Things that come to mind on a topic (or two) … maybe interesting facts, a personal opinion, or reflections on an experience.

SpaceX Raptor 1 vs. Raptor 2 engine changes

Undesigning is the best thing …

“… just delete it … the best part is no part. The best process is no process. It weighs nothing, costs nothing, can’t go wrong.” – Elon Musk

Topics: Technology
The Quotable Dad book cover. The real story - the backstory - was the notes from my girls inside the front cover.

Sometimes the backstory is the better story.

Often we’re so focused on the story that we miss appreciating why the story itself became a story. Every story has a backstory; sometimes it’s the better story.

Topics: Life Lessons
Tags: Doug Foster

“You want me to wear a hard hat? Really??”

Pictures can make your proof argument more impressive, but it’s hard to beat a live, in-person demo. And if you can’t do a live demo – try video. Take a look.

Topics: Show Proof, Tell-Show-Try
Tags: Demo examples
Fork in the road

If you don’t know where you are going …

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” … Baseball great and folk philosopher Yogi Berra says to reach a goal you need a plan.

Topics: Life Lessons
Building a Crunch Labs kit

When we do, we discover.

Many times I see people who self-profess to be experts. They talk a good story, but can they prove what they say is true? How do they know what they don’t know?

Topics: Life Lessons, Technology
Tags: Doug Foster
Mark Rober glitter bomb

Make what you need. Solve the challenges.

“Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.” It’s also learning to solve a boat-load of unplanned problems during the process.

Chuck, Eleanor, & Lowell Foster in front of their dad's Standard Oil truck

Lowell Foster – Obituary

Lowell Elliott Foster’s obituary as it appeared in the Raleigh N&O on June 22, 2015. Lowell was born on July 5th, 1922 and passed away on June 17, 2015.

Topics: People
Tags: Lowell Foster
Dad thinking

Lowell Foster – A Pretty Good Person

It’s been said we’re the sum of our experiences. That may be true, but I think a lot of what we are – who we are – comes from our parents.

Topics: People
Tags: Lowell Foster
Buddy with an idea

“Who am I? It’s not an easy question.”

Discovering who you are can be really tough. For me it happened when I was unemployed, had a wife and two children to support, and had to (re)write my resume.

Topics: People
Tags: Doug Foster
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Buckminister Fuller in front of a geodesic dome

The Dynamic R. Buckminster Fuller on WUNC

R. (Richard) Buckminister Fuller was a man of many talents. I had a chance to hear him when he came to ISU back in 1975, but passed. I SO wish I had gone.

Topics: People
Tags: Buckminister Fuller
Donald Davis at the National Storytelling Festival

5 Ideas – National Storytelling Festival

My dad told me once “If you learn one thing, then it was worthwhile.” Sometimes you learn more, like at the National Storytelling Festival last weekend.

Topics: Tell-Show-Try
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telephone switchboard

VoIP Hi Def Conferencing. Amazing & Free!

I’ve been working with data/voice/video networking (especially VoIP) for most of my career. But the other day I lived through an abysmal audio conference call.

Topics: Technology
Tags: Rodney Wines
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Chuck Robbins, Cisco

Five Principles of Selling

As a senior executive (now CEO/Chairman) at Cisco, every quarter Chuck Robbins is responsible for generating hundred-million-dollar revenues from North America.

Topics: Selling
Tags: Chuck Robbins
NASA EBF3 - Karen Taminger

NASA Langley – Selling the EBF3 Story

Working with NASA scientists and engineers, I learn about technology they develop, then help them find licensing opportunities for the Intellectual Property.

Topics: Technology
Tags: NASA
Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett and Social Media

Last night at Walnut Creek I heard Jimmy Buffett’s best concert ever. It got me to thinking about how much social media and Jimmy Buffett have in common.

Tags: Jimmy Buffett