The Not There Yet podcast is a ongoing series of short essays covering a wide range of subjects from the perspective of the second decade of the 21st century. Typically running from five-to-ten minutes, they are intended to be thought provoking, challenging, sceptical and hopefully funny once in a while. They are sometimes conventional in nature and others are a little more experimental. They cover science, sports, technology, philosophy or just about whatever subject comes to mind. Sometimes they look forward, other times they look back. They will not, however, take up a lot of your time.
January 20th, 2018 | 14 mins 8 secs
homesickness, life lessons, podcast, russia, travel
In this episode, host Terence C. Gannon recounts his time as an accidental tourist in Western Siberia in 1998. It was a time and a place so far away, and so strange, he learned something about what connects us all to home.
January 11th, 2018 | 16 mins 15 secs
airships, history, memories, technology, travel, world war ii
Both in the 1970s, and then again starting in the 1990s through to present, trips to the Oregon Coast have featured the magnificent airship hangars at Tillamook. This past summer's trip triggered a cascade of memories of what was, and what might have been.
December 21st, 2017 | 16 mins
family, life lessons, memories, roadtrip, travel
As my parents enter their late eighties and approach life with delicacy and deliberation, I am reminded of a time when they seemingly threw caution and good sense to the wind and took their young family on an epic road trip. They knew what they were doing: creating a vivid past for a then distant future.
December 7th, 2017 | 12 mins 31 secs
architecture, design, home improvement, pop culture, television
The shear number of home improvement shows on television — heck, there are entire networks dedicated to them — you would think it would be difficult to make out any signal coming through all that noise. For 17 seasons, however, Britain's Channel 4 has been cranking out Grand Designs hosted by Kevin McCloud—a home improvement show truly worthy of your time.
November 23rd, 2017 | 12 mins 57 secs
climate change, environment, essay, oil & gas
Having left oil & gas after 25 years, you might think I was either a passionate advocate for the industry—or maybe a rabid foe. Turns out that neither is true. While our quality of life is sustained but cheap and plentiful energy, I'm not blind to the its faults. The opponents of oil & gas have valid, compelling arguments, along with a few faults of their own.
November 9th, 2017 | 19 mins 58 secs
careers, language, life lessons, memories, travel
A journey from ancient Egypt to modern day as an exploration of language, understanding and a better way for us to communicate with each other.
October 26th, 2017 | 9 mins 29 secs
career advice, career change, careers, life lessons, self improvement
You would think that success early in a career is a gift and a stepping stone to the big time. For me, however, it turned out to be a curse. Reflections on a career, candidly, that was not all it should have been.
October 12th, 2017 | 17 mins 12 secs
artificial intelligence, future, machine learning, society, tech
The artificial intelligence (AI) genie is out of the bottle and there is no turning back. Like other earth shattering technologies have been introduced over millenia, there has been the inevitable, well-intended discussion about using each only for good and not evil. However, we have a virtually unblemished record of never getting that to work in practice.
September 27th, 2017 | 19 mins 58 secs
foregiveness, history, oregon, reconciliation, world war ii
In the summer and fall of 1942, the submarine I-25 of the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a series of raids against the west coast of the United States. In September, air raids were launched from the sub. This is the surprising story of the pilot, Nobuo Fujita, and his relationship with the town near where the bombs were dropped.
August 31st, 2017 | 7 mins 8 secs
hobby, model aircraft, oregon, slope soaring, travel
Sometimes you gain the most by taking the most away. Slope soaring model sailplanes is flight at its most minimal, enabled by nothing more than wind blowing up a hill.
August 23rd, 2017 | 19 mins 16 secs
car, conservation, culture, history, horse, mustang, plane, the misfits
There are few names which conjure the same emotional response as mustang. Can it ever live up to our expectations of it?
August 10th, 2017 | 6 mins 50 secs
careers, family, life lessons, memories
All of us are searching for that career which provides happiness, fulfillment and will keep a roof over our head. Turns out that it's actually not that hard, if you keep one essential idea in mind at all times.
August 3rd, 2017 | 12 mins 55 secs
apple, opinion, podcast, podcasting, technology
A fearless prediction of where Apple will take podcasting in the near future. They will not be able to continue to resist the temptation to monetize all those analytics for Apple Podcasts.
July 27th, 2017 | 9 mins
cheating, cycling, doping, sports, tour de france
At the end of July each year, I used to savour the memory of the great sights and sounds of the Tour de France. However, “I was stunned to hear, a couple of days ago, that Chris Froome had just won his third Tour de France riding for Team Sky, which has won four of the last five. Stunned not by the achievements so much — although they are pretty impressive — but rather the fact that another Tour had come and gone and I had hardly noticed.”
July 20th, 2017 | 12 mins
civic engagement, health, healthcare, life, medicine
It’s been said that when you’re well, there is all sorts of stuff you want. But when you’re sick, all you want is to feel better again. This week, some thoughts on providing decent healthcare for everybody.
July 13th, 2017 | 7 mins 30 secs
automotive, climate change, environment, podcast, road trip, travel
We all want to be good environmental citizens, but achieving that will require—at least for a while—giving up some things in life we truly cherish.