Saturday, December 29, 2018

The 2019 Prognostication Post

Well lets see how I did last year...

1.A Mag 9 quake off the coast of Cali will cause more infra-structure problems...  The tectonic plates are still punchy and they will  rumble the Pacific Rim all year. BONK  The Gulf of Alaska quake came close but thankfully we had a quite year!

2.CERN ATLAS to reveal new insights into BSM physics.  The setter says it will rattle the standard model folks and make the battery storage research folks wag their tails...  DING

3. Breakthrough in fuel cell efficiency and refueling cost to emerge from someplace in Europe. This gizmo will let you strip out Hydrogen from your homes natural gas supply just like turning on your gas stove...  Just re-fuel by plugging into the port in your garage, the gas meter will whirl and your fuel cell car will be topped off.  The infra structure problem of hydrogen delivery as a fuel will evaporate in 2018... The hound had a particularly waggy tail on this one. DING

4. The setter sees a US Presidential candidate winning the Ig Nobel Prize next year... too fuzzy to know what category though.  A real test of academic freedom and the courageous leadership for a flagship institution...  BONK

5. Alibaba  buys Sears... opens kiosks across the US...  Partners with the YUM group and offers take out food when you pick your made in China stuff...  This will send Google and Amazon on acquisition spins...  Hear that Harvard B-School?  The setter has spokenBONK Looks like Sears will soon join Woolworth's and Ward's...

6. Autonomous drones go big as major carriers start to network their IoT fleets of drones to make inter-modal deliveries from their giant warehouses to secure terminals located at fast food restaurants or UPS trucks, where  jumpy urbanites will pick up their widget and possibly a burger on their way home from the office....  The setter saw a lot of cross channel collaboration (C^3) in retail distribution in 2018...   Pay attention Wharton... this is good thesis stuff barked out the spotted one.  Sort of a DING

7. Gene therapy starts it's glacial advance in displacing pharma as a significant cure for a major illness is published.  First a trickle, then a flood... the therapies will reprogram cellular gafootzies and address the root cause of the problem eventually making the apothecary a modern day blacksmith shop...  Look for big pharma to predict the sky is falling as the world turns up-side-down for the pill industry. DING

8. Opinion journalism reaches new heights as mixed mode media driven by social engineering mavens enable the whopper to be told over and over again with exceeding social media interconnected slickness with inferential touches from diverse "experts" that would make Noam C blush.  Nope - critical thinking is not coming to a news source or class room near you in 2018...  Woof wooooof, followed by a yawn. DING

9. Martian discovery!  InSight will land in November and have big news in December!  2019 discoveries will keep on coming about the geophysics of the red planet.  BONK maybe next year...

10. Mining the Pacific Ocean gyre will commence as a modern day gold rush unfolds.  These aquatic miners will be after a harvest of free floating petrochemicals  and recycle them at sea.  They will sail into port like the whalers of old bringing in booty from the deep blue sea.  BONK close but no cigar...

So how did the Llewellyn do?  Looks like the birder is statistically a four legged coin toss.  

Refocusing on the year ahead - the spotted one makes the following prognostications for 2019!

1.  A immunotherapy breakthrough rocks the medical cancer research world. 

2. Energy driven financial corrections around the world reshape major economies. See the hound's 4th revelation... As the keen observers grasp the sea change as in: 

Full fathom five thy father lies;

Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.  -Willy S.

3. Epidemic - another flu on the way, this one will be different...

4.  Energy conversion goes big.  Electrical power storage on a grand scale will make storage of multiple clean energies practical and cheap.  This epiphany will crack the door open to a copious supply of clean power.  In twenty years nobody will remember what a gasoline pump looked like.  It'll be that trivia only "old" people remember, like rotary phones and the VIC-20.  Time marches on soldier.

5.  Fashion... look out, here comes the next big thing: Speakers built into your shoes!  If you decide to wear your wifi sweater, you can stream as you do that power walk and let your neighbors enjoy your play list too!

6.  Geophysicists will be getting a lot of ink as they put forth the theory of the spin.  We'll finally be able to rest easy in that we will have the answer to that nagging question of why does the Earth spin and what about the molten core with all that earthquakey making subduction going on?  Stay tuned! 

