Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 13, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #46

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #46

“For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My two cents, but please share yours:

Benjamin Franklin called the turkey “a Bird of Courage,” but probably didn’t prefer it for the National Bird.

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 13, 2017

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #11 – Perfect for November

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #11 – Perfect for November

What movie would be perfect to watch in November?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For this month, I’m selecting the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947), with Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood. Watching this movie on Thanksgiving Day has become an annual tradition in our home.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 13, 2017

The Abundance Frontier – 2017 – Post #2

The Abundance Frontier – 2017 – Post #2

How do we make drinkable water abundant?

My two cents, but please share yours:

There’s more than enough water in our oceans. The challenges are making it drinkable and directing it to the people where and when they need it. For both tasks, the necessary technologies exist.

For making water drinkable, the current methods are nanofiltration, desalination, and distillation. These methods have already been scaled up to handle the needs of a few small countries. But energy consumption is high. To continue scaling up to meet the fresh-water needs for the entire planet, the energy supply must be increased accordingly, driving the energy costs closer to zero.

For directing water to the people, the problem is not technology. Pipes exist. The biggest impediment to creating a suitable plumbing system is war, a problem humans can fix, if they wish to.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 7, 2017

Veterans Day 2017

Veterans Day 2017

We’re keeping in our thoughts and prayers all of those who served in our armed forces, sacrificing to preserve our freedom. We bless you and thank you and will take a moment of silence to remember you.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 7, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #45

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #45

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My two cents, but please share yours:

And there would be even less to watch on television.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 7, 2017

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #11

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #11

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m starting The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See for my neighborhood book club.

For nonfiction, I’m still working through WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us by Tim O’Reilly. This newly published book examines near-future technology from a mostly AI (artificial intelligence) perspective.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 30, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #44

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #44

“Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.”

– Sir Walter Scott

My two cents, but please share yours:

Sir Walter Scott also gave us, “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” and “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.”

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 30, 2017

Happy All Saints’ Day – 2017!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

Happy All Saints’ Day – 2017!

Enjoy the Celebration!

Cheers, Ashley

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 30, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #14 – Core Skill

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #14 – Core Skill

What is the required core skill for all things technology?

My two cents, but please share yours:

My answer is skepticism.

  1. Since there’s no such thing as “settled science,” don’t assign confidence levels of 100% or 0% to any detail, but do calculate probabilities and confidence levels accurately as often as possible, wherever possible.
  2. Don’t trust machines. Expect bugs, especially early on and at the most inconvenient times.
  3. Don’t trust computers. Expect round-off errors that alter results, and, of course, “garbage in, garbage out.”
  4. Don’t trust humans. Bias often creeps in, either unintentionally through not controlling variables well enough, or intentionally as in data doctoring.

Healthy skepticism makes for better scientists, engineers, and programmers.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 25, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #43

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #43

“Years ago, I picked up figure skating. How hard could spins and jumps be, I thought? It’s just applied Newtonian physics. After repeatedly falling on my rear end, I realized it was harder than I thought. But it had an upside. That is how I met my wife, who was ice dancing at the Rockefeller Center ice rink.”

– Michio Kaku

My two cents, but please share yours:

Physics and ice skating, they were meant for each other.

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