Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 23, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #4

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #4

“What is real and what is not? Can you tell me or I you? Perhaps we shall never know more than this—that to think a thing is to make it true.”

–P. L. Travers (Pamela Lyndon Travers, Mary Poppins)

My two cents, but please share yours:

I don’t see this quote very often, but I love it all the same.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 23, 2016

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #58

Picoblog Question – 2016 – Post #58

In what small way will you celebrate the end of summer?

My two cents, but please share yours:

I’m shifting my focus from summer fruits like nectarines, blueberries, and strawberries to fall fruits such as apples, grapes, and pomegranates.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 23, 2016

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #2

Tips for the 21st Century – 2016 – Post #2

Which emerging technology should we all become familiar with now?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Of the many technologies emerging in the next few decades, the one that will have the greatest impact on our job markets and our lives is 3D Printing (desktop manufacturing). This technology is worth a few minutes of Internet searching and study. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing )

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 19, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #3

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #3

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” Sun Tzu (6th c. BC)

My two cents, but please share yours:

This is certainly still true today. Sun Tzu had several similar quotes, but I prefer this one as it begins with understanding one’s own strengths and weaknesses.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 19, 2016

Techie Corner – 2016 – Post #7 – Blue Brain Project

Techie Corner – 2016 – Post #7 – Blue Brain Project

What is the Blue Brain Project, and which non-medical application will be impacted by this project’s results ?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Blue Brain Project seeks to simulate the circuitry of mammalian brains. They hope to ultimately create a synthetic human brain. This research will have an impact on fields outside of medicine, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and androids.

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

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 19, 2016

Techie Corner – 2016 – Post #6 – A Real Scientist (or Pollster)

Techie Corner – 2016 – Post #6 –  A Real Scientist (or Pollster)

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 and pollsters. They seek the truth.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 10, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #2

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #2

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington

My two cents, but please share yours:

For reference, here’s our Amendment I to the U.S. Constitution.

“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.”

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 10, 2016

Book Corner – 2016 – Post #8

Book Corner – 2016 – Post #8

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m beginning The First Commandment by Brad Thor, the sixth story in his Scot Harvath Series. So far, every book in this fast-paced thriller series has been difficult to put down at bedtime.

For nonfiction, I’m flying through the surprisingly interesting How to Create a Mind by artificial intelligence (AI) expert Ray Kurzweil.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 10, 2016

Movie Corner – 2016 – Post #7 – Perfect for August

Movie Corner – 2016 – Post #7 – Perfect for August

What movie would be perfect to watch in August?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For August, I’m  going with the sports romance The Cutting Edge (1992). This film is set during the Olympics, and the ice skating scenes are quite refreshing after our Texas triple-digit heat. Roy Dotrice, Moira Kelly, and D.B. Sweeney all give performances that are light and fun.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 5, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #1

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #1

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin

My two cents, but please share yours:

Benjamin Franklin is one of my favorite Founding Fathers!

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