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Holy shit: successful landing of first stage in ocean.
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also: really looking forward to the footage!
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Tomorrow, Monday April 14 at 4:58 pm EDT, our Dragon spacecraft launches aboard Falcon 9 to head to the International Space Station for the first time since last March, and on the first orbital launch equipped with our carbon fiber landing legs, one of several steps towards first stage reusability and cheaper access to space.  We'll be attempting to deploy these legs and land propulsively in the Atlantic Ocean (though a lot can go wrong and it may not work); in the future we intend to land at the launch site.

Webcast starts at 4 pm EDT here: http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
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Postponed until Friday...
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Yes, they've made big progress, but keep in mind that 4 stones is still a huge handicap.
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Lots of good stuff in this long article about the huge change in children's lives between 40 years ago and today. One thing I didn't know is that there hasn't been a big change in playground accidents (just in playgrounds).
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I get the impression, in reading this article, that the author is being more hyperbolic than they let on. That being said, there is a lot of merit here. As a new parent, it's been an interesting experience for me thinking through these issues. I always assumed that being an advocate of "free-range parenting" would be easy. Instinctively, however, it is not. Given the opportunity to protect my kid from harm, I find myself inclined to do so, even when the risk is nominal. Mind you I only have an infant, so much of this is just thought-experimentation for me - hypotheticals and fantasies. We'll see how it develops as Parker grows older.
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Aiming for 3:25 pm EDT today, if weather cooperates. http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
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Yes but we're trying not to use that one on this vehicle, since it has legs...
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"Because of private sector punishments or fear thereof,  most professionals are reluctant to express any uncommon political opinion or original thought publicly, and that's a shame.  This talk mentions a rather shocking survey in which only 16% of university faculty strongly agreed with the statement 'It is safe to hold unpopular positions': "Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought" (with comments by Greg Lukianoff)"
 
I support marriage equality, but count me out of trying to punish anyone for disagreeing.  I think Eich's ouster was a pointless act of revenge, and worse:  candid discussion is the best way to change minds and discover truth, but punishing people for advocating unpopular views undermines the existence of candid discussion, regardless of whether that punishment comes from government or private sector sources.   Because of private sector punishments or fear thereof,  most professionals are reluctant to express any uncommon political opinion or original thought publicly, and that's a shame.  This talk mentions a rather shocking survey in which only 16% of university faculty strongly agreed with the statement "It is safe to hold unpopular positions": "Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought" (with comments by Greg Lukianoff)
Cofounder and CEO Sam Yagan donated $500 to a notoriously anti-gay, anti-abortion candidate.
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But nobody can explain you. I accept that.
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"If you believe that an open, robust public discourse makes the world better, as they purport to, they've made the world worse. This action is a betrayal of their values, not a reflection of them. … They should face and own up to the fact that they helped force out a CEO solely because he disagreed with them about same-sex marriage. … The rise of marriage equality is a happy, hopeful story. This is an ugly, illiberal footnote, appended by the winners."
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse.
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And then we haven't even started discussing the crime against humanity that is javascript.
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  • SpaceX
    Flight Software Development Engineer, 2012 - present
    Ran the telemetry database for a while. Now working on GNC flight software.
  • Google
    Software Engineer / Site Reliability Engineer, 2010 - 2012
  • Amazon.com
    Software Development Engineer, EC2, 2009 - 2010
  • Mountain Laurel Sudbury School
    Staff Member, 2004 - 2009
  • Going.com
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2008
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Interests: space colonization, Go (the board game), Lisp, AI, economics, non-coercive education, bitcoin, free speech.

Heroes: A.S. Neill, A.M. Turing, R.P. Feynman, S.P. Jobs.

I live near LA.
Education
  • Greenwood Sudbury School
    2002 - 2003
  • Sudbury Valley School
    1999 - 2000
  • Commonwealth School
    1998 - 1999