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Name: Collin
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School: SBCC
Birthday: 9 September 1985

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Thursday, October 14, 2004


Ludo-Hum Along
Music: I've become interested in Alot of Alternative Bands lately, namely The Killers who's video you see above. Other bands that have recently captured my interest are: Atreyu, Ludo, and My Chemical Romance, much of which play music I havent really been into until now. I reccomend anyone to these bands, especially if your into Emo and Heavy Rock.

Space News:SpaceX says its first low-cost Falcon rocket has been set up on the launch pad at California's Vandenburg Air Force Base in preparation for putting the TacSat-1 military communications satellite into orbit.

"We will be doing a hold-down test firing in December (pending range availability), and our first launch is slated for late January 2005," Dianne Molina, marketing manager at SpaceX, reported in an e-mail. "Vandenberg will be closing down from Thanksgiving through mid-January, so the last week of January is the earliest we can get in there to launch."

On another topic, I was curious whether SpaceX founder Elon Musk was interested in pursuing the $50 million orbital spaceflight prize announced last week by hotel magnate Robert Bigelow. "According to Elon, we are waiting to see the final details of the prize before making a decision," Molina said.

Meanwhile ..
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  • SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan is hoping to go to the moon in 10 years, according to a report from last weekend's Space Frontier Conference passed along by Armadillo Aerospace's John Carr. "He is not known for making wild statements," Carr wrote in an e-mail. "I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the support from the industry to do it!"
  • Armadillo's latest video about its own rocket program was reportedly a hit at the conference, and is now posted on the Armadillo home page.
  • An Associated Press story about the private-spaceflight legislation bottled up in Congress says efforts to hammer out a more palatable compromise will continue next week, with the aim of getting something passed during next month's lame-duck session.

For more about SpaceX, SpaceShipOne, Armadillo and all the other usual suspects, click on over to Clark Lindsey's RLV News. And for more on space politics, check out Jeff Foust's aptly named Space Politics blog.



Collin at 4:35 PM

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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And the Hero will Drown
By Story of the Year

This post is to explain my stance on both parties, and its political implications. Both parties have good points in any respect, but truthfully I don't see either fit to run this country. Both candidates are quite inconclusive, sometimes they don't make sense, and especially in the recent debates they are almost quirky with eachother.

During the second presidential debate, the President made a poignant case for not allowing Federal funding for new lines of stem cells:
Embryonic stem-cell research requires the destruction of life to create a stem cell. I'm the first president ever to allow funding -- federal funding -- for embryonic stem-cell research. I did to because I too hope that we'll discover cures from the stem cells and from the research derived.

But I think we've got to be very careful in balancing the ethics and the science.

And so I made the decision we wouldn't spend any more money beyond the 70 lines, 22 of which are now in action, because science is important, but so is ethics, so is balancing life. To destroy life to save life is -- its one of the real ethical dilemmas that we face.


Bush Makes good points but I am in disagreement. Morality in this issue can be greatly debated, but I believe that the death of one to save many is more logical. The question is does morality affect governmental decisions? Yes and no. After all the people have their opinions, and attempt to state them duly to the government, even if the U.S. doesnt listen. Opinion is the driving force of politics, and morality is an issue that is voiced, to create laws, or to break them.

As with George Bush as a whole, I do not like his demeanor, nor his way of running this country. A War for nothing? Doesnt sound like a smart decision in the least. His war was a political excuse, and as said its not the Soldiers who fight wars anymore, but the figures who control them. War now is a political game, and Bush is a prime example of creating world problems at no benefit to the country. Who is the beneficiary for staying over in Iraq? Is is best for U.S. Interests?

Going back to stem cells, the death of others is not morally just, as Bush states, but is saving others lives? Yes. The only problem is a definitive answer. Will stem cell research help at all within even the next year, let alone 10 or 20 years? This question is something of interest to me, someone should comment on how they think stem cell research will, or won't help, and if its morally just to destroy life for a greater cause.

Collin at 1:20 AM

Monday, October 11, 2004

Just some updates for today, I added some music and links to the site. Jimmy Eat World's new CD comes out the 19th, can't wait. As for this site I've decided to have it as a normal blog, as well as something based on the privatized space industry. I'd rather have interesting things to say than anything else.
Here is a pic of my freind Mike, yes that's a strip club in the backround, quite amusing to say the least
I'll update more tommorow.

Collin at 5:43 PM






Privatized Space is becoming ever more present in today's society. Many more are looking towards the stars in an effort to start a space revolution. The
Xprize is consisted of teams that wish to venture forth into the new world, using their money, or sponsorships, to reach for the sky. The Xprize was won on October 4th by the Scaled Composites team, a team long looked upon to do it first, to be first into space, without governmental supervision. And now we wait, and see what other teams have to contribute, and see how to make future, reality.

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