“If it ever snows here, I’m going to take off.”

My yia yia began handing out copies of the following recently (click to enlarge), a long-time-coming reunion between my great grandmother, Canellio Constas, and her kid brother, Christopher Geracimos. I decided it was worth sharing a little history with those interested, given the commonality of the last names (and many others related to Goritsa google searches) I’m finding on the net (it was, after all, a small village at the time). My proofreading skills weren’t, back then, what they are now (I may have been speaking by June 17th of that year, but don’t remember much about it), else I would have caught some of the errors that, to this day, find their way into Post-Standard newsprint.

A few asides…

1. Goritsa, a bustling suburb of Tsintzina, Greece.

2. The spelling is correct in the image caption. Canellio (that’s Ka-nehl-yo)

3. According to the version of the story I heard, she feared that her home WOULDN’T be greatly changed. Once you’ve had that taste of indoor plumbing, everything else seems unbearably rustic (those that know me well now know where I get at least one of my subtle qualities from). I particularly enjoy mention of great-great-uncle Chris’s letters about Goritsa modernization.

And many thanks to Demetri Andritsakis for putting the www.tsintzina.com website together, providing a lot more history and some great scenery.


“In the future, it will be the little things that really matter.”

The latest publication (Vol. 15 No.3 2006) from the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) at the Middle Tennessee State University features an excellent article by Dr. Richard W. Oliver and Ed Sperling on the growing influence of nanotechnology and some updated graphics that wouldn’t have come out as well as they did without NanoEngineer-1. Click on the pdf, which’ll open a linked Table of Contents to the whole article.

I’m not much for presenting critical discussions of content (that whole “spare time” thing), so will keep it brief. It is a very good, non-technical (well, non-technical to ME anyway) discussion of how our continued understanding of the nanoscale is shaping developments in all industries. While some general science is intermixed throughout, the focus of the article is on the shaping of economies, or how the current nanotech weather will eventually become the eye of the storm of the global manufacturing climate. I tend to not look far beyond my own computer screen as I push ahead in the field, so I very much enjoy reading coherent presentations of nanotech aspects I wouldn’t otherwise spend much time thinking about (yes, there are many in nanotechnology wondering IF we should, HOW we should, WHEN we should, WHAT we should and WHY we should, and many of those in the field have orthogonal interests that could all benefit from larger coefficients in their off-diagonal elements). That’s what makes David Berube’s Nano-Hype so interesting to read and Rob Tow so interesting to listen to.

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American Pi + Old Ideas Revisited = A Few Thousand New Words For The Gallery

[Slipping into terminal blog mode for a moment] This past week saw (1) the second Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems meeting at Brookhaven National Labs and the press release for (2) Nanorex’s first major educational outreach project as part of (3) the COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) summer program. The purpose of (1) is to develop science and technology pathways with the intent of realizing the full potential of molecular nanotechnology, the purpose of (2) is to enable researchers, like myself, to have the best possible tools for designing molecules and nanosystems in order to go into experimental work with the most complete understanding of their properties, and the purpose of (3) is to make sure that we (that’s the world) will have researchers in the future capable of making it all happen (and, in case you’ve not been following the news, we need all the help we can get in the sciences).

The next major update to NanoEngineer-1 includes all of the force field parameters required to simulate carbon nanotubes and other structures with extended pi-systems. In anticipation, I began sorting through some very old designs of mine that I promised to revisit once computers and software became useful enough to allow for their simulation. Fortunately, the state of technology has moved faster than Barnard’s Star, so the old designs are rapidly being overwritten with new ideas. As for the gallery timing, I just completed some rerendering of gallery images for an upcoming article I’ll link to when it’s available, part of my work on the roadmap involves addressing steps to go from current technologies to motifs described in the new images, and, of course, Christine Peterson was kind enough to link to me in a recent nanodot post and I abhor the idea of having all the same old images up in the event anyone ever links to me again.

