November 2014

Inventions are often difficult to track, but they often start with a loose comment.

 

Hannah came into my office and asked for my portable CD drive. Not too long ago CD drives were built into computers, but USB memory sticks are rapidly rendering CD's old hat.

 

Out loud Hannah wondered: “How long do you think these CD’s will be around?”

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Ryszard Kaczmarek Can Do!

 

Maybe too often do we tout the power of interning and mentoring, but this week we received a heartwarming note from one of our past interns which started as follows:

 

Since you deserve a partial credit for your support, I thought you would want me to share this great news I received last week.

 

The attachment in that email shows that our 1990’s Virginia Tech AOE intern, Ryszard Kaczmarek has been selected as Naval Sea Systems Command 2015 Engineer of the Year and is a Federal Engineer of the Year Finalist.

 

Today Rich is a Naval Construction Battalion Lieutenant Commander. That makes him a Seabee and therefore makes him the acme of “Can Do!”.

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True or not, this joke is attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

 

A farmer’s young son comes running into the house.

 

Out of breath he says: “Pa, Pa, the hired hand and Sis are in the hayloft. The hired hand has dropped his pants and Sis has pulled up her skirt! Pa, I think they are fixin’ to pee on the hay.”

 

The farmer says: “Son your facts are correct, but your conclusion is all wrong.”

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Note: I posed a question at the bottom of the original blog and in August 2016 added two book to the bottom of the list in response. In 2018 added two more books.

 

Books are fun, but very occasionally I have encountered books that have actually changed my understanding of humanity and the world.

 

Only a very small number of books actually unlocked pieces in my life’s puzzle, and helped me decode complex problems a little quicker and identify false truths.

 

This is the short list of those books. (In parentheses I added the approximate date I read them and how I found out about them):

 

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