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An attempt to focus on my life "achievements" One gets to define what an achievement is, in this case; it is all about boosting one's own self esteem a bit.
One of the exercises in a self-help process I was doing, was to list one's life achievements up to the present time, starting with five achievements. I recommend it to all of you, this little exercise.
My experience was to initially think that I had made no achievements; I was something of a failure, my overall impression of so very many life goals not reached. But keeping on with the exercise, I grudgingly thought of one thing I had done that could be considered an achievement. Then another. With much effort, five were listed, immediate task done with a sigh of relief. But in a few days, I thought of something else to add to the list. And another. My own personal definition of "achievement" got revised little by little. And so the following list is as it stands now, achievements listed in reverse chronological order, more or less starting at the present time at the top of the page.
JEDC's Life's Achievements
by James Edward David Cline
Updated 2009 04 30
2009: Learned (the hard way, as seems usual for me) how to format my novels for publishing in paperback form, including designing the cover (as shown above,) and submitting it all as camera-ready copy; and as of April, 2009, three of my paperback novels are available for sale from amazon.com: "The Ark of 1984's Future" "It's Down To Earth", and "The Torus City Ice Shields Returning Home" although only one copy has been sold besides the ones I buy and give away, so people can see what the stories are like.
Reference above image, starting in July 2008, I became the first remote volunteer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, where I now use my home computer and the internet to do one of the tasks I did at the museum on site for several years before moving to Washington State. Using some of my own software and some special software supplied by my supervisor there at the museum on the task, I sift through their scientific literature available online and save out the species defining line drawings and put into a database, where it becomes part of the web accessible species identification database for marine species researchers worldwide, at http://isopods.nhm.org/databases/isoimages/ The particular field is in Crustacea, tiny insect-like animals that live on the bottom of the ocean. Occasionally I have a videochat with my boss there at the museum via Skype, which lets me look into the lab areas where I did part of my work on site years ago, and doing this volunteer work enables me to feel useful and still in touch with the larger world, even though actually living in the desolate northwestern desert area. Above are screenshots of videochats with my boss re the museum volunteer work I now do remotely via the internet; in their backgrounds are lab areas in which I had worked years ago, at the NHM museum.
Again wrote sci fi novels exceeding the 50,000-word size during the years 2006, 2007, and 2008, in participation with http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and the novels now roughly form a series "The Novelway Prptotype shop" (2004, but not 50,000-word winner), "Building Up" "The Ark of 1984's Future" "It's Down To Earth", and "The Torus City Ice Shields Return Home"
** In November 2005, I finally achieved the writing of a 50,000-word novel during the 30-days of November. http://www.nanowrimo.org/ (Did not reach the word count goal in 2004 effort, but did do a novel then too.) Although my 2005 novel needs lots of polishing up, it can be read online at: http://jedcarkof1984sfuture.blogspot.com/
The reward for writing achievement were the receiving of the above two graphics.
Here I am in my former apartment in Sunland, CA, with 4 of the 5 books in which I have technical papers published, sitting on my desk.
** Wrote, made camera ready copy, and presented three more KESTS to GEO related technical papers, now calling it the more visualizable name of "space carousel escalator," in Albuquerque NM in March 2005, at the SES2005 conference. Although the printing of the proceedings seems very slow, the copyrights were of the type that I can also publish them, so two can be found in my pages by these links:
Carousel Spacecraft Electrical Lift Around the Earth Up To GEO
** Below is a photo of me in 2002, holding the book in which my technical paper "Kinetically Supported Bridge Vehicle Lift to GEO" was published:
* ** Presented my fourth technical paper published in conference proceedings, the third on my KESTS to GEO concept, still hoping people will "get it" finally. This technical paper is titled" Energy Flow in Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structure Systems to Space", pp.859-866 in "Earth & Space 2004 Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments" published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. My concept is, unfortunately, not the same game that aerospace business is playing these days, and they can outwait me.
* ** Volunteering at LA County Museum of Natural History, for both the Invertebrate Paleontology area and the Marine Biodiversity Processing Center. Work involves a variety of tasks such as making thin section slides of fossils, and repackaging marine specimens for long term storage in alcohol. Some online photos of this volunteer work can be seen on http://www.kestsgeo.com/pages/jedcphotos/volntr.html .
# Presented another paper on the KESTS to GEO general subject, (14 pages) on my KESTS to GEO concept which was published in 2002, in ASCE's "Space 2002 Robotics 2002" Albuquerque, NM March 2002 conference proceedings, titled "Kinetically Supported Bridge Vehicle Lift to GEO". It finally got recognized as an "emerging technology", and became the second paper in the book.
