ACANTO

ACANTO: Asociación de Centro América Norte de Transporte Oceánico Vision We envision a future where ocean transport to and from North Central American countries is faster, more reliable, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive. Mission Promote the development of physical infrastructure, international associations, and local government regulations that improve ocean transport for North Central American countries.…

100 Years. 100 Million Lives.

A very thoughtful piece in The Harvard Crimson on 11/20/2017 by Laura M. Nicolae, Harvard ’20, whose parents both experienced Communism in Romania and escaped to the United States of America. 100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice. By LAURA M. NICOLAE November 20, 2017 In 1988, my twenty-six-year-old father jumped off a train in the middle of…

Prof. Cliff Mass on Extreme Weather Events

Professor Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, presented the slide deck below today (Friday 12/1/2017). In his presentation, he explores extreme weather events (hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves) and wild fires, and their relationship (if any) with climate change: Explaining Extreme Weather Events — Challenges in Climate Communication — Prof. Cliff Mass, UW, 2017-12-01 (PDF, 9.2MB)…

AOL in December, 1994

AOL competitors in 1994 included CompuServe, Prodigy, GEnie, and Delphi. The population of the USA was 263M people. The World Wide Web was in its infancy. Here is a summary of AOL metrics and features in December, 1994: * 9600 baud modems (~200 cities), and 14,400 modems (~100 cities) * Plan to add 28,800 and…

Joining Camera Video Files

I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, bought recently, but a 2015 design. I love the 16x optical zoom Leica lens, all the SLR-like controls, and it captures 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) video! But — like many cameras — it insists on splitting a video recording into 4Gb chunks. This made sense in an era…

purple (a poem by Afrose Fatima Ahmed)

For the delight of guests at the Literary Voices fundraising dinner this past May, the  UW Libraries organizers asked Ms. Ahmed to bring her manual typewriter, small pieces of colored paper, and her creative wits.  She sat at a table with a sign: heart-crafted poems. I walked up to her, and she asked me to give her…