Visiting Home

We met at Mount Magazine in Arkansas for my family reunion (the Oates family) this past weekend. It was great to see everyone, and I have one the the warmest, loving families anyone could ask for.

While we were there, we also hiked a bit around the Mount Magazine State Park and pulled our sail boat so we could go for a sail at Blue Mountain Lake. When I was in high school, one of my summer jobs was mowing the park and campsites around the lake. My dad had the contract for mowing Blue Mountain Lake and Lake Nimrod, so we spent all summer going back and forth between the parks.

The weather was amazing, and it was nice to get away.

Ride a Space Shuttle Booster as it Launches

This is an amazing video compiled from a camera located on the booster of the Space Shuttle as it launches.  Watch as the booster carries the shuttle into space and then re-enters the atmosphere to fall into the sea.  It’s worth turning up the sound to get a feel for the emptiness of space.  I’m both amazed and humbled by how far we’ve come and how small we really are.

Ascent of Man

As a lover of retro-futurist illustration, I recently came across a presentation (via Boing Boing) by Illustrator/Artist Bruce McCall.  He does a great job of putting to words the reason I love retro-futurist art – the optimistic, over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous illustration like that found on the covers of Popular Mechanics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.  He’s also designed a few of the wittier New Yorker covers, one of which was put to animation by the talent at Smiley Guy Studios.  You can watch the presentation here.