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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 28 2012

Check out Beryl’s track from yesterday!

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That is one nasty storm track! The storm has since moved over northern Florida and the track updated, and Beryl is not a dangerous storm by Florida standards (Trust me on THIS), but that is one hell of a track. If a big storm did that, just a cat 2 or cat 3, the damage …

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May 28 2012

A heroes day

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Justin Callahan’s life changed forever in one violent instant on a cold, bleak January morning in 2004. The then 21 year-old army sergeant was on routine patrol in Afghanistan when a hockey-puck sized land mine called a PMN2, a Soviet relic from the cold war, detonated a mere yard away. He never even heard the …

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May 27 2012

The Austerians

It seems the Austerians have managed to move Europe’s economy toward another recession. Right now we are enjoying lower gas prices as a result, but there are Austerian sympathizers hard at work in US politics hell bent on following the EU into the abyss. I’m not sure what planet they’re on, but below is a short list of the …

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May 27 2012

A word on newspace vs. old

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    The SpaceX-Dragon launch drew the nation’s eyes’ the newspace vs traditional aerospace over the weekend. That’s mostly good news in my view, but I saw some misconceptions being bandied around by talking heads and bloggers. Some people are skeptical of corporations, which is not only understandable in my view but essential to reality in ths day …

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May 25 2012

Catch a Dragon by the tail & I Told You So!

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The SpaceX Dragon capsule has docked, NASA has a new partner in space exploration, and I am among a handful of writers who saw this coming:

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May 25 2012

You can see why CEOs hate Obama …

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The horrible suffering inflicted on America’s freedom loving CEOs is a unique burden no good ole boy should ever be forced to endure. It’s inhuman, it’s un-American, and you can understand why many zillionaires are working so hard to kick that soshilist hippie commie black panther capitalism-hating ursuper out of the White House:

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May 24 2012

ISS flyby

Artist's rendering of the cargo variant of Dragon being berthed to the ISS. Click for more info on the SpaceX Dragon.

Here’s something a researcher told me in a  recent interview with some asteroid miners: when it comes to newspace, failure is an option. It has to be. If we restrict ourselves as a species only to tasks with super high confidence rates, the rate of progress will slow to a crawl. This failure is an option theme may lead in my …

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May 24 2012

Late afternoon on Mars

Mars rover Oppotunuty captures its own shadow on the rim of Endeavour Crater. Image credit NASA/JPL

I’m building up a smorgasborg of Martian images and news articles below …

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May 23 2012

This will be very cool, if it works

May 23 2012

Diablo 3: Real money auction house delayed

Blizzard’s long anticipated video game Diablo 3 may now rank as the best-selling, or fastest selling, PC game in history. But the crown jewel of the virtual battleground, the Real Money Auction House, has reportedly been delayed:

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