Steve Sasson's First Digital Camera, now at the Smithsonian

Ambushed by Change


Some years ago, WC attended a workshop on business valuation. The instructor – who was very good – opened by showing the income statements of a long-established company through 1976. The statements showed modest, slow growth in revenue and profits. “How much,” he asked, “Is this business worth?” We all made out guesses and then…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Murkowski and Sullivan: Dabbling in Warmongering


Both Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan “the Carpetbagger” Sullivan plan to vote against ratifying the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. WC thinks that among all of the serious misjudgments this pair has displayed recently, this one could be the worst. Let’s examine the facts and the lessons of history. Iran was…

Mount Robson, from Mount Robson Provincial Park Visitor Center, British Columbia

A Giant, Geological Layer Cake


All sedimentary rock, by definition is laid down in layers, strata to use the geological term. Often the layers get shoved around, folded and twisted, as they move through the tectonic grinder. It’s rare to see a mountain, a very large mountain, composed of apparently unaltered strata. Meet Mount Robson. It’s a 12,969 foot tall layer…