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Try something new: learn an app, create an industry

I am using Microsoft office Speech Recognition software to write this article. I believe it's important to challenge myself to use new technologies. I hope it is a time saver. I report at the of the article. Working at a university if a forcing function for trying new things. Fear of failure is mitigated because students are here and very helpful.

I hoped we would ...


If you are doing nothing, you won't make mistakes.

Mistakes: Errors, faults, slip-ups, bloopers, miscalculations. We all make em. America's Funniest Home Videos, UTUBE and Candid Camera, all demonstrate goofing up is part of our culture and our condition. We all make mistakes.

I created and sold advertising for a living when I first started working. It's a tough business, not much room for mistakes, especially printed mistakes. Some of you may remember Ivan Kauffman. He owned ...


Growing opportunity in our own backyard.

We are fortunate to live in Las Cruces. The weather is perfect. Warm days, cool nights, no wind. I travel with my job, and love the feeling of coming home. Recently, I attended the annual Space Grant Director's meeting in Washington, DC. All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have Space Grant programs. NMSU is the Land Grant and lead Space Grant university in New Mexico. ...


Early adopters are good to have in a forward leaning community.

Mark Twain was one of the most astute commentator's on the loveable American psyche. He suggested, "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please." The Mark Twain for Boomers, Johnny Carson, perfected the art of criticizing politicians on television. Watergate, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew all came together as a sort of comedy windfall for Carson. Yet, it ...


The Joy of working with Paul K. Arthur

Paul K. Arthur died on January 31, 2014. I met Admiral Arthur in 1994 during the first strategic planning meeting for New Mexico Space Grant. At his funeral on Saturday, February 8, I learned Paul enlisted in the Navy at the rank of Seaman. He rose through the enlisted ranks, through 13 separate ranks to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral. Paul was a humble man, a ...