Nike and Kaepernick

I wonder if the Nike and Kaepernick situation was a set up to get Nike publicity. Thus, Nike knew from the first that they weren’t going to actually sell the Betsy Ross shoes and had preplanned it with Kaepernick. Radio talk show host  John Batchelor frequently says that his main problem is that he’s not cynical enough. Am I being too cynical?

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“GPS Declassified” in softcover

I just heard that my publisher is releasing a paperback version of my book next spring.  I’m going to try to get them to send an advance copy to Seawriter for him to review in his paper if he’s interested.

I just recorded a podcast with Cold War Conversations which will be released in about two months. https://coldwarconversations.com... [Read More]

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Why is Setting up WiFi so Inefficient

A couple of months ago, I moved to a new apartment. I had AT&T in my old place and transferred it to my new one. I couldn’t make a reservation for the new place until the previous tenant canceled service because he had AT&T. The installer had to do a lot of searching for connections. Why wouldn’t they have that in the systems since the previous person had AT&T. The whole process was very inefficient. Dime supposedly lives in Japan so it’s hard to blame it on him.

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This is a Strange Story About UFOs

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27666/what-the-hell-is-going-on-with-ufos-and-department-of-defense

I’ve been skeptical about UFO claims since the 60s. Phil Klass was more my style.  He also did excellent reporting about the early days of GPS.  What do you think about this story. Was it another case of Dime trying to impress his girlfriend.

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61st Anniversary of the launch of Vanguard 1

The fourth satellite to reach orbit and the oldest one still in orbit was launched in 1958. My father, Roger Easton, designed it. Air Force colonel Asa Gibbs that the Navy place small payloads on the Test Vehicle launches.  I’m wearing the red coat in this picture which was taken a week or two before its launch.

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Identity Politics and the Supposed Inventors of GPS

Last June, I attended my monthly nonfiction writers meeting. Afterward, I spoke to the black gentleman sitting next to me. He mentioned that he’d just found out that a black woman invented GPS. I said that was strange since my father invented it. He chuckled and said that I was holding out on him. I looked it up and a Dr. Gladys West was the person. She worked on the Geoid.  She did valuable work but is one of many people at that level. I dismissed it; errors about the origins of GPS are rife and in spite of my extensive writings about it I’m a relatively obscure person.

More recently, the articles about Dr. West have multiplied.  Yes, the contributions of women and minorities have sometimes been ignored. But the reverse is starting to become the case.... [Read More]

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