12 July 2011

Our Space Shuttle

 Jook Leung via JSTN
Well, it's Day 4 of the last space shuttle mission.  Atlantis is up there somewhere, moving at 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) and 330 miles (528 km) above sea level.  Mike Fossum and Ron Garan will be doing the mission's only space walk at 8:44 a.m. EDT Tuesday.  I think it's sentimental time for all of us, and I think everyone can take pride in the shuttle program.  Hopefully they're jamming to some sweet tunes like this or this or this.  For more sweet pictures of cockpit, check out Jook Leung's 360vr work.

When I was in 6th grade, I had two amazing math and science teachers: Mr. Glueck and Mr. Chilelli.  Our whole grade worked together to build a lifesize replica of a shuttle flight deck.  We pieced together toggle switches, joysticks, keyboards, computers,  and some other gadgets to create a pretty realistic simulation experience.  We had shuttle flight and mission simulator programs (and this was the 90s, remember!), and had a couple official missions.  I was Mission Specialist, and in charge of releasing a satellite into orbit (although I recall some difficulty with retrieving the device!)...   It Was Awesome. 
Together, Mr. Glueck and Mr. Chilelli captured our imaginations of what was possible to achieve, not only in a year-long school project, but in life.   "I'll see you in the stars," I remember Mr. Glueck writing in my yearbook.  Well, I'm not an astronaut and I don't work for NASA.  Yet.  Thanks for the launch, guys.   *For more of the famous 6th grade projects, check out these photos.

 photo by Mr. Glueck
 photo by Mr. Glueck

Below, waking up to Coldplay on the shuttle...

06 July 2011

Music Tuesday: Florence and the Machine

 photographer unknown
And we're back!  Sorry it's been awhile folks... sometimes you just gotta ditch the computer and get outside.  After all, it's summer on the island!  So today I'm probably not telling you anything you don't know but just in case you were late getting on the bandwagon (er, machine rather) like I was, Florence and the Machine has the sounds for summer.  I think I first heard the remix of You've Got the Love by XX, and I was sold before I even heard the unremix.  Tomorrow we're seeing her at Summerfest with the Black Keys, so maybe I'll post a tiny spec of a picture from the show in the next coupla days...

In the meantime, your best bet is to take a listen to Cosmic Love, Dog Days are Over, Rabbit Song, Kiss with a Fist, and Drumming Song.  Check out this link for a nice acoustic set from KEXP.  Enjoy!

Thanks to M + M for the heads up on the video below... I've watched this so many times that I now feel like pulling a fit if I don't get to hear my favorite Flo song (Cosmic) at least once a day.