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Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Traffic Accident in Boston

I went on a short vacation to Boston this past weekend and saw the worst crash. Three cars, one of them in the middle, and like everyone else, I wanted to slow down and take a look and see what I could see from the accident. What I could see was not very encouraging. It looked like someone was still in one of the cars. There were police, fire, ambulances everywhere, and I didn’t see anyone trying to get the person out.

Maybe I saw it incorrectly. I was driving and trying to avoid my own accident as people slowed down to gawk. But it just didn’t look good.

I don’t have that much experience with death, perhaps that’s why it struck me. I assumed the person was dead and they just hadn’t removed the body, and it freaked me out for the whole weekend. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head. I ended up parking not too far away and walking back. I was walking somewhere else (on the way to the market) but I made a point of walking by.

By then, there was nothing to see. The cars had been removed from the road, and there were just a couple police waving people through. There was still some glass and such on the ground. That’s all that was left.

It got me thinking about how quickly these things can happen. Someone stops suddenly, someone else drives too fast and doesn’t see. It can take seconds. I drive so often, I don’t usually think about how easily something bad could happen.

And yet, it really could, just like it did to that poor somebody in the car I saw, who was probably just on his way to somewhere he thought was important. Maybe he was on his way to work or maybe he’d taken the day off too and was heading for the same market. That’s a scary thought.

I’m trying not to think this way, and yet, I’m spending my time researching common causes of sudden death. Construction accidents, that doesn’t seem likely for me, but who knows? Things fall off buildings all the time, I bet. Unsafe products, that’s certainly possible. Who can be sure if a can of beans doesn’t have listeria or something in it?

Medical malpractice, I’m not even sure what that means exactly, but I suppose it could happen to me. The wrong pills prescribed, the wrong operation done if I need my appendix out. It’s all possible.

I suppose that’s what is keeping me up and keeping me worried. It’s all possible. It could possibly have been me in that car. How many cars ahead of me was that person when the accident occurred? Perhaps 50 or 100 cars? And how much time would that actually be? If I’d left twenty minutes earlier if I’d been really determined to make an early start…well, I just have to drop it.

But I keep thinking about it anyway.

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Employment Law | 0 comments

Sexist Pigs

In order for a person to be a functioning member of society, it is typically expected that they find some form of employment in efforts of earning a living to provide for themselves or their family. In a perfectly functioning world, people would be able to aspire to any job they desired in hopes of one day achieving success. Unfortunately, these conditions do not yet exist. Still, the rising new generations of the world seem to value equality in all forms more than their predecessors. A plethora of work still remains to be done in hopes of creating a more equal world that celebrates differences rather than categorizing each other into specific societal labels.

Workplace inequality has run rampant throughout much of the developed world for decades. Recently though it has become much tenser as urban centers are flooded with diverse new hires. These new hires include many different subgroups in relation to the employee’s background, gender, nationality, etc. For the sake of this argument, the focus will be on gender. Now widely thought of as more of a spectrum instead of the outdated binary model, gender is one of the most easily observed distinctions that differentiate employees in the workplace. Men and women typically congregate in groups of the same sex to collaborate on projects, they mostly have separate changing and restroom facilities, and they exhibit different workplace culture norms. The tension that can develop in workplaces where both sexes coexist can be the catalyst for sexual harassment between individuals to occur. In the state of Texas, there are certain legal protections for employees who have experienced sexual harassment. If the employee experiences sexual harassment in the forms of inappropriate conduct, sexual advancements, and threats to their job security or personal life then they are able to seek counsel from a Texas employment attorney in hopes of receiving fair treatment for any incidents that occur. Standing firmly in opposition of these activities is what is necessary for us to eradicate the grossly normalized behaviors of the harasser. Thankfully now that more women are pursuing higher education and therefore being promoted into esteemed positions we will one day see the gender gap closed. There is a large amount of work to still be done, but through the valiant actions of strong, intelligent women the foundation is being laid for a more inclusive and equal world.

To summarize, the employment sector of humanity is grossly contaminated with unpleasant activities such as sexual harassment. In the state of Texas, an employee can challenge the system in order to have a just result. Although sexual harassment has plagued our society for centuries growing trends of inclusive efforts to end discrimination in all forms are beacons of light for employees all around the world. If we stay focused with advocating for workplace reform so that it promises safe, comfortable environments for all employees the future could see fewer cases of harassment. Through education for employers and employees in the form of inclusive team building exercises and communication workshops, we can effectively combat unjust treatment in the work domain.

