Kai Chang

Fukushima & Radioactive Contamination

Sent from an old engineering friend who wished to remain anonymous; he has a well-established history of being very cautious in making absolute statements but felt the need to speak out strongly on this subject. Shared with permission. ====== I know this is an unpleasant topic, but I’d like to revisit Fukushima and take a […]

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Mentoring Thoughts

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of mentoring a few very bright & ambitious younger professionals in the past few years (something I recommend everyone 35-65 do at least once). Most of the mentoring comes in the form of “These are the details of a colossal and very expensive mistake I made when I was […]

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Opportunistic Friendships

Have you ever had the experience of knowing someone who later on became a Big Shot, and find yourself wishing you were nicer to them/more involved with them, back when they were your peer? I know I have. Business idea: FAIR WEATHER FRIENDFINDER (FWFF). An app/social media scraper bot that constantly scans your friends, co-workers, […]

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Alethia, GA

From time to time, I dream of angels. I should be more precise: from time to time, in my dreams, I am visited by one angel – a hard-drinking woman of indeterminate age who identifies herself as my guardian angel, whose intense gaze lingers in waking memory like an afterimage in conscious moments. She made […]

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Someone Else Might Have Gotten it Wrong

One of the most powerful cinematic moments I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing will never been seen by most people because of its medium – a cutscene from a galaxy-spanning space adventure game called Mass Effect. This cinematic moment came up in a long conversation I had with Diane Meriwether on the topic on human […]

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Schrodinger’s Heart

Schrodinger’s Heart [noun] (SHRO·ding·ers HART) That moment of agonizing uncertainty during courtship while dating someone new – when you are certain you are in love with your paramour, but you have not received confirmation/certainty if that feeling is reciprocated. Like its namesake reference to the thought experiment from quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger involving a cat suspended in a […]

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The Cutdown

Like many pre-adolescent boys before the age when I discovered girls, I had an obsession: The Giant Fighting Robot genre. Robotech, Gundam and Transformers were my gateway drugs to FASA’s Battletech universe. In addition to building an easy-to-learn war-fighting dice-based board game that was the centerpiece of the Battletech franchise, FASA created a richly-populated science fiction universe, complete with […]

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