Listening notes: current podcasts

I’m a big fan of podcasts, and have been listening for a while — the oldest ones in my iTunes library date to the summer of 2005, back when the newly-coined term “podcast” was named word of the year.

People sometimes ask what I listen to, and I’m always open to suggestions of great shows. So here are the current podcasts in my listening rotation. What are yours?

Time to share a good book

Pretty much my favourite present to give the kids in my life is a good book. So, when I heard that the clever folks behind Rain City Chronicles were holding a book drive to benefit an East Vancouver children’s library? Yes.

Riot night, ten months later.

I’ve been thinking a lot the Stanley Cup Riot this week, not just because the playoffs started again, prompting more discussions on policing and crowd control. I was excited for the playoffs last year. But 10 months post-riot? Not one bit.

Baby steps in data visualization

A second go at the food prices chart, with updated (to Dec. 2011) food price data from Statistics Canada. The food price rising the fastest? Potatoes.

Food prices, visualized

People seemed interested in the food price information in my last post, so here’s a few more figures from that same Statistics Canada data, put in a chart. I really wish I had a better tool for visualizing data on the web than Excel — that will have to go on a to-do list. Anyone have any suggestions? Click through to see the chart… Change in average food prices in Canada The latest data available show food prices for each October for 2007-2011. So, I calculated percent change for the past year, and the past four years. Because the x-axis is so far down, I popped on a couple of the 1-year numbers to make it more clear. And income? For most people, are not growing at the same pace. For example, in B.C. the average hourly wages went up 2.3% in the past year (not adjusted for inflation). Some groups did much better: managers’ wages on average went up 7%, certain industries saw wages go up 12%. Others did worse: young workers (15-24) saw their average hourly wages...