# Passed the American Red Cross 12-gallon blood donation level.
# Another Rose Parade decorating season, volunteer work on both the Glendale and IHOP parade floats, in the Pasadena CA, Rose Parade on Jan 1, 2003.
# My formally peer-reviewed scientific paper on KEST type technology finally was published, as part of ASCE http://www.spaceandrobotics.org 's "SPACE 2000" conference proceedings, titled "Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structures." I presented my paper at this conference held in Albuquerque NM, March 1, 2000. See "Space 2000" conference proceedings, published by ASCE, pp 396-402, ISBN0-7844-0479-8. (Note that this was a smaller version, 7 pages long, of the paper I presented 3 years previously in 1997, my camera-ready paper "Kinetic Energy Supported Electrically Powered Transportation Structures" at the Space Studies Institute conference on space manufacturing, held at Princeton NJ in May 1997, but which unfortunately was not published by SSI at that earlier time.)
# Volunteer work helping decorate Glendale's 2001 Rose Parade float and IHOP float, fourth year doing this.
# Began employment in mid-1999 as a Sr Electronic Technician with Orbital Sciences Corporation, Sensors Division, Pomona, CA. Work actually mostly involved word processing for test procedures of electronic sensor equipment.
# Completed first cycle of Dan Millman's "Everyday Enlightenment" process, from the book.
# Passed the eleven-gallon (88 pints) level in donating blood to the American Red Cross.
# Submitted abstracts for scientific papers "Proposing Development of a Sliding Armature Energy Transfer Technology" and "Envisioning Kinetic Transportation Structures Enabling Civilization in GEO" for presentation at the 1999 Space Studies Institute's 1999 conference at Princeton, but both papers were refused without reason. Exhibiting at the Poster Session was offered me by SSI, but my personal finances are not adequate to supply the necessary $3,000 to do the conference if no paper would be published to help with further support of the concepts.
# Was a member of volunteer teams decorating Rose Parade floats for the 1998 and 1999 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These floats were the Glendale floats, "Tea at Grandmas" in 1998 parade, and "Days of the Verdugos" in the 1999 News Years Day Parade.
# Employed initially as a contract employee in Sun Valley and then as a quasi-permanent employee of CES-Landtec, then changeover of company ownership and movement of the worksite to Colton (I chose to commute the additional 120 miles a day instead of going back to being unemployed), doing estimating and routine servicing of small handheld landfill gas analyzers (for methane, carbon dioxide, and oxygen). Involves an exhausting daily commute drive of 120 miles a day on the crowded high speed Los Angeles freeway system. The main acheivement here perhaps is that of staying employed at an advanced age even though my main kind of supportive employment over the past 30 years was in the seemingly vanished field of building breadboards and prototypes of electronic equipment. Working for an organization that is inexplicably hostile to my home hobby creation of innovative transportation conceptual designs is also a challenge, and surviving that kind of low-key antagonistic situation for over a year is an achievement, too.
# Although publication was subsequently denied, I presented my camera-ready paper "Kinetic Energy Supported Electrically Powered Transportation Structures" at the Space Studies Institute conference on space manufacturing, held at Princeton NJ in May 1997. I carried through with my presentation and conference attendance despite severe outright hostility from proponents of conventional space transportation systems, and complaints that I did not have advanced college degrees to be presenting such a paper. The conference proceedings resulting merely commented that I had presented a paper which was "too imaginative and would need to be done in a different Universe and different economic system."
# Learned Basic 3 and 4 of the Chinese Energetic Healing process.
# 2 weeks' temporary work as a rework technician on surface mount logic PCBAs in Redmond, WA.
# Learning Basic 1 and Basic 2 of Chinese Energetic Healing processes, taught by Dr. Kam Yuen of Sholin West International.
# Employed 6 months as a Test Technician at Plexcom, Inc in Simi Valley, CA, testing and repairing complex ethernet switching circuit boards involving combined surface mount and through-hole components. (March 1996-to Sept-1996 RIF.)
# Making my own web pages here as you see them. They are improving each day, as I learn more of the html language. My main focus is on an alternate space program for the near future, involving large-scale human habitation in the Earth's Clarke Belt (GEO), made possible by the development of Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structures, potentially able to bridge the gap between the earth surface and the Clarke Belt. (1996.)
