Daily: 23rd February 2011

22 February, 2011 at 23:59 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

Ooh, it's my turn on daily duties again. I'm writing this on our Windows Machine - the one that allows us to use Skype without Mr C tearing his hair out. I know, I know, he's never really been complementary about Windows in the past but it has it's benefits. It allowed us to record the recent Sidepodchat, which is certainly worth listening to if you have a spare fifteen minutes. Also, the Windows machine means I get to play The Sims 2. Which I am not doing. Nu-uh.

Now, what goodies can I bring to you today? First off, of course, we have this week's ranking posts. You can check out how well the drivers have done here, where Nick Heidfeld makes his debut. There's also the team post, in which every single entrant now has some kind of points on the board - albeit positive, negative, whatever.

Also spotted yesterday, Renault released an update on Robert Kubica, via the medium of a brief interview with one of his doctors.

...he no longer needs intensive care so he has begun the rehabilitation process. He is now in his own large room so that he is as comfortable as possible. He has already started some gentle hand exercises with the slight flexing of his fingers.

Dr. Rossello

It does sound like progress may be slow, but any kind of progress is brilliant, and I really appreciate the updates that Renault have been giving us.

Yesterday, Alex pointed out some exciting things from Amazon - although in the US only at the moment. Members of Amazon Prime will have access to streaming TV shows and movies for free. Loads and loads of them! I wonder if the subscription business model would work better for TV than it does for music. It's certainly not dead in the music industry but it doesn't seem to have taken off as much as it was hyped to. I know I don't like it but that's probably just bad experience. Meanwhile, Spotify have just got a load of investment to keep on trying to break America. It may happen one day.

Whilst we're on the subject of media, whilst I was browsing the iTunes podcast store recently, I spotted that ChannelFlip have found a new celeb to link up with and have launched Richard Hammond's Tech Head. I don't know what it is like, but I do know that Hammond is relatively popular amongst us as one of the Top Gear presenters. Is Top Gear still cool? Who knows?

What other non-F1 podcasts do you listen to? Do you make a point of subscribing to them, or do you just catch up when you can? I'm always intrigued by people's consumption habits, so why not share yours?

Now, back to the matter at hand, which is sports and stuff. Make sure you keep an eye on the Sidepodcast Calendar. We're doing our best to keep it updated with the changing F1 circumstances, and it's also worth noting that there are some fun things coming up this weekend. There's more NASCAR, but if that's not your bag, you should definitely tune in to Crashed Ice. It's the third of four rounds, and so far it has been super duper exciting every time we have watched. We may be testing out the Factbyte Factbox in the coming days as well, so make sure you stick around. We're widening our horizons, and we're taking you with us!

That's plenty enough waffling from me for now. Best wishes go to everyone affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. I know several of our commentors have family in the country, so our thoughts go out to all.

I will see you in the comments.

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