OK, that’s maybe going alittle too far. And if anythingis going to set a writer up fora fall of equally epicproportions it’s when hiseditor publicly describes hislatest contribution as thebest article he has everreceived.
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It’s a long story...
Associate Editor Richard Bishop’s epic first-handaccount of the DARPA Urban Challenge deserves aplace among the literary greats...
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on a regular basisearlier this year, but hischronologically structuredstory, written on a daily basis“live” from the Challenge isalmost as good as being there.Like a beautifully written warreport can make you feel likeyou are on the battlefield (forme, it’s all in the adjectives),Richard’s blow-by-blowmirror the events. I won’t givethe game away by telling thoseof you that haven’t seen theresult of the DUC and whetheror not Team LUX won it, but just as interesting as thetechnical stuff and the tales of other teams’ occasionallycalamitous and sometimeshilarious mishaps, wereRichard’s thoughts on theboredom, frustration andevident helplessness that are just part of the territory whenyou are leading a team in theDARPA Urban Challenge.I wouldn’t typicallyencourage you to skip pastother articles, and I’m still verymuch hoping that you’ll goback to the beginning of thisissue and read them all, butthis is no typical article.“It was fun to write,” saidRichard last week. It wascertainly a joy to read.Incidentally, we have nowadded two more Think Tanksto our range of activities inNorth America in 2008, onelooking at Congestion Pricingand the other a VII DeploymentWorkshop, both at Booz AllenHamilton’s Washington, DCfacilities on 20/21 May. Robotvehicles most welcome.
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“Richard’s blow by blow account transports you to the warm Californian sunshine”
(literally sometimes) accounttransports you to the warmCalifornian sunshine, whereyou are surrounded by teamsof engineers all franticallytweaking and twiddling,making last-minuteadjustments to their automatedvehicles.And, just as any great writerwill furnish you with, there’s nosmall amount of the requiredbalance needed to make astory truly and accurately