News and Commentary

It Has Been a While…

Some people blog because they need to write. Some have no other creative outlet. Others do it as part of their life’s framework, as part of their daily work. I began doing it to force myself to write in a disciplined way. I had slipped from my everyday technical writing into more of a management…

More Butterflies And Tipping Points: Memes

Internet self-publishing (blogs and personal web sites) has introduced a genuine element of volatility into the cultural/political/civilization system we all share. This happens as memes (A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. From the Greek meaning to…

Touchdown!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow for the safe return of the Discovery crew. We had touchdown at Andrews Air Force Base this morning at 8:11 EDT. There were visible sighs of relief from the news people (I was watching Fox and NBC) as the shuttle rolled to a safe stop.      …

Liftoff!

Discovery is off. At 10:39 a.m. EDT the shuttle Discovery lifted off from Launch Pad 39B on the historic Return to Flight mission STS-114. As the nomenclature shows this is the 114th Space Shuttle flight. It is also the 31st flight for Discovery. The mission is scheduled for 12 days and is supposed to touchdown…