January 31, 2011
January 30, 2011
January 28, 2011
On the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, these words from Make mag and Gene Krantz:
I’ll leave you with a quote I have up on my desk of one of the heroes of the space program, Gene Kranz, the NASA Flight Director. It was a speech he made to his team after the Apollo 1 caught fire. I come back to this time and again whenever I need a little inspiration, and a reminder that the way to greatness is paved with mistakes:
Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did.
From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write ‘Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.
So to the men and women willing to put it all on the line to reach the stars, we salute you. You make our dreams manifest, and embody what is best in the complex interplay of the human spirit — the desire to create, to explore, and to inspire, even in the face of death.
January 27, 2011
January 26, 2011
Could also be titled “how not to talk to your sound department. Should be mandatory viewing for all directors and producers.
January 25, 2011
When asked what are the important things for a leader to be able to do, one young applicant described some techniques and personal characteristics to manage a group and get a job done. Nowhere in her answer did she give any hint of understanding that leaders decide what job should be done. Leaders set agendas.
I wish I could say that this is a single, anomalous group of students, but the trend is unmistakable. Our great universities seem to have redefined what it means to be an exceptional student. They are producing top students who have given very little thought to matters beyond their impressive grasp of an intense area of study.
This narrowing has resulted in a curiously unprepared and superficial pre-professionalism.
Interesting article here.
January 21, 2011
A sneaky back-door way of inflating prices. Hey, your grocery bill won’t go up, your waistline will go down!
January 20, 2011
I had to do it- the content is just too good. Today I added this blog to my RSS feeds. Sorry Sean.
Come on Winter! Respond! We can’t let Summer get away with the hatefulness.
January 19, 2011
“”We were all praying to get to Neptune [in 1989]. But after that? Who thought we could be with this 33 years [after launch]?”
In all that time, only one instrument, on Voyager 1, has broken down. Nine others on the two craft have been powered down to save dwindling electrical power from their plutonium-powered generators.
But five experiments on each Voyager are still funded and seven are still delivering data. Problems do crop up, but fixes can still be made with radioed instructions that take 12 hours to reach the craft.”
January 16, 2011
January 15, 2011
“So, I hear the Zodiac has changed and that everyone gets a new sign, but that it’s only going to be for new people. If you’re already born you get to keep your sign and they won’t make you change. I’m an Aries. Nobody can take that from me”.
Silly college student in the pink shirt.
Oy. Sad for so many reasons.
“I always hate that moment in documentaries about social movements where somebody insists that whatever incredibly exciting and revolutionary phenomenon they were a part of could never happen again, because the world has inevitably changed for the worse, and today’s kids are just too jaded or clueless to do what they did. What they’re really saying is that it will never happen for them again, because they’ve reached the age where they’re too jaded and clueless. When you’re young, whatever you’re doing feels revolutionary because the world is opening up for you in ways that will never be more exciting than they are right now, in this moment, forever and ever.”
– Steven Hyden, Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation