25 Years After Challenger

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’” –John Gillespie Magee, Jr.; spoken by Ronald Reagan after the Challenger tragedy Twenty-five years ago today, I remember being … Read more

Is College A Waste?

“You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him to think.” –Elbert Hubbard If you listened to some of the headlines accompanying a recent news story, you might conclude that College is a waste of time, money, and resources for practically everyone involved. The three links above have, as their headlines: $80,000 … Read more

The Stingray Nebula and XKCD

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him … Read more