Jan 15 around 7 am mountain time
If you’re a fan of the space age, this is a must-read.
Astronauts have been saying “Houston” into their radios since 1965. The callsign refers in general to the Johnson Space Center in Texas, and the people who answer to it sit in the Mission Control Center, located in Building 30 near the south end of the The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) campus. “Mission Control” has been the subject of movies, television shows, and documentaries for decades. It’s usually depicted as a bustling room filled with serious folks in short-sleeved white shirts and skinny black ties who shout dramatically about damaged spaceships while frantically pressing buttons on chunky 1960s control consoles. What is it really like, though, to sit at one of those consoles? What do all of those buttons do?
Nov 20 around 6 am mountain time
I flew on SQ231 earlier this summer and wholeheartedly agree they’re on top. As for what’s available in the US? Pathetic.
Readers’ Choice Awards at Condé Nast
Nov 19 around 9 pm mountain time
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Jul 11 around 12 pm mountain time
Ellen McManis on Relativistic Baseball:
After about 70 nanoseconds the ball arrives at home plate. The batter hasn’t even seen the pitcher let go of the ball, since the light carrying that information arrives at about the same time the ball does. Collisions with the air have eaten the ball away almost completely, and it is now a bullet-shaped cloud of expanding plasma (mainly carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen) ramming into the air and triggering more fusion as it goes. The shell of x-rays hits the batter first, and a handful of nanoseconds later the debris cloud hits.
Jul 4 around 9 pm mountain time
My new favorite service: HideIPVPN.
Make your traffic appear to originate from United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany or Canada. Access sites like Hulu, Pandora, ABC, NBC, BBC iPlayer, ITV. Unblock Skype and VoIP.
This allows me to watch Tour de France highlights on iTV Player for $5 — a fraction of the $30 subscription on NBCSports.