kidsneedscience
kidsneedscience:

Today marks the anniversary of a significant American technological milestone and represents one of the few words in the English language to move from pure theoretical abstraction to concrete reality in a single day. While humans have been dreaming of flight since the dawn of time, it wasn’t until the turn of the nineteenth century that the Wright brothers achieved that magical 59 second flight covering 852 feet, skimming over the beach not more than twenty feet off the ground. The new science of flight and aeronautics was born and after thousands of years of dreaming about flight, it only took another two and a half decades to coin the term astronaut and set the bar higher for flight. A combination of two Ancient Greek words aster meaning star and nautes meaning a sailor, an astronaut was a sailor of stars.
 On April 9, 1959, the word took on a new meaning when NASA announced the first seven American astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. These seven men would become known as the Mercury Seven. More than simply a new word though, these early pioneers of both space and technology became heroes of popular imagination. They inspired generations of young boys and girls into science and technology and the technology derived from the space program has enriched our everyday lives from breakfast foods to automobile safety.
On a personal note, just last week I had the rare honor to shake the hand of Buzz Aldrin as he spoke at his high school alma mater, the Severn School.  
Image of the Gemini 7 astronauts courtesy NASA.

kidsneedscience:

Today marks the anniversary of a significant American technological milestone and represents one of the few words in the English language to move from pure theoretical abstraction to concrete reality in a single day. While humans have been dreaming of flight since the dawn of time, it wasn’t until the turn of the nineteenth century that the Wright brothers achieved that magical 59 second flight covering 852 feet, skimming over the beach not more than twenty feet off the ground. The new science of flight and aeronautics was born and after thousands of years of dreaming about flight, it only took another two and a half decades to coin the term astronaut and set the bar higher for flight. A combination of two Ancient Greek words aster meaning star and nautes meaning a sailor, an astronaut was a sailor of stars.


On April 9, 1959, the word took on a new meaning when NASA announced the first seven American astronauts: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. These seven men would become known as the Mercury Seven. More than simply a new word though, these early pioneers of both space and technology became heroes of popular imagination. They inspired generations of young boys and girls into science and technology and the technology derived from the space program has enriched our everyday lives from breakfast foods to automobile safety.

On a personal note, just last week I had the rare honor to shake the hand of Buzz Aldrin as he spoke at his high school alma mater, the Severn School.  

Image of the Gemini 7 astronauts courtesy NASA.

youmightfindyourself

The weird thing is that the word “leader” itself is cliché and boring, but when you come across somebody who actually is a real leader, that person isn’t cliché or boring at all; in fact he’s sort of the opposite of cliché and boring.

Obviously, a real leader isn’t just somebody who has ideas you agree with, nor is it just somebody you happen to believe is a good guy. Think about it. A real leader is somebody who, because of his own particular power and charisma and example, is able to inspire people, with “inspire” being used here in a serious and non-cliché way. A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own. It’s a mysterious quality, hard to define, but we always know it when we see it, even as kids. You can probably remember seeing it in certain really great coaches, or teachers, or some extremely cool older kid you “looked up to” (interesting phrase) and wanted to be just like. Some of us remember seeing the quality as kids in a minister or rabbi, or a scoutmaster, or a parent, or a friend’s parent, or a supervisor in a summer job. And yes, all these are “authority figures,” but it’s a special kind of authority. If you’ve ever spent time in the military, you know how incredibly easy it is to tell which of your superiors are real leaders and which aren’t, and how little rank has to do with it. A leader’s real “authority” is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily; it feels right. Deep down, you almost always like how a real leader makes you feel, the way you find yourself working harder and pushing yourself and thinking in ways you couldn’t ever get to on your own.

In other words, a real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.

David Foster Wallace on “leadership” from Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (via youmightfindyourself)

Blue Turbo

Today was wow. A prettyyyy bad day. First off last night he and I had an argument about what he was doing and how he misses Samantha and about what was more important: knowledge or character. I of course went with character because that’s who I am. Then today my math teacher was mad because i was late. Don’t worry Mrs. won’t happen again. And then I had chemistry and he would not acknowledge what I was saying. Whatever happened to being friends after you “break up”. Lol Idk what we even were but whatever it was I called it off yesterday and he finally decided to straighten up. I can assure you I don’t think its over but I dI no longer would rather be stepped on than be without him, a day I can’t wait for. Then on the way home I wanted to go to Lowe’s to look at the flowers but i guess God din’t want me to because someone rear ended me and then drove off. Waste of my time. Then I just found out it was De  pue. Even stupider. Lets see how much worse this day can get.