About Jonathon Howard

doesn’t mix well with polite company; his two favorite topics being politics and religion. When he isn’t out cycling, swimming, running, or camping he can often be found behind his computer working on some creative project or in his garden trying to coax out a few more vegetables. Mr. Howard misspent his youth reading genre-fiction; today, he is making up for it by consuming and reviewing large quantities of non-fiction literature. The fact that truth, in every way, is more fascinating than fiction still tickles him. His ramblings can be found at falselogic.net; his own work at fictivefunk.wordpress.com. He works for the state of California as a legislative consultant. The job is even more glamorous than it sounds…

Heard Any Good Podcasts Lately?

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The recent computer troubles meant that I lost all of the podcasts I’d saved on iTunes. And somehow, despite the year being 2014, Apple hasn’t figured out how to associate podcast subscriptions with Apple IDs. This meant that, just as I had to write down all the software on my computer before wiping the hard drive, I had to write down all of my podcast subscriptions before as well. Turns out to be a fairly long list: 55 podcasts.

The computer troubles also has finally pushed me to abandon my ipod as well… I’m hoping to keep the thing for workouts but I’ve finally bit the bullet and sat down and put all my podcasts on my Android phone (I’m using Doggcatcher to manage them.)

So what is it I listen to? here’s the list:

99% Invisible – Roman Mar’s talks about architecture and history
America’s Test Kitchen – The podcast of the TV show and magazine. I especially love when the hosts answer questions.
The Angry History Podcast – Two guys from New York talk about random bits of history
Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything – Hard to explain, I’ve found it compelling.
Bible Geek Show – Robert M. Price answers questions about the bible.
Buddhist Geeks – Interviews and discussions with Buddhist practitioners.
The China History Podcast – The history of China.
Common Sense with Dan Carlin – Political discussion from a center left libertarian. I usually don’t agree with Dan but it’s always interesting.
Decode DC – In depth reporting on Washington DC and US politics.
The Egyptian History Podcast – The history of ancient Egypt.
Fear the Boot – A podcast about roleplaying games
Freakonomics Radio – The podcast of the books.
The Game Design Roundtable – Game designers interview other designers and discuss the ins and outs of table top and digital game design.
GastroPod – A podcast about food and science
Good Job Brain – Trivia quiz show
Hardcore History with Dan Carlin – Dan Carlin’s take on crucial times in history.
The History of Byzantium – The history of the Eastern Roman Empire. Picks up where the History of Rome (below ) ends.
The History of English – History of the English language, lots of etymology here!
The History of Rome – Complete now, but this tells the history of Rome from the founding of the city to the fall of the Western Roman Empire at the end of the 5th century of the Common Era.
The Human Bible – Robert M. Price discusses the bible from a secular point of view.
I Don’t Even Own a Television – Reviews of terrible books.
Infinity Monkey Cage – Science debate podcast.
Idle Thumbs – Taking video games seriously.
In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg – BBC’s Bragg brings together experts to discuss topics ranging from history to science.
Inquiring Minds – Discussions of current events and science.
Intelligence Squared – BBC’s debate podcast
Intelligence Squared USA – NPR’s copy of the BBC’s debate podcast
Isometric – Video games from a different perspective (Women’s)
Jim Harold’s Campfire – Spooky and scary stories as told by those who they happened to (it is October!)
Life Scientific – Interview with scientists
Love + Radio – I’m still trying to figure out what this is. Compelling listening.
The Lovecraft Geek – Robert M. Price answers questions about H.P. Lovecraft’s work and mythos.
MonsterTalk – Skeptical talks about paranormal topics
Paranormal Podcast – Think newscast and Coast2Coast AM combined. This will have to do until Art Bell gets a podcast.
Planet Money – Financial news and investigation from NPR
Snap Judgement – This American Life with a beat. That means stories about and by minorities
Oh No! Ross and Carrie – Ross and Carrie explore fringe claims and report back. Funny, educational, and interesting.
On the Media – Exploring how the media represents the world
Philosophize This! – Exploring philosophy
RadioLab – Like This American Life but covering the sciences.
Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean – College course on the history and development of Christianity.
Retronauts – Talking about old video games.
Revolutions – Podcast about revolutions throughout time
Roderick on the Line – I don’t know how to describe Roderick on the Line but you should be listening to this.
The Secular Buddhist – Buddhism without the spiritual kruft.
Serial – This American Life’s new podcast that covers one single story from beginning to end.
Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – Skeptical news every week.
Slate’s Lexicon Valley – Talking about language.
Studio 360 – Interviews with artists and technologists.
The Tetrapod Zoology Podcast – This podcast is about tetrapods of all types. It’s a fantastic and fun biology podcast.
This American Life – Do I need to explain?
Three Moves Ahead – Exploring strategy games
The Truth – Fifteen to thirty minute radio dramas.
Watch out for Fireballs – In depth talk about old video games.
You are not so Smart – Exploring all the ways human minds are broken. So, so broken.

That’s a lot of listening! Is there something you listen to that isn’t on this list? Do you love it? Tell me about it in the comments!

Cocktail of the Week: Bourbon Apple Cider

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That crisp coolness is finally in the air and I’m finally comfortable enough saying that Autumn is here. Autumn means apples, pumpkins, and long evenings on the couch sipping tea or a nice hot cocktail.

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The ingredients

Bourbon Apple Cider

  • 5 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

In a sauce pot combine cider, apple slices, honey and cinnamon, bring contents to a boil and then simmer for five minutes.  Strain mixture (save apple slices for garnish) and add bourbon. Pour into glasses, garnish with apple slices. Serve warm.

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This reminds me a lot of the Honey Bourbon Toddy, and why shouldn’t it? Both are hot drinks and share the majority of their ingredients. Where the Toddy has water this has apple cider but other than that, and lemon juice, the two drink are almost identical. This is certainly a drink you want to sip, the bourbon is very noticeable with a nice apple crisp taste as it rolls down your throat. Sit down, relax, sip from this drink and let the season sink into you as you sink into it.