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.

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Apple’s new high-tech device??

People can be stupid.  And they can shop stupid.  But this story here has definitely got to spotlight that people will buy anything if it has the right brand name on it.

http://gawker.com/5835890/woman-buys-a-block-of-wood-with-an-apple-logo-thinking-its-an-ipad

So basically, a woman goes to McDonald’s and has some guys come up to her and offer to sell her an iPad for $300.  She tells them she only has $180 on her, and they sell it to her anyways.  She goes home, opens it, and realizes it’s nothing more than a block of wood with a logo painted on it.

Yes, you read that right.  A block of wood.

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I’m getting a “great deal”, I would want to inspect the goods before I buy them, be it from strange men in a parking lot or in a department store.  I would NOT take their word, and the word of the “contents” section of the FedEx label.

So then this woman goes home, finds out it’s a fake, and CALLS THE COPS.  I’m not gonna lie, I’d love to have heard that conversation.  I bet it gave the police officers a nice laugh.  How do you call and ask them to investigate how you stupidly bought a fake item??

I’m not sure if I consider that robbery.  I mean, if she’d asked to see the iPad, she would have known it’s a fake.  Technically, all they did was lie.  But don’t all salesmen do that??

My opinion, since you asked, is that this is just another example of dumb people making dumb choices.  Should we feel bad for her??  Yes.  Should we punish the clearly great salesmen for lying about the product they’re selling??  No.  In fact, Apple should hire them.  They can obviously sell anything with an Apple logo.

And in the end, was the block of wood really less useful than the iPad??