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Happy First Day of Fall!

by Miriam - September 22nd, 2016

2016-autumn

Eagles versus Drones

by Miriam - September 20th, 2016

The video is in Dutch, but is worth the watch. Police in the Netherlands are training eagles to take down drones.

Drone technology can be used for good or for ill – this is an innovated and creative response to potential threat by drones.  An eagle can fly from 10,000 to 15,000 feet high, can reach speeds of up to 65 mph, and can carry about 75% of its body weight.  Eagles have power and range far out-stripping commercially-available drones.

Eagles for the win.

Article here at The Verge:  Holland’s drone-hunting eagles are ready to fly.

Remembering 9-11

by Miriam - September 11th, 2016

9-11-15th-anniversary

Farms of the Future – Today

by Miriam - September 10th, 2016
  • Vertical Greenhouses Techno Farming
  • LED lighting
  • Nutrient Mist
  • “Pink” Houses
  • “Pretty” Veggies
  • Tech (Smart) Tractors
  • Lab Meat
  • “Re-wilding”

These are all under experimentation or in production throughout the world, today.

Many options address a singular problem – getting fresh, quality produce to urban populations by establishing sky-scraper greenhouses in the city.

Read the full article here:  (Newsweek) To Feed Humandkind, We Need the Farms of the Future Today

 

James Bond Gadgets

by Miriam - September 9th, 2016

Doesn’t everyone loves James Bond?  And those gadgets!

16 minute video – but fun!

Where No One Has Gone Before

by Miriam - September 8th, 2016

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Hoosier Innovation – Tribine

by Miriam - September 6th, 2016

Native Hoosier and Carroll County farmer  Ben Dillon seeks to revolutionize the harvesting process with his Tribine machine.

His new machine was unveiled at the Farm Progress Show, and folks were able to see the ground-breaking machine in action.

This harvester is designed to allow farmers to harvest and load without additional personnel or equipment in the field.  The back part of the machine operates like a grain cart and dramatically increases the payload for the machine.

In today’s era of larger fields and higher yields, the ability to cross the length of a field without diverting to unload the grain – or without using a follow-behind tractor and grain cart – is a tremendous time and resource-saver.

Check out the new machine and view the Farm Industry News slideshow:

Tribine Debuts at Farm Progress Show

 Also, see some great photos and a video of the machine on the Tribine website.
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Ben is a contemporary of my Dad, and I’ve known him all my life.  He has long been considered one of our local progressive farmers, and it’s terrific to see his long-time dream reach production.

Congratulations, Ben!

The Math that Rules Our Lives – and We Don’t Even Know It

by Miriam - September 2nd, 2016

MathManAlgorithms lurk in every aspect of our lives.  From those Facebook “quizzes” you take, to your application for “12-months-same-as-cash” credit, to your job application (wait – what?), there is a statistical analysis and math formula which analyzes YOU and makes a recommendation.

While I don’t understand why ads for Tieks keep showing up on my Pinterest feed (never bought ’em, never will, don’t fit the demographic), it’s scary how accurately targeted some of those ads are.

Even scarier is when your personality test for employment cuts you from the pool of applicants.

Interesting article in The Guardian.

How Algorithms Rule Our Working Lives 

September 20, 2016 – follow up:  Last week I met with a client who because of health insurance issues, had to quit his job of nearly 20 years at a major retailer. After the insurance mess was cleaned up, he reapplied for the same job, was required to take a personality test – and failed.  He was able to get back to the job by a round-about path, but for a former employee, who was with the same employer for nearly 20 years and was repeatedly commended in his job performance, this is a stark example of how math really doesn’t have all the answers.  Nor do personality tests.  And, we won’t even start about the insurance issues that forced him to quit his job….

Stages of Autonomous Driving

by Miriam - August 30th, 2016

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Read the article and view the full slideshow at Internet of Things.

The agriculture industry has integrated Level 4 for field use (known use area).  Self-driving tractors and combines automatically steer, adjust speed, and perform a number of other automatic functions so that the operator can focus on other things (like planting or combining depth, application rate, and monitors).

Removed – Put down that digital device

by Miriam - August 23rd, 2016

Interesting exercise by ThoughtBox Education – photos by Eric Pickersgill.
What’s missing from the photos?

Visit the very interesting and thought-provoking learning website. You have to love a mission statement that is, “Think – Feel – Unlearn.”

How Click Pens Work

by Miriam - August 16th, 2016

“How things work” fascinates me. Who would have guessed that something so basic as a click pen would be an engineering marvel?

American Flag – Toy Soldiers

by Miriam - August 8th, 2016

Pretty cool and creative project by a young man not far from me.  Kids these days. Kudos.

If Teachers Were Treated Like Pro Athletes

by Miriam - August 8th, 2016

Something for the first day of School…

The Solar System – to Scale

by Miriam - July 29th, 2016

A film by Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet, this shows how a group of friends calculate and reproduce a scale model of our solar system in the Black Rock Desert. Fascinating.

Dutch Angle

by Miriam - July 25th, 2016

The Dutch Angle is a film technique whereby the scene is shot with the camera at an angle.  The theory is that it adds tension to the scene.  This matchcut is by Jacob T. Swinney, and is delightful in the progression.

The Dutch Angle from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.