Monthly Archives: April 2011

Douglas Engelbart- Inventor of the Computer Mouse

Douglas Engelbart is a man who was a thinker ahead of his time. He was bonn in Portland, Or. and received a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Berkley, California. He was the inventor of many computer oriented inventions such as the the precursor to the graphical user interface and hypertext.  What he is most known for though is the the way we all can now interact with our computers, and that is with the mouse.  His patent for the mouse was accepted in 1970 but never received any royalties for the device.  Apple heard about the mouse and obtained a license for it for around $40,000.  A small price to pay for such a key piece of gear.  In 1997 he did receive recognition for the mouse when he received $500,000 through the Lemelson-MIT Prize.

Douglas Engelbart and his first mouse



Music for free

I find it hard to believe that the big music companies though they could get away with the way they sell music for longer than they have.  People got tired of paying for a whole CD when all they wanted was one song.  Downloading it for free was the best solution with what we have to work with today.
It happens time and time again where there becomes an easier and cheaper way to get our media.  When the copy machine was invented, it was illegal for the public to have one because of possible copyright issues with books.  Of course it was made legal due to its extreme usefulness in our every day lives.  TV was frowned upon in its inception by the movie theater companies because it stole business by keeping people entertained at home. Publishing companies are still thriving and theaters are all over the place.
The music industry isn’t much different.  The demand for music is still high so instead of making money through CD sales, they have found other ways of making a living at it.  Venues and music festivals are more popular than ever and merchandising is always a big money-maker.  The only one loosing out are the big record companies who have become obsolete.  They have taken advantage of the artists and fans for long enough. It’s definitely time they get put in their place.


Peter Johnson; The story thus far…

The things that define me come from the places I have been and the people I have meet along the way.  
The journey started in a small town in Alaska called Eagle River. I grew up there and enjoyed the hell out of it.  I decided to move to Seattle, Wa because I wanted to get out on my own. While in Seattle I heard a radio ad for a commercial dive school which sounded like a good adventure so I signed up. Seven months later I was a certified underwater construction worker and on my way to Louisiana to work in the Gulf of Mexico on the oil rigs.  I spent a few years there and decided to do inland diving in Minnesota because Louisiana is a God forsaken land.  The past couple years I have been diving in the lakes and rivers of the midwest.  Diving did not allow for much of a social life or any opportunity for a relationship so I decided to look in to the music industry as a means of settling down with more of a “normal” job.  In my search for a new career I found a volunteer opportunity to go to Madagascar doing underwater research.  I applied and was accepted so I moved out there for a few months in the spring of 10′.  Along with finding that I also found a link to IPR.  I came to check it out and was really impressed. I signed up, started late fall 10′ and here I am righting a blog about it.           

Video of Madagascar #1From out front porch in Ifaty, Madagascar

Video Of Madagascar #2