7.  Agricultural scientists solve the digestive problems they created by making crops bug resistant by protein modification.  Bugs didn't like it, but oops, some people don't either!  What to do?  Big stuff for food science as those clever foodies patent the next generation of bug resistant seeds...

8.  Solar science gives the carbon tax happy politicians a speed bump as we plot an orbit towards a Maunder Minimum.  But who to believe, your cold nose of the evening news!?  

9.  Smart clothing for the jobsite.... LED festooned vests that pop to life whenever cars or construction equipment gets inside the sphere of safety.  In fact... I'll take the opportunity to coin the phrase "sphere of safety." As this technology matures, every child's pram and playground will have protected perimeters and age demarcated play zones.... even the workplace will know if your in "the zone."  IoT is coming faster than you know, and maybe with some uncomfortable consequences.  But hey, it's technology so it must be good, right?

10. Smart tackle for your fishing box... yup, the time has come to see the merger of robotic "lures" with GoPro vision and audible distress sounds beamed back to your fishing rod.  Only thing, fishing line is now  conductive and your reel has a monitor built into it.  Look out fish.  Catch that whopper? Upload it to the cloud for adoration by all with that new app!  Oh oh, better make sure you have your digital fishing license!  

Happy New Year everybody!   Thanks for visiting my little corner of the web...


by the way... the gyre is being mined!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

from Bishop Anthony....

2018 Nativity Greeting from His Grace Bishop ANTHONY

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Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 25, 2018
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
المسيح يولد! تمجده!
Christmas is many things, which includes a story of two kings. One is from the world and the other King comes from heaven.
The first king, Herod, was not confident. He thought his power had to be protected. Although he was wealthy, sat on a throne, and looked down on others, he was afraid of everyone. Instead of bringing smiles to people's faces, he brought tears to their eyes. When he heard from the wise men that a baby Boy was born of a Holy Woman in the countryside, a Savior who would serve and save the people, Herod's fear got the best of him and he was in a "furious rage." He looked everywhere to find this newborn King.
Therefore, God hid the baby King, who was from heaven, and His very own Son, in a cave in the country, under the stars, in the Holy arms of his Mother, while the animals, shepherds, and angels kept watch over Him. Unlike Herod, this baby Jesus would grow up to be the Perfect King. “He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) People loved Him. They were not afraid of Him. Little children would run up to Him. People were drawn to Him like metal to a magnet. And though crowds were always with Him, He made time with each person that needed Him. Everyone, well almost everyone, loved him.
The worldly king sold his kingdom for his pleasure at a party. The heavenly King, Jesus Christ, bought a Kingdom to give to His Father as a present. His purpose was His pleasure.
Herod loved making speeches. He gave speeches from his throne to force people to do his will. The fearful king wanted frightened subjects. He put on golden robes because he thought he was a god. But just as his proud heart swelled to the cheers of the crowd, he died then and there (Acts 21).
Jesus never spoke like that. He never sat on a throne; he was nailed to the Cross. And from the Cross, He never spoke more powerfully than when He didn’t speak at all. And when this King died, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords gave life to everyone. (Revelation 19:16 and 1 Timothy 6:15)
It does not matter what conditions we are given in life, whether we live in a palace and sit on a throne, or are born in a cave and lay in a manger, it is our love for God that makes us great, like Jesus Christ, the heavenly King.
May He who was born in a cave and lay in a manger for our salvation bless you always.
Bishop of Toledo
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Some music history...

So many times I look for those cultural experiences that broaden the horizon. These adventures I've learned always have a story to tell.  I'm not a big fan of the country music genre, but stopping into a museum that claims to be "Birthplace o Country Music" well that was one of those place to check out.

On a cold December day and on my way to yet another airport I looked at my wrist watch and decided I had a half hour to spare. Built in the 1920's this was the Defiance Truck dealership.

We're goin' in...

The visit starts with a short movie in the second floor theater that explains how it all happened.

While your here you may catch a live broadcast on the radio station WBCM

In 1927 Bristol was the scene of the "Sessions"

There's a lot to see here.  I really like how it all started... and I have to say the roots of country are what I'd call folk with a blend of  religious expression.  A very long way from pick-up trucks, trains and  momma....

