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Bits and pieces of interesting pretties I've picked up along the way.

Houston we have “Weird Crap” #6

It’s no secret that I have a NASA obsession....

Wheels of Clay

It’s no secret that Prof. Stephen Hawking is a...

Starmus, 2014

I love my “job.” As one who deals in astronomy...

Recent Blog Posts

November 11, 2014 |

Houston we have “Weird Crap” #6

It’s no secret that I have a NASA obsession. That would be obvious the moment you step into World HQ for Global...

October 18, 2014 |

Wheels of Clay

It’s no secret that Prof. Stephen Hawking is a “rock-star scientist”, as much as Einstein was in his day. Both...

October 1, 2014 |

Starmus, 2014

I love my “job.” As one who deals in astronomy education it is my sworn duty to go to any odd corner of the world...

September 6, 2014 |

Weird Movie Crap in Mike’s Place

Beside astronomy and software design, I am also a movie buff. I typically prefer the ones from the 30s and 40s,...

July 16, 2014 |

Still more Weird Crap in Mike’s place

Since we’re in the High Holy week for space nerds everywhere as this being the 45thannivearsary of Apollo 11, my...

June 30, 2014 |

No, I didn’t eat chili in Chile

At the end of May, took another one of my slightly wacky vacations, this time to Chile and Peru. The first week...

June 21, 2014 |

More weird crap in Mike’s place

Growing up in the 60s, I was a bit too young to get into the officially approved rockhippieantiwar-run off to the...

May 6, 2014 |

Distant Suns (max) 3.4.9: In-app purchase issues

Some have reported store-problems with the in-app purchase of the new Hubble Guide Star catalog. It might be an...

April 18, 2014 |

Modern simulations of NASA’s classic spaceflights

Simon Plumpton uses the moniker “lunarmodule5” on YouTube. Not many people would get that, but those who do are...

March 23, 2014 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #5

In 1968  Popular Science magazine ran an article on a new film by the always enigmatic but brilliant director,...

February 3, 2014 |

Charging stations

< This is most people’s charging station. This is my charging station. And from behind. Any...

January 19, 2014 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place #4: Soyuz Control Panel

Growing up during the prime of the space-race oriented my nerdling interests for the rest of my life. As all...

January 3, 2014 |

This is what it means to be Amazon’s Free App of the Day

When we released Distant Suns on the Kindle over a year ago, one of my hopes was that it would be selected as...

December 21, 2013 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place #2

And now the second installment in the new craze that’s sweeping the nation: Weird Crap in Mike’s Place! I...

November 22, 2013 |

50 years ago today

Most adults will have as part of their makeup some memory of dramatic, tumultuous events that they can narrate to...