Thursday, November 16, 2006

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Endy Min gave an interesting lunch talk on polymerization today. "Olefins are to chemists what flour is to a chef." I should learn some chemistry some day.

We were set to continue the theme of chemistry and food because we had tickets to an evening talk with food and chemistry writers Shirley Corriher and Jonathan Gold. We left an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Pasadena, which should normally be sufficient. But the freeway was jammed solid... after thirty minutes, we had only gone four miles. We gave up and came back home. I'm pretty annoyed. Someone needs to do something about terrible Los Angeles traffic. I don't know. High speed robot cars?

"Total memory requirements are modest except for the sizable digital map requirements (50 to 100K bytes)." -- W.E. Longenbaker, "Terrain-Aided Navigation of an Unpowered Tactical Missile Using Autopilot-Grade Sensors," J. Guidance, Vol. 7, No. 2, March-April 1984.


At 9:32 PM, November 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robot cars would only make things worse. The current traffic is from people cars alone; all the robots are staying home...


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