MOTD::Archive::Summer 2003 (15 August 2003)

Spring 2003 MOTD

Week Ending 15 August 2003

I Owe, I Owe, It's Back to Work I Go...
The Fall 2003 semester begins this coming Monday, 18 August 2003. My first Fall 2003 class -- Introductory Internet -- occurs at 10:30am on Monday, 25 August 2003. Summer Break 2003 was great fun, but I am excited about returning to the classroom. Learning About Computing is a never ending adventure.

The first QOTW (Quote-Of-The-Week) for the Fall 2003 semester is the following new GDT::Quote.

We are just at the very beginning of the computer revolution. People should realize not only is it not over, but it's scarcely begun.
-- Andries van Dam {from the August 2003 Communications of the ACM}

Here are the last few quotes added to GDT::Quotes during the Summer of 2003.

Uncle Herman, you are the greatest father figure since Lorne Greene.
-- Marilyn Munster { the "ugly" one of the family; more... } [fatherhood]

To have a conversation, you have to be comfortable
being human -- acknowledging you don't have all the
answers, being eager to learn from someone else and
to build new ideas together.

-- David Wienberger {Cluetrain Manifesto::Chapter 5:: The Hyperlinked Organization}

I do not have to bow to any special interest. I have plenty of money. No one can pay me off. Trust me. No one.
-- Arnold Schwarzenegger [body-builder turned terminator turned politician]

The objective of the Interplanetary Internet project is to define the architecture and protocols necessary to permit interoperation of the Internet resident on Earth with other remotely located internets resident on other planets or spacecraft in transit.
-- InterPlaNetary Internet Project [IPN is a network of disconnected Internets]

The world's largest particle physics laboratory ... where the web was born!
-- [the European Organisation for Nuclear Research homepage]

Fall 2003 will be the start of my 7th year of being a full-time CS/CIS Instructor at Scottsdale Community College. I am lucky to be at SCC. It is only appropriate that I be at a school where the mascot is Artie Artichoke.

[15 August 2003 (a break from the heat; I'm thankful to have power... 90° at 11:15am) top]

Week Ending 08 August 2003

Signs of Life in Silicon Valley
Summer 2003 has been a non-stop Silicon Valley story. There is a lot of computing talent in Silicon Valley. I don't see how the Valley of the Sun can have strong high-tech industries without there being a strong Silicon Valley leading the way. Here are quotes from a recent posting.

   "His firm has filled positions in such areas as 
    interface development, software engineering, 
    network security, file systems development, 
    and kernel and device driver engineering."

   "Demand has been strong for experts in Linux operations 
    and object-oriented programming."

   "Employers are looking for workers with both university 
    credentials and years of experience, preferably with 
    exactly the same programs they will be expected to 
    use in their new job." of Life in Silicon Valley

New Death Related GDT::Quotes
It is not hard to find good quotes about death.

Hold me now
I'm six feet from the edge and I'm thinking
That maybe six feet
Ain't so far down

-- Creed [ Last Breath lyrics]

You spend your whole life
Just pilin' it up there
You got stacks and stacks and stacks
Then, Gabriel comes and taps you on the shoulder
But you don't see no hearses with luggage racks

-- Don Henley [ What You Got]

A man is not completely born until he is dead.
-- Benjamin Franklin (01706-01790) {polymath/Founding Father of the U.S.; more...} [life/death]

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
-- Isaac Asimov [ ]

He's Gone... She's Gone... Nothing's going to bring them back
Tomorrow, 09 August 2003, will be Jerry Garcia's 8th death-day (he died in 1995). Garcia is a honorary member of the GDT::DeadTeam. {} {}

I started reading about nanocomputers in the book Engines of Creation and I learn that Augusta Ada, the Countess of Lovelace was the first computer programmer. Ada, who died in 1852, has been added to the GDT::DeadTeam. [ Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler, 1986]

[08 August 2003 (hot... 105° at 11:33am) top]

Week Ending 25 July 2003

The Pain of Out-Sourcing
Here is a quote from an article I read that is representative of the state-of-computing late-July of 2003.

   "Now 43, the veteran programmer is urging his 
    18-year-old nephew to stay in suburban Chicago 
    and is discouraging him from pursuing degrees 
    in computer science or engineering."

I refuse to agree. If I'm a young person into computing, then I am excited about the future of computing. Computing is going to enable nanoworld. At my current age, 46, I am risk of ending up in a the computing pasture.

This Raises Interesting What if... Scenarios
I wonder if this violates academic freedom?

   "THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA'S Board of Regents voted on
    Thursday to ban relationships of a 'romantic or sexual
    nature' between professors and students they supervise or
    'should reasonably expect' to supervise in the future."

What if the professor has a boy friend who decides to take her class?

