Not There Yet

Eclectic essays podcasted from the third decade of the 21st century.

About the show

The Not There Yet podcast is a ongoing series of short essays covering a wide range of subjects from the perspective of the third decade of the 21st century. They are intended to be thought provoking, challenging, skeptical and hopefully funny once in a while. They are sometimes conventional in nature and others are a little more experimental. They cover science, history, 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 and will be told in an interesting and accessible way.

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  • When the War Came Home to Oregon

    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.

  • Return to Rocky Knoll

    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.

  • Mustang

    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?

  • The Best Answer Ever

    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.

  • Apple's Big Move in Podcasting

    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.

  • Seven Tours: The Corrosive Effect of Cheating in Sports

    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.”

  • The Wicked Problem of Healthcare

    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.

  • We All Love to Travel

    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.

  • Net Zero Hero

    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.

  • The Lethal Right Hook

    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.”

  • The Other Bugatti

    June 22nd, 2017  |  18 mins 5 secs
    automotive, aviation, history, innovation, podcast, technology

    The star-crossed history of the most beautiful aircraft ever.

  • The Unbearable Heartbreak of Coming Close

    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.

  • Self-Driving Cars: Have We Completely Lost Our Minds?

    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.

  • Who Will Be Our Fred Terman?

    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.

  • The Collapse of the Cornish Tin Mines

    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.

  • Where Did All Those Drones Come From?

    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.