Service Civility

As a member of the ARRL, I get lots of email about radio (most of it sales material for their books and swag), but this afternoon I got a letter reiterating the core values of Amateur Radio. The most telling is the last paragraph: Amateur Radio is about development of communications and responsible public service. …

Interstellar Sights and Social Rights

We have the first image of a black hole, and it took a lot of computational power and cleverness to generate it. Great! Holy crap, yes! I’m proud of scientific progress! Katie Bouman and her team did an amazing job! What’s less amazing isn’t the reporting that Dr. Bouman was the technical lead on the …

To See a Thing Clearly, You Have to Close Your Eyes

“Hey Shawn, why don’t you ever get political or express any of your opinions? Where do you stand on things?” (Said no one in particular) Well, Billy, here’s the thing: if I am ever emboldened enough to say my peace, I have to be prepared to defend my position, because someone’s going to bodycheck me …