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Personal Injury Tips That Can Make A Big Difference

Have you filed a personal injury claim? Or, are you considering doing so? You may be wondering what you need to be successful. What documentation or proof will you need to show?

When fighting a personal injury case, a lawyer will have many curve balls thrown at him. That means that only a lawyer with an extensive history in the field of personal injury law will be able to be successful at trial. Look for a lawyer with lots of experience behind him, like those at the Abel Law Firm.

When searching for a lawyer to represent you in a personal injury case, you should first be careful to avoid “ambulance chasers”. Check with your local bar association for a list of reputable attorneys. Then outline the details of your case to the prospective attorney and follow any advice you are given.

One of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits involve injury from a defective product. Products on the market are required to be safe for use, and when it can be proven a product is not the manufacturer can be held responsible. You and your lawyer have the obligation of proving the product is not safe.

If you are looking for a reputable personal injury lawyer, investigate what professional groups and organizations are located close to you. A lot of lawyers are dedicated to giving back to the community and thus get involved with organizations in their area. These lawyers are worth hiring and normally come highly recommended.

Doing things the right way and in the right order is incredibly important when you’ve suffered a personal injury. Going about things the wrong way may have a negative impact on your case. Reading up on personal injury is the perfect starting point. Your lawyer will be able to give you the proper guidance and advice regarding your case.

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method | 0 comments

FDTD Trivia

shutterstock_157626572It is interesting to note that while FDTD is based on Maxwell’s equations which describe the behavior and effect of electromagnetism, the term “FDTD” itself was coined to describe the algorithm developed by Kane S. Yee in computational electromagnetism. Maxwell’s equations were based on the work of James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish mathematician who published its initial form in 1861. Yee, born in China but acquired PhD Applied Mathematics from the University of California in Berkely, described his algorithm in 1966.

Prior to the Yee algorithm, FDTD had been used to solve problems in computational fluid dynamics. In Yee’s work, he suggested a novel way of applying FDTD operators on staggered grids for each of the vector field components in Maxwell’s equations. However, the term finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) itself was coined in by a professor Allen Taflove from the Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering located in Illinois. He had published a paper on the August 1980 IEEE Trans. Electromagnetic Compatibility issue entitled “Application of the finite-difference time-domain method to sinusoidal steady-state electromagnetic penetration problems.”

It was only in 1990 that FDTD techniques became popular in dealing with problems concerning interactions of electromagnetic waves, mostly because of the rise of wireless communication devices, but it is also used to model applications in the fields of geophysics and biomedical imaging and the convenience of computers equipped with fast processors and large memories. There are numerous developers for FDTD application software, including at least 27 which are proprietary, 8 which are open access, and two freeware.

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method | 0 comments

Requirements for running an FDTD simulation

fiber opticsThe finite-difference time dimension (FDTD) method for simulating computational electromagnetism is considered the simplest and most efficient way to model the effects of electromagnetism on a certain material or object. The most commercial use of the FDTD model is in mobile communication systems, which makes use of radio frequencies, so engineers have to be able to project how the device will most likely operate in the real world by running simulations. Another application for FDTD is in fiber optics, which is also a technology that relates to communication, and there is an increasing interest in its use in nanotechnology. In a very real way, the FDTD method is used to design and improve the mobile and fixed communication technology we have today.

In terms of scalability, the FDTD method proves robust, merely requiring additional time to do the computation with no changes in the formula. However, while it is a relatively simple method, it requires fine grids to develop a model. FDTD does require a lot of computations which increase exponentially with the number of elements. In order to do an FDTD model, one will require a powerful computer with a lot of memory. It is recommended that a computer running a graphical processing unit (GPU) processor, which is specifically designed to handle large amounts of graphical data in parallel, which is exactly what is needed. How long it takes to complete a simulation will depend on the number of elements in an FDTD simulation and processing speed of the computer. In general, an FDTD model requires 30 bytes of memory per Yee cell and 80 operations per cell, per time step.

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