Return to Space

| July 26, 2005

Today might be a good day to remember the courage it takes to board a spacecraft… any spacecraft. If you’ve never read Bill Whittle’s eulogy for the Columbia astronauts, read Courage. If you have read it, do so again. It may just be the single finest piece of writing ever published on the web.

Fireworks for the Fourth

| July 4, 2005

The impact portion of NASA’s Deep Impact cometary probe mission appears to be a complete success: “See what free men can do!” — Burt Rutan Lots more at Speed of Thought.

Profound Wallop

| January 12, 2005

Sending a mission to examine — and punch a hole through — a comet: pretty dang cool. Naming it after the chick-flick version of the Bruce Willis vehicle Armageddon: not quite so cool.

Reflections on Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Part 6

| September 29, 2004

The real Sky Captains:


| August 26, 2004

Bad science doesn’t stand a chance when it meets a guy named “Beaker.”


| July 20, 2004

I’m just old enough to remember it well. 35 years ago today, the pinnacle of scientific achievement was reached. We haven’t been back to the Moon since 1972. It’s long past time we go again — to stay.

Quote of the Day

| June 21, 2004

Congratulations to the folks at Scaled Composites and all involved with today’s successful flight of a man into space. Wretchard of Belmont Club: The stars were never made for those who refuse to look up; nor are they vouchsafed to those enslaved by ancient hatreds. Perhaps that is why Americans are leading the way into […]

Wireless Printing

| February 16, 2004

Glenn Reynolds asks: SO DOES ANYBODY HAVE EXPERIENCE with this wireless printer from HP? I’d like to set up wireless printing, but from what I’ve heard it’s not really ready for primetime, and the reviews on this thing’s Amazon page are, um, mixed. What I’d like is a printer that will simply print from any […]

Quote of the Day

| January 22, 2004

With regard to computers: Interfaces are ok for newcomers, but people who actually know what they’re doing use a magnetised needle and a steady hand. Mike MacCana, on the linux-elitists mailing list

Another Giant Leap

| January 4, 2004

The Martian missile launchers must have been on the fritz tonight: NASA Rover Lands on Mars, Signals Earth I just finished watching the NASA/JPL press conference a little while ago. The mood of exuberance was palpable. Good job so far, lads.

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