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1000 Reasons to Buzz Out Loud!

Buzz Out Loud, appearing on CNET, and abbreviated by fans as BOL, began with hosts Tom Merritt and Molly Wood on April 27, 2005. It is a daily podcast (Monday through Friday) that discusses tech-related subjects in a panel format. Each episode is approximately 40-45 minutes in duration and is streamed live on Ustream at WatchBOL.com and made available for download/subscription from iTunes and other podcatchers. Current permanent hosts are Tom Merritt, Natali Del Conte, and Jason Howell with a rotating guest host spot that is usually filled with either Brian Tong, Rafe Needleman, or Brian Cooley. It is the most popular podcast that CNET currently offers.

The show joins a very small group of podcasts that have been able to reach the 1000 episode mark. Generally podcasts never reach the mark due to podcasting burnout by talent, a lack of resources, or the topic of the podcast no longer becomes relevant. As popular as the show has become the audience for the show continues to grow in numbers as ever more tech savvy members of the audience turn increasingly to an online time-shifted show that fits their schedule.

Thursday’s celebration was performed before a live in-studio audience. It featured special guest appearances by former Buzz Out Loud producer (and current Revision 3 Tekzilla co-host) Veronica Belmont, TWIT network founder and host Leo Laporte, founding Buzz Out Loud producer James Hilliard, Scott Johnson, a cartoonist (ExtraLife and Experience Points) and producer and host of podcasts (The Instance, ExtraLife Radio, and AppSlappy), and Aneesh Chopra, the 1st Chief Techonolgy Officer of the United States.

Select video tributes that were created and submitted by fans in honor of the celebration were aired during and after the show. Among them were amusing Buzz Out Loud parody title sequences that were made in the style of television shows Doctor Who, Macgyver, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek by YouTube user DoctorWhoTitles.


The Sword and Laser

I’ve joined the Sword and Laser.

The Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy themed book club, created by Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont,  that my wife and I joined back around the beginning of October.  The focus of the book club is to create a stronger community of sci-fi/fantasy buffs who read and enjoy both genres.

The first book the group selected for the month of October was Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, the 1st in His Dark Materials trilogy). I should add that The Golden Compass film adaptation is scheduled to be released on  December 7th.

The second, and current book we are reading for the month of December, is Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game.

If you happen to be a fan of these genres and enjoy discussing literature with other geeks, feel free to join us. Voting by the community for the January 2008 book selection will likely begin in the next two to three weeks.