The old adage "flattery will get you everywhere" might not be a universal truism, but at least for Jonathan Soroko at the Popular Logistics 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 Gomer 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 after him."
Here's the one line from Jon's e-mail that really let me know we might be kindred spirits:
"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 Discovery Strategist, 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). " Clever, non?
Posted May 29, 2012