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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
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- 04:28pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1939
I've also been concerned that the world might end if some
screw-ups didn't get fixed - - where it seemed to me that I had some
important solutions (that I'd been assigned to find) to offer.
(This thread's evidence makes me think I was right, that the
solutions were real -- and the the value of working with lchic has
been real. )
- 04:47pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1940
It might indeed - maintenance crews so often let us down
... having little to no understanding of the outdated equipment they
- 04:50pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1941
? Showalter - when you went into the Phuds Cornell program
prior to being lured into the channels above - what was your aim,
and what would you have done with/in your life - professionally
speaking ? How does the life you envisaged contrast with the current
paralysis in career ?
- 08:42pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1942
? Showalter - when you went into the Phuds Cornell
program prior to being lured into the channels above - what was
your aim, and what would you have done with/in your life -
professionally speaking ?
The road not taken - - no way to tell. But I was conventionally
ambitious - technically and academically, and wanted to work on the
economics and logic of technical change - the econonomics, logic,
and mathematics involved in the process of innovation, and the
diffusion of innovation. I was interested in a lot of things - I was
only 18 then . . . and I don't know what would have happened, what I
would have done. I'd been very much in love with Marti Beck,
courting her pretty strenuously - in ways that I'm not entirely
proud of --but, I was hell bent on marrying her, and she seemed
about as intent on snagging me -- and I was spending a whole lot of
effort trying to find ways (bets, mostly) to get together enough
money to hang a rock on her. If Marti had lived, I think I would
have been "well in hand" in a lot of ways, and an entirely different
person. Marti Beck died in the Cornell Res Club fire - and I was
pretty rocked by that. Really badly. That's only the fault of the
government insofar as the Phud program itself was. It is hard to
tell what would have happened to me, if I hadn't been "rescued and
given a job to do". My guess is that I would have been a pretty
successful, pretty conventional academic - perhaps a good one -- but
it didn't happen. Back then, I was wildly ambitious - a lot of the
Phuds were then, and we were encouraged to be. And then I was given
a chance to be ambitious beyond my wildest dreams. . . .
Lchic, you ask "How does the life you envisaged contrast with the
current paralysis in career ?" . . . and that's a good question. And
compared to almost any conventional career path, I'm in a low, low
estate right now. All the same, the path I was recruited into was
exciting beyond my dreams, and before 1983 or so, though there were
some horrific parts of it, and though I worked VERY hard -- life was
risky, but hopeful. Almost living a dream. As an animal, I don't
think I could possibly have gotten a "more productive" education, if
the objective had been social productivity, from a "rational
gambler's" perspective. Then it became a nightmare. And yet a dream
at the same time. The situation recounted in http://www.wisc.edu/rshowalt/klinerec
is terrible in some ways, but very hopeful in others. A very
interesting mix of a good dream (solving a problem I wanted to solve
badly) and a nightmare. The nightmare part seems much more soluble
now than it was when Steve died, because of insights about paradigm
conflict lchic and I have worked out. There's a lot more to
say. There are some things to be angry about, and some things to
regret terribly, for myself, and for people who I cared about, and
who trusted me, and who I failed because people I trusted in the
government failed me.
But a key thing, just now, is that I need to be free to work --
not tied up in a security problem so ambiguous that I cannot work.
If that could be fixed, a lot would be hopeful. MD1923 rshow55
4/30/02 11:16am MD1901rshow55
- 09:52pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1943
Drifting in an open life-boat, catching rainwater and fish;
avoiding the silent giant vessels that power through the night (so
to speak) - it can't be much fun - reads like a nightmare you can't
- 10:40pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1944
Arafat : A visibly furious Yasser Arafat has made his first
public appearance since Israel lifted its siege of his office,
calling the Israeli Army terrorists. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2002/05/item20020502055620_1.htm
- 11:14pm May 1, 2002 EST (#1945
Of course a 1700 year old Christian shrine is the perfect place
to hide if you're a Palestinian/Muslim Terrorist.
Let's look at the toll:
1. Ancient Buddahs in Afghanistan.
2. Hindu Shrines in India.
3. Jewish Synagogues in France.
4. Plots to assasinate the Pope.
5. The WTC.
Yeah he has every right to be p*ssed off!
If you're gonna throw fat on the fire maybe it should be AraFAT!!
- 03:15am May 2, 2002 EST (#1946
I thought the Arrowmat was clean direct laundry not your
dirty linen mAzzA!
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