Dayton Daily News

It’s somewhat embarrassing to live in a city where the daily newspaper –- with an editorial staff barely capable of running a high school paper — attempts to emulate its hero, the New York Times.  I hate coming back home

The Tennis Playing Family

My wife has turned into the tennis fanatic… I am actually quite proud of her athletic pursuits.  She now plays 3 to 4 times a week, and she’s constantly asking me to hit tennis balls to her.  She tells me

How Many Engineers to Fix a Car?

A contemporary joke forwarded to me from Roger Sines: A Software Engineer, a Hardware Engineer, and a Departmental Manager were on their way to a meeting in Switzerland. They were driving down a steep mountain road when suddenly the brakes

Wiki for Web-Based Collaboration

An interesting web innovation with a peculiar name is a “Wiki“.  The best known application is Wikipedia, which is a web-based encyclopedia where many users collaborate on providing the facts for the various topics.  Another fantastic use of the technology

Political Editorial Writers

Given the proliferation of blogs, there are numerous “editorial” writers today.   However, two of my favorite authors on the subject of politics are: George Will and Victor Davis Hanson.   They are both masterful users of the English language, and they tend to

Design for Manufacturing

I have been involved in a funded effort to survey and benchmark design for six sigma efforts in the aerospace & defense industry.  It’s interesting to note that many of the aerospace prime contractors espouse their commitment to these principles,