Archive for October, 2006

It’s Nevada Day, too

Most of my childhood memories are from Nevada.  I grew up in Reno and moved away when I was an 18 year old new recruit for the US Army.  One of the things I remember most about Halloween in Nevada was that it wasn’t just Halloween.  A fact that was drilled into every student in a Nevada school is that October 31st also means Nevada Day – the day the state was admitted to the union.  There was always a parade (it was held this last Saturday, according to the news I’ve read from the state) and various celebrations to partake in throughout the day.  I never attended a parade, something I regret now – but hey, I guess Mom didn’t care to partake so I didn’t either.  If  I’m ever out there for Nevada Day in the future though, you can bet I’ll be a part. 

From the Nevada News:  Video: Nevadans Celebrate State’s Birthday

Pictures:  RGJ.com: Nevada Day Parade

Articles:  KRNV, RGJ

October 31, 2006 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

Airshows – a few videos to share

I’m just relaxing this weekend, so here’s some videos I found while browsing the net.

Spirit of Texas video.

Not everyone fires up a Merlin V-12 in their garage!

If you like airshows, you’ll really like this montage, more here [via].

Whew!  That was close – this Yak just about belly flops on the runway. [via]

October 29, 2006 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Touch driven computer screens

A friend sent me the link to this.  I really like the thought process behind this.  Jeff Han is a research scientist at NYU.  This is a nine minute presentation where he demonstrates some ideas to leverage the technology further.  I really liked what he said about the PC of the future being more intuitive.  I’m sure it will be a while before any of this is affordable for the you and me’s of the world, but at least we can have a glimpse of something to come.  My daughter, who loves scrapbooking (and now does it online), really liked the photographer’s light box application.  Now, there are a lot of people out there that do so much more with technology than I do – I’m betting your mind can go wild thinking of ways to use this.  Personally, I like the idea of using something like this for data mining in a data warehouse environment. 

October 28, 2006 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Is everything measurable?

"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."
– Albert Einstein

I don’t know a lot about NLP works – but I’ve worked with Hugh in the past, value his friendship, and I really enjoyed his post with the above quote as the theme.  The main point of his message is that there is a lot of focus today on measurability in business, but he is not convinced (and neither am I) that everything is measurable.  Where do you draw the line?  I posted a little anecdote I learned some time ago in his comments too.

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October 27, 2006 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Voodoo Air Racing update

Bob Button gives an interview, here, where he explains what happened during the Reno Air Races.  I can’t help but think a few companies could learn from this.  Bob is extremely candid about how things transpired.  As much time and effort that goes into making these birds perform, I think he did the right think.  Tearing up the engine would have created so much more time and effort (and $$) to be expended…well, my mind already twists with what I IMAGINE the cost of maintenance is for the planes.  Bob also posted a letter to the fans on the front page of the Voodoo Racing website.

October 26, 2006 at 6:16 am Leave a comment

Relentless is being rebuilt

Great news from the Relentless team was posted on their website today.  The plane is coming back together.  Information about how the NTSB is going to rule on the crash is mentioned also.  It’s great to see that the team has made great strides in getting Relentless put back together.  Here is the related post from July, with links to write-ups on the accident.

October 25, 2006 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Halloween Decor

One has to admit this guy has an original idea.  He decorated his yard to look like a plane crash site.  I’ll admit, I’m not into Halloween THAT MUCH.  Are you?

October 24, 2006 at 7:56 am Leave a comment

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