The End of an Era?
The lights are going out for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program.
All American space shuttles are grounded.
President Obama has declared trips to the moon useless.
Is the classic dream that inspired countless fiction and childhood dreams over?
It's been many years since we haven't seen major debates over their so called "Black hole" budgets.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I'm not footing the bill but I am down over the thought of no American astronauts heading up in American ships.
It's clear we have some things to deal with right here on Earth that may outweigh the potential benefits of space exploration but I fully expected to have a pre-retirement party in the relative comfort of at least a dome on the Moon.
This is not a doom and gloom post. I have firm belief that someone will continue our efforts in space exploration. China, India, Russia, they all have growing space programs, including and not limited to manned flights. In fact, American astronauts will be hitching rides with cosmonauts for the foreseeable future.
In my opinion, the real advancements will come from private enterprise. Most likely from Virgin Galactic or someone similar. Beginning with low orbital flights, I really do hope to see full fledged adventures in space. I can think of no where else I would rather spend my aging years rather than a gentle low gravity colony with a garden to tend.
Richard Branson, you have begun. Don't let anything or anyone hold you back. If necessary, follow the lead of D.D. Harriman, the main character in "The Man Who Sold the Moon".
It can be done. And it can be done to the benefit of all humanity, not their detriment. Do you agree? Are we entering a new era with new approaches to space or is this the beginning of a soft and slow decline of looking outward with hope?
The moon image is from The Woggle Bug book, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Ike Morgan
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Here are my latest picks for the top iPhone accessories. There are several options in each category depending on your primary usage. My primary considerations in accessories are:
- Experience enhancement
- The chargers that came with the iPhone 3G were recalled. See the article here for info on what to do about that.
- Car Charger - under $10
- Solar Charger - You can also opt for this Solar Charger case.
- My top pick for a non-solar charger: Incase 2-in-1 wall and car charger. Cut the number of cords cluttering up your laptop bag and grab this one. The 5 ft cable is nice.
- Case with close up lens - for the productivity junkie. Clarifi excites the productive side of my personality. I see me happily scanning barcodes, business cards, and other evernotes.
- Telescope - for the photog. Telescopic 6X zoom looks good. ThinkGeek has a version of this for the non-3G iPhone.
- Case with Battery - lets face it, this is for everyone. Most especially the truly mobile workforce. Mophie probably had the best battery case on the market but check out the newest contender from Incase.
- Conference Call Commando - Jawbone is the way to go. Warning - there have been reports of pairing issues with 3G. My top pick at the moment but the next option has a huge cool factor.
- Frequent Flyer - Holy video glasses batman! Or just a batman video. Widescreen movies in a narrow seat = awesome flight, or at least more tolerable!
- Music Lover - Bose kicks some ear and you know it! A few other good options for audiophiles but I'll leave that argument for another time.
Do you just need power or are you sans stereo?
- Stereo / Alarm Dock - I liked the look of this one from TunePro until I saw it had no speaker shielding for GSM interference.
- Better Stereo / Alarm Dock options to be found here, including another Bose reference (I should get a commission from them).
- Multiple Docking - great if you have a family of iGear. Top pick for now because it keeps counter top clutter to a minimum.
Audio Visual Cable
- Apple Component Cable
- HDMI to DVI This is for your MAC but you have your videos on both devices, right?