correctiveshoes621: (Dream Ed)
O M G. I guess we're gonna do this thing. Leaving in a couple hours for the shuttle to Philly.

I'm 65% terrified and 35% excited. Won't lose that fear 'til I touch down in Frankfurt tomorrow morning, lol.

My luggage is full of surprises and boots and weighs an approximate shit-ton. My niece lent me a phone-that-is-only-a-camera, now, and THANK GOD I figured out how to put music on it, as the charger for my wee Ipod-thing literally broke yesterday.

I just talked to Anita on the phone and she sounds lovely. My brother (the hero in all of this, and I mean that sincerely) google-earthed her place and it's a wee adorable brick house with a neat-as-a-pin front garden. Thank God, again, that she has a peacoat that will fit me, so I don't have to try to stuff mine into the overhead bin, LOL.

Pete just started screaming at me, last night, when I tried to call him -- some emergency he was having...IE: his dvd skipped a pause or something..I balked and he heard it in my voice and launched into Lecture #1431: "You don't take anything I say seriously", and was screaming so loud, I just hung up. He fluctuates between pretending I'm not going and calling me with 'Plane disasters', and I just can't afford the negativity. I hate to leave things this way and may still try to call him to say goodbye - because I'm stupid, like that.

My daughter popped in - when I'd JUST left to go get water - - and left me a sweet note, with a feather and a rock from Hibernia Park, to take for good luck. ♥

DJ, of course, is Mr. Casual.

Still can't believe this is happening. Must be brave.

Love, PPLs. Love.
correctiveshoes621: (Roberty)
I


was just informed.

Front row,

Simon's side -



- Wembley, December third.

Last night of the tour.



I can't even process this, right now.


No offense, but Solsbury Hill will just have to wait..
correctiveshoes621: (Jeux)
Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate <3

All that remains is the return trip to Philly, tomorrow, to pick up my passport, then, some last minute laundry/packing. Then, I fly out on Sunday, the 27th..Touch down in Frankfurt, Germany for a few hours..then, on to Birmingham, which is huge.

My daughter. Made me look up schedules online, and *gave me a hundred dollars cash* to take the train to Solsbury Hill. I get a bus to Batheaston, from Bath, blah blah blah..

Yes, I cried.

If we time it right, I will be there at sunset..Twilight, the Magic Time *goosebumps*..when we saw that, we just looked at each other and I knew that she knew.

Christmas gift, indeed. LIFE gift.

You should see the hotel that Anita has booked for us in Manchester. Pretty lah-dee-dah. The Cure will be playing on the 28th, right across the street...and WHOO-HOO! I'M TAKING THE CUREJACKET ™ FOR HER TO WEAR AT THE SHOW.

I can't freakin' wait.
correctiveshoes621: (SiameseTwins)
Wow.

If this becomes real, if it really becomes true - what I've wanted my whole life, since I was six years old - - I MUST go for it. There seems to be so little left for me, here, but a long slow slog unto death.

As my dearest friend said, "I can't think of a better happy ending for you."
correctiveshoes621: (drink up dreamers)
Watching Elon Musk's Big Mars Talk, and it's absolutely thrilling. He's talking reusable/refueling boosters (used up to 1,000 times) and carbon fibre ships - - all, liEk, within ten years or so. With a capacity for a crew of 100 - how, 'Enterprise' - - and reducing costs to under $100,000 per person, with a travel time of 80 days and possibly less. I need to win the lottery :)

I teared up when he casually dropped the fact that he's leased Pad 39A from NASA for the Big Mars Launch - - http://www.jonbrack360.com/launchpad_39a/ - - it just seems so @#$%^ fitting. PAD 39A. That's the sacred ground that Apollo 11 (and many others) slipped the surly bonds from.

What a time to be alive. I hope I live to see it; so sad that Carl Sagan is not. Dang.
correctiveshoes621: (Default)
OMGah. Now, I *know* I gotta learn this stuff! According to Wikipedia:

SpaceX uses multiple redundant flight computers in a fault-tolerant design in the Falcon 9 rocket. Each Merlin engine is controlled by three voting computers, with two physical processors per computer that constantly check each other's operation. Linux is not inherently fault-tolerant (no operating system is, as it is a function of the whole system including the hardware), but the flight computer software makes it so for its purpose.[119] For flexibility, commercial off-the-shelf parts and system-wide "radiation-tolerant" design are used instead of radiation hardened parts.

AND:

In addition, Windows was used as an operating system on non-mission critical systems—​​laptops used on board the space station, for example—​​but it has been replaced with Linux; the first Linux-powered humanoid robot is also undergoing in-flight testing.[120]

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has used Linux for a number of years "to help with projects relating to the construction of unmanned space flight and deep space exploration"; NASA uses Linux in robotics in the Mars rover, and Ubuntu Linux to "save data from satellites".


The nerd in me sings :)
correctiveshoes621: (NuBates)
Is anyone else watching this new season of, Bates Motel? It's only two episodes in, and already off the freakin' chain.

The character of Norman Bates is pretty near and dear to my heart, always has been, and I will admit to being skeptical as hell about this series.

