Nature’s classroom is right outside our door (in this case, practically in the front yard). On one of our regular evening walks through the woods, Kevin spotted the curious white, fuzzy growth in the picture below on a small branch … Continue reading
Not much posting around these parts lately. First, its supposedly spring, but we are getting some awfully late season snow flurries. Its not sticking today, so here are some prettier pics with a sunset, and some deer visible from my … Continue reading
I enjoyed this article on the history of a local favorite: Snappy Lunch’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwich It’s the only Mount Airy business ever mentioned during the eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show. And it’s not only the show … Continue reading
I think its hard to overstate the rising importance of automation today. Automation in manufacturing has been having an impact on society for a long time now, but in recent years, the pace of technological progress has been accelerating, which … Continue reading
This week’s obsession has been with this long format article* on Elon Musk, his companies, and why they matter. If you are at all curious about what the big deal is about Tesla and Space X, or even just abstract … Continue reading
Great TED talk on autonomous driving.
Neat APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) yesterday: Images of a sunset on Earth and on Mars, more explanation here.
I am irrationally excited about this “photonic fence” that uses lasers to track and kill bugs. Here is the IEEE article, which makes valid points about fighting malaria: Laser Bug Zapper Inches To Market Favorite quote: “We cooked the bug … Continue reading
How neat. Congrats Jean! Jean Ippolito is the 2015 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, given annually by the Community Roundtable of Brandon. http://tbo.com/brandon/woman-lauded-for-her-charity-efforts-20150318/
…and I STILL CAN’T WAIT. Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about robot cars. This Wired article on Audi’s prototype self-driving car is an excellent report of the current state of technology for autonomous driving. It does a … Continue reading
Lately, I have not been disciplined about curating interesting links, and posting them here regularly like I have in the past. Every time I look at my saved links, I get lazy, and think, “I’ll post that later.” The list … Continue reading
This video is too good not to share. File this under: Progress. The tire change in that 1950 pit stop is hilarious and painfully slow, watching him struggle and repeatedly slam on that giant wheel nut with a hammer. Apparently … Continue reading
Here are some fun tech related links from ’round the internet: What Machines Can’t Do – Related to the perpetual fear that technology will displace the workforce. I’m not worried though. Freeing people from from jobs that can be automated … Continue reading
Earth, as captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft near Saturn earlier this year: Article here: “NASA Releases Images of Earth by Distant Spacecraft” And of course, the article references Carl Sagan on “The Pale Blue Dot” Other important Sagan productions: If … Continue reading
More fun stuff from the internet. Its rainy and cool today, and both Kevin and I are still recovering a bit from a small headcold, which Kevin probably picked up from his last flight, and generously shared with me. Otherwise, … Continue reading
This is too good not to share. I lol’d. Best thing on the internet today, or maybe this week:) He must have an incredible number of hours in making this, and its BRILLIANT. IO9 article here.
Miniature Wonderland – I admit I would go out of my way to see this. Interesting and unusual RC creations. Human-Powered Helicopter – A team finally won the 30+ year old Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize, which some experts used … Continue reading
Another video about Tesla and their amazing factory. http://video.wired.com/watch/the-window-the-tesla-story (Ok, I just cannot get this video to embed, so frustrating. You’ll have to click the link and go watch it at Wired) Wired article here. I really hope they (as … Continue reading
I’d love to buy a Tesla Model S one day (hey, I can dream, right?). After watching this jaw dropping video, I want one even more. This is how manufacturing should be. Link to the Wired post here. Also, here … Continue reading
This government produced video from 1949 about a “modern” and efficient home kitchen designed like a manufacturing work cell is all kinds of fantastic: Video and additional information located here: http://archive.org/details/StepSavi1949 (I couldn’t get the video from the source site … Continue reading
Great interview with Elon Musk (Tesla, Space X, SolarCity….). Kevin and I are always lamenting that the future isn’t happening fast enough. Humans are still digging rocks out of the ground and burning them to extract energy. This feels so … Continue reading
Nothing like some fun horse stories to cheer you up on a cold and rainy winter day (ok, I like horse stories all the time, not just when its cold and rainy, I just wanted to share these today:) Pirate … Continue reading
This is a great talk about the future of automation, automation and the economy, increased productivity, and worries about technology displacing the workforce. At over 30 minutes, its a little long, but this is one of the better discussions I’ve … Continue reading