Category Archives: news

GeekDad: Carl Sagan Day!

geekdadnewlogoI have a new post over on GeekDad! Celebrating one of the greatest science communicators of all time!

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/11/celebrate-carl-sagan-day/

GeekDad: Star Wars Concert

geekdadnewlogoGotta new post @ GeekDad today. Use the Force and click the link below!

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/09/star-wars-coming-to-a-concert-hall-very-close-by/

Only 7 More To Go :-(

The end is coming too fast! I only have seven more chances to catch a Space Shuttle launch. That is unless the Human Space Flight Review Committee recommends an extension for the Shuttle and the Obama administration approves. Big decisions are in the works…

Review: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

The StrainI contributed to the book economy on this one with a purchase a BN. And it was well worth the dineros!

Check out my review

Repost: White House Names Charles Bolden Jr as NASA Administrator Nominee

Reposted from my GeekDad article:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/05/nasas-new-chief-nominated-former-mission-commander-charles-bolden-jr/

Getting spotty

No, I’m not coming down with a sickness. Just wanted to let any faithful readers (do I have any? LOL), that posts are going to get spotty over the next few months. Not that I don’t love y’all. It’s just that I was offered an awesome opportunity to be a contributing blogger over at GeekDad!

So, I’ll post some here, but the majority of my posts will be located at the GeekDad blog.
See ya on the internets!

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength

A must read!

A must read!

For those of you that don’t know, the title to this post is a reference to the government slogan in the Orwellian classic 1984. In the novel, the protag, Winston Smith struggles to survive in a world gone crazy with the government watching your every move. Ever wonder where the term Big Brother came from? This is it!

If you haven’t been following news about our Brit friends across the pond, seems that the UK Met Office is determined to make 1984 a reality.

Did you know that London has the most “street cameras” (also called CCTVs) per capita than any other city?

Yesterday, I read an article over on Boing Boing that highlights a set of new flyers the Met Office is distributing that encourages people to spy on their neighbors, rifle through their trash, and report any other “suspicious” activities.

Today, Cory Doctorow (who wrote Little Brother, a novel that dives into the “Big Brother is watching” theme)  highlighted quite a few remixed flyers from readers around the world. Some of them are pretty cool and point out the fallacies of the “spy on your neighbor” attitude that the British fuzz wants the public to adopt. Others are just plain hilarious.

Here is my attempt (click for a larger view)…

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We have not gone this far in much of the US yet. But the NY is well on it’s way (especially after 9/11). How soon will other cities follow?

Review: Jack McDevitt’s The Devil’s Eye

The Devil's EyeAnother great story from Jack McDevitt. If I ever write a book, I hope to be able to present my story so well…

Check out my review