Incredible photos from space!!

I wanted to talk to you about something awesome I stumbled across that I really feel everyone should know about.  Well, something awesome that’s done by someone awesome.

So I’m not sure if people really know much about the International Space Station (ISS) or what it does.  According to Wikipedia, the ISS is a satellite that was launched in 1998 to orbit Earth that can be inhabited by astronauts.  It was formed by the merger of three planned satellites: Russia’s Mir-2, the proposed American Freedom, and the European Columbus.  It also merged with the Japanese Kibō module as well as Canadian robotics.  It is a joint program among five space agencies and has had astronauts from 15 different nations.

The current mission, Expedition 35, has crew members from Canada, the US, and Russia.  Col. Chris Hadfield is the first Canadian commander of the ISS.  He’s the one I think people really should look up.

He’s been very free with the public, sharing pictures that he takes on his Facebook page, tweeting about what he’s doing, and even doing a Reddit AMA from space (along with a pre-flight one). The pictures he shares on his Facebook page are incredible.  You can see a sampling of them in the slideshow below.

He was born and raised in Milton, Ontario.  He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 and trained as a pilot. He graduated from Royal Military College with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and eventually received a Masters of Science in aviation systems at the University of Tenessee in 1992.  That same year, he was chosen from 5330 applicants to one of four new astronaut spots at the Canadian Space Agency and transferred to NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  He’s done some pretty awesome sounding jobs at NASA since then, and has gone up to space several times.  He’ll land back on Earth May 14.

But really, everyone should check out his updates and posts.  They’re pretty awesome.  You’ll get so entranced you won’t even notice you’ve looked through over 400 pictures!!

It’s weird.  I don’t normally follow space news or look too hard into anytime another launch is happening.  But these pictures, along with his updates, make you feel as though you’re experiencing space with him.  His willingness to answer any and all questions – from space!! – really makes me excited to find out more.

And the best part?  No matter what city, country, or continent he shares a picture of, he always just says “us,” not “Canadians,” not “Brits,” not “Polish,” not “Korean.”  Just “us.”  He’s made us feel as though the world is border-less and we’re all the same – which we are.

Check out his Facebook.  You’ll be glad you did.

I love DIYs – I fixed my own iPhone screen!!

I suck at handling tech toys.  Phones, MP3 players, laptops – I break them all.  It’s almost a talent, what I do to all things tech.

So when I got the iPhone 3GS almost two years ago, everyone said it was just a matter of time before it had to be replaced.  They were right, of course.  Thankfully, it wasn’t my fault.  The phone had issues since I got it, and eventually it became too much for me to deal with.  So I took it to the Apple store and they replaced it.

About six months later, however, there was a small accident.  I was texting away while on a ghost tour, and I didn’t pay attention when I tried to put it back in my pocket.  And so it fell and hit the floor.  Now, this had happened before and the phone had been okay, but this time, it fell directly onto the screen and landed on a few pebbles.

Not only did we watch it fall, we heard the glass shatter.

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Once a blogger, forever a blogger.

It was 2003.  I was 19 and was finishing high school.  I had just gotten back from two months in El Salvador.  I had broken up with one boyfriend and started seeing someone new.  I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do with my life.

That was when a friend introduced me to the wonderful world of blogging.

As someone who loved to write, blogging was the best possible invention.  I could write anything and post it where everyone could see, if I wanted them to.  It wasn’t too long before I became addicted.

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A short rant on celebrity stupidity

I try not to follow celebrities closely, as I don’t really feel their personal lives have anything to do with the product they’re selling me.  This doesn’t mean I don’t follow – it’s almost impossible, in our society.  But I do try to not comment on every thing they do.

Earlier today, however, I came across a story that made me incredibly angry.  It was talking about a remix of a song called “Turn Up The Music” by Chris Brown.  This particular remix features Rihanna, and was tweeted by the singer herself, pointing fans to where they could hear it.

I was able to find the originating tweet and have included it below:

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Goodbye, Facebook…at least for now.

So I’ve been thinking of getting rid of Facebook.  I know, it’s crazy!!  How will I live??  But honestly, I just don’t want it anymore.

I’ve spent the last few years pretty addicted to it.  I remember finally being able to join (since my school didn’t have an email address) and it felt great to add everyone.  And now a days, I’m so addicted I have to check it a few times a day.  Having it on my phone really doesn’t help either.  Every time I get a spare minute, I’m checking it.

I mean, it has its good points.  I can keep up with friends I’d be otherwise out of touch with, I can be a part of the events, I can see pictures.  I can update people on what I’m up to, I can keep up to date on products, shows, and celebrities I like.

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