Recent Work

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

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place: Twentieth Anniversary Mac

It’s no secret that Apple has produced a number...

My First Computer – the DIGI-COMP 1

Oftimes those of the computer nerd persuasion...

Confessions of a Global Warming Skeptic

The predictions were dire. Scientists warned of...

Recent Blog Posts

March 25, 2015 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place: Twentieth Anniversary Mac

It’s no secret that Apple has produced a number of oddball machines: the spasm-inducing Mac Portable, the...

January 30, 2015 |

My First Computer – the DIGI-COMP 1

Oftimes those of the computer nerd persuasion like to talk about how they got hooked by these “thinking...

December 27, 2014 |

Confessions of a Global Warming Skeptic

The predictions were dire. Scientists warned of crop losses that were sure to doom billions to starvation, entire...

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 – Stephen Hawking

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...