Archive for ‘inspiration’

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to All!!

I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a wonderous Winter Solstice and a Happy Festivas!!

Best wishes to all of you for a great New Year!!

And for the kids, or those who are still a kid at heart, follow Santa’s trip around the globe on NORAD’s Santa Tracker.

Here’s a few Santa sightings so far….

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November 17, 2012

And some still wonder why he was re-elected…

For some Obama’s re-election represented the coming of the rapture but for the rest of us it was a time to cheer as we realized, with a unified voice the majority of Americans chose the intelligent, human with a great sense of humor over the robot.

How can anyone still wonder why he was re-elected?

October 22, 2012

“Horses & Bayonets”; A Most Beautiful Moment

The most beautiful moment of the 3rd presidential debate was when President Obama educated Mitt Romney about the modern US Navy. If you look close, you can watch Romney’s jaw steadily tighten and his lip grin stretch thinner and thinner throughout the President’s lecture. Overall, the takeaway of this scene is Mr. Romney’s misunderstanding that the US Navy is not a game of boys pushing their toy ships around a map of the world, it’s about the reality of the modern military, the men and women serving within in it and the global responsibilities one takes on as commander-in-chief?  

September 20, 2012

MP Bulletin Xtra: The Warp Drive Could Become Science Fact

New calculations of the energy required to warp spacetime suggest the Star Trek propulsion favorite could be tested.

A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

September 17, 2012

Today is Constitution Day

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.

August 5, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Mars Rover “Curiosity” to Land Tonight [video]

NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, is scheduled to land on Mars tonight at 10:31pm Pacific Time. For any of you who are interested I believe a live feed will be broadcast on YahooLive  or try NASA TV online and it may also appear on the NASA channel if your cable provided offers it. According to the NASA TV schedule coverage will begin about 8:00pm PST.

While the rover is set to land on the surface of the red planet about 10:30, it will take around 14 minutes to receive confirmation as to whether or not that part of the mission was successful. A nail biting delay for everyone involved with the project but anyone who’s been watching NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, long delays are nothing new.

I kid! I kid! :-)

But in the meantime, and for those who had not a clue that NASA was even sending anything to Mars let alone a nuclear power dune buggy, have a look at the video below to see what to expect from the landing and Curiosity’s long-term mission.

June 6, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: In Remembrance of Ray Bradbury

As many of you may already know, Ray Bradbury passed away today at the age of 91. His works have stimulated our minds, inspired us to look into the future and allowed us to lose ourselves in the depth of his storytelling. Unlike many other wonderful writers who often leave us wanting more only to find we have devoured all they had created, Mr. Bradbury prolific career left hundreds of stories in which we can continue to enjoy and delve into his boundless imagination for many years to come.

What are your favorites?  What do you remember of the man and his writings?

Below are 3 articles I have collected today from the expanse of pieces remembering the man. I think they provide some memorable insights into the person he was, his writings and his ability to envision the not too distant future.   

May 28, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Red Dad, Blue Son

For any of you who’ve had politics come between you and your family this article is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. Sit down, read it through, take a deep breath and think about picking up the phone.  

My dad is conservative. I’m not. For our relationship to survive, we had to stop talking politics.

March 18, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: Why Legos are the most ingenious toy ever

via Slate:
Scientists at Cambridge University prove that in this video, using Lego robots to create artificial bones. Making the bone structures is time-consuming and extremely repetitive, making it a great job for robots. It’s a task that could be done by expensive, specialized bots, but as we see here, robotics doesn’t always have to be so complicated. “The importance in science is the creativity in going forward,” Cambridge lecturer Michelle Oyen says in the video. “It’s not exactly what tools you use to get there.”

December 11, 2011

Inspiring Realism

Stepping away from politics, the constant arguments, the inevitable frustrations I offer up a trade, at least for a while, of some inspiring realism.  I stumbled upon this on a subscriber’s blog, “The Millennial Woman”. It’s a piece by Sarah Kay, a performance poet, dispensing advice advice to her future daughter, what to do when life knocks you down.

For anyone facing the trials of these tough economic circumstances or knows of someone who is simply in need of a few positive words, find a bit of time and listen to, at least, the first 4 minutes. Allow yourself a view of a different perspective that just may lead to some positive steps forward.

If you have any problems viewing the video you can find it here.

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