49 Years Ago Today

Yeah, you saw everyone posting about the 49th anniversary of the first moon walk. Here’s something different. It was the first USPS “jumbo” commemorative airmail stamp, and you can’t get much faster than a rocket in space. The master printing die was taken to the moon on Apollo 11, and the crew canceled one test stamp … See the Meme

NASA’s Job

The full context of this quote, from my eulogy of Jerry in 1999: Jerry was a brilliant and uncompromising engineer. One of his strengths was keeping humans in the loop: It’s relatively easy to design a machine. It’s a lot harder to design it well so that it helps people, rather than get in their … See the Meme

Not Even Once!

If you didn’t already know: René Descartes (1596-1650), Isaac Newton (1642-1726), Albert Einstein (1879-1955), and Stephen Hawking (1942-2018). (Hat Tip to buddy and STEM teacher John McKinnon.) OK, Per My Mail, a lot of you don’t get this one, even with the “not even once!” and “Satire” category hints. I think that’s a sign that my … See the Meme

Nature is Amazing

News Item: “A third of millennials believe the Earth is flat” says a British company of Americans (not everyone on, well, Earth) after a survey. Still, not quite, as Science Alert clarifies. The survey found that 2 percent of adult Americans say — when paid to take the survey — they believe the Earth is flat, while 7 percent of … See the Meme

Still Looking

Yes, I know that’s the very point, ye who the antenna swung right past — go with the humor! (Photo: Very Large Array in New Mexico, Wikipedia)

Five Scientists

Every time I go to a buddy’s house, I come away with a great meme. (The previous one.) I spotted these figures in a cubby on his living room wall. They’re about 2″ tall. When he saw me spot them, he gave me this challenge: “Name them all and win the prize.” He didn’t offer … See the Meme

Setting the Record

Plus, it can charge from solar. The most amazing thing to me: it’s a real photo. It’s about time someone did something to capture the imagination of kids who are deciding what to be when they grow up. Engineering, science, technology, astrophysics — they have amazing opportunities. If nothing else, the stereotype is proven true: red … See the Meme