Andrew Coy

Skiing Robots

Don't Be Alarmed, Not Yet Anyway

Apparently, the Olympic spirit has inspired robotic competitions for some local South Korean universities. The little skiing robots struggle and succeed in this short clip that is worth the 2 minutes to watch:

It would seem since the robots are only designed to go downhill, the teams only have to figure out steering, as opposed to steering . . .

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February 14, 2018

Secret Blend

Cliff Notes

I have a goal to read 38 books in 2018. So far, 6 weeks into the new year, I've read 5. One of them, The Leadership Pill, highlighted a few points about leadership that I have been thinking about given some recent changes in my work-roles. First and foremost the book makes the point that "leadership is not something you do to people" and that . . .

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February 13, 2018

Noah's Ark

Modern-Day Equivalent

Today during Sunday School (the second portion of Sunday church service) we studied Noah's Ark.

The typical recounting of this is geared towards kids during early bible-study years, and as such, focuses a lot more attention on the awe-inspiring spectacle of every kind of animal entering the ark (in two's or sevens') than the death and . . .

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February 11, 2018

Rob and Cheat

Eroded Trust

There are serious issues within the Baltimore Police Department that have been coming to light over the past few weeks. Communities throughout the city have voiced deep frustration and mistrust for a number of years now but "the cost of Baltimore police corruption grows" higher and faster as the list of offenses are becoming public. 

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February 10, 2018

Behave Like an Adult

Thank You John Perry Barlow

This week, Internet Pioneer and the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), John Perry Barlow passed away quietly in his sleep at the age of 70.  Silvrback blog image

Forty years ago, John Perry Barlow wrote 25 points that he aspired to live up to:

  1. Be patient. No matter what.
  2. Don't badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing . . .

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February 09, 2018

Without Water

Crisis in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa is staring at a disaster happening slow-motion. "Day Zero", as it is being called, is the day that tap water will be turned off at the source for most of the city's 4,000,000 residents.

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There are a host of reasons contributing to this moment in time, including "a combination of poor planning, three years of drought . . .

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February 09, 2018

The Whole World

What Would You Give?

I've been reading more recently. As part of the new year, I even have a goal to read all of the standard works (New Testament, Old Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants).

Silvrback blog image This week, I've been reading through the Gospel According to St. Mark where I paused to think about the question: "Or what shall a man give in exchange for . . .

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February 07, 2018