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“The Right Idea but the Wrong Time”

The success of an idea often hinges critically on its timing.

The US Congress passed Obamacare in 2010 while the Clintons failed to get even the idea of a national health care plan off the ground in the 1990s. Eastman Kodak, inventor of the digital camera, lost its hold on the national imaging market, failing to understand consumers the way founder George Eastman did with the Brownie a century earlier.

Apple’s Lisa and Ford’s Edsel represent high quality goods produced at a time when the economy was not ready to accept them. Buggy whips, serial radio dramas, pagers, and Palm Pilots litter the historical landscape alongside the detritus of other ventures washed away by the tide of history.

Starting in the obscure village of Scottsville, New York, is a trail of remnants of one of those ventures - the Genesee Valley Canal. Abandoned stone locks collect rain water in stagnant pools and stand in mute witness to the impact of poor timing.

For details, please see here.

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“The Art of Programming”

ep5 has developed an on-line training curriculum and syllabus uniquely structured to teach the rudiments of hands-on, practical, fully usable software development to those with a nascent passion for coding but neither the experience nor the time and money to attend formal schooling. The world-wide growth in interest in software development skills makes this the ideal time to do a public television series which will teach the viewer how to write Java code.

With an emphasis on actually writing functional and useful programming, the series will forego the academic rigor of a university course on Java and concentrate on creating real-world applications which do useful things. Unlike the vast array of Internet videos and web-sites purporting to instruct avid neophytes, our series will be structured and presented as a well-thought-out presentation done to the high production value standards of public television. Java iconThis proposal comprises a first-iteration outline of a sequence of thirty-nine episodes in the public television educational series, “The Art of Programming” (working title), using the Java programming language. Java has become, according to many sources, the world’s foremost programming language.

Oracle, the owner of Java, notes that several billion devices of all kinds, sizes, and degrees of complexity run Java. While software developers bicker endlessly about which language best suits one task or another, Java clearly does qualify as both a highly useful tool and one that can be learned with reasonable effort. Mastering Java to the extent of correctly and appropriately utilizing all of its features requires a long-term commitment and a huge amount of hands-on experience over many years.

Our objective is to enable the beginner with the interest but no experience to write fairly simple Java applications that actually accomplish useful work. Our proposal comprises a first-iteration outline of a sequence of thirty-nine episodes on public television and another forty to fifty hours of WWW-only content. This educational series, The Art of Programming (working title), will teach complete neophytes and beginners a fundamental competence in using the Java language.

For details, please see here.

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“Dune Rider!”

The “Dune Rider!” series uses the design, construction, and flight-testing of a beyond-the-state-of-the-art all-electric on- and off-road recreational automobile with spirited performance as a vehicle for encouraging young women to consider engineering as a career.

For details, please see here.

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“To the Junction and Back — The Life & Times of the Arcade & Attica Railroad”

It is believed that the Arcade & Attica is the nation's oldest railroad still operating in its original form. That it has survived at all warrants admiration. How does this anachronism remain viable? Can it do so for another century?

For details, please see here. For several full-length mock-ups of various interpretations, please see the demo reels.

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