In Space, *Everything* Will Be Recycled

In Space, *Everything* Will Be Recycled Including your poop. Packing food for space travel can be a drain on space and fuel. NASA/Public Domain According to NASA, the only way to off-set the costs and problems with hauling anything into space is through ruthless recycling of everything.  On the space station, everything but feces

Time Enough For Love

Time Enough For Love by Robert A. Heinlein Link If you've been reading this blog for very long, then you're probably already aware that Robert A. Heinlein is up in my top two favourite authors of all time (the other spot has a rotating roster).  I've spoken about Heinlein and about this particular book, Time

2016-10-03T16:24:04-06:00Sunday, October 16, 2016|Categories: My Favourite Books Ever|Tags: , , |

Minimize Your Therbligs

Minimize your therbligs until it becomes automatic; this doubles your effective lifetime--and thereby gives time to enjoy butterflies and kittens and rainbows. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebooks of Lazarus Long This Heinlein quote has become a personal mission of mine. I first read Time Enough for Love (the book from which nearly all of

Age as a state of mind.

To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebook of Lazarus Long   We’ve all heard the expression “set in their ways” – which is the other side of the coin to Heinlein’s observation. There’s growing scientific evidence that “age” is a state of mind

2014-07-06T10:13:42-06:00Sunday, July 6, 2014|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic, Ruminating|Tags: , , |

The Immoveable Object and The Irresistible Force

Io, one of the moons of Jupiter If it can’t be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebook of Lazarus Long  _________ I’ve had my nose rubbed in science a lot lately, probably because it’s been on my mind. I know you’ve had patterns

Damned Fools with Big Mouths

Don’t try to educate people who aren’t listening.  The world is full of fools who believe they know everything, and besides, you could be wrong.  Listen more than you talk, and you might hear something interesting.  And you’ll be able to figure out if you’re listening to a fool, or not, if you’re listening, not

2014-05-05T07:01:56-06:00Monday, May 5, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , , , , |

The Use of Lubricant

Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as “empty,” “meaningless,” or “dishonest,” and scorn to use them. No matter how “pure” their motives, they thereby throw sand into

2014-04-19T11:52:22-06:00Saturday, April 19, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , , |

Lionlike Heroes

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I’m just a little bit in awe of science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein – for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he’s one of a microscopic collection of authors who can make me cry. Heinlein had

2014-03-22T07:59:15-06:00Saturday, March 22, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , |

Does Your Skill in Bed Match Your Appearance?

"Sexy Breast" by adamr. Darling, a true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does her whorish best. At other times you can be as modest and dignified as your persona requires. Robert A. Heinlein Lazarus Long and The Long Family Robert A. Heinlein is one of my top five favourite