Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 95, No. 89, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 21, 2002 Page: 4 of 10
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Plugged In... Your computer
by Crk Spcllmann
Throughout m> career, people
have told me that "computers »ill he
uud lor everythingAfter attend
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and mmenttona. I And myvell he
lievtng them The Internet, ho*ever
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ward After all. ihere toniv «*» much
Cyberspace Ideas Booming,
Internet Activities Increasing!
you can do online, right?
VAell. get ready folk* Some at-
tentive individual* are coming up
with a den of imaginative idea* for
. Firtt. let* Mart mth the Coke
machine* Yea. you heard right
Let Me Make a
Note of That
By Slavs Manatndate
At utuaT. T jolted down my driver* license number on the lop of my
check before handing it over to the lady who was placing the last items
into a grocery tack (Ju*t when was it that they Mopped asking. “Paper or
plasuc'r> That was a pretty smooth transition, wasn't it?)
“Do you know your More card number '" the asked I dug out the
card and made tome comment about always writing my license number
inMcad . “She's new.** I thought
She recorded the four-digit number and added. “See. tf*t a lot
shorter and easier to remember ”
“Sure." I replied, "but I've had the other number memorized for 30
There was a time when I had everything committed to memory,
including an untold quantity of telephone numbers, addresses,
identification numbers, dates, etc.
Today, I can readily recite my home and office phone numbers and
my wife's work number After a brief mental exercise. I can produce our
cell phone number, my in-law's number and a couple of other local
numbers. Notably missing is our daughter's number (Her home number
has changed every year at college, but her cell phone has been the same
for a while.) And my own parents* number.
Is it because 1 can no longer memoriae anything? Is my brain
deteriorating from lack of exercise'’
No, that can’t be n
Coke Machines Back in ll44 two
Mudrnu ai C arnegte Mellon Lniver-
sity. John Zvamay and Lawrence
Butcher hooked a Coke me* hine up
lo the college network The com-
puter would monitor the little emptv
lights an me mnehtne At an* tune,
the student* could check the Matu*
of thrive lights from their computers
by typing the “Coke" command
I ventuaJIv. the college network con-
nected to the Internet and now any •
one can check the status of the nu
chine When people asked them whv
they did it. the two inventors simply
shrugged their shoulders and vsid
“We got tired of making the long tnp
to the machine only to find it out of
our favorite beverage "
After the success of the Internet
Coke machine started making the
rounds, other students started con-
necting more devices, the moM popu-
lar being coffee machines (Tunny
how all of these inventions revolve
around caffeine ) While trivial in
their use. these initial experiments in
connecting items to the Net led to
bigger and better things
Take for instance the Telegardcn
(http telegarden ac«. at/) Started
back in 199$ by the University of
Southern C alifornia, this project al-
lowed people on the Internet to plant,
cultivate, and harvest small crops in
a small garden plot via an industrial
robot arm. The circular garden al-
lowed thousands of people to plant
whatever they wanted and monitor
the results of their care. Recently,
the whole garden was transferred to
and. even more impressive, the various login names and passwords.
Well, actually, logging in is usually pretty simple since “martaindale” is
seldom taken by anyone else. But the passwords are nonsense words and
letter-number combinations and differ from one site to another. So,
there, I'm not losing all cognitive abilities.
But the question remains: Why do you now know your parents’
telephone number? After all, they have had the same number for maybe
a dozen years.
The answer is simple: 1 have not had to memorize it.
It started about 1982 when Jerry Winton, the publisher who hired
me as managing editor in Bay City, gave me a pocket calendar to help me
get organized in my new assignment. Included was a small phone/
address booklet where I promptly entered all important phone numbers.
The calendar aspect of the wallet never proved real useful to me, as
my days have seldom been packed with appointments. And as desktop
computers took over various tasks, one of the most useful has proven to
be the calendar, which sends me e-mail notices of what desperately
needs to be ignored. *■
But I still carry the pocket calendar for two reasons. The calendar
pages are way out-of-date, but they function now as a notepad so that I
always have some place to scribble information. And, I use the phone
booklet to keep up with numbers and addresses.
Make A Digit
Technology, however, has begun pushing aside even those needs. I
cany a cell phone just about anytime I leave the house. Programmed into
it are the numbers of just about anybody I would want or need to call.
