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Maybe Not So Crazy After All

Well, at least a couple of people didn't think my idea about a t.v. show on process automation was really stupid. In addition to the comments attached to yesterday's post, there's this email from Jeff Brandt of JLS Automation, referring to my Automation Minute on "Selling the Cool":

Another Good Idea -- Maybe

Okay. I'll admit it. I was vain enough to be flattered that somebody from ISA actually thought my idea about using simulation games to interest the young-uns in process automation was a good idea. Thanks. That success tempts me to roll out another idea that's been rattling around in my...

Taking Nancy's Cool Idea Seriously...

At the ISA Expo 2008 Conference Planning Committee meeting this weekend, Robert Shear from Dust Networks told me how much he agreed with Nancy Bartels, who posted a great idea a few weeks ago-- that we ought to be building components for the Sims and Second Life, and other simulation...

Heads up!! Required reading from Dick Morley...

Further reinforcing the increasing utility of YouTube for learning important things to help you in your daily job, here's an incredible video that Dick Morley sent around, marked Required Reading: The future is now, and it is going to be less expensive than we ever could have imagined.

CIA says cyber attacks are real...is it FUD or not?

Several people, including a thread on the A-List at www.control.com have taken notice of the CIA disclosure at SANS last week and have been asking about the veracity of the report. I posted the following, earlier today, on the A-List.

On the Other Hand, Maybe I'll Walk

I don't fly enough to qualify as a world-class road warrior, but I've logged enough time in the air and in boarding lounges to know that the glamor is long gone and "friendly skies" are a thing of the past.

O frabjous joy! ISA rares back and passes another freebie!

If you are like probably 99% of all automation professionals, you have no idea that ISA actually produces a scholarly journal as well as books and magazines. Edited by Process Automation Hall of Famer Russ Rhinehart, of Oklahoma State University, Transactions has been the academic and scholarly publication of ISA...

Remember the nuclear power industry?

Even many greens have come around to the fact that if we're going to continue operating our infrastructure, we have to re-include nuclear power as a significant option. Right now, we power the United States and Canada with coal and oil and natural gas.

What the next generation of engineers is doing now...

Here are some young process engineers...how do we get them interested in manufacturing and automation?

Re-design!

In honor of our 20th anniversary, and because I couldn't stand it anymore, we've re-designed Control magazine for the first time since 1998. We hope you lik...