Episode 482: Accidental Train Podcast

Manton catches us up on whether he ended up splurging to trade up to the iPad Mini. They talk more about Manton’s upcoming train trip, and about the little-known fact that Manton once released a train-oriented podcast episode! They talk about the allure of trains and other technical systems to computer programmers, and how nerds have always had to find their interests in the realm of what was possible at the time.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

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  • Pacific Surfliner – An Amtrak train line that runs along the Southern California coast.
  • Trains Podcast – Manton’s 2005 podcasting effort on the subject.
  • Rail Modeller Pro – A Mac app for model train aficionados.
  • Manton Recording – 2006 photo by Willie Abrams of Manton in San Francisco.
  • Engineer – Etymology of the word – not rooted in train engines!
  • Dr. Drang – A “real” engineer with opinions about “software engineers.”
  • So Happy – Picture of Manton’s acquired model train project.

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October 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm.