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Many many tutorials later, in all kinds of programming languages, I’m finally beginning to be able to make things. This wants to be ‘Goodreads for podcasts’ and be called Poddly but I’m a long way off yet. It’s made with python.

Why is it so difficult to share your iTunes playlists? Especially of podcast episodes that are available for free!!

So far my app takes an xml playlist file exported from iTunes and turns it into html. The link is the top search result in Google for the Artist/Name combination of each episode. So it’s a bit hit or miss, but surprisingly gets you to the right site/episode about 90% of the time

The Daily Trump’s Pick for Attorney General

The Daily William Barr Under Oath

This American Life 666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Roman Mars 338- Crude Habitat

Otis Gibbs Episode 164: Recording With Slim Pickens

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Spark 423: Facebook petitions, WhatsApp and the spread of misinformation, designing the modern airport, and the lives of digisexuals.

Song Exploder Japanese Breakfast – Boyish

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Spark 422: Instagram egg, queer video games, inbox infinity, airline ticketing, and counterfactual explantions

Sodajerker Episode 129 – Mike Posner

David Van Nuys, Ph.D. #626 – Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience with David Luke PhD

Science Peering inside giant planets, and fighting Ebola in the face of fake news

Science Pollution from pot plants, and how our bodies perceive processed foods

Gimlet #134 The Year of the Wallop

Recode Attorney Laura Wasser on making a “TurboTax for divorce”

Recode Basecamp CEO Jason Fried on overfunded startups and stressful workplaces

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The power of super poop, preventing PTSD, counting down to Apollo 11, predators in cold water and termites conserve the rainforest

NPR #889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

NPR #890: The Division Problem

Stephen West Episode #025 … A Scientific Method For Your Life!

Stephen West Episode #026 … Thomas Hobbes pt. 1 – The Social Contract

Stephen West Episode #027 … Thomas Hobbes pt. 2

WNYC Studios and The New Yorker The Producer dream hampton Talks with Jelani Cobb about “Surviving R. Kelly”

The Moth The Moth Radio Hour: Hearing Voices

Michael J. Fox Foundation Sleeping Well with Parkinson’s

Longform Episode 327: Julie Snyder

Jeffrey A. Miron, Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus The Unintended Consequences of Drug Prohibition

Freakonomics Radio Extra: Mark Cuban Full Interview

EconTalk: Russ Roberts Ed Dolan on Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

EconTalk: Russ Roberts Jennifer Doleac on Crime

Andrew Allemann Domain auction preview with Monte Cahn – DNW Podcast #220 Domain Handicapping the 2019 NamesCon Auction

The Daily A Rift Over Power and Privilege in the Women’s March

The Daily A Republican Congressman From Texas Who Opposes the Wall

KCRW, Michael Silverblatt Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories

KCRW, Michael Silverblatt Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

The Book Review Dani Shapiro on Her Surprising ‘Inheritance’

American History Tellers The 1968 Chicago Protests – The Battle of Michigan Avenue | 1

Chris Christensen AT#642 – Travel to Guangzhou, China

C-SPAN After Words with Stephanie Land

a16z a16z Podcast: The Business of Cybercrime

Drug Policy Alliance Episode 15: Building a World Where Legal Psychedelics Make Sense

Matthew and Elysha Dicks Bobbi Klau: “The Perfect Gift”


DEA Manufacturing Caps for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone 2001-2017

The D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Agency) sets caps on the amounts of schedule 1 and 2 drugs that manufacturers can legally produce each year.  I was curious to see how the caps had changed over time and it was relatively simple to discover via the Federal Register. Considering all the lawsuits now targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers like Purdue, Johnson & Johnson, Allergen and Teva, I wonder if the D.E.A could also be considered an actor in the current opioid epidemic.


…final aggregate production quotas for the following controlled substances, expressed in grams of anhydrous acid or base, be established as follows:

(Not sure what ‘conversion’ means in this sense, but I think it has to do with converting one substance to another, i.e. one drug could be converted into another.)

