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.
July 7th, 2017 | 10 mins 18 secs
economics, home improvement, podcast, solar energy, technology, tesla
With much of the Northern Hemisphere baking in the summer sun, thoughts often turn to converting all of that light into electricity. Yep, it’s time to talk residential solar. My biggest concern? Can it withstand a much harsher brand of judgement: the annual select committee enquiry that is the neighbourhood summer barbecue.
June 30th, 2017 | 9 mins 34 secs
automotive, bicycles, bikes, cycling, podcast, road safety
There are few subjects which can be as divisive as the interaction between cars and bicycles on urban streets. Cities around the world are proposing all sorts of solutions to make it safer. In my home town, however, it seems as though as well-intended as it may be, they have it “100 percent and 180 degrees wrong.”
June 22nd, 2017 | 18 mins 5 secs
automotive, aviation, history, innovation, podcast, technology
The star-crossed history of the most beautiful aircraft ever.
June 15th, 2017 | 7 mins 34 secs
basketball, cars, le mans, life lessons, podcast, racing, sports
What can you learn about life from a car race and a basketball game? Turns out quite a bit.
June 8th, 2017 | 10 mins 28 secs
automotive, autonomous cars, future, self-driving cars, tech
As intriguing as the new autonomous car technology seems, I fear we may be getting ahead of ourselves. Engineers working on this technology need to get out here, in the combat zone, for strong, black cup of reality.
June 1st, 2017 | 7 mins 14 secs
calgary, entrepreneurship, innovation, podcast, silicon valley, startup
Societies around the world are struggling with the disruption brought on by technological change combined with other factors. Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been profoundly impacted by the sustained collapse of oil prices and has been forced to reinvent itself. It's usually at times like these local government and business leadership call for us to be 'more innovative' and inevitably comparisons with Silicon Valley are invoked. Sorry folks, it just isn't that easy.
May 23rd, 2017 | 9 mins 38 secs
cornwall, disruption, england, history, industrial revolution, mining, podcast
In this episode of Not There Yet a cautionary tale drawn from the collapse of tin mining in Cornwall, England, after a period of continuous development extending back over 4000 years. Those navigating the choppy waters of today's energy industries would do well to take heed.
May 17th, 2017 | 9 mins 18 secs
drones, memories, model airplanes, multirotor, quadcopter, uavs
In this second episode of Not There Yet, I reflect on the drone phenomenon which seems to hold so much promise. However, I fear the desire to make sure that it all remains safe has the potential of wiping out a significant, cherished part of my past.
May 11th, 2017 | 8 mins 28 secs
driving, electric vehicles, model s, podcast, tesla
In the premiere episode of Not There Yet, I fall in love with a showroom Tesla and have a chance to think about the implications of owning an electric car. Alas, things are not what they first appear to be.