Thursday, January 27, 2011

NASA - Day of Remembrance

Today, January 27, is NASA's Day of Remembrance for Apollo One, Challenger, Columbia and all astronauts who gave their lives to space exploration.

NASA - Day of Remembrance
(You have to click twice on the remembering XXX astronauts to get the slide show to play.)

Growing up in Brevard County, the space program was a huge part of my life and my friend's lives. When I was a kid, we watched the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo rockets blast off on the television, then ran outside and watched the rockets soaring overhead. So much has changed since then. Now you can get tickets to see the shuttle launch at the Visitor's Center. You can follow the astronauts on Twitter and Facebook. It's become so common place that we tend to forget how dangerous it was and still is.

So, thank you to those brave men and women who gave their lives to space exploration.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rubber Ducks

I don't remember why I went looking for a place that sells rubber ducks online, but I did. Holy smokes, was I surprised at what I did find: big ducks, little ducks, traditional ducks, celebriducks. You can even buy a "quacker bouquet" of rubber ducks. Who knew that rubber ducks came in such a wide variety?

With some vaque idea of buying a jumbo duck, plopping it in the hottub, and taking a picture of it, I clicked on the page for the jumbo rubber ducks. I do believe that there is a typo in the description for the jumbo ducks: "From 5' to a whopping 18' tall..." An eighteen foot tall rubber duck would be as tall as a two storey house. It would be the size of a small yacht. Imagine a rubber duck the size of a small yacht floating in your local harbor.

It boggles my mind.