60 years ago today, on 04 October 1957, Sputnik gave the world a butt-kick. So raise a glass of something.
Other quick links: For notes to the 01Jul05 lecture to the Oak Ridge Philosophical Society, and the 14 Sep 2004 lecture to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Oak Ridge & East Tennessee Sections, regarding the Columbia accident: The Normalization of Deviance, click here.
For notes to the 09Jul04 lecture to the Oak Ridge Philosophical Society Dead Media Reloaded, click here.
31Jan04: Pentapauls. Ode to Uncle Joe. Historical database of nuclear weapons tests, 1945-present. (This is a very large file, over 100K.) The Soviet nuclear history page now has lots of awesome Cold-War-era images. For a list of the 14 most promising targets for interstellar missions click here. Ultimax White Papers are available online, starting in reverse order. See Mirrors & Smoke: Ameliorating Climate Change with Giant Solar Sails as it appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of Whole Earth Review.
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