Ransom’s Publications
1. The Left Brain Speaks the Right Brain Laughs, By Ransom Stephens (Viva Editions, Jersey City 2016). 2. The Sensory Deception, By Ransom Stephens (47North, Seattle, 2013). 3. Your Pursuit of Greatness - a workbook, By Ransom Stephens, Ransoms’ Notes, Petaluma, 2011. 4. The God Patent, By Ransom Stephens (Vox Novus, Numina Press, San Rafael, 2009 and re-released by 47North, Seattle, 2013).     5. 5 keys to unlocking your innate creativity, SmartBrief, 4-November-2016 6. The Speed of Thought,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 13-October-2016 7. Improve your answer resolution and unleash innovation, EDN’s Measure of Things, 8-August-2016 8. Happy anniversary, EDN: you’re old,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 11-July-2016 9. Reduce your prejudice to innovation , EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-May-2016 10. You can't think out of a box built of TLAs , EDN’s Measure of Things, 1-April-2016 11. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 3: Why Some Results are Irreproducible,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 16-March-2016 12. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 2: Rules of thumb,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 18- February-2016 13. A bluffer’s guide to evaluating scientific results, Part 1: Systematic Bias, EDN’s Measure of Things, 12- February-2016 14. Do Grandmas make the best engineers,  EDN’s Measure of Things, 10-February-2016 15. Top ten cynical tech realizations of 2015, EDN’s Measure of Things, 31-December-2015 16. Mismeasure of Economics, EDN’s Measure of Things, 23-November-2015 17. The high tech diversity problem’s bottom line, EDN’s Measure of Things, 25-September-2015 18. Measure career advancement by blowing your mind, EDN’s Measure of Things, 29-July-2015 19. Measuring dark matter: The ultimate signal-to-noise problem, EDN’s Measure of Things, 8-June-2015 20. Scientific dogmatism: wild red herring or trained attack dog? EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-June-2015 21. The data that threatened to break physics, Nautilus, Issue 024, 7-May-2015 22. Focus: Oil-water droplets form surprising structures, Physics 8, 42, American Physical Society, 6-May- 2015 23. Is dark matter about to be discovered? EDN’s Measure of Things, 25-April-2015 24. Measure of neutrinos, nature’s most elusive particles, EDN’s Measure of Things, 27-Feb-2015 25. Moore’s Law extends to cover human progress, EDN’s Measure of Things, 27-Jan-2015 26. The Reality Interface, Vitriol, Volume 1, November, 2014 27. Simulated education: STEM must change! EDN’s Measure of Things, 24-Oct-2014 28. Does Literature Make You Empathic?, KQED.org Arts, 9-Oct-2014 29. 10 things I saw at IDF14, EDN’s Measure of Things, 15-Sep-2014 30. 10 tips on being a consultant, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 27-Aug-2014 31. Measuring Money--the beer standard, EDN’s Measure of Things, 5-Aug-2014 32. Don’t major in CS: 5 reasons why, EDN’s Measure of Things, 27-Jun-2014 33. The quirks of quarks, EDN’s Measure of Things, 28-Apr-2014 34. Measure of emergence, EDN’s Measure of Things, 9-Apr-2014 35. Sports should adopt real technology, EDN’s Measure of Things, 13-Dec-2013 36. Higgs Pt. 9: What makes King Carl XVI Gustaf think it’s the Higgs Boson? EDN’s Measure of Things, 4- Nov-2013 37. 1 Beer, 2 Beer, 10 Beer Tech, DesignCon Community, 24-Sep-2013 38. The measure of free will and red herrings, EDN’s Measure of Things, 10-Sep-2013 39. Designing starships, DesignCon Community, 10-Sep-2013 40. The science and technology of Sensory Deception, EDN’s Measure of Things, 6-Aug-2013 41. Quantum wave functions come alive! May the Bohr model rest in peace, EDN’s Measure of Things, 26- July-2013 42. Decoding the brain using fMRI and YouTube, EDN’s Measure of Things, 2-July-2013 43. Global warming/climate change: an easy calculation, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 22-May-2013 44. Measuring the transition to disaster, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-May-2013 45. Resolving to map the brain: resolution, resolution, resolution, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 16-Apr-2013 46. Measure of chaos: when uncertainty runs amok, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 9-Apr- 2013 47. Measuring gravitational radiation, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 4-Mar-2013 48. In search of gravity waves, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 19-Feb-2013 49. Getting lucky at trade shows, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 22-Jan-2013 50. Noise in the time dimension: the strange case of