Rules for pilots 

I can’t find what newspaper this came from to attribute it to… But it’s pretty funny… because these are all very very true

Don’t be a fool, stay in school

Caleb and I were in our bank branch manager’s office yesterday and he showed us a fraudulent check he just busted someone on. He just happened to see the payer name was “Ford Motor Crop.” The moral of the story is to stay in school. Spelling is important.


If you don’t like this there may be something mentally wrong with you…


Prepare to have your ears explode with Christmas cheer :-)

Trike Drifting

I don’t know why, but this is really great.

Yeah, I’m an influencer in…

Just logged into Klout for the first time in a long time and got: “Klout believes you are influential about Bacon”. Heh.
Also Astronomy, Podcasting, and Github.

I think I like the bacon one the best.

Suffered a minor casualty at NewSpace 2011 last week :-(

Just 2 feet from the floor, my poor phone wasn’t strong enough to withstand the impact.
Our dog Brandy spent some time reflecting on the short life of this phone (plus she’ll pose for a picture when there’s a treat in her future)








Smash the design button

I saw this live at TEDxNASA this year.  As I’ve said before, I’ve been to both TEDxNASA events and didn’t love them. This talk however is outstanding.  There are so many great concepts in this 18 mins.

The most important question you need to ask yourself: why not?

I’m already planning SpaceUp DC 2.0, but in case you missed how rediculous I’m willing to look in the name of Space Exploration:

(Photo credit: Chris Radcliff)

Haley Stephenson did a terrific writeup of her experience at SpaceUp DC here. I have two favorite quotes from it:

An important aspect of the unconference was the opportunity to have fun and enjoy the things that interested us in space in the first place. We fiddled with pipe cleaners (out of which one person constructed the space-time continuum), built spaceships and rovers out of Legos (our “green” ship was powered by Lego conifers), conducted a MoonPie eating contest (beware the banana flavor), and held what is probably the first Tribble war ever (they’re not as soft as they look). If this all seems quite silly, then take a moment to think on what sparked your interest in space and what fuels it now. When did you realize that space is cool?

and my favorite (and not just because that’s my son she’s talking about there):

While getting to Mars, global cooperation in space, or pushing the boundaries of space technology all come with technical, political, and budgetary challenges, space exploration is fueled by the imagination and enthusiasm of both fifty-year-old engineers and eleven-year-old kids like Caleb Doornbos, whose disarming intelligence and freedom from limitations made us all walk away asking, “Why not?” Why not inspire the next generation about space? Why not go to Mars and back in 80 days or less? Why not launch your own satellite? Why not?

I started Evadot one night after being frustrated with how boring NASA TV was that night.

I started SpaceUpDC when Chris Radcliff asked if it was something I thought was worth doing and if it was something I might want to do.

Both times I asked myself: why not me?

This morning, I had a delightful conversation about education 21st century style with Nancy Conrad.  Widow to the 3rd person to ever walk on the moon! Nancy really is a visionary in education. I can’t think of a better way to spend a friday morning.

Tomorrow, I leave for Isle of Man, to meet some of the people who will be in my upcoming book titled “A New Kind of Hero”.

It all started with asking myself: why not?

You know that thing you’ve been telling yourself needs to be done?  You know the one.  It’s time to ask yourself why not.

There is only this moment and the next one.  What are you going to do with it?

Another BP Spill