Nov
03
2013
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Gordon Dickson – March 2, 1935 – Oct. 28, 2013

My father, Gordon J. Dickson
Port Ludlow, WA

Gordon Dickson - Port Ludlow, WA - March 2, 1935-Oct. 28, 2013Gordon Dickson died at home after a brave battle with bladder cancer at the age of 78. He was born in Oceanside, CA and graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles in 1953. While in the U.S. Army, he trained as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Alaska. His career began at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, CA, and he went on to become an electronics engineer with McDonnell Douglas. After 35 years, Gordon took an early retirement and moved to Newcastle, WA, where he was hired as a systems analyst at Boeing. In 2002 Gordon and his wife, Marilyn, built their home in Port Ludlow, where he developed Olympic Ridge Wireless, an internet service provider business.

In his California days Gordon was a motorcyle enthusiast, enjoying motocross and desert enduro racing. He was a long time holder of a Ham Radio license with the call sign W6CNL. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Gordon found a new love of boating, and became a member of Meydenbauer Bay and Poulsbo Yacht Clubs. He was an avid predicted log racer winning many trophies to display on SeaBear II. Gordon also served as Commodore of the International Power Boating Association.

Always proud of his Scottish heritage, Gordon enjoyed a number of trips to his father’s native land. His travels included many other countries, and he especially liked taking cruises and winter motorhome trips to the Southwest. He adored his Portuguese Water Dogs, and his favorite activities included golfing and helping friends solve computer problems.

Gordon was a gentle, kind, generous, and loving man, who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Gordon is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn, children Tracy and Grant Dickson, stepchildren Karen and Kevin Edwards, and grandchildren Alex, Aaron, Matthew, Carolyn, Nolan, and Grace.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center and to the nurses and caregivers at Jefferson Healthcare and Hospice for the kindness and excellent care Gordon received.

A memorial service and reception to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held 1-4pm Sunday, November 10 at:
Poulsbo Yacht Club
18129 Fjord Dr
NE, Poulsbo, WA.

Aug
05
2013
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How to make sense of the 2001 Tim Burton Planet of the Apes, along with Putting it in line with the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Original 1968 Planet of the Apes

The Tim Burton Planet of the Apes not only makes sense, but I can put it in the same universe as the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011PotA), and the original 1968 Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes (1968PotA).

Spoilers to all follow:

The Ape saga starts with 2011PotA. In that movie, in the background of one of the scenes, we see the spaceship Icarus taking off on a news program on TV. That spaceship is taking Charlton Heston and the gang up on their journey. In 1968PotA, the spaceship Icarus hits an anomaly and is thrust forward into the future, arriving back on Earth which has been taken over by apes. This anomaly was just starting out and was in a much more chaotic state than later on. As such, Icarus bounces out of the anomaly without traveling very far in space, just traveling forward in time.

Meanwhile back on 2011PotA, for those on Earth, it appeared as if Icarus just disappeared. James Franco goes about his business of developing ALZ-112, which ends up making apes smart and results in a virus starting to spread around the globe.

Missing from a not yet produced sequel: The virus doesn’t wipe out humans, but does result in a huge global disaster with major geo-political consequences. While the smart apes are mostly wiped out by the government, many exist in the wild indistinguishable from others (when they don’t want to be discovered). The government decides it needs to conduct research and development so they can deal not only with smart apes, but other smart animals that might rise up against us in the future. A space lab is built so that no smart animals can escape and cause havoc on Earth again. Markey Mark is sent to space to work in the lab.

With Markey Mark in space, we have 2011PotA. The ape Pericles goes into the anomaly first. This is the same anomaly that sent Charlton Heston and his gang into the future in 1968PotA. However, now with the anomaly in 2011PotA, the anomaly is more stable, but still growing. Entering the anomaly sends you in a direction in space and a direction in time. The larger the anomaly the further in time and further in space. The anomaly follows a First-In->Last-Out (FiLo) process. Markey Mark follows Pericles into the anomaly and eventually the space station itself goes in.

Thus we have going in: Pericles->Markey Mark->Space Station.
Coming out: Space Station->Markey Mark->Pericles.

Pericles travels further into the future, while the space station doesn’t travel as far forward into the future.

So in 2011PotA, Markey Mark crashes on another planet after the space station, he gets caught, fighting occurs, Charlton Heston makes a cameo, he falls in love, all of that. Finally, while being chased by General Thade, he comes across the space station that crashed long before he did. More fighting, and General Thade gets trapped in the space station.

