Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Up Goer Five"

Explaining the Saturn V in the 10,000 most commonly used words.
(Original post can be found here)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

These clothes are outta this world!

What happens when you mix a love for fashion and a passion for space? Some of the most incredible clothes I've ever seen:
Crimson Galaxy Circle Scarf

Galaxy Print Skirts

OCCUPY OUTER SPACE Unisex Black Tee

Galaxy Tight Set: Crimson & Magellanic Tight Set

Shout out to the girls over at Shadowplay NYC for making these (and more!) incredible space clothing. They're a little bit out of my price range, but a girl could wish! Check out their website for more of their creations! 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

STEM links of the week

Earth's Highest Mountain Photographed From Space Station
Awesome photo of Mt. Everest taken from the space station

NASA selects three commercial spacecraft as taxis to ISS
Three companies have been chosen by NASA to develop spacecrafts for NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Whoa: Physicists testing to see if universe is a computer simulation
Is the universe, and our lives, just a giant sims game? As unlikely as it seems, physicists are testing this very theory.

Wind Shield: Invisible Air Umbrella Keeps You Dry in the Rain
Crazy wind umbrella to keep users dry in the rain

What do you think of this week's links? Leave your comments in the comment section!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review

Last night, I went to the midnight premier of The Hobbit in HFR 3D with a friend of mine, and I was truly blown away. I was so amazed by the how incredible every aspect of the movie was. First off, seeing it in HFR (high frame rate) 3D was sooooo incredible, it was literally jaw-dropping at parts. There were many times were I felt like I was in the movie. I can never watch a movie the same way again without remembering that experience. Below is my "review" of the movie.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

The movie starts off minutes before where "The Fellowship of the Ring" starts. It's the day of Bilbo's birthday, the day where he famously disappears, and Frodo gets entrusted with the ring. Bilbo is reminiscing and writing his adventures down so he can pass it along to Frodo. You see Frodo, and he talks before he runs off to go meet Gandalf, and Bilbo sits on his porch. Then the movie starts as a flashback 60 years before, when Bilbo and Gandalf meet before their first adventure.

For those of you who have read the book, you won't be disappointed. They stay pretty true to the book. Although the opening scene never happened in the book, it was amazing and gave a really good intro to the movie. There are obviously some subtle differences with the book and the movie, but the few "big" changes, in my opinion, did not hinder the movie at all. For example, there is about a 10 minute scene with Radagast the Brown, a wizard that is only mentioned in The Hobbit but never actually seen. It was a big change that I was at first a little uncomfortable with, but it wasn't a bad change. Radagast was very quirky and I instantly fell in love. Saruman and Galadriel also appear in the film, despite not being in the book, when the company stops in Rivendell. There is a meeting of Elrond, Gandalf, Galadriel, and Saruman, which foreshadows to The Fellowship of the Ring (FotR). I believe it was a great scene to help tie The Hobbit to the FotR.
END OF SPOILERS 

The rest of the changes were again, minor and subtle; they weren't big "game changers". I've seen plenty of movies that were based on books that were very loosely tied to the book or had MAJOR changes that completely affected other parts of the movie, but there wasn't really any of that in The Hobbit. The casting was also really good. I LOVED Martin Freeman as young Bilbo. He did a really excellent job of portraying him. (I also really loved the casting of the Kili.... I never thought I'd be attracted to a dwarf but dayum! that guy is attractive.) Overall, I say it was an excellent movie and am excited about the next two parts to come to theaters!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

To sum up the past semester...

So, it's absolutely official: my first semester of engineering classes is over! Every semester goes by more quickly than the previous. It's been a crazy semester, but I made it through. I got my final grades, and it actually turned out to be my best semester yet! I made 3 A's and 2 B's!

I learned a lot this semester, and not just from my classes. I initially started off the semester taking 16 credit hours, but I withdrew from one of my classes because I was not doing as well and learning as much as I thought I should. But I was still in 5 classes, and attended the class I withdrew from every day.

My favorite class this semester was materials science. I learned a lot about material properties and I really love the material covered in that class; I'm actually considering going to grad school for this! I also really enjoyed thermodynamics.

On top of my classes, I also worked part time at the Jacksonville Public Library and have worked as the vice president for our university's section of ASME. This semester, ASME has elected a new president, hosted an awesome talk by the Air Force's former chief scientist, Robert Sierakowski, and hosted a tour at the local Budweiser plant.

Next semester should be just as productive as this semester. I am taking several classes, and have also been asked to lead a research team by one of my professor's. I'm very excited!

Now some pictures that sum up the semester:

UNF ASME 2012!
Rocky Horror Picture Show with the roomies!
Blue ink dotter exploded on me at SWE Bingo.

