Author Archives: Dale Raymond

Racing off the edge

The remaining 4-boats of the 6 original VOR Open-70′s that started leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race continue through the Roaring-40′s ice gates and race deeper into the Furious-50′s on their way to round Cape Horn for Brazil. They’re … Continue reading

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Into the gaps and off the edge, . . .

I’ve begun following the thoughts of Nilofer Merchant. I like her thinking. Nilofer Merchant And I’ve been thinking on her comment yesterday about ideas coming in around the edges, . . . I like it. A strong conceptual metaphor! Got … Continue reading

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The i-word, . . .

Innovation is everywhere. It’s become a very popular subject. In the news, on magazine covers, and filling books. They’re even talking about it around the boardroom table. Many are curious about it. About it’s power to transform technologies and markets. … Continue reading

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What happens if I connect this wire, . . . to here?

Sometimes curiosity drives the connections we make. At other times, we rely on an intuitive sense of how things need to be connected.  Like, knowing how to jumper a new drive when the instructions are in shreds, or knowing how … Continue reading

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Snowflakes in summer, . . .

I tend to look for metaphors in attempting to understand new concepts. Considering the mess of hydrate slush formation at the Deepwater oil spill, I remembered my first real introduction to the concept of phase change, and leaped headlong into … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon, high-volume, low-pressure

I’ve been wrestling with the concepts involved in controlling the disaster in our Gulf of Mexico. Day after day, the spread of oil continues and we watch it grow, unable to believe that it’s actually happening, and apparently unable to … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s nature, . . .

In late October of ’05, the spiders in our neighborhood spun their webs while we prepared to welcome Hurricane Wilma on the 24th. Somehow, they just seem to know what’s going to happen much better than NOAA. The south-east window … Continue reading

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Process, tools, . . . and feedback,

Edge jointing a length of mahogany is no big deal with the right tools. Unfortunately, it took me a while to learn the trick. I’d had a collection of junker handplanes for years, and always left them in the drawer … Continue reading

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Linear thinking for a rotary engine?

Dick Gomez was a nice surprise. A VP of Zero Corporation that I had the opportunity to work with after his retirement. Sharp as a razor and as blunt as a board, but one fine engineer that had started his … Continue reading

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Laminar flow and design research

Dream job, fresh out of school and I didn’t have enough sense to know what I didn’t know. But I knew I was going to learn to design boats, . . Sail Boats with tall spars and long legs, OCEAN … Continue reading

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