July 2013 Archives

Today was an early morning. I had to catch an early flight to Honolulu to begin two weeks of duty at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I am scheduled to work on some strategic planning which should be fun.

The flight was long and made longer by the children who surrounded me on the plane. They were a family of about seven and were very trying. The ten year old in front of me was reclined the entire flight which made it difficult for me to get much work done. The one next to me had a hard time sitting still for any length of time.

One thing I am noticing more often than not is the number of people who do not read. Of the children around me, not a single one had a book with them. Of course, neither did their parents. My daughter had a book in her hand well before she could read mainly because she always saw us with a book and she wanted to read too. She still does read. I worry about our future if people are not going to read.

I did get some thoughts down into electrons on the flight on my iPad. I am trying to expand on the remarks I made at the NSPE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. From that I will develop a condensed version for my first column in PE Magazine.

After checking in to quarters I wrote some of much needed thank you notes to those who made my installation as President of NSPE a memorable event. Dr. Jerry Emison delivered a keynote address for me, Polly Collins and Nancy Oswald with the NSPE staff made me and my family comfortable and kept things running smooth, and the Mississippi Engineering Society and its Executive Director Malinda Battey also made significant contributions.

The Mississippi Engineering Society has always been supportive of me and encouraged me to run for NSPE Vice President a few years ago. In Minneapolis they sponsored a reception in my honor which was really nice and enjoyable. In the past, presidents have given each person at the installation luncheon a small gift. This year we decided to make a contribution to charity instead. MES allowed me to choose the organizations that meant something to me, which was tough, and then they surprised with the generosity of the amounts. I elected for the donations to go to the NSPE Educational Foundation and the United State Naval Institute. Both will make good use of the money.

I am a life member of the USNI and know there are many places they could use the money. I contacted Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret) via LinkedIn and asked where he thought the money would be most needed. Admiral Stavridis is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Institute and he got back to me with a recommendation that the money go towards the essay contests. These contests encourage young enlisted and junior officers to think and write and I can think of nothing better to support.

All in all I feel very good to have people think enough of me to do these things. I am truly appreciative of their support and enjoyed writing the thank you notes.

Grandfather to be

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My daughter called me the other night and said she was pregnant. She wanted to keep it quiet for a bit but she couldn't keep quite long. She and her husband will make great parents and I am looking forward to spoiling another child. Everyone has told me that being a grandparent is more fun than being a parent. I can't imagine but if they are correct then I am going to have a great time. I already have the best daughter and so it stands to reason I'll have the best grandchild too.

Prayer of Confession

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I found the prayer of confession we used in church today to be particularly meaningful. It was also the last Sunday I will hear the Rev. Joey Sherrard preach as he leaves doctoral studies in Scotland later this month. Having known him since he was a small child and his father was an engineering department head, I will miss him. He has been great for the church.

The Prayer of Confession, First Presbyterian Church, Starkville, MS, 14 July 2013:

Forgive us our sins O Lord. Forgive us the sins of our youth and the sins of our age, the sins of our soul and the sins of our body, our secret whispering sins, our presumptuous and our careless sins, the sins we have done to please ourselves, and the sins we have done to please others, Forgive us the sins that we know, and the sins that we know not; forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all because of your great goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Godspeed Joey.

What I Travel With

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It seems a lot of people are talking about what they take with them when they travel. And I admit it is a section of the Delta Sky Magazine I look at while sitting on a plane. So, bandwagon here I come, here is what I always travel with.

iPhone. I would never leave it. I am still on the iPhone 4S but plan to upgrade to the 6 (or whatever they call it) when it comes out.

iPad. This has almost, but not quite become my laptop replacement on travel. I use it for email, Twitter, taking notes (I'm a huge fan of Evernote), and usually for any talks I have to give. I want to make the shift to using it for my PowerPoint.

I also have, and love, my ZAGGkeys Proplus keyboard for the iPad. It is east to carry and really makes email and note-taking much easier.

ZAGGsparq 6000. I never know where I might run out of juice so I always have my ZAGGsparq to help me out. Because it has two ports on it, I always plug it into the wall in the hotel and then can charge my iPad and iPhone from the same outlet. Given how sparse outlets are in some hotels, this is a big help.

My StarBucks travel mug. I bought the current one several years ago while on trip to Pittsburgh. It fits in a pocket on my Bum Backpack computer bag so I always have it ready.

Bose QC3 Headphones. These are a lifesaver on noisy planes. They do not cancel all of the noise but have found they cancel much of it and I have fewer headaches at the end of a travel day. As soon as someone comes up with some that cancel the sounds of the screaming baby that always sits behind me, I'll buy those.

Sometimes I travel with my Kindle but not as often as I used to. I still love my Kindle (I have the Kindle Paperwhite 3G) but for travel have found my iPad with the Kindle App works well. Admittedly the iPad is a bit heavy to hold while lying in bed reading but it does, in my opinion, a better job of handling magazines and newspapers. However, if I am planning on spending time outside reading then I definitely take the Kindle.

Given I still access to some files that I have on my laptop, and sometimes need to do longer, more difficult work than I like to do on my iPad, I still take my Dell XPS L502X laptop with me.

A few weeks ago when I was visiting the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers, their president introduced me and said he almost said I was a blogger. But, he looked at how long it had been since my last post and decided he better not say that.

Well I have been busy, am now President-Elect of the National Society of Professional Engineers (will become president later this month), am still trying to get a dissertation done, and my "one year" tour as an interim fill CO for the Navy Reserve quickly turned in to two years.

I do want to communicate more with those poor people who have nothing better to do than read what I have to say, so I'll make another attempt at it.

Future Church Services

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Sent to me via email. Original source unknown. I have to admit, I kind of like the idea.

CHURCH SERVICES of THE FUTURE (probably the not-too-distant future!)

PASTOR: "Praise the Lord!"

CONGREGATION: "Hallelujah!"

PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet PC, iPad, SmartPhone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Cor 13:13.

And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon."


"Now, Let us pray committing this week into God's hands. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God"


"As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready."

"You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password 'Lord909887'. "

The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:

a. Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.

b. Those who prefer to use iPad s can open them.

c. Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cellphones to transfer your contributions to the church account.

The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!

Final Blessing and Closing Announcements

a. This week's ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don't miss out.

b. Thursday's Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900 hrs GMT. Please don't miss out.

c. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.

God bless you and have nice day.

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