Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Best Wishes, Discovery!

About two years after the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, NASA finally launched the Discovery. After the initial euphoria of a successful launch, cameras spotted that a piece of debris fell off the external tank and may have struck the shuttle. In response, NASA has grounded the entire fleet pending further investigation.

It is time to let it go. Absorb the lessons learned from the space truck that never really fulfilled its purpose of cheap space flight, and take a decade off to carefully build its replacement. If even after two years of careful study and rework they still cannot prevent debris from falling off and possibly striking the shuttle, then this strongly suggests to me that the core design is deeply flawed. I'm not one of those people who think space travel should be 100% safe, but I don't like the pointless loss of brave lives, either.

Meanwhile, I wish the crew of Discovery a fruitful mission and a safe trip home.

Saturday, July 9, 2005

Job Change

Okay, the dust has settled all around now. I'll be leaving Openwave at the end of next week, and will be starting with Apple's iPod division working on their graphics software. I'm happy to be leaving three telecommunications jobs behind, although current co-workers are joking about getting sent to work on the mythical iPhone (they're just bitter that I left them plenty of work.)

Whee! I'm really excited. Unfortunately, at best I'll only be the third most famous Steven at Apple.

Saturday, July 2, 2005

I'm Almost a Genius!

Your IQ Is 135

Your Logical Intelligence is Genius
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

RIP, Luther Vandross

The singer finally succumbed to a stroke he suffered earlier, and died at the age of 54. To paraphrase a local DJ, if you've ever been in love in the past 20 years or so and have not heard of Vandross, you were probably doing it wrong.