The old adage "flattery will get you everywhere"
might not be a universal truism, but at least for Jonathan Soroko at the
website/blog, and at least for this one time, flattery gets him somewhere - a highly
coveted appearance on the RF Cafe homepage. Even though he spelled my name "Kirk"
rather than "Kirt," I still appreciate the unsolicited plug on his website
recognizing all the wonderful things that are RF Cafe (see "Popular Logistics proudly
adds link to
Kirk Blattenberger and RF Cafe"). What exactly
is Popular Logistics? From the website, "On Popular Logistics we explore the long
term national security and community security ramifications of energy, environmental,
economic, emergency preparedness, and public health policy, and the interrelationships
between the people, the companies and the various systems involved in implementing
or holding back the paradigm shift to sustainable models." Jon and PL co-founder
Lawrence Furman ("with assistance of Jenny Gage, and other persons named and not
named") address a variety of topics with a good combination of wit, humor, and facts
to analyze various topics - often contemporary headlines. It appears to be a fair
treatment from the authors' viewpoints without interjecting insulting political
or social dogma (well, not too much, anyway).
I like reading articles that contain information that I should have known but
didn't. E.g., do you know what
Pascal's Wager (aka Pascal's Gambit) is? What about the
Precautionary Principle? Me neither (assuming you answered "no").
Thanks to Popular Logistics and Wikipedia though, now I do. Were you aware of the
relationship between a particular
emergency whistle and a subsystem in the F-16
Fighting Falcon? I wasn't, but am now. Like
Pyle once explained to Sgt. Carter, "It's one of those things that make you
go, hmmmm." ...or was it "Shazam?"
...and wit? You want an example of wit? They're full of it over there at Popular
Logistics. To wit, "RFCafe is an outstanding resource; as we try to build our own
knowledge of RF technologies and to make useful information available here on Popular
Logistics, we'll try to resist actual plagiarism and instead properly credit Mr.
Blattenberger. Which may mean naming any 'Radio Communications' reference pages
Here's the one line from Jon's e-mail that really let me know we might be kindred
"We'll probably want to run another piece once we've read through what
you've got to say about expert witnesses, which belongs in
a blog for lawyers and people
who can stand to work with them." I'm still LMAO over that one.
* Sidebar: The thumbnail image above is Popular Logistics' favicon. Here is
their story for how and why it came to be..
"Our "favicon," the small image which generally appears in the browser address
bar or on tabs for a given site, is the International Code of Signals (ICS) flag
which stands for both the letter "K" (KILO in the NATO alphabet), and for the message
"I wish to communicate with you."
The same messages can be communicated by signaling
the letter "K" in Morse code via signal lamp. (While a proper signal lamp may be
ideal, a flashlight, probably best employing red LEDs, will certainly fit the bill).
Posted May 29, 2012