Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Back to studying. :(
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Virgin Galactic is a company established by Richard Branson's Virgin Group to undertake the challenge of developing space tourism for everybody.
Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships, modelled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft. These spaceships will allow affordable sub-orbital space tourism for the first time in our history.
Due to the unique technology developed by Burt Rutan, this space craft design has overcome the difficult issues of re-entry into the earth's atmosphere faced by so many designers trying to create efficient, re-usable space vehicles.
We believe that it is in mankind's interest to develop our knowledge and understanding as well as access to space. Every customer of Virgin Galactic will be helping the development of a new generation of space craft.
Designs for the Virgin Galactic craft are progressing on a weekly basis at Rutan's base in Mojave, California and by early 2005 the final design for the maiden Virgin Galactic ship, the VSS (Virgin SpaceShip) Enterprise, should be signed-off.
What will follow will be a concerted Research and Development programme to earn the craft their qualification to carry some of the world's first scheduled space tourists. Safety is paramount. It is planned to have multiple levels of redundancy on key systems in order to achieve a very robust system in every phase of flight.
Virgin's experience in aviation, adventure, luxury travel and cutting-edge design will be vital in contributing to the design of the spaceship, the smooth operation of the spaceline and creating an unforgettable experience unlike any other available to mankind.
"We've always had a dream of developing a space tourism business and Paul Allen's vision, combined with Burt Rutan's technological brilliance, have brought that dream a step closer to reality. The deal with Mojave Aerospace Ventures is just the start of what we believe will be a new era in the history of mankind, one day making the affordable exploration of space by human beings a real possibility."
Sunday, August 20, 2006
United Airlines Historical Foundation is hosting a very unique event at Aurora Municipal Airport. On September 30th and October 1st, 2006, a magnificently restored EAA 1927 Swallow Air Mail biplane will be at the Aurora Municipal Airport offering rides to the general public. I'LL BE THERE ON THE 1ST!
The Swallow is part of the vintage fleet at EAA's Pioneer Airport and is painted in the 1926 Varney Air Mail Livery which began the first commercial air mail service in the Pacific Northwest. Varney, one of four air lines merged into United Air Lines in 1931.
The United Airlines Historical Foundation provided support to the Swallow's restoration and is the host of this two day event.
Those who wish to experience the thrill of riding in an open cockpit air mail biplane may make their reservation at www.uahf.org.
Rides will be every 30 minutes. Cost per single passenger ride is $150.00. I JUST SENT OFF FOR MY TICKET!
Watch for some cool photos of this experience! You can see me touching the Swallow below from the United Family outing at the Schaumburg Airport.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I feel trapped in my current job. With so many cuts worldwide, ~50,000, there is just no room for advancement. I am planning on taking some time off, so I can concentrate on updating my resume. I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. It seems scary, but it also feels right.
I'm willing to relocate. Being single with no children is a big plus for most companies. The continued education is not a bad thing, either. I want to learn and experience more in life. This won't happen over night with my busy work and school schedule, but it will happen sooner than later. "It's time to fly!"
Saturday, July 15, 2006
I'm taking IS589! I love this class.
Networking Concepts and Applications focuses on design, development and operation of a data communications system and computer networks, and emphasizes the management of data distribution and access. The course includes essential elements of networks including hardware, software and interfaces.
I have to do a group project with two other students. If I deem it worthy, I'll post it for all to see.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
I'll look for my photos from the Schaumburg Airport Family Day. It was an outing for United Airlines employees two years ago. I'll load them soon.
Edit (photos added): I took a really cool helicopter ride. I'm standing by the Swallow, which was United's first link to history. If you want to see more photos of the private planes, let me know.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I finally bought a new Notebook and Printer! The notebook is an HP Pavilion dv8225nr, and the printer is an HP PSC 1510. Wow, a scanner on the printer. Now, I can load my old photos from circa 1970. I'm now in the process of upgrading my current ISP to High Speed. Plus, I have to transfer all of my documents. I need to download other Microsoft programs, so work and school will be more user friendly. This may take some time, since I'm so freaking busy.
My older (2001) Dell Notebook is having major hardware problems. After I get everything "moved", I'll take Dell in for servicing. The old PC will go to my mother in Indiana. She's been wanting better access to the world, and now she will have it. She was involved in a semi-truck/car accident approximately two years ago. It wasn't pretty. She lost all short-term memory. Hopefully, having to concentrate will be beneficial to her recovery. Only time will tell.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
If you look real close, you can see the mysterious words written by Gia. This is an example of the fun we had last year. I've not got the "official" go ahead for the "unofficial" fan club for Dr Brian Cox. I'm hoping Gia will give her blessing. It appears that the man has a huge following. I still like to think I am his number one fan.
Here's another link to Gia, his wife. This is her work blog, Sunshine. Gia states, "[T]here's a lot of science, astronomy and mythology there as well as stuff about the film." That doesn't look like work, that looks like fun! Well, after I get the blessing, then it's off to cyberworld in search of Dr Brian Cox. I'll keep plugging Gia, too. <-- not in a naughty way!
This weekend, I go shopping for a new computer.
Friday, March 24, 2006
I posted awhile back about my encounter with the hot young doctor. I've had a few responses for those that did the google to find him after viewing him on the television. They found me!
Our lovely photo (okay, my face) was "disfigured" in the website by Mark at NeonBUBBLE. [Edited after Gia's post below. I still want a friendship with the gorgeous Dr Brian Cox. I promise I won't molest him. I just think he is so interesting. I won't hold my breath, though. LOL]
His wife's name is Gia! This is her new blog where you can find more information out about Dr Brian Cox. She has conveniently provided links. God Bless, Gia!
Friday, January 13, 2006
I officially enrolled in Keller's master's degree program in Network and Communications Management. I'm hoping to learn all aspects of technology. My company is ever increasing with newer technologies. The program will allow me to learn crucial information for sophisticated network technologies and voice/data communications. I believe this is the secret to being successful at my company on a personal level.
I had my first class last night. FI501 Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis. I'm a week ahead of schedule with projects and assignments due to a misunderstanding of the online syllabus, but it's all good. The pressure is now off for last minute deadlines.
I just went through a week of training for work. We will be implementing a new program soon affecting the entire system with scheduling and forecasting manpower for the offices across the world. It's very exciting. Additional training is coming in a few weeks, and the instructor asked that I attend the course. I am not currently scheduled. Let's cross fingers in hopes I will be accepted. This is a great opportunity for me to learn.
Additionally, there are some positions opening in the next few years for my "expertise". Another program is getting implemented that affects all customers on a global level. I've been approached and will most likely be considered for another position. I look forward to the day I can really get some hand's on experience.
Wish me luck!