The Great Northern Plains Are Grand
Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are huge states. Between them they are home to about 2 million people. My road trip to the Great Northern Plains was great and I am in the process of writing a long story about it. The pictures have been posted to Great Northern Plains

[25 July 2003 (hot with high dew points [yuck] 103° at 12:04pm) top]

Week Ending 18 July 2003

Mid-July -- Where is the Monsoon?
It has been a hot and dry summer here in the Valley of the Sun. The monsoon is close, but I'm going to miss its official start.

As of today, Friday, 18 July 2003, my MCCCD accountability resumes in 27 days. I am sad that Summer Break 2003 is nearing an end, but at the same time I am excited about the upcoming Fall 2003 semester. I am going to get to focus on teaching about the Internet and Unix systems.

CSC enrollments remain weak. Currently, I have two classes with 7 students each and two classes with 9 students each. I am hopeful that all classes will start with at least 10 students. SCC would like to see 20 students per class, but they have been understanding about our low enrollments that last few semesters and and I hope they will continue to be understanding come this Fall and Spring 2004.

I am hoping to be on a one-year sabbatical after the Spring 2004 semester ends. As of today, I have 75 days to submit my sabbatical proposal.

Yet More Quotes Added to GDT::Quotes
From Nobel prize winner to a Birmingham, Alabama, leader to the infamous unknow source. Quotes are found everywhere.

Nobody tells me how to do my job, but there is tremendous pressure to do a good job.
-- Arno Penzias [from the book Bell Labs: Life in the Crown Jewel ]

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle
the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

-- Samuel Ullman (01840-01924) {a American businessman; more...} [life]

Life isn't like a box of chocolates, it's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.
-- unknown source [via Vicky via Kathleen]

GDT::Quotes::Quotes Collected During Summer Break 2003

Big Sky Country Here I Come
Today, 18 July 2003, I am flying to Billings, Montana, for a six day/five night road trip to parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Here is the road trip plan.

[18 July 2003 (a humid start-of-day... 88° at 4:55am) top]

Week Ending 11 July 2003

The Arizona Republics Speaks About the MCCCD and I Speak Back
This is not my first, nor will it be my last, GDT::Speaks concerning the Chancellor defect within the MCCCD. Sometimes I agree with the Arizona Republic, sometimes I don't. GDT::Speaks:: Open the MCCCD Chancellor Position to All

GDT::DeadTeam Expands by Two
Earlier in the week Alexander Graham Bell was added to the GDT::DeadTeam. Later in the week I added Thomas "Tommy" Flowers. Thanks to CraigB for submitting the Tommy Flowers nomination. GDT::DeadTeam

GDT::Quotes Continues to Grow
I've added more quotes to the GDT::Quotes collection.

What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
-- Samuel Beckett

Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods.
You will be certain to find something you have never seen before.

-- Alexander Graham Bell (01847-01922) {invented the telephone in 01875; more...; Mesa...} [adventure]

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
-- unknown source

[11 July 2003 (hot with some humidity... 108° at 1:44pm) top]

Week Ending 04 July 2003

Today is the 4th of July
It's all about the Freedom to be Free. Happy Independence Day 2003.

Ira A. Fulton Gives $50 Million to ASU
ASU now has the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. Congratulations to ASU and a huge Thank You to Ira Fulton. I will expand on this event next week.

About My Trip to Silicon Valley
My Silicon Valley road trip report is still a work-in-progess, but the core of it is in place. I morphed it into a GDT::Computing::Bit. Valley, California

On the Road Again
I am somewhere in LA right now (this is an auto-posting). Tonight will our second night in LA followed by tomorrow and Sunday nights in San Diego. This is my 4th visit to California since April of 2003.

[04 July 2003 (auto-posted at 4:20am) top]

Week Ending 27 June 2003

More About the MCCCD Chancellor
Last week I commented about the status of the Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (The MCCCD is my employer). This week's Monday paper (23 June 2003) had the following "1 quick hit for the day."

   Arizona Republic; 23 June 2003
   "Chucking chancellor doesn't end it
    Doubts about the Maricopa County Community
    College District don't disappear with the
    removal of its chancellor.  You have to wonder
    about the judgment of the board that selected
    him three years ago, then gave him a ringing
    endorsement and a contract extension last year."
    -- Richard de Uraitre, editorial writer

Last week I raised the question: Why should we trust the MCCCD board with the hiring of a new Chancellor?

I've Got Some New O'Reilly Books
My Silicon Valley story (which is a work in progress) will contain a bit about my visit to O'Reilly and Associates located in Sebastopol, California. I came home with the following O'Reilly books.

Thank You O'Reilly and Associates for your excellent resources.

The Summer 2003 GDT::DreamTeam Selection Has Been Made
Marc Andreessen is going to become the newest member of the GDT::DreamTeam sometime later this summer. Andreessen is currently the Chairman of Opsware, Inc. -- Automating IT .

