Space Shuttle Endeavour has been to space and back to Earth 25 times—it’s escaped our gravity well 25 times and brought its crew back safely every time.
Now it’s retired and sits available for public viewing at the California Science Center.
It’s an enormously powerful artifact, a symbol of a greater vision. It went to space and back, 25 times. Humans built this thing that went to space and back 25 times. America built this thing that went to space and back 25 times.
A humanity that spends so much time, energy, and blood at Bronze Age disputes about who is worshipping which God and how they’re doing it wrong. A humanity ready to commit genocide at any pretense. That humanity built this ship, a ship that’s been to space and back 25 times.
An America that crossed its arms as it poisoned children in a major city once built this ship.
Endeavour sits in its retirement, a symbol that humanity is better than this. That America is better than this.
Let’s be better than this.
Includes a mea culpa, Hillbilly Elegy, Gulp, The Stars are Legion, and The Kill Society.
Nic commits putty knife violence on his grill to replace the gaskets.
Remembering the cost of World War II through airplanes.
Apple’s neglect of the pro market is causing a lot of gnashing of teeth in Apple-nerd circles, but it’s true to Apple’s vision.
There is unrest in the Mac community about Apple’s commitment to the platform. Some are turning their eyes to building a Hackintosh to get the kind of computer Apple doesn’t provide. Here’s what it’s like to run a Hackintosh.
Lots of fiction series in this one. Includes Grunt, 1177 B.C., Louder Than Hell, Smarter Faster Better, The Hanging Tree, Death’s End, Chains of Command, and Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?.
Hey kids, you like epic fantasy? ’Cause I've got some epic fantasy for you.
Car nerds are dealing with some cognitive dissonance as car technology changes.
The Oasis is Amazon’s best e-ink reader to date, but it’s not good enough for the price.
Nic buys an Amazon Echo and is indubitably happy with the fantasy star ship in his head.
The Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and now Trump. America is angry.
The problem isn’t ads. The problem is being stalked like an animal across the internet.
The DS416j is a nice NAS for light home use. Just don’t expect raw power.
The Core Dump is moving to GitHub Pages. This is a good thing, most likely.
Tempus fugit and all that.
Nic has never been more worried for the future of America.
This installment features grimdark fantasy, peppy astronauts and the Roman Empire. Includes SPQR, And On That Bombshell, The Code Book, Schiit Happened, Beyond Redemption, The Severed Streets, The Martian and Veiled.