Thursday, June 20, 2013

To Boldly Go . . .

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Teach me your mood,
O patient stars.
Who climb each night,
the ancient sky.
leaving on space no shade, no scars,
no trace of age, no fear to die.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

There has been tremendous improvements to the NASA TV channel. I have been watching it a lot lately. Way too much, I fear... it's habit forming. Have to tear myself away and get back to my other pressing tasks. Such as writing this blog.

Give it a try if you are interested in outer space and technology.


John Young, veteran of Gemini’s 3, 10; Apollo’s 10. Apollo 15; STS-1 and STS-9 said, "NASA is not about the ‘Adventure of Human Space Exploration’…We won’t be doing it just to get out there in space -- we’ll be doing it because the things we learn out there will be making life better for a lot of people who won’t be able to go."

NASA TV lets you virtually go along for the ride.


A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.



On this day, June 20 in 1979, President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter climbed to the White House roof to celebrate the installation of the $28,000 solar-heating system of solar-energy panels there. The system consisted of 32 photovoltaic panels that generated enough energy to provide hot water for the entire White House.

In 1986, President Reagan had the solar panels removed.




-  the act of working with another or others on a joint project
-  something created by working jointly with another or others
-  the act of cooperating as a traitor with an enemy

Collaboration is working with each other to do a task.



Nicole Mary Kidman
(born 20 June 1967)
Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress, singer and film producer. Kidman's film career began in 1983. She starred in various Australian film and television productions until her breakthrough in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Following several films over the early 1990s, she came to worldwide recognition for her performances in Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), and Batman Forever (1995). She followed these with other successful films in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical, Moulin Rouge! (2001) earned her second Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002) received critical acclaim.

Kidman's other notable films include To Die For (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), The Interpreter (2005) and Australia (2008).

John Stephen Goodman
(born June 20, 1952)
John Goodman is an American film, television, and stage actor. He is known for his role as Dan Conner on the television series Roseanne (1988–1997), for which he won a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 1993, and for providing the voice of Sulley in Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. Other prominent roles he has portrayed include his leading voice role in Frosty Returns, his recent supporting roles in Argo, Flight, and The Artist, and a cameo in C.H.U.D. As a film actor, he has frequently collaborated with the Coen Brothers on such films as Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and upcoming indie drama Inside Llewyn Davis.

Morna Anne Murray
(born June 20, 1945)
Anne Murray is a multiple award-winning Canadian singer in pop, country and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide as of 2012. Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, "Snowbird" (1970).

Patrick John Mahoney
(June 20, 1940)
John Mahoney is an English-born American actor. He started his career on the stage in 1977, moving into film in 1980. He played Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier on NBC from its inception in 1993 until the final episode in 2004. He has also worked as a voice actor, and performed on Broadway and in Chicago theatre.


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
--Arthur C. Clarke

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