The leading edge of exploration is never easy, never safe. But those who dare to do such exploring do it on behalf of us all. It is not just to expand our knowledge. In ways we cannot foresee, it can—indeed, may turn out to be essential to—help our world survive.
Since our report was published, I have repeatedly been asked to explain what we mean when we say standard credentials don’t tell us what a person is capable of doing. That question deserves an answer. I’m using software for an … Continued
Not fitting into pigeonholes can be a badge of honor. Just do the best you can with your unusual mix of talents and apply your talents toward good purposes. Yes, not fitting a mold will put some extra aggravations in your way. But the satisfaction you can find in what you achieve can make it all worthwhile.
I have submitted an entry for The Next Macgyver contest and perhaps you should, too. This contest is to come up with the concept for a new television show featuring a quick-thinking engineer, as Angus Macgyver was–but this time the … Continued
Nobody can change the world alone. If that’s what you would really like to do, it’ll need teamwork. Just make sure your team is a good one.
I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the exhaustive details—and the attitude. NASA isn’t the only place you can find it, but it has been damned hard to find elsewhere. As shorthand … Continued
Two good things I loved to use have come to an end, Nando’s loyalty card (not allowing transfers from old to new) and TransportDirect (for which there was no true equivalent).
It is possible to endure all manner of trials and tribulations without a routine ritual of thankfulness and hopefulness. But it is harder without such a ritual.
If you’re struggling with something and you aren’t in the States, I highly recommend at least a private annual Thanksgiving ritual. Even if it’s just with a cheap turkey sandwich.
Last week was exciting! The Shropshire Astronomical Society asked me to speak at the first meeting of the viewing season on Saturday 7 September 2013. They wanted to hear what it was like working on the Space Shuttle. I moved … Continued
Redefining the word impossible as a challenge instead of a barrier isn’t just about technical or physical possibility. It applies to practically anything.