flicker, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-Jan-2013 51. Measuring and generating creativity, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 18-Dec-2012 52. Innovating an innovative design career, DesignCon Community, 7-Dec-2012 53. Can electronic health records save your world?, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 6-Dec- 2012 54. Measure of holiday calories - the thermodynamic diet, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 20-Nov-2012 55. Resolving problems in the infrared, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 26-Oct-2012 56. Measure of the mind: connectome, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 10-Oct-2012 57. Measure of politics: Polls, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 4-Oct-2012 58. Pt 8: Is the particle observed at CERN really the HIggs Boson?, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 25-Sep-2012 59. Pt 7: What a Higgs Boson looks like, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 21-Sep-2012 60. Pt 6: ATLAS and CMS - catching muons and neutrinos, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 28-Aug-2012 61. Pt 5, ATLAS and CMS - the biggest test devices on earth, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 21-Aug-2012 62. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 4, Identifying the stuff in the detectors, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 9-Aug-2012 63. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 3, What they actually measure, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 1-Aug-2012 64. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 2, What they detect, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 25- July-2012 65. Measure of the Olympics, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 30-July-2012 66. Higgs Boson Discovery: Pt 1, Herding cats on the Franco-Swiss border, Test & Measurement World’s Measure of Things, 17-July-2012 67. "The Humbling of Earth's (Second) Greatest Predator," sPARKLE & bLINK, Vol. 2.9, October, 2011. (An excerpt from The Sensory Deception.) 68. "Faster than light? Has relativity been violated?" Hubpages.com, 2011. 69. "How Einstein discovered relativity," Hubpages.com, 2011. 70. "Intuition (Pt 4): Is intuition a paranormal, psychic event?" Hubpages.com, 2011. 71. "Intuition (Pt 3): Who wins, your guts or your brains?" Hubpages.com, 2011. 72. "Intuition (Pt 2): Where intuition comes from," Hubpages.com, 2011. 73. "Intuition (Pt 1): Intuition vs thought," Hubpages.com, 2011. 74. The Future of Publishing Pt 3: “The next big move in publishing is geographical,” IndieReader.com, February 2011. 75. "Why is it so annoying when (other) people talk on cell phones," Examiner.com, June 10, 2011. 76. "Ten health risks to address before tossing out your cell phone," Examiner.com, June 7, 2011. 77. "Earth Day at the dawn of life," Examiner.com, April 22, 2011. 78. "The unrecognized genius of Emmy Noether," Examiner.com, March 22, 2011. 79. "Cell phone radiation activates your brain, but does it cause cancer?" Examiner.com, March 6, 2011. 80. "Humans vs machine on Jeopardy! what's the question?" Examiner.com, February 12, 2011. 81. "How much safer is it to fly than drive? Really..." Examiner.com, January 22, 2011. 82. "Winter Solstice 2010: light on the year's longest night," Examiner.com, December 20, 2010. 83. "A Crystalline Certainty," Yellow Mama, #23, December 2010. 84. "What full body scanner radiation means to you," Examiner.com, November 20, 2010. 85. "Microsoft's Kinect: Disruptive technology changes the game," Examiner.com, November 10, 2010. 86. "Is socialism or fascism the greater danger to the United States' democracy?" Examiner.com, October 22, 2010. 87. "Getting lucky," Examiner.com, September 23, 2010. 88. "Metaphysics, meta-momentum and meta everything else," Examiner.com, August 27, 2010. 89. "The radiation you should worry about and the radiation you can fugetabout," Examiner.com, July 29, 2010. 90. "Goat rock beach: magic where the river meets the sea," Examiner.com, July 9, 2010. 91. "Cell phone radiation and SAR," Examiner.com, June 27, 2010. 92. "Sarah Palin is right, environmentalists are hypocrites," Examiner.com, June 14, 2010. 93. "The scientific method, steps of faith not leaps," Examiner.com, June 8, 2010. 94. "Fermilab contributes another piece to the matter-antimatter puzzle," Examiner.com, June 3, 2010. 95. "Science vs religion (pt 2) the creation of science," Examiner.com, May 28, 2010. 96. "Science vs religion and the nature of truth," Examiner.com, May 26, 2010. 97. "Inarguable facts in the global warming/climate change debate," Examiner.com, May 18, 2010. 