May 3rd, 2012

Virgin Galactic

The New Space Age.

With the Shuttle fleet now gathering dust and the Apollo bluprints pulped in 1970s Boy Scout recycling drives, it's easy to forget that we still live in the Space Age... perhaps more than ever!

Everyone knows about Virgin Galactic's upcoming space-tourism biz and Spaceport America recently dedicated in New Mexico.

NASA and the current US administration are pushing for private corporations to take the reigns of near-Earth and manned spaceflight while the NASA focuses on what they feel they do best: robotic exploration and technical research. Well, okay, but only if the private companies really DO get going on things.

So it was with great excitement that the pro-space contingent heard last week's big announcement that a heap of space-lovin' billionaires are launching Planetary Resources, a private leap into space.

And now we learn that Japan Will Have a Space Elevator by 2050.

Click the image to see the Gizmodo article.

We still live in the Space Age, folks!


It had to happen...

Yesterday I was bragging about how I made it an entire winter flu season without getting sick. Had to sleep 10 hours a couple of nights, but woke up feeling fine the next day. When I said that, I did not knock wood, people. I DID NOT KNOCK WOOD. You know what's coming next:

This morning, I woke tired and groggy and sore, but attributed it to last night's Crossfit, even though I felt my best ever post-workout. By noon, I felt like pierced bicycle tires. Took my temp, and it said just shy of 100°. Haven't eaten more than a breakfast smoothie all day, just not hungry. Except for brains.

Crap. Couldn't miss today's "Science, Technology, & Society" class, as it was the last of the semester, and because it was all student presentations, all the time, I figured I could just sit back and enjoy.

(Yes, I was diligent about washing my hands, didn't shake any hands that were offered after class, and am not sneezing or coughing. Couldn't miss this one! I just hope what infects me isn't one of the horrible diseases a couple of the presentation teams discussed and/or dramatized....)

GEEBUS, but three hours is a long time to sit still. I was FREEZING in that classroom which, apparently, was warm and pleasant. Going home now to drink a lot of water and maybe watch some distracting movies. No class for me tomorrow, thank goodness! Sadly, I was going to test for my "white bandana" at Crossfit tomorrow, which would allow me to attend regular group WoDs.

Question: What can I take to reduce my fever that isn't an NSAID? I take Meloxicam every day, and don't want to make my stomach lining bleed. Help!

EDIT:When I got home, discovered it's now a fever of 101°. *sigh* Trying some green tea now. EDIT 2: Scratch that, it's almost 102° now. Wow, this is exciting!