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A sunset viewed from a terrace at Waikiki Marriott in Honolulu, Hawaii. Late in the afternoon swimmers still crowded the shallow beaches of Waikiki, a suburb of Paradise. Indeed, I will file this photo away in the group theme "Paradise on Earth."

Last month I attended a conference of the Portland International Conference of Management and Technology (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. My lecture was about the similarities and difference in the traits of Leonardo, Shakespeare, Newton, Beethoven, and Einstein, a handful of manifest ornaments of our species. 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 even in Honolulu, there was no way to escape the distasteful antics of either the right or the left. But you suffer a little bit less while sipping a "Mai Tai" in Paradise instead of watching it on television back home. The election is now less than two weeks away, and I cannot wait until it is over. I think, this reflects the sentiments of most voters in the United States. Following Gert's suggestion, I cropped part of the photo rendering it into a square. Please, see the version in the workshop. Thank you, Gert.

On an aside, no remote fob/key exists for the 31-year-old Jaguar that I left at the airport in Washington. The car was always difficult to find in a crowded parking lot. Accordingly, I invested in a "smart car locator," a German designed device called a ZUS. Functioning as a mobile phone charger, it plugs into the cigarette lighter and charges my mobile phone and, at the same time, shows the last place I parked the car. While in Hawaii, I clicked the ZUS-app on my iPhone, it showed the distance to my car was 7760 km (4422 miles). Later when I made a pit stop in San Francisco the app showed the car to be 3900 km (2430 miles) away. It appears that San Francisco is midway between Washington, DC and Hawaii. Last weekend, I was in Providence, Rhode Island, I found the distance to my car left at home to be 584 km (363 miles), and from Boston to my car to be 635 km (304 miles). These distance are all computed as the crow flies!

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