98. "Celebrate International Nurses Day by thanking the angel nearest you," Examiner.com, May 12, 2010. 99. "The true value of oil and the insanity of burning it," Examiner.com, May 5, 2010. 100. "Earth Day at the dawn of creation," Examiner.com April 22, 2010. 101. "A science-based litmus test for the Supreme Court," Examiner.com, April 16, 2010. 102. "Can quantum physics explain the bleep?" Examiner.com, April 10, 2010. 103. "The Future of Publishing Pt 2: “Modernization puts an end to the Vanity Press and Rescues Booksellers,” IndieReader.com, October 2010. 104. "The Future of Publishing Pt 1: “Better than anyone but not as good as everyone,” IndieReader.com, September 2010. 105. “Proton Collisions at the Large Hadron Collider - What’s in it for You?,” openDemocracy, March 2010. 106. “Booking the Future,” openDemocracy, June 2009. 107. “Expert Training: Lift, Bike, Run, ... Score!” Real Solutions Magazine #77, February 2009. 108. “Hammer Made of Wood,” (Featured article for special Christmas editions) The Monthly, December 2008. 109. “Hey Petaluma - Don’t be Stupid!” The Petaluma Argus-Courier, August 21, 2008. 110. “Coming Home,” The Monthly, June 2008. 111. “The Properties of Paradise,” Pp 71-79,  edited by  Joan Cehn, Julie Renalds and Risa Nye, No Flak Publishing, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller!). 112. “Just Say Know,” Sacramento Parent, May 2008. 113. “Just Say Know,” reprinted in Baltimore’s Child, June 2008. 114. “Your Invitation to the Scientific Global Warming Debate,” Green-TechZONE, July 2007. 115. “Dry the Rain,” More Bridges Anthology, 2007. 116. “After the Storm,” Building Bridges Anthology, 2006, February-2006. 117. “Heart of Glass,”The Monthly, August, 2005. 118. Top 10 Questions Going into DesignCon 2017: What’s hot in signal integrity right here, right now, plus shwag and Chiphead’s favorite song, DesignNews, 16-January-2017 119. Transmitter FFE makes the channel do the work, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 30-June-2016 120. Don’t confuse PAM4 SER and BER, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 27-May-2016 121. PAM4: Symbol levels and voltage compression measurements, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 26-April-2016 122. Can we avoid COMmitting the same mistakes we made with jitter?, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 18-March- 2016 123. Analyzing closed eyes: CRJ and CDJ, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 12-January-2016 124. The tradeoff between crosstalk and loss, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 5-January-2016 125. It’s Not Jitter, It’s Noise, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 28-December-2015 126. Your DesignCon 2016 dance card isn’t complete without…, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 21-December-2015 127. DesignCon2016: Prepare for the PAM4 phase shift, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 4-December-2015 128. Optimize equalization for FFE, CTLE, DFE, and crosstalk, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 21-October-2015 129. How do I know if my simulation correlates to reality? EDN’s Eye on Standards, 7-September-2015 130. PCIe Update: Power, IoT, storage, OCuLink, simulation, and equalization, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 1- July-2015 131. Silicon photonics: Will the hare finally catch the tortoise? EDN’s Eye on Standards, 22-June-2015 132. Why FEC plays nice with DFE, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 7-May-2015 133. Trading signal complexity for bandwidth, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 8-April-2015 134. Ten events for your DesignCon2015 dance card, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 24-Jan-2015 135. PAM4 takes the spotlight at DesignCon 2015, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 29-Dec-2014 136. 100G and things to COM, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 20-Nov-2014 137. The EE consultant who despises engineering fraud, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 20-Aug-2014 138. Four 400G quandaries to look forward to, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 4-Aug-2014 139. Are standards technological socialism? EDN’s Eye on Standards, 30-April-2014 140. When will PAM4 take over from NRZ?, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 23-April-2014 141. Phase noise analyzers take over from scopes, with Michael Dunn, EDN How To Article, 10-Jan-2014 142. Top 5 Things I learned at DesignCon 2014, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 30-January-2014 143. Why Total Jitter cannot be measured on an