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Blogging My Mother’s Melomakarona

A perfect record of mostly clean Allis web content remains unchallenged with the recent feature of my mother, Maria, on the WIXT morning show Bridge Street. There are, as of tonight, 21,500 google hits for good olde fashioned Greek octane, the honey-drenched cookie known as Melomakarona, none of which you need anymore with the posting of my mother’s recipe on the Bridge Street site.

And as if that weren’t enough, the show posted the cooking segment on the their website. The official link is HERE (ActiveX-powered, which means you might have to work at it if you’re not using Internet Explorer). In case their bandwidth (or filing) becomes an issue, a second copy of the segment can be found HERE.


Nanotecnologia Brasilia

That smile. That presence. That fashion sense. Yup, Richard Feynman. First we’re published together in the CRC Handbook of Nanotech, now we find ourselves playing the same second fiddles on the same page to the infinitely more photogenic Giselle Itiê. Not bad, considering he checked out before I entered my teens.

I have no idea what Pablo Nogueira’s article says, but I do know that the folks at Revista Latitude (that’s Latitude Magazine!) spiced the text up with a few primo images available from Rocky Rawstern’s much appreciated nanotech-now.com gallery. Revista Latitude and Revista Top are very visual magazines. The now-ness of a Rolling Stone with the imagery of a National Geographic. I didn’t understand a word but I much enjoyed turning the pages. It does a researcher good to see that a magazine can make science work in same binding with photojournals of exotic destinations or fashion on location.

Calfskin bongos, international models, molecular nanotechnology. I think anyone who finished “Surely You Must Be Joking” would conclude that the man would approve.


Qubits (And Mark Burginger) Featured At Renderosity

I mentioned in a previous post about the good news being had by Mark and family with his Qubits building blocks. His toys (and graphics, which are also excellent) are featured on the main page of renderosity.com, a computer graphics art community site (there really is other content on the site besides hi-res women’s fashion (or lack thereof)). Now everyone can see what it was I was talking about (and why not yet another google hit for the Qubits website?). The article feedback is looking pretty positive as well.

Despite Marsha Carlson’s best efforts, I still don’t quote well. Fortunately, they managed to switch the order of my first and middle name (I oft’ wonder why the “Gregory” shows up everywhere), so people might wind up mistaking me for someone else.

Just for the sake of keeping records, a pdf of the article is available HERE.


C&E News Yields To Solid-State THz Spectroscopy Calculations

More free press concerning the HMX paper in J.Phys.Chem. A. in the form of “THz spectrum yields to theory” in the Science and Technology Concentrates section of C&E News (February 6, 2006, Volume 84, Number 6, p. 25). ACS-only accessible if you’re not on a campus with a subscription. Incidentally, the editor who made us look good, Mitch Jacoby, also received some free press lately doing something I wish I was doing more often. Check’em out at www.thewayjewsrock.com.


Solid-State DFT Of The THz Spectrum Of HMX Is (In) Science!

Six years as a card-carrying member finally paid off this week as my new favorite editor Gilbert Chin selected the HMX THz DFT paper (posted below) that just came out in J. Phys. Chem. A as an AOK Editor’s Choice in Science magazine. So far as I know, this page is publicly accessible without subscription, although I do encourage you to join the A.A.A.S. and help us all push this boulder that is U.S. research up the North face of Mt. Everest.

So what?” you may ask. Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is a technique that allows one to study vibrations in the zero-ish to few hundred wavenumber region, which is exactly where molecules undergo their largest-amplitude, lowest-frequency motions. I made mention back in an NCSA Access Magazine article concerning the same subject (regarding neutron spectroscopy) that…

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Advanced Molecular Manufacturing et al. Interview At Nanotech.biz

Sander Olson was kind enough to offer me a chance to speak… er… type my peace in an interview at nanotech.biz. The link to the interview is HERE. I’m the new interviewee in a list that includes such heavy hitters (and friends/collabs) as Robert Freitas, Tihamer Toth-Fejel, Chris Phoenix, and none other than the good Dr. Hall.