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Bettynh BS: Cosmos (175* d) RE: BS: Cosmos 16 Mar 14

Donuel, I don't think I'm particularly intimidated by technology. I don't capitalize the word, though, and when the layers of filter between my senses and the arguments are too many I tend to think of it as just storytelling and my attention wanders. As Feynman says, I'm ok not knowing.

My dad was a draftsman (now a profession completely replaced by CAD). He took ideas from (better-paid) engineers and drew them out. He kept his top-secret status even within the family, but occasional comments such as "You just can't put a fuel line through a wing support," still resonate.

My favorite biology professor made a career of visualizing neurons, mostly via electron microscopy. Dissected cells, in a vacuum, coated with gold vapor. The images were interesting at the time, and he published regularly. However, I became aware that most of the cells were from Homarus americanus. His friends and family had a steady supply of dissected and delicious lobster and he maintained his tenure.

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