I’ve been on the road since last Sunday, interviewing for potential job opportunities as I contemplate my transition out of graduate school and into the “real world”. I am a candidate for academic jobs, industry positions, and public service. By the time this trip is finished, I will have interviewed with at least one of each type of organization.
Tonight I am in Albuquerque, NM visiting Sandia National Lab. Sandia is well-known for its research in solar power and distributed energy. Entering Kirtland Airforce Base, where Sandia is located, I drove past an enormous solar testing facility. Based on the test set-ups I saw, I suspect researchers are comparing performance of several different kinds of solar panels under the same environmental conditions.
When my trip is concluded (and my Internet stays connected for longer than 2 minutes), I will provide a broader report on the interesting technology developments I saw at Sandia.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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