Mars, Here I Come

InSight Mission to Mars

Mars, Here I Come

Okay, maybe not for-reals, but my name is heading there next year aboard the InSight lander. While on mars InSight will:

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.

I Am Space Geek

As you may or may not know, I am a bit of a space geek. Which is why living so close to the Kennedy Space Center, and being able to watch all of the launches over the years has been so cool.

The InSight mission won’t be launching from KSC, but its destination is the real prize. Learning more about this amazing planet called Mars, has exploded over the last decade or so, and this is just one more way we can set the stage for our eventual travels there.

If you too want to have your name engraved on a chip headed to Mars, visit the InSight Mission site and get your boarding pass today! The are only accepting submissions through 9/8/2015.

2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S Test Drive

Today a friend at work made my day. No, scratch that. Made my week. The whole department lunched out today to say goodbye to one of our contractors who’s contract ended today. As is typical some people offered to drive, and others, myself included took them up on the offer.

Today however, as we were walking out to my friend’s car, he offered to let me drive. You see, he drives a 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S, and when I start looking for a new vehicle later this year or early next, I am seriously considering going with the same vehicle. Continue reading “2014 Mini Cooper Countryman S Test Drive”

Singer Porsche

I am on quite a car kick lately. I think you will have to deal with it for a while as I am, and always have been pretty keen on cars. I love the blending of the aesthetics, engineering, and of course, the speed and handling. If you had to label me, I suppose you could say I am a Porsche guy, but in reality I truly adore all cars. Be they swift and beautiful or ugly and slow. I just love cars and the engineering that make them go.

Being more of a Porsche guy I really dig the 911 across all the years and submodels they have made. I am also the type of person who really appreciates a great outlaw car. Sure, fully restored to factory is a noble and worthwhile effort, but for those cars that may be a little too far gone to make it worthwhile to take them back to factory, going outlaw is the only way to go. Continue reading “Singer Porsche”

When I Grow Up

I did things a little bit backwards when it came to leaving home after highschool. I had been scratching out code on computers and doing basic websites out of high school. After a brief stint loading luggage and pushing commercial jets around (awesome job by the way), by the age of 20 or so I had my first job as a software tester. All this happened before I ever started college.

A few short years after starting doing software testing, where I was writing automated testing code in various languages, I was asked to join the development team.All that said, I have been in the software industry for about 20 years now. Continue reading “When I Grow Up”

Views of Ireland

I sit in awe of how amazing and varied this planet is, as well as how it is full of so many interesting cultures and histories.

Along with the size and countless places there are to visit, I am very interested in places where I have tracked my family history.

Ireland is just such a place and I do plan to visit in person some day. Until such time, I enjoy digging around on the web for photos to help show me what I will see when I visit. Continue reading “Views of Ireland”

NASCAR 2015 Begins

I have already talked about my love for Motorsports and all things automotive, so it is no surprise I suppose that I find myself sitting here logged into work while watching the Daytona 500. Now I was a fan of NASCAR when I was younger and my favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt and his number 3 Goodwrench Chevrolet. I admit, I like many others somewhat fell away from NASCAR racing after Dale died in a tragic crash coming around turn 4 at Daytona in 2001. Continue reading “NASCAR 2015 Begins”

Spring Means Baseball

Spring is near, and that has several meanings to me.  Some good, and some not so good. Living in Florida it means the nice cool weather we have had for a couple of months will be coming to an end soon. This is a very big deal since I start getting uncomfortable when temps rise above 75 degrees. Yes, I know, I am in the wrong state.

What spring also signifies to me is pitchers and catchers report, and soon after, real baseball games start rolling along to officially begin, spring training. I am a big baseball fan, and more specifically my team is the Atlanta Braves, I am very much looking forward to Spring.

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No Hanger Queens

This image depicts my ideas of how a fine automobile should be owned. I have always hated  the idea of an amazing car that only sits in a garage somewhere, never driven as they were meant to be. In fact, I have always promised myself, that I would never, ever own a hanger queen no matter how nice my car may eventually be. For this post, I went ahead and looked up exactly what hangar queen meant, and I guess it isn’t exactly what I use it for, but I still like my use of the term. Continue reading “No Hanger Queens”

Thinking About Ink

This photo is of a tattoo shop in Orlando, Florida that I really have no connection too other than grabbing this shot as I was doing a photowalk near downtown a couple of years ago. At that time, I wasn’t necessarily thinking about getting a tattoo then, although, the thought had crossed my mind several years earlier.  In fact, I had somewhat seriously said that I would get a tattoo on my right arm at the age of 30, and then one on my left at the age of 60.  Continue reading “Thinking About Ink”