Blast off

This is what it’s like to ride a booster rocket into space:

Of course, you should never do that, because you’re not in the space ship. Being in the space ship adds to the pleasure of your voyage. (And you don’t die.)


Where’s my flying car?

I heard someone say that last week. I don’t remember how it got blurted out, but one minute, there was talk about the future, and the next, it was getting over traffic with a flying car.

When you see how the average person drives, what you appreciate most is the fact we don’t have flying cars.

But the other fact is, we’ve always had flying cars. They just sucked:

k-bigpic-1That’s a Convair Model 118, built in the 1940s after World War II.

The concept of the flying car has been for about 100 years. One was sketched out and built in 1917. In those 100 years, some flying cars actually flew.

The futurist site i09 has a comprehensive history of the flying car. People put a lot of thought into them. But we’re fortunate they never … how you say? … took off. Air travel is already a nightmare. Add millions of flying cars to the highway … . No! I’m not going to think about it.


Touring the solar system

A Ted talk by Viet (Jon) NguyenNASA Eyes on the Solar System.

Jon is currently the principal architect and lead programmer for NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System” software, which uses video-game technology to recreate the solar system and the spacecraft that explore it within a web-browser.

A trip to Saturn

The U.S. manned space program is at a standstill with the end of the space shuttle program, but that doesn’t mean the exploration of space has ended.

Here’s a recently released photo of the planet Saturn, taken by the Cassini orbiter (click on the photo to get the full effect):

And here’s a group of actual photo’s from the orbiter placed together the give the feel of traveling around the planet and through its rings:

Finally, click here, and listen to a giant lightning storm on the planet.

Techno junkie

I’m on the road, headed for a new job, and as I settle in temporary housing, I realize what a techno junkie I’ve become.

I brought a computer, an iPad, an iPhone, HDMI cables and assorted keyboards, mice and chargers, totally set to blog and surf the web.

But the temporary housing is a couple of years behind me. I was all set to use the television here as a monitor, but it doesn’t have an HDMI port. That is so 2005.

My fallback was to use the iPad, but there’s no wireless Internet in this apartment. (paying more money to AT&T for a 3G connection is out of the question)

So here I am, typing out a post on the iPhone’s tiny keyboard.

Now that’s desperation. Gotta get a blog fix somehow.