Steve Jobs is dead

My father saw much technological change in his lifetime (1906-1991). He was raised in the Ozarks of Missouri but extracted himself from his farm heritage by earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry. When he was a young professor, he used to lecture on things that were not...

Film (Analog) or Digital?

August 21, 2011 Normally journalists put the central message of their themes at the beginning of their writings. I am going to put it at the end.  Be fair–don’t skip ahead. As I ramble through the evidence to make my point, you may wonder, “Where the hell is he...

Phone Booth

There are many young people who probably don't know what a phone booth is. I'll explain. It was a place occasionally used by reporter Clark Kent to change into Superman. But it was also an enclosure in which a coin operated public telephone was housed. These booths...

Rubik’s Cube Solution

There is big news in the Rubik's Cube world; scientists have created a computer algorithm that will solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle of any size. In a 3 x 3 x 3 puzzle, there are 43 quintillion possible moves. Cubes of larger dimensions would have so many possible moves...

The Ultimate fly trap

I like simple solutions to long-standing problems. Biting flies are certainly annoying and they do carry diseases. I happened on to the Epps Ultimate Biting Fly Trap because I am now on the email distribution list of AgriSupply where I bought some plastic water-proof...

A new camera that will be a real game changer

Ever heard of a light field camera? Neither had I. Imagine snapping an image without having to focus. Later, with software, you can play with exactly where in the frame you want the focus to be. The Lytro camera is the by-product of a Ph.D. dissertation by Ren Ng. It...