Oxycodone (for sale) 46,680,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 449,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 23,825,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 18,000,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 34,482,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 1,100,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 25,702,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 2,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 41,182,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 700,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 30,622,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 49,200,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 920,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 34,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 50,490,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 920,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 37,604,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 56,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,610,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 42,000,000 g
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 70,000,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 3,100,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 46,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 70,000,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,820,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 55,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 1,500,000

Oxycodone (for sale) 94,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 4,500,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 55,500,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 105,500,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,600,000 g
Hydrocodone 55,000,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 98,000,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,600,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 59,000,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 105,200,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 7,600,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 79,700,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 153,750,000 g
Oxycodone (for conversion) 10,250,000 g
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000 g

Oxycodone (for sale) 149,375,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 9,250,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 137,500

Oxycodone (for sale) 141,375,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 8,350,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 99,625,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 137,500

Oxycodone (for sale) 139,150,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 5,000,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 86,000,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 177,500

Oxycodone (for sale) 108,510,000
Oxycodone (for conversion) 2,610,000
Hydrocodone (for sale) 58,410,000
Hydrocodone (for conversion) 122,000


Marshall McLuhan & Buckminster Fuller’s First Meeting on an Intellectual Cruise Around the Greek Islands | McLuhan Galaxy


Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan met for the first time after boarding the New Hellas in Athens for an eight-day boat trip around the Greek Islands. The two gurus of the electronic age had been invited on the trip, along with thirty-two other leading intellectuals from fourteen countries, by Constantinos Doxiadis, a Greek architect and urban planner. The idea was to have a symposion,” a radical mixing of intellectual activity and sensual pleasure as the boat traveled from island to island. Each morning, the group would have informal but intense discussions onboard about “the evolution of human settlements.” In the afternoon and evening, they would leave the boat to go swimming, visit famous historic sites, eat in restaurants, see performances, go dancing, and shop. High-level theoretical discourse was well lubricated with retsina and ouzo.

Full Story: Marshall McLuhan & Buckminster Fuller’s First Meeting on an Intellectual Cruise Around the Greek Islands

Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip | New Yorker

This is some fabulous reporting. A long and detailed article about the use and effect of psilocybin as a medicine for dealing with end-of-life issues around cancer care. Read the full article: The Trip Treatment.

McLuhan’s 1960 Report on Project in Understanding New Media | Norm Friesen

In the cryptic note at the top right (on p. 2), McLuhan writes to Harley Parker, with whom he later co-authored Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (1968) and Counterblast (1969). Parker also appears with McLuhan in the 28 min 1969 film Picnic in Space, directed by Bruce Bacon.

This text reflects McLuhan’s then-coalescing thought as it relates to both education and to multiple media forms; and the text serves as relatively direct and clearly-written precursor for the 1964 Understanding Media.

The full text of this report is available as a 7.5 Mb PDF file.

via McLuhan’s 1960 Report on Project in Understanding New Media | Norm Friesen.

Avant-Garde to Electric Kool-Aid With Beats In Between

reallyTheBluesThe book was first published in 1946. It’s by Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe and is about as Beat as anything I’ve ever read, although it predates the ‘Beats’ per se.  Mezz was a white clarinet player from Chicago who befriended ‘the race’ when sent
to reform school. He never really went back to white America. He became good friends with Louis Armstrong. He’s known as well for introducing weed to Harlem. It has a great index and an appendix of hipster lingo such as:
Beat: exhausted, broke
Bunk Habit: practice of lounging around while others smoke opium and inhaling the fumes
Collar a nod: get some sleep
Cop a Slave: get a job
Guage: marijuana

The book came to my attention when shortly after being dumfounded by the discovery of Lord Buckley (His Royal Hipness, Discovery 71001 on  cd) and his Be-bop stand up routines complete with weed references, recorded in 1951,  I exclaimed at a party- Where did he (and the obvious tradition he was a part of) come from? An old hoot (with all respect)  by the name of Oz  Janiger chimed in- “You need to read Really The Blues”. -Man!- this book is a missing link. It blew my mind. I guess mainly because it attaches the Beats backwards to the swing era and the beat Blacks who were floating  around underground making all kinds of wild music and language.

