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Episode 53 - Decision 2020 Pre Game Show or Whatever

We recorded this one at around 7pm EST. Some polls are closed, some are open, some people are still in line. I conducted a completely (scientifically) useless twitter poll. Many of our US friends voted in advance. Many of them didn't have lines. That said, my twitter following probably skews kinda white. Still, it was nice of people to respond. The lineups are a sign of a fragile democracy. That said, a lot of people voted by mail. or in advance some other way. This got us talking about...


Episode 52 - The All New Honda Freebee

Originally Ken and I were going to hop on Skype and talk about reopening economies. Then, the murder of George Floyd happened. So, we couldn't not talk about that. So we did. Though, really, we agree that white people ought to be doing a lot more listening and a lot less talking right now. We of course both agree that Black Lives Matter. This of course is all happening during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, is this 1968? Canada is doing something like a UBI that people thought about a lot...


Episode 51 - Chock Full of Plagues

We're back, and better than ever. Oh and there's a plague and we're all working from home. Also, Ken is now in entirely different city, so we're doing this over Skype for the first time. So of course we're talking COVID, we're talking bubonic plague and other stuff. Other stuff being the 1918 Influenza epidemic for example, and AIDS in the 1980s. Babylon 5 is full of plagues. Star Trek, every Star Trek series, is really chock full of plagues. Hey wait, that's not a bad title, chock full...


Episode 50 - Timely, Topical, Terrifying and Tom

Live from MMPR 2019, it's Tangential Convergence! Yeah, so I'm typing this up on the Sunday before we all meetup for the goodbye breakfast of MMPR. It was good fun. It was Ken's first TC, and Tom's as well. We talked about the history of military parades, what with the oddness of the recent July 4 parade. The audio is ok, there was some music playing in the background, and it was a little loud. Apparently also the audience couldn't hear us..... We hope you enjoy the episode. mp3...


Episode 49 - I Can't Even Throw Away Paint

Hey look, it's us! Also, we streamed this one live. Sorta cool right? Of course we peaked at three listeners, still... Evil Bond villain Elon Musk launched a bunch of satellites. It's pretty crazy. SpaceX is like the British East India Company, or the Company of a Hundred Associates. Elon Musk may be odd, but, he never ran the Congo or anything. Oh these satellites might change our night sky. mp3 download


Episode 48 - You Need Three People For Propaganda

OK, we're back after a long hiatus. Ken has merged with a new kidney, and he's doing much better thank you. We started out by talking about the SNC Lavalin affair here in Canada at the request of friend of the show, Tom Merritt. We gave our impressions on the affair. This got us to talking about fake news, and the recent BuzzFeed News Article about how the olds share more fake news. Then we got to Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica. mp3 download


Episode 47 - Ward Cleaver Was Really Into Cock Fighting

Hey, we're back! If anything gets us back to talking it is overreach by a company with a bit of copyright! I'm using too many exclamation points! So, a guy who had bought a movie from Apple went to re download his purchase, and it turns out, he didn't really buy the movie. He bought a license to download it, depending on its availability in the iTunes store. Plus, the EU is going all crazy again..... We talked Dr. Johnson, dystopias, the future of newspapers and the Peninsular...


Episode 46 - A Warehouse Full of Minitel Terminals

Yup, we're back. Don't worry, we just took a little break. So, today is Isabelle's birthday, so there's that. Our topic though, is not birthdays, but, the recent fine the European Union has slapped on Google. The deal here is, that if you make an Android phone, and you want to use the google play store, you can't fork Android. I mean, you CAN, but then you don't get the play store. The EU doesn't like this much. This brought me in mind of the unequal treaties imposed on China, Japan and...


Episode 45 - Sending Your Scribe to John Grisham's Place

Everyone sing along. It's Tom Merritt's birthday. Today, or tonight really, we're tackling a topic we've spoken of before, cloud computing. Yeah, that was back in episode 12, that file is long gone.... Today at work there was a presentation about G Suite for education. Hey the university gets google tools for free! Also, no ads, and no data collected. So that's cool, and that's why we're talking about this tonight. What's the deal on those things that Picard signs? Is he accepting TOSs?...


Episode 44 - Churchill as a Service

Look, another episode! Look, another episode about copyrights! Look, the EU is being silly again! Is it censorship? I dunno. I'm sure Ken will know much more about this than I, because of his librarianosity. What if you could make copies of people's consciousness? Would you? What about renting out someone's 'soul' to be used as, oh say, a university administrator. Oh, Ken's daughter graduated from grade 8, congrats to her. We hope you enjoy our ramblings. mp3 download


Episode 43 - The Small Pencil Manufacturing Trade Association Has a Grievance

Do you have it? Can you feel it? Election fever has gripped Ontario! OK, look, I'm not so sure I have election fever, it might just be some bad clams. As I write this it looks like it'll be four years of bad clams. Oh for the first time we had voting machines! The company that made them is Canadian and has no ties to Russia, that we know of.... However, elections are a great podcast topic. So, that's what we did. Ancient Greece, Rome, the Polish monarchy, the Galactic Senate, me quitting...


