Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book had the potential in Chapter one to go very bad. Kurson wrote something that would be mortifying to any intelligent adult reading a junior high history text (and, unfortunately, too many high school texts also): On George Low, NASA engineer…”His mission: to build a machine from the future that would help make the world safe for democracy.” The saccharine drips from such a journalistic embarrassment.
But he recovered. This is the second book on Apollo 8 I’ve read this year. The other, titled Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything, by Martin Sandler was an ARC I was fortunate to be allowed to review. This one is nominated for a Goodreads award. Continue reading
Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.
Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.
Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…
…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading
Posted in Beers, Books, Engineering, Movies, Personal thoughts, science, Tech
Tagged Apple, Beer, Belhaven's Scottish Ale, Big Sky Brewery, bionic leg, Boulevard Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout, cloning, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dark Truth Stout, Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, embryonic stem cells, fat cells to liver cells, Founders Brewing Co., Froncois Englert, Frozen, Full Sail Amber, Goatman India Black Lager, Heavy Horse Scotch Ale, Higgs boson, IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, iOS 7, Iron Man 3, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, Kings of Summer, Lakewood Brewing Company, Man of Steel, Michael Shermer, Monsters University, NASA, neutrinos, Now You See Me, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Peter Higgs, Physics Today, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, The Boys from Brazil, The Butler, The Temptress, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Voyager program, World War Z
Short note today. Studying is progressing well, but I need to step it up. Only 75 study days left as of tomorrow.
I found a blog (http://civilpeprep.blogspot.com/) of a woman who started it while on her third go around (she did pass that time) and she had some good insights as well as a host of problems she worked out and posted. Her afternoon specialty was structural, which is not my choice, but as they taught us in the many several leadership classes in the Navy – “using all available resources…”
I also found that Texas A&M (my Master’s degree alma mater) Civil Engineering Department posted a set of videos to help prepare. They are dated (have to be from around 2001 or earlier) as the exam format has changed twice since they recorded them, but the material covered is still germane. Site here for anyone interested:(http://engineeringregistration.tamu.edu/tapedreviews/PEreview.htm) I haven’t watched more than a minute or two, just to check them out, but I will later as I work through more problems.
And problems I am working! I stopped the (re)learning and switched to working problems. That from a tip on the first blog site – she, while admittedly on her third trip to the dance, realized that she was “wasting” her time studying since she had to go to the books to look up how to solve the problems anyway. I still think I need to absorb more of the material from classes I never took, but her approach makes sense to me. So, I’ve adapted.
Even though there is only about six minutes to solve a problem on the exam, I’m taking as long as I need right now, because I’m indexing the solution resources, the equations needed, constants used, cross-referencing everything so that when I come across something similar on the actual exam, I’ll be able to (hopefully) solve it more quickly. I plan to run through all the five specializations and then run through them again. And again. My primary focus will be water resources and environmental for my afternoon depth exam, so I’ll be working a lot of those problems.
Only 75 days. It’s a long time.
Or not. Regardless, I will pass it the first time. (Because I don’t relish doing this all over again!)