Lex Friedman blogs here.

Lex is the EVP of Sales and Development for Midroll, the world's best podcast advertising network.

He was previously Macworld's senior writer, and continues to contribute to the publication. He is the cohost of the Not Playing podcast, a cohost of the Turning This Car Around podcast, a cohost of the The Reboudpodcast, and the sole host of the Your Daily Lex podcast.

Lex's first book, The Snuggie Sutra, is exactly what it sounds like. His most recent book is a Dr. Seuss parody for adults; it's called The Kid in the Crib.

You should follow him on both Twitter and App.net.

Lex would be delighted to speak at your awesome event.

Geezerly

#179 October 21, 2014: Geezerly

I am old. Very, very old.

Posted on October 21st, 2014

For Anya on Her Eighth Birthday: Podcast Edition

Too lazy to read yesterday's post? I'll read it to you!

#178 October 20, 2014: For Anya on Her Eighth Birthday

Posted on October 20th, 2014

For Anya, on her eighth birthday

Dear Anya—

I don’t know anyone who likes to read as much as you. I know other people—many of them related to you—who really love to read a lot, but no one’s lust for reading quite matchs your affection for books. It’s incredible. It’s awesome. I hope you never lose it.

Today was your eighth birthday. And one thing I really appreciated was that, even though you would have been ecstatic to receive nothing but books, you also rejoiced in receiving the many gifts you got today that instead addressed your other passions. You're nuanced, kid. I love that.

This was a great day. You woke up, and since Mommy had already put out the dress you were going to wear today, you put it on first thing. After all, that’s the rule on school days; get dressed before you come into our room in the morning.

Of course, today was a smidgen more relaxed, and we had to take baths, so we ended up taking the dress off for a bit, but still: You were ready to face the day.

You remarked many times this weekend how it was the best birthday ever, the best presents ever, the best party ever, and so on. And what makes those words ring so true—words which, from other mouths, would sound hollow or cliché—is the very obvious fact that you mean them with every fiber of your being.

I just finished reading to you before bedtime. Then Mommy came in to read to you, too. (We’re each reading you different books. It was Mommy’s turn. I just try to read Harriet the Spy whenever we have a few minutes, because that book is really, really, really long.)

As I cleaned up some party/present aftermath, I marveled at the fact that, hooboy, you’re really eight. It didn’t feel like a milestone birthday to me today for whatever reason. But now that your best day ever is drawing to a close, I can’t help but quietly reflect on the fact that eight is awfully close to ten, which is by my count double-digits, and which is the stepping stone to old. Ten is basically twelve is basically teenager is basically driving is basically college is basically adulthood.

Holy moly.

In truth, there’s still lots of time left when you’re still all ours, still truly a kid and little, despite how big and mature and grown-up you’re so obviously becoming. But I’m seeing it ever more clearly now—”it” being the next parts, the parts where you need us a little less, and then a lot less. The part where you maybe won’t squeal with delight when I suggest we work on Snap Circuits together, and unironically “oooohhhh” in amazement as we work on the experiments.

I want to believe we’ll buck the trend of teenage kids who, by evolutionary necessity, rebel a bit against their parents. I think we might yet. And still, I know there’s a chance that we’re not too far off from a few years where you’ll suffer me as necessary, maybe even hate me from time to time.

I sat down to write this letter to you, a letter I don’t know if you’ll ever read, because it felt important to me. I wanted to write down just how much I love you, how happy you make me, and selfishly: just how loved you make me feel, just how transparent you make it that I make you happy too.

And so I promise you, if those years that feel far away but way too close do segue into your thinking I am the world’s jerkiest human for a couple years, I am going to work hard to remember these feelings from today—the feelings we each make so clear to each other right now—because they are some of the best feelings in the world.

I love you lots. Happy birthday!

-Daddy

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Liam Returns

#177 October 16, 2014: Liam Returns

Everyone's favorite YDL guest returns. Hooray!

