Here And There Online

My co-author Owen Garriott has donated a signed copy of our book, Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, for the 2010 annual Astronaut Scholarship Foundation auction. Bidding begins a week from tomorrow, but you must be registered to participate. If you don’t want a signed copy of Homesteading, you can also do some Christmas shopping for me on the site.

I wrote a guest post for Heather’s official NASA blog, Taking Up Space. I’ve been writing for NASA for more than eight years, and I’ve been blogging for almost that entire time, but for some reason doing the two together for the first time makes me happy.

Along those lines, Face2Face director Eugene Banks this week posted my weekly post-show e-mail to the troupe on the Face2Face Facebook page again this week, which also made me happier than it should. For some reason, going on Facebook this morning and linking to my stuff that had been posted on Heather’s blog and my stuff that had been posted on the F2F page made me feel kinda like a writer, which is always a nice feeling.

I finally got tweeted to today by Lori McKenna, which, again, makes me happier than it should. I’ve heard a lot of new songs since her last album, Unglamorous, came out over three years ago, and I’ve been afraid that I would have already heard all of Lorraine by the time it comes out in January. She confirmed that the album will include a song that I’d not heard of before. This, again, makes me happy.

Optimist or Pessimist?

From a Plinky prompt: "Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?"

STS-130 Night Space Shuttle Launch – Explored

"50 years from now, when you look back at your life, don't you want to say you had the guts to get in the car?" — Transformers

I count myself as falling somewhere in the middle between optimist and pessimest.

To me, the perfect example of my position is going to try to watch the space shuttle launch. I've made several trips down to Florida to watch a launch. Sometimes I get to see it launch. Sometimes there's a problem, the launch is scrubbed, and I come home without seeing it.

I'm enough of a pessimist that I go drive down to Florida expecting the launch to scrub. That way, if it scrubs, the trip isn't disappointing, and if it launches, it's an incredible added bonus. Always expect the worst, and life will never be worse than you expect, and will usually be better.

That said, I'm also enough of an optimist that even though I expect a scrub, I get in the car and drive down anyway.

And that's my attitude toward life in general — expect the worst, but get in the car anyway.

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What Brave New World Is This…


We live in a world in which I can get a message on my telephone telling me that angry birds want to use my current location. It’s like having a Hitchcock movie in my pants.