Gregory A. Baker



Staying Ahead of Murphy

Staying Ahead of Murphy

If anything can go wrong, it will. — Murphy’s Law This simple phrase is by far the most important axiom in engineering and, for that matter, any technical field. At its core, Murphy’s Law depicts a very cynical and cruel view of how the world works. Nature itself is portrayed as man’s adversary — an […]

Denying Progress

Denying Progress

The history of science is littered with periods where a grand consensus of individuals champion incorrect theories. For nearly 2,000 years, no one challenged Aristotle’s “statement of fact” that heavier objects fall faster. Galileo disproved that during the 16th century. How about the absolute fact that the Earth is the center of the solar system? […]

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

When God set the Earth in motion around the sun, you have to wonder how he had the insight to make autumn the absolute best time of the year. First of all, autumn marks the end of the dreary summer heat and a return to the blessings of outdoor comfort. During the next few months […]

Caught Naked

Caught Naked

“Jack, do you have something to share?” Oh, poop. She didn’t just call me out, did she? I slipped my iPhone back on the table and returned my attention back to the meeting. “No, ma’am. I was just checking on status. There’s been no change.” About three hours ago, the first indications of a problem […]

Steady As She Goes

Steady As She Goes

Time for a survey. Please raise your hand of you are able to hold your iPhone completely steady while recording video. Okay — For the three of you who raised your hand and claim to take perfect hand-held videography from a smartphone, you have a freakish talent. It’s now your responsibility to figure out how […]

Technology Can’t Solve This

Technology Can’t Solve This

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a concept for a science fiction story. It’s set in the standard sci-fi universe. You know, the typical long-time-ago-in-a-galaxy-far-far-away kind of place. The story is coming together well, but I’m not sure how to resolve all the conflicts. This column seems like a great place […]

Appointment TV Is Dead (Sometime in the Future)

Appointment TV Is Dead (Sometime in the Future)

It’s always humorous when you read the crazy, archaic headlines written long ago. I mean, today they seem completely unintelligible. But at the time, you know that the writers believed the story to be some sort of grand revelation. Did they really think they were going to save the world or something? For example, last […]

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Cuddles: The Feline Hacker

Ah, the great outdoors. The fresh air. The sunshine on my face. The feel of the fresh grass underneath my paws. You heard me right. I said, My paws. As much as humans refer to us as being part of the family, I’m always astounded that they don’t think of us as people. Oh, well. […]

Don’t Try This at Home

Don’t Try This at Home

One of the nice things about owning a technology company is that everyone automatically thinks that you’re a computer expert. On the flip side, one of the bad things about owning a technology company is that everyone automatically thinks you’re a computer expert. Especially your family. This past Saturday, I awoke to the chorus of […]

I Know What We’re Going To Do Today!

I Know What We’re Going To Do Today!

Holy Cow! What a great month for movies! First, of course, is the new Transformers movie. Okay, fine, maybe it wasn’t the best of the franchise. But what science fiction fan doesn’t love watching Optimus Prime fighting it out during a summer blockbuster? Next comes one of the greatest science fiction plots of all time. […]