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Monday, April 15, 2013

Google Wants To Build a Star Trek Computer. What is the Oort Cloud for Real? The Imaginarium

Google Wants to Build a Real Space Center Like Computer.   

Google wants to make the fictional computers of Star Trek and the Space Center for real.  One day we won't even need flight directors in our ships.  Our vision of the 23rd century may only be 30 years away at most!


Where No Search Engine Has Gone Before Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer.  Read More 

Come on Boys, Let's Get With It.


In 2010, a multi-partisan group of thirty-four scholars made a proposal that President Obama create a White House Council on Boys and Men, as a parallel program to the White House Council on Women and Girls.  Warren Farrell, the leader of the effort, identified five different areas in which boys are in crisis—education; jobs; emotional health; physical health; and fatherlessness.  Read More

The Secret to Becoming Prosperous

I heard this fellow Tom Corley interviewed on the radio last week. He studies the life habits of prosperous people compared to less prosperous people.

He said nothing surprising. For a few examples, he said the prosperous tend to delay gratification, exercise, set life goals, make life plans, volunteer, severely restrict their kids' TV and computer time, set examples of hard work and self-discipline for their kids, to be constructive with their time, and to be frugal except in matters of health and charity.

Sounds old-fashioned, doesn't it?

The Oort Cloud, For Real

Many of the Space Center's stories have the crews taking their ships through a solar system's Oort Cloud.  Passage takes a few minutes, then you encounter your first planet.  Before long, you've reached your destination.  Does the Space Center's version of an Oort Cloud have any basis in reality? 

The Oort Cloud is a collection of large ice and rock objects located roughly 1.9 light years away from the sun; that's almost half way to our nearest star neighbor - Proxima Centauri.  I've had some of my smarter crews wonder why the ship doesn't just go up and over the Oort Cloud.  Thankfully I get that answer right. The Oort Cloud doesn't necessarily lie alone the orbital plane.  It extends in all directions, almost like a sphere up and around the star.    

The Imaginarium
Takes the ordinary and, with a bit of imagination powder and creative essence, makes something extraordinary. 

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Creative street art in Germany.


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