Wheels of Clay

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 have the reputation of being considered about the smartest people who’ve ever trod this veil of tears, even if only a few people can actually understand the substance of their contributions to science. Contributions which are substantial, whether understood or not by the public. Hawking’s reputation is naturally enhanced by his tragic...

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Starmus, 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 in search like-minded types. And so I undertook a torturous journey to Tenerife in the Canary Islands, owned by Spain but not too far to the east from Morocco. It was on these islands, that the first Starmus conference was held in 2011. The Canaries were chosen as the organizers live there and due to the large number of...

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Still more Weird Crap in Mike’s place

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 Weird Crap is a pair of handrails from a lunar module. They don’t look like much, but they’re FREAKING HAND RAILS FROM THE FREAK’N LUNAR MODULE! I wasn’t sure on how to display thembut then did this as the “porch” to the inner sanctum, the second floor...

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Apollo 11 remembered

Apollo 11 remembered

I grew up with space. I grew up learning and memorizing the names of each of the astronauts, their histories, flights and records, much in the same way other kids learned batting averages, home run counts, saves and ERAs about their favorite baseball players. Gemini 7, 14 days in space (14!), Gemini 8, first in flight abort, Gemini 4, first US spacewalk, and on and on. Outside of Christmas or my birthday, launch day for Gemini-this or...

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Northern Lights from North of the Arctic Circle

Northern Lights from North of the Arctic Circle

I’ve been back from Norway for a couple of weeks, but for the first week was too wacked out from jet lag to do much of anything. I was thinking that were I to do a coding marathon of 30+ hours, skip one night’s sleep then get to bed at a “normal” time, I could do a hard reset of my internal clock. Nope. Didn’t work. Screwed me up (well, more than normal). The trip was terrific, but too short. While I don’t...

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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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