Andrew Coy

5,000 Sols

January 24, 2004

Launched on July 8, 2003 and landing on Mars January 25, 2004, today marks 5,000 sols on Mars for the NASA's Opportunity Rover. They only anticipated 90 martian days, but have exceeded that 55 times over. It has sent 225,000 photos over these past 14 years.

NASA reported on the momentous accomplishments of Opportunity, . . .

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February 18, 2018

Just Joking

Internet One-Liners

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The Internet loves a good joke. The joke should be a one-liner though, and optimally, has some single element that allows for expression of individual creativity, insight, or extension. Photoshop battles are a great example of this – particularly when instructions are intentionally misunderstood, exaggerated, or extrapolated. . . .

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February 17, 2018

Flying with Uncertainty

and reducing crash frequency

"It’s not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it’s not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles. Making a drone that can do both at once is much more difficult, but it’s necessary in order for them to be real-world useful.

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That is the problem researchers at MIT with . . .

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February 15, 2018

State of Disruption

Industries in Transition

The word disruption is thrown around an awful lot these days. Everyone is trying to be it, except of course for those who aren't. So many industries have invested in systems that rely on things to stay more or less the way they are, on predictable business-as-usual or at least a predictable rate of change. The problem, it would seem . . .

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February 15, 2018

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 . . .

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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 . . .

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February 11, 2018