The Catastrophic Catapultors 
Meeting Burt Rutan!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Update to "Greatest tattoo that ever was"

Hey everyone! So, remember when I posted about this tattoo over on the post, "Greatest tattoo that ever was?" ?


Well, I mentioned in the post that I did not know who the artist was that did that fantastic piece, but I have finally found out who did. Dan Henck over at Deep Six Laboratory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the fantastic artist that tattooed that piece. His website can be found here; his tattoo shop, here.















Saturday, December 8, 2012

STEM links of the week

Messenger discovers ice on Mercury, baby
TONS of ice has been discovered on Mercury!

ISS drives rover on Earth via the Internet, and why that's cool
"Interplanetary internet" has been used to drive a rover on Earth, giving the potential to radically change communications between Earth and Mars.

Man communicates with doctors after 10 years in a vegetative state
Doctors have been able to communicate with a man in a coma via MRI.

Super-Giant Black Hole Baffles Scientists
A black hole has been found that takes up 59% of the galaxy's center, (making it the second largest to be found), and challenges conventional ideas of how galaxies form.

Elon Musk clarifies: 80,000 colonists on Mars per year
Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, wants an ideal 80,000 colonists of Mars every year.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Currently

How is everyone doing? My finals are finally over and I am so happy to finally have a break from the chaos. My last final was this morning, but I'll elaborate more on this later! As I do every month, this is my update on things! 


Loving: That the fall semester is over! I now have a month to relax, research some things, and not stress about classes! 

Reading: I recently finished A Storm of Swords, and now am reading A Feast for Crows. I'm also going to try to read The Hobbit before I go to the midnight premier!


Listening to: I've been listening to a lot of Breaking Benjamin lately. They're one of my favorite bands. Their acoustic version of Diary of Jane is incredible. 




Anticipating: The midnight premier of The Hobbit! I'm going with a friend to see it in 3D; we've been looking forward to it for months. Hard to believe that it's just around the corner!


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Thinking about: Grad school. I've been thinking a lot about grad school lately, and trying to figure out where I want to go/what I want to study and do for research. I hope to look more into this over the break. 

Watching: I'm watching Elementary as writing this! I love the Sherlock Holmes-type drama. I've also been watching a lot of The Vampire Diaries (I'm LOVING the Damon-Elena relationship!), as well as Doctor Who. 


Working on: Nothing much now! I will be working on a few different things over the break, mainly research-based.


Wishing: I'm wishing for a nice, relaxing break, among other things!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sending holiday postcards to the International Space Station

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas rapidly approaching, people are starting to get into the holiday spirit. (Though it's not quite cold enough here in Florida for me to accept the reality of the holidays!). NASA, being the awesome people they are, have set up the chance to send holiday postcards to the International Space Station crew who will be spending Christmas in space! They are online postcards (no snail mail to space), but it is definitely a nice opportunity. You can send the postcards here:


And if postcards are too "old-fashioned" you can tweet the crew as well. (@NASA_Astronauts)
I'm definitely sending a postcard, let me know if you do as well! Feel free to spread the word. 




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meeting the legendary and incredible Burt Rutan

Last night, here at UNF, the university and the Worlds Affair Council hosted a talk given by the one and only Burt Rutan. For those of you who don't know who Burt Rutan, he is one of the most innovative aerospace engineers there ever was. He designed SpaceShipOne, the first ever commercial spacecraft, as well as many other amazing aircraft.

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Mr. Rutan spoke last night on a few different topics. He spoke of the work he did, and about some of his designs; he highlighted the history of the space industry and its current "shortcomings". Mr. Rutan also spoke about how radical change needs to happen in the industry so that the youth can become inspired to go into the STEM fields.

One of the most powerful quotes of the evening I thought was, "In ten to fifteen years, there will be nobody on the planet that has walked on another world." How bizarre is that!? Once the astronauts that did walk on the moon (the ones that are left are not exactly young), all die, there will be nobody on the planet that has been to the moon. How weird... (coincidentally, this was Mr. Rutan's mantra for the evening.)

After his talk, Mr. Rutan stayed to answer questions and sign copies of his book, and I went up and spoke to him. I asked him how he got to become such a big player in aerospace, and about the materials SpaceShipOne was made out of. I also got a photograph with him, (which unfortunately turned out horribly, but I'll still share it with you all!) I know my geeky side comes out when I say this, but I was so star struck meeting him. I was meeting an idol of mine, and it was incredible.

Burt Rutan and I! 
It was such an honor listening to Burt Rutan's talk, as well as being able to talk to him afterwards. It is an experience I will never forget.

