Craig William Taylor August 2011 Germany Visit Day 1

August 19, 2011 Comments off

Yesterday (18-AUG-2011) was Craig William Taylor’s first day back Germany since July 2011.  He is visiting for both work and the opportunity to sight see in the Upper Bavaria region near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.  Craig arrived on Thursday night at the Munich airport.

Audi was sponsoring a surfing event where a continuous wave was setup for the surfers to practice and do stunts.  Craig snapped a couple of shots of the surfers.

Continuous Wave

Munich Surfer

He also saw the strangest food stand that looked like a trailer/airplane:
 
Trailer Plane Food Stand

That night Craig William Taylor enjoyed a wonderful meal of pork and potatos at Urthalerhof in Ausfahrt Sindelsdorf.

Pork at Urthalerhof 

Friday should bring a trip to Mittenwald and/or Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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Synopses of Tom Clancy Novels by Craig Taylor

March 16, 2011 Comments off

An avid reader, Craig Taylor counts military action and suspense novelist Tom Clancy among his favorite authors. A highly prolific writer, Tom Clancy has produced a large number of popular works over the course of his 26-year career. Here are a few brief synopses of Tom Clancy’s better-known novels.

The Hunt for Red October (1984) In Tom Clancy’s first novel, CIA operative Jack Ryan helps a respected Soviet submarine captain in his quest to defect from the Soviet Union. One of Clancy’s most popular works to date, The Hunt for Red October spawned a successful 1990 movie starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan and Sean Connery as Captain Ramius.

Patriot Games (1987) Another novel starring iconic CIA operative Jack Ryan, Patriot Games takes place before the events in The Hunt for Red October. In the book, Jack Ryan prevents an attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales by an Irish terrorist group, causing the organization to target Ryan’s home in Maryland while he hosts the royal couple. Patriot Games also led to a movie, this time starring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan.

Clear and Present Danger (1989) In Clear and Present Danger, recurring protagonist Jack Ryan must travel to Colombia to rescue soldiers being held prisoner by drug cartels. During his unauthorized mission in South America, Jack Ryan meets up with John Clark, another recurring character in Tom Clancy’s novels. In the 1994 movie, Harrison Ford reprises his role as Jack Ryan, and Willem Dafoe plays the part of John Clark.

Rainbow Six (1998) One of Tom Clancy’s later works, Rainbow Six was released with a video game of the same name. In the book, John Clark and his son-in-law spearhead a global counterterrorism unit to stop eco-terrorists from infecting the world’s population with a deadly virus. The title of the novel refers to an elite black-ops group composed of highly skilled operatives from a number of countries.

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Real-Time Strategy Computer Games

March 16, 2011 Comments off

In the world of computer gaming, real-time strategy (RTS) refers to a type of game in which the player controls movable units and buildings with the intent of controlling a map and eliminating an opponent’s army. Although the genre existed as early as the 1980s, RTS truly grew to prominence in the late 1990s with the rise of game developer Blizzard Entertainment. Here is a list of some of the most famous RTS titles in recent years.

Starcraft: Released in 1998, Starcraft is considered by many to be the seminal title in the modern RTS genre. In the game, players control one of three races fighting to dominate the far reaches of the Milky Way. The Terrans, human exiles from Earth, are highly resourceful and capable of adapting to many unique situations. The insect-like Zerg genetically assimilate other races and produce large numbers of weaker units for use in combat. By far the most technologically advanced of the three races, the Protoss rely on expensive and powerful units in battle. Players gather resources to build armies and achieve technological advances while attempting to eliminate their opponent. Starcraft is one of the best-selling computer games of all time, having sold 11 million copies as of February 2009.

Warcraft III: This RTS title, released in 2002, built on the success of Starcraft four years before. Players control one of four races (Humans, Orcs, Night Elves, and the Undead), and they use special hero units to augment their armies. By including the hero unit, Blizzard Entertainment combined elements of traditional RTS games and more character-centered RPG (role-playing game) titles such as Diablo and the Final Fantasy series.

