We all know GeekNights is #2
. (Who could dethrone 12 Byzantine Emperors?) But why is that? Surely, the other podcasters have a lot of explaining to do.
This is the official thread for complaining about other podcasts, and, if you like, giving props to GeekNights (which isn't strictly necessary, considering you do that just by being here).
For my part, I'll stick only to podcasts I know.
Dave & Joel's Fast Karate for the Gentleman: personally, I find this show hilarious. It's as informative as GeekNights on the subject of anime. (I consider opinions, trivia, and random musings to be informative; the facts and figures on anime can be easily had elsewhere). However, these poor bastards need to get some fricking sound equipment! Their volume levels suck, their microphone discipline is terrible, and altogether the show sounds worse than the GeekNights beta podcasts on the unequalized condenser mike. I'll give them the lack of an opener or closer, should they choose to make that their thing, but GeekNights definitely benefits from its audio clips (opener, Things of the Day, closer), which I might add, are tastefully short, unlike certain other tech podcasts.
This Week in Tech: *the* thing in podcasting, until they changed the name to netcasting. I was entertained for a while, until I noticed a trend: nobody on this show knows what the hell they're talking about! They're just musing on current events in tech and making wild, unfounded predictions, such as the total failure of the Intel Mac, the success of the Zune, and the nonexistence of the iPhone. They've got good sound editing, and Leo Laporte has the radio voice, but that's about it.
DiggNation: okay, maybe I picked the wrong time to start listening to this podcast, being near the announcement of the iPhone, but...good god. I never realized how much of a pathetic Apple fanboy Kevin Rose was. Sure, his entire web site is devoted to Apple fanboyism, but I tend to have this hopeless optimism about people who accomplish awesome things: that they, themselves, are awesome. And, like the TWiTs, they aren't so hot on technical knowledge. Listening these podcasters explain to me how an all-black Google could save lots of money by reducing energy use in monitors was hilarious. There was no mention at all of the difference between CRTs and LCDs. Here's a clue, guys: LCD's have a backlight that is always on, shining bright white. The monitor expends energy reorganizing the liquid crystal to block that light, forming black. The opposite is true of LCDs about black: it consumes more, not less power. I thought that was basic technical knowledge. This guy is supposed to convince me of the technical merits of an Apple product? You'd hope this podcast would be at least half as entertaining as the digg discussions themselves; it isn't.
The Dungeons & Dragons podcast: Okay, I doubt any of you listen to this, but I have my complaints. Largely, they are irrelevant: after all, the format is fine, the production is high-quality, and the speakers certainly have technical knowledge of what they're talking about. Really, I just complain about the Wizards of the Coasts employees themselves. It's abundantly clear how the people in charge of D&D have transformed from excited, creative geeks who just wanted to publish the next cool book to a bunch of corporate drones who, while they seem to know and like what they're doing, have diluted the flavor of D&D so far as to lose almost all meaning. If you're familiar with the current state of D&D, then I don't need to tell you (or can't convince you if you disagree), and if you're not, well, don't get me started. But I do have one legitimate complaint about the podcast: MONTHLY? What the heck is this, a fricking magazine? Just how hard is it to record a 40 minute podcast? Lazybones.
Penn Radio podcast: No complaints here, save for the 1 day delay per podcast. Penn and Goudeau are exceptionally entertaining, and, like only one other podcast I know, they actually release DAILY! Take that, you lazy-ass weekly podcasters. I need something I can listen to on the way to and from work every day...not once a fucking week. Thanks Penn...and screw you for killing off Monkey Tuesday.
Any others come to mind?