# Shifted to the Apple Macintosh world of computers, when upgrading to finally enable my home personal computer hardware to access the internet world wide web. Signed up for earthlink.net connection to the internet. Initially used my new Performa to look for a job and to begin making my web pages. Began e-mail address "firstname.lastname@example.org".
# Worked 9 years as an Electronics Technician / Sr. Engineering Tech, for Vehicle Security Electronics in Chatsworth, CA., doing production test and repair on analog-digital-RF devices, customer service repair, designing and building test equipment and fixtures, preparing engineering documents using Ventura Publisher and EE Designer software, and special testing of components.(1986 to Dec 1995)
# Combining my electronic skills and holistic interests, built and tested research microcurrent devices as described in Hulda R. Clark's books, and found no adverse effects observed even with daily use for over 12 months, and major improvements to well-being did occur as described in her book (aptly named "The Cure for All Diseases), including disappearance of chronic sinus infection and sub-clinical discouragement feelings.(1995)
# Learned " Resonance Balancing " holistic well-being process, as taught by Dr. Bill Eidelman on videotape, a powerful well-being process involving special breathing at 2 sec inhale, 20-30 sec exhale (continuously for at least 20 minutes) while hands are on body area needing benefit. This basic process has been used for hands-on healing by nearly all religions for over the past 3,000 years, and still works.
# Completed the 12 week course of the "Artist's Way" process from the book.(1995) Have continued the "morning pages" and "artist date" processes continuously since then, well worthwhile.
# Presented my concept of using "wet-launch" technology (using habitat modules as their own fuel tanks during launch) to economically and safely create a near-earth-normal-interior research home for 1,000 people, to the Space Studies Institute's Space Manufacturing conference at Princeton, NJ, in May 1995, and published as Wet-Launch of Habitat Modules in "Space Manufacturing 10: Pathways to the High Frontier", pp.88-91, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I also prepared the original camera-ready copy for that paper on my home computer, learning how to as I did it.
# Did workshop writing my Spiritual Autobiography , taken at the Onion (SUUS Church in North Hills, CA). Developed a "story snapshot" writing technique while doing this. (1995)
# Imaginatively conceived and wrote of an integrated space program which would start in the present time and within a generation enable economical exodus of humanity into high standard of living space habitation in the Clarke Belt orbing the earth, and restoration of earth ecosystems. These KESTS to GEO Habitat Ring concepts were uploaded to the GEnie Space and Science Library. (Dec. 1, 1988 to 1995)
# Conceived of an economical, safe way to build a research prototype in the near future, of a true near-earth-surface-normal-interior space habitat for 1,000 people in a balanced ecosystem in LEO. Keys to it were the sub-concepts of constructing it on the ground first, and doing as much of the mechanical/living system harmonious integrations there; the unmanned launch of the segments of that wheel-like habitat using the wet-launch concept where each prefabricated segment is designed to be also its own fuel tank during its launch, using reuseable boosters and reuseable flyback main engines. This habitat wet-launch concept was subsequently presented to a Space Studies Institute conference in Princeton, NJ, in May 1995, and published as Wet-Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules in "Space Manufacturing 10: Pathways to Space", pp.88-91, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I managed to prepare the camera-ready copy for this paper on my home computer, too. This project would prove-out the long accepted assumptions about large-scale closed cycle ecosystems in space, necessary for the afore-mentioned massive space colonization possible in the near future, enabling the restoration of the earthsurface ecosystem while greatly expanding human civilization. (1989 to present 1996)
# Survived the Northridge earthquake, 6 miles from the epicenter. My loft bed, built to survive an earthquake, was the only part of my apartment which remained relatively intact. Chest of drawers was emptied of its drawers and then thrown atop them, TV and VCR thrown against wall at far side of room, for example. However, my computer's mainframe, on my childhood's relic wobbly child's table also survived under my loft, the very wobbly legs buffering the relatively heavy mass of the computer atop it.
