Space missions and complexity

One of the most complex and innovative pieces of technology in history, the JWST had no less than 344 single points of failure. Some of the most complex engineering projects in history have been those undertaken by the space agencies - NASA, ESA (The European Space Agency), JAXA (The Japanese Space Agency) and China's agency; the CNSA.   Between … Continue reading Space missions and complexity

Underwater Lakes in limestone cenotes

It's an ever-present part of our lives, whether it's the spray from a garden hose or existing as a torrent of whitewater rapids on a river in the wilderness, whether it's the refreshing drink from the tap we needed on a hot summers day or surrounding us as a dense blanket as we swim in … Continue reading Underwater Lakes in limestone cenotes

The Storied Career of Actor Bruce Willis

Hey there! Bruce Willis! Everyone's heard of Bruce Willis. Die Hard! .... other films! May I present .... the Willisography. Bruce Willis was a big star.  Sure, he's had flops and times when he's been pretty obviously miscast, but his hits - THEY were BIG.  From memory (I refuse to Google!) Willis started on 'Night Court' or … Continue reading The Storied Career of Actor Bruce Willis

Trump: toxic, divisive, lawless – and he’s never been more popular with the GOP and voters

I’ve been attempting to follow some of the goings-on in American politics, especially the actions and progress of the January 6 Commission [LINK-Wikipedia]. That commission is investigating the events of the 6 January 2021, when “…supporters of Donald Trump entered the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., with the demand of a recount of the … Continue reading Trump: toxic, divisive, lawless – and he’s never been more popular with the GOP and voters

James Webb Space Telescope, Exoplanets and space adventure amid a worldwide pandemic

I would like to say that I'm really stoked with the current state of scientific exploration, of the sheer scale and number of projects either underway, planned to occur in the near future or existing as as-yet unrealised but exciting possibilities. Recently, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched seemingly without a hitch - something … Continue reading James Webb Space Telescope, Exoplanets and space adventure amid a worldwide pandemic

Brief musings on U.S. politics, the culture war, abortion rights, etc

Hello! I've not written here for a while. Does that mean that I've now got incredible and original ideas literally bursting forth? Nah. So.... let's talk about America. The United States of the aforementioned. Land of the free. God's chosen nation. I mean, think about that. Gorsuch, Kavanagh and Coney Barrett. That's huge. Obama, by … Continue reading Brief musings on U.S. politics, the culture war, abortion rights, etc

What if you could CTRL+Z to undo regrettable mistakes in life?

Hello to anyone out there. Do you ever wish there was a 'rollback' feature for life? For anyone familiar with computers and things like Word processing, you'd be aware of the key command, 'CTRL+Z'. It's the UNDO key. It returns the state of your document (or whatever it is you're working on that supports that … Continue reading What if you could CTRL+Z to undo regrettable mistakes in life?

Vaccine hesitancy among rural white evangelical (United States)

Boy oh boy. I'm in one of those moods where I'm all fired up about something! In this instance, I'm all fired up after listening to an episode of the New York Times' 'The Daily with Michael Barbaro'. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this particular podcast and it's definitely in the mix of the … Continue reading Vaccine hesitancy among rural white evangelical (United States)