Then last to emerge from the anomaly, Pericles comes down to the planet without crashing. Markey Mark jumps aboard and takes off going back the other direction into the anomaly. Traveling the other direction sends you back in time and back in the other direction in space. In this case it takes Markey Mark back to present-ish day Earth. General Thade meanwhile survived, and was rescued from the crashed space station. He finds one of the probes and is eventually able to repair it and launch the probe into the anomaly.

Going into the anomaly after Markey Mark results in General Thade arriving on Earth before Markey Mark. Thus General Thade is able to muck around and distribute ALZ-112 that he was able to find and read about while trapped in the space station. Apes take over America with General Thade as the leader. Markey Mark lands at this point and sees Thade’s Aperaham Lincoln.

Missing from another not yet produced sequel: Humans in other countries go nuke, but due to the second wave of the virus and leadership by Thade, the apes take over Earth.

Meanwhile back on 1968PotA, the Earth that Charlton Heston landed on in the way distant future is the Earth that has been destroyed by humans and ruled by apes since General Thade.

All of this is documented by a message in a bottle found by two space travelers named Jin and Phyllis. Unfortunately, they dismissed all of it as humans obviously would never have the intelligence to write such a story.

Jun
25
2013
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Event: Research@Intel 2013

Livestream from Research@Intel 2013, June 25, San Francisco

Intel Labs opens its door to press & analysts from around the world on Tuesday, June 25 for Research@Intel.

Key components of this event will be livecast throughout the day and available later on-demand:

  • 9am-10am: Keynote and talks
  • 10:30-10:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Intelligent Everything with Divya Kolar
  • 11:30-11:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Be Meaningful with Tom Birch
  • 12:30-12:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Data Society with Sean Koehl.
Sep
10
2012
0

IDF2012 – Intel Labs Media Day

From IDF2012 – Connected Social Media:

Watch IDF2012 – Intel Labs Media Day at livestream.com

“Science and technology have progressed to the point where what we build is only constrained by the limits of our own imaginations.” Justin Rattner – Intel Chief Technology Officer

Analysts, Science Fiction authors, Intel Researchers and Intel’s futurist will discuss their views and approaches of using science based/science fiction as a kind of tool to explore real world implications and uses of future technologies today. After the discussion selected demos will be highlighted.

The following segments were broadcast live here on September 10, 2012. They will be replaying here in the Livestream player and available to watch/download here and via iTunes, YouTube and other services. Please check back soon. Visit the IDF website for more details about the Intel Developer Forum.

IDF2012 video segments:

  • Intro and Panel
  • Demo: Display without Boundaries
  • Demo: Emotions Through Images
  • Demo: Interactive Shopping
  • Demo: Situational Sensitive Communication
  • Jun
    26
    2012
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    Livestream: Research@Intel 2012 – Live from San Francisco – June 26

    Livestream from Research@Intel 2012, June 26
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

    Download these videos at ConnectedSocialMedia.com/intelresearch
    Subscribe to Intel Labs on iTunes
    More information about Research@Intel 2011 can be found at the Intel Newsroom.

    Intel Labs will open its doors on Tuesday, June 26 for the 10th Anniversary of Research@Intel, where the various “Facets of Future Life” showcase will demonstrate innovative research projects underway that will help transform the future of technology.

    Key components of this event will be livecast throughout the day:

    • 9:00am PT keynote by Justin Rattner, Intel CTO
    • 11:00am PT demo showcase: Dynamic Surfaces and Life Without Keys
    • 12:00pm PT demo showcase: Seeing Through Rain and Automobility Research
    • 1:00pm PT demo showcase: Sustainable Living

    If you miss the livecasts they will be available for replay after the event.

    Bookmark this page, or embed this player on your site/blog or share via Facebook/Twitter. We’re now showing highlights from previous Research@Intel events:

    Mar
    29
    2012
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    Flashpacking through Oceania with a Rented SIM from iPhoneTrip.com

    I just returned from another major trip with my iPhone (and iPad in hand). This is my 3rd trip with a rented SIM from iPhoneTrip.com and 4th major Flashpacking trip.

    See my reviews from previous iPhoneTrip reviews:
    Flashpacking into Africa with a Rented SIM from iPhoneTrip.com
    Flashpacking through Europe with iPhoneTrip.com
    Flashpacking through North America without iPhoneTrip.com

    On this trip, we traveled to Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown in New Zealand, and in Australia we traveled to Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree, The Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane.