# Wrote a "Parting-Grief Energy Recycling" meditation process, still resolving the rejection by last girlfriend.
# Did the CODA (Co-Dependents Annonymous) 12-step group process. (Circa 1990)
# Initially attempting to get people to follow up on Rod Hyde's and Keith Loftstrom's concepts of space transportation structures, I began to generalize a new class of space transportation systems based on kinetic-energy supported transportation active structures. This transporation system would bridge from the earth surface to as high as the geosynchronous orbit, and provide its own power from solar energy powered thrusters to support itself and move its payloads, once built. Could provide and deliver large amounts of solar-energy-derived electrical power to earth surface electrical power grids, pollution-free. Conceived of several techniques for emplacing such structures. Linked the earthsurface with the Clarke Belt, where primarily lunar resources would be built to provide agricultural/residential/industrial sites for many times the present earth human population. KESTS transportation systems were the keys to this civilization-expanding, earth-surface ecosystem balancing, megaproject. (Sept 24, 1988, to present 1996)
# Workshop on the "Way of the Peaceful Warrior", including publically breaking a 3/4" x 11" x 11" board into two pieces, hitting it with one of my hands in the correct way.
# Took courses in Psychosysnthesis, taught by Patrick Harbula, and attended special psychosysnthesis organizational management meetings conducted by Dr. John Cullen.
# Wrote and uploaded 35 files on space technology to the General Electric GEnie Space and Science Library, 1985-1995. Done mostly with my Adam computer, some later written and uploaded with my Asean 386 PC clone computer.
# Continuing the search for well-being, de-fragmenting (even sometimes improving) myself, I learned and tested many holistic processes on myself. Many meditations, guided visualizations, positive affirmations, energy work attunements, psychosynthesis processes, kinesiological balance workshops and exercises... Humpty Dumpty gets glued back together, piece by piece. (1972 to present 1996)
# Learned some sophisticated energy balancing proceses, particularly those of the Christ Light Centers' "Lovestream" series. Received certificates of attunements of Lovestream Practitioner 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree; and Nature Essences of plants and minerals (Sol Ta Triane); Radiant Touch attunement (Tefferli Powers), through Christ Light Centers, Sonoma, CA. (to 1995) Learned educational kinesiology processes in workshops "Brain Gym I and II" (taught by the Pacifici group), "Edu-Kinesiology In Depth" (by Pamala Curlee and repeating by Dr. Paul and Gail Dennison), "Vision Circles" (by Dr. Paul and Gail Dennison), "Brain Organizational Profiles" (by Sylvia Sue Greene, 1994) and "Repatterning" (By Jan Cole and Lana Muehling).
# Achieved my first connection with the GEnie Space and Science Library via computer modem access at 300 baud with my Adam computer, began writing and uploading my concepts for space transportation and large-scale habitation. (July 7, 1988)
# Correspondence course in Metaphysics (mostly positive thinking processes including positive affirmations), completed including certification as Metaphysical Practitioner, and Bachelors degree in Metaphysics, through the University of Metaphysics International, Studio City, CA.
# Volunteer staff member of Meditation Magazine, 5 years.
# Began employment as an Electronics Technician at Vehicle Security Electronics, in Chatsworth, CA. Company hired me on basis of tested skills, did not ask for a resume. Job lasted 9 years, although at low pay and no insurance benefits... a 9-year-long "temporary" job.
# Somehow survived a year of unemployment folowing closure of Shugart Corp: typically personnel offices said that they had plenty of degreed EEs to choose from, and they assumed I wouldn't remain in a technician job since I'd been an engineer. Did some minimum wage work delivering flowers (Conroy's), peeling pineapples (Dole research), and putting security tags on store clothing (Broadway).
# Testified before the National Commission on Space, on the civilian space program for the 21st century, Technological Inspiration at the California Academy of Science, Golden Gate Park, CA. Described the need for international cooperation in space; five unusual forms of space transportation; and the need for whole-brain thinking in space planning and operations. (Nov. 14,1985.)
# My first real computers are two TI CC-40's, and an Adam Coleco computer.
# Conceived of, designed, built and used a car-top rigid camper (on a Ford Maverick), capable of freeway travel. (1984-86) Pics of the "MavriCamper" after driving it from San Jose down the 101 to Woodland Hills, and a pic of its insides taken on the day I had to dissassemble it due to complants of its odd appearance from neighborhood residents.
# Searching for ways to integrate the left and right hemispheres of the brain, I developed a process for writing, which uses a choice-modified step through each of the Jungian experiential function pairs. In its first test, I wrote "Magnetic Footprints" , a unique technological poem about the inner workings of a disk drive. In a writer's group including high school students, they acclaimed it as a desireable way to learn such things as automobile mechanics. (June 1984)
# Member of the "Golden Voices of San Jose" choir of the Church of Religious Science in San Jose, CA. High point was when we opened up Asilomar conference, getting a standing ovation from 1,000 people. (1984-85)
# Became a non-degreed 2nd level Design-Development Electronics Engineer at Shugart Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA, in read/write/media test R/D. 1982-84; had worked previously for two years doing the work of a development engineer prior to receiving the title: designed, developed, built, debugged and used specialized electronics test instrumentation. Total of 6.5 years employed at Shugart, Sr Engineering Tech earlier part of employment, in the Advanced Technology Department.
