"We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians." --Edgar Mitchell

"We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth." --William Anders

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Priorities, or Why We Can't Take Education For Granted

Let's just get this out in the open:  I think we should colonize other worlds, and I think we should do it yesterday.  There is no greater aspiration that I have than to facilitate the beginning of a diaspora of the human race to the rest of the solar system, and even (or especially) beyond.  Perhaps "trickle" would be a better word than diaspora, though, to begin with.

And that's all I feel I need to say about that, if all that stood in the way was the engineering.

Except that there are so many other things that go into such a feat.  Some things I can think of off the top of my head are education, politics (unfortunately), and public interest.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Brass Tacks

You know, I'd always thought the phrase was "brass tax."  And that made sense to me; I mean, when you get down to the real business of things, that's what pays the bills, and I'd always associated the phrase with that concept.  But I digress.

I seem to have figured out how to make the imaginary people that read my blog less imaginary, and more real.  Before I wrote my last entry, I had a grand total of eight page views, EVER.  And most of those were probably myself (I have since turned THAT off).  You can see why I thought, and will still think, for the most part, that you are imaginary.  Five hours after I posted the last entry, I had about 25 views!!  Real people!  Some of them possibly German (although that may have had something to do with my surname).  Internet "popularity" is heady.  (I've never had more than three people read any one thing that I've written, so this is huge.)  Let's let it go to my head, shall we?

But back on topic: now that I have the nitty-gritty business of introducing myself out of the way, I can turn my attention to other things.  As in why I am actually throwing this nonsense into the internet?  Doesn't it already have enough of its own? Well maybe I like the noise.  But there's also more to it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Fresh Start

I have decided to restart this blog (well, mostly). Even though no one reads it, I decided I wanted to go a different direction with it, and there weren't very many posts to begin with. I left the most recent entry because it explains a lot about me, and why I do what I do.

So this fresh start gets to launch with a little bit of an introduction, oh Imaginary Reader. Which probably means I'll end up telling you more about who I want to be than who I actually am. I suppose we'll have to start with the facts, and go from there: