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Episode 97 — Next Hundred

hundredAdam, Brian, and Jeff discuss where the podcast should venture during its second hundred episodes.

  • Adam claims to be better at long term than short-term planning.
  • Listener feedback is encouraged as we try to sort out what topics to cover in upcoming episodes.
  • Tutorial episodes (for example, Nuts and Bolts) seem well-received, but require substantial advance planning. Additionally, there are limits to how “deep” we can dive with an audio podcast.
  • Podcasts that regularly dive into technical subjects include Pragmatic and Security Now.
  • Brian notes Dan Carlin’s voice, which can be heard on the Hardcore History podcast.
  • Jeff would like to see a steady stream of working engineers appear on the podcast during coming years.
  • “War stories” have benefited Brian during the course of his career.
  • Brian suggests using LinkedIn to reach potential guests for future episodes.
  • A possible new feature for the podcast would be coverage of current engineering events; say, the recent landing of the Blue Origin rocket.
  • One of the classic television “debate” shows was CNN’s Crossfire, which premiered in 1982.
  • While there are only 8 engineers in the current US Congress, there are 202 lawyers among the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators that make up that legislative body.
  • Jeff acknowledges his home state once came close to passing a law that would redefine the irrational number pi as being 3.2.
  • Adam notes that the degree of curvature is frequently used in civil engineering.
  • Vanity publishing has been around for many years, although it is much easier to be self-published these days.
  • We discuss a recent episode of The Amp Hour podcast where Chris and Dave answered live questions.
  • Brian insists we should avoid participating in “Hangout-a-thons.”
  • In recent episodes there hasn’t been much discussion of the trend toward shorter employment periods for engineers; Jeff wonders if this could provide an area of focus in the future.
  • Most people lose interest in new music after the age of 33.
  • Jeff has never been fond of disco music, especially the 1979 hit by Anita Ward, “Ring My Bell.” (YouTube)

Thanks to Ervins Strauhmanis for the photo titled “Money.” Podcast theme music by Paul Stevenson.