Carnegie Mellon and… Sports?

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes how students at Carnegie Mellon University are designing equipment to improve football officiating… the proposed solution uses GPS systems in footballs and pressure sensors in gloves.

New Engineering Blog:

I’m always on the lookout for blog sites that cover technical areas such as manufacturing systems software and the model-based enterprise.  If you’re interested in those topics, you should check out the engineering-to-manufacturing blog at

A Modern Parable

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won

Reducing the Cost of College Education

For those of you that regularly read my blog, you’re probably aware of my consternation with the cost/value of a college education.  You can read previous postings here and here…   An interesting article in Washington Monthly provides additional insights into

Do You Understand Science?

I figured out why the Christian Science Monitor is reducing the frequency of publications….  With headlines such as these: “Should we recycle urine on Earth, too?” it’s pretty obvious these folks are obtuse and out of touch.  What do they think happens

Right to Bear Arms

I’m the proud owner of a Mossberg 590, which is essentially a military version of the popular Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun.  I have just about every type of ammunition to go with this piece of equipment, including slugs, 00 buckshot, and

Another Engineering Joke

An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress. The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship. The