This is the first shuttle launch in decades that I’ve managed to watch live. The experience takes my breath away; so daring, so defiant, putting people atop all that high explosive and flinging them into the hostile vacuum above us. I’m not always thrilled with my species, but this sort of thing restores my faith in our future… at least briefly. In a very small way, I contributed to this launch, which only adds to the thrill. I contributed indirectly, to be sure, just by doing my day job keeping the Macs of Langley humming; but I’m proud nevertheless.
Since today is of course, the Ides of March, I had to find a proper Vehicle for my thoughts on the day… I once saw a version of this set entirely to classic NASA footage. Quite cool, but I can’t locate a copy of that on the Web. About to head out into the rain to procure dinner fixins and blades for my razor. I can get quite furry on weekends where no social events are involved. … Continue reading →