Above, Columbia sits atop Launch Pad 39A in preparation for STS-1, the first space shuttle mission. This wasn’t the first time LC-39A would see the flames of rocket motors. It has been around since the Apollo days. In fact, the first unmanned, manned, and Saturn V launches of the Apollo program left earth [...]
This last weekend I decided to tackle a couple of tech projects I’ve been meaning to do for a while. The genesis of all of this was the fact that I have a detached garage with no connection to the innerwebs. Having access to the tubes that carry the World Wide Web while working on a project out there without having to run inside and muck up the desktop’s keyboard with dirty or greasy hands would be quite convenient. So, I developed a plan. As we all know, the best laid plans fall apart as soon as the first shot is fired.
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In the mid-1970s, France’s air force and navy both wanted to upgrade their fighter jets. Instead of developing their own, they decided to team up with several other European countries to help share costs. Nobody could agree on requirements, how much of the plane would be built in what country, and what color the needles on the gages should be. So, France wound up going it alone. The result is the Dassault Rafale, which has the distinction of being one of the few European aircraft developed and built almost completely in a single country. It’s decidedly French, and quite beautiful.
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When I see stories like this it gives me hope for our future. Here is a high school class who is not only building an impressive robot, but they are using it to help others and learn about a portion of history that soon will not have anyone left [...]
Humans are a pretty amazing lot. We fight and bicker over some really stupid stuff most of the time. However, when something happens to really focus us on what it really means to be a human we pull together. In times of tragedy and hardship we often want to do something, even if [...]
I have a fascination with watching launch failures. When The Professor sent me a link to this video on Universe Today I watched all 32 minutes. It’s fascinating in that “watching a train wreck” way that us humans are so enamored with, but also in a professional way. You see, I watch these [...]
Brooks Stevens may have had a hit if he had called it the Toastasooner.
[Image Credit: Milwaukee Art Museum via Retronaut]
Towering over a man are the US Air Force archives at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA. Volumes upon volumes of film are stored at the Defense Imagery Management Operation Center. Soon, that film will be available to everyone via the series of tubes we call the innerwebs.
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Considering the complexity of the transformation mechanisms of my childhood Transformers toys, the Transformer in the above cartoon may be done transforming before I get Bumblebee’s legs folded up.
[Image Credit xkcd...who else?]
Selfies are all the rage these days. From duck-lipped sorority girls in the bathroom to world leaders, everybody is in on it. However, the selfie isn’t exactly new. Hit the jump to see the results of this selfie.
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