Please Stand By

Readers of this blog will have noticed that it has gone suddenly inactive in the middle of a series of article posts. Rest assured that the web site is not shut down or abandoned. It is most certainly still a going concern.

The problem, and I really don’t know how much I should say in this medium, is that personal and tragic events in my life make it necessary for the site to go into hiatus for an extended time. There are things to be done and healing that is needed before I can struggle to get back on my feet and try to resume my life and my work.

I Thank You all for your patience and understanding and hope to resume publication of the Teuthida Technologies Blog sometime in January.

Thank You All So Very Much;

Peter Camilleri

Heroes

Neil Armstrong

In my life, there have been many people who have had a positive influence on my life. This week, one of them passed away. While I have been fortunate enough to meet members of the Canadian astronaut corps, I’ve never met Neil Armstrong. In spite of this, he had a profound influence on my life. An engineer, test pilot, astronaut, explorer and pioneer; he led the way in many fields. It was fitting that he was first human being to set foot on another heavenly body.

Still, there is a lot more to this story than just that. The Apollo space system was perhaps the first ever example of an embedded computer system. Who other than NASA would put two very expensive computers into a vehicle when only one would be recovered? The engineer in Neil would have appreciated that aspect. When training for and piloting the Lunar Module, quick action was twice required. The test pilot in Neil remained calm and did the right thing in time to save the day. Once on the moon, a carefully planned course of action led to the accumulation of valuable scientific samples in a short time. As a trained observer, he provided the eyes and hands of those who could not be there themselves. As a pioneer, he led the way into the unknown, facing terrible risks and danger.

Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero. He inspired me to work harder in school, to go beyond the lessons in my own studies, and to keep looking at life as the greatest, only opportunity anyone could ever have. Mr Armstrong is gone now; but he will live on in my heart with the gratitude I feel for how he inspired me and thanks for the sacrifices he made to the benefit of mankind.

As always; your comments and thoughts are invited.

Peter Camilleri (aka Squidly Jones)