I follow a lot of podcasts. They make for great background while I work and by following podcasts like TWiT and Buzz Out Loud I can easily keep up with what’s going on in the world of tech.

To make listening to my podcasts even easier I made a Smart Playlist in iTunes to consolidate my unplayed podcasts. Here’s what I did:

  1. In iTunes, select “New Smart Playlist…” from the File menu
  2. In the Smart Playlist rules create a rule for “Podcast is true”
  3. Add a rule by clicking on the + next to the first rule
  4. Set the second rule to “Play Count is 0”
  5. You can add more rules if you like, or just click OK and name the playlist

Smart Playlist setup

This Smart Playlist has a couple advantages when playing podcasts. First, podcasts will play continuously, so when one podcast ends, the next one will begin. Second, podcasts will not drop off this list until you have played them to the end. This is better than the “is new” indicator in the Podcasts list which disappears as soon as you start playing a podcast.

Update: As an added advantage if you are sorting by item number you can drag and drop your podcasts to change their play order.

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There is something satisfying about “Top X” lists, no matter how contrived they may be. Well, since it’s that time of the year, here’s eWeek.com’s 15 Geekiest Vacations.

Star Trek Convention


On a personal note, Carla’s vacation came in at #5, but somehow the anime convention didn’t make the list (sorry Tom.)

via Digg

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Well, this clearly qualifies for artillery of the week. This three barrel potato gun uses electronic injectors to deliver propane to each of its three champers, ignition coils and spark plugs for ignition, and the entire unit, including pan and tilt control is controlled through PIC micro controllers by a gaming joystick.

Triple barrel potato gun


The video has a ton of information on the device, but unfortunately only shows one shot, but if that’s not enough for you, you can make your own with the provided instructions*. I bet we’ll see more video of this potato gun sometime in the future.

* Check local laws regarding high velocity food products, and don’t blame me for the resulting accidents, lawsuits or potato famine.

via MAKE

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HTML tag earringsThese are officially the funniest thing I’ve seen today. Etsy which is an interesting marketplace for handmade goods has earrings which clearly mark the open and close of HEAD in HTML tags.

Part of me wishes they were in lowercase, but there’s something deliciously old-school about all uppercase code.

Sadly they’re currently sold out, but I’m sure more will be available soon.

via Digg


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Car TalkAt long last Car Talk, the popular NPR show is available as a podcast.

This radio call-in show, hosted by “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” takes calls from folks all around the country and even world. People call in with their car questions and the brothers, um, well, they give an answer. Sometimes several answers are given, and it seems like they usually get around to a useful answer, but I’m not yet convinced that it’s not accidental.

Either of the brothers alone would be hilarious, but together they’re ridiculous. The show features plenty of good-hearted ribbing, a weekly (typically off-topic) puzzler and probably half a dozen call-ins.

So if you’re looking for a way to waste a perfectly good hour (and some otherwise good bandwidth) and perhaps learn something about cars and mechanics, check out Car Talk. The show has been around for quite a while, but the podcast is the perfect way to enjoy it! I hope their sponsor, Allstate is paying them extra per-download because as a podcast the show could get very popular.

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