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I'm tired

Melissa Harris-Lacewell was here yesterday.  She was great.  If you missed her at UNCA, you missed a GREAT lecture on politics and how we think about candidates.

More on her and how I was running around like a chicken with his cut off, later.

By | 2008-02-22T06:16:07+00:00 February 22nd, 2008|General|Comments Off on I'm tired

Why I'm don't fly on the Shuttle

I’m a nerd. I admit it. I love NASA and the space shuttle. I follow every mission as close as I can given my schedule. I was seriously bummed when we lost the 2 shuttles.

Atlantis took off today. (I should have the video soon.) In the first 2 minutes of any shuttle flight there are 2 procedures that I just love. The first one is the roll of the shuttle just after takeoff. To take something that big and going that fast and precisely roll it, is amazing to me. The second is the shuttle going through the sound barrier. The shuttle has to throttle down to reduce stress. After it passes through the sound barrier, Mission Control simply says, “Atlantis, go with throttle up.” Now, here is where my love for speed would kick in. The Commander will usually say something like, “Throttle up.” Very calm and understated. I’m sorry. I would have worked over 10 years to get in that chair and to be in that position. My response would be, “Hell, yeah. All of you Porsche and Ferrari owners, bite me. Throttle way up!” In a matter of seconds, I would flying faster than 2,000 mph. So, that is one reason why I won’t be flying the shuttle. The other reasons are I’m terribly out of shape and I get sea sick watching a glass of water. Besides that I’m ready!

BTW, not to bring up politics, but didn’t Bush promise to send a man to Mars and back to the moon? Those proposals were DOA before the echo had died in the room.

By | 2008-02-07T21:42:04+00:00 February 7th, 2008|Bush Administration, NASA|Comments Off on Why I'm don't fly on the Shuttle