The splash in the figure above might look like a bored child’s coloring, but it is in fact the trajectory of a standalone synchronous machine showing a stable equilibrium point. The trajectory of a system is the set of values that the states of the system take as time goes forward. It is a useful […]Read more "A splash of trajectory"
So the USS Zumwalt – the new tip of the spear for the Destroyers – suffered a stall earlier in the week in the Panama Canal. The information out there is more or less circumspect as to the cause, but faulty bearings in the drive train were mentioned. Apparently, according to the same article, there have […]Read more "Stalled Destroyers"
It’s complicated to explain 🙂 but suffice it to say that today I somehow ended up wondering about dating sites and the broader concept of digital love in Cameroon. My anecdotal bias tells me that this is still a relatively [more or less] taboo topic in most parts of the country. As it turns out, […]Read more "Personal ads and digital love in Cameroon"
Today I read an article on the internet entitled Software Industries in Africa, which offers an alternative view to the idea of Africa becoming a major exporter of world class software products based on a free-market situation. As I summarize it below, it is a rather interesting take because at the moment in Africa, almost […]Read more "A Pinch of Salt on the “Software Industry in Africa”"
I was reading a paper today entitled, “Generalized Averaging Method for Power Conversion Circuits” written by some brilliant engineers in 1991. This paper is published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) which is a professional association said to be the world’s largest body of technical professionals (hey, Wikipedia said it – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_Electrical_and_Electronics_Engineers – […]Read more "Inflation of the cost of knowledge"
I discovered the term ‘Monster-Barring’ today while reviewing degenerate eigenvalues on Wolfram Online (these are essentially eigenvalues that repeat). It was first coined by a Hungarian Mathematician named Lakatos (1976) to refer to the ‘refining of a hypothesis to remove bad counterexamples’. Naturally, this grabbed my attention as it sounded a lot like the No-True-Scotsman fallacy. A […]Read more "Monster-Barring"
For some reason, I started recalling some one-liners from the bad guys in the Alan Wake game on Xbox 360. Some of them might sound funny now, but to be honest, this game scared the living man out of me the first time I played it. I visited the game’s wiki page (http://alanwake.wikia.com/wiki/The_Taken) and looked […]Read more "Alan Wake ‘one-liners’"
I find that some of the more interesting art forms arise from concepts and measurement of physical quantities (things, as Lord Kelvin said, that can be expressed in numbers) plotted on a set of axis. Here is a partial root locus of a standalone steam-turbine generator system with governor. This looks like an abstract drawing […]Read more "Art from abstraction"
I am certainly no freshman, but you don’t have to be one to have had your attention caught by the Campus Preview Weekend events these past couple of days at the MIT campus. I felt nice and happy to see all the new young faces with wide smiles and with so much passion and hopes […]Read more "Campus Preview Weekend"
At some point, I was just like, “Hey I gotta sample this Battlefield which everyone on the internet is talking about”. I had to at least have an idea of why the FPS fan base is split in to two violent clans that are almost at each other’s throats: The COD (just in case some […]Read more "Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360)"