# Learned the wonderful "cluster writing" process from the book "Writing the Natural Way", by Gabrielle Rico.
# Suggested a fluid-amplifier form of floppy disk drive, where the ferrite film disk was spun like a whirligig by an airstream of a fluid amplifier in a feedback loop, also the disk was moved radially in relationship to the read-write heads through the air jets; position feedback was through using track following methods. But employer Shugart/Xerox was not interested in the concept.
# Solved a problem in another department, where a hard disk drive with plastic cover was having rare but troublesome read errors when running for a long time in heated environment: by placing a simple metal foil outside where the head wires might be rubbing intermittently generating possible electrostatic electricity, I was able to correllate voltage spikes on the foil just prior to the read error, using digital delay dual trace scope. (Shugart Corp., 1981?)
# Basic and advanced workshops on "Touch For Health" (taught by Katy Waite.)
# Proposed several disk drive improvements to Shugart Corp, though none were patented. Quickly designed, built and demonstrated, with Byron Wong, their first track following servo, though this type was abandoned in favor of embedded servo techniques.
# Moved to Northern California employed by Shugart Corporation, initially as a super-tech in the newly formed Advanced Development Group headed by Dr. Yoshi Narahara, developing floppy disk technology R and D.
# 2 years' volunteer work helping man a Crisis Hotline, working for the Valley Hotline, primarily by doing "Active Listening" for the callers. Preceeded by 10 weeks of training, and required monthly training meetings. 1975-1978.
# Onion Singles group, 1975-78, Sepulveda, CA.
# Began frequent volunteer blood donations to American Red Cross, especially in Van Nuys, CA, circa 1974. (PS: have donated 84 pints so far, as of end of 1999. JEDC).
# Searching for answers to some of life's fundamental questions, and hoping to find a woman to replace my former wife, I explored various churches and any associated singles groups... based on the biblical phrase "It is not good that a man should be alone" which biblically resulted in Adam receiving Eve as helpmeet, surely ought churches take up this Godly function of putting men and women together? But no, the reality test suggested the various religious organizations proclaimed effectively that it was better that an unmarried man should be alone, and would provide no new wife. Primary religious involvements, 1972-78 were: St. Martin's In the Fields Episcopal church, Winnetka, CA; First Baptist Church in Van Nuys; Church on the Way (Foursquare), Van Nuys; Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist, Sepulveda, California.
# Following 10 weeks of training as a crisis line counselor for the Valley Hot Line, did volunteer work as a crisis hotline "listener" for two years, 1975-78.
# Proposed a read/write disk drive head with edge pickups for track following. (Pertec,1977)
# Co-author, with Senior Engineer Bob Abraham, of US Patent # 4,055,814 for a phase detector circuit for a discontinuous data phase lock loop. (Patent granted Oct. 25, 1977), assigned to Pertec Computer Corporation, Chatsworth, CA. Contributed numerous other working designs for read-write circuitry and test equipment there, even though employed only as a technician working in test equipment construction, disk drive early MFM read/write development. Was employed by Pertec Computer Corporation for 5 years as a Sr Engineering Technician. (1973-78)
# Conceived of way to computer control the construction of a concrete structure, by using its program to scan a pair of nozzles across the construction restrainer housing, placing either concrete or wet sand at each location scanned, with layers being built up to form a three dimensional structure. When completed, and time for concrete to harden had been completed, the sand would be washed away, leaving the complex concrete structure. Steel wire could be injected where tensile reinforcement was necessary. Built several concrete/wire art objects using this basic sand/concrete mold concept. (circa 1975)
# Received a "soft rejection" for a "science fact" article I wrote about my Mooncable Project concept, submitted to Analog SciFi magazine. The editor, Stanley Schmidt, suggested I team up with outstanding writer Donald Kingsbury to make it into a science fiction story, but my life was too difficult to cope with increased stuff.
