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Please see our weekly newsletter collection below. Our own staff and members contribute bits and bytes of interesting news and articles. They say that futurists make funny historians but we do our best to bridge that divide by illustrating our past themes and speakers as they develop and evolve. We hope that you enjoy reading these communications as much as we enjoy creating them for you. And if you have any news to share, please contact any member of our staff.

2015 January 26

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only. — Joseph Wood Krutch

Welcome to the 1st-Ever TTI/Vanguard Special Weather-Inspired Newsletter, or as we're calling it internally, the Edward Snowed-In Special Report.

Several of our staff and many of our northeast U.S. members may find themselves home for the next day or two (or three). If you're among them, you'll be busy with driveways that need shoveling and homebound kids to amuse, but in those post-snow-angel moments, you may find yourself wishing to be visited by the ghost of TTI/Vanguard conferences past. Well, you're in luck!

Our archives (that is 23 years' worth of content) are safely ensconced in southern California and the cloud, out of the reach of the snowpocolypse. Feel free to reach out and a member of our staff will happily guide you through Powerpoints, audio files, and, for the most recent conferences (Reprogramming Programming in September 2014 and [next] in December 2014), video recordings. And of course Nancy Kleinrock's comprehensive summaries.

Speaking of Nancy, we are also in the process of adding her recap of our regional meetings last week — you should be able to read all about Eric Haseltine's Ten Myths of Cyber Security in a day or two, assuming your power holds out.

You may also be curious about some of our weather talks. If so, please check out:

  • Anne Milgarese: The Matter of Weather and the Future of the Forecast, Vienna, Jul 2013.
  • Katherine Yelick: HPC Meets Big Data: Everything Old Is New Again, Washington, D.C., Apr/May 2013. (climate modeling)
  • Charles Perrow: Disasters Evermore? Philadelphia, Apr 2006. (Is the coast really the best place to live?)
  • Michael Mastrandrea and Noah Diffenbaugh: Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change, San Francisco, Dec 2014.

We have past sessions for weather pessimists and optimists alike:

  • Richard Klomp: Disaster Mental Health Issues, Philadelphia, Apr 2006.
  • Paula Bramel: Crop Diversity: Atoms that Really Matter for Global Food Security, Vienna, Jul 2013.
  • Gene Giacomelli: Controlled Environments: Plant Production Technology Addresses Global Issues, St. Louis, Sep 2008.

If this weather doesn't have you dreaming about a trip to San Diego, then nothing will. Click here for the latest agenda.

We hope everyone weathers the weather well, and leave you with the words of Lao Tzu: The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.

The TTI/Vanguard Team

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