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March 28th, 2012

My tweets

  • Tue, 12:42: Today I am wearing a hooded sweatshirt. This does not mean I am a thug. It just means I'm going to a meeting in a trendy hotel.
  • Tue, 17:20: I am definitely a "sytems analyst journalist". I suspect it's because I was a systems engineer in a previous career. http://t.co/DNsks0aP
  • Tue, 19:29: More dumb spammers. Apparently the FBI has an AOL address...
  • Tue, 19:51: MMS booked... Vegas, baby, Vegas...
  • Tue, 20:17: Good grief - I think the master account for the theme park ticket spammers is gone at last. Well done @spam! Now to clean up the bots...
  • Tue, 20:30: A blast from the past - listening to Lunar Drive's Here At Black Mesa Arizona. Navajo chants in a trance mix. Great writing music.
  • Tue, 20:33: Can only find Lunar Drive on MySpace, no sign of them on Spotify. Try Wupatki Crater as a sample of their music: http://t.co/XiBmGkcR
  • Tue, 20:38: Installing Windows 8 on my old ThinkPad. Disturbingly I keep trying to tap and swipe the screen. Windows 7 is not Metro!
  • Tue, 21:33: RT @warrenellis: If contemporary literary fiction doesn't read a bit like science fiction then it's probably not all that contemporary, ...
  • Wed, 10:13: ZDNet UK blog post: Project & Office 365; by the numbers, ready for Metro http://t.co/G9dBwCmL #zdnetuk


Living in the future. Or is it the past?

So in the week James Cameron makes it to the bottom of the Challenger Deep (repeating the Trieste's feat), more underwater news from another entrepreneur...

Jeff Bezos appears to have found Apollo 11's engines, and is planning on raising at least one from 14,000 feet under the Atlantic Ocean. It's a strange mix of long-lost space technology, and the latest in underwater research. Are we going forwards, or going backwards?

Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration. A year or so ago, I started to wonder, with the right team of undersea pros, could we find and potentially recover the F-1 engines that started mankind's mission to the moon?

I'm excited to report that, using state-of-the-art deep sea sonar, the team has found the Apollo 11 engines lying 14,000 feet below the surface, and we're making plans to attempt to raise one or more of them from the ocean floor. We don't know yet what condition these engines might be in - they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they're made of tough stuff, so we'll see.

Awesome stuff. More at Jeff Bezos' blog.