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Every Kid’s Dream – NASA is Hiring the Next Generation of Astronauts

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in startups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Click to see the PDF NASA Needs Space Men and Women :)

If you have ever seen a sci-fi show or seen a movie then this has to bring back the thought of heading into space as an astronaut. I know Virgin Galactic is doing it but not for extended periods. Not yet at least. While the shuttle are being readied for their spots as museum show pieces that doesn’t mean that NASA isn’t preparing for their next step to explore space. Don’t forget the Chinese are right nipping at NASA’s heels as we speak. That step is the Constellation program whose aim it is to go back to low Earth orbit and to the moon by 2020 or so.

I feel like my generation and the newer ones never got to feel inspired by space the way they were when the Apollo program was up and running. I hope this is the chance we are all waiting for.

So if you have a technical background, don’t mind working in zero-g, and have experience flying a jet aircraft, then maybe this is for you. 🙂

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To care or not to care about the @klout

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in startups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Should I care about my klout score?

That is the question I ask. I think that it is a reflection of how I use twitter and some of my other social networks but at the same time should I focus my efforts on bringing up my numbers? I am not as prolific as I have been at the past just because I find myself in a reflective mood. I am doing a lot of thinking about what the next steps should be for me. I feel like klout is a cool tool to see how you stack up but when they change the metrics or tweak the algorithm it reminds me how it is just a number that is only important in reference to others.

My klout has dropped but do I care and should I. It is fleeting and does it represent the whole of my online persona from when I started or is it just a barometer of where I am in the last while. I am not sure it even matters and it is just another metric to add to the pile. A great tool in relation to your own followings and communities but remember as deep as social media can be it is easily just as shallow a pool and sometimes it takes awhile to realize that there is a difference.

The power of twitter, Facebook and all the others is the ability to reach out. Each platform does so in unique ways. With twitter it is about the short messages and real-time. With Facebook it is the vast size and ability to share with friends. With Linkedin it is all professional all the time. With Google+ it is the integration with search and the newness of the platform. There are so many ways to connect and it is hard to keep an eye out on so many.

Twitter and to a lesser degree Facebook are where I spend the most time interacting. They are where I cut my teeth in the social media space. I need to find a new centre though. Numbers can dance, they can rock the house or be burnt to cinders depending on the context which is what really matters. Without understanding the why and the how, the number is just a number and they only tell part of the story. Obviously the numbers are a big part of it but they will never be and should never be all of it.

I really enjoy what klout is all about but I also realize that it is a rep score. When you have a score you want to do better. Knowing how you compare to others can make you want to reach a little further and that can be a great thing but you need to be careful about it. Would I like a higher klout score? Sure that would be great but should I do it for a number or should I do it because I want to engage with people. I choose the latter.

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Nice costume for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in startups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Card Tower being built ;)

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in startups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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To the Sky and Back again with Skyward Sword

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in startups, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am so looking forward to The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword for the Wii. I remember that the Ocarina of Time (OOT) was one of my favourite games I ever played. The recent games in the Zelda series have taken their cue off the OOT template ever since. That game by itself helped to create the foundation all adventure games would follow-up to today. Skyward Sword seems to reimagine what Zelda can be with a blurring of the lines between dungeon and the overworld. The ability for the wiimote + to accurately track your movements for 1 to 1 motion control. I really like the art style which is expressive and has the water-colour feel and is a perfect style for the Wii and the limitations of the hardware.

I can’t wait for this game it can definitely be considered a swan song game for the Wii as we head off to Wii U next year. This is a great 6 minute trailer for the game but beware there are some spoilers below. I love this time of year as a gamer, it ROCKS!

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