# Began conceptualization of a high efficiency ground commute system , using circulating pull-bands around each block to move lighweight motorless streamlined individually-owned vehicular shells from street near individual's home garage, transfering via clamps to faster through-street pull-bands, further transferring to airsledding enclosed guideways for very high speed intercity runs; started conceptualizing when the foreign oil shortage caused gas lines; concept is still evolving. (Concept was used in an attempt at writing a short story, Unfinished Transportation Story , written years later.) (1974-present)
# Began daily journal writing, following departure of wife, mid-1972- still ongoing.
# Survived a traumatic divorice. The leggy racehorse socialite smartly went to greener pastures; probably because I was used up, grazed out. Her lawyer told me I did not need a lawyer, and I believed him. I would do anything she wanted, even this. My former wife then re-married to a fine man, a pilot for Northwest Airlines, a family friend always nearby during my marriage to her... he gives her a much better life than I could have given her. I began the long slow process of de-fragmenting myself. The problem is that my own needs aren't filled. (1972-74-to present 1998)
# Employed as a contract ("Job Shop") Electronics Technician at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (La Canada), Ca, 18 months, including breadboarding and environmentally evaluating the video amplifier and sweep generators for orbital imaging system, built both slow-scan test systems for the flight hardware, and helped characterize the flight camera imaging tubes. High point was the ceremonial soldering of each of the sweep scanning coils eventually used on the flight cameras, which eventually took pictures (still unequaled) of the planet Mars. (But marriage counselling wasn't successful, and so wife left me early after I got this job, so remainder of job was under severe personal hardship conditions.)
# Conceived, calculated design parameters, and informally proposed a space transportation concept for economically transporting lunar material to earth orbit and earth surface use of zero-gee high vacuum foamed steel products made at L-1. Would use a constant-stress-crosssection fiberglass tether from the lunar surface up through L-1 and deep enough into the earth-dominated gravitational field to support it in place; would have superconducting electric tracks along its length so as to transfer dynamic electrical braking energy from payload decending on earthward side, over through L1 to lift more payload up from lunar surface to the balance point L1. At L-1 nickle-iron would be melted in solar furnaces and foamed at zero gee into molds into the shape of giant re-entry gliders; the cast foamed-steel gliders would have been payload moved down the earthward end of the giant tether by electric motor-generators, then loosed for re-entry into atmosphere for ocean retrieval and sawing up into material for non-flammable wood-density construction material and for freeway crash shock absorbers. NASA advised they could not help financially since it was proposed as a profit making project: upon reading that, my wife divoriced me. (1971-72)
# After work and on weekends, rebuilt major sections of my Topanga Canyon home (905 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, California: lot 7 of the original Topanga Townsite) after January 1969's flood/landslide disaster which pushed in a 20 foot long section of my house; took a couple years to dig out and rebuild. The same storms also destroyed several neighboring homes and killed one man in his home across the street, among other people killed then in the area. Some wild difficult times, that. In this rebuilding process, using a small gasoline powered cement mixer, I mixed and poured about 100,000 pounds of reinforced concrete, including that in the house walls, floors and bridge abutment and footings. Lots of wheelbarrow, pail and shovel work, moving the 60,000 pounds of sand and gravel for the concrete, as yet only a 40 foot long footbridge to move it upon from the streetside. Did also install a fuel-oil-burning thermostat-controlled heater at the same time, a luxury after the years of heating the house with a small wood-burning stove with scavenged fallen wood from the mountainside, meanwhile the water pipes froze an average of 3 days each year and got washed out each rainy season. The home survived as a result, and became a financial success for subsequent owners of the property.
# At my mountain home in Topanga, California, using scavenged supplies including used power poles, arms, hardware, and scrap 1/2" steel cable, I designed, built and used an inverted kingpost type car-carrying bridge 40 feet long, 10 feet wide, 13 feet above the canyon bottom, designing it so as to survive flood disaster conditions... which it did in subsequent years, in contrast to other private bridges in the area which were rendered temporarily unuseable by the storm. Had studied bridge building from library books for years, so as to do this; the things I learned about fundamental material natures and structures surely contributed to my approaches on concepts on long space transportation structures in later years. Took several years to build and re-build that bridge at 905 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Topanga, CA. The bridge is still in use by current owners, 28 years later, even though surviving with unrepaired significant damagecaused by canyon flood conditions years after I sold it as part of the divorice proceedings. (1967-70)
# Created a concept of using downtimers recording time spent in the 4 stages of sleep each night, based on detection of the various EEG frequencies of brainwaves characteristic of these sleep stages; the timers' concensus output would signal a wake-up clock upon completion of the required ammount of sleep in each stage. Would have been especially helpful for people about to take on especially demanding tasks, such a aircraft pilots or surgeons, since research reported in Science News etc found that when insuficient REM sleep time was accumulated overnight, the person subsequently was less able to cope with challenges the following day; and if deprived totally of REM sleep for about 3 days, the person would become indistinguishable from a clinically psychotic person. The aforementioned E-Cell could serve as the countdown timers integrating the time spent in each sleep stage overnight. When I proposed it to my employer, Bissett-Berman Corp, I was surprised to find they had earlier conceived a similar concept, but did not follow through with it... nor did they with my proposal. And as far as I know, such a device is still not available to the public.
