Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Robert Carter’s Tech Doctor Podcast. It’s a weekly show focused on technology and blindness. I’ve corresponded with Robert before. Turns out he is a listener to Shelly’s Podcast, and a fellow Texan. It was nice to finally meet him. Along with his co-host, Allison Hartley, Robert and I had a wide-ranging discussion of my career, low vision, the Macintosh/iOS, and the book I’m writing.
I was surprised how much ground we covered. And on reflection, I realize that I’ve never discussed many of these topics before on a podcast, or even with most of my friends and colleagues in the tech world. If you want to know what it was and is like to make a career in tech journalism as a low vision person, give it a listen. I want to thank Robert and Allison for inviting me on. And now I am subscribed to one more really great podcast about technology and blindness. Have I mentioned how many great podcasts you’ll find in that category? I oughtta do a post about that sometime.
I experienced my first proper whisky tasting at Tales of the Cocktail in 2008. As I recall, the tasting mat featured six Maccallans, and they were excellent. Two other very important points: F. Paul Pacult of The Spirit Journal fame led the tasting, and it took place at 10 AM. That’s what I call a baptism by fire.
This year’s Tales of the Cocktail is happening right now, and I wish I could be there! Twitter makes it both super fun, and utter misery to miss out, since so many people I follow are lighting up the ‘tubes with their experience.
But my week has not been entirely spirit-free. On Sunday, I had the great pleasure of being a panelist on Mark Gillespie’s excellent WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings podcast. I appeared on the first (beta) edition of the show, and I was honored that Mark was kind enough to have me back.
I’ll leave it to you to listen to the show, but I will say that the panel was full of Texans, and at least one whisky we tried is a lone star product.
If you follow Apple at all, AND care about podcasts, you probably know about the new Podcasts app for iOS devices. I took it for a spin on the latest episode of App Store Pundit. Did I like it? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Don’t you hate when people write promo copy like that?
My iOS review podcast, App Store Pundit, is back! I posted the first new review last night, with lots more to come. If you have suggestions for apps to review, leave a comment on the site, like the Facebook page, or drop me a line.
App Store Pundit is a short audio podcast, providing quick reviews of paid and free iOS-compatible apps. I focus on app features, interface, cost, and “gee whiz” factor. I also let you know whether the app is accessible using iOS’ VoiceOver. The idea is to give listeners a comprehensive mainstream review with added information that will be useful to blind and visually impaired iOS users. I’m also very interested in value for money. Most paid apps are relatively inexpensive, but I expect more from and app that costs $4.99 than I do from a $.99 app. A lot more.
I had the chance to join Chuck Joiner’s MacJury for a discussion of social networking in the age of earthquakes and late night talk show wars. We talked a lot about the earthquake, not so much about the late night TV. We spent a lot of time discussing Twitter’s usefulness, and its place in our respective social media diets. It was a great discussion, with some really smart people from the Mac community. Listen here.
I’ve had the good fortune to appear on several podcasts lately, discussing iPhone accessibility. I’ve also recorded and written some stuff of my own on that topic. So I thought: why not just post all of those links in one place, for those of you considering the development of a 24/7 Shelly channel in your head?
Chuck Joiner graciously invited me to join him on MacVoices for a little explainer on iPhone 3GS accessibility. It was a lot of fun, and I felt like we covered the bases pretty well. I also had the pleasure of joining Josh and Shane on The Maccast for a discussion of similar subjects, with some extra history and Mac accessibility perspective.
Here are my own collected contributions to the iPhone 3GS discussion. I explained and demo’d VoiceOver, zoom, and black on white for the App Store Pundit audience, and wrote here and here about the new iPhone before I had even seen it. Adam refers fairly often in our Maccast conversation to the first of these posts.
Chuck Joiner invited me to join his MacJury panel for a podcast about the iPhone 3G S. Beware, I almost sound like a fangirl.
If you’re on Facbeook, please become a fan of Shelly’s Podcast. C’mon, click it. You know you want to. If you don’t know the show, check it out here.
Time to give one of my own podcasts a plug. I’ve just recorded a quick overview of the new Skype for iPhone app on the App Store Pundit podcast. Download it or stream it, and let me know what you think of the show and of Skype for iPhone. I’m crowd-sourcing a full-fledged review for the next show.
Oh right. Self-promotion. I should do some of that.
I appeared (or was heard) in two recent episodes of Quirky Nomads. I’m kind of proud of GeneTink. Lemme know what you think.
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