Gregory A. Baker



Something That Lasts

Something That Lasts

Do you know how hard it is to build something that lasts 100 years? Think about it. Of all the items that you touch or see on a daily basis, how many of them were created more than 100 years ago? Certainly, your iPhone or anything electronic you might own is less than five years […]

The Fish, the Rat and the Cat

The Fish, the Rat and the Cat

Toward the end of last year, our family adopted a stray kitten. This was not a planned event. On the scale of cosmic coincidences, this would certainly qualify as a “fortuitous moment.” Apparently, a poor little kitten escaped from a nearby litter. While this would result in certain doom for most kittens, this one quickly […]

Interview with a Robot

Interview with a Robot

“I still can’t believe those bastards in Philly…” The robot sat across from me, a pained expression etched in his face. His gaze focuses generally on nothing as the events of the past few weeks continue to dominate his thoughts. He raises his eyes up to me, and you can clearly see a spark of […]

Drone Wars

Drone Wars

It’s official — the next new thing is here. Like most new things, it didn’t arrive overnight. Unmanned aerial vehicles, i.e. drones, have slowly and steadily integrated themselves into niche areas of our everyday lives. And like all novelties that turn out to actually be useful, the drones are here to stay. Before preceding any […]

The Law (©2015)

The Law (©2015)

Okay, so this is the type of craziness that bugs a lot of people. Of all documents, I can think of no other publication that justifies being in the public domain more so than the set of laws and regulations we use to govern ourselves. Developed by elected representatives at the expense of taxpayers, these […]

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Lately around my house, you’ve heard a lot of talk about the Gorilla, the Manx Missile and the Terminator. No, they are not the latest Marvel superheroes to appear in a summer blockbuster. The biggest bicycle race in the world is occurring, and our family huddles around the TV every evening absorbing the racing drama […]

CAUTION: Selfie Stick In Use

CAUTION: Selfie Stick In Use

One of the more interesting realizations I had a parent is that you have to tell your kids everything. I mean EVERYTHING. Those little minds come home from the store full of mush. If you don’t start shaping their behavior right from the start, you will be astonished by what actions (or inactions) are deemed […]

Kinlyn’s Comet Vacation

Kinlyn’s Comet Vacation

On November 12, 2014, The European Space Agency (ESA) Philae lander touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This event marked the first time that man-made object soft landed on a comet. As is common for such spectacular firsts, everything did not go as planned. The Philae lander took a hard bounce on the initial touch […]

Everything That Has a Motor

Everything That Has a Motor

As the summer temperatures warm up, so does the drudgery of yard work. Every weekend, the Do-It-Yourself crowd heads out into the yard in a futile attempt to keep the spring gardens blooming. But as the calendar moves into late June, and the temperature starts hitting 90 well before noon, the enthusiasm wanes. The cost-benefit […]

Keeping Up

Keeping Up

Every Monday morning, our team starts the day with a quick stand-up meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide team members the opportunity to give shout-outs, call-outs or watch-outs to the rest of the team. On occasion, I also take this time to talk about the team’s direction. The direction of our team […]