Rube Goldberg

If you’re a fan of Rube Goldberg machines (those crazy concoctions that perform a simple task in an indirect and convoluted way), you’ll find this short video very interesting.

Job Application

Two young engineers applied for a single position at a computer company. They both had the same qualifications. In order to determine which individual to hire, the applicants were asked to take a test by the department manager.Upon completion of

Tour of GM Assembly Plant

We took all of our employees at Renaissance on a “field trip” to the GM Moraine Assembly plant yesterday.  This plant produces nearly 1,000 SUVs (Trailblazer, Envoy, etc.) every day and employs over 2,500 laborers over 2 shifts.  The tour

Water .vs. Wine

This is a good one from Mark Kelly… It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E.

New Technology for Hard Drives

For those of you not aware, we are starting to see a subtle change in the core technology for computer hard drives.  For the last 20 years, mass storage for computers has been based on the spinning magnetic disk.  The

Carnage & Culture

I just finished reading the book from Victor Davis Hanson entitled, “Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power”. The basic premise of his story is that Western civilization has prevailed in numerous battles over the past

Big 30K lb Bomb

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has stepped out of its usual verification, detection, destruction programs to fund a project called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). This 30,000 pound weapon could well become the biggest conventional bomb ever used.  The

Models for Artificial Intelligence

An interesting discussion on the Hierarchical Temporal Model… “If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there’s usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that’s wrong. In the case of the Solar System it was intuitively

The Ultimate Model Railroad

Similar to many kids, I  used to love toying with HO and Lionel model trains…  Well, this site shows the worlds largest railway model. Over 450 railway cars, more than 7,000 trailers, 50,000 trees, 3,000 figures, and plenty of bridges