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Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 08, 2008 09:53PM
Brilliant!

This is great! The Return of the Aero Car. I remember seeing this as a kid.

Well done. Ep. 2 is on standby.

Thanks for the H/U, voodoo.




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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 08, 2008 10:24PM
off-topic a bit: I'm always waiting for someone to renew James Burke's role in hosting a new Connections, my favorite science/history show of all time.



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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 08, 2008 10:40PM
Have you read the book, The Pinball Effect? It is pretty good. James Burke's style of writing is so distinct that you can hear him in your head as you read it. A similar book is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.



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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 08, 2008 10:40PM
mbs, Connections doesn't sound familiar.

Would that be a series about etymology and history?

I remember one such episode that mentioned the origin of canned food and the phrase "an army marches on it's stomach".

For some odd reason, watching that show always reminded me of Peabody's Improbably History.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 08, 2008 10:43PM
When I read, I always hear a voice in my head, as though the book is being narrated. When I know the author, that's the voice I hear.

I have no explanation for the myriad of voices in my head heard when I'm not reading.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 08, 2008 10:46PM
thanks, ztirffritz.

RAM, it was a series that Discovery (? or similar) used to air in the late '80s/early '90s with Burke taking an object or an event and going back through history to see how that object came to be. It was fascinating, mostly because of his style of presentation and ability to hit on the "really good bits." I'm going to have to find some old episodes.
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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 08, 2008 10:50PM
mbs, I think that was the series I was watching on the local PBS channel KQED.

The problem was that for *years* KQED would broadcast a program *years* after it first showed everywhere else in the world.

It's just that the name Connections doesn't ring a bell.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

Everybody matters or nobody matters.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: October 09, 2008 12:29AM
I think that Connections was actually from the 70's, maybe early 80's. I remember watching it on WQED (no relation to KQED) when I was a little kid. I think that it played a significant role in me becoming the geek that I am. I remember James Burke explaining how the invention of the plow caused the collapse of whole societies in Europe. His version of the story was that farmers couldn't produce enough to support their families so they would work as mercenaries for part of the year. After the plow was invented, they were able to support themselves and the kings army collapsed without the mercenaries. This led to numerous violent wars and a cycle of power struggles. This led to a number of developments in warfare because of the shortage of manpower. Chain reactions like this are what makes the Pinball Effect such a neat book.

Edit: Late 70's early 80's was correct
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Re: Flying cars! James May's "Big Ideas", Ep. 1 Balls of cast iron, or eqv.
Posted by: artie67
Date: October 09, 2008 12:48AM
There were three series. The first was on PBS and most familiar. Two and Three I believe were on cable. I have the first series which has ten shows on 5 dvds. Amazon has all three and pricey. It's a great teaching tool also.
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