Discovering PERL

As Rick Buskens and I ventured back from eating ice cream on N Craig St street I shared my thesis topic and the simulation challenge it presented.  To explore the topic of analog fault modeling I needed to simulate 1000’s of circuits.  For every operational op-amp I would be inserting shorts modeled as a 1-ohm…

Advice to a Freshman College Student

These are a few of the thoughts I recently shared with my nephew Brian.  He graduated from high school at the end of May 2018 and begins university at the end of August 2018. Dear Brian, We like to think of graduations as a major milestone in our lives.  I have come to think of…

Sorting Glass

Snipping off the thin ring of metal. Brown, Green, Clear? Underhand toss with a high enough arc to clear the upper rim of the bin. In the 1970’s recycling was a Do-It-Yourself affair. No curbside pickup, no co-mingling. You drove to the dump and sorted it yourself. While not a regular family outing some Saturdays…

Dealing with Bits Flipped- From the Weak Write Test Mode Saga

In Circuits and Systems I, Prof Emad informed the class that sign matters. A student requesting to receive partial credit on an exam question because she only got the sign wrong would receive no mercy. “What’s the difference between + 5 Volts and – 5 Volts?” Prof Emad pointedly stated, “10 Volts.” Ever since Ben…

Lessons from My History Teacher- Mr Hines

As part of my Gratitude Project I wrote the following letter to Mr Robert E Hines  which I share with his permission. It’s dated 2 June 2018. Dear Bob; Great teachers teach beyond than their subject matter.  They impart life lessons to their students. Students may be deaf to this other lessons because they were…

My Year of Magical Thinking

They tell me everyone grieves in her own way.  During my husband’s illness with pancreatic cancer I learned that a friend from graduate school had lost his son Sam to a car accident.  Though it had been many years since we had spoken, my heart sank. I knew that John dearly loved his children as…

Never Too Late to Dance

Dad only began ski lessons when his children began lessons. He had learned on the slopes with friends in the 1950’s. As an athletic young man he managed well enough. Mom mentioned that she had taken lessons when she took up the sport. The long trips to mountains north of New York City may have…

Vacation Processes—Getting Ready

Growing up: My family regularly took a ski vacation in the Winter to the Adirondacks of New York. To balance the budget, we drove slightly shorter to the Berkshires of New York and camped at Taconic State Park right next to the small town of Copake Falls. When taking any extended trip my father had…

Review of 2017 Aspirational Quotes

Resolutions for the new year have long been abandoned by me. Instead, I find quotes that capture an attribute or life practice to which I aspire. Before choosing my 2018 quotes it seemed wise to reflect on last years’ quotes. It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the…