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betajet   11/18/2013 2:27:44 PM
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Very amusing, Max.  I would suggest that perhaps Sheffield, like many cities, considers itself to be "The World" so perhaps your new description is not as grand as it seems at first glance.  Of course, as a Yank I don't know anything about Sheffield except for seeing it as the location in The Full Monty (1997) and noting that people there speak "a rum sort of lingo", as Maj. Giles Flack would say.

By the way, the car in the photo is a Toyota iQ (sold as a Scion in the States), not a Smart car.  Your wonderful description of maternal driving reminds me of Trevanian's Shibumi (1979).  The hero owns a Volvo, but hates the way it runs.  So he punishes the car by letting his always-partially-inebriated gardener drive the car.  The gardener can't figure out how to get the car out of first gear, so it makes an awful racket when he drives it.  This is a good thing because it gives other people in the road a chance to jump over hedges, etc., as per your description.  The Volvo is so well built that it survives this abuse, and keeps on running -- badly.

Can you post a link to the entire article?  I bet there's true comedic gold hidden in there :-)

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2013 3:03:55 PM
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@betajet: ...perhaps Sheffield, like many cities, considers itself to be "The World" so perhaps your new description is not as grand as it seems at first glance.

Funny you should say that. I remember when I first moved to Alabama from the UK 23 years ago. I would watch the 10:00pm evening news. The first 25 minutes were about happenings in Huntsville, Alabama. Then the announcer would say something like "And now for 5 minutes of news from the rest of the world..." This would be followed by something like "In Ohio today..."

And I would think "That's not the rest of the world, you plonker, it's just the rest of America" -- but over the years I grew to realize that as far as a large proportion of the audience was concerned, these two terms are synonymous (LOL)

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paul.dillien   11/19/2013 9:36:13 AM
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Hi Max

Doesn't the world realise that Sheffield is home to the world snooker championship at The Crucible?
http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/world-snooker-championship-2014/

Unlike the US "World Series", snooker players from AROUND THE WORLD are invited to compete. I looked up World Series on Wikipedia and it started with "The World Series is the annual championship series of North American-based Major League Baseball".

Enough said...

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2013 3:06:13 PM
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@betajet: I don't know anything about Sheffield except for seeing it as the location in The Full Monty (1997)

That was a great (if bitter-sweet) film and very true-to-life in many ways. Sheffield used to be a huge Iron & Steel city -- I remember when the industry went away and so many people were out of work...

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2013 4:27:00 PM
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@betajet: By the way, the car in the photo is a Toyota iQ (sold as a Scion in the States), not a Smart car.

I hang my head in shame. To be honest I'm not a "Car Guy" -- In fact, I actually thought the term "Smart car" was generic like "Smartphone" -- I didn;t realize it referred to a particular make (that's how little I know).

But I have to say that my mom is delighted with (what I now understand to be) her Toyota iQ :-)

 

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henry..12   11/18/2013 4:40:13 PM
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You know, I might have suspected that your trip "home" had some hidden reason (besides seeing your mom, which I might add is a noble purpose in its own). Now we know... Great inside picture of you - why with all your pull didn't it appear page one above the fold???

 

In any case, it's nice to know that I know the "World's go-to" geek. I'm going to give MY 80-something mom YOUR number now.

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:11:15 AM
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@Henry: I might have suspected that your trip "home" had some hidden reason (besides seeing your mom...

This really did come as a great surprise -- the idea didn't strike her until the Thursday, so it wasn't till the Friday that I talked to Martin -- I flew back that Sunday and the article came out the following week.

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:12:38 AM
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@Henry: I'm going to give MY 80-something mom YOUR number now.

She already has me on speed dial (to explain what you mean when you write technical stuff ... after all, I am "The World's Go-To Techno Guy" :-)

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henry..12   11/19/2013 10:28:59 AM
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Phew! Saves me send the number to her! So GLAD you're her speed dial. I guess that means no more early morning/late night question about Windows and Windows apps. Now I can just have normal chit-chat with her ... Oh wait, she hasn't had any new tech issues for me since my brother moved back to het town.

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 10:32:34 AM
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@Henry: Oh wait, she hasn't had any new tech issues for me since my brother moved back to het town.

