Sunday, April 22, 2007

Almost Done

I know I said I would create a sort of 'buffer' (see post) and I realize that there has been sort of an extended drought of posts this month but, rest assured, I am working on articles still. I haven't been able to work on them as often as I would have liked because I am currently at the peak of school work, college decisions, and scholarship applications.

So, since I have a little bit of time now, I've decided to give you all a little update and insight on my life. I applied to several schools over the winter and was accepted by most and shot down by a couple (denied at Princeton, waitlisted at Northwestern). After weighing all the costs and benefits of each of the schools I was accepted to I finally narrowed the list to just two: Ohio State University and Cornell University. I had the awesome opportunity to visit Ithica and stay the night for Cornell Days and I must say that it is incredible. Cornell is an amazing place and would be more than excellent for making future connections--possibly those who would share my dream of space travel. Alas, the quarter-million dollar price tag for four years has swayed me enough to settle for Ohio State. Ohio State, though, is an incredible school in its own right so I am only slightly disappointed that things had to work out this way.

Anyways, my college visit caused me to miss 4 days of school and now I have a lot of work to make up. Hence, updating is becoming more and more difficult to do. School is almost over though! 5 weeks left and I'm sure the workload will gradually start decrease as we near the end (especially after the AP tests).

I urge anyone and everyone to post any suggestions, comments, ideas, or questions that they might have.

In the meantime I'll throw in a cool photo taken by Hubble I found here:

The Cat's Eye Nebula Picture Credit: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope


















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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Recommended Space Blogs

I don't know how many of you have noticed it so far but I recently added a list of my recommended space blogs (in the upper right hand corner). I just added perhaps my most favorite one today (Cosmic Log) and I decided that now would be a good time to give a little explanation about each blog that has made the list so far.


Cosmic Log


Cosmic Log is maintained by Alan Boyle (BIO), a great science writer and winner of several prestigious journalism awards. The blog is apart of MSNBC's weblogs and is updated several times a week. He always seems to have something interesting to say and is very informative though not too complicated to understand. He will also take his time to read through user comments and respond to them. Occasionally, he will even mention or address questions/comments in his posts. Here is a quick description of what his blog covers (quoted from his site):

Alan Boyle covers the physical sciences, anthropology, technological innovation and space science and exploration for MSNBC.com.

Space Pragmatism

Veronica Pierce and Dan Schrimpsher keep a very busy blog on news from both the public and private space programs out there. They usually have several updates a day so if you're looking for an active blog I recommend this one.

Selenian Boondocks

Johnathan Goff, an Engineer at Masten Space, gives a little insight in the private space world. Though his blog is primarily concerned with "[his] thoughts about the development of space, particularly regarding our nearest neighbor, the Moon," he also posts on any other topics that interest him that aren't necessarily related to space. Mr. Goff also posts on the Masten Space Blog where more technical related information is posted. His blog is also updated several times a week.

Spaceports

Attorney Jack Kennedy keeps consistent updates on the entire space world in general. Mr. Kennedy became interested in law when he "realized that politics was driving the space science and policy agenda thus spawning my interest in politics, policy and law through the the balance of the 20th Century." Spaceports will sometimes provide a unique viewpoint because of this.

Space Liberates Us!


Started recently by Olin College student Matt Bowes, Space Liberates Us! provides readers with news and opinions from the private space industry. For more information on what the site is about check out the about section.

If anyone knows of what they think to be a good space related blog I'd love to check it out. Also, if any other site owners out there are wanting to exchange links contact me with a link to your site and I'll respond to you as soon as possible. My email is p4tsays@gmail.com.

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