oscilloscope, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 15-January-2014 144. Will BIST kill T&M?, DesignCon Community, 19-July-2013 145. M-PCIe -- Goin’ mobile, EDN’s Eye on Standards, 15-July-2013 146. How to Write a DesignCon Abstract, DesignCon Community, 18-June-2013 147. Commercial Content in DesignCon Papers, DesignCon Community, 17-May-2013 148. Is DesignCon Ready for Photonics?, DesignCon Community 6-May-2013 149. Time domain? Frequency domain? … frequency of the phase domain!, Scope-Junction 26-Apr-2013 150. Five scope specs Dr. J must have, Scope-Junction, 8-Apr-2013 151. Is the Frequency Domain for Real?, DesignCon Community, 2-Apr-2013 152. The Mystery of Long Test Patterns, Part 2, DesignCon Community, 8-Mar-2013 153. The Mystery of Long Test Patterns, Part 1, DesignCon Community, 4-Mar-2013 154. AMI comes alive! 25-Mar-2013 You can see the crosstalk in 10-0GbE, Scope-Junction, 28-Feb-2013 155. Tail-fitting is back--worry!, Scope-Junction, 13-Feb-2013 156. Top 10 Things at DesignCon 2013, DesignCon Community, 11-Feb-2013 157. Dual-Dirac doesn’t approximate total jitter, Scope-Junction, 29-Jan-2013 158. The case of the closing Eye, DesignCon Community, 24-Jan-2013 159. How the trouble with RJ led to TJ, Scope-Junction 17-Jan-2013 160. Test pattern redemption! Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 15-Jan-2013 161. Techno-fesitvus for the engineering-rest-of-us, DesignCon Community, 14-Jan-2013 162. Jitterfest, Scope-Junction, 7-Jan-2013 163. If it Works in Theory, It Will Work in Practice (cont’d), Scope-Junction, 24-Dec-2012 164. If it Works in Theory, It Will Work in Practice, Scope-Junction, 17-Dec-2012 165. Working Toward Single Wavelength Petabits, Scope-Junction, 19-Nov-2012 166. Design is innovation, DesignCon Community, 19-Nov-2012 167. Vote no on PRBS31 (and the problem with journalism...), Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 6-Nov-2012 168. Solving the Crosstalk Dilemma: CAJ me if you CAN, Scope-Junction, 29-Oct-2012 169. What makes DesignCon special, DesignCon Community, 22-Oct-2012 170. My First Time was Cosmic, Scope-Junction, 11-Oct-2012 171. Analyzing Crosstalk on a BERT, Scope-Junction, 27-Sep-2012 172. PRBS31: slower, costlier, worse, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 26-Sep-2012 173. The One-Box Solution, BERT Edition, Scope-Junction, Scope-Junction, 6-Sep-2012 174. The very short reach of 25 Gb/s, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 31-Aug-2012 175. Oscilloscopes Have Become a One-Box Solution, VNA Edition, Scope-Junction, 20-Aug-2012 176. Samtec out-geeks PCIe’s OCuLink, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 15-Aug-2012 177. Oscilloscopes: a one-box solution?, Scope-Junction, 6-Aug-201 178. PCI Express update: the next, next, next generation, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 25- July-201 179. Scope TLAs & Metaphorical Phosphor, Scope-Junction, 20-July-2012 180. How dancing clocks saved the world, Scope-Junction, 5-July-2012 181. DLL-based clock recovery cranks up net bandwidths, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 2- July-2012 182. Get your BUJ off my RJ! Scope-Junction, 21-June-2012 183. Measuring ISI at high data rates is impossible, Scope-Junction, 18-June-2012 184. Measuring RJ on oscilloscopes, Scope-Junction, 8-June-2012 185. Test patterns are supposed to stress you out, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 31-May- 2012 186. Does OIF have to do everything?, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 22-May-2012 187. Can oscilloscopes really measure BER? Scope-Junction, 21-May-2012 188. How open is your eye? Scope-Junction, 7-May-2012 189. Peace at the plugfest, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 24-Apr-2012 190. How to tell if crosstalk will cause errors, Scope-Junction, 19-Apr-2012 191. Analyzing crosstalk on a real-time oscilloscope - exercising your genius, Scope-Junction, 5-Apr-2012 192. Receiver Tolerance Testing – with crosstalk!, Scope-Junction, 2-Apr-2012 193. Real or equivalent: What time do you need?, Scope-Junction, 15-Mar-2012 194. Deterministic Jitter for High Speed Serial Receiver Tolerance Testing, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 8-Mar-2012 195. Do my measurements have meaning?, Scope-Junction, 5-Mar-2012 196. Are You an A-Engineer or a Z-Engineer?, Scope-Junction, 20-Feb-2012 197. Top ten reasons to love (and hate) 100 Gigabit Ethernet, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 16-Feb-2012 198. Is a crosstalk bubble forming? Scope-Junction, 13-Feb-2012. 199. Serial standards keep test engineers on edge, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 9-Feb- 2012. 