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Bits and pieces of interesting pretties I've picked up along the way.

Godspeed John Glenn

The term “hero” has been one of the most...

Yet more weird crap in Mike’s place

Back before Apollo 15 I met someone who had a...

If you want an Apollo Command Module, just build one…

Like many of space-nerds in training who grew up...

Recent Blog Posts

December 12, 2016 |

Godspeed John Glenn

The term “hero” has been one of the most overused and misused words of the past couple of decades. (“diversity”...

September 4, 2016 |

Yet more weird crap in Mike’s place

Back before Apollo 15 I met someone who had a friend at the space center in Houston. I wrote him, Ron was his...

May 7, 2016 |

If you want an Apollo Command Module, just build one…

Like many of space-nerds in training who grew up in the 60’s, we longed to have our own Apollo spacecraft or...

May 5, 2016 |

Freedom 7 + 55 years

As I am writing this, it is the 55th anniversary of the launch of the Mercury Spacecraft, Freedom 7, our first...

March 14, 2016 |

Ed Mitchell and Apollo 14

The passing of Apollo 14 astronaut, Ed Mitchell, recently marks in a way, “the beginning of the end” of the...

November 26, 2015 |

Weird crap in Mike’s place: Gemini 5 flight plan

In the arena of space collecting there are many levels to handle the many different interests and bank accounts....

September 30, 2015 |

Ms. Astronaut

Not too long ago I attended a talk by Stephan Pastis the creator of one of my favorite comic strips: Pearls...

July 19, 2015 |

Only photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon

On this, the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, take note of the following space oddity: For all of...

July 17, 2015 |

W. M. Keck Observatory Launches App KeckWatch

Kamuela, Hawai‘i – Today, W. M. Keck Observatory launched a new smartphone app to stoke the curiosity and wonder...

June 9, 2015 |

Weird Shuttle Crap in Mike’s Place

The space shuttle’s cockpit layout would be instantly familiar to any airline pilot when it came to the many...

April 25, 2015 |

Weird Crap in Mikes place

Still more weird crap around Chez Mike. The most casual of space collectors go with the basics, that is,...

March 25, 2015 |

Weird Crap in Mike’s Place: Twentieth Anniversary Mac

It’s no secret that Apple has produced a number of oddball machines: the spasm-inducing Mac Portable, the...

January 30, 2015 |

My First Computer – the DIGI-COMP 1

Oftimes those of the computer nerd persuasion like to talk about how they got hooked by these “thinking...

December 27, 2014 |

Confessions of a Global Warming Skeptic

The predictions were dire. Scientists warned of crop losses that were sure to doom billions to starvation, entire...

November 11, 2014 |

Houston we have “Weird Crap” #6

It’s no secret that I have a NASA obsession. That would be obvious the moment you step into World HQ for Global...