How DARE they 'modernize' it, bringing it to present day - did we not all learn from the debacle that was the 1998 'remake'? I still remember the acid sting of the changing of the line, "If it doesn't gel, it isn't aspic.", to, "If it doesn't gel, it isn't JELLO." - not to mention the sordid image of Vince Vaughn (Vince Vaughn? Really?) masturbating as he peered through the hole in the wall...and don't even GET me started on Viggo Mortenson's 'Sam Loomis' - uh. No, no, no - a thousand times, no.

And Freddie Highmore as Norman? He's a redhead. And British. I just couldn't see it.

And the whole convoluted drug-dealers-half-brother-out-of-the-blue-girl-with-fatal-disease business of the first seasons..Meh. It took a while for Norman to emerge, per se - - little by little, I could see him; Freddie obviously studied Anthony Perkins' body language..gestures, the walk...But what SOLD me utterly and completely was that scene, with Norman cooking breakfast AS Norma..My GOD.



POOR DYLAN, lol. It was so good, I literally grabbed it from Youtube and put it on my iPod.

And now - DAMN. Just DAMN.





Best moment of the series so far?

"I'm gay. You have my card."
correctiveshoes621: (Time)
This is so weird to me; so unexpected.

I'm actually happy, and it's such a long unfamiliar feeling.

Wednesday night, Pete - for the thousandth time in liEk thirty years - asked me to marry him, again.

It just popped out. I said, "Okay."

I blame the Orion Nebula.
correctiveshoes621: (Hank)
GOOD LORD, there are some ugly curtains on ebay. LiEk, painfully, jaw-droppingly ugly. And not even in a 'vintage, hipster-y' way, either.

I know I'm supposed to be cleaning, but I'm just too damned lazy. Wanted to repaint my porch step railings, this morning, but when I got the can of paint out of the shed, I found that the lid had been left tipped open just a LEETLE tiny bit - and it had become one solid lump. Derp.

Attention, Plz. Proffy Brian Cox has finally returned to Twitter - lol - he was gone for THREE WHOLE DAYS, and well, y'know. Stalking. His tweet - "Getting ready for a good night in :-)", with a picture of Pink Floyd's, Dark Side of the Moon ready to go on his turntable - made me smile. Party on, Brian..Watched an episode of the UK Quiz show, 'QI', where he 'jokingly' advocated the use of LSD, as well..He IS a total fanboy for Carl, so...it makes sense. He is delicious, and I GUESS the Apollo-gushing, the Cure-piano playing, the Orwell, Sid Vicious, Futurama, Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, Adam and the Ants, Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson and Yes references really DO outweigh the..Duran Duran.

"I'm going to make a cup of tea out of leaves fashioned from the remnants of long dead stars, reconstituted by the natural force of gravity."

"The start of Cosmos gets me every time. It's the music - and The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean :-)"

"Big Jehovahs Witnesses conference in Melbourne tonight. Hope we don't get our audiences mixed up."

"My HiFi streaming system has got stuck in a loop and is playing Shine on you Crazy Diamond for the 4th time."

"Drank so much red wine that I'm beginning to think that making dinner is an unnecessary distraction."
- - I mean, WHO SAYS STUFF LIKE THIS? ♥

Some of his records, strewn across the floor, when he first bought said turntable ;)

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correctiveshoes621: (Carl)
The Good: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/america-s-first-spacewalker-receives-nasas-ambassador-of-exploration-award

The Bad: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/star-treks-nichelle-nichols-rushed-5825313

The Ugly: Dreams. Terrifying. Involving certain folks, 'back from the dead', with SUCH scary eyes, full of bright, snapping hatred, and with a gang, like, 'The Claimers', from The Walking Dead - and, for some reason, I had to live with them, and just knew, that, at their first opportunity, they were going to kill me. Their eyes were liek - can't even describe them, but they made me think of shiny magazine paper. I haven't really feared death for years, now, doing what I do for a living - but upon awakening, I did, because I didn't want to meet up with him/them and all that hatred. Yikes. WTF does it mean? Like I said before, things are speeding up, coming on, fast.

Here. Have some Carl :

correctiveshoes621: (Carl)
WE ARE IN ORBIT!!!

GO, X-37B! GO, LIGHTSAIL!

A picture of [livejournal.com profile] gayalithiel and me is aboard.

This one's for you, Carl. Finally. We are starstuff.
correctiveshoes621: (Hank)
WINTER SUCKS. That is all.
correctiveshoes621: (hat rack)
Guys. Speechless, here. My dear, dear friend and fellow Whovian, Katelyn, is leaving for PA school next week. Adore her. Miss her dear little wee self terribly. We went to dinner, tonight as her, 'send off' - I just. i CAN'T.

As a, 'thank you' to ME - ! - for mentoring her, she actually bought me a gift. I know. I was so touched when she busted out this beautiful gift bag at the restaurant. That little stinker.

Guys.

I almost had a heart attack, lol.

It was this.Read more... )
correctiveshoes621: (First Step)
As hilarious as this telescope is...and as wozzy as conditions are...THE MOON. Is effin' BEAUTIFUL. It's a bit too overcast, and the moon, itself, too large and bright for viewing..but still. Effin' beautiful. Little else can excite me in this way - ever, always - and, for a first brief try? Wow.


And, derp. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hierokeryx - fuck social anxiety. I'm looking into THIS:

http://www.astrohbg.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naylor_Observatory - !!!


Also, this is good fun. Watch. Read each letter aloud. Make no mistakes.

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