Evans & Sutherland Reunion 2010

What: Evans & Sutherland Reunion 2010
Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: Sugar House Park
Lakeside Terrace Pavilion
South side of the lake
Please Bring: Any dish(es) you would like to share and your drinks, utensils, plates, etc.
Contact: Kate B. 484-7804 (h) blainmi@netzero.net
Judee E. 259-3655 (c) jerskine@immtec.com
Connie B. 583-1419 (h) cbaring@hotmail.com

Invitation PDF

Peter Wonka: “Modeling and Visualization of Urban Environments”, June 21st @ UofU

Title: Modeling and Visualization of Urban Environments
Speaker: Peter Wonka
Arizona State University
Where: Evans & Sutherland Conference Room
3rd floor Warnock Engineering Building
University of Utah
When: 10:00 AM, June 21st, 2010
Abstract: In this talk I will summarize recent research results from my research working with urban environments. The first major topic of my work is focused on creating large urban environments for computer graphics applications using procedural, interactive, and image-based methods. The second major topic of my work is visualization and real-time rendering. Examples are visibility computation, level of detail generation, and the visualization of route maps. A list of recent publications can be found at http://www.public.asu.edu/~pwonka/Publications/publications.html and videos accompanying selected papers can be found on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/stephanklein42.

“Heaven and Earth” by Ian Plimer

“Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science” by Ian Plimer is a multidisciplinary synthesis of scientific research around the questions raised by the theory of anthropogenic global warming. Anthropogenic global warming is the theory that changes in climate are due to the activities of the civilization of mankind.

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“Mining the Sky” by John S. Lewis

“Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets” by John S. Lewis is the story of how every human being on Earth and their descendents can live like kings if we only try. The book opens with a quote from William Jennings Bryan:

Destiny is not a matter of chance—
it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for—
it is a thing to be achieved.

That, quite simply, is a summary of where we are today. Just as we chose to “go to the Moon and do the other things”, we can choose to expand the horizon of human existence beyond this one blue marble and bring the riches of the solar system to our feet, or we can stay outside the store looking through the glass at the toys we will never have.

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Space Elevator in Seven Years?

Keith Curtis writes an interesting blog post on how to create a space elevator in 7 years. As a kid in the 1960s, I was motivated by the Apollo landings to become interested in space exploration. By the time I was graduating college in 1986, I looked seriously at the aerospace industry as a place for a career. Once I looked into it seriously, I became incredibly disheartened. The magic and joy of NASA’s early days had been completely displaced by the dysfunctional rhythms of a self-sustaining government bureacracy. Keith’s idea could be the ticket that rekindles the magic and joy of space exploration once again and opens the frontier to the ordinary person, not just hand-picked NASA test pilots that spend 20 years waiting for a single mission.