Sorry for not posting…

Once again, sorry for not posting.  I have been extremely busy with a whole bunch of stuff.  But don’t worry, there is some really cool stuff coming.  Along with my photography, which I have been lacking at lately, I have been working on and planning another passion of mine.  That would be customizing and building custom gaming PCs or just custom PCs.  I have, at the moment, two planned themed gaming PCs, one of which I have started working on.  From that, I am hoping to start my own YouTube Channel which will cover my process of building a machine.  As that develops I will keep you advised and once I have a video posted, I will be sure to let you know and send you over to it to check it out.

Now that the weather here is cooling down, and the night will hopefully stay clear, I should be able to get back out and take some night sky photos.  I have also over the past few months collected some video equipment so I am going to try my hand at setting up a camera at dusk and letting it run till sunrise and then taking that and turning it into a time laps video.  The weather looks like it will be good this weekend, so I am going to do my best to get out there and be productive! (Fingers crossed).

Other projects on the drawing board besides the two custom gaming PCs:
-A working Fallout 4 Pre-War Radio (with the ability so select the different wasteland radio stations.  From that a Fallout New Vegas Radio would not be too hard to make.)
-A working Fallout 4 Terminal (The hard part of this will be building a working version of the RobCo UOS or Unified Operating System.  I have already started some research and poking around in Visual Studio.)

If it isn’t clear, I am a huge Fallout 4 and Fallout New Vegas fan (they are one of the reasons I have been having difficulties posting, I have been too busy playing through them.  But I am working on being productive and turning my thoughts and ideas into reality.  So enough rambling on for now, weekly posts will be coming, especially with updates on my many, many projects.  So stay tuned, I appreciate your patients with me and I promise things will get interesting and less boring. =)

NASA Juno Spacecraft arrives in orbit July 4th

As NASA’s Juno Spacecraft enters its las leg of it journey to Jupiter, scientists and NASA officials are excited for  its expected July 4th arrival at our solar systems largest planet.  Launched back on August 5, 2011, the spacecraft is expected to enter orbit on July 4th and begins its year-long mission of mapping out the gas giants gravity and magnetic fields, studying its thick atmosphere and conducting other scientific work over dozens of orbits.

With each spacecraft we sent out into the vast emptiness of space, we learn more and more about the world/worlds around us.  You can check out more about the Juno spacecraft and its mission here.

Astronauts on Mars as soon as 2024

This news came out at the beginning of the month, but I figured it would make a good starting point for my renewed blog.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to start sending missions to Mars as soon as 2018 with the first manned missions starting in 2024.  In the interview, which I will post the link to at the bottom, Mr. Musk says the first step will be to send an unmanned Dragon Capsule to the Red Planet.  This mission would be mainly to collect data and test the platform for future missions.  The data collected from this mission would them be used for future missions, which Mr. Musk says he would like to do at every available Mars launch opportunity.  All this would lead up to a manned mission to Mars, landing the first humans on the Red Planet.  interesting things are happening, and every day more and more science fiction is becoming science fact.

Read the full article here.

Sorry For Not Being Active

Hello everyone, sorry for not being active.  I have been extremely busy with a lot of different things.  Work has been crazy.  I have also started my own small photography business, Serenity Valley Photography, which has also kept me busy.  There have been a multitude of computer issues (My MacBook Pro died so I had to get a new one and then my gaming PC died so I had to rebuild that).  But now I am back, hopefully for a while and hopefully with a lot more posts about Science Fiction, Technology and many many more things (Astronomy, Astrophotography and more!).  So stay tuned for some exciting stuff.  I am going to try to do a weekly post, say on Saturday Nights, so lets see how that goes.  Until Saturday, as Neil deGrasse Tyson says “Keep looking up!” 🙂

WIndows 10

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I just saw that Microsoft said it would be releasing it’s Windows 10 Operating System this summer.  Being someone who has used just about every single operating system that Microsoft has released (95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1) I naturally downloaded and have been playing with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.  I do have to say I am liking what I see and will give it a go on one of my PC’s when it is released.

Windows 8 and 8.1 were a good idea but Microsoft went in the wrong direction.  Instead of just adding new features to the Windows 7 platform they completely threw it out the window and decided to start from the ground up with an operating system they could put on all their devices and have it look the same (PC’s, Tablets and Phones).  I can see why they wanted to go that route, Apple has that.  Well kind of.  Even though Apple’s OS X and iOS look similar they are different.  iOS is designed to run on mobile devices (iPhone’s and iPad’s) while the OS X was designed to run on the iMac’s and MacBook Pros.  Do they look the same?  Yes.  Do they operate the same? Yes.  Are they the same?  From a programming standpoint, no.

Windows 8 was built to run the same on all devices, which is great if you have a touch screen.  On a traditional PC with just a mouse and keyboard it is very, very difficult to navigate.  I like Windows 8 and 8.1 but only on the Microsoft Surface.  On a PC it is a pure nightmare.  But that is not the case with Windows 10.  In Windows 10 we have the return of the Start Menu (yay!) with the ability to add the metro tiles (those tiles that dominate the start screen on Windows 8).  In some cases the metro tiles are great, like for your favorite weather app, for Facebook and Twitter.  But for all your other programs they are just annoying (that’s my opinion).  Microsoft is also releasing it as a free upgrade (within the first year) for anyone who is currently running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.  Only time will tell what will happen, so I guess we just have to sit back and wait.  I for one will probably be one of the first people to upgrade to it (it will be replacing my Windows 8.1 upgraded) on my desktop.  If it does everything they say it does and operates as a beautiful integration of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 then, and only then, will it replace Windows 7 on my laptop.

25th Anniversery of the Hubble Space Telescope

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Even though it is over a month away (April 24th) I think it is worth mentioning.  I have been thumbing through my April edition of Astronomy which is an entire issue regarding the life and accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope.  The issue includes it’s top science discoveries, in depth information about the space missions that saved the telescope and 28 of the best images captured by Hubble.  It is a very intriguing issues and if you spot it in store I would recommend picking up a copy.

The telescope has had a rocky start, after its launch in 1990 it was discovered that there was a flaw in its optics, causing it to only capture blurry and fuzzy photos.  This brought about a lot of criticism from the public and the government.  Luckily for NASA Hubble was designed to be serviceable.  In 1993 the Space Shuttle Endeavour launched for the first mission to service the telescope.  The astronauts fitted the telescope with “glasses” to resolve the optics issue which was discovered to be a problem focusing the incoming light.  Since then there have been two other missions to service the telescope, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2009.  After it’s last service, 2009, NASA predicted that the telescope could remain in service through 2020 without another service mission.  Though its replacement, the James Webb Space Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch into orbit in 2018.

The end of Hubble will be very bleak, it will continue to loose altitude until it enters Earth’s atmosphere and breaks up.  For the 1970’s designed telescope fitted with 1980’s optics and finally brought into the 21st century in 2009, it has produced over a million pictures and is credited with over a dozen scientific discovers.  It has lived a long and successful life.  Like all great thing sooner or later it must come to an end, for Hubble I hope that comes later rather then sooner.