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Still voicing after all these years




"It is essential to maintain a positive vision of the future, from which to draw our goals, the motivation to pursue them, and the compulsion to meet the complex human challenges we will face along the way"

-Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut.  From her preface to The High Frontier by Gerard K. O'Neill


Honest.  Go see it.  For Fun at least.  It is NOT what you have heard.

[read more if you are about to shluff this off]

Support SSI With Amazon Smile


Just called up Amazon and was greeted with a popup asking if I wanted to donate to a charity (at no cost to me).  Huh.  I clicked the About link ( ) and saw that all we have to do is pick a charity then whenever we call up Amazon with a portion of our regular purchase prices go to what we want.

They offer a scroll picker with the usual suspects but also allow you to search.  I did so and found that SSI is listed! 

Neat.  I'm in!


Gary Hudson SSI NIAC 2014 Video


SSI President Gary Hudson was at the 2014 NIAC conference last week. I so wish I could have been there but Livestream is the next best thing. Gary starts at 1:03.

Watch live streaming video from niac2014 at

Benny The Focused Lego


Lego Movie is coming.  The book is already here. 

My son yelled across the Barnes and Noble store ...

...that we are in it :).


The last remaining issue of long duration space life


Had another request to add demo SQL to the old Magic Datepart page. Done.

Hey... yesterday two background voices came together in a flash.

First, while waiting for my tires to be replaced I caught a guy lamenting 'kids these days' not being able to look up from their Gameboys [sic] and AppPhones to save their souls.  Later I had Methuselah's Children playing at the house and along came that always-sad Heinleinism that the only long duration space travel issue truly unfixable by dedicated science and engineering (aka Just Doing It) is the deadliness of boredom.

Hmm.  Hmmmm.  Perhaps the rise of video games is the pink pill RAH didn't foresee?

Gravity and Alexander


I saw a review of Gravity that had as its blurb the reviewer stating that the movie was so good that it proves that Space is no place for human beings.


I've been told from childhood that Alexander The Great wept for there no more worlds to conquer.  As a person raised on the excitement of the infinite possibilities of things beyond this one little tiny planet, that line always made me sad for Alexander, because his time kept him from seeing the truly real big picture.  Recently I was told that that quote was NOT historical; like Christians quoting Milton and believing they were referencing the Bible, Alexander had quite a different thing to say... 

Huh. Samuel Adams was an old guy


I've had this as my desktop image for a while now. I like it for several personal reasons, but I just finally noticed the dates.

1722 DOB, that means he was in his 50s during the famous Revolution work.  40s and 50s back then was like 60s and 70s today.


Buzz, LinkedIn, Mars, Moon, Asteroids and wigs


This morning in the Leeward Space Foundation group on LinkedIn, Jun Okushi posted a link to this Examiner article which reported Buzz Aldrin is no fan of the current Asteroid plan.  And, of course the comments raged from the Mars, Moon and Asteroid supporters (wait, there were no Asteroid supporters, odd).

If you're on LinkedIn, search for it but be ready for a slug fest.

With my two cents I was going to quote Mozart's exclamation to his wigmaker...

but I posted this instead ...

Hey! High Frontier is now on Kindle!


Lookie that, some fine soul at the Space Studies Institute put the High Frontier out on Kindle for a new age of Space enlightenment.  Oh, it was me ;-). 

Today I was introduced onstage at the Space Access Society conference in Phoenix by Gary Hudson, SSI President,  as the Space Studies Institute Evangelist, so I was honored to do the announcement of the release of the exclusive Kindle edition.

Go get it darnit.  It is truly an important and fascinating book.  Plus we worked pretty hard to get it turned into a nice Kindle version so, as a good good friend, you know that getting it and reading it will make me happy.

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