One of the ways that you can gauge the temperature of any topic is the attention that topic garners from seemingly unrelated corners of the world.
With that^ description as our guide…NC State – particularly Lee Fowler – is having a rough go of things recently.
(1) First, the comedians at Frumpzilla highlighted a recent story from Engadget, a mainstream digital community focused on technology. Engadget wrote a story about how N.C. State University’s refreshable Braille display could revolutionize reading for the blind.
As Frumpzilla said, “Isn’t that wonderful?!? I’m no tech guru, or I’d tell you all about it myself. Instead, I’ll just point you to Engadget’s story about this promising advancement prior to getting to the real point of this post…after reading the last couple lines of Engadget’s piece on keeping the blind from leading the blind, we now know things may or may not have gone national:”
We’re told that the researchers have already presented their findings, and if all goes well, they’ll have a fully functioning prototype “within a year.” Here’s hoping a suitable replacement to Lee Fowler is also unearthed during the same window.
Wow! Thanks, Engadget!
(2) If you’re one of the growing thousands of people that now use our vibrant message forums for real time news every day, then you probably have seen this thread focused on the national story of the Apple employee who mistakenly left the prototype of the new iPhone in a bar earlier this week. If you haven’t seen it…that employee is a graduate of North Carolina State University. (Link)
(3) …and…as if those two technical blunders were not enough…Forbes.com just completed a countdown of the richest fictional characters in American culture. How is that guy cut so many corners, stay so cheap, and fail at everything he tries while having all of that money? Does the embarrassment ever end? (You can click on the picture to the right for a larger image)