Source: Science Daily
quote: didn't have issues with Speech class
quote: I keep getting the feeling I'm supposed to be doing something more significant than just a server admin
quote: When i pointed out her instructions her response was.. well.. i meant the other way.
quote: That's just women being women. They say stuff all the time that is the opposite of what they really mean.
quote: From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
quote: On something designed with 1970's technology?
quote: I just get chills when I think of Voyager. I was born in 1977! To think that way back then we had the foresight and drive to launch something for deep space, which to this day is still giving us valuable information about out Solar System, and hopefully beyond, is amazing to me. Talk about American exceptionalism and ingenuity. NASA estimates Voyager 1's power source will keep it running until around 2020. I'm amazed all the electronics still work! On something designed with 1970's technology? My hats off to everyone involved in such a project and who works this very day to keep our little probe going at 636 miles per second to the historic goal of leaving our Solar System. I'm just in awe.
quote: To think that way back then we had the foresight and drive to launch something for deep space...
quote: I just get chills when I think of Voyager.