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William Reed
Works at aerospace & electronics engineering
Attended George Mason University
Lived in Casper, WY
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Back when I went to school we weren't allowed to alter our measurements in lab experiments.
New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming
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Maybe what is being done is similar to new math. :-)
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This little laptop went through four years in Williamsburg, VA, and was named Crimson Dell for its red case and for a beautiful site, Crim Dell, on the campus of the College of William & Mary. The computer retained its original Windows Vista operating system throughout its time in Williamsburg, but then failed to boot after moving to Richmond. We tried unsuccessfully to reinstall Windows, both from the backup partition and from DVDs, but always failed with a blue screen of death. We finally booted a live distro of Ubuntu and filed off all the pertinent data from the disk drive, then reformatted the disk and installed Ubuntu. It's been running happily on a cluttered workbench in my basement ever since. Alas, in circumstances beyond our control, a bunch of water got poured directly into the keyboard last week, and the computer died completely and would not restart. I letting it sit for several days in a warm room to let it dry out, and today it miraculously came back to life. Henceforth, it is known as Crimson Dell, the Undead Computer.
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Hilarious!
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Interesting proposition; I wonder if they'll be able to make it work.
A 24-terabit-per-second undersea cable will connect Japan and the U.K. and also bring broadband to remote Arctic communities
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Happy Birthday, Tyler. It was exactly one year ago today that you and I went up to Ottobar in Baltimore to see Anthony Green in concert. We listened to William Shatner's "Ponder the Mystery" CD on the way up and back, and had a wonderful seafood dinner in the inner harbor. I really enjoyed spending that time with you. Little did I, or anyone else for that matter, know that your 25th birthday would be the last birthday you would get to celebrate on this earth. I am privileged to have celebrated it with you.

The Lord blessed me with 25 years of Tyler Reed, but your passing has left a big gaping hole that can't be filled. Pearl Harbor Day 1988, the day you were born, was one of the most joyous days of my life. I miss you, Tyler; nothing will be the same without you. I don't think that even a single waking hour goes by that I'm not thinking of you. Sometimes it's happy memories of times gone by (like when you were a toddler, explaining to a customer in the National Geographic store how Sri Lanka used to be called Ceylon); too often it's the sadness of knowing I'll never see you again in this life. 

Your family misses you. Not just your sisters and your parents, either: your cousins miss you, your aunts and uncles miss you, your grandparents miss you, and your friends miss you. You made a huge impact on a great many people in your short life. We all miss you. Even your kitten, Princess Peach, misses your company and your acoustic guitar playing. She is being well cared for by your roommate Robert, though, and she seems to be quite content now.

Your employer, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, thought highly enough of you that they shut down their restaurants and catered your Celebration of Life, and many of your fellow employees attended. I'll bet you didn't expect that. You boss Steve framed a Washington Nationals jersey with your name on it, and put it up in the Evening Star Cafe where you used to sit between shifts while you read books that you carried in your backpack and kept an eye on the baseball games. I'll bet you didn't expect that, either. The Washington Nationals sent us a very nice letter expressing their sorrow at your passing. A number of people expressed their desire to commit their lives to Jesus at your Celebration of Life.

Your friends and fellow musicians got their (and your) CD released. They borrowed a lyric from your song "Fare Thee Well" and named the CD "I've Got Someplace Else To Be." They also got a nice canvas print of the picture that Jon Fleming took of you, playing at the Epicure Cafe in 2013. We bracketed it with some beautiful artwork from Laurie Fields at the Torpedo Factory, where you had gone with your mother and expressed your desire to purchase something nice for her. 

What happened, Tyler? I keep wondering what took you into the Anacostia River on that rainy evening in May, but the investigation, which recovered your body, your wallet, your phone, and your iPod, was inconclusive (they never did find your backpack).  Like the elephant to which your mother often compared you, you had no natural enemies. You enjoyed life, and lived in the moment. You were thick-skinned, but you still felt a tremendous amount of compassion and respect for other people. You would probably be surprised at the number of people who have given us testimonies, all positive, about how you influenced them.

You often questioned the deeper meanings of life, and indeed your own life purpose. You thoroughly enjoyed having deep discussions about life purposes with anyone and everyone. You didn't believe in coincidence; you could sense the influence of God in everything. Several years ago, you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. God has now called you home, and you get to have really profound discussions with the Author of life himself (All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. - John 1:3-4).

I miss you greatly, Tyler, but I believe that if it had been God's will to keep you alive, you would still be here with us – Father knows best. I look forward to seeing you again in heaven (If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. - I Corinthians 15:19) when my time comes. In the meantime, I pray that the Lord will grant me, your family, and your friends the faith, the resolve, and the strength to continue without you.

Fare Thee Well, Tyler.
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Thanks Bill for sharing your heart so beautifully in this post. Tyler truly will be missed. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit be yours!
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Lots of people are heading home after Thanksgiving. These contrails are mostly from flights out of Reagan and Dulles airports on Sunday afternoon.
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Orion over St. Timothy Catholic Church at about 6:00 AM. With their new LED parking lot lights, the light pollution is unbelievably high, but on the bright side (pun intended), there are no unsafe areas. It took a fair amount of adjustments and filtering to even make the stars visible.
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Nice Sunday morning with Mrs. Reed at Coffeesmith in Chantilly.
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Local stores often seem to be out of the one thing I need. Maybe that's why Amazon has grown so much.
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Wow, this takes me back to my undergraduate days where I was struggling to comprehend the concepts of displacement currents and antennas. This is a fascinating article about some fascinating research that was going on in England around the time of the Civil War in the United States.
How four enthusiasts helped bring the theory of electromagnetism to light
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Beautifully filmed vignette that offers a glimmer of hope under the terrible circumstances that soldiers found themselves in during World War I. Yes, it's also an advertisement, but that doesn't really get in the way of the Christmas message.
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Well that's a bit of a damp squib.
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
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I hope they have a way to keep stray water droplets from getting into sensitive equipment.
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Looks like a GoPro was filming from inside the water bubble. Soo lets see now. GoPro can keep the inside of their products dry and sale them for about $500. I know NASA can seal their high tech products which cost much more. :-)
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Occupation
Electrical engineer, Elder at The Father's House of Northern Virginia
Employment
  • aerospace & electronics engineering
    electronics & systems engineer, 2007 - present
    meetings and paperwork
  • Dept of Defense
    Electronics Engineer, 1982 - 2007
    Making stuff work
  • Naval Ship R&D Center
    Electronics Engineer, 1978 - 1982
    Playing with toy boats (expensive ones)
  • Marathon Oil Co.
    1974 - 1977
    oil field stuff - keeping black gold flowing
Places
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Previously
Casper, WY - Thermopolis, WY - Laramie, WY - Cody, WY - Chantilly, VA - Sidney, NE - Bismarck, ND
Story
Tagline
Christian, husband, father, engineer, student
Introduction
I've been working as an electronics engineer for about the past three decades. During that time, I've drawn closer to the Lord, raised a beautiful family, and worn out several pairs of shoes mowing grass.

- Bill Reed
Education
  • George Mason University
    Computer & Electronics Engineering, 1982 - 1984
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Electrical Engineering, 1979 - 1981
  • George Washington University
    Naval Architecture, 1978 - 1979
  • University of Wyoming
    Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Kelly Walsh High School
    1971 - 1974
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