Monthly Archives: April 2012

my SXSW space tweeps slides

On March 11th, 2012 in Austin, TX at the SXSW Interactive conference, I had the privilege of being on a panel of space enthusiasts called “How to Win Friends and Influence Space Exploration“. You can listen to audio of the panel at the SXSW site.

The panel was fun, and I put together a slide show to serve as spacy background for it.┬áThose slides are big and unwieldy because they have huge images and video, but you’re welcome to have them if you’d like:

I might try to put the audio and slides together somewhere so you get the full effect, but that’s going to be a pain. If someone with better skills than me would like to do that, you have my blessing. Please send me the result if/when you post it so I can link it in here.

on life and its sources

Tonight I read the geeklet a story at bedtime, the kind of thing that’s designed to be restful with a hint of mind-broadening moral reassurance. As I finished, he looked thoughtful.

“We wouldn’t be here without this.” He tapped on the floor. “I don’t mean the floor, or the neighbors downstairs. I mean the ground underneath us.”

“That’s right.”

“We also wouldn’t be here without this.” He held up is palm, and this time I wasn’t sure what he meant. “We wouldn’t be here without the sky.”

“That’s also true.” I stood up and turned out the light. “Good night.”

He wasn’t done, though. “The sky wiped out the dinosaurs so we could take over.”

“Mm hmm,” I said, without even a pause. “Good night.”

“Good night, daddy.”