When it comes to new gizmos, I am neither a luddite nor a gadget head. I don’t have to have the newest thing. But neither am I afraid of them. I don’t eschew old technology. I love my old 1948 Smith Corona typewriter, though I’m not writing this essay on that particular machine. I love all of it, actually, though I do wish they’d make Ipods like they used to make typewriters, that is, to last. And perhaps with a bit more art-deco flair. But while I may love typewriter and ipod equally, I’m also a cautious adopter of technology. I have a deeply-held, seldom-voiced suspicion that we might, as a species, be a little more cautious in our adoption of new technology, at least until we have a bit more thoroughly sussed out the effects of it on our minds, bodies and communities. (more…)
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Posted by DougReilly on September 27, 2011
Astronautics is “the theory and practice of navigation beyond the Earth’s atmosphere”. Sounds like something that only government agencies with huge budgets (or Billy Bob Thornton, an empty barn and federal dairy subsidies) could tackle? Well, think again. Amateur astronautics is real and here. Over the next few posts, I’ll show you how it’s happening.
First up, The Brooklyn Space Program, the brainchild of a few New York nerds and theirs kids. (Remember, I mean nerd as a compliment.) These cool folks decided that instead of models of spaceships, they should just build and launch the real thing. Their platform of choice was a weather balloon. While it won’t break the surly bonds of earth, it reaches about 100,000 feet, about three times the comfy cruising altitude of a transoceanic jetliner. Not low earth orbit, but darn close.
Their spaceship was a styrofoam takeout container, tricked out with some extra padding, an iphone with a window for its video camera and some hand-warmers for when the temperature would drop to around 60′ (more…)
Posted by DougReilly on May 16, 2011