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Billiards Digest January, 2010 David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES

Summary: Billiards Digest January, 2010
David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"VEPS GEMS - Part I: Introduction"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP), and all of my past articles, can be accessed and viewed online at
billiards.colostate.edu. The reference numbers used in the article help you locate the
resources on the website. If you have a slow or inconvenient Internet connection, you
might want to view the resources from a CD-ROM or DVD. Details can be found online
at: dr-dave-billiards.com.
I am very excited because this is my six-year-anniversary issue as a BD instructional
columnist. The reason why six years is an important benchmark for me is I'm a university
professor in my "day job;" and in academia, six years is the amount of time you have to prove
yourself for tenure. If you do a good job during those first six years, you get tenure and basically
have a job for life (because you have earned it). If you don't meet expected standards, you are
"downsized" (i.e., "canned"). Now I feel like I have Billiards Digest "tenure." I can't believe it has
been six years already, and I look forward to many more. When I wrote my first article, I had a list
of about 50 topics I wanted to cover. At first, I was concerned I might eventually run out of ideas;
but now, I'm sure I'll never get to all of them. After covering 72 topics, my "list" has grown to
about 80 topics yet to be covered!!! That's more than 6 more years' worth, even if I don't think of
anything else to add.


Source: Alciatore, David G. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University


Collections: Engineering