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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

There are some really great perks to working at Stanford. Last night I went to see Ira Glass and Terry Gross speak at the Memorial Auditorium. They are two people who I'd really like to just spend hours in a coffee shop with, though if I had to pick one or the other, I'd pick Ira. He's my brand of geek, and This American Life is the best program available. I just wish I could get Tivo to record it from the radio that way it records television.

Fred, Brooks, and Brooks new girlfriend Elaine were all there too. Fred gets season tickets to the Lively Arts series, so they even had far better seats than us. Nevertheless, I would've never heard about the show before it sold out if it weren't for working here. And how can you beat 35% off the ticket price?

We went to dinner before the show at Joanie's Cafe, which is such a small little unassuming cafe that you wouldn't notice how neat it is unless someone introduced you to it properly. A simple menu, with creative daily specials, Joanie's doesn't do anything terribly unique per se, but what it does do, it does very very well.

As for Ira and Terry, you just had to be there. In the meantime, you should catch up on some TAL via the web. They discussed the show they did from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Arabian Sea last night. But my favorite is still the one on Conventions. It's perfect TAL. And the episode on Monogamy is also really intelligently done. Check out the staff favorites page for a starting point. Oh, and make sure you have at least an hour to listen before you start. It'll suck you in. Yesterday before the show I decided to catch up on a recent episode or two. Two hours later, I realized I hadn't done any real work at all. Oh well. Today is another day, and boy have I got work to do.

Oh, so I was going to ask a question, but they ran out of time before they got to me, but if I had gotten a chance, here's what I would've asked. All night Ira and Terry kept talking about the difference between radio and television and making comparisons. Ira kept saying "Radio is the most visual medium" (which was really funny considering the first time he said it, he said that there was something about radio that you could say things that weren't quite true, but that people would think they were true). What I wondered was how does radio compare to writing, or more specifically, weblogging. In the five years since TAL's inception, the one thing I take away is that the mundane ebb and flow of our lives can be interesting. Weblogs assume the same thing. I want to know what Ira thinks about that phenomenon, and what he thinks about print vs. radio. I think he could've been fascinating discussing that subject. Oh well. Maybe some other time. God knows, given the chance, I'd go see them speak anywhere anytime again.

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