Have you heard from him recently -- or is he 100% occupied round at your mom's? LOL

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2013 2:57:35 PM
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I guess I'm also going to need a new wardrobe for all of the television shows to which I will doubtless be invited. I'd better call my Hawaiian shirt manufacturer and get them to start ramping up a third shift :-)

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They finally noticed
RichQ   11/18/2013 4:14:11 PM
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The EETimes community has long known you were the go2 techno guy. Glad to see the civilian populations in the UK catching on. Now, if you could only get the rest of the world (ie, Huntsville, AL) to recognize you properly...

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2013 4:28:07 PM
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@Rich: Now, if you could only get the rest of the world (ie, Huntsville, AL) to recognize you properly...

Perhaps a ticker-tape parade? I coudl make myself free this coming Friday LOL

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RichQ   11/18/2013 4:33:41 PM
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Not sure a ticker tape parade a good idea. Ticker tape is soooo 20th century. Stock quotes all in electronic form, now. So at best the present day equivalent of ticker tape would be a shower of electrons, and if too enthusiastic it would be a lightning bolt.

Better stick with getting the key to the city or lifetime free parking or a statue in the town park or something like that.

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MeasurementBlues   11/18/2013 6:40:57 PM
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"Ticker tape is soooo 20th century" Kind of like holing up a lit match at the end of a concert. Now we use our phones.

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:08:44 AM
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@Rich: ...a statue in the town park...

I could go for that -- I'll have to start practicing my poses :-)

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MeasurementBlues   11/19/2013 10:03:38 AM
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Here in Boston, statues are only of people from the revolution, sports figures, and ducklings.

A statue of Bill Russell was unveiled just a short time ago.



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MeasurementBlues   11/18/2013 6:39:50 PM
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A newspaper? Now I'd be really impressed if you could be in the print edition of EE Times.

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:16:43 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: A newspaper?

Thinking about it, this may have been my last chance to get in one before they disappear forever (LOL)

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MeasurementBlues   11/19/2013 9:31:48 AM
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The last print copy of The Boston Globe will be delivered to my house.

There are a host of people who still say "did you see waht was in the Globe today?"

Then there are those of us who read it online the night before. My wife will often mention an article and I reply "I read is last night, but have you seen...?"

She then reads about it in print the next day.

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Caleb Kraft   11/21/2013 4:47:57 PM
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Maybe we could erect a 30 story tall statue of you somewhere to solidify this position?

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Max The Magnificent   11/21/2013 5:14:08 PM
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@Caleb: Maybe we could erect a 30 story tall statue of you somewhere to solidify this position?

That's the first sensible thing you've said all day (LOL)

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Garcia-Lasheras   11/25/2013 9:28:09 AM
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Very nice Max!! I can feel from Spain how proud your mum is right now at Sheffield ;-)

By the way, in the last six months you have been covered in the media twice -- Max profiled in Circuit Cellar magazine.

Should we expect to see you in another press release in 2013?

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Max The Magnificent   11/25/2013 10:28:03 AM
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@Garcia: Should we expect to see you in another press release in 2013?

These things always take me by surprise, but I'm not expecting anything else to happen in 2013 ... fingers crossed that 2014 is a GREAT year for all of us !!!

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It's your programming style
Wnderer   11/18/2013 5:02:12 PM
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You were warned your programming style would get you into trouble. (All those goto statements)

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:14:02 AM
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@Wnderer: You were warned your programming style would get you into trouble. (All those goto statements)

Arrggghhh -- and I thought my puns were bad :-)

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We are not worthy...
KB3001   11/18/2013 6:03:32 PM
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We are ideed not worthy, Mr Maxfield, Sir! :-)

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Max The Magnificent   11/19/2013 9:14:59 AM
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@KB3001: We are ideed not worthy, Mr Maxfield, Sir! :-)

But knowing that is the first step to true wisdom (LOL)

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KB3001   11/28/2013 11:45:35 AM
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... and I, Sir, have seen the light lol

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Max The Magnificent   12/2/2013 10:54:18 AM
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@KB3001: ...and I, Sir, have seen the light lol

I can only hope that the Queen reads the Sheffield Star and is contemplating my Knighthood as we speak :-)

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KB3001   11/18/2013 6:08:22 PM
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Wow! Hurry up and grab your deasl South Yorkshiremen and Women :-)

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