Pat's Technical Corner:
Flexible Zone Recognition
know what you thinking. What in the world is Flexible Zone Recognition and why do I need it for my conveyor? Well, let me tell you.
The pushmi-pullyu is an animal character from Hugh Lofting’s children’s book “The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle.” The pushmi-pullyu is a “cross between a gazelle and a unicorn” and it has two heads – one at each end of its body. According to Wikipedia, “the pushmi-pullyu usually only uses one of its heads to talk, reserving the other for
With a Brain the Size of a Planet
One of my favorite reads is the Douglas Adams’ “trilogy” (there are more than 3 books) of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It’s a spoof of science fiction with colorful characters and insane plot twists. Throw Star Trek, Star Wars, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus into a mixing bowl, put it in the microwave, and you get the gist
Relativity, Regrets, and Reality TV
I am an avid reader of science related books, particularly ones about physics (yes I do this for fun). A while back I remember reading a biography of Einstein and at one point after he was famous he recollected to an interviewer about some of his “not so huge” regrets from his work (recalling that his addition of a “cosmological constant”
Pat's Corner: Discovery and EasyRoll
A new year brings in thoughts of Discovery, embarking on discovering new knowledge or new ideas or some other such lofty goal. Then we remember it’s winter. It’s cold. It's time to go back to work. Alas, then the word “discovery” may invoke other thoughts...