July 10th, 2006

Brian and Anne

Clearing my desk... quotes from David Warner

"For Warfighting, I think we're doing really good.
For War ending we have a ways to go."

"Social Challenges are
harder problems
than technical ones."

"If you want people to get along that don't normally get along, put 'em in a harsh environment and yell at 'em."

The future went that way... sir

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Also wanted to record his comment following on shadowing the 1st DARPA Grand Challenge that when they needed help there, they worked with the ham radio folks - they know the environment better than anyone.

He also did a shadow exercize at Burning Man, where they used walky talkies to maintain communications - his group is expert at providing coms (including visual representations of data to distribute info without taking up bandwidth on the audio coms) for really cheap. Addressing the Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, he said "you have no capacity to assimilate what we're using."
Brian and Anne


Nick Sagan has agreed to be a Nifty Guest at Penguicon 5.0!

Scalzi is making promises of combining their powers in various hijinx and Matt is getting excited about planning programming and I'm just... very very pleased. Nick is a really nice guy who is also a good sf author, a former programmer, a blogger, and of course the son of Carl Sagan, who seems to have left him with an interesting and well-balanced view of the world and our place in it. No less than I'd expect, really.

This is just... cool.