1.28.2011 … this is a do you remember where you were when day …

Challenger, NASA, do you remember where you were you when …: I was out of the country on vacation and did not find out about the crash until I was returning and saw the headlines in the airport.  I was devastated … and when I returned home to Charlotte our own newspaper’s cartoonist had drawn this cartoon.  It says it all …

via Google Image Result for http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/marlette2.jpg.

When I went to the Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986, to cover the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, I was expecting it to be routine, like the launches I had covered in the past. The only thing different this time was the excitement that surrounded the first teacher-turned-astronaut, Christa McAuliffe.

It was brutally cold, and the weather caused the launch to slip several times during the morning. Just before launch, I walked down to the countdown clock, as was tradition among the journalists, and waited for liftoff. I remember that typical winter clear-blue sky as Challenger took off.

That was the beginning of monthslong coverage of what was at the time the worst disaster in NASA history. I will never forget that image. When I close my eyes, I can see what I once thought looked like fireworks: the Challenger and its crew gone in 73 seconds. The nightmares I had of space shuttles exploding finally ended, but it took several years.

via Zarrella on 25 years ago: ‘We realized that something was really wrong’ – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

Egypt Uprising:  First Tunisia, now Egypt.  I don’t think I will ever understand this part of the world … but I will keep reading.

The basics: Egypt is a large, mostly Arab, mostly Muslim country. At around 80 million people, it has the largest population in the Middle East and the third-largest in Africa. Most of Egypt is in North Africa, although the part of the country that borders Israel, the Sinai peninsula, is in Asia. Its other neighbors are Sudan (to the South), Libya (to the West), and Saudi Arabia (across the Gulf of Aqaba to the East). It has been ruled by Hosni Mubarak since 1981.

What’s happening? Inspired by the recent protests that led to the fall of the Tunisian government and the ousting of longtime Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptians have joined other protesters across the Arab world (in Algeria, notably) in protesting their autocratic governments, high levels of corruption, and grinding poverty. In Egypt, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets. Here’s a photo of one of the protests in Cairo, the capital (via Twitter):

via What’s Happening in Egypt Explained. (UPDATED).

hobbies, kith/kin, random, country boy guitars: I understand making cigar box guitars is my brother-in-law’s new hobby.  I am glad I married into an artsy family!

Playing the guitar and smoking have many things in common, all of which center around you looking cool as hell. Combining the two for maximum awesome: Country Boy Guitars.

via Country Boy Guitars | Thrillist.

media:  thought this kinda fun … YouTube – Life in a Day Teaser #1: Slim Up.

“A lot of the attraction (to the documentary) is you couldn’t do this more than five years ago,” McDonald said.

The movie started when YouTube approached Scott Free Productions, Ridley Scott’s (Alien, Black Hawk Down) production company, and asked if they wanted to collaborate on a project. Scott approached McDonald, who came up with the idea of a collective documentary using user submitted videos filmed all on the same day edited to make a cohesive film. McDonald said he drew inspiration from Nikita Mikhalkov, specifically his movie Anna: From Six Til Eighteen – a documentary where the filmmaker asked his daughter the same questions on her birthday each year to show the historical changes during her life, and Humphrey Jennings, who was doing crowdsourced projects as early as the 20th century.

via Life In A Day YouTube Crowdsourced Documentary – Techland – TIME.com.

prayers, parenting: Just liked this one …

“May God grant us parents the patience and wisdom to guide our children.”

But it is the phrase “to guide our children” that has always struck me the most. She doesn’t say “raise” our children. Guiding is really what we parents do. We cannot control our children’s actions, only guide them. Whether it’s toilet training or teaching about drugs and alcohol, it is the cumulative efforts of the explaining, demonstrating, lecturing, punishing, laughing and crying we do with our children (plus the occasional paper airplane confiscation) that guides them.

via A Parent’s Prayer.

college, Duke, raising/guiding daughters, parenting, culture: A friend posted this on FB … it is one of the most unsettling articles I have ever read.  I hate it for this woman, for all women, for all college students, for Duke, for all colleges.  There is nothing good about this story.  Makes me think about the prayer above … we aren’t doing a very good job at raising our children … we need  God’s help to guide them.

But the 42 slides of Owen’s report on her “horizontal academics” are so dense with narrative detail, bits of dialogue, descriptions of people and places, and reproduced text-message conversations that they are a chore to read. It’s as though two impulses are at war with one another: the desire to recount her sexual experiences in a hyper-masculine way—marked by locker-room crudeness and PowerPoint efficiency—fighting against the womanly desire to luxuriate in the story of it all.

via The Hazards of Duke – Magazine – The Atlantic.

travel, frugal travel: Good advice.  I have noticed that fares are better on Tuesday!

When’s the best time to buy? Travel experts have long said Tuesday is when sales are most often in place, which is true. An analysis of domestic fares shows that Wednesday also has good—and occasionally better—ticket prices.

Though prices fluctuate frequently and the ups and downs of airline prices can frustrate and anger consumers, airline pricing actually does follow a cycle during the week. Many sales, in which some seats are discounted by 15% to 25% typically, are launched Monday night. That was true again this week when AirTran Airways launched a sale to all its destinations. Competitors typically match the lower prices Tuesday morning. By Thursday or Friday, many sales have already expired.

via Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy an Airline Ticket On … – WSJ.com.

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