Author Archives: R. Michael Brown

About R. Michael Brown

Communication, public relations, & marketing consultant, freelance writer, media producer, and speaker.

Tune Your Guitar in Seconds

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Roadie 3 is our new flagship automatic instrument #tuner. It helps you find your sound fast with quicker rotation and enhanced accuracy to keep your tunings consistently dead-on.

Roadie 3 is built with carefully tooled and proprietary audio algorithms. Its next-generation vibration detection delivers improved tuning accuracy and enhanced noise immunity.

Roadie 3 can tune almost all instruments with geared pegs in just seconds. Like what you ask?

How about electric #guitars, acoustic guitars, classical guitars with nylon strings, pedal steel guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, to name a few.

How It Works

When placed on the tuning peg, Roadie 3 will listen to the vibrations of your guitar string, analyze its #pitch, and automatically turn the peg to get your string into perfect #tune.

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/roadie-3-automatic-instrument-tuner#/

Shaping Tomorrow’s STEM Leaders | Lockheed Martin

This summer, Lockheed Martin welcomed 2,400 interns, more than half of whom are working virtually. In addition to gaining real-world experience on projects supporting the F-35 to Orion, and hypersonics to helicopters, over 400 interns have been designing and testing drones and aircraft in voluntary simulation software projects.

“Intern teams are conceptually modifying a fixed wing aircraft in the simulator and then racing their designs against other teams in an online lobby over our Sikorsky facility in Stratford, Connecticut,” said Tadd Shiffer Jr., a former intern who now serves as an intern program co-lead and an associate research engineer at Sikorsky.

Prepar3D offers interns the same training experience that private pilots, commercial organizations and militaries rely on for immersive, experiential learning. For decades, Lockheed Martin has been developing trusted A/AI technologies to help humans maximize safety, performance and situational awareness across domains.

— Read on www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/2020/virtual-summer-interns-design-and-race-drones-utilize-prepar3D.html

Slocum Glider “Silbo” Circumnavigates the Atlantic Ocean | Science & Technology | News

Teledyne Marine’s Slocum G2 Glider named Silbo, manufactured by Teledyne Webb Research, has completed an over 4-year journey that circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean in four legs, a first for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

In all, Silbo covered 22,744 km and spent roughly 1,273 days at sea.  

During Silbo’s incredible journey, it collected hurricane data, corrected current models, and provided close to 5000 CTD casts that aided metalogical forecasting. With partners from Rutgers University and its student base, UVI, PLOCAN, UGCLP, the Marine Institute, and others, Silbo also participated in the Challenger glider mission.

Silbo has been a test bed for many new engineering hardware and software features for both existing and next generation Slocum gliders. Recent legs have provided data on new battery configurations, advanced software, and techniques for piloting long endurance missions and minimizing biofouling.  Silbo’s accomplishments have been critical in the glider community’s understanding of techniques used to increase robot durations at sea.  

— Read on www.oceannews.com/news/science-technology/slocum-glider-silbo-circumnavigates-the-atlantic-ocean

The Great High School Impostor | GQ

When Artur Samarin arrived at a small-town Pennsylvania high school, he worked hard to fit in. And he did it well. So well that he pulled off one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.

Before putting the plot into motion, before the five-year masquerade, before the honors and the scholarships and the arrests and the deportation, before any of that, he rode into town on a Greyhound bus on a sleepy spring afternoon, marveling at how smooth the roads were all along the way. He’d come a great distance—5,000 miles from Nova Kakhovka to Harrisburg. But it was a distance he’d collapsed in his mind time and again from his boyhood bedroom in the south of Ukraine, where he’d dreamed of the limitless opportunities he figured he could find only in the U.S. of A.

In America, Artur Samarin was sure, he could change his life forever—but he only had three months to pull it off. As a sophomore at his local university in Ukraine, he had interviewed for a slot in an American exchange program that permitted foreign university students to work summer service jobs in the U.S. Artur had always been an extraordinary student in un-extraordinary circumstances. And though his English was thin, he parroted his way through the application process and landed a coveted post manning the fryer at a Red Robin in South Central Pennsylvania for a few months.

The America Artur discovered after that initial buzzed-up ride into Harrisburg had its perks: clean buses, foliage in full bloom, delicious flame-broiled burgers. But it wasn’t all that he’d hoped—at least not right away. It was expensive, more expensive than he’d expected. He was making $9.50 an hour, good money for home but less good in Harrisburg. The work was grinding. And it took a fair amount of time each day to get to the restaurant, over in the shadow of the Lightning Racer roller coaster at Hersheypark.

But in his rare slivers of free time, he would remind himself that this was the place where he might be able to pivot his fate for good. 

— Read on www.gq.com/story/the-great-high-school-impostor

The Truth Behind Italy’s $1 Homes in Picturesque Rural Towns

Starting in early 2019, 20 towns across Italy began selling homes for €1, or about $1.10.

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Local governments hope the plan will attract fresh faces and new businesses to towns that have been suffering from rapid depopulation and a growing number of abandoned homes for decades. But the true cost of these homes turn out to be much higher than $1.

Business Insider video feature story describes the depopulation problem in rural Italian towns and what small town governments are trying to do about it.

Interesting concept and marketing program. Hint: taxes, fees, and renovation costs amount to a lot more than a $1.

Study Finds Sperm Doesn’t Swim Like An Eel, It Corkscrews Like “Playful Otters” | IFLScience

3D mapping of the movement of sperm has revealed that we’ve been wrong about how these gametes move all along.

In human reproduction, intercourse is really only half the battle. Once sperm is in the female it has a long way to go before reaching the egg, so to boost their chances these mobile gametes are fitted with a wiggly tail. We once believed that the sperm’s tail, known as the flagellum, moved in a way comparable to a snake or eel, but new research published in the journal Science Advances has revealed that they actually corkscrew their way to victory. Fetch your biology books, folks. It’s time for a rewrite.

— Read on www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/study-finds-sperm-doesnt-swim-like-an-eel-it-corkscrews-like-playful-otters/

Some people will get an interest payment from the IRS in 2020. Find out if you’re one of them – CNET

The feds will pay interest on some tax refunds — but there’s a catch.
— Read on www.cnet.com/personal-finance/some-people-will-get-an-interest-payment-from-the-irs-in-2020-find-out-if-youre-one-of-them/

LEGO YouTube Channel Hits Over 10 Billion Views, Making It the Most Popular Brand Channel on the Site

LEGO YouTube Channel Hits Over 10 Billion Views, Making It the Most Popular Brand Channel on the Site
— Read on people-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/people.com/human-interest/lego-hits-over-10-billion-views-on-youtube-most-popular-brand-channel/