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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Juno's Ready on This Week @NASA



Well, we no longer have the shuttles or the capacity in the US to launch humans into space, but we have several big science robots to watch in the months ahead. I'm curious to see what the mars rover will find ... and if it will be as enduring as Spirit and Opportunity!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I Won't Back Down



In memory of the Man in Black. The story behind this song, as found in Sharon Gallagher's book Finding Faith: Life-Changing Encounters with Christ, is well worth checking out. You'll find it on page 22. It's inspiring and surprising. Many of the personal stories in this book are startling as well as inspiring.

Sloggin' Thru Blogging: Protection

It turns out in the digital world, one form of protection is not enough. Computer viruses, those digital equivalents of social diseases, require more protection to fend off than you might think. One might imagine one could purchase some robust anti-virus, anti-spyware program and one would be protected. Unfortunately, one would be wrong. One condom might protect against all sperm, but one program cannot protect against all computer viruses. There are too many variations attacking in too many different ways for any one system to eliminate them all.

For example, my system let slip past one of those redirect viruses that redirect your computer search results from the target of your search to some irritating ad. A day later, the anti-virus, anti-spyware program caught up with the virus and eliminated it. It returned within the week, despite precautions I and my family have taken. So,  a second system has been installed. The various anti-virus, anti-spyware systems work differently. They are updated differently. They catch malicious crap sent their way differently. Combined, you have a more robust protection against all that digital VD floating around. Use only one ... well, sooner or later you're going to get infected.

It is sad it has come to this, but it is true. Good luck out there. Be safe.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Boogie Boogie Hedgehog - Parry Gripp



I often find, in times of stress and aggravation, that a little humor like this nonsense song helps lift the mood. Considering the antics in Congress (disturbing and not the least bit funny) and other seriously bad news, a little levity now is most appropriate.

As Pogo's gang said, "Don't take life too serious. It ain't nohow permanent."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SpaceX's vision, Dragon spacecraft in HD CGS



If SpaceX has their way, and they are currently negotiating with NASA on this, their second Dragon capsule flight may dock with the International Space Station (unmanned of course) on November 30, 2011. This may be the next vehicle from the US to carry men and women into space. This would be a first as this would be a private carrier taking them there. We'll see how it goes. NASA would rather have the Dragon pull into orbit near the space station (station keeping) the next time and actually dock the time after that.

Apollo 15 Remembered 40 Years Later



Until the US has developed a new human flight spacecraft and delivery system, looking back and commemorating our past accomplishments is the best we can do. And the NASA team has done great things when supported by the nation's leadership and people. In our divided and fractious state today, I wonder if we will ever be able to do that again. I hope so.

Beyond the Either/Or God -- Yvette Flunder



One solution for the black and white, yes and no world we have built for ourselves. Time to say, I don't know and seek each other out in humility and with open hands more often. The speaker discusses the "one answer" state of mind. We need to throw that aside as an illusion and embrace a world filled with shades of gray. That way we won't assume everyone else is automatically wrong if they don't agree with the one answer way. It's worth thinking about.

We Are the House Divided

I am basically an optimist. It helps to be optimistic when you write books, blog, raise kids, follow God into ministry, and so much more. For a very long time I refused to believe that the various media we attach ourselves to impacts our behavior. I insisted we are smarter than that. I'm beginning to think I was entirely wrong ... not about us being smart, but about media impact. And it all stems from recent events, events that are making me reluctantly rethink my position.

The endless, intractable feud in Congress (House and Senate alike) over raising the debt ceiling, in which each side would rather stick to their ideological guns than keep our nation running and our nation's credit rating and reputation with the world in good standing. For years now, we have shattered and fragmented our media entertainment and "news" into segments oriented to a particular point of view. In doing so, we have allowed ourselves to tune into those stations, read those papers, articles, websites, and blogs that cater to our point of view and no other. We learn and reinforce an attitude that our way is the only way, that the world is a binary, black and white, yes or no, with us or against us place. Unfortunately, now we are acting upon that dangerous idea in many ways ... and when I say we, I mean all of us who are impacted by media all over the world. Look at terrorism and you see the ultimate black and white world response. If you are with us, you are safe. If you are against us, you don't deserve to live. We have the truth. You don't. We will survive and you won't.

