Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone

On 10 Dec 2014, I attended the Christmas Concert of the Orem Chorale.  One of the feature songs was Carole of Joy by Dan Forrest: You who are lonely, laden, forlorn:/Now unto you a Savior is born! On this Christmas, lets … Continue reading

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“Wild” (2014): A Short Movie Review

Wild is a traditional road (or hiking trail) movie.  In some respects, it is similar to other excellent road movies like The Way and The Straight Story, only Wild is somewhat of a feminist tale and is rated R. I enjoyed this movie a lot.  And, … Continue reading

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Annabelle Crank: Navajo Rug Weaver Extraordinaire

I first met Annabelle Crank several years ago while working with colleagues to bring indoor water and power to her very isolated home on the southern slopes of Navajo Mountain.  To get to her place you have to make several … Continue reading

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Gilmore Scott, Contemporary Navajo Artist

Gilmore Scott distinguishes himself from other artists by his bold application of bright contemporary colors, “I’m not shy with my use of colors,” admitted Scott, a member of the Navajo Nation.  “I like to use bright oranges and blues that … Continue reading

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Mormons Need to Atone for Our Sad Racist Past

Since 1978, the LDS Church has been trying to rectify its sad history of racism.  Until recently, this process has been occurring slowly.  But lately the atonement process has started to accelerate.  Frankly, it is time to wipe the slate … Continue reading

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Hanging Out with Preschool Kids in Cuzco, Peru

Over the summer, while in Cuzco, Peru, my relatives and I got a chance to hang out briefly at a preschool located on a hillside overlooking the city.  We were there to install a swing set. Our Cuzco guide–Wilfredo Torres (aka … Continue reading

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More on 3-D Printing

By Andrew Maynard [1] 3D printing–and additive manufacturing more broadly–are on a roll.  The idea of creating objects by building them up layer by layer has been around for a while.  But over the past couple of years, there have … Continue reading

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Kudos for Lars Peter Hansen

By Thomas (Tom) J. Sargent, 2011 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics [1] Lars Hansen is the gold standard as a scholar, teacher, referee, editor, and academic citizen.  His research work is unusually creative and innovative, while also being very respectful … Continue reading

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More Playground Equipment for the Northern Navajo Nation

This Fall (2014), swing sets and other playground equipment were installed in the northern and eastern Navajo Nation.  The first installation was accomplished by volunteers from the BYU Global Engineering Outreach Club.  They added a 2-seat swing set and a … Continue reading

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3-D Printing in the News

The latest editions of Time Magazine (1 & 8 December 2014) and National Geographic (December 2014) both have articles naming 3-D printing a hot new technology.  According to Time: A machine that can build any object.  It sounds like sci-fi fantasy, but thanks to the rise … Continue reading

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