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How the World Works

by Miriam - October 24th, 2016

money-treeEconomics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. First published in 1964, is a timeless look at economics – both theory and application. If you want to start to understand the world in which we live, read this.

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Wannabe – Spice Girls

by Miriam - October 21st, 2016

I never followed the Spice Girls back in the ’90s, though I certainly heard them on the radio. Found this song on YouTube when looking for something else (which is usually when I find interesting things). The song is fun and catchy, and has been used and abused, like any good pop song.

What’s interesting about this video is that it’s shot entirely in one take. These days, single-camera, single-take productions are rare.


Animal Domestication verses Taming

by Miriam - October 17th, 2016

Another great video from CGP Grey – your source for an interesting look at how things happened in culture and science.

Fun fact: Domestication is changing an animal over time to make it better serve humans, taming is changing a single animal’s behavior so it doesn’t freak out around humans. (Their term)

Americapox – Why Native Americans Did Not Wipe Out the Europeans

by Miriam - October 12th, 2016

Fascinating.  I have always wondered why, if Europeans nearly wiped out the Native Americans with their diseases, the opposite did not happen. 12-minute video, but very much worth the watch.

Music that Makes You Smart (Or Not)

by Miriam - October 10th, 2016

Virgil Griffith at CalTech conducted an experiment to correlate SAT scores with music.  The results are somewhat predictable.

(Note – this is purely for fun, and the author admits that there is not a lot of real science involved – just an interesting correlation of statistical information).

Check out Musicthatmakesyoudumb (the website) for details.


Fly with the Blue Angels

by Miriam - October 7th, 2016

8 minutes of WOW.

NOTE – This is a 360 camera view – navigate to see the other planes or the ground racing below.  Appreciate the commentary by Captain Tom Frosh, the flight leader of the US Navy Blue Angels.

HP, Meet Keurig

by Miriam - October 4th, 2016

money-machineHP has issued an apology for deploying ink cartridge technology that requires an HP chip in order to work in an HP inkjet printer.  The purpose behind the chip was to discourage third-party inkjet cartridges, which undercuts HPs profit.

HP uses the shave razor formula of disposable or very inexpensive operating units, but pricey refills.  HP makes money on the ink cartridges more than on the printer sales.

Tech Times:  HP Apologizes

HP only had to take a look at Keurig, when they deployed the Keurig 2.0 coffeemaker in late 2014/early 2015 that would only accept Keurig coffee pods.

The Verge:  Keurig DRM Enrages Customers

This quote is from The Verge article, but simply replace “Keurig” with “HP” and the same theory applies:

“The funniest thing about the backlash is that it was entirely predictable. Consumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in anything — but applying it to coffee feels especially galling. . . . Building a complicated infrared scanning system so that you can only use Keurig-approved cups was a step too far.”

No matter how big or how profitable, you are only as good as the support of your customers.

Happy First Day of Fall!

by Miriam - September 22nd, 2016


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


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


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.

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….