Category Archives: Thoughts

The Day We Stopped Dreaming About Tomorrow

Wow...  no dry eyes in this house-- the pride and the shame of being an American under our government regime.

The city of tomorrow, the future of tomorrow, ended when we stopped trying to go to moon.  Neil deGrasse Tyson comments, set to powerful imagery.

I absolutely lost it when I saw Megan McAurthur (of the May 2009 Space Shuttle Atlantis launch) at 4:15 and at first thought it was Christa McAuliffe, one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Tomorrow is gone.  Nobody is dreaming about tomorrow anymore.

(From the creators of the video, scrunththethird:  The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public.… Read the rest

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Astounding Libration of the Moon

Normally I don't just post random items from the internet, but I was absolutely amazed by this video.

The moon is one of those things that we're all familiar with, heck we see it most nights-- but never like this.

This video was of particular interest to me, as I have been researching Tidal Lock (when one side of an orbiting body always faces the object it is orbiting) for my book-- and didn't fully appreciate the aspect of libration (the tipping, tilting, and rocking you see) of a tidal locked orbiting body before this video...

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Folks at the NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio created this amazing animation showing our view of the Moon with time resolution of *one hour*!… Read the rest

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Happy First Birthday, Scafverse!

It escaped my attention!  On March 9th, 2011 the first tongue-in-cheek "thought" was posted to the Scafverse!

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The Dangers of an Increasingly Hack-able World

Think you`re safe from being hacked? Think again. Technology can be scary sometimes.

Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.
Avi Rubin is a professor of computer science and director of Health and Medical Security Lab at Johns Hopkins University. His current research is focused on the security of electronic medical records.

(Seems like this would make good scenes for a Sci-Fi book... hmmm....  )

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A Change in Paradigm? Coding is Literacy, Hack the Planet!! (Scaf’s Musings on Technology, The “New” Gaming, and Web Content…)

Every once in a while, I catch a glimpse of some changing trend in technology that I think would be truly important to someone who understood the underlying dynamics of the business.  On rare occasion, that person is me.  However, my record in this respect is worse than mixed-- its decidedly poor.

Check the evidence:  1)  I strongly advised a buddy who was at Goldman Sachs not to join some internet goods exchange start-up (who is going to buy anything online?  We all love to walk the aisles of a store, right??) and instead attend either Stanford Bus or HBS (he got into both).  He decided against me and became one of the first employees and very successful at Ebay, then going on to become an executive at Skype, and then Paypal (sad EDIT 3/26/12; just heard that Eric was hit by a train and died on 3/9/12: articles here and here).… Read the rest

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Quote: we should not make “good enough” the enemy of “perfect”

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Thought: great decisions

I've got a book on how to make great decisions. Can't make up my mind whether it's worth reading or not though.… Read the rest

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Thought: rules for blogging on the Scafverse

here are a few simple rules that everybody should adhere to when blogging: All parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. Don't use a foreign word when there's an adequate English coup de maître. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. Always be more or less specific. Proofread carefully to make sure you haven't any words out. Avoid cliches like the plague - they're old hat. Don't repeat yourself or say again what you have previously said before.… Read the rest

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