Projects currently in planning
The world-wide growth in interest in software development skills makes this the ideal time to do a public television series which will teach the viewer how to write Java code. With an emphasis on actually writing functional and useful programming, the series will forego the academic rigor of a university course on Java and concentrate on creating real-world applications which do useful things.
Unlike the vast array of Internet videos and web-sites purporting to instruct avid neophytes, our series will be structured and presented as a well-thought-out presentation done to the high production value standards of public television.
Engineering has long been seen as for men only. This is changing, but the pace is glacial. Public television has an opportunity to encourage young women to take another look at engineering when thinking about career choices.
A dry recitation of the advantages of such a career doesn't work. Instead, we will demonstrate in hard steel how the imagination and knowledge of the engineer is translated into machinery that works. In this instance, the machine is an on- and off-road car designed to tight performance specifications with a high level of efficiency, based upon the Superleggera principle*.
The project will show viewers the entire process, from sketches on a restaurant napkin all the way to the test track, the boondocks, and the open road. The presenter will be a woman, as will some of the engineers, welders, and machinists.
* Not to be confused with the “Superleggera” coachwork concept developed in the 1930s by the Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.
It began in 1881 as a narrow-gauge railroad connecting the towns of Arcade and Attica in western New York. Halfway through its life, the normally placid Tonawanda Creek flooded and tore out the center of the railroad's single north-south track, cutting off Attica and the connection to the Pennsylvania Railroad main line.
How the Arcade & Attica Railroad survived and continued to function makes an intriguing story with more questions than answers. Is there a place in today's economy for a railroad only fifteen miles long and having, essentially, a single customer?
It's a story worth telling in a one-hour documentary.