I've got about a week's worth of random links to clear out, so I might as well get cracking.
Might as well start with this email I got from myself courtesy of FutureMe.org:
If you're interested in sending messages to your future self, FutureMe is kind of fun.
You've been to Europe and--hopefully--seen the Ares I-X flight go up by now. You had three weeks to yourself; what did you learn? What did you do for others? What did you come back with (hopefully nothing contagious)? What contacts/friends did you make? What did you learn from the launch?
Now get writing!
From Cliff, a unique take on how to compare Obama's deficit spending with George W. Bush's deficit spending.
From Father Dan, a 1948 cartoon on freedom and what it means to have it taken away. Ten minutes long, but worth the watch.
From Dom, a flow chart of "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. No, really.
From Lin: an indication that the Obama administration might've exaggerated a little on the number of jobs created by the stimulus. I'm shocked, shocked...
From me, a list of the Ares I-X blogs posted up to and during launch:
- Following Ares I-X on Launch Day (summary of all the different ways/sites people can use to get information on I-X) http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256637046961.html
- One on One and Another on the Other (discussing the significance of Ares and Atlantis on the launch pads) http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256642619884.html
- The Pulse of the Public (videos of spectator reactions at KSC)http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256645425971.html
- Pulse of the People, Part II (more spectator reactions—a hoot!)http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256648140578.html
- Flight Rules and Triboelectrification (What the heck is that?)http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256648398611.html
- The Pointy End of the Rocket (discussion of the five-hole probe)http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256648957643.html
- When is a Rocket Launch Like a Soap Opera? (summary of our various challenges during the day) http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256653671613.html
- Not Today (brief comment on the scrub) http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/Ares%20I-X.blog/posts/post_1256657433409.html
- Whatever Happened to the Five-Hole Probe?
- Why a Four-Hour Launch Window?
- Triboelectrification Questions? Try This.
NASA has an iPhone application.
From work, a series of 3D images of the Ares I-X rocket. Yowza! (Note: Java required to run.)
- Ares I-X on 39B 10/23.2009 at 10am from MLP side 3 (North side)
- Ares I-X on 39B 10/23/2009 at 10am from MLP side 1 (South side)
- Ares I-X on 39B 10/23/2009 at 10am on 295 foot level
- Ares I-X in VAB High Bay 3 as viewed from Mobile Launch Platform
- Ares I-X in VAB High Bay 3 as viewed from High Bay 4 16th level crossover
- Ares I-X in VAB High Bay 3 as viewed from F Tower C Platform Catwalk
- Ares I-X in VAB High Bay 3 as viewed from E Roof South
- 39B ready for Ares I-X ---- modified to accommodate Ares I-X
- 39B ready for Ares I-X ---- modified to accommodate Ares I-X (235 foot level)
Antarctic ice loss might have been overestimated.
Even if the U.S. government has a hard time explaining why it needs a space program, the European Space Agency does not.
From Dea, a little graphic that amused me because it occasionally hits close to home. The scary part is that meetings in this job can go 4-8 hours...WAY off the scale for this chart.
Oh yeah, speaking of Ares I-X, Fox News posted a slide show from the mission.
I think I've found my next tax haven: a floating city!
And I guess that will do for now. Thanks for reading...or not.