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Share some fun SPAM stories or examples you have! I’m sure there are plenty more great ones out there.
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For years we have dreamed of technological advancements that have constantly gotten pushed further and further into the future. Some of these are the thoughts of flying cars, shoes that lace themselves, space ships that travel faster than light, and much more. Science fiction started placing dates of the early 2000′s as the time that would bring these fancy gadgets, but those years soon came and went. Here we are now in 2012 and where are we? We finally got hand-held touch pad devices that can do just about anything under the sun, but that’s nearly the extent of it.
The reality is that technology takes some times in many cases, mostly because of willingness to research and of people to purchase the products. There has finally been enough interest through the governments desire to mobilize more drone type equipment in war zones, including ground vehicles sparking the flame under a few corporations to develop the self driving car. Google is one of these corporations and recently released an inspiring video documenting where their product is at the moment. (Over 200,000 test miles driven)
There is still a ways to go before we’ll each have our own, but if it takes of like anything from apple has over the past decade, we very well could have our own self driving car in the next five years. It’s been a long time coming, and I for one am excited to be able to tell my car to take me to California, get a good nights sleep, and wake up having arrived at the beach. What do you think? What technologies are you looking forward to being developed?
Posted in Current Events | Tagged Automobile, Business, Cars, DARPA, fancy gadgets, Future, Google, News, Prius, Science, Self Driving Cars, Technology, test miles, transportation | Leave a Comment »
As I was perusing the news this morning, I noticed an intriguing article about Mysterious Booms in a Wisconsin town. I pulled up the article thinking that it would be simply a funny story about someone doing something stupid. The booms have been occurring since Monday evening and the city has tried to determine the source to no avail. Read more details about the story from the Associated Press. The article and other articles I have found are written by journalists so they are short and don’t include a lot of details. This has left questions for me, particularly, are the booms only occurring at night, or do they occur during the day as well? If they are only occurring at night, I would suspect that that may help narrow down the source.
I did a little more research and came across a blog: Mystery Booms / Skyquakes. The author details a number of occurrences of incidents that sound similar and attribute the cause to small disturbances beneath the surface, much like an earthquake only substantially smaller to where only those right next to it would feel it. This could be the case, however, the cities preliminary investigations note that the city doesn’t sit on or near a fault line and that the bedrock is composed of mostly granite. The city hired a seismologist and an engineering team to do a more detailed look and get to the bottom of the situation, so hopefully they’ll have an answer soon. What thoughts do you have? Any seismologists or geologists that could shed light on this? Any theories?
Posted in Current Events | Tagged Clintonville, Mysterious, Mystery, Mystery Booms, News, Wisconsin | 1 Comment »
In the interest of keeping up with current events, I keep an eye on news stories and politics as I go throughout my day. I like to see what things are happening in the world as they normally end up effecting some aspect of my life. Most recently, the largest amounts of news media has been focused on the upcoming presidential election here in the United States. I get frustrated with politics a lot. Some of this is because we have become so partisan as a society, so extreme in our views that every discussion becomes a heated battle. There is constant bickering and what seems like endless and useless rhetoric from everyone, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Right, Left, Communist, Federalist, and the list goes on. Most of the time, it really seems like nothing ever gets done. I can understand people’s complaint and subsequent animosity towards political systems the world over.
One of the defining reasons I love the space program and admire the astronauts, cosmonauts, and many others, past and present, who have ventured out beyond these political spheres of influence is because they have come to see Planet Earth for what she truly is. Hopefully someday, we’ll all have that same opportunity. Even if we don’t though, we should be able to grasp that we’re all in this together and need to come together and work together to make the world a better place in all aspects. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell stated these same sentiments best, at least I think so:
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’ ” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
Posted in Announcements, Current Events | Tagged Apollo 14, Astronaut, astronaut edgar mitchell, Chris, current-events, Disillusionment, Dissatisfaction, Earthrise, Edgar Mitchell, global consciousness, Home, Moon, News, Planet Earth, political spheres, Politician, Politics, Space, spheres of influence, World | Leave a Comment »
Space, dubbed the final frontier most famously by the series Star Trek, has been the dream of many people throughout the years. As of late, the number of people with this dream seems to have dwindled, but not for Oaida Raul from Romania who was bound and determined to realize his dream like Homer Hickam did in the book Rocket Boys later to be changed to match the movie October Sky . He diligently found an investor who mentored him about how to make his project work and even steered him into using a Lego Space Shuttle Model 3367. Getting air space clearance, he launched the model along with a GoPro camera and other equipment and sent it soaring. The song 99 Luftballoons nearly immediately came to mind upon hearing that they used a 1600g helium filled weather balloon and launched from Germany. The music he picked for his YouTube video was great, but I think it would have been even more of a kicker with that song. Oh well. Perhaps that can be a future project using a whole squadron! Take a look at the video below. It’s pretty awesome. You can also see the more detailed version of events from his Oaida’s own blog.
Posted in Current Events | Tagged 99 Luftballoons, book rocket boys, Chris, Dreams, GoPro, Legos, News, October Sky, Oiada Raul, Science, series star trek, Space, Space Shuttle, space shuttle model, Technology, Weather Balloon, youtube video | 4 Comments »