Despite my semi-regular blogging, I’m nowhere near as tech-savvy as people might think (indeed, I took some time to figure out the very WordPress system I’m currently utilizing). I tend to adapt new technologies readily, but am unable to make the most of them until quite some time later. Podcasts are a case in point – I’d always heard of them but never really got around to checking them out, let alone downloading any. I tend to be the “streamlined” type – I don’t like a lot of gadgets, features, and other options I’d regard as fluff; I still use my phone as only a phone for example (not to insult any of you who’ve chosen to utilize them as hubs of various entertainment – to each their own after all).
But my obsessive lust for knowledge, combined with the mind-numbing boredom of work, drove me to look into what I thought was just a superfluous perk latched onto iTunes. If only I’d been more open-minded, and sooner!
It began when I was getting tired of the lack of stimulus to keep my mind going during the odd hours that I work – usually either early in the morning or late at night. I finally decided to look into what options were available from online, that great repository of solutions and data. Being as busy as I am, and consequently having so little time to absorb all the knowledge I wish to , I realized that I’d do best to condense the two: whenever possible – be it during commutes on the metro, working out at the gym, or working in-between closing hours at work – I would catch up with all the things I wished to learn about, without giving up either work or pleasure at one another’s expense. It was all about time-management, and being able to compromise my hectic schedule with my personal interests (no easy feat nowadays, and as I’m sure most of you know).
Long story short, I took a look at the podcast options on my iTunes and subsequently unlocked treasure trove of knowledge. Just about every topic and subject I could think of – and quite a few that I didn’t – were available, often with multiple podcasts addressing them to boot. I know all this sounds like some plug-in for Apple’s iTunes, but in all sincerity I’m just marveled by the usefulness of such technology.
It’ll never cease to amaze me how much knowledge exists out there, constantly being added to; it’s even more spectacular that it’s all so easy to access. Just logging on to my laptop – or on a device as small as the palm of my hand – can open me up to literally a universe of data, literature, ideas, and innovations. The internet, despite it’s many flaws and it’s amble amount of brain-rotting junk , is invaluable as a source of information. While many kinks still need to be worked out, and much sifting still must done between what is credible and what isn’t, it cannot be understated how important the web is to facilitating a broadening of one’s horizon, once it is utilized properly.
But I’ve gone on this digression before. If anyone is curious, the podcasts I’ve subscribed to so far include:
- The History of Rome
- The British History Podcast
- American Freethought
- History of the Normans