(And my folks are first on the list). Press a couple of buttons and the
number is dialed without me even needing to pay attention to it.
Many people have even eliminated their need to carry a notepad by
toting around a personal digital assistant, one of those handheld
computers that can keep track of everything in my pocket calendar a
thousand times over without even straining a silicon chip.
I’ve not yet been able to justify a PDA...though I have thought about
it..probably because my pocket calendar still works very well and
because it does not break when I sit on it.
But you know what? 1 could record my passwords on a
Austria where it is on display at the
“Ars Electromca Center.”
One of the more “useful” sites
you’ll find is the Micro Observatory
at Harvard (http://mo-
MicroObservatory/). Students, by
invitation only, can control the move-
ment* of five automated telescope*
from their computer* viewing the
retail* on *n> Internet-connected
computer (.lasses hall*a* around
the nor id have u*ed the «micc to
teach AMrunom* Of course. taking
>our datnme cla»« "halfwat around
the world" alio* * *ou to view li* e
nighttime image* from the tele-
for a more «Jo*n to earth expert
ence. check out Mon thttp
memento teor berkek> edu I The
tctmiiM*ai Berkclcs ha*ct**ifccdup
a *ei*mograph to the Internet The
dr* tee monitor* the micro shaking*
of the Hayward fault u»« altfomt*
The*e situation* are then di«pia*ed
in real time on your «crcen in the
form of a planet based I M» I get
the feeling from the *riting% on this
site, that it* creator* are trying to
send a political me**age .
In the moM extreme depart-
ment. a guy in the Netherland*
hooked hundred* of hou*ehold dc
nee* to the Net \Miik you can t
control them (imagine that night
mare), you can monitor the la«t time
the micro*a*e door *a* opened, or
the exact moment “Sparky" the cat
used the litter bo* Nine different
webcams monitor vanou* e*cnt* in
the house, and a barcode wanner on
the trashcan lets you kno* EX-
ACTLY what is being discarded
Check it out at http
w ww icepick com
Finally, in case you haven't had
enough, yet. check out the Wcb-a-
ivzc2mfh8). A guy named AUcn fas-
tened tiny stepper motors to the
knobs of an Etch-a-xketcb—Using
WTACI Meeting Scheduled for August 2H
By Shawn Wade
The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute will hold the
organization’s 50th Annual WTACI Conference at the Lubbock Memorial
Civic Center Wednesday, August 28.
Registration for the conference will be handled on-site and includes a
$70 per person registration fee. Some 500 producers and agribusiness people
are expected to attend to learn the latest on food safety, water conservation
and a number of other issues
Registration will begin at 7:00 a m and the program will kick oft at
8:00 a m. The morning session will include keynote speakers Ja\ Lehr of
the Potash Institute; C.J. Scifres, deputy director of the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station, and Dan Upchurch and John Burke from the l SI)A
Plant Stress Laboratory in Lubbock Also on the morning schedule are the
presentation of various awards and college scholarships totaling more than
The afternoon general session will begin at 12:45 p.m and include
presentations on the new farm bill, boll wees il eradication and textile qual-
ity issues Speakers will include Tom Sell, deputy siatTdirector for the Mouse
Agriculture Committee. Charles Allen, of the fexas Boll Wee* il Eradica-
tion Foundation, and Darrell Lindsey from Plain* Cotton Cooperative As-
Concurrent educational sessions that afternoon w ill begin at 7 15 p m
and run through 4:45 p m Topics to be covered in the concurrent session*
will include precision agriculture, biotechnology. insect identification, crop
diseases, and a weed workshop Closing remarks, awarding of ( I l -Cl \
certificates, and session evaluations will occur after the close of the con-
current educational sessions at 4 45 p m
For more information about the Sk TAC'I conference contact Sheryl
Smith at K06-746-6101
Saving 1 hank* ToChairman Lorry i ombcvi
Buxine** and agriculture leaders across die stale are coming i>-.
