How much are life experiences worth? What, exactly, are success and failure? And how do you react when a catastrophe happens that is so big that the thing many people use as a measure of their entire lives and self-worth suddenly turns up negative? This is the story of a project that was supposed to be an exercise in fulfilling the American Dream through starting up … [Read more...] about The Sunrise Story
This will be an index page to various personal stories about “Fulfilling the American Dream”: My grandma was almost a teenager in 1904 when she overheard a couple guys talking about a story about the Wright Brother’s first flight. Her son got his aeronautical engineering degree in the 1930s. And both of her sons eventually worked on the project that put people on the … [Read more...] about Personal Adventures
There is a bit of hypocrisy among people who make claims about being friends of the natural environment. On the one hand, they claim that our need to reduce carbon emissions is critical – a global emergency wherein each year that goes by increases both the proximity and the level of approaching doom. And many of them refuse to even consider using nuclear energy. THIS IS … [Read more...] about We Should be Going Nuclear
Yes, we’ll deal with both of the statements in the title of this article. Amazingly, they are both true. (although the second one is a bit more amazing than the first.) First of all, I’d like to say that I’m definitely in favor of someone going to Mars. Just not me. It wasn’t always this way. In the 1960s, during the actual “space race” to the moon, I was a geeky little … [Read more...] about I’m not going to Mars. (But maybe you can)
Why do we not push for getting everyone everywhere all on the same level first? I recently answered this question on a discussion forum. Here it is: It’s silly to think we should solve every problem on Earth before we explore anywhere else for a large number of reasons: First of all, space exploration takes a comparatively tiny amount of Earth’s resources. Even if it … [Read more...] about Why should we allow exploration of space instead of fixing poverty on Earth?