You see this playing out in Congress in the US as our paid representatives ignore the public and continue to posture for one black and white ideology or another. While threatening the nation with disaster, they all look to the next election cycle and who will win what. However, if they keep this up, what will there be of value to win in the future?

Now, this is not an angry screed at the media. That would be too easy, too black and white. The media isn't to blame. The media gives us what we have come to want. Quick and easy answers that cater to our personal biases and don't throw anything different or uncomfortable in our faces. We have chosen to retreat into camps of like minded souls and not challenge ourselves to see other points of view or to grapple with nuance or to do the hard work of making compromises once we hear and understand those other points of view.

We have been badly influenced. We have all drawn our lines in the sand. We are all stereotyping each other. And the end results are terrible. Unless we decide to do things differently, they are only going to get worse. If we keep this up, the house divided is going to fall. If we keep this up, we won't respond by cleaning up the mess once it happens. We'll stand in the ruins and blame each other.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Communicating with Aliens: A Complicated Science



Never let it be said that at J.S. Brooks Presents we do not provide you with contingencies for even the most extreme situations. We are looking out for you ... and the truth ... and ET phoning home.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shane Claiborne - The Presidency



Given the current mess in Washington, with conflicting ideologies leading to gridlock, perhaps this point of view (2 years old at time of reuse), which goes back to the Bible, is an approach we need our leaders to take. It's worth thinking about.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saucer Peaches, a.k.a. Donut Peaches ... Goooood!

Tiny, fuzzy, delicious UFOs have arrived at your local market ... IF you are lucky.

Also known more commonly as Saucer Peaches. Ask for them if you can't find them. They are worth it!
I tried to look these up online and didn't get very far. Everyone posting about these agrees on one thing, saucer peaches are very good. They are small, flattish shaped peaches that do indeed look like peachy colored, slightly fuzzy donuts ... and after reading that you can see why the name is now saucer peach. Some have called them UFO Saucer Peaches ... but they aren't unidentified and they don't fly, so Saucer Peach it is. They are small, very juicy when delightfully ripe ... enough so you don't want to eat one in the car while driving as that would get messy and might leave embarrassing stains. The meat is firm and pale in color with streaks of white. The peach is narrow enough you can get the whole edge in your mouth even if you have a small mouth. Consider this the "snack pack" of peaches. The top and bottom of this flattish peach are defined in the center by the small pit, so this is one linear fruit. The price is right, the taste delightful, the size easily transportable, and kids should love them ... especially if you use the donut name or UFO name.

It's summer, time to kick back and enjoy nature's bounty. Try the Saucer Peach. You'll be glad you did.

Sloggin' Thru Blogging: Firefox Solution to Proxy Server Issue

If you have uploaded a new version of Firefox from Mozilla (which is a perfectly wonderful program in most instances) and cannot get to the Internet sites you wish to visit, but instead are instructed to change your proxy server settings, here's what you do.
  • Fire up your old Internet Explorer program. Make sure it is working fine. Good. The issue is with the new Firefox program. (Note: You don't have to do this to fix the problem, but it is awfully reassuring to know you still have access to the Internet. Now you can calmly deal with the problem at hand.)
  • Go to Firefox. I know, it's not working but you'll get the opening screen, which is all you need. You don't have to connect to the Internet for this. The problem is in the program in your machine.
  • You have the opening screen. Look at the top left of the screen. There is an orange bar there with the word Firefox in it.  Click on it.
  • Find Options and click on that (or Tools if you use Windows XP). Options is located in the right hand column near the bottom (at least on my version).
  • Now hit Advanced ... don't worry if you don't have Advanced computer skills. You don't have to be for this.
  • Go to Connections and switch the setting there to No Proxy. 
  • This means you connect to the Internet with something other than a proxy server (which many of us do). 
  • Voila, problem solved. Feeling better? I know I am. I ran into this issue for the first time downloading the Firefox version 5.0.1 (I believe). It's a simple solution when you know where to look.
This information, retrieved using Internet Explorer, comes from Firefox Help ... which is actually very easy to use. For more information (especially if your computer is attached via a proxy server), go to: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Firefox%20cannot%20load%20websites%20but%20other%20programs%20can#w_cannot-load-websites-after-updating-firefox

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Atlantis's Final Landing at Kennedy Space Center



Here's the final landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis, from the 9 minute out mark to past touchdown, bringing to an end our tribute to the thirty year program that built the international space station and took the Hubble telescope into space and maintained it. Neither of those accomplishments were once believed possible. Nor was a reusable spaceship. Now we've had all three. Thanks again to everyone involved with the Shuttle program. God bless you. I hope you all find new jobs soon.