[27 June 2003 (sunny and hot outside; 110° at 3:55pm) top]

Week Ending 20 June 2003

The MCCCD Governing Board Wants to Fire Chancellor Gaskin
The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board is unhappy with Chancellor Fred Gaskin and they want to fire him. Ideally, the Board would like Gaskin to resign and go away quietly, but Gaskin has a chance to make significant money on his departure and he is taking time to calculate his choices. It is probably going to cost the MCCCD money to get rid of Gaskin; therefore, I suspect the board is happy they got to easily hike tuition rates 10.7% earlier this year. Here is a question: Why should we trust the MCCCD board with the hiring of a new Chancellor? [ ...Arizona Republic report...] [ ...MCCCD Governing Board...]

About June's Tucson Tech Oasis Meeting (via Superior)
On Tuesday, 17 June 2003, I drove from Tempe, Arizona, to Tucson, Arizona, to attend the June meeting of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Tech Oasis. The meeting was similar to Tempe's Techie Tuesday in both content and attendance. I gave a UofA professor my business card and was added to the Southern Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster listserv. [No website yet, but is coming soon.] It took me four hours to get to Tucson because I visited Superior and drove AZ Hwy-177. [ ...collection of pictures...]

Summer Break 2003 Road Trip #2 (Silicon Valley via San Jose)
On Monday of next week (23 June 2002), I am flying to San Jose, California, for a 4 day/3 night Silicon Valley road trip. Here is the plan.

[20 June 2003 (my Fall 2003 begins in 55 days...; sunny and breezy 83° at 9:10am) top]

Week Ending 13 June 2003

The Next Big Idea (nanotechnology) is Amazingly Small
I have started a new GDT::Resource devoted to Learning About Nanotechnology.

Special Days... Friday the 13th, Flag Day and Father's Day Friday the 13th  |  Flag Day (the 14th)  |  Father's Day (the 15th)

New Quotes for Fall 2003 and Beyond
The following quotes have been added to the GDT::Quotes collection.

In general, an implementation must be conservative in its sending behavior, and liberal in its receiving behavior.
-- Jon Postel {Internet pioneer and author of RFC 791 (Internet Protocol Specification) }

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn [ autobiography ]

It's so simple to be happy, but so difficult to be simple.
-- Gururaj Ananda Yogi (01932-01988) {note 1st name starts with guru; more...} [life]

[13 June 2003 ( heading to Sacaton...; 97° at 12:27pm) top]

Week Ending 06 June 2003

National Weather Service Requires High-Throughput Computing
Today's Arizona Republic had a short article about a new computer the National Weather Service has started using that is one of the fastest computers in the world. New Weather & Climate Supercomputer Helps Advance NOAA Weather Service Forecasts (includes pictures)

Nanotechnology to Enable E-diaries
Thanks to nanotechnology this stuff has the potential to become real.

"The LifeLog Program addresses a targeted and very difficult problem: how individuals might capture and analyze their own experiences, preferences and goals. The LifeLog capability would provide an electronic diary to help the individual more accurately recall and use his or her past experiences to be more effective in current or future tasks." [side-bar: J.C.R. Licklider has been added to the GDT::DeadTeam]

KDKB Asset; Pictures From the Oregon Outback
As of today (06 June 2003), my picture (which was submitted for the ZZ Top beard contest) was still stored in the folder named assets on the website. This is somewhat weird because the contest was over two days ago, plus I don't even listen to KDKB (I like KCDX, 103.1 FM, Florence).

I could see spending summers in Lakeview, Oregon (population 2,500). Lakeview had a radio station, 95.3 FM, that I liked more than 103.1. Here is a directory listing of pictures.

[06 June 2003 (Ted Nugent and ZZ Top were fun...; 90° at 10:48am) top]

Week Ending 30 May 2003

Edgar Codd Added to the GDT::DeadTeam
Edgar Codd was a database guru who died 18 April of 2003 at the age of 79. GDT::DeadTeam

[Extra] Edgar Codd may be gone, but Happy 30th Birthday to Ethernet

New Quotes
The following quotes have been added to the GDT::Quotes collection.

The crumsumpten of alcahol may Mack you tink you can tipe real gode
-- unknown source [Cheers]

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh, wait. I'm rocketing upwards. I'm rocketing upwards!
-- BryceC [PLUG member; BryceCo.Net]

Knowledge lives in communities, not individuals. A computer user who's not part of a community of computer users is going to have a harder time of it than one who is.
-- Phil Agre [UCLA Professor... How to help someone use a computer]

On the Road Again... (Willie Nelson is 70 years young)
I am in Lakeview, Oregon hanging out with my daughter Bree, her friend Hadley, and Hadley's mom and dad. Lakeview, Oregon via Reno, Nevada.

[29 May 2003 (on the road again...; 85° at 4:20am) top]

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