What the #$%& is lidar?

I was recently in touch with a writer friend of mine who lives in London. We’re both old enough that we emailed rather than Snapchatted or WhatsApped. I mentioned that I was writing a book about the history of lidar. He’s a wry type. He answered...

Quick commentary on a Coors ad

I’m a fan of Coors, particularly of the family, which does great philanthropic work around here. Its marketing materials are a consistent source of enjoyment, too, particularly the Coors Light side, which posits that drinking a product that...

As Windows becomes Linux

I’m in the middle of a bit of a website revamp. Moving from an aging, custom-designed HTML base (for which I learned Dreamweaver from a book. Ah, memories…) to a WordPress base. It’s not going particularly well, to be honest...

Deep Impact Goes Dark

The small team still running Deep Impact, in orbit for going on nine years, on Aug. 8 lost touch with the spacecraft. Deep Impact smacked the comet Tempel 1 on Independence Day 2005 and went on to swing by a second comet, Hartley 2, and then hunt...

TEDx – Inspiration by numbers

A year ago today, I had just practiced my TEDxMileHigh talk to an all-but empty Ellie Caulkins Opera House the day before the big show. There was a producer in the front row, typing away on her laptop, and, in the far reaches of the gallery, my...