Recent Work

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

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...

Still more Weird Crap in Mike’s place

Since we’re in the High Holy week for space...

Recent Blog Posts

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...

November 20, 2013 |

CometWatch-n-stuff

Thanks to all of you who have picked up CometWatch (and to Space.com for reporting it). A couple of things I...