His talk will also be shown on CSPAN for anyone interested!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

STEM links of the week

3D-printed biological robots use heart cells to crawl to life
Tiny biological robots created from 3D printer technology

Nuclear One-Two Punch Could Knock Out Dangerous Asteroid
Destroying asteroids with nuclear bombs is becoming more reality and less science fiction.

Former KSC shuttle hangar undergoes massive transformation
Major changes are underway at Kennedy Space Center as the space shuttle has retired.

Astronauts to Get Thanksgiving Feast in Space
Space food has come a long way since man first started traveling in space!

MONSTER 'SUPER-JUPITER' DISCOVERED





Pretty in pink!

If you haven't figured it out by now, I love space. It's a pretty well known fact; space just fascinates me. I love looking at Hubble images and just seeing the universe in ways I will never physically be able to. I especially love space images that are pink. (I'm a girl, what can I say?) I know that they are pink because of the filters used, (most images that are pink is due to filters to show hydrogen emission), but I love the coloring nonetheless. This post is a tribute to "pretty in pink" space pictures. 

Lagoon Nebula

Small Magellanic Cloud

M-81 Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

Antennae Galaxies: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Butterfly nebula

NOTE: None of these images are mine. Not all image credits could be found. All image credits go to NASA, ESA, Hubble and proper entities. 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Adventures

Happy Thanksgiving! How did the holiday treat everyone? I definitely have experienced the most interesting Thanksgiving of my life this holiday season. I spent the day in Enterprise, Alabama with my family. My younger brother is currently stationed out here, and my family decided to spend thanksgiving here with him.

We couldn't get my brother until later in the afternoon, so we spent the morning wandering the marvelous town of Enterprise. Our first stop was the local BP, where we got breakfast. This BP also serves as the town's local food joint; half of the gas station is a restaurant run by two elderly ladies. For $20, we got a huge, home cooked breakfast... In the middle of BP.

This is the BP. It's a normal BP!
Yummy breakfast! 

We then headed to downtown Enterprise, home of the famous Boll Weevil statue. you read that right; the only statue in the world honoring an agricultural pest.

Boll weevil statue, Enterprise Al.


I also took pictures of the downtown area; it was very cute and cozy! I really liked it. After that, my family headed to Fort Rucker to pick up my brother. The surrounding areas were gorgeous; cotton fields were everywhere and the land was beautiful. And seeing my brother was awesome!







I hope all of my followers had a fantastic Thanksgiving as well!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers Banquet


So this weekend, an awesome friend of mine invited me to accompany him to the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers Banquet in Cocoa Beach. The keynote speaker was Ron Jones, President and Chief Technology Officer of Rocket Crafters. It was hosted at the Hilton of Cocoa Beach, (the same hotel where I met Bob Cabana and several astronauts at a launch party in the summer of 2011.) It's a gorgeous hotel, right along the beach.


We arrived around 6:00, when the "social" part of the evening was to take place. We walked in and got our name tags, and waited around for people to show up. My friend and I talked to some cool people, including a man who runs a science website. I told him about my blog, it was awesome talking to someone else who runs a site with a focus on science!

I met some students and faculty as well from the Florida Institute of Technology; they were presenting on their lunabot for the NASA Lunabotics competition. Below you can see my friend and his design partner with their 3D printed wheel design mold. Funnily enough, I knew one of the guys on the senior design team from when I interned at NASA. What a small world!

Dinner was served, and it was so delicious. (I could go on forever about the food, but that's irrelevant.) After dinner, two senior design teams from Florida Tech spoke. The first team that spoke is trying to design a rocket that can launch to suborbital heights. The second, the team that my friend is on, spoke of their NASA Lunabot.

Billy, CJ, and their mold

Then Ron Jones, the keynote speaker, spoke. He spoke about his company, Rocket Crafters, and what they are trying to do. Rocket Crafters is developing hybrid rocket motors and a craft that has dual jet/rocket propulsion so it can fly like a plane in sub orbit to quickly transport goods and people. Their website is here: http://rocketcrafters.com. What Rocket Crafters is trying to do is fascinating, and I can definitely see it being an integral part of future transportation and logistics.

Ron Jones 
It was an awesome banquet, and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to attend. Maybe one day I'll be the keynote speaker... ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

STEM links of the week

Water Worlds, Tatooines, and Earth Twins: Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope’s Greatest Hits
An article outlining some of the greatest find of the Kepler Telescope

Project Orion raises hopes that Britain could have its own man on the moon
The European Space Agency and NASA are discussing a collaboration for manned space flight through the Orion project.

Homeless Planet Found Wandering Near Earth’s Solar System
The closest planetary body to our solar system has been discovered, and is believed to be a "wandering" planet, a planet that does not orbit a star.

