Monthly Archives: October 2014

Study Abroad for History Majors

Thank you to Katie for letting me contribute to her blog.

So your ambition is life is to become a history professor. While others in secondary school were attempting to sleep through class you were arguing with the teacher about which was truly the high water mark of Rome, Hadrian’s Wall or the Antonine Wall. For your 16th birthday you asked your mum for a replica Queen Elizabeth I’s coronation dress. Last week you successfully argued on an Internet forum that the Yanks were idiots for not equipping all of their Sherman tanks with the 17-pounder anti-tank gun. You are definitely professorial material.

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Solar Roadways could produce over three times the electricity we use in the United States

Thanks to the folk over at Solar Power Rocks for publishing this!

I was looking at the homepage for Solar Power Rocks this morning and noticed their chart on 2015 State by State Solar Investment Rankings. Idaho, where I hang my hat, was in a frightening red, indicating it had been given an F. Only ten other states had that same designation.

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Is the Ukraine the Next Sudetenland?

Thank you to Patricia Lee Sharpe and Patricia H. Kushlis for publishing this article.

They are an ethnic minority here. They don’t speak the local language. Once members of a proud empire, the demise of that great state has left them on the wrong side of the border. They want to redress this error, and their former nation has taken keen interest. This neighbor is led by a demagogue who won’t stop at anything to see them reconnected with his great nation.

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The Antonine Wall.

Thank you to Mike Anderson for publishing my article on the Antonine Wall.

Completed in the year 128 C.E., Hadrian’s Wall was one of the most famous civil engineering projects undertaken by the Roman Empire. The wall ran a distance of 73 miles (117.5 kilometers), crossing the English countryside from the waters of Solway Forth to the mouth of the River Tyne. It took the effort of three Roman legions working over the course of six years to complete, and required a garrison of more than 10,000 men to guard its length. Built by the Emperor Hadrian, many people believe this wall represents the limit of Roman expansion as well as the northernmost reach of the Empire.

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Several more posts have gone up since I last wrote.

So I haven’t been as good as I should at keeping up on things here. I suppose that isn’t surprising given it’s a new blog. That and I’ve been busy writing. So here’s four more articles I’ve gotten published.

Is A Masters In Engineering Worth It?

I recently read an article arguing that getting a Masters was really not worth it if your motivation was financial. Essentially, the author had been studying the question of if a Masters really made a difference or not over the course of a couple of years and his conclusion was that the answer is “No.” It’s not worth it. Don’t do it for the money. Do it for a love of learning, or to be more knowledgeable of your field, or just for the pride of it. But don’t expect it to earn you money.

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Solar-Paneled Roadways: Future Infrastructure

We’re all aware that America’s infrastructure is in trouble and needs some serious restoration work done ASAP. Shoot, you’re on a website that has that fact in the title. I somehow doubt you’re here because you think things are just fine. I don’t need to convince you that we have an urgent problem.

Instead, I am here to spark a conversation about a potential solution to two of the problems. In my opinion it’s a pretty sweet deal as it is one solution that fixes two issues. I don’t know about you, but when I’m shopping around I’m a sucker for two for one deals so this tickles my fancy nicely. The problems are our aging roadways and power grid. The solution, potentially, is solar freakin’ roadways.

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October 1914 – The Dawn of the U-boat Menace

It is late October, 1914. World War I has been going on for three months. In London the Admiralty is in a state of shock, still attempting to come to grips with events that had occurred during the previous month and a half. The world’s most powerful navy had suffered staggering losses to the Imperial German Navy, and they had lost them to cheap, crude tin cans not fit for human habitation.

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Can a project in Dubai provide an energy use blueprint for Texas?

In the deserts of Dubai on the Eastern edge of Abu Dhabi a massive construction project is underway. The site is called Madinat Masdar, or Masdar City. The goal is to construct a new city that works with, rather than against the environment in order to reach new heights of both sustainability and standards of living. While the project is still in early days, the benefits to Dubai, and to other hot regions such as Texas, are already becoming apparent.

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