G’Day World #64 – Ben Barren

Ben Barren is a Melbourne boy who has been around this innanet thing since day T-1. He’s worked for some of Australia’s top innanet companies and is now running a Web2.0 start-up. Ben’s a voracious listener of podcasts and reader of blogs, so I turn to him for the latest updates on what the hell is going on in the world of Web 2.0.
His blog is also famous for including piccies of hot chicks in each post. Don’t ask me why. I guess it’s his advertising background. Sex sells everything else, so why not a blog?

Listen in while we talk about Mark Cuban, GYMAAE, the future of podcasting, why he’s addicted to del.icio.us, the latest in facial recognition technology, and Web2.0 business models.

Happy New Year!

G’Day World “On The Pod” #63 – Joseph Nassise

I’m back from my vacation in hell with a suitable guest – horror novelist Joseph Nassise, author of the highly-acclaimed recent novel HERETIC.


I’m about two-thirds of the way through HERETIC and it’s a real page-turner, so I was very excited about getting Joe on the show. We chat about the novel, his approach to research and writing, the impact of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci on the religious thriller genre, the challenges with the horror genre, his appreciation of horror comics such as HELLBLAZER, and the opportunities the internet offer writers to promote their work.

on holidays

For my sins, I’m taking my family to Bundaberg (map) for 8 days as of tomorrow. Bundy (as it’s known), population 58,000, is the home of Bundy Rum and Dr Death. It’s also the place where Belinda and I grew up and where my mother and her parents still live. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the temperature today in Bundy is 28.9 degrees Celsius (84 degrees F) with 59% relative humidity. Ugh. And my mother has no aircon. In addition, the food sucks, there isn’t a decent latte for 1000 miles, it’s redneck central and the Bundaberg Mayor was the Head Mistress at Kepnock High School when we went there… let’s just say that she never really liked me (I can still remember the look she gave me when, age 12, I told her I wouldn’t be attending religious education classes because I was a zen buddhist). The only thing that Bundy really has going for it is that it’s the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, a fact which I’m sure Des, Bowie and Bear will appreciate. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be doing any diving though on this trip. I’ll be teaching my boys to fish and catch crabs (the kind you can eat) though, which will be a hoot. The best thing about Bundy is the view of it in my rear view mirror as I’m leaving it.

Anyway… enough of my complaining. I will be checking email, hopefully twice a day (first thing in the morning and last thing at night), assuming my mum hasn’t used all of her bandwidth this month, and will respond to email and comments as possible. The rest of the TPN’rs will still be doing shows though, so keep your aggregators burning.

G’Day World “On The Pod” #62 – Cydni Tetro

My guest today is Cydni Tetro, Vice President of Product and Corporate Marketing, NextPage Inc.

Cydni Tetro

Cydni was on the podcasting panel we did at BlogOn2005 in New York last October.

She has been using podcasts to add value to NextPage’s clients. In the interview we discuss her philosophy of how to best use podcasts as a marketing tool. There are still very few companies out there using podcasting well. NextPage is out in front of the pack.

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