The Relief Valve Podcast
Season One Bonus - Computers and Stuff with Edward Branley

Season One Bonus - Computers and Stuff with Edward Branley

January 5, 2021

Greetings Relief Valve Listener and Happy New Year!

Back in September 2020, during the third interview on the podcast, I spoke with Edward Branley.  (https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-m9ky7-e9ebc5)

Edward is a writer, teacher, historian, and computer nerd. He is the author of six books on the history of New Orleans as well as several Young Adult fiction novels.

He also teaches computer classes on high-end topics such as Converged Computing  Environments, High-Availability, and Enterprise Storage Management. 

When Edward and I chatted last year we had a fun conversation about our humble experiences in the pre- and early-PC era of computers. We also spoke about what it is like looking for a job right smack in the middle of a pandemic. It was great stuff, but it didn’t really fit in the amount of time available for the episode, so it landed in the cutting room.   

I’m releasing here for you all as a bonus while I’m working on finding more folks to chat with for 2021, so I hope you enjoy it !

Have a safe and happy new year and wear your damn masks !

You can find out more about Edward at his websites:

https://nolahistoryguy.com

https://ebranley.com

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Relief Valve - Episode 18 - Chris Hause -Technologist

Relief Valve - Episode 18 - Chris Hause -Technologist

December 16, 2020

Chris Hause is the Group Vice President, North America Sales Engineering at Oracle.  He spent the first twelve years of his career at Hughes Aircraft Company where he wrote test automation suites for the M1 Abrams main battle tank and then later at Hughes Space and Communications where he worked as a Systems Engineer supporting integration, system test and launch operations for various missions  including the Earth Observing System for Goddard Space Flight Center and launch vehicle integration and operations for the Airane 4 as well as two Space Shuttle missions.

Chris lives on a small ranch in Northern California with his wife of 35 Years. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

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That's a wrap for 2020!  I'm going to take a few weeks around the holidays off. 

I hope hearing what others all over the world have been going through, finding the common as well as the unique experiences has been insightful, and I look forward to doing more of these in a hopefully much improved new year!

I may try to throw some stuff into the feed in the next few weeks, some moments from the season that didn’t make an episode, but otherwise look for a season 2 sometime around the beginning of February!

From me and my family, to you and yours, The Merriest of Christmases, Happiest of Chanukahs, Kwanzaas or whatever you and your tribe celebrate and most of all Cheers to a Healthy and Prosperous 2021 !

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Relief Valve - Episode 17 - Cat Thelia - VFX Producer

Relief Valve - Episode 17 - Cat Thelia - VFX Producer

December 9, 2020

Cat Thelia is a Visual Effects & Animation Producer. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she saw “Jurassic Park” at a formative time and decided she wanted to be a part of it. A chance encounter at Disneyland sent her career to the technology department at Walt Disney Feature Animation.

She has worked at studios such as Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues, Sony Imageworks, and Dreamworks Animation. She also served as Digital Manager at Gentle Giant studios where she developed the framework for their 3D scanning facility in London for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and got to see a lot of Avengers in their underwear.

She is a Visual Effects Society board member as well as a member of the Producers' Guild of America.

In 2018, she decided to pick up and move her family and two cats to a small village in the Charente region of France. She’s currently working with a remote team on a futuristic CG animated feature. In her spare time, she’s giving the local Brits French lessons and teaching herself machine knitting.

See the complete list of her work at: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1533215/

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Relief Valve - Episode 16 - Susan Karlin - Science Journalist

Relief Valve - Episode 16 - Susan Karlin - Science Journalist

December 2, 2020

Susan Karlin is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles who writes about the nexus of science, technology, business, and arts. 

She’s a regular contributor to Fast Company, where she covers space science, autonomous vehicles, and the future of transportation. 

