Under Construction?

Under Construction?

More like under “reconstruction.” Let me explain…
Up until about two or three months ago, all of the sites I work on for friends and family were starting to bog down on the legacy GoDaddy server, never moved to the newer servers. That all came to a head when WordPress started erroring due to old legacy software on the server. We had no choice but to move the websites. That is when the problems started. The same error I was getting on the old server for Longhaul duplicated on the new server and got worse, making it so I couldn’t even add pages or posts or update pages or posts. I have just spent a good part of the last quarter year trying to get this to work right again, and I am hoping this posts even as I type it.
At the same time, due to illness and school and keeping up with tech support for the family, I have fallen further and further behind on podcasting. Over a year, in fact. And the coffee shop I started using for “Bear Citizen” events closed, leaving me with no venue for that as well. I have been “up in the air” on what to do with such things. Therefore, starting this Summer (no date set), I will be doing a bit of shuffling. First, I am finishing the voiceover work for the Zane Grey novel set. I know, “FINALLY!” Second, since I have been using Lightstock a lot in this business, I am going to start doing side work in drone photography and videography to attempt to bring in more money so I’m not scrambling for side work. Last but not least, I will be starting up podcasting again. Wish me luck.

OPSPARC Online

OPSPARC is here!

Looking for ways to connect your students with the world of NASA?  Hunting real-world challenges to trigger your students’ creativity and innovation?   The 2019 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (NASA OPSPARC) has just launched with THREE MISSIONS.
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Don’t Forget the Space Place

Don’t Forget the Space Place

Don't Forget the Space Place

Where kids can learn the answers to those questions you can't answer alone...
When you aren’t sure of an astronomical answer, send your kids to the Space Place, NASA’s website where kids can learn the answers and do projects for school to get those extra credit points. (Schools still do that, right?) Plus, it is just plain fun. Join them in learning all about the universe around you as we understand it today at NASA’s Space Place.
Space Place

Another 2018 Update…

Another 2018 Update…

Tentative Reboot: December 2018

Well, folks, I thought I’d drop a line. 2018 has been a seriously messed up year. Started with a huge contract that I’m still not done with, ailments galore, my best bud then having a heart attack and me taking over for him, just one thing after another. I am now on my last class and will finish at the end of November, so I am looking forward to the free time to finish the voiceover contract and start podcasting back up for 2019.

In the meantime, looking for venues for teaching kids about what’s going on in NASA and space exploration in general, so if you have ideas in the Denver Metro area, let me know. Sorry for being out of the Star Citizen loop and all. I will catch up as soon as I get a chance to catch a breath. Meanwhile, stay safe, love your families, and I’ll see ya on down the other side.

What does it take to become an astronaut?

What does it take to become an astronaut?

When I was a child, the answer was pretty cut and dry: Go into the military, become a top-grade pilot, learn a lot, and test into NASA. You probably want something a bit more detailed, though, and it is no longer required that you go into the military. One article that recently came out makes this pretty clear. Let me nutshell it for you, and keep in mind that the average age of an astronaut getting into the program is around 40 years old.

First, you want to be really interested in a field NASA is interested in. This generally means you will be going to college for quite a while to get those high degrees, what’s called a Ph.D. or Doctorate, in math, engineering, or science. And NASA will want to see that you have applied that degree to real life applications: Aerospace engineers working towards better airplanes and space ships, chemists looking into how natural environments make good materials that can be duplicated, applied mathematics and physics figuring out cosmic problems.

You need to be in good health, though you can wear glasses now. No, they won’t be sending cancer patients or anyone with major genetic or health disorders into space anytime soon.

Finally, you will need to pass a great many physical and mental challenges and tests.

Lately, however, NASA has been foot forward in getting ready for Mars, knowing that the kids of today will be our colonists tomorrow. This means looking at those kids now, those who are getting into Space Camp, good swimmers, good photographers, and good with teamwork. They are also looking for good pilots.

So you kids know what to do now. Study hard, keep physically fit, and learn all you can. The future is yours.

NASA Gravity Assist Podcasts

From Dr. Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science, FYI.  Please share this opportunity notice with anyone interested…

“Our solar system is a wondrous place with a single star, our Sun, and everything that orbits around it: planets, moons, asteroids and comets. What do we know about this beautiful solar system we call home?  It’s part of an even larger cosmos, with billions of other solar systems.

I’m excited to tell you about a new podcast series. It’s called NASA’s Gravity Assist. Please join me as I talk with some of the greatest planetary scientists of our time. We’ll discuss and explore what’s in our solar system, its origin and its evolution.”

Gravity Assist podcasts may be found at:  https://www.nasa.gov/gravity-assist