Monthly Archives: December 2014

Best Fiber Optics Tutorial I Have Seen

Quote of the Day It's a Baptist school where atheist professors teach Jewish students St. Thomas Aquinas. — David Brooks on the University of Chicago If you are wondering about how fiber optics works, this is the best tutorial I … Continue reading

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Clever Way of Putting on a Duvet Cover

My wife and I put on a Christmas-themed duvet cover last night using the technique shown in this video. The approach reminds me of some topology demonstrations. The method worked as advertised. Continue reading

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South Pole Communication

Quote of the Day The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. — Chinese Proverb Introduction I find the subject of Antarctica very interesting and I read as much as I can about it – especially … Continue reading

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Asimov's Guide to Creative Thinking

Quote of the Day Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. — Charlotte Bronte I just read an interesting article written by Isaac Asimov (Figure 1) on the creative process. The article … Continue reading

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Excel Compound Interest with Graphic Example

Quote of the Day You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. — Charles C. Noble I was reading this article on the importance of young people understanding compound interest. The meat … Continue reading

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Management By Nuns

Quote of the Day Propose to any Englishman any principle or instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it. — … Continue reading

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Planetary Diameters Relative to the Moon's Orbit

I was reading an article on Stumbleupon that got me thinking about the size of the planets on a more imaginable scale – the distance between the Earth and moon. Here is a video that shows what the other planets … Continue reading

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Using a Laser To Deliver Multi-Channel, Broadcast Video

Introduction Everyday, I work on delivering fiber-based, video access equipment to service providers. The increased demand for High-Definition Television (HDTV, Figure 1) has increased the need for fiber in the video distribution network. Today, fiber optic cable is often used … Continue reading

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A Hardware Engineering Christmas

Christmas is coming and the engineers are decorating their cubes. Here is an example – excuse the photo quality from my old phone. My idea of a great Christmas decoration is the one shown below from a Japanese mall. I … Continue reading

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Sub Missile Launch Physical Model

I like it when instructors use physical models to illustrate how things work. I was watching this video on submarine design when I saw a physical model used to illustrate how a submarine launches a missile. The demonstration is excellent. … Continue reading

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