You think 'testing the pages function on read.cv' is no real side project? Then I guess 'hating podcasts' isn't a real one either. But here we are.
I would not even listen to the prototype of all podcasts, the role model that never existed: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels discussing how to win at communism. So I prompted Playground AI to visualize it. And it did an astonishing job. But it's still two old white men talking to each other, too much. About stuff that's not really real.
All the things ChatGPT gets accused of – being overly self-confident and wordy, making up facts from time to time; someone even coined the term "mansplaining as a service" for it – can be applied to an average podcast as well.
One of the good things about Mastodon – compared to Twitter it has far less people only there to self-promote their podcasts. On the birdsite I had to hide dozens of hashtags, block all tweets containing Spotify links, unfollow users etc. On Mastodon this is not necessary.
Does anyone even remember music?