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Michael Interbartolo
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My favorite Kickstarter
I know I have ranted over the frustration on space, but this is worth fighting for. It really is frustrating how broken our space exploration system is in terms of leadership (lack there of), budgetary instability (congressional jobs program) and lack of sound project management (orion takes ~15 years from contract to first crewed test flight). will a Chinese space race really be the kick in the pants we need or will those in power continue with the mantra "when China gets to the moon they will see 6 american flags already there"

for those that missed previous rants:
shoot for the Moon short - 
https://plus.google.com/116992234810067730471/posts/6mrre4LynJF

Man left the Moon for the last time 42 years ago - 
https://plus.google.com/116992234810067730471/posts/hDoqFr1QRDC

Just stop with this Journey to Mars BS - 
https://plus.google.com/116992234810067730471/posts/B9a2RF2EqgP
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Interesting bit of casting news with splitting voice from actor playing Zoom
Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.
Candyman star Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of the villain Zoom in Season 2 of The [...]
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+Marty Nozz I personally don't care about the story line since both Marvel and DC use the multi-verse concept that allows them to retell stories for their characters.  I think of it like the movie Clue...where after one ending, they do the whole "or it could have happened like this".
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Robots growing 30k heads of lettuce per day
There are six stages to growing a lettuce at a factory: seeding, germination, raising the seedlings, transplanting them into a larger bed, raising the vegetable and harvesting. The company said it is still working on a machine that can handle the seeding process. And it still requires human eyes to confirm germination. Beyond that, every process is automated
are these vertical indoor farms in Mega Cities a wave of the future to cut down on land/water use, and transportation costs? 
Kyoto-based vegetable factory operator Spread Co. said it will begin construction of what it calls a fully automated large-scale lettuce factory in spring 2016, which will be able to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce per day with “a push of a button.”
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Disney Infinity 3.0 launch day
Three targets, two Walmart, one gamestop and one toysrus to get what we got. Still missing Sabine(target exclusive) and Ezra (TRU exclusive) could have gotten the starter pack for free if I was dishonest as the target checkout guy didn't realize the kit didn't scan and with the other items was oblivious to what the full total should have been. Corrected the issue but alas didn't earn enough karma points to find those two exclusive figures. Neither Walmart had any 3.0 stuff out luckily the second store at least knew where the kanan box was in the back. let the fun begin
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Just bought this too. Expensive but fun! 
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$2 for a great book
I read it pretty much in one afternoon sitting. Movie comes out in October so plenty of time to read the book first.
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Wow, that didn't last long...
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It is true Space Movies won't change Space Policy
Space Policy is sadly made by Congress with self serving interests not swayed by public excitement of Pluto flybys, or Matt Damon Movies. But not all space policy is in the hands of Government entities these days. you have dreamers like Musk and Branson looking to break free from the old paradigm and doing things differently. Commercial Space can be more nimble and ignore having to spread the work among congressional districts to appease certain powerful lawyers in DC. Commercial Space can be inspired by movies to  build the rockets they want and do the missions they want not have a rocket designed by a senate subcommittee.

So let's keep telling the stories of exploration, keep inspiring folks to dream of walking on other planets, Keeping making movies showing the human drama of conquering the stars because maybe eventually politically things will change inside the beltway or eventually the young upstarts will make enough progress that it just won't matter anymore what the politicians want.
Folks in the space advocacy community are already angling to capitalize on the October release of the Matt Damon film, The Martian. Based on Andy Weir's astonishing novel, the story follows the struggle of astronaut Mark Watney to survive alone on Mars when an emergency forces his crewmates, ...
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Just read this book. Couldn't put it down. Hope the movie does it justice
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It was a fun event to take part in. The teams definitely have some cool concepts.
First Minute App - Helps EMT's translate on the fly victims symptoms  is in the play store now for beta https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.languagemapsinc.firstminute.demo 

MindTalk - uses bone conduction in mouthguards for music and communication for athletes and first responders.

CyberTimez - uses Google glass for helping translate, watches for alerts and controlling stuff around the house.

SensorSphere - is like the BB-90 from star wars roaming your house keeping it safe or scouting a hazardous building evaluating the environment
 
We were excited to play a small part in this event and see what the teams produced. The overlap between First Responders and NASA's needs are more common than you would think. Hazardous conditions,  the need for data on the person's health and surrounding environment as well as the extreme environments we both operate in. During the program the teams came to JSC for inspiration as well as informal mentoring on their concepts now they are taking their concepts out into the world and we look forward to see how the technologies come to market.
After weeks of preparation, Dallas entrepreneurs pitch their startups to investors, mentors, friends, family and the curious.
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Entranced by a Transit
Saturn's moon Dione crosses the face of the giant planet in this view, a phenomenon astronomers call a transit. Transits play an important role in astronomy and can be used to study the orbits of planets and their atmospheres, both in our solar system and in others.

By carefully timing and observing transits in the Saturn system, like that of Dione (698 miles or 1,123 kilometers across), scientists can more precisely determine the orbital parameters of Saturn’s moons.

Full details - http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/imagedetails/index.cfm?imageId=5237
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it was a fun day at Delta H Con
Smaller con than we were expecting but the kids had fun. Next weekend is amazing Houston con which should be bigger and more the usual cosplayers. This mostly anime folks that the kids didn't know.
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Those smaller Cons can be fantastic to sit around and talk to the guests at. I find the people who are invited guests at the smaller cons are more laid back and willing to chat with fans.
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makes me miss trek on TV
Some CGI was lower quality others really well done. Some well known stars in it and had potential to be a series. It is interesting to see the level of fan made trek between this and axanar almost on par with what trek was able to do on movie studio budget decades ago.
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Decent story but they didn't budget this properly. Too much went into special effects and not enough into sets and costumes. 
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Quaid, Open your Mind. You must start the Reactor
You totally read that as Kuato from Total Recall didn't you.
So water on Mars, hmm that didn't turn out so well for the Bowie Base One in Doctor Who.
But back to reality water on Mars means oxygen to breathe, water to drink and hydrogen feedstock to convert carbon dioxide atmo into methane for rocket fuel making the #journeytomars a little bit easier
 
Beneath the surface, researchers discovered an enormous slab of water ice, measuring 130 feet thick.
"Crazy looking crater" reveals latest evidence of ice on the Red Planet
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Dude, that's a picture of Klendagon from Mass Effect.
That's not even Mars.
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    JSC, 1998 - present
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Born in Boston, went to Michigan (GO BLUE!), volunteered at Goddard while in grad school, worked in Mission Control for the Shuttle then did a stint working Smart Buyer/iDOT/Orion/MPCV/Mars In situ Resource Utilization, but now I am doing New Business Development at the Johnson Space Center looking for interesting technologies and industries that can leverage our knowledge, facilities and patents #forthebenefitofall. Former GoogleTV Ambassador
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had the honor to work 11 yrs on the Space Shuttle Program in Mission Control.
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    BS Aero Engineering, 1991 - 1995
  • George Washington University
    MS Mech Engineering, 1995 - 1997
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