Saturday, November 8, 2014

Learning from the Storm

 On March 21st, 1952, a cluster of tornadoes struck the Mississippi valley. The damage stretched across nine states; 231 people died and 1,829 were injured. In White County, Arkansas, a pair of cyclones leveled the town of Judsonia, destroyed 650 buildings, and killed 46 people.[Qu5]

Thirteen days later, as the townsfolk were still picking through the wreckage, twenty-six scientists arrived in Judsonia from Chicago. Instead of first aid kits and blankets, they carried tape recorders and notebooks. They fanned out across White County, picked a representative cross-section of homes, and asked their inhabitants if they could interview them.

To their own surprise, most of the people they asked said yes.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Do You Want To Help Build the First Nuclear-Powered Airplane?

Then Pratt & Whitney wants you!   Or did, sixty years ago.

I ran across these while skimming old Newsweeks.   Unfortunately, doesn't look like they need mathematicians.   Also, I think the job might have been filled by now.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Toxic Stars

I'm not dead!   Really, I'm not.   Just busy.   Don't worry, I haven't abandoned the blog; I have a few things that should be going up here over the next few months.

One of the things that's been keeping me busy is Toxic Stars: The Future of Humankind in the Cthulhu Mythos, a Lovecraftian transhumanist space opera.   I've been posting it on a forum behind a registration barrier, but I've decided to put it up in public.   If you're interested, you can find it here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Moonwalk Day

At 9:56 PM today, Eastern Standard Time, forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface.

When times are hard, when the world seems filled with evil, hold that moment in your mind, when human feet first set foot on another world, and remember: together, there is nothing we cannot do.