    Once again, the rented SIM from iPhoneTrip.com worked flawlessly. My girlfriend though she’d go without renting a SIM, but gave up along the way and had a SIM delivered to us at our first hotel. It’s nice to know that they can ship fast anywhere in case there’s a problem, but still I’d highly recommend ordering your SIM to arrive before you leave.

    See my previous reviews to see how thoroughly pleased I was iPhoneTrip.com, for cost savings, connectivity and ease of use. Really, I can’t recommend renting their SIMs highly enough. And more importantly, traveling with the full connectivity it gives you will drastically change the way you travel.

    That being said, I have to say that connectivity in general in Oceania is pretty bad. Bad, as in “worse than in the United States”. Data rates are low, and charges are high. Far fewer free WiFi locations exists and those that do have data caps on them. Even 5 star hotels and resorts that we stayed at not only charged for WiFi, but had very slow data rates, and often connections timed out or they capped your connections.

    As a result, renting a SIM becomes much more beneficial. I found myself giving up on WiFi in every place I traveled to and went back to 3G for speed and connectivity improvements that the iPhoneTrip.com SIM gave me.

    Australia is HUGE, and being so big, it’s not reasonable to expect great connectivity throughout the country, but ironically some remote locations we traveled to had pretty decent coverage. For example, bus and helicopter trips around Ayers Rock were just fine with connectivity, but suburbs of Sydney could have weak or dead spots.

    Don’t get me wrong, most places you’d travel to in Australia and New Zealand have good enough coverage for email, navigation, and simple web surfing, but for someone like me who uploads and downloads HD video for work, the difference between the incredibly good connectivity in Europe and the poor general connectivity in Oceania was significant and worth pointing out.

    Also to be clear, this is a general connectivity issue through the places I went through in Australia and New Zealand. I wouldn’t be surprised if other places were much better. The iPhoneTrip.com SIM can only be as good as the wireless carriers in the areas you travel to, and the SIM did a great job of switching carriers along the way making the iPhoneTrip.com rental SIM your best option, especially since WiFi simply isn’t an option in many places for demanding users.

    If you’d like to see the photos from my Oceania trip check out my photo albums on Facebook.

    Jan
    24
    2012
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    Intel’s Ilene Aginsky Demos Intel’s Personal Cloud Technology at CES 2012

    Intel always has one of the best booths at CES. This year, I wasn’t able to attend, but in the background of this video, you can see the NAS: Storage for Home and Small Office video playing at the booth that Connected Social Media produced. Ilene Aginsky is interviewed in this video on The Plulse Network and demos Intel’s storage and personal cloud technology (very cool stuff).

    Butch Stearns catches up with Ilene Aginsky of Intel to see how Intel is helping consumers create their own personal cloud to quickly and easily store and share files across a network.

    Nov
    25
    2011
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    Flashpacking through North America without iPhoneTrip.com

    I just returned from another major trip with my iPhone (and iPad in hand). Unfortunately, I didn’t rent a SIM from iPhoneTrip.com.

    See my reviews from previous iPhoneTrip reviews:
    Flashpacking into Africa with a Rented SIM from iPhoneTrip.com
    Flashpacking through Europe with iPhoneTrip.com

    My girlfriend and I did a “Noreaster”, traveling through North East America in October/November 2011. We visited Chicago, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Iowa. Since this was mostly in the United States, we didn’t rent a SIM from iPhoneTrip.com.

    In Canada, this was very unfortunate. WiFi sucked, and roaming rates were insane. Fortunately we didn’t stay in Canada long enough for this to be much of a problem, and it was during the weekend, so I didn’t have to work much.

    So why this review if I didn’t rent a SIM?

    Because one can’t pass an opportunity to point out how far behind our wireless carriers in the United States are from elsewhere in the world. This trip was made with my iPad (on Verizon) and my iPhone (on AT&T). Unlike Europe where I had connectivity everywhere with my iPhoneTrip.com SIM, there were HUGE areas around the Northeast with absolutely no coverage on either Verizon or AT&T.

    My point here isn’t just to bash the state our our wireless infrastructure in the United States, but also to point out that when traveling abroad, you can rely more on your mobile technology than you can in the US, making the thought of renting a SIM that much more compelling.

    If you’d like to see the photos from my Northeast trip check out my photo albums on Facebook.

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