Author Archives: Don Hodges

How complex systems fail.

http://www.ctlab.org/documents/How Complex Systems Fail.pdf

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Give Edward Snowden Immunity – The Atlantic. He deserves it as much as the telecoms did after illegal mega-wiretap

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/09/want-to-reform-the-nsa-give-edward-snowden-immunity/379612/?single_page=true

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My Missing Online History

A blogger since the ’90′s, I have not been been diligent with preserving my online presence even though one of my early “mission statements” was “a record of my journey into senility”.

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The Best Synopsis I have Seen of the “NSA Problem” – From Comments at Ars Technica

I yield the mike to “flatrock19″: I keep seeing indications that people think that a lack of public transparency means a lack of oversight. However, that is not how our country’s constitution was written or how our government and legal … Continue reading

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We Lived in a Remarkable Century (Part 2)

A good friend of mine died recently, Lt. Gen. Carl Peterson, USAF (Ret.). “General Pete” started his career as a 20-year-old B-17 pilot in World War 2. He got to England in October 1944, after the most deadly phase of … Continue reading

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A Personal Perspective on American History

How young is the USA? Consider this: I born in 1938, 75 years ago. 75 years before that, the Civil War was raging in 1863. Back another 75 years, 1788 – the year before the Constitution was adopted.

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If You Can’t Find a Boat You Like

Just build it yourself!

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We Lived in a Remarkable Century (Part 1)

As a retiree advancing in age, I sometimes remember things that didn’t happen (just wait til you get here!) or don’t remember important details. I just watched four episodes of NASA documentaries on the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo manned flights, and the tempo … Continue reading

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To Atlanta in a DC-9

41 minutes in a Delta DC-9 brings back memories – I arrived at Delta on December 20, 1965, the same day as the first DC-9 delivery. As it evolved, I became a powerplant engineer for the DC-9, so learned a … Continue reading

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Asiana Flight 214

Lots of speculation about the cause of the crash landing at SFO. Consensus seems to build among Boeing pilots on the net that 777, configured for landing, quickly goes from “high and fast” to “low and slow” unless close attention … Continue reading

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