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Look Higher

I’ve always thought this quote was profound. When I posted it, I commented: It’s often attributed to “Paul Brandt” — but it’s not clear if that refers to Canadian country music artist Paul Rennée Belobersycky (Brandt is his stage name), or someone less famous. I searched music lyric sites to see if it’s in one of […]

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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 […]

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One Giant Leap for Mankind

On this day in 1969, 48 years ago, Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent about 21.5 hours on the lunar surface, and were outside the lander for only about 2-1/4 hours outside while Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on […]

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