17510: Remembering Gertrude Blanch

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Once computing was work. Hard work. Paper. Pencil. Nothing more.

Once, thousands of people calculated in mass computing labs. Now, they are generally forgotten.

This November, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has corrected our memory by honoring their chief computer from the 1930s, Gertrude Blanch.   Blanch was the director of the Mathematical Tables Project, a WPA work relief effort that was once the largest computing office in the world.

Our cast adds their appreciation.

Featuring:

  • Zoe Anastassiou as herself
  • Noah Masur as himself

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17315: Working in the Neighborhood

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  • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier as Vinny the Board Chair
  • Margaux Amie as Evelyn the Office Manager
  • Ron Bianchi as Ernesto from Tenderloin Angels
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    17310: A Meeting At Bucks

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    What do you know about tech leadership?

    Try this one.

    There’s a meeting.  It’s in the center of Silicon Valley deal-making.  The young CEO has assembled two confidants.  The questions begin.

    Is the purpose of the get together for technical advice?  Or is it something else?

    Maddie meets with Rohit and Sulley in Buck’s of Woodside.  At her special table.

    Featuring:

    • Zoe Anastassiou as Maddie-the-8-year-old-entrepreneur
    • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
    • Noah Masur as Rohit from IT
    • Debbon Ayer as Val the Waiter

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    17710: Manage for Profit, or for Use, or for a Good Lunch

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    What’s the best way to manage technology?

    Build a strong, highly structured organization?

    Or do you just build a market and let the laws of supply and demand decide?

    Our staff meets at a farmer’s market near the Washington Office to decide just such questions.  The answer, it turns out, involves Task Rabbits, a subway pass, and an order of Home-Made Potato Chips

    Featuring:

      • Debbon Ayer as Penelope Othmar, Principal of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School
      • Josh LaForce as Sullivan from Policy and PR
      • Ron Bianchi as Bix, the Master Scrum Master
      • Zoe Anastassiou as the impatient Customer

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