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February 2011

God, the Universe and Everything Else

Original Release: 1988
Date Watched: 2010 Dec 11
Queue: Owned
Format: DVD

So, it was time to watch something that we owned but had never gotten around to watching. This time in specific it was a DVD Amy had accidentally purchased at some point. Oops.

Anyway, this is just a TV roundtable that aired in the UK in the 80’s. A moderator, Arthur C. Clarke, Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking discussing a variety of topics from the Big Bang to the origin of creativity.

As these sorts of things go, it was a somewhat interesting discussion, but a little dry and slow. It also was noticeably dated, what with being more than two decades old at this point. I tried to pay attention to what they were actually saying, sort of as a bit of a time capsule of the times and the nature of our knowledge of the topics discussed at the time, but I think Amy and Brandy were mainly just amused by the whole thing.

Anyway, kind of interesting to see these three personalities having a chat, but overall probably not really worth the hour unless you are a completist wanting to see everything these folks ever appeared in. And admittedly, I am a Sagan fan, but if I wanted to see Sagan, I’d be much better off watching some Cosmos.

Five Years (and a bit) in the Jungle

I failed to make note of it at the time because things have been absolutely crazy the last few weeks, and between work and fighting a really awful cold that has infected the whole family, I just haven’t had time for much. But back on January 11th, at about 22:18 UTC, it was five years since I started at my current employer. This means I get a yellow border on my ID badge as a prize. Woo?

Rolling Around In Your Piles Of Money

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Ivan Turns 40
  • Feedback and Sickness
  • Egypt Situation
  • Internet Shut Down
  • Losing More Stuff
  • Security vs Liberty
  • MacWorld
  • Backups
  • Obsolete Files

Just click to listen now:

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