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.

Wow.

 

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.

Love Skyrim? Love creative music videos? Then this video’s for you!

So, I’ve been watch­ing the amaz­ing work of Peter Hol­lens for a while now, both through Empire Aven­ue and his You­Tube chan­nel. And this Skyrim theme cov­er is some of his best. And yes, I’m writ­ing about it because it hits a few areas for me, multi-voice tracks, video gam­ing, soundtracks. Oh, and it also has the amaz­ing viol­in work of Lind­sey Stirl­ing. Nuff said. Watch and enjoy!

Another way to count the vote

Victor

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?