Alan Turing and The Enigma Machine | James Grime
Recorded on April 7th, 2019 Alan Turing may best be remembered as one of the leading code breakers of Bletchley Park during World War II. It was Turing's brilliant insights and mathematical mind that helped to break Enigma, the apparently unbreakable code used by the German military. We present a history of both Alan Turing and the Enigma leading to this triumph of mathematical ingenuity. Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James now runs The Enigma Project and travels the world giving public talks on the history and mathematics of codes and code breaking. James is also a presenter of the YouTube channel Numberphile (https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile) & Singing Banana (https://www.youtube.com/user/singingbanana)
Tamara Griffith from Girl in Flight Training Academy
Tamara informs us about her passion of encouraging women to take up flying and demonstrates how it is a valuable networking tool. Tamara is the Event Coordinator and Director of Marketing for Girls In Flight Training. Tamara is commercial pilot, flight instructor, and A&P with her inspection authorization (like her mother and likely the only mother daughter IA's). Tamara has been a corporate pilot, freight pilot, and has crossed both oceans, flown to, in and around many other countries. She is currently an independent flight instructor and also a mechanic with Fox Aviation International Inc. Recorded on April 19 2020 in a Houston Oasis Virtual Gathering.
Juvenile Court Bench View |Judge Eric Andell | Lou'a Louise | April 26 2020 Virtual Gathering
Join us every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom and Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/HoustonOasis/) Here is the program summary for April 26 2020 Main Speaker: Judge Eric Andell "A View From the Juvenile Court Bench: A Conversation About the State of Our Children and Parents." Judge Eric Andelll works as an assigned Judge, Arbitrator and Mediator. In those capacities he has been called upon to hear and resolve hundreds of complex business litigation issues. Andell has served actively as a judge for over 30 years, including seven years as Judge of the 315th District Court and eight years on the First Court of Appeals hearing all types of disputes. He was named "Outstanding Texas Judge" by the Texas Bar Association, was twice recognized as "Appellate Judge of the Year" by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. He also received the University of Houston Law Center Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Centennial "Top 100 Alumni" Award from the University of Arizona and was recently awarded the Waller County Child Welfare Board's "Judge of the Year." After the Court of Appeals, Judge Andell served for several years as Deputy Undersecretary of Education in Washington, D.C. Musician: Lou'a Louise Lou'a Louise is an indie folk singer-songwriter based in Houston, Texas. Lou'a has a silky smooth, jazzy voice, known to captivate audiences, but is incredibly unique because of her comedic stage presence. From melancholy songs to hilarious banter, her performance is guaranteed to take you for a ride that you'll want to get back on time and time again. MC: Alexis Potaman
Street Epistemology | Anthony Magnabosco
Anthony Magnabosco is a worldwide promoter and practitioner of Street Epistemology, which is a conversational method for respectfully challenging claims by asking probing questions to uncover the reliability of one’s belief formation process. He has appeared on The Thinking Atheist, The Atheist Experience, The David Pakman Show, Cognitive Dissonance, The Friendly Atheist Podcast and blog, as well as several other podcasts and shows. Anthony has inspected hundreds of people’s beliefs using this approach, frequently uploads videos of those discussions to his YouTube channel (magnabosco210), and has given several talks, interviews and workshops on the subject. Be prepared to question your own conclusions on how to effectively engage with a God believer or anyone else who happens to make a claim!
Modern Art Explained, Using Art by Women | Dennis Fehr
Recorded on December 1 2019 Dennis Fehr Bio: I became fascinated with drawing when I was able to see over the armrest of my father's easy chair. I watched with awe as images of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck emerged from the point of his pencil. Our Mechanized Amish community discouraged Dad from pursuing an art career, and he acquiesced. I too was discouraged but I rebelled, and what a career that has given me. I make art, and I teach others to make it. I've shown kindergarteners how to make green from blue and yellow, and I've chaired Ph.D. dissertation committees. I've taught jail inmates how to draw. I have consulted for foreign governments and the US Department of Education. I've published three books. I've taught art, lectured about art, and made art in 19 countries. My work is in collections in six countries and several US states. Presently I teach art and economics at the Fusion Academy in Houston, Texas. Dad exhibited only one artwork in his lifetime. He was 88 when he entered a painting in his retirement center's annual crafts show. It fetched $200. He painted sitting on a folding chair at a card table set up in a closet. He bought his canvases at discount stores and found his frames at garage sales. I work in a studio with a spacious drafting table, comfortable desk, art library, power tools, computer and printer, and large storage cabinets and shelves. My art looks nothing like his, and yet when I'm working, I feel his hand on mine. I wonder what kind of studio he would have had if he had chosen to rebel.
New Americans in Houston: An Economic Engine | Chelsea Kramer
Join us as we discuss the economic impact of immigration. Chelsie Kramer will present data from NAE’s report on the demographic and economic contributions of Immigrants in the Houston area. Chelsie Kramer is the State Organizer for New American Economy (NAE) which is a national bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the economic case for smarter immigration policies that would grow the U.S. economy and create jobs for all Americans. There she focuses on building relationships and creating a broad Texas network that can be mobilized to engage in the immigration debate through the lens of the positive economic impact immigrants have on the Texas economy.
Natural Wonders in the Houston Metroplex | Jerry Hamby
Jerry Hamby, poet and Texas Master Naturalist, presents "Natural Wonders in the Houston Metroplex" at the Houston Oasis Gathering on March 1, 2015. Jerry Hamby has taught English and Humanities at Lee College for more than twenty-five years. His poetry has been published in several literary journals, and his collection Letters Drawn in Water was published by Pecan Grove Press. Jerry has done dozens of readings, most recently as a Juried Poet at Houston Poetry Fest 2014. He recently completed initial certification as a member of the Texas Master Naturalist program.
The most dangerous woman in Tennessee | Gayle Jordan
Oasis welcomes the Executive Director of Recovering From Religion (https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/) Gayle Jordan. Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one's faith. She ran for state office in Tennessee in 2016 and 2018 as an open and visible atheist. She was subjected to a personal attack on her religious liberty by the opposing candidate and party. Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen. (https://gaylejordan.net/)
Wayne Lauritzen, "Weird Times in a Hindu Temple," Houston Oasis, Feb 15, 2015
Longtime Oasien Wayne Lauritzen presents another unique Community Moment. In "Weird Times in a Hindu Temple," Wayne tells about some of his world travels and how he saw an important Oasis value demonstrated while visiting a Hindu temple. Recorded on February 15 2015