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.

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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Digital corkboards – my new obsession!!

So I know it’s been forever, but I’m sure you’ll soon see I suck at updating anything on time.  But alas, here I am. enjoy the hopefully not-so-short burst of writing 🙂

So I’ve discovered a new website, although I’m told I’m a little late to the party: Pinterest.  Basically, it works as a digital organizer for anything and everything you want to save or share a picture of or link to.  You can create boards and ‘pin’ items to each board.

Now, when I first heard it, it sounded a little…useless.  Pointless??  Why would I need to pin pictures to an imaginary board??

But then I started pinning. And then pinning some more.  And then pinning some more….

And now I can’t stop.

I have so many boards!!  I have one of things I want to do before I die, and one of places I want to go.  One of desserts I want to make, and one of foods I want to cook.  One is for clothes I’d like, one is for shoes, another is for nails, hair, and make-up I’d like to try.  Then there’s the dream home, the dream wedding, the funny stuff, the awesome quotes…

Anything I find online that I may want to look at later, be it a picture, a recipe, or absolutely anything else, I can pin it (using a handy Firefox widget).  Once I’ve pinned it, it’s put into my board, along with the main site.  That way, everyone else can look at it and pin it to their boards.  It sounds a little weird, but looking through other people’s pins can help you find so many awesome things.

I actually really like the site a lot.  It makes it easier to list all of the things I want to do or places I want to go.  I’ve gotten used to writing them down on random papers and then losing them.  So to me, this site is absolutely fantastic!!

Anything that lets me feed my need for lists and stuff is awesome. I’m not sure it’ll have the same appeal to guys, since I’ve yet to come across a male that has the same compulsive need to organize.

So let’s hope this is more than just the latest passing fad.  At the very least, my list of things to do before I die is not permanently saved somewhere.  So yay for that!!

My first attempt at Google Plus

So i joined Google Plus today. From what I’d heard, it’s supposed to be awesome and a huge competitor for Facebook. I wanted to see what the hype was about, so I asked a friend to send me an invite, and he did.

Now, let’s start off by saying I love Facebook. You could even say I’m a little obsessed. I don’t sit on my computer refreshing the page, but I do check it, on average, about once every hour and half. I spend roughly three minutes every time, so it’s not like I’m on there forever, but still, often.

So when something comes along that tells me it’ll be better than that, and I’ll love it more, and it’ll keep me even more connected, well, I want to check it out.

And so far, I’m not seeing it. It’s entirely possible that with time, and with updates, and maybe with more people on it, I’ll learn to love it. But it was not impressive at first sight.

First, I have no idea what it all is. WTF is a Spark?? It also took me a while to figure out that a +1 is basically a Like. I get the feeling that given the time, I’d find all of the things I love about Facebook on it.  And as far as I’ve been told, much better security.

But honestly, I’m not seeing the need to migrate from my beloved home of FB onto this unknown, sparsely populated almost-duplicate.

But who knows, right??  I mean, everyone has hated every single change FB has ever made, until they get used to it.  So maybe all Google Plus needs is time??

I guess we’ll see.  I’ll keep looking through it and getting used to it.  And if anyone wants invites, let me know!!  I need people on it in order to decide!!