Apollo Moonlander Game

So back in the day, my coworker Tim Whitten created this moonlander game, using actual photos from the Apollo missions. It’s pretty cool, and to the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t exist anywhere else now, so I thought I’d share it.

Apollo Moonlander Game


I’ve Been Put In My Place

I’ve been put in my place. By a really good friend, no less.

More to the point, I was featured this week on the “Jason Sims Puts You In Your Place” podcast.

I know Jason, of course, through Comic Science Improv, but he has an entire creative life outside of that, which has brought him some cool national attention, including recognition from groups like iTunes and The Onion.

Jason’s “Puts You In Your Place” podcast is a great series that provides interesting perspective on the creative process, and how that’s linked to the places that shape a person.

But the reason the podcast works so well is the same reason Jason’s such a good friend — he’s just darned good to talk to. No matter who he talks with on his podcasts, they become interesting, because Jason’s interested in them.

So, feel free to listen to Jason and I talk about Mississippi and rockets and Huntsville and stuff.

But stick around afterwards (or, heck, skip me and go straight to this) and listen to some of his others. Jason has a real talent, and you’ll really enjoy hearing what people have to say to him.

¡Vivir Con Miedo Es Como Vivir a Medias!

Another post from the Rocket City Bloggers Year-Long Blogging Challenge: “This week we get quasi-philosophical…what is your favorite quote?”

As I’ve no doubt mentioned ad nauseum here, I’m not a fan of favorites. To everything there is a season, right?

But if I had to pick a favorite movie, I’d go with “Strictly Ballroom.” It’s a small indie flick, but it’s the first film by Baz Luhrmann, who went on to do the Leo DiCaprio “Romeo and Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge” and the new “The Great Gatsby.” I first saw it when I was in college, reviewing movies for The Daily Mississippian, and immediately fell in love with it.

It remains a favorite, and I’ve inflicted it on countless people over the years. It’s been interesting to me how my thoughts on it have changed, however, in the almost 20 years since I first watched it. The artistic reasons I appreciate it remain evergreen — the timing, Luhrmann’s brilliant use of music, the color, etc. The story reasons … well, the older I get, the more the main characters just strike me as impetuous kids than heroes. But, most importantly, the movie still remains fun, and as long as it does, I’ll keep watching it.

But that wasn’t the question, was it? Don’t worry, I’m getting there.

So if I had to pick a favorite quote, which, again, I don’t want to have to do, I’ll go with one from my favorite movie.

“¡Vivir Con Miedo Es Como Vivir a Medias!”

Roughly, “A life lived in fear is like a life half lived.”

To be sure, part of my affection for it comes from the context: I like the movie, and I like the line in the movie. But, even so, it’s good stuff, you know? Not a bad thing to remember from time to time.

Memories of Meals Past


Another post from the Rocket City Bloggers Year-Long Blogging Challenge: “This week we reminisce a bit…what is the most memorable meal you have ever had?”

I actually spent some time trying to think about this one before realizing that defeated the purpose: Even if there are seemingly better answers, the first thing to come to mind is, by definition, the most memorable, right?

I find that the meal I talk about the most, foodwise, was at Steak On A Stone in Cleveland, Ohio. I’d gone up there on a business trip to NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and our point-of-contact for the trip accompanied us there for dinner one night. Basically, your steak (or other meat) is served to you seared but raw with a super-heated lava stone, which holds heat for the entire meal. You cut your steak one bite at a time, and cook each bite individually on the stone, so that every single bit is cooked exactly to your tastes. Which was, in fact, tasty. The meal was served with a variety of dipping sauces that also amped up the personalization. While I didn’t try it myself, I also recall there being either an appetizer or dessert that was set afire, resulting in a collection of scorch-marks on the ceiling.

The result was a meal that was memorable for both the food, the experience and the uniqueness; not a bad combination at all.

Year 1999: A Space Story

So going through some old stuff over the weekend, I found this story written by elementary-school David. In my retconned biography, I’m going to stay that check-plus convinced me I should pursue writing stories like that professionally.