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United Airlines Flight 724 leaving behind the Island of Oahu. The yawning crater of the dormant Diamond Head Volcano appears prominently in the lower center.

Between September 4-9 I attended PICMET '16, a highly enriching conference on engineering and technology held at the Waikiki Marriott in Honolulu. I was invited me to give one of the keynote talks, "Transformative Genius," a somewhat unusual topic for this conference, but it found a receptive audience nonetheless. During free time, I had an opportunity to explore Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo, and Aquarium, topping it all with a helicopter ride before returning to the East Coast. I had hoped to avoid a week of Presidential politics living in the Washington Metro area. Alas, with television stations monopolized by news on presidential politics, there was no way to escape the distasteful antics of either the right or the left. But you suffer a little bit less sipping a Mai Tai in Paradise instead of watching it on television back home.

For my old car in Virginia (a 31-year-old Jaguar), I have no remote to locate it in a crowded parking lot. Accordingly, I invested in a "smart car locator," a German designed device called a ZUS. Resembling a mobile phone charger, it plugs into the cigarette lighter and shows the last place I parked the car. While in Hawaii, I clicked the ZUS-app on my iPhone, it showed 4822 miles (±30 ft). Later when I made a pit stop in San Francisco the app showed the car to be 2429 miles (±15 feet) away. It appears that San Francisco is exactly midway between Washington, DC and Hawaii — as the crow flies!

I will post more photos from Honolulu in the next week or two.

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