Spaceflight Now: 'A commercial Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket disintegrated in a fiery
catastrophe aboard its oceangoing platform Tuesday, destroying a
sophisticated telecommunications satellite payload in a dramatic launch
pad explosion reminiscent of the space program's early days.'
I'm (still) working for a satellite service provider having tight relationships with New Skies (based in NL) this is bad news. I watched the live webcast via the Sea Launchwebsite last night...it was a big one.
As one can expect these days, the movie has been posted on Youtube:
Adam Curry owns a car in San Francisco, kind of special one; a 1984 Mercedes stationwagon 300 turbo diesel, 5 cilinder, running on biodiesel and ow...did I mention 'she' is eggnog cream in colour?? 'She' has been named 'Trinity' :)
She has had some motor problems lately, mainly coz Adam is driving her only occasionally. Last week he came up with the idea to give her away for free 'special-offer-for-dedicated-DSC-listeners'. One listener jumped on it suggesting a 'father-son' roadtrip driving her coast to coast while podcasting the trip! Sjeez, did this spin-off some attention and ideas! Check out the latest DSCs for updates...the project is called 'Free Trinity'...it's gonna be a big one!!
Hey Adam, I'll have enough spare time from mid February...lemme drive her for a while and put Trinity to the ultimate test; a dutch A4 traffic jam podcast!! :) :)
I arrived late last night into Oslo and will be working from HQ this whole week. Trapped in a meeting room from today till Friday, working from early morning till late evening...yet, I am not complaining; am in a spectacular building!! :)
This means no hosting nor email available on the .com domain, but...Google does it again! I managed to get their Apps for Your Domain up on the .com domain and have email configured! Heyheyheyyy, you can now reach me via raymond at raymondpoort dot com!
Leave me a message! I probably will start using this address as main email soon!
My hosting provider has had some issues over the night causing my site (and some others I admin) to be down from yesterday 21:15h till just now 10:30h (GMT+1)...it's the first time in over 2 years that I experienced/witnessed a 12+ hour outage with them, so kudos to my (cheapo) provider, Mevershosting! (it still sucks though, isn't it amazing how important online presence has become, at least for me :))
I was just about to shoot of an email to Jason Calacanis asking him when he intended to continu podcasting. I became a huge fan of this 'ADHD' type of guy/entrepeneur and his CalacanisCast, still in Beta :)
He put up Beta #9 last week and he's taping Beta #10 at this very moment! A pity there are no transscripts of his shows (hmm, I might have some time at hand from mid-February :)), the content is passionate and inspiring. I intend to blog a bit more on specifically CalacanisCast #5 later since the things talked about in that one could come right out of my own mouth!! For now; listen to last weeks CC #9 and enjoy the 'not-the-Gillmor'-Gang...members of the good ol' Gillmor Gang are discussing Apple's iPhone, yay!
PS. Jason, thanks for not splitting this one up in 28 and a half orso pieces!! :)
Yesterday I finally found time to watch 'Painful Deceptions' (via Google Video).
This documentary provides an critical/alternative view on the world-changing-events on the day better known as '9/11'.
Funky stuff, which changes the perspective on 9/11 completely, a must-see for conspiracy theory fans! It *is* important though to understand that also this is 'just' presenting a subjective view and cannot be seen as the whole truth, which will probably lie somewhere in the middle... at least the official statements provide enough room for speculation.
To quote Fox Mulder (X-files): 'The truth is out there'...and Adam Curry: 'There are no secrets, only information you don't yet have', so true!
Sjeez, it has been quite a week, and it ain't over yet. Got home from Brussels tonight, took me just 5.5 hours instead of the usual 2 due to heavy storm winds, it is spooky out there; bridges were closed off, trucks were blown on their sides and causing the detour roads to be closed too!
Yeah...great to be back home in one piece! Then again...saw that I'll have to climb the roof tomorrow to put back some tiles...bbrrrr!
Just came back from Norway, had dinner and there I go again! Volleyball match tonight and afterwards I'll drive to Brussels (customer meeting tomorrow)...kinda crazy, but I have no problem with crazy stuff :)
Coz Adam is moving houses and lacks time to produce a full blown DSC, a series of 'Best Of Charlie' have been created by listeners...last Fridays BOC has been put together by Julien from the 'In Over Your Head' podcast. He took the time to dig deep into podcasting history, way back to 2004 where he found nice clips with the first introduction of the Dawn & Drew show, Rock & Roll geek Micheal Buttler made his appearance and the infamous 'godcast' moment between me and Adam was played...it still gives me a kick to hear it back!
I got the following forwarded today, thought it was nice to share :)
There is extraordinary value in knowledge. And there is also
much value in what you do not know.
For in the unknown, there are possibilities that have no
restrictions. When contemplating the unknown, your
imagination has no limits.
Though the unknown can be frightening, it can also be
magnificently beautiful and inspiring. You can put into it
whatever you wish.
In the realm of things you do not know, there is plenty of
room for the joy of discovery and the enlightenment of
learning. There is ample space to dream, to envision, and to
To act as if you already know everything is to deny yourself
all the good things that are yet to be imagined and
discovered. Mystery gives life a depth and richness that you
would not want to be without.
As each moment passes, make good use of all the things you
know. And be thankful that you don't know it all.
Am back from Copenhagen, missed out on the Little Mermaid (didn't even find a t-shirt saying 'I went to Copenhagen and all I got was this lousy t-shirt' :)). Today was filled with meetings, meetings and more meetings and tomorrow I'm off to Brussels to inform my main customer (BT) that they'll have to do without me from mid February...it's always nice to drop a bomb! So, no ordinary office work these days, yay! :)
Am no guy for New Years resolutions, so don't expect them here. I believe more in New Day resolutions :) ...in the end, January 1 is 'just' another new day, eh? Especially when considering that half the world population (China and India) celibrates New Year on a different date!