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Ian Lindstrom
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Lives in Virginia Beach, VA
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Rover Examining Odd Mars Rocks at Valley Overlook
From NASA/JPL: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity climbed last month to an overlook for surveying "Marathon Valley," a science destination chosen because spectrometer observations from orbit indicate exposures of clay minerals. Near the overlook, it found blocky rocks so unlike any previously examined on Mars that the rover team has delayed other activities to provide time for a thorough investigation. Read more: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4502
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
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Great overview of last Sunday's launch, courtesy of my favorite show +TMRO​:
- +SpaceX​ Launches +Boeing​'s First Ion Satellites - SpacePod 03/05/15: [http://youtu.be/EOrCOhPq5aA]
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It's spring time, in Chicago!
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JPL will stream a news briefing live online to discuss the March 6 arrival of NASA's Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres -- the largest unexplored world of the inner solar system.
Dawn Ceres Arrival
Mon, March 2, 12:00 PM
http://youtu.be/sJr-pctUYdw

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Three flights in 3 months & two more by mid-April. Launching two satellites in one go tonight at 22:50 EST: [www.spacex.com/webcast]
-Boeing goes electric: ...each satellite weighs less than 5,000 pounds. Betaharon said a spacecraft with comparable capabilities would weigh more than 8,000 pounds without the all-electric propulsion system.
- +SpaceX *for less*: Such a low price for the launch of a communications satellite is “almost unheard of,” according to Betaharon, a satellite industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience.
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Google's Proposal for North Bayshore: http://youtu.be/z3v4rIG8kQA
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 March 2015 [With video] http://srs.gs/dHG #Space
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An instructive examination of the spinning rock with unidentified bright spots! Emily Lakdawalla presents the pretty pictures & how to approach them.
 
Watch Ceres rotate: A guide to interpreting Dawn's images

http://bit.ly/1wHq9HI

NASA held a press briefing on the Dawn mission yesterday, sharing some new images and early interpretations of them. I see lots of things that intrigue me, and I'm looking forward to Dawn investigating them in more detail. I invite you to check out these photos yourself, and offer you some guidance on things to look for.
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Today, 14 Australian museums and cultural organisations join the Google Cultural Institute: http://goo.gl/CFmJmV 
Over 2,000 digitised objects tell the story of Australia’s rich history and contemporary culture, allowing everyone to experience them in new and innovative ways: high-resolution imagery of Aboriginal bark paintings; illustrations depicting settlement of the First Fleet; valuable artefacts digitised to illustrate the wealth of the Gold Rush, and online virtual tours inside military hardware from the two World Wars.

Deep dive into Australia's stories and heritage online in one click: http://goo.gl/CFmJmV and read more about these new online collections on our blog: http://goo.gl/9Uaxab
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300 degrees!? Twelve hours!? 600 feet of cable!?
And I'm excited if I successfully put shelving together. These guys are bad ass.
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Russia Moves to Support ISS through 2024, Create New Space Station

http://bit.ly/1vCCagE

The future of the International Space Station is a little clearer this week, following a statement from Russia supporting an extension of the orbiting complex through 2024.
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A conscious chemical machine mastering the art of living.
Introduction
I am in love with finding things out & traveling the world. Both are hobbies & my career.

I like to drink coffee & beer...& wine...& brandy.

I love to read.

I like starting political/religious discussions in any bar, leading to a run away, catastrophic melt down of friendships, alliances, & public peace. 

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'OMG!' Religion & Reason
I am atheist. Though I do think religion is interesting as a cultural phenomenon, and could be seen as art; and like art, religion <strike>is not a method to understand the world around me</strike> can help me to view & understand my emotional relationship w/ the world. 
-Religion & science are two different things:
--Religion is a set of beliefs & conclusions based on culture & faith.
--Science is a method of understanding through testable predictions & consistent observations

If you are not questioning your beliefs, then you are willfully ignorant, may be afraid to find they are incorrect, & are missing out on lots of fun. This goes for myself, which is why...

...I love my religious friends & prefer to not live in an echo chamber.
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Warning: Politics! *Gasp!*
I would consider myself libertarian, but it is more complicated than that (because economics, humans, society, & social sciences are really complicated) . 

Finding out the boundaries of society's reach & inherent human rights. I am for strong defense of individual rights.

I am extremely wary of federal & military power.

I believe I am the only entity to make decisions about what is best for me, but I'll take reasoned recommendations into consideration.
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NASA is Govt, & NASA is good...right?
Global/Govt collaboration in the sciences (especially space exploration) is extremely important in making 'frontier' bleeding edge technologies feasible for the private sector (e.g. NASA paving the way, SpaceX & others picking up the trail).

-OTOH, Government & money do not mix; it is inefficient & expensive. People will milk the cow (e.g. Boeing & all others who have overly expensive un-innovative technologies that take advantage of the payment structure of NASA Govt contracts.)
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If I don't continue with a discussion, it is because I have become too heated and/or drunk to respond in a manner satisfactory to my own quality standards. I love discussion/debate so don't let me off the hook.


It not being acceptable to speak of politics & religion in bars is destroying debate & understanding.
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I once started a physical altercation...on the topic of Jimmy Carter.
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Virginia Beach, VA
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North Chicago, IL - Bourbonnais, Il - Cedar Rapids, IA - Oxford Junction, IA
The Norfolk area doesn't have a lot to offer when it comes to restaurants, so this was a pleasant find. After three trips, they have not failed to deliver delicious food in a decent amount of time. Even when they were packed, they served us well. They also have a nice beer selection. Prices are what you'd expect for a BBQ/bar joint, which is reasonable for the food, service, & atmosphere. The upstairs has a large bar & will often have karaoke. Parking may be a pain & there may be quite a wait if it is the weekend.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
The food here was so good, the setting was nice, & staff friendly. It's nice having a small market inside for you to kill two birds with one stone. From the two visits I made, it wasn't packed (weekend lunch).
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
This place is the standard I use to judge chicken. Their sides are amazing as well, _love_ the Italian salad.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The Hostel was great, & is the birthplace of the ever popular Wodka. Well maintained & high quality facilities; full kitchen, nice bathrooms/showers, clean beds, & great common area. The location is nice; close to a few restaurants & grocery stores, a park, a church, & a couple blocks away from the tram. During my stay (New Years) the majority of folks were younger, but I had no problem sleeping. Had a friendly atmosphere. Only negative is that the laundry facilities are located near the front desk, which is in a separate building.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The only consistent thing I have experienced with Mojo's is cold, disappointing food & messed up orders. The first mishap I attributed to bad luck, even though we called ahead for the large order (6 people). The second time around was not any better. Though, the staff was nice & they have a stage for music on the busy weekends. I had heard such good things about Mojo's, but when it comes to food, it wasn't even close to hitting the mark.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great beer menu & the food that I had was fantastic. The inside was spacious, dark, comfortable & classy. There is a large bar as well. The servers demonstrated competent knowledge on food pairings, particular beers, beer types, local breweries, etc. Also, on one occasion, the bartender was _extremely_ helpful (pronunciations of certain beers/foods, other places to visit, attaining a table). It made an impression. I do not recall if I ever went here on the weekend, but it was not too loud or extremely busy for my taste; about what you would expect for an average restaurant & bar.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago