combined.

While I was at General Assembly, we had a tradition of asking new hires a few questions to get to know them better. Some are the typical (who are you, what are you doing here, where are you coming from). But one stands out: what is your guilty pleasure?

While the inception of this tradition comes from after the point I was hired, I’ve always had an answer in my back pocket for those occasions when the question comes up.

I play role playing games. As in, Dungeons and Dragons, where everyone sits around a table pretending to be someone…

“The Tyranny of Structurelessness” and why decentralization isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

This is somewhat of a long post, something I’ve had kicking around for a while. It’s pretty critical of bitcoin as it currently exists, particularly the social structures surrounding bitcoin. The point is to analyze how those structures actually work.

I’m going to offer both analysis and quotes from the essay “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” as published in the first link below (which is the version I’m most familiar with). …

How evolving org structures can lead to strong systems. 

Legibility is a concept introduced by James C. Scott in his book Seeing Like a State. Governing bodies, he posits, simplify the world through abstraction to make it easier to understand and control.

German foresters of the 18th Century viewed forests through the lens of revenue. They ceased to value actual trees with their many uses, abstracting them to lumber yield. “Fiscal foresters” planted vast groves of single species arrayed in straight lines—ledger sheets instantiated in nature. For a century lumber yields swelled, only to crash with the second generation of trees. …

Memories of a rural Alaskan youth

I grew up in rural Alaska. Winters were rough—not a lot to do, very dark and depressing. I spent a lot of time just staring at the stars. Up there, far away from civilization, the light of the stars cuts through the cold, dark sky and opens up the entire universe. I was a young boy with big ambitions, few friends, and lots of science fiction books. The stars were at the same time my gateway to a better world and a sublime reminder of the grandeur of nature.

One winter was particularly cold and clear. I took to sleeping…

Adrian M Ryan

I write about language, philosophy, literature, technology, and space.

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