No, I didn’t eat chili in Chile

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 in Chile was dedicated to visiting various observatories and other astronomy related sites. Due to some of the best seeing in the world along with the dry, stable climate in the Atacama Desert, Chile is gravid with observatories. Collectively these sites form the European Southern Observatory, www.eso.org. Besides visiting all of...

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Modern simulations of NASA’s classic spaceflights

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 grateful for the remarkable work he’s been doing to make the spaceflights during NASA’s golden age feel real and present again. Lunarmodule5 didn’t have those experiences first hand, the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975 being his earliest memories. But that started a fascination in him such that he at one time hoped to become a...

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More transity goodness

More transity goodness

One of the fun things about going with an astronomy tour group is that I can let other people schlep their telescopes on the airplane, and I can “bum a look.” I supposed not much different then bumming for a smoke, but much healthier. Although, admittedly, it would have been fun to have my C6 with me. But it is a lot of fun comparing the various instruments side-by-side all aimed at the same target. I go with Melitatrips, based in...

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Look ma! I am on Chinese TV!

A couple of weeks ago I participated with “Hack the Future,” in San Jose. HtF brings computer professionals together with a bunch of kids to let them get a better understand of programming, robotics, hardware and so on. You can see me at the same table as Al Alcorn, inventor of Pong. Go...

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Distant Suns in Mongolia (huh?)

On Saturday, we here at the Distant Suns World Headquarters, participated in a weekend conference on startups and entrepreneurs held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Yes, that Mongolia. In a two-way video link thanks to Skype, I covered what it takes to be an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and tips on getting successful apps out into the Market. The group was surprisingly savvy, asking me about the Silicon Prairie, how to handle the financial hit to...

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