Scottsdale’s New View of Photo Enforcement

Sarah Blais reported recently via KTVK Channel 3’s website about Scottsdale’s newest photo speed enforcement tools: Low-profile (thus hard-to-see) portable “kiosks,” which contain more compact versions of the equipment in our infamous photo-enforcement vans and other, more permanently installed equipment. As I recall, the program was ‘sold’ by its vendor (American Traffic Systems, aka “ATS”)  […]

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The Hohokam

The Hohokam prehistoric culture in Oasisamerica (what is now known as the American Southwest) existed from around the beginning of the Current Era to about 650 years ago. Oasisamerican cultures were centered on and nourished by the rivers of the area. The term “Hohokam” derives from the O’Odham word for “all used up.” Modern O’Odham […]

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Apophenia: Searching for Meaning

Happy 125th Birthday to Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922), Swiss psychoanalyst who popularized the use of patient’s interpretations of ink blot as a diagnostic tool. These techniques are now known generically as Rorschach tests. They utilize the underlying phenomenon of “apophenia,” which is the human tendency to see patterns in otherwise random data. Rorschach’s work developed out […]

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