She has also reported for the New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, Discover, and NPR, among other outlets, from such locations as the Antarctica, The Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Find her work at:

https://www.fastcompany.com/user/susan-karlin

https://www.kcrw.com/people/susan-karlin

Reach out and say hi on Twitter:  @suekarlin

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Relief Valve - Episode 15 - Matt Cooperstein

Relief Valve - Episode 15 - Matt Cooperstein

November 19, 2020

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Matthew Cooperstein transplanted to LA in 2006 to work for the LA Weekly.  He has 15 years experience in media and marketing and was formerly in digital marketing sales for V Digital Services a part of the Voice Media Group.  

Check out his his new work home at:  https://simpleshow.com/us-en/

 

I hope you find your Relief Valve with those you love the most on Thanksgiving!  Be smart and no matter where you go or what you do, be safe!

And Wear The Damn Mask!

We're gonna take a break for the holiday next week, so Happy Thanksgiving to all!  Back in December!

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Relief Valve - Episode 14 - Athena Demos

Relief Valve - Episode 14 - Athena Demos

November 11, 2020

Athena Demos sees herself as a muse, fueling her soul by facilitating the creative process. 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas. After graduating from college, she decided to focus her attention on an Acting career, earning many professional credits while working as a Coordinator for the Los Angeles Burning Man community. From that experience, she worked to create a virtual reality version of the Burning Man Playa at BRCvr.org 

She is currently developing a new TV show about the lives of indigenous women. Traveling to and living in South and Central America as she captures the experiences of these communities.

You can find her work at:

https://brcvr.org

https://auntathena.com

And on Instagram @athenademos

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Relief Valve - Episode 13 - Linda Nelson

Relief Valve - Episode 13 - Linda Nelson

November 5, 2020

Linda Nelson has been an investment banker, IT executive and real estate developer before pivoting into her true passion as a producer and distributor of films and television shows.

In 2007, she co-founded Indie Rights with Michael Madison and has been active in creating and distributing quality content ever since. 

Find her and her work at:

@indierights

https://www.indierights.com/

https://www.facebook.com/IndieRightsMovies

 

https://www.facebook.com/LindaNelson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindanelson/

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Relief Valve - Episode 12 - Noelle Stransky

Relief Valve - Episode 12 - Noelle Stransky

October 28, 2020

Noelle Stransky is a User Experience design strategist for brands such as ZipRecruiter, Livestrong.com and the Active Network. 

She's also spent time working in the gaming industry at Microsoft Xbox and is currently working on internal tooling at Riot Games. 

When Noelle isn’t busy leveraging her technical and creative talents to craft world-class designs, she can usually be found building massive art installations for Burning Man out of wood, metal, fire effects, and LEDs.

You can find her on Twitter: @nstransky

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One last thing…. Election Day is next Tuesday! I sincerely believe that you having a right to vote as you choose without risk of disenfranchisement is the cornerstone of a modern civilization!  

So if you haven’t voted already, make sure you have a plan and above all else, VOTE, cause this year our lives do depend on it!

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Relief Valve - Episode 11 - Tiana Chun

Relief Valve - Episode 11 - Tiana Chun

October 21, 2020

Tiana Chun is a Post Production Assistant for the NCIS: New Orleans TV Show on CBS. 

She graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a BA in Film and Electronic Arts with an emphasis in editing. Prior to working on NCIS:NOLA, she was a Post PA for the Netflix show, Julie and The Phantoms. 

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Relief Valve - Episode 10 - Jen Lee Reeves

Relief Valve - Episode 10 - Jen Lee Reeves

October 14, 2020

Jen Lee Reeves is Founder of Born Just Right Strategy which evolved from her experience as a parent and led to her work as an ally in the disability community. 

When she isn’t working as a communications consultant or as Co-Founder/Executive Director for her Born Just Right Non-Profit, she’s a Digital Director at the University of Missouri and a training consultant.

She is an alumna of the social strategy team at A.A.R.P. in Washington, DC and also spent years as a television news producer.

Jen taught digital journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism while managing an NBC affiliate newsroom. 

To relax, Jen loves to travel with her family of four (including husband, Randy), take photos of the beauty around her, and enjoy music and good food. 

You can find more about her ventures and connect on social media at:

https://justrightstrategy.com/

https://www.bornjustright.org/

@jenleereeves

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