New MacNotables Podcast

I actually had a podcast double-header on Tuesday. In addition to a new MacBreakWeekly I also recorded my first MacNotables since (let me check) roughly forever. You can listen to it right here. Topic One was “why I’ve been away from the show for a few weeks,” which necessitated that I talk about my iPhone book, which meant that it’s largely an iPhone show.

I really dig MN. The primary reason why I haven’t appeared on the show in the past few weeks is because I’ve been jammed up with work. But it’s also such a different vibe from MBW, in the same way that having dinner with one person is different from going out with a group. On MBW, whenever I don’t feel like I have anything to add to the conversation, I have the option of just sitting back and not talking. Some day, I might even actually choose that option.

But on MN, it’s usually just me and the host and so I feel a need to arrive at the ballpark with a rested arm and the ability to throw hard heat. These were in short supply in the final few weeks of production on the iPhone book.

Actually, the recording schedule is probably a bigger factor. MacNotables usually records either at dinnertime (during which I’m eating timing my dinner) or mid-evening, which is usually when I’m well in my second or third work session of the day. Whereas I sit down for MacBreakWeekly during that sweet spot between lunch and the time when I think I’m ready to do something as drastic as actually go back to work.

Well, anyway. They’re both fine shows and they both serve an awesome purpose: they both make me feel like I’m being productive for an hour when in truth, I’m in a comfy chair with a set of headphones on and not writing anything. One of the great secrets of being a big-time professional writer is that you strive to spend as much time as possible not writing.

9 thoughts on “New MacNotables Podcast”

  1. Andy, you sound like you need a hug… A completely manhug. By that I mean totally Herero-like. Um. Anyway.

    Quick questions regarding the books. Is the Leopard book still coming day one with Leopard? If so, does that mean it’s been mostly done just waiting for a release?

  2. Andy, you sound like you need a hug… A completely manhug. By that I mean totally Hetero-like. Um. Anyway.

    Quick questions regarding the books. Is the Leopard book still coming day one with Leopard? If so, does that mean it’s been mostly done just waiting for a release?

  3. The Leopard book is scheduled for the winter, I’m sorry to say. Initially we were hoping that the manuscript could be completed in August with the book on shelves in November, but by late July the developer seeds I was receiving were still feature-incomplete and highly unstable…and when I planned out my year back in January, I’d set aside this time to write the iPhone book!

    Which was a fine plan back when Leopard was supposed to ship by the end of spring, but reality refused to cooperate.

  4. I listened to the recent MacBreak Weekly and decided to try to find your blog. Yes, it wasn’t too hard. What is really weird is that you are using the same template that I used! It is really nice. I am using a different one now (ADD – have gone through about 6 template changes already).

    I preordered Leopard in August and I’m planning to buy your Leopard book. I got your Tiger book and thought it was hysterical.

  5. Don’t sweat the delay. I thought it seemed like the book wouldn’t be out soon but last time I looked at Amazon they claimed it would be the same day as Leopard.

    I’d prefer a book as good as the Tiger one than something rushed to market just to be the first there. Good luck. I hope now that the iPhone book is done that things have become much less headachey for you.

  6. @Myra – Glad you liked the Tiger book! I hope you like the Leopard one.

    The big enjoyment from WordPress is that you can easily find your own comfort level. You can take it as-is and it’ll be wonderful. Or, you can shop around for other themes. And then you can add plugins and widgets. Customize the theme files. And if you still have an itch, you’re free to create your own themes from the ground up.

    Definitely leaning towards creating my own theme. Oddly enough, it feels like it’ll be simpler than doing all the customization I want to Mandingo. But it’s a great theme, innit?

  7. @jason – Yeah, the thing with writing these books is that once they’re out there, they’re sold for like two years! Whereas if I put out a column that’s not one of my favorites, it’s only out there for a week.

  8. The best thing about WordPress is also the worst thing about WordPress. There are so many, hundreds, of beautiful themes to choose from that it’s hard to narrow the choice down to your favorite 50. You are right, though, about customizing the theme – that is fun. I remember on the MBW podcast that you said you changed something in the template and essentially brought the whole thing down. I did that too. Freaked me out!

    6 days til Leopard! (yes I’m a Mac FanGirl).

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