|Online:||Right Now||Name:||Roy Latham|
|Updated:||5 Months Ago||Gender:||Male|
|Joined:||4 Years Ago||Birthday:||- Private -|
|President:||Undecided||Email:||- Private -|
|Party:||Republican Party||Ethnicity:||Not Saying|
|Interested:||- Private -||Occupation:||Self-Employed|
|Looking:||- Private -||Religion:||Atheist|
|About Me:||I am an engineer in Silicon Valley. My career has been in aircraft navigation and in computer graphics, including graphics for flight simulators. I founded Computer Graphics systems Development Corp. (cgsd.com), a small engineering company, in 1990. My degrees are in Aero & Astro, Electrical Engineering, Applied Math & Statistics, and Computer Science.|
|Activities:||Photography, being one of the world's oldest anime fans, travel, blogging. Recently I have been trying to learn how to do video.|
|Beliefs:||Many. Gravity and the laws of thermodynamics are high on the list. I am a Conservative, but tend to somewhat liberal on social issues.|
|Books:||This is a tough one. I have lots of favorites. "Good Cheap Food" by Miriam Ungerer "Mark Twain and Hawaii" by Walter Frear Recently, Ian Plimer's book on global warming, "Heaven and Earth." I always like the books by Bill Bryson and John McPhee. Also Douglas Adams, H.L. Mencken, and Christopher Hitchens. I often enough disagree with Hitchens, but he is a master of clear writing. Not books, but I like the DVD lectures put out by "The Teaching Company," for example the one on "The Dark Side of the Universe," which is about the physics of dark matter and dark energy.|
|Movies:||Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Kung Fu Hustle, Star Wars VI, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, A Christmas Story. 2001 and Forbidden Planet endure. Steve Martin's "LA Story" is a classic bout what a place is really like. Polar Express is an animation favorite. Avatar had great graphics, but needed a believable plot. Inexplicably, anime does not have a category of its own here. Some of my favorites are Haibane Renmei, Rurouni Kenshin, Kino's Journey, Witch Hunter Robin, The Third, Kamichu!, Chobits, and Mahoromatic. "Angelic Layer" is a nice prequel to Chobits. "Great Teacher Onizuna" is fun.|
|Music:||Hawaiian: Israel Kamakawewo'ole, Darlene Ahuna, Willie K, Amy Gilliiom; some J-Pop; Bach, Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi; P.D.Q. Bach, Dick Dale, Leon Redbone, Marsha Ball, The Capitol Steps, The Kingston Trio, Yo-Yo Ma|
|Quotes:||"I'm not afraid to die," I said. "I'm not afraid to live. I'm not afraid to fail. I'm not afraid to succeed. I'm not afraid to fall in love. I'm not afraid to be alone. I'm just afraid I might have to stop talking about myself for five minutes."|
-- Kinky Friedman;
"If there are no cigars in heaven, I won't go."
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. "
- H.L. Mencken
"And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe who wears mink."
- Greg Gutfeld
"Even monkeys fall from trees."
-traditional Japanese saying about experts
"They teach me patience. I teach them respect."
-Caine, "Kung Fu" (old TV series)
Herman Kahn was a professional deep thinker at the Hudson Institute who pondered things like what would happen after a nuclear war --
Kahn: I am a stoic.
Mrs. Kahn: Herman,you're fat. You can't be a stoic.
Kahn: Then I'll be a neo-stoic.
|Sports Teams:||None, no interest. I used to follow football, way back in the Joe Montana days when San Francisco had a team.|
|TV Shows:||I watch a lot of C-SPAN2 and the cable news channels. I'm a fan of Mythbusters. I like Greg Gutfeld and Craig Ferguson on late night. Old favorites: Monty Python's Flying Circus; The Two Ronnies; Have Gun, Will Travel; The Red Green Show; Police Squad; Kung Fu; Benny Hill|
Santa Clara University, Graduate Class of 1983
Santa Clara, California, United States
Stony Brook University, Graduate Class of 1974
Stony Brook, New York, United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Class of 1969
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Progressive Creationism: a combination between Intelligent design theory and the old creation model discarded in the mid 20 century that is much more aligned with science via evolutionary theory. So to everyone out there don't assume that this will be the same arguments presented by mainstream creationists. Darwinian Evolution: a philosophical extension to the scientific theory of evolution. It is the idea that evolution is an unguided process or a only natural process where there is no ultim...
Resolved: The Leibnizian Cosmological Argument is Sound.Rounds:1. Presentation of the LCA/Initial Refutation2. Clash3. Weighing/ClashNo new arguments should be presented in round 3 unless in direct response to a new argument presented in round 2.God is defined as the necessary, personal first cause of the universe.We should rationally accept an argument as sound if the affirmation of its premises is more plausible than the negation.The Leibnizian Cosmological Argument Every exi...
This debate is about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA], including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325). The full text of the various versions of the law are linked from the ADA's government site. [1. http://www.ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm] Wikipedia summarizes the law:The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with d...
Firs of all i would like to say that i am quite new to this website so please excuse me with my terrible debating skills... I think it should cost extra because if it costs extra then people would stop buying unhealthy foods such as: burgers, chips, pizza's etc.. because it will be more expensive please answer.. thank you....
This is an argument against the common belief that STEM is the way out of the current financial crisis and into a new age of prosperity. To be clear, I used to personally agree with the belief, but have changed my mind after reflecting about labor economics. As much as any other market, labor markets adhere to how when supply goes up, price goes down. The key to modern prosperity, therefore, is not to increase supply. Raising the supply of STEM in America would only depreciate its value. Inst...
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