# Employed as a Sr Engineering Tech at Bisset-Berman Corp, in Culver City, CA, helping develop new commercial uses for their electroplating current-integrator device, the E-Cell. The E-Cell is a sealed container of silver nitrate, its outer shell is pure silver, and the center electrode is plated gold; current through the device deposits silver onto the gold electrode in exact proportion to the current which passes through the solution regardless of the waveform; the sum of the current can be later derived by reversing the electroplating to remove the silver from the gold electrode with a constant current, and the time it takes is proportional to the integral of the current which had electroplated the silver onto the gold electrode; completion of the removal of plated silver is signaled by a rise in impedance of the device as the current-carrying ions are depleted, quite a fascinating device. But totalizing devices soon became feasable digitally using ICs, taking over most of the potential niches the E-Cell could have occupied.
# Conceived of using a phase lock loop locking on the dashed lines on a roadway, comparing with a radio-transmitted universal clock signal, so as to provide precise speed control and vehicle locating in an automatic traffic guidance system. Optically read bar codes would identify identity and position of off-ramps. Vehicles would be driven from home to a parking lot at a freeway on-ramp, park in an open parking slot, transfer guidance and control over to the automatic system; vehicle would be accellerated/braked on the on-ramp to test its mechanical condition prior to insertion into the freeway system and would be diverted back onto a surface parking lot for repair if it did not meet the performance criteria. The vehicle would be thusly guided through a pre-programmed sequence, to its destination off-ramp parking lot, and bell sounded to arouse the driver if sleeping, to take over command of the vehicle on surface streets to final destination. Found no one interested, however. (1970?)
# Suggested putting a digital divider in a phase lock loop feedback path, to make it a frequency multiplier, as a more accurate substitute for a temperature tracking open loop frequency multiplier used in a wire welded jet engine computer I had been assigned to make environmental tests on. In response to irration at the company's lack of acknowledging my idea, this idea was subsequently submitted by a friendly co-worker engineer to Electronic Design News and won the idea-of-the-month award with it. The use of a digital frequency divider has become a popular standard circuit since then, now even incorporated in integrated circuit PLL designs. (Sr. Engineering Technician, Teledyne CSD, El Segundo CA, 1969 or 1970)
# Suggested using paralleled liquid crystal images as optical correllators in a vehicular automatic control system, but technology not yet able to make such devices.
# Proposed, designed, built, tested, a reading machine for the blind, producing distinct acoustic signatures for printed characters by optically observing a moving slit moving across the printed field, driving interlocked oscillators to product pleasing logarithmic step tone patterns using early RTL integrated circuits; proposed subsequent neural simulator optical pre-processing, all done in a 6 week project (assisted by the company librarian and machine shop). (EHPA, Santa Monica, CA, 1967)
# Received Top Secret clearance on electro-optical ARPA projects at EHPA, Santa Monica, CA. (October 1966)
# At EHPA, I suggested integrating the Doppler Effect to measure distances in terms of wavelengths; and 4 of such quantities as a function of time on a moving vehicle, enabling a feedback path for subsequent similar trips of a vehicle. Also suggested using laser beam in two-dimensional closed path as an optical gyroscope. None of these suggestions, from a mere research assistant, were appreciated by highly-degreed co-workers. Although they said these things wouldn't work, each of the concepts were created later by other companiess and became commercial successes, but gave no credit to me. (EHPA, 1965)
# Employed at E. H. Plesset Associates, Santa Monica: various classified R/D work in electro-optics, including early measurements and data reduction using analog computer elements of the effect of the atmosphere on long distance laser light transmission. Electro-OcculoGram measurements. High point of the job was a 6-week project in which I conceived, designed, built the electronics, and demonstrated a slit-scanning multitone visual to audio pattern reading machine for the blind; and wrote report including follow-up research recommendations.
