Home Again Again
No, I'm Not Opening a Department of Redundancy Department
It's just that between the previous blogitem, whose date is fraudulent at best, and today's blogitem, whose date is accurate (for now) I've been away and back and away and back and away and back. I do not spend all my time at trade shows; this year's CES will receive short shrift and NAMM no shrift at all. Mexico? Perhaps a bit. We'll see, as I pants my way to the end.
Q: Oh yeah? What about Santa Fe? And Los Alamos?
Santa Fe. And Los Alamos
I've been to Santa Fe before. Evidence! Several times, in fact. I've also been to Los Alamos once before. Evidence! Both are among my favorite places in the West. Los Alamos, for this fan of atomic history, exerts a special attraction, albeit neither gravitational nor specifically associated with the strong force. On the previous visit, an impossible-seeming 13 years ago, the Bradbury Museum had more atomic bomb exhibits and less about our current fashions and concerns. But that visit was impromptu, and I didn't even know about Bathtub Row. This time we took an organized tour. It culminated in an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of one of my physics heroes, Hans Bethe. In my misspent youth I missed the opportunity to hear him lecture and possibly to even have met him. And there I was, walking unimpeded through his home on Bathtub Row!
We ate food in Santa Fe. In addition to a sentimental trip to the French Bakery we had an extravagant and delicious dinner at Sazon and another at Geronimo. Not that we starve in Sedona, but Santa Fe is a culinary paradise.
CES 2024 Was Much Like CES 2023
I "reported" in several parts on last year's Consumer Electronic Show. Part One was devoted to the impossibly goofy and uniquely hazardous Skytrack invention whose web site remains up but whose exhibit, if any, I was unable to locate. Part Two reviewed some medical advances and 'advances.' Part Three promised a discussion of automotive autonomy but succumbed to RIKLBlog digressions, as often happens. And you're welcome to find words and pictures from previous years if you're not yet put off. So what about this year?
Reviewing my photos, I realized that there was nothing so totally bizarre or immensely attractive or world-changing that compelled me to expatiate. It's an enormous show, there's full press coverage in mainstream and specialized journals, and most likely you saw something that I totally missed. Sure, there were bizarre typos on the English signs of many Asian companies, but few were so cringeworthy that I couldn't resist. Sure, Eureka Park sported some amazing (and some misbegotten (often both at once)) startups, but none that promised to save or destroy the planet.*
Do I Sound Disappointed?
Perhaps I do, but I wasn't. My actual purpose for going to the show was fulfilled. I made some useful business contacts and found a source or two. And Mr. Sphere is my new friend!
What About NAMM? Will You Blog About That?
Nope. Didn't go this year. It's a very long drive, had another trip shortly thereafter, and I was told in no uncertain terms that I was too defective to go. (Not true! I was just snuffling a bit from a minor cold that had already dissipated, but sometimes one knows when not to argue.) It worked out OK, though. All my colleagues who were exhibiting at NAMM were ill by the time the show was over and came home with Nammthrax. At least I have nobody to blame, and I'm safe from their accusations as well.
Tesla Full Self Driving
Unfortunately, I had also intended to use the long drive to NAMM to experiment with Tesla's "Full Self Driving" which I rented for the month, and which has now expired. I tried it a few years ago and was somewhat disappointed. Maybe I'll try it again for NAB in April. I'm hopeful it will be truly autonomous by the time I reach my middle dotage.
* Impossible to be sure, of course.