Thursday, May 3, 2018

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 Tesla for two billion dollars.  Seems legit.  This seems to me to be as sensible as, oh, say TWIT suing Twitter.  (That's happening by the way).  Damn, I should be careful, maybe I'll get sued for mentioning all of this stuff.

This got us all into lots of stuff, look, I'm a shitty writer and that's what I've got.  I'm a shitty writer, but, the library at the university has to pay for y shitty writing.....

Oh yeah, two things, I forgot to use Tom Merritt's excellent line about how Edison Motors should sue Tesla, and, Go Hounds Go!

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REReader said...

When it comes to books, I know that ideas cannot be copyrighted, and it must be said that Heinlein never thought he could copyright his ideas. David Gerrold wrote about how the network lawyers had him send a copy of the script for "The Trouble with Tribbles" to Heinlein, which turned out to be because they had contacted Heinlein about the resemblance to his flat cats in The Rolling Stones (one of his juveniles), and he was curious. But he apparently never considered suing about it--as he told Gerrold, they both owed something to Ellis Butler, and maybe Noah.

Also, Isaac Asimov wrote about how several of his fellow Golden Age SF writers got into some trouble writing about nuclear weapons while the Manhattan Project was still going on, and they had to show that it wasn't because they knew anything about classified information but because they kept up on scientific developments in order to get ideas, and the implications of Einstein's equation were pretty darned obvious to all of them.

Dave Brodbeck said...

Oh I love that about the Manhattan Project. Hey, I've learned something!