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Cosmic Quote #106

“Life is wasted on the living.”–Douglas Adams

If anybody is counting, I’m pretty sure Mr. Adams has had more quotes in this series than anybody else.  He should probably have his own series.  Let’s hope this isn’t wasted on the late author:  today is the 40th anniversary of the publishing of The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.  Happy Birthday, Arthur Dent!  I bet you can’t wait until he turns 42.

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Cosmic Quote #105

“I’m a peripheral visionary.  I can see the future but only way off to the side.”–Steven Wright

Oh, my. What does Friday taste like?  Where are those “future of food” people when you need them?    (I might add that any professional futurist knows that you have to look way off to the side, as well as straight ahead, to get any idea of what the future might really hold).

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Cosmic Quote #104

“The challenge is that the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea. And crazy ideas are very risky to attempt”–Peter Diamandis”

I had the great pleasure of meeting the illustrious Dr. Diamandis at the X Prize foundation a couple of weeks ago.  Too bad he isn’t a super villain, “The diabolical Dr. Diamandis” has a great aliterative ring to it.

Shameless self promotion department–here is the link to my Seeking Delphi™ podcast with interviews recorded at the X Prize Foundation Future of Longevity Impact Roadmap,  April 29-30, 2019.

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7th Annual Poll: Funniest Names in The NFL Draft

“If I could remember the names of all these particles, I’d be a botanist.”–Enrico Fermi

This post runs concurrently on The Blog of Funny Names

Voting closed.  Rock Ya-Sin is the winnier of the 2019 poll.

Ah, spring has sprung.   Flowers are blooming.  The world is reborn (just ask Tiger Woods if you don’t believe that one).  And that means one special thing: it’s time for the 7th annual funniest names in the NFL draft poll.  As sure as the spring pollens emerge, so do the weird and wonderful names that populate the NFL.   And as for that identity crisis, unless they are paranoid about their strange monikers, none of the nominees  have to worry about it.  They are all well-known–most of them–already.

So what will it be this year?  We’ve had short names (Jake Butt), long names (Halapoulivaati Vaitai), double-barrelled names (Ha-ha Clinton-Dix), write-in names (Jaquiski Tartt), aristocratic sounding names (Equanimeous St. Brown) and even a name that sounds like a Dothroki warrior (Barkevious Mingo), win the previous six iterations.

Without further ado, let’s skip to the chase.  Here are this year’s nominees.  As usual, I’ll say what I think the name sounds like it’s owner should be, if not a football player.

Just the man to front Lil’ Jordan

Lil’ Jordan Humphrey–WR, University of Texas.  How’s this for a start.  We’ve had many a double-barrelled names among the ranks of contestants.  Even a double-double-barrelled winner in Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix.  But we’ve never had an apostraphe-d name seriously compete.  OK, I just made up the word “apostrophe-d,” but give me a break.  We need some way to describe it.   And I threw in a hyphen just for added confusion.  What I think his name sounds like: the bass singer from Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Rock Ya-Sin–CB, Temple.  I just love how this name flows off the tongue.  There always has to be a nickname or two in the list (again, we recall “Ha-Ha” Clinton-Dix), and this year we have a couple of them.  His given name is actually Abdurrahaman.  What I think his name sounds like:  a rap artist from Taiwan.

Ceejhay French-Love, TE, Arizona State.  Nicknames and alliterative names  always play well in this poll.  But for my money, I love a great double-barreled name, and you literally have to love this one.  So much so, in fact, that I parted with convention and picked somebody who is  more likely to wind up being an undrafted free agent; this one is too good to leave out.  What I think his name sounds like: Sorry–not touching this one with a ten foot tongue.

My name….Oshane Ximenes

Oshane Ximenes–LB, Old Dominion  I’m curious to know exactly what ethnicity or nationality this name hails from.  How often do  you see a last name starting with X? What I think his name sounds like: The Greek pronunciation of Jose Jimenez.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU–OK, his given name is Andraez, and while Williams is a rather pedestrian surname, I just love the nickname.  And while it seems a rather appropriate sobriquet for a cornerback intent on swiping the ball from opposing receivers, that’s not how he got it.  His aunt called him “Greedy-Deedee” after babysitting him in his infancy.  He’s also likely to be a first round pick.  What I think his name sounds like: a bag man for the mob.

In the TakiTaki Tiki Room

Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU–Here’s a name that’s not quite like anything we’ve ever showcased in this feature.  Like French-Love, he’s more likely to wind up playing in Canada–or the arena league, but this was another one too good to omit.    What I think his name sounds like: the designer of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

You can vote as often as you like (“Vote early and vote often.”–Al Capone).  And write-ins are allowed and encouraged.  You can even write in the name of the next politician you’d like to see flattened with a corner blitz,  but be sure to consider these honorable mentions: Kingsley Keke, Jachai Polite, Devine Ozigba, Freedom Akinmladun, Yodney Cajuste, D’Cota Dixon, Deebo Samuel and just about any other combination you can find the next time you spill a bowl of alphabet soup.  Happy voting–and here’s hoping  your team drafts the funniest name.

