A funny thing happened to me this morning. When I arrived at my office, there in the mail were two copies of the May 2013 issue of Circuit Cellar magazine. The reason this was a bit of a surprise is that I'm not a subscriber to this magazine (I should note that I have tremendous respect for Circuit Cellar, it's just that I no longer have the time to read everything I would like).
The real surprise came when I glanced through the contents list (as you do) where – on page 48 – my orbs fell across the eye-catching title: Engineer, Author and Innovator: An Interview with Clive "Max" Maxfield.
Do you know; I'd completely forgotten all about this. The thing is that Circuit Cellar is still predominantly a print magazine (with an associated online edition), and the lead-time for print is several months, so the fact that they'd interviewed me a while back had completely slipped my mind. (Click Here
to see an online version of the full interview.)
As an aside, one of my tasks when I worked for Intergraph Computer Systems in the late 1990s was to hand-deliver computer systems to magazines for review. We'd discovered to our cost that if we simply shipped a machine, it would sit on a shelf for several weeks, then be brought down and tested in a rush. Even worse, the reviewers would often take the covers off the computers they were testing. This was unfortunate in our case, because our machines came equipped with a safety cut-off that prevented the machine from being powered up when the cover was off (unless you knew how to by-pass the cut-off).
There's nothing quite like reading a review saying your machine was "dead on arrival" when it was the reviewer's fault for not reading the instructions. By hand-delivering our machines, I could walk the reviewers through this sort of feature, noting points like the fact that having a safety interlock on the power system to stop users from electrocuting themselves was actually a good thing.
The point of these meandering musings is that this was still during the heyday of print magazines. The issue containing the review typically wouldn't hit the streets for 12+ weeks after we'd loaned the machine to the magazine. Oftentimes, when readers called Intergraph to purchase machines they'd just read about, we had to inform them that we no longer produced that particular model (instead we had something that was faster and cheaper).
But we digress… what were we talking about? Oh yes, the fact that I'd been interviewed so long ago that I'd forgotten all about it. When I read this article I thought to myself "Wow – what an interesting fellow I am."
Even better, research shows that reading something with which you agree makes you feel better and happier, and I agree with everything I said in my interview, so I feel really happy :-)
The best thing will be when my mother opens the copy I'm going to send her in the post. She's inordinately proud of me and loves telling her little old lady friends how wonderful I am, so she will be able to "dine out" at the hairdressers for months on this (grin).
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