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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2021 Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 IPC APEX EXPO and CES: The Virtual Zone I don't typically watch a lot of TV, though I watch a bit more nowadays, thanks to COVID- 19 restrictions. As we start the new year, I've been reflecting on my viewing habits and what I select to watch. I like to be entertained, but at the same time, I like to be educated. I mean, sure, I watch a couple rowdy comedy series (in particular, one British, one Canadian), and a period drama series with a strong founda- tion in the historical events of their day. Sci- ence fiction is fun, but only when the writers get the science right, of course. Under lock- down, though, I've found myself gravitating to British programming. "e Great British Bake Off " and "e Repair Shop," for exam- ple, deliver quiet-yet-compelling personal interest stories mixed with how-it's-made techniques and just a hint of tension—sooth- ing, really. Plus, I learn something I can apply. If you read my recent column in which I con- fess my lack of talent as a baker, "Bake-Off " teaches me quite a bit. For a mix of excitement and laughs, however, I oen turn to Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, on either BBC's "Top Gear" or Amazon's "e Grand Tour." I had the pleasant surprise recently, aer digging deep in the categories on Amazon Prime, to stumble across a three-episode 2015 BBC production titled "Building Cars: Secrets

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