Posted on October 16th, 2014

Hair and Now

#176 October 15, 2014: Hair and Now

I got a haircut. I'm okay with it.

Posted on October 15th, 2014

Alphabetical In Every Way

#175 October 13, 2015: Alphabetical in Every Way

I know things. Some of them, in alphabetical order.

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Posted on October 13th, 2014

Groceries Before Liquor

#174 October 10, 2014: Groceries Before Liquor

I had experiences at the liquor store last night. You get to hear about them today.

Ain't podcasting grand?!

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Turning This Car Around and The Rebound

New episodes of each!

You'll Never Love a Clown Again is this week's episode of Turning This Car Around. We talk about lies and the lying liars who tell them. Chiefly, children.

This week's Rebound is Way Too Long. What will happen at next week's Apple event? We have no idea! So we guess.

Posted on October 9th, 2014

How I Met Their Mother

#173 October 9, 2014: How I Met Their Mother

The story of when Lauren and I started dating. We got married! It lasted!

Posted on October 9th, 2014

Something That Rhymes With Lex

In which I discuss freestyle rapping:

#171 October 6, 2014: Something That Rhymes With Lex

Posted on October 6th, 2014

On Juggling

#170 October 3, 2014: On Juggling

I talk about juggling. Like, did you even read the episode title?

Posted on October 3rd, 2014

I'm back!

#169 October 2, 2014: I'm back

Life interrupted, and I didn't put out an episode of Your Daily Lex myself for a few days. Thanks to Jason Snell for pinch-hitting yesterday.

But I'm back today! You're welcome, America!

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014

Your Daily Jason Snell

#168 October 1, 2014: Your Daily Jason Snell

I re-take the reigns of YDL tomorrow. Jason — un-prompted! — filled in for today.

I am quite appreciative.

Posted on October 1st, 2014

I'm not dieting.

#167 September 24, 2014: I'm Not Dieting

I'm not dieting. I swear.*

*I'm lying.

Posted on September 24th, 2014

The Phoebe Controversy

#166 September 23, 2014: The Phoebe Controversy

Sometimes, TV shows have plot lines or characters that are just simply unnecessary, and they make it harder to enjoy the show. 

Allow me to complain about my television watching experience as relates to two new shows: The Mysteries of Laura and Madame Secretary.

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Posted on September 23rd, 2014

On Line with Marco Tabini

#164 September 19, On Line with Marco Tabini

Special guest Marco Tabini joins me today to discuss the people who wait in iPhone lines. And his accent.

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Fascinating insights on the Kindle Voyage

Lots of people are blogging about the new Kindle Voyage. In part, as they acknowledge, because referal links to that Kindle are pretty lucrative, as Amazon referral links go.

I have no opinion on the Voyage just yet. But I do like Amazon referral dollars.

Posted on September 18th, 2014

Introducing The Rebound

Like Dan Moren, I used to work at Macworld. I chose to stop, though, where Dan's decision was kind of forced on him. But like every iCloud has a silver two-factor auth lining, there's an upside to Dan's unplanned Macworld departure: He's now free to do a tech podcast for fun.

I'm lucky enough to be among the two gentelmen Dan invited to join him on his podcasting journey—along with the delightful John Moltz. So I'm proud to announce YALP—yet another Lex podcast. This one is The Rebound, and it's three Apple nerds talking tech.

Credit to Moltz for the stellar name.

I think you'll like it. Here's The Rebound website, and here's the iTunes link, and here's the raw XML, and finally—of course—the Twitter account.

Posted on September 18th, 2014

Real Talk and Retirement

#162 September 17, 2014: Real Talk and Retirement

In which I cover early retirement, iOS 8, and other stuff.

Posted on September 17th, 2014

I'm Not Mad As Hell

#161 September 16, 2014: I'm Not Mad As Hell

Sorry for any confusion from yesterday's monologue. I had podcaster's block.

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Posted on September 16th, 2014