December 2014

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WARNING: The “geek factor” of this post is a little high. Are you a Star Trek fan? If not, do you know one? In the days before J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the original series, there was a classic debate right down the middle: Who was a better captain of the Enterprise: Kirk or Picard?1 Every Trek fan I’ve met […]

With the recent stories of technology being used to peel away privacy and civil rights, disclose private information and bully from afar; I thought a little good news is in order. The first in a new “Technology for Good” series, let’s look at three recent stories of technology being used to help raise the quality of life for mankind and man’s […]

When I was very young, in the late 70s, my favorite toys were Legos. Specifically the Lego Space sets of the era. Each set was put together to the instructions at least once, but after that they quickly became other toys that I liked better. Sometime in the early 80s our family got our first computer: a Radio Shack TRS-80 […]

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson here in Milwaukee. He was charming, dynamic, funny, and (of course) brilliant. Due to my own biases regarding “technobabble” and other communication-blocking devices, I was frequently aware of the fact that he was discussing the secrets of the universe in language that I could understand without […]

iRobot, the company that brought us the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, has now created a new robot: the iRobot Create 2. Hackers have long been using the Roomba as a robot platform, and while the Create 2 has the same circular body as its older siblings, this green little kid was designed specifically for robotic creation. Created with STEM (Science Technology Electronics […]