Sony DSCF717 5MP Digital Still Camera w/ 5x Optical Zoom
My current digital camera. Lots of features and functions, yet very novice friendly.
Sony DSC-F828 8MP Digital Camera w / 7x Optical Zoom
At the top of my "wish list"....
Sony DSCU30/L Cybershot 2MP Digital Camera (Blue)
Great for taking snapshots. The ultimate 'pocketable' digital camera.
Peter iNova: Sony Advanced Cyber-shot
An excellent resource for digital photography. Although the book is centered around the Sony Cybershot 707/717 cameras, almost all of the material presented applies to taking photos with other digital cameras.
Sony VF58CPKS 58mm Polarizing Filter Kit
Polarizing filters are great to eliminate unwanted reflections on water or glass.
Timothy N. Hornyak: Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots
Hornyak offers a detailed overview of Japanese robot development tracing the history of robotics all the way from the 1600's through today's modern, state-of-the-art wonders like Asimo.
'Black Bodies and Quantum Cats' is the type of book that inspired me to study physics as a child and enabled me to develop a life long love of science and technology.
Synthetic Worlds : The Business and Culture of Online Games
Who would have guessed that the modal demographic for online gamers is 40+ year old women? Or that billions of real dollars change hands between gamers as they buy and sell virtual items?
How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture
The Science of Finding True Fulfillment - Listened to the author being interviewed on the NPR Science Friday show via podcast. Very impressive.
Do You Speak American?
A great and often insightful exploration of the 'American' language
Podcasting is revolutionizing the way we communicate and even the way we think
The Man Behind the Microchip
Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley - An excellent and extremely well written exploration into Robert Noyce and the industry he created that changed the world
Lem and Hiroshi Matamura
I was born in Washington, D.C. and lived there until the age of 7 when we moved to a foreign country - Southern California. I've been dealing with strange and unique cultures ever since.
A life long fascination with technology, its applications, and its impact on society in general, has driven my career ever since my father and I stood in the backyard looking up at the bright speck in the night sky that was Sputnik.
My work experience has included manufacturing (quality assurance during the Vietnam and Aerospace eras); software development (numerical control part programming systems for manufacturing applications); technical support (CAD/CAM systems in the U.S., Japan, and Asia during the 80's); business development (major account management for a major workstation and server manufacturer); purchasing and supply chain management (negotiating, implementing and managing supply contracts between the U.S. and Japan); divisional management (senior executive responsible for the North American printer business of a major Japanese company); and corporate strategic planning.
From a technology perspective, I feel as if I have surfed the aerospace wave, the CAD/CAM wave, the workstation/server wave, the color printer wave, the internet - shrinking world - wave, and now I'm enjoying surfing the robotics wave.
I currently reside in Japan, close enough to the center of Tokyo to enjoy it, but far enough away that I am not bothered by all the noise and crowds. Living in Japan must agree with me since I've lived here off and on for 15 out of the past 23 years on three different occasions. It also provides an excellent location for me to pursue my interest in robotics, which I write about frequently on my Robots Dreams weblog.
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