Data Skeptic has become one of my favourite podcasts.
I refused to listen to podcasts until a few months ago, but the combined influences of Reece at WWF and Tina at Sydney Festival convinced me to give them a chance.
My prejudice wasn't against podcasts specifically, but against anything purely aural. I think it is because I cannot see what I am getting into until after committing the time to listen - there is no window shopping, only unknowing commitment and the risk of disappointment.
Some people love the exploration and possibility of discovering something delightful in the soundscape of the world. I don't know why I have never been one of them... I love new experiences. Maybe it is a time thing. Maybe it is an allergic reaction to the risk of disappointment.
Yesterday, I found Kyle Polich at Data Skeptic had released a new podcast about recommender systems. This is a significant thing because VIVA is powered by our proprietary recommender system, and because I do not have a long history in the machine learning industry, every bit of information about what is at the cutting edge of this machine learning technology matters to the fate of VIVA. Well, I am happy to report that VIVA still seems to be at the cutting edge.
The news warranted a break, so Allan and I went to The Buena for a trivia night.
(despite the consistency of this week and last week, I have only been to trivia twice in the last few years - this week's trivia was much easier than the last)