#ToMarsAndBack

In 2021 pieces of Mars will land safely on earth as part of Mars 2020. The Mars 2020 rover collects samples and leaves them in canisters on the surface. The lander deploys a fetch rover to collect the samples and deposit them in an ascent vehicle, which blasts into Mars orbit. There, a return orbiter collects the samples for transport back to Earth. Via planetary.org. ... Read More

SpaceX Falcon 9: How Elon Musk’s Rocket Is Winning the Reusability Race

This wonderful illustration from July 2019 National Geographic explains one of Elon Musk’s greatest space innovations – rocket reuse. Adding reusable technology reduces the payload and cost. In order to make the Falcon 9 reusable and return to the launch site, extra propellant and landing gear must be carried on the first stage, requiring around a 30-percent reduction of the maximum pa... Read More

When in Iceland

When in Iceland I recommend renting a vehicle. It’s a round island with a single ring road.
When renting a vehicle I recommend a 4×4. There are no trees, so you can drive anywhere.
When renting a 4×4 I recommend renting a Land Rover. The British were an adventurous lot.
When renting a Land Rover, get a Defender. It protected the King of England well enough now didn’t ...

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Appreciating Willard Brinton’s data visualization

Excerpt from 100 years of Brinton, a website devoted to appreciating data visualization author Willard Brinton.
I passionately believe Brinton should be as well known as other pioneers of data visualisation (Playfair,Priestley, Minard) and modern authors (Few, Tufte, Cairo)
I agree. Below is an image from Brinton’s book, which is more about data visualization than about ocean liners, but ...

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Requests for Startups

Excerpt from Y-Combinator article on ideas for new startups. [source: YCombinator Blog]

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Enterprise Software – Software used by large companies is still awful and still very lucrative.

Category-defining enterprise software companies will emerge to solve problems for every vertical, every business size, and every job function. Here are 3 specific areas we think are particular...

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