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On March 31st 2016, I stood in line with my good friend Josh to reserve a Model 3 for $1,000 down. I waited almost two years to get it, but was in love the moment I saw it.

I bought the model 3 for several reasons: 1) The M3 is way cool, 2) I loved the design concept — especially the simplicity and elegance of the cockpit and clean dash, 3) I believe that electrification of transportation is good for the planet, and 4) the federal and state tax incentives made a great value even better.

The other day my…


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

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As a child, I recall watching the Apollo landings on television. From then forward, my passion was space. As I look back at this, I am unsure whether I was fascinated by the science, captivated by the adventure and romance, or just enjoyed the diversion day dreaming about space and reading science fiction gave me from my dysfunctional family life.

Whatever the reason, I went through school and entered…


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Many organizations celebrate diversity and sabotage inclusion

We often hear about “diversity and inclusion” these days. The two words are connected like peanut butter and jelly. However, the emphasis is usually on the D. We don’t spend much time understanding what the I really means — and we don’t recognize the things we do to sabotage it.

I think of diversity and inclusion in terms of an equation of two independent variables (bear with me — I am an engineer).

Awesomeness is a function of Diversity TIMES Inclusion: A = D * I

You can have the most diverse workforce…


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This is the power of art: The power to transcend our own self-interest, our solipsistic zoom-lens on life, and relate to the world and each other with more integrity, more curiosity, more wholeheartedness.

Brian Pickings

So many Stories!

I have only been writing on Medium for a few months, but in that short time I have noticed some trends in how people write. Writers on Medium come in many varieties. And judging by the amazing following many writers have, they are scratching an itch and meeting a need.

Some people are drawn to erotica. Stories like, “My best orgasm EVER”…


Art By Bert Snaughgrass: Science Truth Seekers

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

Mark Twain

The 21st century is filled with technological wonders that people 100 years ago would have had difficulty understanding. Science and engineering have radically changed our lives for the better in many ways. We live longer and healthier lives, we have technologies that make our lives easier, and we have leisure that previous generations did not. It is fair to say that they have also opened…


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Can Science Explain Everything?

I recently came across an article in Scientific American Entitled, “The Delusion of Scientific Omniscience”. In this well written and thoughtful article, John Horgan reminisces about the period of the late 20th century when science seemed on course to explaining literally everything about our universe — given time. The general opinion of leading scientists seemed to be that science would soon explain why our universe exists, all of its laws and motions, even what we are and why we exist.

Horgon asks the question, “Does anyone still believe that science can explain .. everything?”.

It is…


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Managing integration projects is tough. When you depend on others to provide you with key information or deliverables, it feels as if you are at their mercy. If you don’t get along with people you depend on, it makes things worse. Without other team members meeting their obligations to you, it may not be possible for you to get your job done. In the end, you may get a poor grade at performance evaluation time and/or a reduction in your bonus.

Some people seem to lead a charmed life in this type of role. The get what they need. They…


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I am getting in the habit of writing things I need to read. The bad news is that I have not necessarily field tested everything. On the other hand, I have tried all the stuff that didn’t work. In this manner you can rest assured that I identified some stellar ideas by process of elimination.

As I look back on my life I realize that I have always considered the present moment to be a mere placeholder for when I am ready to live life.

The way it all began

When I was in secondary school, I couldn’t wait to…


Delta Rocket, Space Shuttle, Soyuz Rocket

The news is full of stories about new rockets and missions. While most people get excited by space projects, they are a little sketchy on the details. This is intentional so people like me can sound smarter than we actually are, and keep all those lucrative rocket science jobs to ourselves😊.

There are some key principles of how rockets work that everyone should know. And as a former Space Shuttle engineer, I decided to compare and contrast how the shuttle works with what people think of as a “rockets”.

While there are MANY systems essential to making a rocket work…


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Occasionally I run across a family that fairly radiates glory and success. They happily share that their oldest is a patent lawyer, and their youngest is an obstetrician. I find these conversations uncomfortable because, while I don’t begrudge them their happiness, it seems as if these parents are proud of THEIR accomplishment, and bragging about THEIR success. That may sound petty, but I don’t think I am alone in this.

I have also run across families that have had the opposite experience. “I have to go visit my son in prison. It is only his second offense and we are…

John Keane

Husband, Dad, Rocket Scientist, Retired Military, Space Alien.

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