Reality Engineering


Keep Looking

Rufus set up the stepladder outside the trauma room so I could climb up and take a look above the panels in the drop ceiling. For the past few days we’d been looking for the source of interference to the electr... Read More...

Smoking or Non-smoking?

In the Summer of 2000 I booked some burn time at a small environmental lab in south Dallas. The facility was not exactly state-of-the-art, but the price was right: $300 a burn. It sure beat paying about $4,000 a burn at an NRTL at the time. For 300 bucks, you got the chamber, a methane line burner connected by a hose to a big tank of methane gas, and a technician who would manually operate the whole thing from an adjoining isolated room. A fire extinguisher was always ready “just in case”.

Graph Paper

Automating EMC Testing

(or what did we do with all the time we saved?)   3 Days, 3 Guys, and Some Graph Paper – The Early Days I was introduced to commercial electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing in 1984. While wor... Read More...

Travels with Frosty: Days in Turkiye

Frosty and I went to Turkey to do a little shielding work. “Travels with Frosty,” coming at you. We rendez-vous’d at the United Counter, Frosty sporting his signature cowboy boots and white T-shirt, a ponyta... Read More...

A Tall Tale: What’s Luck Got to Do With It?

Rising above the tidal marshes of Southern New Jersey stands a red and white antenna tower shadowing a World War II era radio shack. The marsh was a simple mosquito nursery in the 40s when the first modest building—a cinder block foundation and stick-framed walls— was erected as part of a string of radio stations that formed a wartime network on the East Coast. German subs prowled the waters just off the shore of Cape May which hosted just a few houses and one general store with peeling gray paint and sway-back roofline.