- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler — A. Einstein
- Keep It Simple, Sidney (KISS) — anon
- Simplify and add lightness — Race car builder George Miller
- There’s an infinity of ways to make a simple problem seem hard; Only a handful to make a hard problem seem simple — Crenshaw’s First Law
Hello. I’m Jack Crenshaw. Some of you may know me from my column, “Programmer’s Toolbox” in Embedded Systems Design magazine. Others, from my book, Math Toolkit for Real-Time Programming. (By the way, please don’t buy the one from Amazon.com. It’s a pirated, ripoff copy).
Most vivid in my memory is my work in the aerospace industry, including NASA’s Project Apollo, I mean, after you’ve helped men walk on the Moon, what are you going to do for an encore? You’ll find Embedded Systems columns on this work here and here, and much more in the Work entry above.
After Apollo, America lost interest in the Moon. Until recently, I had pretty much given up using those skills again. Fortunately, interest in the Moon is on the upswing again. The Google Lunar X-Prize has lots of folks working to win that $30M prize. I’m supporting one of them, Part-Time Scientists.
I love to teach, and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it. Over time I’ve learned a lot of things, and I want to tell you about them. while I can still remember them. That’s one of the main reasons for this site.
Over the next few months, expect to see a massive brain dump. I’m planning lots more links to my columns and articles, exceprts from my book, etc,
As my old co-workers can attest, I love to tell stories, and will tell them to anyone I can hold down long enough. Some of them relate to my work over the years, but many more are just about me and my interests. See the About, Work, and Play for more.
Click Blog to see my blog posts.