It’s that simple. Unless you are an electrical engineer, you’ve never heard of it. And you are missing out. (I love Wired, of course, but you probably already read that. If not, one place to start is its two security blogs.)
Celebrating 50, Spectrum reviews some of its historical highlights here, with access to classic articles. But then look forward – debating wind farms in Mexico, Skype Translator, 3D printing of high-tech contact lenses, and what seem like weekly advances in robotics.
The argot is rarely out of reach of the gen pop. Instead, you get a peek into what the rest of us will be reading about in biomedicine, software, energy, robots, more – and buying and doing and having done to us – in the future. But you can read it here first.
- what was the role of U.S. gaming industry? agricultural exporters?
– in 10 or 30 years, where will this rank in Obama’s foreign policy legacy?
Plan the work, work the plan.
Paul Clenen Bishop said this over and over, as advice to himself and to others. Assembling train sets as a kid, as a high school student on a Liberty Ship, for more than 40 years in the United States Navy and as a Navy civilian, and as a small business owner working for the Navy, Paul would plan the work and work the plan.
His work was noticed, whether “inventing the Internet”, or keeping sailors and sea lanes safe, or helping with the Navy’s newest ship, or working with the Panama City Chamber of Commerce, and a wide range of other efforts. The Navy awarded him the Superior Civilian Service Award. He was a Senior Member of IEEE, and founding chair of its Marine Systems Coordinating Committee.
Away from work, though, he would sometimes go without a plan. One familiar treat was a good meal on the road. Often he would trust that treat to the waiter or waitress. And what would you like, sir? “Please bring me something good.” Uh…. Can you give me guidance? What do you like? “No, I trust you. Surprise me,” handing back the still-unopened menu. I dont remember him ever being disappointed with what came.
Perhaps most, though, was his distinctive laugh. With family or at work, it would be crisp and vocal, full-bodied, head back, giant smile, sometimes also slapping his two hands against the chair arms. There was always some great satisfaction in whatever he was laughing at – not only was he entertained but also smarter. And you could see in his eyes that there was some question to follow – gentle or probing, personal or intellectual, but a moving on from “that was really good” to “what’s next? “
“His Lord said, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”
For Kim, Brad, Bobbie, Nancy, and Tina.
Visitation 4-5pm, Memorial Service 5-6pm, Wilson Funeral Home, Wednesday. Funeral Friday, 8am, St John’s Catholic Church, Panama City, followed by burial at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola.
The Virginian Pilot reports on a new toy from the Office of Naval Research. Silent Nemo, or ghostswimmer, is the next stage in smart robots. More than smart mines that can measure all sorts of oceanographic data, be mobile and weaponized, but look like torpedoes, Silent Nemo looks like and moves like a fish. Read more here:
What Presidents will we forget – or our grandkids never hear of at all? In AAAS’ Science, Washington University of St. Louis scholars Henry L. Roediger III and K. Andrew DeSoto offer one analysis. But I’m guessing they’re wrong.
Their idea is based on the idea that people are good at remembering the beginning of lists, and the end, but only remarkable items along the middle of the list. Using data collected from surveys of undergrads in 1974, 1991, 2009, and an adult survey in 2014, they found that Washington, Lincoln, and recent presidents are recalled, but those more than a couple of generations past are forgotten.
But there are a number of advantages that recent and all future presidents will have over McKinley and Fillmore: video, a strong executive branch, and global authority.
The CBS News radio report continued – “And something else remarkable – border guards dancing on top of the Berlin Wall….”
In the past few years, college-aged students were dramatically shaped by 9/11, or by long wars, or the by the election of an African-American President. Earlier generations had the JFK assassination, or Vietnam and the civil rights movement, or World War II, or the Depression. Maybe today’s undergrads have not yet had that which will shape their political lives.
But for many in one generation, political maturation was shaped by the evolution of the Reagan Administration and the evolution of the Cold War – from hard-line anti-communism to deals with Gorbachev, from the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to democracy in Eastern Europe – and most dramatically illustrated by the breach of the Berlin Wall.
Based on earlier posts here, France24’s Les Observateurs shared this version on their web site.
Back to Bosnia
By Team Observers on 30/10/2014 – 16:18.