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One of the challenges I face in my role as the CEO of a company is that I always live in the future.  My job is to project things that will happen 1 year, 3 years, 5 years from now.  As a result, I tend to worry about things all the time.

Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote a book I highly recommend called Only the Paranoid Survive. It's been a boon and a curse to me because I have learned a lot from it but at the same time, it has resulted in me constantly focusing on the ...
August 16, 2018 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Just watching CBS News, sadly Aretha Franklin, a true legend of music, The Queen of Soul, has passed away in Detroit at the age of 76. May she truly Rest in Peace.    
One of the less pleasant trends I've seen in social media is the lack of recognition that actions can have consequences.  It never ceases to amaze me to see grown adults behave in a beastly way and be shocked, shocked that their actions have resulted in consequences that were almost entirely predictable.

One exercise that I think many people would benefit from would be to consider what someone else might do in return.  Rather than trying to guess what they might possibly do, consi...
June 13, 2018 by Uvah on Uvah's Work Shop
May 23, 2018 by Tatiora on tatiora
So, I'm a total Star Wars nerd and if it says Star Wars, I need to see it at least once. Anyone else hyped, or feeling especially "meh" about it?I usually go see this stuff with my Dad, so it's always a good excuse to spend some time together - but this Friday I'm going to cut out and see Deadpool 2 instead of seeing Solo opening day. Chances are that no matter what I see this weekend, it's going to be insanely busy.What about you guys?
March 14, 2018 by Matchbook on Wallpapers!
The world feels slightly dimmer without him, but I'm thankful for his massive contributions to the world of science.

I miss the guy, already.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don't just give up."
January 15, 2018 by BigDogBigFeet on BDBF's Pound
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46.

 

Nothing else to say.
January 6, 2018 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Sadly Jerry Van Dyke has passed away. May he rest in peace.   

http://time.com/5091311/jerry-van-dyke-dead/
Sunday’s are strange.

Do I have enough time to start a new book?Is the dog getting enough attention? She doesn’t seem to think so.i really want to play game X but shouldn’t I be working on Star Control? Or GalCiv? Or Ashes of the Singularity?My son has math homework. Shouldn’t I be helping? How much?People are mad at the Democrats/Republicans. Should I care? I don’t really care.its cold outside but the solar array inverter needs to be checkedYouTube Let’s p...
November 30, 2017 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Sadly Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has passed away at the age of 87.   

 

R.I.P. Jim Nabors, you will always be remembered.

 

http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-jim-nabors-snap-story.html
I have 3 children. I love them to pieces.

But dogs? Obviously not in the same league but holy cow there is just something so touching in their unconditional devotion.

Sometimes, especially with the smarter ones, their similarities to small children can be uncanny. For instance, my 6 year old Entlevucher brings her stuffed dinosaur to bed every night, she just sleeps with it.

Who else here feels the same?
October 23, 2017 by Jafo on Jafo's Ramblings
Having been an Official for MotoGP for 23 years someone decided I'd be suitable fodder to drive in the Riders' Parade last Sunday before the GrandPrix at Phillip Island [Australia]....

...so this is the one I drove... BMW M235i ...about 320hp 8 speed in-line 6 turbo ...bit 'wasted' when we were putting around at 50kph [30mph].

Fortunately it didn't rain during the parade so the roof was down [as it SHOULD be on a convertible] ...

So....

What do you do in that time no-one pays you...
I don't know how common this is with dogs but my dog, an Entlebucher mountaint dog, has a fairly complex moral system when it comes to food.  Namely, she seems to have an internal rule set on what it is okay for her to take food.

Here's an example of my dog's morality in action.  If my wife brings me a plate of cheese and crackers, she can set it right in front of me and the dog.  I could get up, leave the room and come back without fear that she would take it.  However,...
August 21, 2017 by ZubaZ on zubaz
Last week, as a joke, I posted an image to Facebook of what (I thought) would be an awesome t-shirt design for my birthday today (which also happens to feature an eclipse across much of the US.

Wincustomize member teddybearcholla took it upon herself to make one and send it to me.

In the fifteen years (!!!) I have been a member here I am constantly surprised at what great friendships I have made.

 

You all are pretty great! (but teddybearcholla is super-great today!)


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Note: This post was originally written by my friend Steven Den Beste who passed away last year. This will be a series of articles designed to preserve his writing for future readers to enjoy the way I did.

The Human Eye: A design review

Occasionally I see creationists point to the human eye as a miracle of design, as if this somehow is evidence of divine origin for the human form. Unfortunately, from an engineering perspective, the human eye is seriously suboptimal. It simply isn't tha...