Addenda 3: After Pragmatic 46

20 November, 2014


Following Pragmatic Episode 46 Vic and I talk about Autumn tones and how lucky I feel to have been able to skip the punch card phase of computers.

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The problem that I've got with this part of it, though, before I even start. Is that you can't rebuild... Well, sorry, the problem I have is you can't... Stop that. Stop what? Yawning? Yes. Oh, it's 1030, it's 1036 p.m. Where I'm at. That's my excuse. What time is it in the morning over there in fake time? Oh, hang on. In fake time? - No, no, no, you're in-- - It is 7.36. - Actually, you know what I'm talking about, you're in real time now, aren't you? Fake time died at Halloween. So they had Halloween, turns out the trick or treat was that daylight saving was ending. - Yeah. - That was the trick and the treat. - Yes, it was. - Simultaneously. - Well, it's a treat in the fall, it's not so much fun in the spring. - Yeah, that's it. (sighs) I love it being called the fall. That's funny. All the leaves are falling. We'll call it the fall. It's kind of nice. Beats autumn, although autumn, of course, that's what we call it. And the rest of the world doesn't call it the fall. I call it autumn. And but when I was over there, the fall in Calgary, predominantly, there's you know, it's not deciduous trees. It's pine trees and stuff like that. And but then I went and I visited Ottawa in the fall. And oh, my God, the leaves, the autumn tones. absolutely gorgeous. Never seen anything. There's a mountain view out my back door that looks really pretty at this time. Yeah. Oh, it's just breathtaking, you know. And then, of course, a few weeks later, they've all fallen down. You get this enormous pile of leaves and crap on the ground and you're like, oh, now I'm going to clean it up. Good news was I didn't have to. I saw plenty of... Because I was in a hotel at the time. I was because I... Was it your problem? My problem, no, but I was driving the hire car to and from the offices, the Nortel offices in Skyline and as I was driving along, there's these massive vortices of leaves being kicked up by the car as I'm driving along and I'm like, "Oh, that's so cool." It's a mess, but it's so cool. Anyway, that was on topic, 100%. Oh, yeah. This is the autumn leaves, sorry, this is the fall leaves podcast. We discuss 101 different kinds of lift. There are some theoretical supposed energy benefits to the daylight savings switch. So maybe kind of sort of on top of that. No, that's bullshit. Yeah, I know it is, but. Did you hear episode 21? Come on. I did. Someone wants me to take on what's his name? Bloody big, weird, smiley face, old guy, Dr. Drang. Yeah. I saw that on Twitter, I think it was. They want me to get him on as a guest and debate Daylight Saving. I've done that. So just not with Drang. But that's OK. Drang is special. He's an engineer, like me. But he's older, he's a punch card guy. I came in at the end of punch cards. Thank God. The few that I played with, I'm like, are you kidding me? Are you serious? Tell me you're not serious. It's got to be a better way. There was a better way. It was called a computer and we figured like an actual computer with a keyboard and a screen and terminal. And that was, you know. Yeah, but some of those early PLCs that I played with, with the with the little keypads, we punched in the instruction code and it was like A, 37, B22, you know, and it's like, oh, God, man, that was bad. That was just one step up from punch cards. All right. I'm digressing. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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John Chidgey

John Chidgey

John is an Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer, software developer, podcaster, vocal actor and runs TechDistortion and the Engineered Network. John is a Chartered Professional Engineer in both Electrical Engineering and Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering (ITEE) and a semi-regular conference speaker.

John has produced and appeared on many podcasts including Pragmatic and Causality and is available for hire for Vocal Acting or advertising. He has experience and interest in HMI Design, Alarm Management, Cyber-security and Root Cause Analysis.

Described as the David Attenborough of disasters, and a Dreamy Narrator with Great Pipes by the Podfather Adam Curry.

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Vic Hudson

Vic Hudson

Vic is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.