In 1981 when the first Space Shuttle flight lifted off and touched down, I was a senior in college at Ball State University. I watched the landing in the senior dorm with a crowd of equally fascinated students. We shouted down a couple of guys who thought they'd come in and have a ping pong match during that landing. We were not to be distracted from that moment in history. I'll never forget the announcer crowing as the shuttle touched down, "Let's see the Russians do THAT!" Those were the Cold War days. The Russians tried it only once, with their copy of the Space Shuttle called Buran in an unmanned flight and touch down and never again.

Space Shuttle Atlantis last landing for America and The World 7-21-2011



We are now coming to the end of our tribute to the American Space Shuttle program, the thirty year mission that brought us the world's largest internationally built spacecraft, the International Space Station, along with the amazing Hubble space telescope, and so much more. Yes, tragedy was mingled in with the triumphs, as expected in any major undertaking, especially one that is experimental in nature and uses the single most complex machine ever created by humanity. Thanks to all the astronauts, ground crews, and support teams who made and kept this system flying for three decades. Your work will not be forgotten. Unfortunately, as the program ends, your combined expertise will now be lost as you disperse to other endeavors. We who have watched what you all have done so well with fascination and who have been inspired by your efforts salute you and wish you well. Thanks to all the leaders in Washington and the states who have supported this program through the decades. Without you, this would not have happened.

Now readers, it is time to turn to those in power and insist that they support the next phase of human spaceflight so that the United States does not become a second rate power amongst the nations reaching for the stars. There is too much at stake to allow that to happen. There are too many technologies we will never acquire, too many future scientists we will never inspire, too many opportunities we will lose, including the most important opportunity of all, spreading to others worlds to continue our exploration of the cosmos and begin to move out and live where we have never lived before, if we retreat into our iDevices and head down the path of stagnation, the path that leads to eventual extinction. Push hard for this if you believe in human spaceflight, readers. It's up to all of us to see that it gets done.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

STS-135 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 12



Coming to the end of our tribute to the Space Shuttle journey. Atlantis, the very last space shuttle that will ever visit the ISS, has undocked. An era has ended. Godspeed Atlantis crew. Now, may the future spacecraft come to the ISS soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

STS-135 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 10



Continuing our series of posts commemorating the end of the Space Shuttle program, here's a day 10 mission review of the final space shuttle mission. You get some great views of Atlantis's cockpit and learn some wonderful trivia with which to stump your friends. Take special note of the flag.

Flight: Slow, Ponderous, and Weird: P-791 Hybrid Air Vehicle



Here's an odd aircraft ... and it could get huge in the future. Kinda reminds me of the Pillsbury Dough Boy in flight...or the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man. Watch the skies. The blimp may be out there ... watching YOU.

Parents: Share Your Children's Interests, EVEN When It Gets Weird: Do You Want A Banana?



Parents, when your children want to share an interest with you, screw your courage to the sticking point and follow them into their world. It can lead to some pretty weird moments. But it can be loads of fun. Our daughter brought us this little music video. My wife and I thought we knew odd videos and songs ... we stand corrected.

The L Word: Liberal Christians Living In Exile?



No need to shy away from a strong Christian heritage, as the reverend states. Live up to a strong heritage and continue to reach out and live out the two greatest commandments. So ends the Sunday message. What do you think? No vitriol please. I won't publish it.

Friday, July 15, 2011

How to Puncture an Overinflated Ego: Size of Galaxies



Feeling all full of yourself today? Feeling like you are the big man or woman, the gravitational center of the universe? Is your pomposity out of control? Do you have the urge the squash others with your mightiness?

