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Just another day in Afghanistan, fighting dragons and repairing my government issue chain mail. Check out the above video of these two historical reenactors. We have a lot of free time to develop hobbies out here. Some of us build things, or paint miniatures. So smoke cigars every night and a few play D&D. Then you have guys like this who take their playtime seriously. I have to hand it to these guys, they had some great showmanship for two people wrapped in leather and steel in 110 degree heat hitting each other with bats. Bravo.
SONIC: What does it sound like to take the original 1963 Doctor Who theme and slow it down to a whopping 20 min. Its a sonic experience you have to hear to believe.
NASA: With all the space shuttles in museums, NASA is dead, right? Wrong! Huffington Post blogger, Lauren Lyons is doing her part to educate the masses with her blogpost “5 Popular Misconception About NASA” Did you know that public opinion polls show Americans believe that we spend 20% of the national budget on NASA? Or that NASA is part of the Department of Defense? Get the facts by clicking the links above.
With only 38 days left in theater, I am getting really excited about coming home.
Yesterday’s conflict resolved itself this morning and we are now thick as thieves again. We really do have similar interests and there is a lot I can learn from his experience. We are going to be working on programming a Raspberry Pi micro computer to catalog input from a GPS device for mapping of a field researcher’s movements.
I’ve taken over a repsonsibillity, one I don’t feel the need to detail, but the gentleman who left me with it, also left me with quite a mess! Having fun getting all the paperwork and spreadsheets standardized and organized. I don’t claim to know the motivations behind the previous organization, but I am now clearing the cob webs out and working towards higher efficiency.
I just spent several hours doing research for a project that April and I hope to make sample collection and testing in isolation easier for geologists on Mars and the Moon. We are hoping to have a research proposal ready by the end of September for submission to the guys and gals running the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station.
We would like to design a container for the collection of individual rock samples that is airtight which could be stored inside a habitation module. These containers could then be opened within isolation glove boxes to be prepared for testing in attached equipment all kept isolated, if necessary. The kicker is that the containers have to be easily transported in a quantity that makes it useful to Planetary field geologists, plus the desktop apparatus must be as light a possible and fit in a relativity small space.
The image of the Curiosity rover with its wheels removed comes to mind for the laboratory. I will have to double check to see if all the required instruments are on board. I would imagine they have been miniaturized to the max. Put her guts on a table with an isolation chamber and a storage area for samples under isolation and I think we have the idea.
Totally Focused. Todd
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I got a chance to meet David Brin at the Mars Society convention and he is one of those people you could listen to talk for hours bathed in his calm and metered speech. If you ever wanted to explore every side and depth of AI and the nature of intelligence, you should set aside and hour or so and sit in the warm glow of your laptop watching this video.
Bringing it back to David Brin, today he linked a great news feed called The Economy: Past, Present and Future. Its an amazing collection of articles i’m still going through.
Excitedly rushed. Todd.