State of the Union Tweets 1/24/2012

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    The wealthiest 400 people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. #SOTU
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    President Obama: “Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people.” #SOTU
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    RT @pourmecoffee: Whenever they show Eric Cantor, all of my plants die and I feel sad inside. #sotu
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    Cantor looks like he’s going to cry. He must be really touched by the President’s speech. #SOTU
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    Interesting Obama calls GOP bluff: tax breaks for corps bring manufacturing back from overseas. Told them write bill and he’ll sign it #SOTU
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    As long as the playing field is level, Americans will always win. #SOTU #wdaytv
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    Who keeps playing the “I wanna be the first and last one to clap” game? #sotu

Photonics West

  1. Jenoptik Presents Product Innovations at Photonics West 2012
  2. Students @PhotonicsWest – Come to hear Peter Fiske talk on alternative career paths for PhDs this afternoon 2pm Rm121
  3. Dermatology at Photonics West, from skin-cancer detection to tattoo tomography
  4. First day of BiOS/Photonics West – 90 leads, some very interesting discussions miniaturization needs – think iPhone accessory. By the wa…
  5. Advanced photonics control systems over ethernet #photonicswest Booth 2622
  6. We are off to the Photonics West Exhibition in San Francisco. If you are in the area, and interested in…

The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is a large 6.5 meter space telescope that will be launched hopefully soon. You can actually watch the JWST being assembled here. It’s really cool to visit everyday to see the progress. The JWST is optimized to study to study infrared light from the universe with four sensitive imaging and spectroscopic instruments. Some Some of you might not know what infrared light is, it’s electromagnetic radiation (which stars give off in large amounts) with a wavelength longer then that of visible light, measured from the normal edge of visible red light at 0.74 micrometers and extending to 300 micrometers. The JWST is being built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for NASA, ESA, and CSA. The JWST development is led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Some mission facts: It will be launched tentatively in 2018. The launch vehicle will be the “Ariane 5 ECA”. The diameter of the primary mirror is 6.5M or 21.3 ft. The material of the primary mirror is beryllium. Beryllium is being used because it has high flexural rigidity, thermal stability, thermal conductivity, and low density. These are huge factors in aerospace design. More dense equals more money. There will be 18 primary mirror segments. The mission duration will be 5-10 years. Check out this video of Joe Howard, the lead optical designer for the JWST project.

Kodak- The end of a giant?

It’s very sad to see the state Kodak is in right now. Thanks to Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb Rochester bloomed. Rochester used to be huge, everyone worked in the above three companies. You cannot go a day without meeting someone that worked at Kodak. Now, it might…actually it should, file for bankruptcy. What else is there to do? They are trying to sell patents worth around 3 billion dollars. These patents are worth more then the company itself. If they are successful in selling these patents will it save the company? I’m not a business major, so maybe, but how long will it last? Will it keep the company at bay for a while till they can come up with ideas on how to make money? Bankruptcy is obviously the last resort, but right now, the best resort. After they file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy they still can sell their patents. After they file for Chapter 11, they can start the rebuilding phase. I pray that it will work. If Rochester loses Kodak, how long will it take for Rochester to be a ghost town? The only thing technically booming right now in Rochester is the Optics field. Which I am lucky to be in. I hope Kodak can make it through this. I cannot imagine Rochester without it being affiliated with Kodak. George Eastman..I’m sorry.

Check out this video on why Kodak is failing today, they switched to Digital WAY to late.

New blog starting in 2012

Alright, I need to start paying attention to this more. This year I’m going to start an “app of the week” blog. I will download random apps and try one out each week. I will then write up my experiences with that particular app. The apps will range all over the board. So follow my blog if your interested in apps. I have an iphone 4, so it will only be iOS apps.