SpaceX Just Landed a Booster Rocket

Yesterday, SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket in the morning on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Nine minutes later, the same rocket landed at a nearby landing pad. This is a video of the recovery and successful landing of a primary stage booster for a spaceship. This is just amazing.

Reusing is way better than recycling….

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Full article is here. via @HuffPostScience

A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory, But Are We Too Afraid of Change To Implement It?


A great article in the NY Times asserts that a fundamental overhaul of the United States tax law is impeded by the global disruptions that would flow from such an overhaul.

It’s daunting to think that a society can’t change because of inertia, but I can definitely see the point that the United States economy is more like a huge cruise ship than a nimble little speed boat.

[Here is the link to the NY Times Article]

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at Work: State of Wash v. Trump

It Used To Be That Robots Couldn’t Do Everything

For the longest time, in the clothing industry, you needed some actual human to actually sew a garment together. That was because fabric was flexible and a robot couldn’t manage it into and through a sewing machine.

All that just changed.

Oh and did you see the video showing the robot teaching itself how to play a children’s ball in cup game? It’s terrifying.

Change can be Frightening

In today’s NY Times, David Brooks wrote a piece that ended with this:

The Democrats may have just dominated a game we are no longer playing.

Both conventions featured one grieving parent after another. The fear of violent death is on everybody’s mind — from ISIS, cops, lone sociopaths. The essential contract of society — that if you behave responsibly things will work out — has been severed for many people.

It could be that in this moment of fear, cynicism, anxiety and extreme pessimism, many voters may have decided that civility is a surrender to a rigged system, that optimism is the opiate of the idiots and that humility and gentleness are simply surrendering to the butchers of ISIS. If that’s the case then the throes of a completely new birth are upon us and Trump is a man from the future.

If that’s true it’s not just politics that has changed, but the country.

I’m worried he could be right and that we might all pay for it. But, maybe that’s just me being afraid of change.

I’ll have to give that a bit more thought.