Georgia Tech Freshman Convocation -Epic Sophomore Welcome Speech

You may have heard about this speech, but here is the convocation speech by Georgia Institute of Technology sophomore Nick Selby.

The ending is spectacular.

The amazing thing is the speech is done without notes or a teleprompter.

Enjoy and maybe be a little inspired for doing things of excellance no matter where you are.

The Right Thing At The Right Time.

Satellite-Beach-Keep-Calm On Wednesday at the Satellite Beach City Council meeting, City Manager Barker and Councilwoman Gott made some interesting comments concerning the Clerk of the Court, Scott Ellis, who is looking into the use of CRA funds spent by the City from 2003 – 2009.

Ms. Barker said “Ellis was intent on filing suit against the City.”

This seemingly simple opinion is actually a multi-faceted statement that needs to be examined.

First, what Ellis has said from the beginning is that as the City believes it did nothing wrong, he will seek a “judicial declaration” to determine whether the City’s use of CRA money was within the law.

However, it is important to note that a judicial declaration is not the same thing as what we typically think a law suit is.

A jucicial declatation:

A court decision in a civil case that tells the parties what their rights and responsibilities are, without awarding damages or ordering them to do anything.

So while we typically think a “suit” involves damages or monetary awards, that is not what Ellis will seek. He will seek a judicial determination as to whether the use of CRA money as Satellite Beach did is legal.

If the Clerk of the Court’s Office wins a declaration saying the spending was not within the law, he can then use that judgement to seek money back from Satellite Beach and other cities.

In other words, while seeking a judicial declaration is based on a set of facts involving the City of Satellite Beach, it is not the same thing as suing Satellite Beach.

The second facet of Barker’s statement goes back to something said by Ellis during the Brevard County Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday.

As we listened in the audience, Ellis said he would “go to court to seek public records.” It was said in a general sense and we weren’t sure what Ellis was talking about.

It turns out that Satellite Beach has been delaying or stonewalling Ellis’ office request for public records under the state’s public record statutes. There is some depth to that as well.

Clothing Of The Future.

This film “predicted” what designers in 1939 thought fashion would be like in the year 2000.

The guy carrying a phone seems pretty accurate when you think of cell phones, but we haven’t seen many women wearing car headlights.

City Council Meeting Tonight.

Satellite-Beach-Amnesia-ROHTonight is another regular meeting of the Satellite Beach City Council. The agenda can be found here.

The agenda packet can be found here.

There was an error in the numbers for Item #12, the quarterly budget review (including an eye opening and humorous over $9 million in the City reserves) and that has been corrected by an addendum found here.

Hope to see you there and speaking on issues of interest to you.

(And before anyone says anything, we mean “eye opening and humorous” in the best possible way. It is clear this was a data entry error and while perfection is a laudible goal, it is good to laugh when such an obvious mistake is made. No harm: no foul.)

Breaking News – County Commisioner Pass Agreement With Satellite Beach.

Satellite-Beach-Money-and-Coins-ROHThe Brevard County Commission voted to enter into an agreement with the City of Satellite Beach today by a vote of 3 – 2. Commissioners Fisher, Bolin and Nelson voted to accept the agreement. Commissioners Anderson and Infantini voted against it.

We have discussed the agreement at length here and are against it. The stated goal of the agreement is to allow the City’s reserves and we agree with that goal. However, the agreement also prohibits the County from seeking to recover monies that the City may or may not have misappropriated. We find the dismissal of such actions to be highly objectionable.

Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis is not bound by the agreement and has stated he will continue his investigation and if necessary, seek to recover misappropiated funds.

World’s Roundest Object.

The world’s roundest object helps solve the longest running problem in measurement — how to define the kilogram. A kilogram isn’t what it used to be. Literally. The original name for it was the ‘grave’, proposed in 1793 but it fell victim to the French Revolution like its creator, Lavoisier. So begins the tale of the most unusual SI unit. The kilogram is the only base unit with a prefix in its name, and the only one still defined by a physical artifact, the international prototype kilogram or IPK.

But the problem with this definition has long been apparent. The IPK doesn’t seem to maintain its mass compared to 40 similar cylinders minted at the same time. The goal is therefore to eliminate the kilogram’s dependence on a physical object. Two main approaches are being considered to achieve this end: the Avogadro Project and the Watt Balance.

The Avogadro project aims to redefine Avogadro’s constant (currently defined by the kilogram — the number of atoms in 12 g of carbon-12) and reverse the relationship so that the kilogram is precisely specified by Avogadro’s constant. This method required creating the most perfect sphere on Earth. It is made out of a single crystal of silicon 28 atoms. By carefully measuring the diameter, the volume can be precisely specified. Since the atom spacing of silicon is well known, the number of atoms in a sphere can be accurately calculated. This allows for a very precise determination of Avogadro’s constant.


Guilt For some reason, we decided to call a friend on Saturday night with whom we have not spoken as they have been away on some personnel business.

The friend served in the military and saw combat in the First Gulf War.

The experience left him scarred and having to deal with what has been diagnosed as “post tramatic stress disorder,” or PTSD.

Combined with some physical ailments, he is dealing with some heavy issues that it is fair to say impacted all areas of his life.

One of those issues is guilt.

He told us that in the Gulf War less than 200 Americans loss thier lives while 150,000 – 200,000 Iraqis lost their lives. His branch of the service contributed to the number of Iraqi dead. Not only that, he personally added to the number of dead.

The number of dead, the disparity of the number of dead, and his contribution to the dead left him feeling guilty.

When he talked to his father, his father told him that all decent men would feel that way because of the loss of life. This added to his sense of guilt.

On top of that, a Christian psychologist told him that “God forgives,” which is an accurate statement, but saying “God forgives” reinforced the idea that he has done something wrong. Instead of freeing him from guilt, it added to it.

But here’s the thing……

The Kids Know.

Alex Rodriguez Over the past few days, we have been watching the Little League World Series being held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Even with all of the “official sponsors” that Little League now has, there is still a nostagic thrill in watching kids play baseball (and softball).

All the things we love about the sport – the joy, the passion, the tears, the effort, the sense of “team” – are present to say nothing of there are some great plays these kids make.

One of the traditional things the television coverage has brought is the kids introducing themselves and saying things like “my favorite food is….” or “my favorite subject in school is….”

For some reason, we like it when the kids answer “who is your favorite player?”

(Ours was Boog Powell, but we digress.)

This year, one player is conspicious in their absence of being mentioned.

Imagine a player that has a twenty year career, is a14 time All Star, three time league MVP, .300 lifetime hitter, and fifth on the all-time home run list. Add to that the player plays for arguably the most popular (and hated) baseball franchise in the world and it is almost unfathomable that no kid has this guy as their favorite player.

That player that no kid looks up to anymore is Alex Rodriguez.

In case you missed it, Rodriquez admitted in 2009 to using performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) while playing for Texas.

But it didn’t end there.

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