Episode 42 - Quarter Poundor

Another week, another episode of The Expanse, and, another TC. Oh remember, you heard it here first that the Expanse was going to be picked up by Amazon. Speaking of Amazon, this article on Engadget caught our eyes. FAKES! Apparently there's a lot of stuff on Amazon that is fake. I remember eBay dealing with that a lot when I was a seller back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I promised my Russian friend Dan that I'd mention him, and The Warlock in Spite of Himself series. I have now...


Episode 41- Parking Tickets For Their Shuttlepods

I just announced on twitter that I'm currently writing this post, so I guess I ought to get to it. So, how about that Trump/Kim summit? Yeah, no, that's not happening. I don't know about you, but it strikes me that this was Kim's plan all along. Try for ridiculous concessions (US troops out of South Korea) then when that doesn't happen, embarrass Trump! Who knew a reality TV star could get pwned by a guy who, while evil, has been training for this role his whole life? This lead us into...


Episode 40 - My Suit Wouldn't Be Pressed As Well Without RADAR

Hey we've hit 40! Now the podcast will buy a Corvette and think about a career change or something. At this rate we'll hit 100 before the next Olympics! Ken and I got into it tonight about the recent tests (that failed in Quebec, and maybe got a C- in Ontario) of the Alert Ready system. As a very rough rule, it seems that people on Rogers and Shaw or MVNOs of theirs got the alerts whereas people on Bell and Telus did not. (It isn't quite that simple, but hey, who reads these things anyway?)...


Episode 39 - It's The Future, Which One of These Knobs Do I Have To Blow?

Follow us again dear listener as we converge tangentially. Well, we're going to watch last night's Expanse, and before it, who knows, we might record a thing! First off I'd like to thank both @acedtect and @alkebob for posting a picture of the two of them from Vegas where there was a meet up. Great pic, which they entitled 'two thirds of the Tangential Convergence audience'. So, Tesla has an idea for an electric transport truck. Cool. Then Nicola Motors (yeah we get it) has decided to sue...


Episode 38 - Five O'Clock Nigel

As I do with Broken Area, I'm writing these show notes before we actually do a show. Who knows if we are tonight. That said, I do know that Baron von Hernden is coming over tonight to watch the Expanse. I honestly have no idea why I just called him Baron von Hernden. He's really more of a Lord. The Lord of the Library. So, money, cash specifically. Are we heading towards a cashless society? This article from CNet makes the case. Canada is the most cashless country out there according to...


Episode 37 - Suitably Chagrined

As I do over at Broken Area, I'm typing this before even recording. Hell, I'm not even sure we're recording tonight. Anyway, it is another Thursday, another Expanse night, and another week of work. Hey! We did record, we talked about the twitter shitstorm after Barbara Bush's death. This lead to a discussion of tenure, of yellow journalism, of social media, of Star Trek, of Babylon 5 and post scarcity economies. mp3 download


Episode 36 - Do You Have Change For a Krugerrand?

Welcome to our Expanse pre show. Well not really, but we will be watching last night's premiere after talking about Cambridge Analytica! I don't know why that exclamation point is there. Maybe they could use data mining to tell me. Oh, as an aside, some yim yam friend of mine used 'This is Your Digital Life' and some of my info was shared with these weenies as you can see from the accompanying screenshot. I'm typing most of this out before Ken even comes over, but I just thought I'd drop...


Episode 35 - Harry Hopkins is My Barman

Yup, two times in a one week span. Tonight, before Altered Carbon we talked a bit about the story of how Alexa is maniacally laughing at users. As an aside, they've got a fix out. As an aside aside, the New York Times talked about the whole thing, 21 years ago. This got us in to talking about AI, Siri, Hal, and even Kay Summersby. FDR, Steve Jobs, Harry Hopkins et al also came up. What would you do if your digital assistant actually had a real personality? (n.b. there's a weird audio...


Episode 34 - Darth Putin

HOLY SHIT WE'RE RECORDING. You know, Ken has been coming over to my place every Thursday for a few years now, we talk a lot then we watch a show. Man in the High Castle, the Expanse, Manhattan, and now, Altered Carbon. The thing is before every show we talk about politics and technology and history. Sound familiar? So, we recorded tonight. It was inspired by Putin's lovely speech today where he decided to show a cool video of Florida being nuked. This got us into the Korean War, Trump,...