Monthly Archives: January 2010

Fall 20 Miles And Survive

In 1960, a crazy Air Force pilot rode a balloon up to 102,000 feet (a third of the way into “space”) and jumped. Wearing a special suit, Joe Kittinger eventually reach 600+ miles per hour in his free fall, breaking the sound barrier. The fall and subsequent parachute landing still stands in the record books.

Now, 50 years later, another crazy man wants to break that record. Felix Baumgartner is currently training and this year plans to ride up to 120,000 feet. Felix’s suit will be using today’s technology and his team will be able to monitor his descent from the ground. He too will break the sound barrier in his dive.

All I know is he better have an HD camera so that he can share with the world, as I doubt I’ll ever attempt this myself. But you never know…

Via Gizmodo.

Keith Thompson Rocks!

Image © Keith Thompson

In my last post, I just finished a review of Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan. A great book. What I did not mention was the artwork. I love to see small bits of artwork within a novel. I know that when reading the Harry Potter series, the beginning chapter artwork was a wonderful way to help me visualize the characters and the environment.

And the artwork in Leviathan is fantastic! Just take a look at the sample from his site at the top of this post! While not an image used in Leviathan, this will give you some idea of his flavor. Reading through Scalzi’s and Westerfield’s Big Idea post, I saw the link to the artist responsible: Keith Thompson. I would recommend that any aspiring artist take a look through his gallery. Very original, very vivid and detailed. And if you happen to be a game designer or author looking for an artist for your next game or novel, then give him a call. You can’t go wrong…

Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

LeviathanWow! This was a great book. A must read for YA adventure lovers. Be sure to visit the author’s website. And watch the great trailer for the novel!

Check out my review

GeekDad: Space 2010

geekdadnewlogoI put together a summary of what’s up for the space realm in 2010. Check me out!

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/01/space-2010/

Review: The Chase by Clive Cussler

The ChaseAn okay read in a new “historical” setting for Cussler. Try it out if you are in for an old-style adventure. Be sure to visit the author’s website.

Check out my review

MMX

The majestic beauty of Mount Hood

The first decade of the new millennium has passed. Gone by in a blink. For a while the Twitter hashtag #10yearsago was going around yesterday. Thinking back on where I was and what I was doing 10 years ago really humbles me. Three different houses. Six different jobs. Friends lost. Babies born.

The cycle of life continues to churn, oblivious to human celebrations of the passage of time.

In ten more years my oldest kid will be going on 23. My daughter will be working on 21. Wow! At 23, I was married and expecting my first child. Wow again!

I look forward to walking into the new decade with my head held high, full of promise and adventure. Here are some experiences I am imposing on my family to happen in the next 10 years:

Dream big family! Our opportunities are boundless.

Oh yeah…

Go Bucks!

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