The focus of my 25+ year systems engineering career was the design, operations, and management of real-time, mission critical systems for the U.S. Government (NASA, NOAA, DOD). To that end, I completed a master's degree in Telecommunications with a concentration in Decision Science from George Mason University. Shortly afterwards, I started coursework on a second … Continue reading Research Paper That I Co-authored on Network Bandwidth Management
A Tribute to Two Men I Idolized as a Kid
Robert C. Steele I developed a fascination with combat and the military services when I was kid. I regularly played soldier, usually recruiting my brother Wayne and our next-door neighbor Brad Henderson to play with me. Wayne and Brad were both two years younger. I suspect most boys growing up in the 50s and 60s … Continue reading A Tribute to Two Men I Idolized as a Kid
My Freshman Year at The Military College of Georgia
The purpose of drill is to enable a commander or noncommissioned officer to move his unit from one place to another in an orderly manner; to aid in disciplinary training by instilling habits of precision and response to the leader’s orders; and to provide for the development of all soldiers in the practice of commanding … Continue reading My Freshman Year at The Military College of Georgia
WANG CUSTOMER ENGINEERS COME TO RESCUE OF ECONOMIC SUMMIT TALKS
I was rummaging through a box of documents I hadn't looked at in many years and discovered a press release about my and several co-workers efforts to set up a secure network to support the 1983 World Economic Summit. 🙂 For Immediate Release For further Information Contact Tom Eifler, Ext. 5126 Edward J. Powers, Ext. … Continue reading WANG CUSTOMER ENGINEERS COME TO RESCUE OF ECONOMIC SUMMIT TALKS
Load 16 tons and what do you get. Another day older and deeper in debt.
Odd Jobs and Then Some! You Load 16 Tons, What Do You Get? Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt 3 June 2022 Robert C. Steele, Sr. The title is from the lyrics of a song by Merle Travis that became a hit in 1955 by country music singer Tennessee Ernie Ford. It seemed an … Continue reading Load 16 tons and what do you get. Another day older and deeper in debt.
Odd Jobs and Then Some!
Plastic Blow Mold Operator The topic du jour is about my pre-professional career. I held a slew of odd jobs in my teens and early twenties. For a short while, I was a grunt construction laborer, shoveling out foundations, loading bricks into a wheelbarrow and delivering them to mason, and site/trash cleanup. I got fired … Continue reading Odd Jobs and Then Some!
A Not So Brief Moment in Time – Retrospective Humor
Sharing details about bowel problems is generally considered to be crude or at the least, TMI. However, I want to share it as it is funny in retrospect. I was having indigestion troubles back in my thirties and was sent for X-rays of my upper and lower Gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. I had them done … Continue reading A Not So Brief Moment in Time – Retrospective Humor
Written: 7/30/2012 I awake suddenly, startlingly, with an all too familiar sense of dread and the lingering fragments of a bad dream. It’s 2:38 AM. As best I can figure, I have slept for 12 minutes – at tops. My mind racing, my emotions swirling, I labor exhaustingly, trying to force unconsciousness back to the … Continue reading Sleepless Toil
Battling Sociopathic Genocide
NOTE: This piece was written in free-flow, stream of consciousness mode while thinking about social alienation. It should be viewed as prose. On reflection, I'm not sure there's any meat with the potatoes. Isolation and hopelessness are the seeds of social discontent and desperation. Left unattended, they transform into anger and resentment. When fertilized by … Continue reading Battling Sociopathic Genocide