August 27 in Lubbock to express their appreciation to House \grtcup..tc
Committee Chairman l am Combcst ol l uhKtck lor his cftoris to *v\ ute
passage ol the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act ot 2***2
The e*cnt i* open to anyone wishing to attend Vlkdulcd to begin at
5 00 p m and conclude by " 00 p m on \ugusi 2*. the festivities will be
conducted in the mam Exhibit Hall at the 1 uhKtck Memonal t ivic * ci U’
Oxer forty agricultural and business entities have signvJ »*n Jo
sponsor the event to date I here is no charge to attend and business people,
larmeis. ranchers and ail other interested individuals are **rvoutage to at
lend the “come as you are event
FrtMl** Sign up Period for ( otluo Mrvrarck A Prorooltott
Program ( lose* Xug U»
The l S Department of Agrttultur** i* conducting a sign up lun, *
through AuguM Hi to pro* tde cotton producers and imporicis on opTot*.
mtv to request a referendum on continuing two key teatuie* ot then «»
Itonal research and promotion program
The program, dr*eloped under the t .turn Research and Pr.ftxai. n
Act i* a *ell help marketing initiative, landed with assessments ,,<ik,i..l
from cotton pnxlucer* and importers It i% designed *o strengthen %••«.•«'*
competitive market fuirton and to expand markets and uses t,<r
In 16*1, l Sf)A instituted muv refundable assessment* *41 at- I x
I pland cotton and the authtvm to softest assessment* •« imported sotton
and cotton imported textile* a* amendment* k* the i ott*«i Research and
Promotion t fcdrr I he order implements the ivnni *«ton Rc*coith and Pio
A* required by the act. I M>A reviewed the (Higr.im to determine
whether a referendum on continuing the two amendment* wu» «kv*kd
L ADA issued a decision that a referendum was umtesessorv m the lamur*
14. 2002. Federal Register However, the act ai** requires s^h a desists**
be followed with an ifprtumtv lor produce*' and impsotets to request a
referendum ( ADA would oiler that ««ptN*n if enough and mi
porters arc interested
To move to a referendum the numeric jI equivalent of !*• percent ol
those voting in the Um referendum would have to request a fetetendurn
and no more than 2<» percent of all of the requestssould come lt«<ni ««ne
state or from importer* The l ADA held the last referendum m l**i
Producer* desiring a referendum would register at then U<*al I arm
Service Agency offices
A Flight To NYC
Results in Car Ride
Two couples from Big Spring were in New York on September 11
last year Jan and Terry Hansen took their mothers to sec the sights
Kathy and Dan Lusk were up there lo experience the thrill of being in the
Both couples had ptanned on going to the World Trade C enter the
morning of September 11. Kathy say* the previous da\ was cloudy
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they decided to wait until the eleventh "Bui we got nervous about the
time We were afraid we wouldn’t get to the airport in time for our
Terry says they were fifteen minutes aw ay from leav mg their hotel
to go to the WTC when the news bulletin came on the TV. "The reporter
said there was a fire in the World Trade Center We watched as more
details came on the screen. We saw the second plane crash into the
tower." Kathy and Dan were on a city bus enroute to the post office when
they heard a strange announcement over the bus's PA system alerting
the drivers to call for help if they were in trouble. At the post office, a
radio was broadcasting the news about planes crashing into the World
T rade Center.
Kathy and Dan returned to the place where they were staying and
started trying to figure out how they were going to get home, since all the
planes were grounded.
“New York City changed in about an hour,’’ says Terry. “All of a
sudden we weren’t just tourists or New Yorkers or emergency workers.
We were all Americans.” .
Jan said within hours there were two policemen on every comer.
Terry and Jan heard that all the car rental agencies were running out of
cars, so they decided to buy one. They shopped around and found one
they thought they could resell when they got back home. “But just before
we closed the deal we decided to try some rental agencies,” says Jan.
“The first place Terry called they had one car and we got it.”
Dan went to four rental agencies. One was charging outrageous
prices, two were closed, but Hertz was offering reduced rates due to the
situation. Dan went with Hertz.
“We left out on the fourteenth,” says Terry. “That was the first day
that non-emergency traffic was allowed downtown.”
Kathy says traffic was heavy all the way to Oklahoma. “You don’t
realize how many people fly. Now they were forced to be on the ground.
It was a slow go. We averaged about SO miles an hour.”
Dan says trucks used the right lane, can used the left one. “All along
the way home we saw American flags out. There were all sorts of
Terry noticed the signs on houses, buildings and construction sights
with phrases like “God Bleu America.”
Both couples want to return to New York to see what they missed.
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