Watch this. Ego deflating? Feeling better?

This is just one of the many services we perform here at J.S. Brooks Presents!

Now, back to the prime service: If you have a child who is struggling with the idea of not being the center of your family's universe with a new baby either on the way or recently arrived, the children's book, Michael and the New Baby, will help. It may be ordered for $12.95 (a steal for what it does) through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or Old Line Publishing. You may reach Old Line's secure online ordering website by clicking on the illustrations or cover of Michael and the New Baby found to on the right hand side of this blog. Unlike the images of the largest known galaxy, Michael and the New Baby will not shatter your child's ego. Instead, it will offer perspective and reframe the issues your child is struggling with.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Strange Sights Passed along the Highway

Okay, good to know, but I'm not THAT hungry anyway.
On this summer's vacation jaunt to West Virginia and Indiana, we saw some odd sights crossing the Buckeye state. There was the declaration on a tanker truck, the only message on the trailer's rounded, shiny surface, which read INEDIBLE. It had never occurred to me before to sneak up to a parked tanker before and sample its contents. Very strange.

When crossing the expanse of Ohio (5 hours by car), your mind tends to drift a bit. Then you snap back to reality when you see a airplane propeller pointed your way. You just don't expect to see the business end of a World War II Navy trainer directed at you on the road. Fortunately, said aircraft was securely strapped to a truck bed, wings removed, and not barreling down the roadway, barely off the road surface, in full flight at us. But for just a second, it had seemed ... well, it's enough to keep your mind clear for a while as the flatness rolls by. Both these sights occurred on the same day.

A little surprising to find yourself rolling toward the business end of an aircraft on the highway!


We also passed a caravan of carnival rides headed for their next stop, brightly colored and disassembled into surprisingly small masses. And we encountered some beautiful antique cars returning from or heading to some distant car show. But none of these surpassed the strangeness of the other two sights. You never know what you'll pass along the highway.

What's the oddest things you've seen. These weren't it for me. For my wife and me, the oddest sight was seeing a car hit a guard rail, flip upside down after some impressive air time (just so you know, no one was hurt ... nicely designed roof on that car), and then the first concerned citizen to arrive on the scene ... THAT"s another story.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Good Old Days ... Not So Much From Safety Standpoint


In the past I have provided nostalgic videos and reminiscences of cars I have owned and/or loved from afar dating from the 1950s to 1980s. They were wonderful cars. I love the old sense of style, particularly from the 1950s designs. However, as this crash test between a 1959 Chevy Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu shows, from a safety standpoint, THESE are the good old days. Warning: this is gut wrenching to watch, particularly the interior view of the 1959 Bel Air and how that interior interacts with the crash test dummy. OUCH!

See this address or click on the title of this post to witness the carnage:
http://www.iihs.org/video.aspx/info/50thcrash


Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sagan Series (part 6) - End of an Era: The Final Shuttle Launch



Carl Sagan, the greatest popularizer of science to the general public in the twentieth century, reminds us why we should continue our human space program. We gain far more from the expeditions than we think. It is amazing to realize that as fractious as we are as nations, working together we have created the International Space Station, the largest spacecraft ever created. It is truly one of the technological marvels of the modern world. Who would have thought, as the nations war with each other and terrorists stir the pot and belicouse leaders beat the drums of war, that we accomplish this cooperative feat.

As Atlantis headed to orbit, NPR asked for our stories about dreaming to head into space ourselves. I wrote: I grew up with a science news journalist for a father. He, Jim Slade (air name), covered the U.S. manned space program from Mercury on through most of the shuttle flights. His fascination with the program was infectious. From an early age, I wanted to be an astronaut. When we landed on the moon in 1969, any and every space adventure seemed possible, especially to a 10 year old. Growing up with Star Trek on TV and 2001: A Space Odyssey in the theaters added fuel to the fire of my desires for space adventures. It seemed deep space exploration was just around the corner.

I want kids to have that dream as well, and to see it realized. How about you?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dangerous Christians: Does God need to be forgiven?

Dangerous Christians: Does God need to be forgiven?: "'Miss Anne, is it wrong for me to believe it was Jesus who asked my forgiveness?'....she p ut her hand on her hip, 'So why wouldn't Jesus hu..."

