On May 14th, an asteroid the size of a city block missed earth by 3.35 million miles. That may sound like a lot, but that’s only 3.6% of the distance from here to the sun. Considering this asteroid travels about a billion miles in one orbit of the sun, that’s only one half of one percent margin of error. That’s what you call a near-miss.
Since 1965, using the “Moore’s Law” estimate, computer chip technology has doubled in capability every two years. That’s 24 doublings, which means (brace yourself), we’ve improved 2^24 or 16 million times in less than 50 years. Even more astounding, they’re cheaper today.
Trucks surpass rail (the second highest freight transport), by 6 times in weight and 23 times in dollars. Since trucks measure the last step before goods end up on a store shelf, they’re a good measure of the economy.
This NBA season’s round of playoffs has been especially taxing on me. Ray Allen may be suffering from painful bone spurs, but I’m trying to hold down a full-time job while staying up after midnight and experiencing emotions that include terror, rage and religious euphoria.
Last week, I made a presentation to members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals during one of their regional meetings. My topic covered some advanced tips for using Microsoft Outlook.