 

 

 

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Seeking Delphi Special Edition Podcast: Preview of 2019 Undoing Aging Conference featuring Aubrey de Grey

“I think science has begun to demonstrate that aging is a disease. If it is, it can be cured.” 
― Tom Robbins

 

Being in the category that society generally classifies as “old people,” I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry when I look at the cartoon to the left.  But if the science progresses fast enough, and I live long enough, maybe I’ll see the day when I can just ignore it.  As the increasingly global movement to reverse human aging gains momentum, we might see the day when everyone works like they are in their 20’s, no matter how old they are.  In this special edition podcast Aubrey de Grey returns to Seeking Delphi™ to preview the 2019 Undoing Aging conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany, March 28-30.  Aubrey previously was on Seeking Delphi™ in December of 2017, episode #19. 

I’ll be attending the conference, look for me if you go.

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Podcast Special Edition: Preview of the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference, with Aubrey de Grey

YouTube slide show:  Preview, 2019 Undoing Aging Conference

 

LINKS

2019 conference at Undoing-Aging.org

Program           Speakers               Location          REGISTRATION

SENS Research Foundation

Forever Healthy Foundation

Aubrey de Grey bio

 

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Seeking Delphi: Podcast #28, Future Driving, Part 3: Intelligent Traffic Control

 “They say the Universe is expanding.  That should help with the traffic.”–Steven Wright

This post is reblogged from my Seeking Delphi™ podcast.

Autonomous vehicles? Flying cars? The concepts are exciting, but the truth is:  most of us will still be driving manually on the ground for many years to come.  And that means dealing with the motorist’s most persistent annoyance.  Congestion.  It costs time and money and tries patience.  But  advanced vehicles are not necessarily required to solve the problem.  In the final episode of the Future Driving series on the Seeking Delphi™ podcast, we explore intelligent traffic control with Rapid Flow Technologies CEO, Griffin Schultz.  Advanced sensors, edge computing and artificial intelligence are helping cities to lessen the occurrence–and the frustration–of traffic congestion.

Future Driving, Part 1, Self-Driving Cars,with Alex Wyglinski here.

Future Driving, Part 2, Flying Cars, with Kaushik Rajashekara here.

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Episode #28, Future Driving Part 3: Intelligent Traffic Control with Griffin Schultz

YouTube slide show, episode #28

Links

Rapid Flow Technologies

Griffin Schultz

Surtrac

Pittsburgh experience

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Seeking Delphi™ Podcast #27: Future Driving, Part Two, Flying Cars.

This post is reblogged from the Seeking Delph™ blog.

“The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.”–Elon Musk

“We wanted flying cars; what we got is 140 characters.”–Peter Thiel
 

  

Well, guess what?  We now have 280 characters, and we may finally be getting flying cars.  Well, some of us may get the flying cars.  They clearly won’t be mass market cheap for a very long time, if ever.  Part 2 of the Seeking Delphi™ Future Driving series presents an interview with  Kaushik Rajashekara. He is a University of Houston professor and IEEE fellow who has been tracking the subject for decades.  Me? I’ve been vaguely following it ever since The Jetsons.

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Future Driving, Part 1, Self-Driving Cars,with Alex Wyglinski here.

 

 

 

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Episode #27: Future Driving, Part 2, flying Cars, with Kaushik Rajashekara

 

YouTube slide show of Episode #27.  Captioning recommended.

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Aeromobil demonstration video

PAL-V test flight video

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Seeking Delphi™: Podcast Episode 26, Future Driving Part 1, Connectivity and Self-Driving Cars

Reblogged from  Seeking Delphi™ .

 “The Promise of Autonomous Vehicles is Great.”–Dan Lipinski

“My opinion is that it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous vehicles.”–Elon Musk

 

There’s no shortage of opinions on the viability of self-driving cars.  Be you a bull or a bear, though, there is no denying that there is a plethora of big players banking on them with R&D spending.

The issues surrounding the technology are too many and complex to deal with all of them in a single podcast.  And while things like collision avoidance, navigation, regulation, liability and public acceptance take up much of the debate over the technology, one key element has not so often been discussed.  That would be connectivity.  To assure safety and efficiency, to any degree greater than currently exists with manually driven cars, they need to be able to talk to each other.

In episode #26 of Seeking Delphi™ host Mark Sackler talks with Alex Wyglinski, president of IEEE’s Vehicle Technology Society and co-chair of the community development work group for IEEE Future Networks,  on how wireless connectivity might enable the technology.

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Alex Wyglinski. Click for bio.

IEEE Vehicle Technology Society. Click for link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode #26: Future Driving Part 1, Interconnectivity and Self-Driving Cars

 

YouTube slide show of episode #26

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Cosmic Quote #103

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”–Irv Kupcinet

“Thanksgiving, man, not a good day to be in my pants.”–Kevin James

I have reached the age where I really don’t give a flying $@%$# about diets or whether pants fit.  Not on Thanksgiving.  I’ll worry about that next week.   Have a good one, if you’re into it.

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Cosmic Quote #102

“Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.”–Dylan Thomas

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