THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM HAS ENDED. Some say this represents an end: an end to US human spaceflight, an end to a 30 year legacy. I prefer to see it as a beginning: the start of low earth orbit as commonplace, the start of the commercial era of space. For over 50 years now, space has been the provenance of governments. Now it’s time for private entities to show us that it is easy, and for NASA to move into the next era.
I TOOK A PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS LAST WEEK. While I consider myself pretty adept at handling a camera from a technical point of view, I know I have serious gaps in how I compose pictures. I was pleasantly surprised that the Digital Days Photo class that I took taught me a few things and I believe I came away from it taking better pictures.
I LOVE THE SPACE ENTHUSIAST COMMUNITY. NASA has done an amazing job of adopting social media as a method of outreach, and it certainly shows in the community that they have helped build online. I always liked the idea of space exploration, but until I got involved with a NASA Tweetup at Goddard Space Flight Center, I never knew what the community was really about. It is just overflowing with interesting and smart people from all walks of life, and some of them came up with an idea that I find intriguing.
THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN WRITING AND THINKING. When you write something, you remember it better. Done properly, it can also remove the idea from your head to a place where it can be more easily managed. Even knowing this, it is sometimes amazing what writing down just a couple words can do for you.
I TRY NOT TO BE AN APPLE FANBOY. I like the products for what they are, not because they came from the Black Turtleneck, and I am critical when appropriate. For example, I was very critical of the iPad before launch. Having said that, it has quickly become my platform of choice and I find myself turning to my laptop less and less.
WE ARE A FAMILY OF SCIENCE GEEKS. Weather, physics, computers, cooking… we just love to figure out how things work and try it for ourselves. This year is shaping up to be extra scientific between classes and trips and Bella getting more inquisitive. I even worked in a trip for just me to go see where they smash tiny things together very quickly!
GTD HASN’T (YET) SAVED MY LIFE, BUT IT DID SAVE MY SANITY. Without the discipline of Getting Things Done, I would in a world of hurt right now. Last year, when we decided to close down Dream Dinners, the choice was incredibly easy because I was able to look at my horizons of focus and instantly see that the business no longer fit with my 40k and 50k horizons. GTD also allowed me to keep track of all the work of closing down and moving. Without that I would have, quite literally, had a nervous breakdown.
I HAD NO IDEA THAT ONE YEAR LATER, I WOULD BE WHERE I AM NOW. No longer a business owner, no longer a homeowner, and happier than I have been in quite some time. The only real constant has been my job. Even the family has had an addition and several subtractions. To describe the last 9 months as crazy is an understatement. Best to start at the beginning.