Thursday, January 28, 2016

Challenger

Today is the 30 year anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. I remember being in early childhood classes and all of us sitting down and watching the launch, mostly because all of the teachers were excited to see another teacher go into space. Things did not turn out as planned.

This is the one event in my life that I sometimes use to differentiate myself from the people younger than me. Those who are a year or more younger (I'm 35) have no recollection of witnessing or what they were doing during this event. It is a tragedy that was watched by many, similar to the assassination of John F Kennedy or the falling of the World Trade Center.

I think this is a good moment for all of us to look back on out lives and think back on the history we've seen during our lives. No links in this article for now, as I'm still on the road, but everything in here is pretty easy to look up on Google. I'll run some edits this weekend of this post and add a bunch of links to various articles that are interesting.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

IMAC and Uranus

I'm at this year's International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) , and giving a couple papers on microphone calibrators and low noise microphones tomorrow. It's actually a lot of fun, mostly due to the fact that this community is very tight knit. I've been working in noise and vibration for well over a decade now, and it's great to come to a conference like this and see my professors, fellow grad students, coworkers, and other friends.

IO9 posted today that today is also the 30 year anniversary of the only pass (by Voyager 2) of the planet Uranus. Uranus is the first planet to be discovered. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all known to the ancients, but Uranus was thought to be a star until 1781 when it was discovered by William Herschel. There are a bunch of fun facts about it, not the the least of which are its tilt with respect to its orbit (97.77°) and the naming convention of its various satellites (characters from William Shakespeare).

My busy months are pretty much over now. I'll be writing here more (I hope).