1

“COSMOS” Rocks!

editorial from the geek 1 Comment

cosmos_a_spacetime_odyssey-1920x1200

Hey everyone…

So I’m getting the hang of my new space themed blog here; tweaking this, changing that.  It’s a LOT of work, so thanks for being patient while I figure out what the hell I’m doing! :)

The last month has been exhausting for me… caring for my ailing father-in-law…  hosting a conference in Savannah… attending the #NASASocial SpaceX event at Kennedy Space Center…  the passing and funeral of my father-in-law (rest in peace Joe Harbuck…) being on the road constantly…  it’s been a grueling past several weeks.

But I finally got a chance to catch my breath tonight and watch the first episode of the new “COSMOS” series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  After hearing jeers from my geek friends about how much they hated the reboot of the series first hosted a generation ago by Carl Sagan, I wasn’t setting my expectations very high.

Now that I’ve seen it, I’d like to ask what the hell is everyone’s problem with this show?  The first episode was PHENOMENAL! Tyson is a fitting heir to pick up where the late Sagan left off.  The episode was well written, with great special effects, and very effectively put both the size AND age of our universe into figures and terms the average person could at least TRY to comprehend.

Most clever was condensing the age of the ~14 billion year old universe into a 365 day calendar year.  With the big bang happening on January 1st, the solar system condensed sometime in mid August.  Humans first appeared in the last 14 seconds of the year, on December 31st, at 11:59 and 46 seconds.  VERY clever!

I know what my geek friends are going to say they didn’t like about it –  they found the show “too elementary.”  Well guess what?  You aren’t the target audience!  This show wasn’t written for you.  It was clearly written to be a lay persons guide to appreciating the wonders of our vast universe.  Yes – things were spelled out at a very basic, perhaps on a 6th grade level.  But that’s how you have to relate these concepts to John Q Public; who doesn’t live, eat, sleep and breathe this stuff like some of us do.

When you look at the average serving of crap sit coms, talent contests and reality shows the television networks are feeding us – including most programs by once respectable networks like Discovery and History Channel?  ANYTHING that gets the general public and especially youngsters excited about space and science is a very good thing.

I’m about to commit geek blasphemy here, but SO FAR… I find the program more entertaining than the original!  I think Neil Tyson is the perfect host for this reboot, and I’m looking forward to a long, successful run for this series.  VIVA COSMOS!

-Patrick Burns
March 23, 2014

Hey everyone… So I’m getting the hang of my new space themed blog here; tweaking this, changing that.  It’s a LOT of work, so thanks for being patient while I figure out what the hell I’m doing! The last month has been exhausting for me… caring for my ailing father-in-law…  hosting a conference in Savannah… […]

0

3… 2… 1… BLOGOFF!

editorial from the geek No Comments

Welcome to my new blog / vlog for all things space related.

My name is Patrick Burns.  I’m a life-long science and space geek.  While I was alive when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, I was only 10 months old.  Obviously I don’t remember any of it, but I’ve been fascinated with space my entire life, so perhaps the infant me was paying more attention to Apollo 11 than I realize!

I’m best known for something that may seem odd to people from the space fraternity.  My claim to fame is as a paranormal investigator.  I stared on a television program called “Haunting Evidence” for three seasons on the (now defunct) Court TV Network, and later the TruTV network.

We’re approaching the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 this summer.  The same age as me.  So why is a ghost hunter and former reality TV star starting to blog about space well into his middle aged years?

Quite simply, I’ve been given an incredible opportunity.

A good friend of mine by the name of Tina, is a fellow space geek and knows how passionate I am about the space program.  She learned that NASA’s social networking arm was looking for people active within social media to cover the next launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 / Dragon rocket on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

NASA was selecting 50 people to receive media credentials to cover the launch and write about it on personal blogs and websites.

From the NASA social website…

“NASA will provide media credentials to social networking users who will actively collect, report, analyze and disseminate NASA news and information on digital media platforms. Attendees will have the same access to the event as news media. This includes, but is not limited to, attending tours and viewing opportunities, news conferences, demonstrations, interviews with key personnel. “

Tina was the one that found the link, and posted it to my Facebook timeline suggesting I apply. I thought it would be an amazing experience, but I didn’t think NASA was going to select a paranormal investigator and former reality TV star.

I started the application process… then stopped thinking “rediculous! Wasting my (and NASA’s) time.” I vacillated back and forth over the course of a day or two, then said “What the hell? Why not?” And completed the application process. Never expecting to hear anything back.

And to be honest, I forgot all about it. That was over 2 weeks ago, and I have been up to my eyeballs in preparing for a conference I am hosting.

Then I woke up earlier this week to find this waiting for me in my inbox…

———————————————–
FROM: hq-social@mail.nasa.gov

Dear Patrick,

Thank you for applying for a NASA social media credential to attend the launch coverage of the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station on March 15 & 16 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two-day event will provide you the opportunity to tour NASA facilities at Kennedy Space Center, meet and interact with engineers, technicians, and other team members from Kennedy, view and take photographs of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media, meet members of NASA’s social media teams, and hopefully view the launch of SpaceX Falcon 9, which is scheduled to lift off at 4:42 a.m. EST on March 16.

—————————————————

!!!!!   Suffice it to say, I am STOKED beyond belief to have been selected to participate.  I am no stranger to the Kennedy Space Center, but I’ve never been there in anything close to this capacity.

SO… here we sit.  Me, perhaps an unlikely candidate to blog about NASA and space exploration.  But passionate as hell about this stuff.

I have SO MANY unique ideas for this site.  It won’t be merely another space blog.  We’re going to shake things up around here.  I’ll of course blog about upcoming missions, but I’m also going to write about space subjects that I am passionate about.

We are GO for throttle up!

-Patrick

Welcome to my new blog / vlog for all things space related. My name is Patrick Burns.  I’m a life-long science and space geek.  While I was alive when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, I was only 10 months old.  Obviously I don’t remember any of it, but I’ve been fascinated with space my […]

Facebook Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com