From the genius at XKCDRead More Well Said
For those who suffered through the 1st Presidential stump speech fest (“debate” is too strong a word for what I witnessed), you may have noticed that the issue of Space didn’t get any coverage, other than a passing reference to China sending some astronauts up and how we should focus more on math and science […]Read More Well, it sorta got mentioned…
So it seems that our enlightened leadership in the Administration, having pissed away what the accountants will eventually calculate as over $1 trillion on a war against those who attacked us on 9/11 – I mean, a war against those who had weapons of mass destruction that they were 45 minutes away from using on […]Read More Brother can you spare 7 trillion dimes…?
As a sometime investor in various space-related startups, I troll the web periodically looking for potential opportunities or even just interesting technologies. In the early afternoon of September 16th, I came across the web site for Masten Space Systems, Inc.: http://masten-space.com/ I know next to nothing about the company other than it is located in […]Read More In Space, Can Anybody Smell the B.S.?
Apologies for the radio silence over the past few weeks – real life stepped up and threw in a couple of major time consumers (big project for work, moving from DC to St Louis, packing/unpacking, speaking at a couple of conferences, etc). I thought i’d share a little bit of info to further my point […]Read More Blog, interrupted
At this weekend’s ISDC in Washington DC, we had a rare alignment of travel schedules, not unlike the grand alignment of the outer gas giants (spare us the obvious jokes, folks!). Taking advantage of this opportunity, the three of us (David, Tom, and myself) and our honorary cynic, Reda (known to many as the first […]Read More A Gathering of Cynics
I received a very interesting powerpoint presentation recently in my email – “Generation Y Perspectives” that appears to have been prepared either by or for NASA. Here are some of the “defining characteristics” of Generation Y: Demands instant gratification Expecting (NOW! Not 5 minutes from now) Quickly bored Multitasking Empowered Impatient if delayed… but highly […]Read More More Ritalin Please…. Generation Y is here
(Note: the Old Space Cadet is at it again….) In a recent comment to my April 6, 2008 post, Jon Goff quibbled about my use of the word “airline” rather than the word “airplane.” That attention to detail displays a laudable concern for precision of expression, which is a very important characteristic for an engineer […]Read More Parsing to Excess
(NOTE: this post courtesy of the Old Space Cadet) When I was a wee young lad in the mid 1960s I bought some stock because of my confidence in the company’s principal. His name was Warren Buffett. Since then, I have made a point of treating the annual reports of Berkshire Hathaway the same way […]Read More What Would Warren Say?
Charleton Heston dead at 84 years of age. Sorry for the lag in postings – been on the road and swamped. I’ll be in Colorado Springs tomorrow/Tuesday for the first couple of days of the National Space Symposium if any of you are around. Feel free to stop by our booth as well.Read More Pry Away…