Congratulations NASA on Getting Curiosity to Mars

Filed Under (Dorky Stuff, Just Interesting) by admin on 07-08-2012

The clock ticked from midnight all the way through to 1:32am Monday morning as I sat glued to my laptop watching a live stream from the Griffith Observatory in California where a packed crowd gathered to watch the suspensful conclusion to the long journey of the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover.  I would have loved to be in the control center as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and world witnessed a part of history.  I love space and always have ever since I was a kid.  I am an engineer at heart and can appreciate the complicated series of events that had to take place in order for this to work out the way it did.  I have since watched all of the press conferences and I like how everybody is open to explaining where things stand.  This is all uncharted territory and nobody can fully predict what’s to come. I wish I knew somebody so I could get an inside look at the operations. :)  

I’m now ready for even more exciting things to come and seeing  the highly anticipated high definition images / videos when they finally beam their way back here to Earth.  Curiosity is bound to turn into amazement.

My Name Landed in a Delco Times Article

Filed Under (Dorky Stuff, Just Interesting, News, Tech Stuff) by admin on 18-04-2012

My name landed in the paper for the first time in a while since I was a kid throwing snowballs at my brother. A story relating to a major widespread outage of Comcast TV/Internet services throughout Delaware County had contributions by me.  I was contacted by a reporter regarding the outage and how it impacted the services of the email/web related services with regards to Vazoom (www.vazoom.com)
Comcast you still rock!

http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/04/18/news/doc4f8e26c2cf89c830961629.txt?viewmode=fullstory

 

Venus and Jupiter Appearing Near One Another

Filed Under (Dorky Stuff, Just Interesting) by admin on 15-03-2012

Gazing into the night sky reminds me of the neat space illustration books I had when I was a kid. I believe one of my first ideas on what I wanted to be when I got older was an astronaut.  I loved my toy space shuttles.  Last night I peeked up into the sky for the second night in a row and viewed Jupiter and Venus.

 

There is a great program called Google Sky Map that you can download to your smart phone which acts as your binoculars into spectacular views of stars and planets surrounding our world. Simply install the program and point your device up as if it were your eyes and you will be amazed at how accurate it is.

 

Jupiter and Venus appear to be in close proximity to one another once every 24 years according to Space.com. The last time they appeared this close in view to use was in 1988. The graphic below from Solar System Live gives an idea of how we are view the two planets from our standpoint.

 

Solar System March 15, 2012

Using the Google Sky Map program while pointed toward Venus and Jupiter with my phone, I snapped a screen shot image from my Android. Pretty neat!

 

My Screen Capture Using Google Sky Map of Venus and Jupiter on March 14, 2012

I also snapped a very low quality pic from March 14, 2012 looking up at the two planets.

 

Low Quality View From Camera Phone

Something I’ve Never Seen Before

Filed Under (Just Interesting) by admin on 21-08-2008

I just got back yesterday from my overnight trip to New York for business.  I stayed at the New Yorker which is located just down the road from where the New York office of the company I work for is located.  When I woke up in the morning I was surprised to see that the shower had a total of 4 water controls.  (2 Hot)(2Cold).  After scratching my head for a brief few seconds because I thought I was seeing double, I soon realized that one set controlled the lower faucet, and the upper set controlled the top showerhead.

I snapped a pic of it with my blackberry.  Just something I have never quite seen before and thought it was funny.

Hey! Some Guy With a Name Almost Like Mine

Filed Under (Just Interesting) by admin on 06-07-2008

I was watching one of my online tech streaming shows by Revision 3 called TekZilla.  On it, they had the Editor In Chief from Engadget come on to talk about new $1,800 keyboard where each key is basically its own miniature LED monitor that can be altered to display a picture or different quick shortcut key.  His name was Ryan Block.  Close but no cigar.  And, he doesn’t really look much like me. It was just funny to hear my name being pronounced.  You can view the show (TekZilla Episode 38) by following the link below:
http://www.revision3.com/tekzilla/rblock