garretsAndPretendersWhile I’m at it,  from Really The Blues I go backwards with a book called Garrets and Pretenders- A History of Bohemianism in America by Albert Parry, written in 1933, and backwards from there to…

theBanquetYearsThe Banquet Years- Origins of the avant-garde in France 1885 to World War l, by Roger Shattuck. Is this where the Beats began?
Covers Alfred Jarry,  Henri Rousseau, Erik Satie, Guillaume Apollinaire and the zeitgeist of the day. Fascinating!

electricKoolaidAcidTestI go forward from the Beats to Kesey and his crew with Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, where we find our hero Neal Cassady behind the wheel of Furthur. Then Neal and Jack die and the whole thing sort of comes to an end for me. I mean, the thread of that tradition that you can trace back to the Montmartre of Paris in the 1880s. But you know, I’m older now, not paying as much attention. Can anyone point to where the juice went? My pet theory, ala McLuhan, is that now we live in Internet Culture and the global village and all that, so things are really quite different and we get Raves instead of Beat Movements.

My Lyric to Billy Strayhorn’s ‘Upper Manhattan Medical Group’ U.M.M.G.

Sky through window
Flowers at bedside
Nurse sing song reminds me of
Better days than…

Doctor’s orders
Feed intravenous
Friends come, soft sad looks on their
Loving faces

Hey, I may have left a song or two
At least I took the chance of loving you

Turn the lights out
It’s time to go
So long, goodbye
Goodbye so long

© John Humphrey 1999

Why Preschool Can Save The World

This is such a powerful piece of reporting. It actually answers the question: ‘What should we do?’
Planet Money

On today’s show, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize-winning economist who says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment.


Danny Kahneman Revisited: Thinking Fast And Slow

I’m a long time fan of Danny Kahneman. I collected as many links to Danny’s audio and video
talks as I could find back in May of 2008. It remains a good collection and I recommend you check
it out. In the meantime however, Danny released his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, and I’ve been
excited to read all the great reviews. Not only that, but Danny’s book tour resulted in quite a few
audio interviews. I’ve collected as much as I’ve found in this post and will updated it as more comes
in. Enjoy! The Cognitive Science of Rationality 12 September 2011
Wired, Jonah Lehrer: The Science Of Irrationality October 18, 2011
The New York Times, Daniel Kahneman: Don’t Blink! The Hazards of Confidence October 23, 2011
New York Post, Kyle Smith: Think vs. blink October 23, 2011
The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer: Is Self-Knowledge Overrated? October 25, 2011
The Wall Street Journal, Christopher Shea: Daniel Kahneman’s Politics October 28, 2011
The Economist: Not so smart now Oct 29th 2011
The Chronicle, Evan R. Goldstein: The Anatomy of Influence November 8, 2011
Vanity Fair, Jaime Lalinde: The Quiz Daniel Kahneman Wants You to Fail November 8, 2011
Financial Times, William Easterly: Thinking, Fast and Slow November 5, 2011
The New York Times, Jim Holt: Two Brains Running November 25, 2011
Freakonomics: Daniel Kahneman Answers Your Questions November 28, 2011
Sam Harris: Thinking about Thinking November 29, 2011
The Boston Globe, Jesse Singal: ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman December 04, 2011, Karen R. Long: Daniel Kahneman makes ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow,’ a mind-blower December 11, 2011
The New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson: How to Dispel Your Illusions December 22, 2011
The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman: Daniel Kahneman: ‘We’re beautiful devices’ 14 November 2011
The Independant: ‘We’re blind to our blindness.  24 November 2011
Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis: The King of Human Error December, 2011

The Marvels and the Flaws of Intuitive Thinking Edge Master Class 2011 (Danny on video for 1:21 + lengthy notes)

At the LSE Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman in conversation with Richard Layard November 15, 2011
New York Public Library Daniel Kahneman In Conversation with David Brooks December 16, 2011
Forum- A World of Ideas Making Better Judgements Daniel Kahneman,  Ngaire Woods,  Julian Baggini November 19, 2011



In Lieu of Christmas Presents 2011

So disheartening about the Greg Mortenson fiasco. Who knows where the lines in the sand are or what led Greg to cross them, but however you look at it, the fact is he lied!
This year our donations went again to…

One World Health
partners with government to manufacture drugs whose patents have expired but which remain affective for curing diseases.

