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March 19, 2019

In this article from IEEE Spectrum are the details behind the development of one of the most ubiquitous pieces of modern business software.  Giving an idea of the time - it was originally envisined not only for video screens and projectors, but for 35mm slides and tran...

March 14, 2019

We are all amazed by those that came before us.  I am particularly amazed, like many engineers, that many of the engineering achievements which we hold in highest regard were accomplished before what we consider to be modern engineering tools existed.  I'm not just tal...

March 3, 2019

I have found Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design to be very applicable to the design of not only spacecraft but medical devices and other mission critical products as well.  My favorite are the first six:

1. Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is on...

February 24, 2019

Norman Door (n.):
1. A door where the design tells you to do the opposite of what you're actually supposed to do.

2. A door that gives the wrong signal and needs a sign to correct it.

This video from Vox does a good job of summarizing the impact that good design can have...

October 17, 2018

I love Apollo.  For me and many others one of the most interesting aspects of the whole project was the Computer Hardware created for the missions.. 

They were some of the first integrated circuit based computers.

They were made by manually wire wrapping e...

December 31, 2016

"...It's the GM engineering I'd like to thank.."  

While listening to one of my favorite radio programs, Car Talk I came across this wonderful "Ode to a Monte Carlo" written and performed by a listener.

In the end it has nothing to do with a particular brand, style or ev...

December 29, 2016

Listening to a re-release of one of my favorite albums, I was delighted to find a hidden gem.   On Paul Simon's recently released Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition there is a rare insight into the creative process behind a hit song.  It's right at the end, the last tr...

September 14, 2016

I have a PO Box!

There is something still magical to me about a mailbox.  It's like a window to another world.  You put an item in with a desired destination and it magically gets taken there.  Some days you open the box and there is some surprising thing from some far...

August 20, 2016

"Why can't we get that right, man?" - Bob Dylan

In this radio piece from NPR you can hear the creative process, the "trial, error, and dead ends..." that we all face when creating.  All too often we only hear the final, finished version of the creative process and we ar...

July 21, 2016

What does pie have to do with product development?  We will get there - but first - this post is about allowing ourselves the time to suppose, stew, smolder and steep on a problem in that deep almost subconscious way.  If you are like me, the problems you are solving a...

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