200. Equalization succombs to crosstalk at DesignCon 2012, Scope Junction, 26-Jan-2012 201. It’s not jitter, it’s noise, Scope Junction, 26-Jan-2012. 202. Serial standards keep test engineers on edge, Test & Measurement World’s Eye on Standards, 9-Feb- 2012 203. Physical Layer Test of 100 Gb/s Communications Systems, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2012. 204. Crosstalk problems are back, feature article for Test & Measurement World, July, 2012. 205. Crossing the Digital-Analog Divide, a white paper for Agilent Technologies, 2012. 206. Critical 100 Gigabit Ethernet Testing: Equalization, DP-QPSK, and Crosstalk Compliance, distributed by Picosecond Pulse Labs, 2012. 207. Introduction to Precision Analysis of High Speed Serial Systems and Components,distributed by Picosecond Pulse Labs, 2011. 208. (DesignCon Award for Best Paper Signal Integrity Track) A New Technique for Stressed Receiver Tolerance Testing Using Crest Factor Emulation, with co-author John Calvin, DesignCon 2010. 209. Signal Integrity at Extreme Data Rates, distributed by Anritsu Corp., 2010. 210. Analysis of Random Noise and the Effect of Band-Limited Noise on Stressed-Eye Receiver Tolerance Tests, with co-author Marcus Mueller, DesignCon 2009. 211. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 3: Acting on an Impulse, Equalization and Emphasis, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2008. 212. Characterization of Gaussian Noise Sources, with co-author Bob Muro, DesignCon 2008. 213. The Future of Multi-Clock Systems, with co-authors Roman Boroditsky and Jorge Gomez, DesignCon 2008. 214. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 2: The Case of the Closing Eye, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2008. 215. Answering Next Gen Serial Challenges, Part 1: How Stressing a Receiver Removes Stress from a Designer, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2007. 216. Chapter 2, Pp29-60, of Digital Communications Test and Measurement: High-Speed Physical Layer Characterization, with Marcus Mueller, editted by Dennis Derickson and Marcus Mueller, (Prentice Hall, Boston, 2007). 217. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 6: Reference Clock Jitter and Data Jitter, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2007. 218. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 5: Clock Recovery in Serial-Data Systems, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2007. 219. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 4: Jitter Analysis in Systems with Crosstalk, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2006. 220. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 3: All About the Acronyms: RJ, DJ, DDJ, ISI, DCD, PJ, SJ, ...,  published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2006. 221. Using Clock Jitter Analysis to Reduce BER in Serial Data Applications, published and distributed without a byline by Agilent Technologies, 2006. 222. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 2: What the Dual-Dirac Model Is and What it Is Not, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2006. 223. Jitter 360 Knowledge Series, Part 1: The Meaning of Total Jitter, published and distributed by Tektronix Corp., 2006. 224. Anticipating, Characterizing, and Avoiding Problems with Crosstalk, Al Neves (co-author), DesignCon 2006 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2006. 225. Opening Closed Eyes: Analysis and Equalization of High Data Rate Signals on Buses and Backplanes, DesignCon2006 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2006. 226. Equalization: The Correction and Analysis of Degraded Signals, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2005. 227. Jitterfest: Why Different Jitter Analyzers Give Different Results and Which is Right, published in the online trade magazine, AnalogZone, 2005. 228. Comparison of Different Jitter Analysis Techniques with a Precision Jitter Transmitter, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2005. 229. Measurement of Total Jitter at Low Probability Levels Using the Optimized BERT Scan Method, with Marcus Mueller and Russ McHugh, DesignCon2005 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2005. 230. Precision Jitter Transmitter, with Jim Stimple, DesignCon2005 Proceedings, International Engineering Consortium, 2005. 231. Jitter Analysis: The dual-Dirac model, RJ/DJ, and Q-scale, a white paper published and distributed by Agilent Technologies, 2004. 232. The Rules of Jitter Analysis, published in AnalogZone, 2004. 233. Analyzing Jitter at High Data Rates, published in IEEE Optical Communications, February 2004. 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