I’m seriously going to have to lose this defeatist self-talk I have about having no technical ability. I know where it comes from; I have no earthly idea what I’m doing when it comes to cars. I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I was berated by my father for not being able to fix things, and I believed him.
But for several years now, I’ve slowly learned to to diagnose and fix stuff related to the house. As an added bonus, I haven’t managed to electrocute myself. My father in law calls me Sparky for a reason.
I certainly don’t want to jinx myself, but I think I might be better at this than I think I am.
LINK: Is it a good idea for Apple to buy exclusive rights to podcasts? (MacWorld)
That player is Apple—its Podcasts app is the top podcast player, with 50 to 70 percent of the app market—and its time as a neutral supporter of the industry may be coming to an end. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Lucas Shaw report that Apple is talking to media companies about buying exclusive rights to podcasts.
No. Bad idea. In fact, here’s my hot take: If I have to download some special app in order to download and listen to your ‘show’, then what you have is a ‘show’. You do not have a podcast. Call it whatever you want, but it isn’t a podcast, nor should it be.
Podcasting, from it’s roots, was meant to be platform agnostic. That means that I should be able to find your RSS feed and subscribe to it in the podcast app of MY choice. It sounds simple because it is simple.
Facebook notwithstanding, I know a walled garden play when I see one. These platforms want you to make them your exclusive source of audio entertainment, and if you want me to get really speculative, I think some of the smaller podcast apps (looking at you, Luminary) are there to get acquired by the bigger fish. Who that might be is an interesting question, but for my money I think Facebook will want in on this.
If you’re an independent podcaster, you should watch this carefully.
LINK: From the Pissing off the Evangelicals department, 210,000 is more than 6,000. We checked.
Harvati et al. describe their analysis of a fossil from Apidima Cave in southern Greece that they report to be an early modern H. sapiens at least 210,000 years old. This fossil is the oldest known modern human in Europe, and probably in all of Eurasia, and is more than 160,000 years older than the next oldest known European fossil of H. sapiens6.
I can’t confirm any evidence of bananas.
HOUSEKEEPING: My plan is to get you a Daily and a QNA tomorrow, but after that, the next time you will definitely see content is 7/29. My vacation is starting Friday (a day early), because I’m making a trip to Philadelphia to check off a bucket list item.
A really awesome bucket list item.
Yes, there will be evidence. You better believe I want to document this….