'Perfect' invisibility cloak works by tackling reflected light
Duke University scientists have made an "invisibility cloak" involving microwaves.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Greatest tattoo that ever was?

This is the most rad and incredible ink I have ever seen. The detail is so amazing, it looks so realistic.... I would pay any amount and travel to any destination to get tattooed by whoever did this magnificent piece of art. Seriously, look at the Eagle Nebula on the last two photos and compare it to the below image:



Look at how it so closely resembles them!

This is a MIND BLOWING tattoo. I can't even begin to describe it.

If anyone knows the artist that did this tattoo, or knows whose tattoo it is, please contact me!

Monday, November 12, 2012

GIVEAWAY: I am thankful for my readers: laptop decal giveaway

Hey everyone! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, 3...2...1... is hosting its very first giveaway! Thanks to Decals For Macbooks, one lucky winner will be chosen to win ANY decal of their choice from the Decals For Macbooks website. You don't need to have a mac, or even a laptop to win this giveaway. The decals will stick to any flat surface. I won a decal from Jamila over at Girl Gone Geek, and I am very excited to be hosting my first giveaway. I picked the Jedi Order crest when I won:


Winning is very easy!

HERE ARE THE RULES

1) Anyone can enter, but please ONLY ENTER ONCE. 

2) Comment on this post with something you are thankful for. (Answers do not affect who wins!)         YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS POST. (Not on facebook, twitter, email, etc.) 

3) Like 3...2...1... on Facebook so I can contact you easily if you win. The link to the page is here

4)If you are not a blogger or do not have a google account, please use your first and last name in the comment so I can contact you on facebook if you win. (Again, please like the page so finding your profile will be easy!)


A winner will be chosen at random to receive any decal of their choosing. I will contact the winner when it is determined.

CONTEST ENDS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23!

Below are a sampling of some of the decals they have, but they have many more. I'm sure you can find one you like. Good luck!



Monday, November 5, 2012

Exploring the underground world

Caves... They are such a wonderful geographic feature. As someone who grew up in Florida, I had never been exposed to caves until I visited my aunt in Missouri a little over a year ago. The first cave I visited was Bridal Cave, in Missouri, and it was incredible. My love for caves grew from there, and I visited a more local cavesite, the Florida Caverns in the Florida panhandle. Caves are just so cool. Just to think how long it took for the stalagmites and stalactites and other features to form is just so crazy. They look so cool, and when you enter a cave, it's like entering a whole new, underground world. Here are some pictures from my cave adventures.














Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Currently

Hey everyone! This month's "currently" post won't be too different from the last, but this is just an update of what's going on! 

Loving: That the weather is finally starting to cool down! I can actually wear my jackets in the morning and wear my plaid shirts. (I have an extensive plaid shirt collection.)

Reading: Just like last month, other than textbooks, I've been reading a Storm of Swords. I'm soooo close to being finished! 

Listening to: Right now, I'm listening to "Walking in Memphis" by Mark Cohen (video below). I've been listening to the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack a lot lately. Perfect music for when I'm studying and doing homework.


Anticipating: The arrival of my laptop decal that I won from Girl Gone Geek! I WILL BE HOSTING A LAPTOP DECAL GIVEAWAY AS WELL, (any decal of your choice from http://decalsformacbooks.com, so be on the look out! ANYONE can enter!)

Thinking about: Whether or not it's going to be cold tonight for when I go to my friend's bonfire! 

Watching: I've been watching a lot of Supernatural lately. This is one of my favorite shows! 

Working on: Homework! I finished my report on my CAD project. My project is a greatly simplified (and not perfect) space shuttle. What do you think?

Wishing: That I had more time to blog. I try to blog as often as I can, and I've had recent inspiration, so hopefully this month will make up for last month's scant blogging! 

What have you all been up to lately? Feel free to discuss in the comments! 


Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy birthday to the International Space Station!

Today, November 2, is the twelfth birthday of the International Space Station! Today marks the day of the 12th anniversary of the date that humans have occupied the ISS, and there has always been someone occupying the space station since that date.

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The International Space Station is essentially a giant research lab the size of a football field that orbits the Earth every 92 minutes. 15 countries have been a part of the construction of the ISS, and astronauts from all over the world, representing many countries, have occupied it.

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The ISS conducts many scientific experiments for the sake of research. It conducts research in areas such as astrobiology, astronomy, space medicine, life sciences, materials science, and many more. Students can even send experiments to the space station!

Astronaut Leroy Chiao operating on the BCAT experiment (Source)
So, happy birthday to the International Space Station. Here's to many more fruitful years!