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What engineers really do…
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2/25/2012   36 comments
Is there a difference in perception between what your friends, parents, kids, and your boss thinks you do… and what you actually do?
John Aynsley recognized for contribution to SystemC
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2/24/2012   3 comments
John Aynsley is the first recipient of the Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award. This is due in part to his involvement in the IEEE 1666 SystemC™ Language Standard Working Group…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19987+6)
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2/22/2012   12 comments
Following my talk I received an email saying "Dear Max. I found your talk today both exciting, inspiring, and entertaining. Three of my favorites. ;-)"
What were they thinking: Summer Time
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2/17/2012   14 comments
Why do we change out clocks for some months during the year. Has anybody ever proven that it actually helps anything…
[Worst] Building contractor of the year awards
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2/17/2012   14 comments
I can only imagine what Canadian building contractor Mike Homes would have to say about these “things” (I don’t even have the words to describe them)…
Top ten microphotographs go from bizarre to beautiful
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2/16/2012   Post a comment
A competition for microphotographs has produced some of the strangest and most beautiful sights in semiconductors and life sciences.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19986)
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2/15/2012   7 comments
Far out, – What a day, a year, a laugh it is!
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19985)
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2/14/2012   7 comments
It’s a bit of a blustery day in Trondheim, Norway, let me tell you…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19984)
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2/13/2012   3 comments
As I pen these words, I’m in a small cottage high in the Norwegian mountains and deep in the Norwegian woods…
Don’t bandy paraprosdokians with me!
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2/11/2012   15 comments
I’m on Gary Smith’s “jokes list”, which means I never know what’s going to appear in my “Inbox”…
Ten things I want to do before I die…
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2/8/2012   57 comments
I don’t want to sound maudlin, but every now and then as one gets older, thoughts of mortality do tend to cross one’s mind…
Calling all people who care about power
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Reaching out to people is one of the things that editors have to do, but I have to know who to reach out to. Should I include you?
OMG! My heart is pounding after watching these videos
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2/6/2012   Post a comment
I can’t believe my heart is pounding so much when all I did was sit here and watch a video, goodness only knows what I’d be like if…


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