# Left government service for private industry, hoping to find more acceptance of my technological creative urges; government work seemed utterly pre-defined and uninterested in improvements or new concepts. Surely private industry would be eager to utilize my unique innate technological creativity, able to make much money off of my new ideas for inventions, so I thought.
# Certified in Communications Equipment, VOR and TACAN by training at the Federal Aviation Academy in Oklahoma City, OK, 1960-62, total of 12 months intensive 8 hr a day training in electronics.
# High point in work for the FAA: became the first sector chief of a one-man remote facility sector, at FAA TNP VORTAC, near Twentynine Palms, California. Maintained this 24-hr a day responsibility for 22 months. (1961-62)
# Employed by the Federal Aviation Agency as an Electronics Maintanance Technician, 6 years.
# Conceived of an ink-jet printer, using electrostatic position control of a moving dot of ink, analogous to an oscilloscope's electron beam, wrote it in my journal. (1960) This was eleven years before the first reported intent to do research on ink-jet printers, which resulted in present-day ink-jet printers.
# Certified for CE, VOR, TACAN -- Communications Equipment, Very high frequency OmniRange and TACtical Air Navigation equipment -- at the Federal Aviation Agency Academy, Oklahoma City. (1960-61)
# Met and quickly married a Malibu girl, in Pacific Palisades, California (1960). At last I had a lover, wonderful! But unknown to me at the time, our biorhythms were 92% physical, 10% emotional, and 12% intellectual ... and 12 years of marriage relationship were eventually described exactly by that, although I worshipped her the whole time. She went off to successfully live the "good life", while I spent years slowly climbing out the pit of despair. Unaware of it at the time, I was strongly afflicted by "co-dependency".
# Worked as a museum technician at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. My main task was to set up, create a procedure, and train others in the use of a new photographic silk screen processing machine, for use in making the museum display panel silk screens. I also sanded large blank display panels, spray painted them in a booth; also assisted in disassembling and cleaning one old farm wheeled device made entirely of wood, badly weathered. However, not knowing how to date without a car, I gave up trying to find a girlfriend there and returned to the West, after 3 months.
# Switched from a physics major to a psychology major in college (struggling with severe tinnitus and mateless co-dependency), then dropped out of college to go look for a wife.
# Joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon college fraternity.
# Member of rifle team, Army ROTC, NMSU. ROTC Squad Leader, second year.
# Entered co-op educational program with White Sands Missle Range, working there 6 months alternating with 6 months of college at New Mexico State University, as a physics major. Intent was to work my way through college, with dreams of either nuclear or thin film research as my field-to-be. Did 2 years of these work periods working in FM-FM radio telemetry, helping man a ground station during rocket launches: operating instrumentation tape recorder, calibrating chart recorders, aligning FM discriminators, climbing tower to manually aim helical antenna at the test missle as it went through its launch and flight. Contributed the idea and manifestation of running the audio output from the FM receiver up to earphones on the tower, so as to be able to track the rocket even after brenshluss (engine cutoff) which otherwise made the vehicle's position invisible to the eye at that distance. Missles involved were were Nike, Talos and Honest John. This was in line with my dreams of space travel and facination with rocketry even from early childhood.
# Graduated high school with four majors: science, math, english, and social studies.
Was second-fastest reader-with-comprehension in high school wide testing. I think it was 750 wpm, if I recall correctly.
# During High School years, read a book a day in addition to that required by schoolwork. These books were mostly on science fiction, general science and philosophy.
# Took IQ test in high school, while sick with the flu, score 120.
# President of the Science Club, senior year of high school.
# I was measured 2nd fastest reader-with-comprehension in my high school class, about 700 words per minute.
# Conceived idea of "growing" a house by planting appropriate trees and other vegitation, forming it as they grew, molding its growth into the shape of a house walls, floor, ceiling, rooms, and roof.
# While we were living in Mexico City, Mexico (age 12) I climbed the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, rode in the floating gardens of Xocimilco, visited the monastery at (?) Leone.
# Starting with an X-acto set received at age 9, carved many balsa wood models of aircraft and rockets/spaceships. Some were made using magazine drawings of real aircraft; others were made from drawings I made of imaginary aircraft and spaceships.
# Fascinated by the shapes of the Buck Rogers' spaceships in cartoon adventures in the paper, became proficient with modelling clay making clay replicas of those spaceships.
# Coping with frequent relocations when my father moved to new assignments with the U.S. Civil Service, eventually I was in and out of about 16 schools, each time losing my new friends.
# Survived being a premie at birth.
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