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

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 cravings of sorts, I can either exercise my rather pedestrian will, or cave and feed it. In this case I chose to feed it against the better judgments of my bank account. So I collect NASA artifacts from the earliest days of the space program and even before. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Sotheby’s auctioneers had an event dedicated...

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Weird Crap in Mike’s Place #2

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 received a package last week that had two items in it that I strongly suspected had never, ever, shared the same shipping container. One of my hobbies is collecting space and aviation memorabilia. This goes well beyond models and a few pictures, and include flown hardware and rare documents. The holy grail of both Aviation and Space came up...

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Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #2

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place, #2

Weird Crap in Mike’s house #2 From time to time over the past couple of weeks a number of people who know that I like anything NASA (except of course for the cancellations of Apollos 18, 19 and 20. I still grimace at that like a three year being served escamoles, as does Joe Engle no doubt. Get over it Joe!)….and so what I thought of Gravity. I loved it, from beginning to end, in spite of the dozen or so fundamentally basic errors. Most of the...

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Of dollars and cents and M&Ms

Of dollars and cents and M&Ms

I had an interesting encounter a little while ago. A 10 year old asked me how much does Distant Suns cost in the App Store. I said “10 bucks.” “Why so much?” he responded…. One of the many paradigms that shifted when the App Store first opened up was the pricing model. It was obvious that the apps would cost less then their CD-ROM/store shelf variants. But how much was underestimated. Apple expected games that might retail for $30 to drop down...

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Weird Crap in Mike’s House

Weird Crap in Mike’s House

Whenever someone sees Chez Mike (AKA: Distant Sun’s World HQ for Global Domination) I invariably have to give a tour and explain lot’s of the weird crap I have scattered about. This is the first virtual “weird crap” tour that I’ll post to make it look like I really am paying attention to my website and Distant Suns. 150 years ago this past week was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg....

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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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