Lawnchairs in Space!

You likely are aware that I’m a fan of the Kerbal Space Program, a very cool and fun way to safely explore the process of designing, building, launching, navigating and landing spacecraft. Yep, cool and safe.

Totally unlike reality. Earlier today I stumbled across this video that, while hosted by a Kerbal Space Program fan, goes into a lot of detail about LESS, the Lunar Escape Systems.

Lawnchairs + Rockets. That’s it! No computer. Navigation handled by the Mark I Eyeball and stopwatches.



Paper pocket organizer inclined toward photographers

Thought I’d take a moment and post a pocket paper organizer (I know, me, and paper? How low tech!) I’ve been working with.

Basically, something to keep me on track, and write on when I quickly need to jot a note or something.

Has the 2012 calendar which, if I remember, I’ll update to 2013.

To use, just fold on the lines. And cut on the dotted line in the centre.

Download the PDF here.

Another way to count the vote


Canada isn’t the only nation having an election in May. Folks in the United Kingdom go to the polls on May 5th — and when they do, they’ll not only be selecting their leaders, they’ll be voting on a referendum to change they way votes are counted. And this has the chance to really make your trip to the polling station, and the act of casting a vote, much more valuable.

You see, I find this interesting as I’d never really considered weighting my vote before. Yes, it makes perfect sense to rank your candidates in order of preference, but for some reason, it’s just not done here. If it were, I’d have much more interest in finding out more about the candidates in my riding and voting for the person, instead of the party or the leader.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out this video explaining the United Kingdom referendum on the voting process.

Note, this is a paid post (I get pennies per view; but only if you’re viewing the video from the UK) but frankly, I think it’s an interesting enough concept that we in Canada should look at and consider this type of system. I think it would make me feel that my vote is more meaningful.

Your thoughts?