In that other life of mine as a seminarian, I run across some very deep thinkers. Here is a posting from a prof of mine who is also a church pastor. His viewpoint is well worth consideration. Click on the article title to go to his blog and read the entire article.

STS-135 Space Shuttle Launch July 8, 2011



The Atlantis crew beat the odds with only a 30% chance for liftoff due to rainy weather around the Cape. Here is that last, historic liftoff of any Space Shuttle ever in human history. This is the beginning of the end for the U.S. spacecraft that has taken crew members into space and back for longer than any other rocket system we have ever developed. The crew brings a year's worth of supplies and parts to the International Space Station on this final mission. Godspeed Atlantis.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Space Shuttle (Narrated by William Shatner)



In our ongoing ... but soon ending ... tribute to the closing Space Shuttle program, while awaiting to see if Atlantis will fly today, starting her last mission, here's a retrospective on the shuttle program. For those of you who are Trekkers, it's narrated by William Shatner.

Sloggin' Thru Blogging: Mystery

If you have a mystery story to tell in your blog, and you also have the answer to that mystery, what should you do? Well now, let's put it this way, unless you've set your blog up to report "hard news," you are under no obligation to provide full disclosure for any story. I've discovered recently that people are very hungry for mystery. However, they have very little appetite for solutions to those mysteries. Readers want their imaginations pricked. They want the occasional hair standing on end moment. But they don't want those moments explained any more than they want some smarty pants sitting next to them during a magic act explaining how that last trick was accomplished. People are looking for mystery, for wonder, for awe in the world.

So, give them the mystery ... withhold the explanation. I found out this truth after finding strange glowing lights in a rural Indiana cemetery. The video that shows the mystery lights has had twice as many visits as the second video revealing the source of the eerie lights. See for yourself: mystery video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy70kBFr8ss Mystery explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKVnBIrCNEs&feature=related Or you can find both among the July posts preceding this one. Enjoy.

The truth is out there! Keep it to yourself. Spread mystery instead.

Flight Test #1146



Here's a flight of the Transition flying car. The wing cam view is particularly nice. I wouldn't mind flying to work, I have to say.

The Flying Car - Crazy video.flv



This is the newest iteration of the flying car dream. Thanks to the folks at Universe Today for bringing this to my attention. Back in the 1950s, flying cars were created, including models with detachable wings, rather than the retractable wings you see here, to make the vehicle highway ready. Back then, the thought of many people flying to work like George Jetson had the FAA curled up in the fetal position in horror imagining inept flyers slamming into buildings or having midair "fender benders" and raining debris upon the public below. They said no thanks and the first flying cars (used for traffic reports by radio stations) were history. Now, MIT has created an FAA approved flying car with retractable wings for road travel. It doesn't fold down into a briefcase yet, but it's a start.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Odd Joys of Parenting 1 ... Digital Divide Comes Home

My wife and I are way behind the curve. It's not that we particularly want to be ... it just worked out that way. This summer for vacation we picked up our very first cell phone. We discovered some of its uses and were able to organize meetings with family from afar. Not so bad ... but learning to navigate the phone reminded us a bit of learning to use your first computer (as an adult ... not in kindergarten for you young readers).

The gap in our knowledge became clear our first day camping. We were pulling out of the state park when my wife and I heard a noise. It repeated and both of us had the same thought, "Where's the ice cream truck?" The noise had that certain lilt to it that draws kids from miles around. Our teenage daughter sat in the backseat of the van and laughed up her sleeve at our confusion.

It was the default ring tone of the cell phone. We missed that call by the time we figured that out. We have since changed the ring tone to that old fashioned ring from phones of decades ago. Now WE recognize the phone ... and our daughter cringes. She's looking for Low Rider to replace our antique tone. We'll see how that goes.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Camping Advice: Hard Won Wisdom on Keeping It Fun for Kids and You

Okay, this is for folks who are looking to go camping but either have never done so before or last camped as a Boy or Girl Scout. Here is some hard won wisdom from recent ... and long past ... camping adventures that will be helpful. This especially applies to parents who want to introduce their kids to the great outdoors and still not be driven mad in the process.

