Friday, September 20, 2013

A most interesting fellow traveller

One smart guy...
This is Nick. We met him at a Utah State Park one morning. He is an electrical engineer; he was returning to Texas to complete his degree after an internship in California.

He was the epitome of geek. I don't mean that in a derogatory sense. He was a friendly and outgoing guy, one of these guys who does things for the sheer joy of overcoming a technological challenge.

Check out that cockpit in his car. How many screens and keyboards can you count? I can tell you that there were a few more that I wasn't able to squeeze into my camera frame. They measured everything from his position by satellite to the operating performance of his car engine.

And have you noticed the solar panels on his car? Those are installed 'permanently' in the sense that he leaves them there on his trips, i.e. he doesn't remove them when he's driving.

He explained to me what most of those gizmos do, but my limited exposure to electrical engineering and electronics only let me partially able to keep up with him.

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