Monthly Archives: December 2013

Benjamin Franklin’s Long Term Financial Planning

Quote of the Day The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. – Pearl Buck Today, my youngest son and I were talking about … Continue reading

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Boyle’s Law in the Movie “Men of Honor”

Quote of the Day I understand that sometimes you have to win ugly, but I see no advantage in losing ugly. — Pat Buchanan, political commentator. I do not watch many movies and the ones I do see tend to … Continue reading

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The Biggest Ball Lens I have Ever Seen

Quote of the Day The most important thing in the world today is that England and the United States speak the same language. — Otto Von Bismarck We use tiny ball lenses all the time to mate our fibers up … Continue reading

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Mathcad Example Using Decibels

Quote of the Day I learned filmmaking by studying the Old Masters – and by that I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford. — Orson Welles Introduction I have been working on a software requirements document that involves … Continue reading

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Australian Phone Line Impedance Math

Quote of the Day The time to reef the sails is before the storm is upon you. — Old sailing aphorism Introduction I am doing some work with international phone circuits and I noticed that the Australian government has test … Continue reading

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The Old Two Coat Trick

Quote of the Day Everything we call real is made up of things that cannot be real. — Niels Bohr I had a déjà vu moment this morning. One of my staff members was looking for another staff member and … Continue reading

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Two-Resistor Thermistor Linearizer

Quote of the Day Ability is of little account without opportunity — Napoleon Bonaparte Introduction I was asked a question today about how to design a two-resistor thermistor linearization circuit. This very brief post is intended to provide the background … Continue reading

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Ballistic Coefficient Rule of Thumb Example

Quote of the Day Wisdom and experience are built from bricks made from the mud of failure. — Mike Blue I am working on a ballistic simulator and I was looking for some test data. While hunting up some data, … Continue reading

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World War 2 Submarine Hull Thickness Math

Quote of the Day How are the children? — Masai warrior greeting, intended to ensure that the warriors always keep their number one priority in mind. I was reading a blog post on Gizmodo that did a bit of math … Continue reading

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An Example of Misusing Thermal Resistances

Quote of the Day Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. — Marilyn vos Savant In my previous post, I provided some definitions of thermal resistances and thermal characteristics. In this post, I … Continue reading

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