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Space Hero

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My newest hero is Commander Chirs Hadfield.  What a man! I had never known or heard of him until about two days ago. I tuned in to one of my favorite radio shows, Fresh Air, and I caught Terri interviewing Commander Hadfield.  It was such a riveting interview. In it,the  Hadfield describes his space walk, tethered to the space ship, and orbiting the earth, with a glorious view of the earth on one side and the black quiet emptiness of space on the other,  at a breathtaking speed of about 17,500 miles per hour!  He is so brilliant, “lyrical”, and eloquent in describing his experiences as an astronaut.  I went back and listened to the whole interview again. You can find it   here .

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth .

Ira Flatow also did an interview with him on Friday …

Chris Hadfield’s Lessons From Life in Orbit

and so did  Marco Weman

Astronaut Chris Hadfield shows childhood dreams can come true

All three interviews while similar have slightly different takes but well worth listening.

Here is a link to his  beautiful and moving rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” [18M+ hits ]

There is a lot more…on YouTube….tears in space, sleeping in space…etc., Entertaining and educational for kids and adults alike.

He is a complete package….astronaut, musician, scientist, guinea pig (NASA is studying bone density loss and recovery), author,  and a fantastic human being. A true role model…..I have ordered his book – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Can’t  wait to read what he has to say.







Written by asterix98

November 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

mining the tweets

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I must confess. I am a luddite when it comes to the usage of social media/networking sites. I do have a Facebook presence which I hardly use. On Twitter, I don’t exist.

Nevertheless, whether you tweet or not, Twitter is turning out to be a goldmine for academics as well as folks in the industry. Researchers at HP were able to predict the box office success or failure of movies by mining tweets. Tweets are also being used by behavioral finance analysts to inform their investments. And they claim to have used the information to beat the market! DARPA wants to use the medium to wage information warfare. Political campaigns are being run over this medium to influence the swing votes. And of course, the marketeers are not far behind employing “twitter bots” to do the needful.

You can read more details in this article – Decoding our Chatter

In some ways, I am excited about this because we are heading towards a highly connected world where probably millions of embedded devices with sensors are going to produce enormous amounts of data. Data discovery and mining of this information is going to afford unprecedented opportunities for improving our lives (if done right), especially healthcare, which is my favorite.







Written by asterix98

October 4, 2011 at 4:10 am

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