Logistics and Love with My Family’s Vacation

One year I copied Nancy, chief of physical plant at my home, on an email response to my siblings regarding that year’s family vacation. The intention—let her know of upcoming travel. Inadvertently, she remained on the ensuing exchange which covered grocery lists, arrival times and potential activities. When we spoke next she remarked, “Wow, you…

Best Baseball Book—Revisiting Books

Baseball remains the only professional sport I know well enough to follow a game. Via countless games of Pepper, I learned to swing and connect bat to ball. We followed the NY Mets, as two of my father’s aunts worked in the team’s office. My father’s love of the game piqued my interest, which I…

Open House at The Enchanted Cottage

A celebration of my home occurs in June. This annual open house has taken place on almost every first Saturday in June. My first home–I bought it and moved in April in 1996. By holding the housewarming in early June I gave myself a deadline to be ready for guests. The party, held inside and…

Learning that Diction Matters

How does an engineer become good with words? One word at a time. Long before I knew the word diction, I understood the impact words have on everyday conversation. A simple change of a word could clarify a request or a direction. Adding a few adjectives made the meaning more precise. An adverb communicated the…

Predicting Fails for I/O Timings: Tales from the Intel I/O Test Road Map

While Spass and Mike measured actual I/O timing failures, I simulated possible defect causes and their impact on timing performance. I used techniques I honed in graduate school on deformations to circuit misbehavior. Process variation could hypothetically contribute to circuit timing fails, though analog circuit designers mitigated the impact of such variation to circuit performance….

Meditation on Enjoyment Over Capital or State

Last fall I arranged a visit in Tucson, Arizona to visit my brother and his family. My nephew, Sean, would be appearing in his high school’s production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Though he had a small part as one of the G-men, it created a lovely…