Tuesday, October 13, 2009

James Callis Narrates "The Podfather" Documentary

James has narrated a documentary for BBC 4, called The Podfather. It's about the inventor of the microchip. It was aired yesterday, Monday the 12th, but is also online. If you're in the UK, you can watch the documentary here. If not, it seems like there's no way to see this. Blah.

I'm a little pissed off that I can't watch it, but I'm glad James was asked to narrate. He has a beautiful voice. It also seems fitting that he'd do documentaries, since he's so well read and up to date with stuff.

And I didn't know this about the chip inventor, so another thing Professor James has taught me! ;)

Here's how the BBC site describes the documentary:

Documentary telling the story of silicon chip inventor Robert Noyce, godfather of today's digital world.

Re-living the heady days of Silicon Valley's seminal start-ups, the film tells how Noyce also founded Intel, the company responsible for more than 80 per cent of the microprocessors in personal computers. Noyce defined the unconventional, innovative culture of Silicon Valley - the likes of Apple and Google would be influenced by his egalitarian management style, which was inspired by his religious upbringing.

Podfather shows why Noyce may be the most important person most people have never heard of. Contributors include industry giants Gordon Moore and Andy Grove.

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