Why I Love National Public Radio

Why I Love National Public Radio

DanaCalleja

National Public Radio is on a hot streak this week for me. Full disclosure: I am an NPR junkie. Not in recovery, not in denial. A junkie pure and simple.

This week I wanted to share two things with you. The first was a brief story on Wednesday morning on American Public Media’s “Marketplace Morning Report” titled, “Will Tech Lead Economic Recovery?” The gist of the story is that according to “KPMG, 8 out of 10 technology executives expect their business to power up over the next year.” We’ve talked about this before. The reason is that companies have postponed technology projects and investments during the recession, but might be ready to pull the trigger on those projects this year.

And here’s my perennial question:

What are you going to do about it?

If those 8 out of 10 technology execs are right, there’s opportunity in the technology industry. But you have to be ready. If they’re wrong, then you end up on the cutting edge when it does happen. Because it’s going to happen. So get ready, get skilled, get certified.

OK, I’ll get off your back and give you a little Friday gift for sticking with me through my diatribe. This morning (on NPR, of course), I heard a story about how record industry revenues have fallen since the advent of Napster and other online file sharing services nearly 10 years ago. So rather than going the record label route, one artist has taken a new approach. Jonathan Coulton posts his music for free and fans choose to pay for it. What caught my attention was that this guy is one of us! He’s a former computer programmer whose most popular song is “Code Monkey!” I might have to contact him for a Born to Learn interview…

Comments
  • rellufgerg
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    Wait, you re just -now- hearing of Jonathan Coulton? I m sadly disappointed.
  • rellufgerg
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    T.J., you ve got to clue me in on these things!
  • rellufgerg
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    Jonathan s "Still Alive" is the key to the sublime divinity that is Valve s awesome Portal.
  • rellufgerg
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    I heard this NPR story, too. I m so glad that you posted a link to his "Code Monkey" song. The parts that they played in the story made me laugh! Another NPR junkie...