Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sally Ride - First American Female Astronaut

Group of women selected by NASA for astronaut
program.

Sally Ride,   died from pancreatic cancer  yesterday,  July 23, 2012, 17-months after diagnosis.  I met Sally more than a decade ago at Radcliffe College (which is now fully integrated with Harvard University).  We talked for a few minutes.  She was the second astronaut I met - first American woman in space.   The other I knew a bit better -   Ron McNair -  who died in the space shuttle Challenger accident.  Ron rose from very humble beginnings in South Carolina.   

Sally also started from a modest background.  Both Sally and Ron had doctorates in physics - Sally from Stanford and Ron from MIT.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Android Jellybean

I received the update today .. about 150 Meg.. runs faster and smoother.  Action list for text selection among many other features.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Deep Thoughts #2

Note to wealthy capitalist:  Dubai, or not to buy...that is the question.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Anniversaries re cancer

Fourth anniversary of the end of chemo (July 2008).  Fifth anniversary of the beginning of diagnostic process (July 2007).  Now I know why they said it takes five years for nerve damage to repair - I found that shocking then and I still do.  Hey, I'm alive.

Deep Thoughts #1

I support marriage between a man and a woman, a man and a man, a dog and a woman,  a cat and a man,  a mouse and a rat.

Utility Pole Replacement in Cambridge (Riverside)

Last night a wooden  utility pole  cracked at the base and fell toward the neighboring pole across the street. This caused the wires to d...