Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 15, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #3

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #3

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

– John Adams

My two cents, but please share yours:

It is getting harder to locate the facts and filter out the rest.

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 15, 2018

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #3

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #3

What is Amendment III of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 15, 2018

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #1 – Perfect for January

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #1 – Perfect for January

What movie would be perfect to watch in January?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For this frosty month, I’m going with the warm and silly comedy Caddyshack (1980). This film features Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and an obnoxious dancing gopher. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 8, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #2

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #2

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

– Thomas Jefferson

My two cents, but please share yours:

Every citizen should read the Bill of Rights annually, along with the U.S. Constitution and all of the more recent amendments.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 8, 2018

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #2

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #2

What is Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 8, 2018

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #4

The Abundance Frontier – 2018 – Post #4

How do we make food abundant?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Now that AI/robotics/automation and populism have arrived, what will be the next revolution? The next revolution may in fact be the Abundance Frontier, and it promises to be a near-future-technology Wild West, pioneer spirit included.

The challenge will be to make each of the economic necessities of life so abundant they become virtually free. Here’s a starter list for these necessities.

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Self-protection
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Life experiences

Two near-future technologies that will contribute to making food abundant globally are vertical farming and 3-D printing. Both exist today, and both will soon be ready for volume manufacturing.

Vertical farming is literally just that–planting vertically. It’s a perfect fit for urban areas, plus it’s always practical to have the food supply near the consumers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_farming

3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, has been around since the early 1980s, and 3-D printing food is a rapidly growing application set that now includes many favorites from steaks (cow friendly) to chocolate to pizza. The technology is still quite pricey, but home desktop printers are in development and soon will be affordable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applications_of_3D_printing

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 2, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #1

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #1

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

– Mark Twain

My two cents, but please share yours:

Today is going to be a great day! And 2018 is going to be a wonderful year! Cheers!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 2, 2018

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #1

U.S. Constitution – 2018 – Post #1

What is Amendment I of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 2, 2018

Techie Corner – 2018 – Post #1 – A Real Scientist

Techie Corner – 2018 – Post #1 – A Real Scientist

What is a real scientist?

My two cents, but please share yours:

1. A real scientist seeks the truth in science. He or she has no hidden agendas.

2. A real scientist is unbiased. She or he mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

3. A real scientist designs his or her experiment so that every variable is tightly controlled and the resulting data is unbiased.

4. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased manager. The manager mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

5. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased funding source. The funding source mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

6. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t discard “outlier” data points on a chart without a proven technical reason.

7. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t move data points on a chart. She or he never “doctors” data.

Note 1:  If a data gatherer fails any of the seven criteria above, she or he is not a scientist.

Note 2: These same seven criteria apply to engineers. They seek the truth in technology.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 27, 2017

Happy New Year’s 2018!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

the safest and Happiest New Year’s 2018!

Cheers, Ashley

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