Beyond immediate family, Valentine's Day has never been something I celebrated. Pretty much Mom, my sister and I exchange gifts. This year, Sis and I are getting meat and happy respectively. She's getting a shipment of ribs and I'm getting season 1 of Leverage (watching Christian Kane's character Elliot makes me happy).
While I've never been dating anyone when Valentine's rolls around, the point of celebrating love only one day a year eludes me. Love is more than a day. It is a life's effort.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. —
Holy Bible: The King James Bible
Do you show your heart mate everyday that you love them?
PS That's probably the only time y'all will see me quote the Bible.
I was talking on one of my message-boards a while back about a presentation that has
been put out by several NASA staffers about the dis-connectivity
between NASA and Generation Y. In it is mentioned the fact that many
Gen Yers have not really seen the triumphs of NASA or what NASA has
done that affects our everyday life. One of the board members said
that she didn't know anything about it but thought that NASA was only a
drain on government funds. Only a couple of people could come up with
any innovations that NASA has created or inspired.
I'll admit this is a hot button for me. I have spent the past 20
years of my life about 10 miles as the crow flies from the Kennedy
Space Center launch pads. I worked at the Visitor's Center as a
teenager. My sister did a high school internship at KSC. My father
works for a contractor. NASA and the space program are in my blood
even if I do not work in that field.
I think we need to encourage our teenagers and younger
children to look at NASA as a great adventure and to show them
everything NASA has done to improve our lives. Even to a non science
person and math athiest like myself, this is fascinating. I have a
partial list of some innovations and improvements that NASA has either
created or inspired. At the bottom of the post will be a couple of fun
websites with more information.
As we talk about the President's new budget (with the cutting of NASA
manned space flight program and funding for private companies that
aren't even close to space flight), we should consider all the
technology that NASA and their manned space flight programs have have
created or helped to create.
NASA in the home:
Infrared ear thermometers Environmentally safe sewage treatment Municipal-use water treatment systems Reflective insulation Enriched baby food Water purification Portable cordless vacuums Freeze dried foods Improved software for computers Cushioning systems for sneakers Liquidmetal alloy for sports equipment Temperpedic mattresses Bicycle helmets Scratch resistant and UV blocking glasses Wireless headsets Insulated paint
NASA in the city:
Medical LEDS (such as WARP 10 for muscle/joint pain relief) Automatic insulin pumps Clean room apparel Artificial limbs (foam cushioning, strength, realism, robotics) Precision dialysis pumps and filters Invisible braces (Transcend) Diamond coating for artificial hip joints Corneal refractive therapy (improved contact lenses, nonsurgical ways to reshape the cornea) Dentapure purification cartridge Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to prolong the life of those waiting for heart transplants Gait analysis system for PT patients
Public Safety Fire resistant heat shields to slow building collapse Video Image Stabilization and Registration for FBI video analysis Fire sensors for US Forest Service Face masks and fire suits for fire fighters Radio and breathing systems for fire fighters Land mine removal techniques Anthrax detection systems LifeShear cutters Flame retardant coatings (PCC) Self illuminating emergency exit pathways
Air Travel Collision avoidance systems Clean burning engines Anti-icing systems Optics for high speed ticket processing Pilot stress tests Cabin pressure warning systems
Manufacturing Powdered lubricants Protective cool suits Quick fasteners Smoke stack monitors Chemical detection systems
Sports Plasma displays Foam for protective padding Heart rate monitors
Automotive Improved radial tires Chassis design for school buses Crash analysis systems Computer software (NASTRAN) for structural analysis Safety grooving on roads
Grocery Food safety systems (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point developed by Pillsbury for NASA) Ethylene removal systems to reduce spoilage Refrigeration show cases
Coastal Miniature personal locator beacons for rescue at sea Flood monitoring Environmentally safe ship cleaning Oceanic monitoring Petroleum remediation products to clean up oil spills Electromigration techniques to prevent corrosion on dams and bridges