Come down off the cross, we could use the wood.

I’ll start by rappin’ to ya about some interesting podcasts I’ve been listening to.

The October 7, 2005 On The Media from WNYC and NPR featured Frederick Kaufman discussing the more pornographic aspects of The Food Network. He draws many parallels between the production values of The Food Network and the hardcore porn industry and does a good job of it. He has an article in the October issue of Harper’s entitled “Debbie Does Salad: The Food Network at the frontiers of pornography”. You can find the audio as well as a transcript of the show here (scroll to bottom). Rachel Ray? That is seriously her name. And this isn’t porn.

If you’re a fan of ABC’s LOST like me, you’ll probably enjoy The Transmission, a weekly fan podcast discussing the show. Released on Thursdays, “Ryan and Jen” recap the previous night’s episode, take calls from listeners, and pontificate about what is really happening with the ill-fated survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

Diggnation with Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht is a terrific podcast in which the two hosts sit down, have a couple of beers and hilariously discuss some of the week’s top stories from the social tech news site, It’s one of my faves, give it a listen. Seriously.

From the editors of the literary journal The Means comes This Just In, a weekly podcast covering intriguing elements of pop culture and high culture as well as morsels of hilarity and happenstance. Too busy watching reruns of One Tree Hill on the WB to listen to all of these podcasts you say? Don’t fret mon frere, Tanner and Chris promise that the 45 minutes that you devote to This Just In will rank “somewhere between drinking a glass of scotch and cooking a meal” on your daily productivity scale.

*All of these podcasts can also be found in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

I am writing this blog post not from my usual WordPress interface, but from the built-in blogging function in the spankin’ new Firefox-based open source browser Flock. Flock is a web browser cooked up by 11 or 12 kids in a garage in Silicon Valley designed to make the most of the “Web 2.0”. You can post to your blog, add social bookmarks to, and access Flickr all from within the browser. Flock is only beta, so there are still some kinks to be worked out, but it is very cool. Check out a more detailed review of Flock.

There seems to be a lot to blog about lately so come back soon or better yet, it’s 2005, subscribe to the Beam Reach RSS feed!


One response to “Come down off the cross, we could use the wood.

  1. Thanks for posting about “The Transmission”, I am always looking for more LOST goodies.

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