Monthly Archives: September 2012

The End of the End Continues

Back in April, I wrote a post called “The End of the End Begins” about Discovery’s final trip, travelling from KSC to the National Air and Space Museum. One third of the operational shuttle flight has been delivered to its final resting place and next week, the second shuttle will make the trip to its final resting place.

Endeavour’s final trip will depart from Kennedy Space Center and fly to Los Angeles via some of the NASA Centers that helped the shuttle program function, including Marshall, Michoud, and Johnson. You can check this press release for the details of the flight from KSC to LAX via Houston and Dryden.

I will be in Los Angeles to watch the final landing of a Space Shuttle. I’ve been planning this trip for weeks, and every time I think about it, my emotions start to well up. This trip will be the final time a Space Shuttle will ever fly. It will flying on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and when it finally lands at LAX, no Shuttle will ever fly again. This will be yet another end for the Shuttle program. I’m taking my son to LA to watch the landing and to make sure that he sees a Space Shuttle in the air before it won’t be possible to ever see that again. It’s going to be a hard day and I know that I will be crying after the landing, but I know that it will be an experience with my son that I will never forget.

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America Isn’t Easy, America is Advanced Citizenship

“America isn’t easy, America is advanced citizenship, you’ve got to want it bad, cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, you want free speech, lets see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs, that you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” – President Andrew Shepard in the film “The American President”

Today is one of those days when America isn’t easy. In response to a film made by an American that criticizes Islam, several attacks have taken place on American Embassies and Consulates in the Middle East. Most have been non-violent, but in one of these attacks, the United States Ambassador to Libya along with several other diplomatic staff were killed. This is a tragic turn of events.

While I wish that this filmmaker hadn’t made his film, he was certainly within his rights to do so. I don’t understand why someone would spend so much of their time and energy on hate, but this man has a right to speak freely. Unfortunately, his speech has put others in danger and some have even lost their lives. The people who perpetrated these attacks and killings in reaction to this film have overstepped any legal, moral, or ethical bounds in doing so and should be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

When people try and understand each other, when people disagree without being disagreeable, the nation and world progress to a better state. When people hate and fight and kill, there is no progress at all.

My belief in free speech is putting up a fight today and I am convinced, as ever, that America is advanced citizenship.

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Twisst is back in business thanks to Twitter

So, I posted about Twitter breaking Twisst, the service that sends out notifications of visible International Space Station passes. Users of Twisst mounted a campaign using the #savetwisst hash tag. Well, Twitter has fixed the service! Here’s Twisst’s explanation of what happened. Here is a rundown from The Next Web.

I’m happy that Twitter heard the community of Twisst users and realized that Twisst isn’t spam.

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