Global Giving
vets and organizes a wide variety of projects.They will keep me in the loop as the projects develop.
is a truly global network. It has over ten million members in 193 countries.
is a legal non-profit that works on behalf of internet freedom.

An Ear for an Eye

Duchamp Double Exposure

Marcel Duchamp. Double exposure. Photographer unknown.

Marshall McLuhan Centenary in Full Swing!

2011 marks the centenary of Canadian icon Marshall McLuhan’s birth and it’s being celebrated around the world. Especially I’d like to share two go-to sites for all things McLuhan this year.
Dr. Alex Kuskis’s McLuhan Galaxy
Marshall McLuhan Speaks with a great collection of video clips.

From "McLuhan For Beginners" by Terrence Gordon

Mike Daisey!

[Update 2012/01/14 Mike Daisey on This American Life!]

What a treat… stumbling upon a blazing, fully-formed force for consciousness.
With 16 shows behind him already I’m obviously coming to the party a little late
but what a find. Probably not since Bill Hicks have I found someone who so brilliantly
blends humor, insight, and activism. Go Mike!

How Theater Failed America

Full hour CSPAN interview around The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
(wherein he describes going to China and speaking with workers from the Foxconn
factory where all our gadgets are made).



Why Did The FBI Stash Taliban 9-11 Phone Records?

Update Oct. 21, 2012: The Kiriakou Conundrum: To Plea Or Not To Plea

Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft

Update Oct. 1, 2012: John has been accused by the Department of Justice of crimes under the 1917 Espionage Act, a charge historically reserved for persons who betrayed their country to foreign governments for money.

This is one of those stories that opens up so many rabbit holes you don’t know where to start. And then, once you do start, it keeps getting worse and worse, until you’re left feeling duped and useless, and reminded once again of the possibility that if there is such a thing as ‘evil’ it probably resides somewhere in Washington,

In 2002, with NY Port Authority Detective Tommy McHale, on loan to the FBI, CIA agent John Kiriakou raided the Taliban embassy located in Peshawar, Pakistan. The bloodless action resulted in two van loads of Taliban documents and equipment. A few days after the raid, Detective McHale called Kiriakou to let him know about an incredible find…

“You’re never going to believe what I found!” It was a file folder with telephone bills in it. And the telephone bills were written in English. They were Pakistani issued telephone bills. And they documented 168 calls made, from the Taliban embassy to numbers inside the United States, and I mean all over the United States, Bethesda MD, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Kansas City, all over the country. And those call stopped abruptly on September the 10th, 2001, and then started up again slowly, on September the 16th.

So why were the numbers never investigated?
John Kiriakou, author of The Reluctant Spy, shares his story and his frustration in the following interview excerpt from C-SPAN’s After Words.
(Click arrow to hear clip) John Kiriakou: Peshawar Taliban Embassy Raid
Link to full Video interview.

In the full interview Kiriakou describes his involvement in the arrest of Abu Zubaydah. Kiriakou was instrumental in arranging for the medical care that kept Zubaydah alive. Kiriakou was earlier led to believe that Zabaydah, incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, began ‘speaking’ after one episode of waterboarding. It later came to be known that Zubaydah had been waterboarded  83 times in the month of August 2002 alone!
The interview includes details about Kirakou’s recruitment, and his time as an anti-terrorism agent in Greece. Kiriakou is inteviewd by Frederick Hitz, who was the Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 to 1998 and is the author of The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage.