NASA, University of Texas at Dallas Reveal Apollo 11 Behind-the-Scenes Audio

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-university-of-texas-at-dallas-reveal-apollo-11-behind-the-scenes-audio 19,000 hours of audio have been digitized and released to the public 49 years after the first moon landing.  I can't even wrap my head around what an extraordinary gift to history this is, or what kind of an undertaking that had to be. Now consider this: according to the linked article at NASA.gov, … Continue reading NASA, University of Texas at Dallas Reveal Apollo 11 Behind-the-Scenes Audio

The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

"Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Adventures in Science Literacy

The morning after, I'm still in a state of awe. Last night I got to see Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on stage, doing what he does best: education for the people. The topic was Adventures in Science Literacy. Or as he called it, "Adventures in Science Illiteracy." You see, the entire talk was geared about … Continue reading Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Adventures in Science Literacy

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

Really look at that graphic.  Think about those words.  More than just words, the photo that accompanies it was the idea of Carl Sagan.  He lobbied NASA for decades to have that photo taken.  You can read the entire soliloquy and see the uncluttered photo at the Planetary Society's website.  The message of hope behind the … Continue reading Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

Transgender Complete: A Virtual Handbook by Joanne Borden

Every so often, I feel the need to take a look at the world around me and see something I've maybe not looked at before with any attempt to understand.  Sometimes that need is simple curiosity, other times I feel compelled by circumstances that crossed my path.  Sometimes it's both.  Whatever the case may be, … Continue reading Transgender Complete: A Virtual Handbook by Joanne Borden

My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is, for me, something of a modern day folk hero.  I have nothing but admiration and respect for his work and his commitment to education, both of which continue in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Carl Sagan, and both of which are sorely needed in our age of mind-blowing levels … Continue reading My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)