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Informal Blogging Event at DAC Gains Interest

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

It’s always a pleasant surprise to find another pocket of EDA bloggers, such as Sean Murphy’s site. Unfortunately, Sean appears to belong to the old “Richard Goering is EDA” crowd. Some of you may remember Mike Santarini’s infamous blog titled, “I’m No One Trick Pony,” in which Mike suggested that other editors have covered the EDA space more faithfully than Richard but with far less praise.

Sean’s latest blog attempts to map the EDA blogosphere since Richard left EETimes by providing a list of 60 some folks who currently cover the technical or business aspects of the tumultuous EDA industry. Sean’s comprehensive list includes most of the major players, but there are a few noticeable omissions, like Brian Fuller’s “Greeley’s Ghost,? Brian Bailey’s “Verification Vertigo,? Jeurgen Jaeger’s “F a h r v e r g n ü g e, even Lou Covey’s “State of the Media.? Still, Sean’s list is a good one.

Want to meet many of the above mentioned bloggers? Then I encourage you, as well as all NG (Non-Goering) EDA bloggers and editors, to stop by the informal BoF bloggers event at DAC – organized by JL Gray and others. Also, Sean believes that high tech gurus Steve Leibson, Grant Martin, and George Harper may be presenting 3 minute lightning talks on different aspects of blogging at the BoF event.

Oddly enough, this informal BoF event may well be one of the more memorable experiences of this year’s DAC. If nothing else, it could serve as a good way for traditional journalists, non-traditional journalists (you know who you are), bloggers and the curious alike to get together and mingle – not in online social networks or as Second Life avatars but face-to-face. What a concept?!

Honorable mentions: There are several respected EDA editor’s – like Ed Sperling, EDA Tech Forum’s Paul Dempsey and Electronic Design’s David Maliniak – who faithful cover the EDA market BUT don’t maintain a blog. (Lazy bums!) It’s easy to forget that many of the best brains in our industry don’t blog. But they continue to share their insights through trade journal publication (online and print), as well as professional magazines. Hopefully a few of these folks will join us at the bloggers BoF.

BoF for bloggers at DAC

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
Anyone else on Twitter? Though the idea of a mini-blogging app like Twitter may seem absurd, I have found it useful. For example, I learned about a recent bloggers meeting at DAC through Twitter: Bird of Feather (BoF) for bloggers, Wed June 11th at round 6PM, in the neighborhood of Rm 201B and 201C at the Anaheim convention center. This event was initiated by the verification expert and excellent photographer JL Gray . It seems to be loosely affiliated with the Cool Verification folks. So this informal meeting probably won’t be in the genre of a Brian Fuller-Lou Covey-Loring Wirbel blog fest – though that’s not a bad idea either. Still, the somewhat nebulous BoF event should be worth attending. I’m planning to be there … at the very least, I’ll fly in for a quick twitter. <grin>

The Truth is Out There…

Friday, May 16th, 2008

You know where I’m going with this title, don’t you? Yes, it’s time again for UFO Fest (check out the video)? Who will meet me there at the McMenamin’s Hotel in the backwater town of McMinnvile, OR? UFO citings are fairly common, especially after a few pints of Hammerhead or Ruby ale.

What was the Antikythera Mechanism?

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Is it the world’s oldest-geared driven analog computer? That’s the claim of this admittedly unscientific web site called the “Museum of Unnatural Mystery.” I found the site while helping my 6th grade-level son decide on a topic for his weekly science exploration project at school. What struck his interest was Stonehenge, while my fancy was piqued by the Antikythera Mechanism.

Now, you may be asking yourself – as my wife asked of me – what Stonehenge has to do with science? My response was quick and assured; “The prevailing theory on the purpose of Stonehenge was that it was created by early astronomers to correlate the earth’s seasons with the rotation of the heavens.?

Had I stopped there, everything would have been fine. But, being a child of the 60’s, I couldn’t resist adding what I remembered of Erich von Daniken thoughts on Stonehenge as site of extraterrestrial visitations. Then there was my comment about a Dr Who episode that dealt with Stonehenge (“The Stones of Blood?). Her raised eyebrow was enough to confirm my fear that my services as my son’s science adviser would no longer be needed. C’est la vie!

BTW: Here’s a truly bizzard yet fairly entertaining – thanks to the Enya music selections – Youtube LEGO version of the Dr. Who episode.