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SPACE.com: SpaceX’s Elon Musk Says Valve Glitch Caused Rocket Landing Crash

SPACE.com: SpaceX’s Elon Musk Says Valve Glitch Caused Rocket Landing Crash. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw0ZqdxiE

Getting very excited about how close we are too reusable rocket technology.  Within the next few launches SpaceX will get this right, and a new era in space ferrying will begin.  Maybe a space hotel will happen in my lifetime!

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NASA’s Warp Drive Project: “Speeds” That Could Take a Spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in Two Weeks Even Though the System is 4.3 Light-Years Away | Space

Finally! I’ve been waiting for news about a real life warp drive ever since my first episode of Star Trek! Hopefully with the development of this technology, human kind will be able to explore the universe on a scale that matches with our limited existence.

I can’t wait to follow along with this project, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to see a functional prototype in action.  Very exciting news!

source: beforeitsnews.com

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Google Introduces New Self Driving Car at the Code Conference | Re/code

This is awesome!   It will revolutionize human transportation.  It will  for a safer, faster, and mand useful allowcommutese will be able to spend more time connecting with family and less time putting their family at risk.  We need to move away from traditional cars and finally usher in a new era of something cool, one of those pipe dreams that we were promised so long ago.  I can’t wait until it’s available to the general public…and it’s affordable!

source: recode.net

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Are you paid to look busy?

This really is a problem…especially in software development.  I know my rant careful thought is not exactly the point of the article, but it’s a related issue.  There is a disconnect with perceived work and actual work.  Management thinks you are not working if you are not actively writing code (or doing some other active development task).  They see no value in thinking or allowing the mind to wonder while doing some relaxing activity.  I’ve noticed that those are the times when solutions to the more complex problems come the easiest.  There are some progressive companies out there that are starting to get it and adjust their culture to foster happier, more productive employees.   But for now, most of us will have to continue playing the let’s just look busy game.

source: pbs.org

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Avik Maharaj’s Pre-K Graduation

Avik walking into graduation

Avik walking into graduation

Avik graduated from Pre-K this week. It’s the first step in a life long journey of learning. I’m so proud of the skills he’s learned, and the thirst for knowledge he has developed over the past year. He was even awarded the “super scientist” superlative. I know this was only a pre-k graduation, but it represents so much more.  And honestly, it felt silly sometimes celebrating something that was practically impossible to fail, but it is a milestone.  A major milestone, because every great journey has to begin with that first step. Love you son, and I hope I show you how proud you make me in every little thing that you do!

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Kola Superdeep Borehole | Atlas Obscura

I love a good outer space story, but sometimes the stuff we find on earth (well, 7.5 miles below the surface of earth) is even more fascinating! Here’s a great article about a geological dig done in Russia over a very long period to a very great depth. It has everything from missing theorized rock layers, surprise plankton microfossils, to impossible liquid water! Truly amazing stuff!

source: atlasobscura.com

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