Merry Christmas JRO nad NLO - AML - Dad

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Fall, Winter... looks like the NASA data is right

Two years of progressive planetary cooling... Brrr

"The new NASA findings are in line with studies released by UC-San Diego and Northumbria University in Great Britain last year, both of which predict a Grand Solar Minimum in coming decades due to low sunspot activity. Both studies predicted sun activity similar to the Maunder Minimum of the mid-17th to early 18th centuries, which coincided to a time known as the Little Ice Age, during which temperatures were much lower than those of today." NASA Sees Climate Cooling Trend Thanks to Low Sun Activity Written by 

Ice is now a few inches deep - since this pic...

Ooooo, columner ice crystals fell the other day!

Yay!  The commemoration of the birth of Christ - Christmas no matter how you celebrate  it - is just ahead!


Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Charlotte Airport digital art...

As I travel around I get to see some really interesting things. Those giant LED displays most airports use to sell advertising have been thoughtfully re-invented with an inventive twist.  These led blocks - and they are large - have been programmed to display airport data.  Data Sculpture and Data Painting... what an interesting idea!  The data is real operational numbers that are processed at the airport during the day, so they change as the flights and flight operations change...

4.4 Million people come through CLT every year.  These data driven artistic displays take flight landings, takeoffs, luggage movement and gate changes to name a few things and drive algorithms that swirl, twist, stir, emerge, billow and throw blocks of shapes in ways that change organically as the airport "lives."

Happy Thanksgiving everybody, I my hopes for your happiness and health.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fall has come again...

First Boy Scout Camp near Hudson - we stumbled upon this memorial on a lovely fall day.  Later that evening we enjoyed a great concert with Divina and the Vagabonds.

I don't know what it was about last weekend

But I saw three Bald Eagles - big and magestic

On a flight from Waterloo to Northern Wisconsin we flew over this farm.  I've never seen support for a politician like this before.  I mean real, genuine grass roots support!
That's all for now!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

and of course.... the Flamenco


One last walk around Madrid...

Like so many European cities, Madrid is awash with amazing architecture, historical commemorations, amazing statuary and as a friend once told me of the Italian culture... a people with a story to tell.  If you take the time to absorb it, Spain does have a wonderful story to tell.  My heart still belongs to Italy, but I now agree Espania is indeed a wonderful country!  These pics are just walking around stuff from this morning... a very small example of what is here.  Enjoy...

Hope you liked Madrid!  I took a ton of pics and we walked 5 to 6 miles every day and saw so many wonderful things.  The people we met were so kind it - was a wonderful visit. 


Friday, October 12, 2018

Madrid has a lot of museums... the MUNCYT is a gem

The Prada is fantastic by the way!  I love to wander through the engineering and science museums when I get a chance and the Museo Nacional De Cienciay Technologia was no exception.  Engineering is that happy fusion of math, art, creative problem solving and materials science.... for me it has been a wonderful career and looking over an old motorcycle or piece of lab equipment and seeing how my colleagues from years ago solved problems, designed kinematic systems for suspension systems... damped vibrations... dealt with fatigue such fun to visit these places!

I remember these Bultacos back in the 70's   they were some of the first true trails bikes in that era. You can see these old lines  copied  in the Honda trails bikes of the 1980's!

A Citroen nicely restored

This is truly an awesome machine!  In production from 1897 to 1905. 

The engine plugged  right into the rear axle without a torsional compensator or damper.

The venerable Norton GG

A nicely restored Guzzi

Another really nice 1950's Guzzi

Dondolino viva Carcano!


A Norton Manx from 1952

Cool, I've only seen Panhard's in a book before this fine 1914 example. I wonder if P&Lwere the inventors of the panhard rod?  Eventually Pahard (P&L) was absorbed by Renault.

A Scott, Squirrel not to be confused with the Scott Flying Squirrel is indeed a magnificent motorcycle!

What an engineering masterpiece!

Yay! A tornado...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Santiago de Compostela some say the final restig place of the Apostle St James

I first read about the Camino de Santiago about five or six years ago.  It was a pleasant surprise to experience the cathedral where it is said is the final resting place of the Apostle James. 

This is a most simple church.  No admission fee, just a very humble place. I lit a couple of candles for those I love and care so much about. 

The plaza is a gathering place for  pilgrims who hike into town and visit the cathedral.

The alter is magnificent with a statue of St James placed just beyond.  Below the alter is the crypt where the relics of the apostle are kept . 

After visiting many cathedrals I can attest to the fact that this one is very different.