Love Notes to Newton

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Quick Euro-Trip

Hi all Newton lovers, time for an update.

I recently made the trip to Düsseldorf and Paris to conduct some interviews with some of the most influential members from the Newton community. I landed in Germany and met up with Matthias Melcher, who actively works on Einstein (and has many other projects in various stages of completion, Einstein is the Newton OS 2 emulator developed primarily by Paul Guyot). Next, Matthias and I rode the Autobahn at high speed in his Tesla to meet partway (in Osnabrück, where) with Frank Gruendel of pda-soft.de, who has actively been a part of the Newton community in many ways including repairing and making guides to repair some common ailments of the Newt. 

Next, I took the overnight bus to Paris (don’t ever do this, take the train!) and joined up with Sylvain Pilet and Cédric Sartout. We didn’t just practice my French, but did a whirlwind tour of Paris using the Michelin Guide on PCMCIA, followed by an interview. Paweł Piotrowski and his wife joined us incredibly from Edinburgh and we had a get-together of Newton fans at a local restaurant where we were joined by Paul Guyot (the influential guy behind the Einstein emulator and the World Wide Newton Conferences), who I had the pleasure of interviewing the following day.

To save money Matthias and his wife were kind enough to host me at their house, and I was able to get a cheap room and save a little budget in Paris by staying at a hostel. At this stage I have a lot of material for the film. I’m not finished yet, but I know already that some great material will end up “on the cutting room floor” which makes me think that there will be an extended version of the film and/or bonus features or some sort of podcast to get the material out there. However, there are some people I have not had a chance to get to yet, so the filming continues. More to come as this takes shape. It was a huge pleasure to spend time with these fans.

In the meantime, back to my day-job, but the editing in earnest will have to begin soon in order to get the film finished by the end of February.

As always, any feedback or concerns or critique are welcome.

 

(Some images courtesy of Paweł Piotrowski)

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