Starcraft II: The long-awaited sequel to the hit game Starcraft, Starcraft II first hit stores in July 2010. The game retains many of the same features as the original and includes a host of new units and buildings. Starcraft II also operates on a fully 3D engine and contains impressive graphics compared to the original. In just the first month after its release, Starcraft II sold more than 3 million copies.

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Genentech, Inc. (1/2)

November 11, 2010 Comments off

A skilled chemical engineer with nearly 15 years of experience in his field, Craig William Taylor serves as Senior Data Systems Engineer at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology firm based in Vacaville, California. Prior to stepping into his current role at the company, Craig William Taylor functioned in the capacity of Database Specialist and Engineer at Genentech, a position he maintained from September 1998 to September 2001. In addition to his work at Genentech, Craig William Taylor acted as Plant Information Administrator for California ISO, a nonprofit benefit corporation located in Folsom, California, and as a Systems Application Engineer at Roberts Technical Services in Pleasant Hill, California. As an integral part of Genentech’s team, Craig William Taylor facilitates the company’s goal of utilizing human genetic information to develop, manufacture, and distribute lifesaving medications for a wide range of serious or previously incurable illnesses. Founded in 1976 by renowned biochemist Dr. Herbert W. Boyer and venture capitalist Robert A. Swanson, Genentech was one of the first biotechnology firms to utilize new discoveries in recombinant DNA technology, an area of scientific study still in its infancy in the 1970s. In collaboration with geneticist Stanley Cohen, Dr. Herbert W. Boyer undertook the pioneering research that resulted in the discovery of recombinant DNA, giving Genentech a notable advantage over other burgeoning biotech organizations. Following Genentech’s establishment, scientists at the company discovered a method for splicing genes to create genetically engineered copies of naturally occurring molecules in the human body. By combining the spliced DNA components with rapidly replicating bacteria, Genentech scientists produced therapeutic proteins that could be formulated into effective pharmaceuticals. Over the years, Genentech vastly expanded upon Dr. Boyer’s work, saving the lives of millions of patients across the globe.

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Craig William Taylor Reached 225 LinkedIN Connections!

November 10, 2010 Comments off

On November 1, 2010 Craig William Taylor reached 225 connections.  It has been a long journey from when Craig first opened his LinkedIN account during the summer of 2010.  Although these connections are primarily from his work experience and companies he has done business with, Craig has been able to connect with people he has never met before.  Partway through the process Craig W. Taylor was found the networking groups in LinkedIN: LION500.com (Open Networkers), OpenNetworker.com and TopLinked.com (Open Networkers).  These networking groups allowed for additional connections to new people outside of Craig’s work experience.

Craig William Taylor’s connections primarily consist of people from the companies: Genentech, California ISO and OSIsoft.  Over Craig’s working life he has been employed as a database administrator and application developer for both Genentech and the California ISO interacting closely with software developed by OSIsoft.  The years of working with the OSIsoft programs has allowed Craig W. Taylor to forge many strong relationships with the entire OSIsoft company.

Craig W. Taylor LinkedIN 225

Craig William Taylor LinkedIN 225

Craig William Taylor Workbench (c)

August 30, 2010 Comments off

Craig William Taylor Workbench (c)

In 2003 Craig William Taylor designed and built a woodworking workbench while living in Vacaville, California.  Craig William Taylor’s design included using two 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of plywood that sandwiched a checkerboard style box of wood (see image 1).  This design created rigidity that made for a very solid bench for woodworking activity.  Craig William Taylor also designed the bench to fold up against a shop wall to enable utilizing the work space to park cars (see images 2 & 3).  Although the completed bench weighs a bit; a strong male can easily lift it to the wall pivoting the bench on its hinges and secure it to the wall using snap clips.

In 2010 Craig William Taylor moved the bench from his workshop in Vacaville, California to his new workshop in Granite Bay, California.  Craig Taylor was able to easily install the workbench in the new workshop by cutting and fitting new legs to meet the slop of the concrete.

Craig William Taylor

August 5, 2010 Comments off
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