  1. If you were a Scout and the last tent you used was a canvas job that leaked if you touched the side walls, modern tents are nothing like that. The walls do not leak if touched, the amazing amount of netting in the ceiling covered by that fly really will keep out the rain, no matter what it looks like.
  2. Check your campsite carefully. Make sure you have not placed your tent in a slight depression. Otherwise, you may find yourself walking on a waterbed in the morning if it rains hard. (Don't ask.)
  3. If you're adventurous ... and young ... the primitive camping sites may be for you (no electricity, no conveniences, a privy, and a pump). If you are a little older, especially if you are bringing kids along, pick a campsite that is a little less rugged and has a few more conveniences. 
  4. National and State Parks have wonderful camping grounds as a general rule. They are well maintained and as safe as it gets when masses of people are living together in tents, campers, and RV's (which is pretty doggone safe in my experience). I can't speak for KOA's but have heard some good things about them, but many private campgrounds can be a toss up. Some of them will be great and others attract all night parties (to be avoided if you like sleep and/or have children). 
  5. The first night you will barely sleep. Do not be discouraged. Limit your activities the next day (as you will be cranky and don't need to spread that around). You are just unfamiliar with the sleeping arrangements and the surroundings.
  6. The second night you will close your eyes in darkness and open them to sunshine. It is bliss.
  7. The third night you will sleep well and wake up thinking of it as business as usual. At this point you have arrived as a camper.
  8. Sleep on an air mattress. It keeps you off the hard ground and keeps you dry, both of which are imperative to a good night's sleep. If you don't like blowing until you are blue or pumping with your legs on a bellows arrangement until you're numb, get one of the new mattresses that take four D Cell batteries and inflate themselves in under two minutes. Check to make sure said mattress works before you head off into the wilds. There are few things as disappointing as a flat air mattress when camping.
  9. Self-lighting charcoal makes great fire starter ... especially if you don't have an ax or hatchet and have to buy wood from the campground (they don't provide tinder, don't want you collecting little sticks for tinder, and without said sharp implement, you can't make tinder ... so you need something that will burn for a while to get the logs going).
  10. Keep the stuff you want to stay dry in your car (provided you haven't chosen a "hike into camp" campground and can actually park near your tent), such as clothing, just in case you have a really serious storm and something goes wrong, dousing the interior of your tent. BUT, do not leave your rain gear in the car!!! (Again, don't ask).
That's enough to get started. More wisdom will come as you camp. Enjoy the park, hike the trails, and as they say in the National Park Service, "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."

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Monday, July 4, 2011

STS-135: The Mission



We are down to the very last shuttle launch on July 8 (if there are no delays). Here is a NASA video about the flight that adds well to our tribute to the program as it ends.

Independence Day Downingtown 2011.mp4



Life in a small town is wonderful when everybody comes out to celebrate together and have a good time. Lots of fun and friendly competition ... including 5 and 10 K races, duck (rubber) races, AND the BIG WHEEL RACES! Happy Independence Day!

Mystery Cemetery Lights Explained.mp4



After careful examination during the day, the mystery of the eerie glowing lights among the tombstones was solved!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bolden Speaks at National Press Club



If you have the patience to see this through, you'll see what the current head of NASA. Michael Bolden, sees as the future of human spaceflight. He states clearly that after the last shuttle landing, human spaceflight in the United States will not come to an end. I hope he is right.

Human space exploration in the future



Here's the European Space Agency's take on the future of human space exploration. The very last comment is especially good.

Future of Human Space Flight



As the Space Shuttle missions come to a close this month, NASA looks to the future of human spaceflight. They've made some bold claims here. I hope they stick to them ... and the politicians stop fighting over ideology and actually back the future of space exploration. From this exploration comes new technologies we all may profit from, new horizons many may head for, and the beginning of humanity's departure from the nest.

Mystery Lights in a Rural Cemetery.mp4



I had a strange experience while passing a rural Indiana cemetery at night. These lights among the tombstones really caught our attention. More to come ... including what they are. Until then, can you guess? Are they ghostly lights or something more down to earth? The explanation will raise other questions, I guarantee it.