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Pervasive computing journal I received my first copy of Pervasive computing yesterday. Interesting journal and of typical IEEE high quality. I was invited to co-author a journal article in another journal this week, which I accepted. I was invited by a Physicist PhD to collaborate on an article describing how a special area of economics afflicts technical communications and the information industry. The foundation work was first published in 1967. The concept I would characterize as part of the body of the "Economics Way of Thinking." John Maynard Keynes describes this kind of thinking as an "apparatus of mind." I think the article will have some good life to it as it resonates through the community in which we are introducing it. Also this week, I was asked to contribute to a book (soon to be published) on the Toyota way as it applies to technical communication. I agreed. I will not have my name on the cover but I will be credited in the book. So this week
It doesn't seem like it has been a week since I last blogged. Apparently it has been. I have joined the 1990s! I now have a cell phone along with Bonnie. We got Tracfones which are prepaid PCS type digital phones. It works at the house so that is great. Coverage is pretty good. Out here coverage is a big deal and something you cannot take for granted. I am doing a NPV analysis of the prices over minutes over time to ensure I am getting the best deal. Homework is taking quite a bit of my time. I am learning a lot about finance. This week we did regressions for portfolio analysis of beta among other financial models including Fama-French and emerging financial behavioral models. We have ducks! I picked them up Friday. Currently we have 8 ducks. Liz and Ken will take 5 leaving us with two hens and a drake. They are young mallards. I leared how to clip their wings as to not let them fly away. They are quite nervous still. I hope they settle down. They are really uptight. The chi
Today is day number 15,646. My new HP12c Calculator is really something. I really like using it. Fewer key strokes for almost anything. Class is going well. It is challanging and I am learning alot about something we should all be good at, Financial Management. I changed my mind at the last minute about buying a new truck. I am going to wait at least another year. I have other fish to fry and eat. Over the weekend I served as an evaluator for 4-H kids and their "public presentations". It was sorta fun. They let me talk about Toastmasters for 5 minutes before the awards were handed out.
The answer is in the noise. Could this be the begining of seeing the shadows of our 11 dimensions?
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I got the following pic of my deer friend that often stops by for breakfast. She is quite calm for a deer. The llamas and the deer are friends and we imagine that they each covet each others situation. "Slow me down, Lord! Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind. Steady my hurried pace with a vision of the eternal reach of time. Give me, amidst the confusion of my day, the calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves and muscles with the music of the singing streams that live in my memory. Help me to know the magic restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art of taking Minute Vacations ... of slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines from a good book. Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and the tortoise that I may know that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than increasing its speed. Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know
It is probably an urban legend. But in my world it is very believable. 1st place This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly,! the RV left the freeway, crashed &then overturned. Mr Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him, by reading the owner's manual, that he actually could not do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.
"Now this is not the begining of the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Sir Winston Churchill, November 1942