The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 September 2002

Boosting the tech sector

Wynken, Blynken and Nod, the three candidates for governor of Oklahoma, do seem to agree on two things: that we ought to have a technology sector, and that it ought to be encouraged.

Oh, and one other thing: that the means by which this encouragement would be implemented should be as vague and inchoate as possible, at least until the election.

Actually, with dot-com dominoes still dropping, there may be nothing left of Oklahoma's tech sector by November but me. And frankly, none of these guys does anything for me.

Posted at 12:06 AM to Soonerland

Oklahoma technology industry?

Would that involve them newfangled transistor radios?

(Okay, okay, bad joke. Sue me.)

Posted by: Dean Esmay at 6:44 PM on 28 September 2002

Do you have any idea how many 12AU7 vacuum tubes it takes to run a lowly SoundBlaster 128 PCI?

Posted by: CGHill at 6:56 PM on 28 September 2002

i bet i would if i had any clue what you just typed...

Posted by: beth at 1:43 PM on 30 September 2002

Vacuum tubes, I suspect, are before your time -although you'd probably like them, since they're about a hundred times bigger than transistors and give off a whole lot of heat. Besides, they have this eerie glow at times.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:49 PM on 30 September 2002

oooOOOooo! that'd be good in the winter! can i keep one in my back yard and use it to heat my house? that'd be sooo great! hehe.

Posted by: beth at 2:51 PM on 1 October 2002

You don't want it in the back yard: first drop of moisture, and the glass enclosure goes to pieces.

My very first radio, circa 1961, ran on five tubes, and it did a better job of keeping my room warm than the ostensible heating system did.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:51 PM on 1 October 2002

oh wow... when you said 100 times bigger than transistors, i was thinking of those... big boxes on light poles. man. i really come off as intelligent on your comments don't i? TRANSFORMERS! thats what they're called! yippie! i was thinking of that. no idea how big a transister is. okay, i'mma be quiet now.

Posted by: beth at 11:39 AM on 2 October 2002