Five Things – 01.25.16 – And By Our Daring

1.  Space Shuttle – This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, which was a defining moment of my childhood. Thinking on it reminds me of what a space nut I was as a little kid; living in Orlando, Florida makes it pretty easy to catch space fever.  I saw Challenger’s doomed liftoff…

Five Things – 2.2.15 – Now You’re Knitting With Power

1.  NASA’s Spinoff – in the late 1970s, NASA began providing a report to the public regarding the technological advancements gleaned from the Space program in an attractive, easy-to-read format.  Called Spinoff, this wasn’t the first attempt at a report of this nature but it was definitely the most digestible.  And the most stylish. What is it…

Five Things – 12.1.14

1. A Claymation Christmas Celebration – It’s finally the proper season to share this.  This Christmas special premiered in 1987 and loudly touted the then-ubiquitous California Raisins’ involvement, although the Raisins don’t really show up until the final number. Hosted by what appear to be a dinosaur version of Siskel and Ebert, the half-hour special takes…

Five Things – 7.30.12

1.  The Legacy of Skylab – I stumbled upon this 1979 documentary about Skylab, produced by NASA.   It reminded me of the fact that Skylab was, in the 1980’s elementary school science class scene, a shining example of humanity’s best foot forward.  Of course, by that point several attempts had been made to correct…

Five Things – 1.30.12

1.  Sparky the Space Chimp – dreamsofspace shares this Australian children’s book about a space chimp.  The artwork is pretty great – a lot of detail going into a not-very-detailed picture.  The pictures themselves tell a different story than the actual history of the space chimps, whether intentionally or not, but it’s interesting to see…