“Witnessing my generation’s gold rush” is a superb story of what is happening in North Dakota, as observed by a photojournalist Mr. Jim Urquhart.
He provides a wonderful photo story of drilling in North Dakota. The scenery is beautiful and views of roughnecks are superb. Views of the drilling rigs from the air are outstanding.
His description of the economic vitality and what it’s like to live in Williston and work on an oil rig is delightful.
Here is a one sentence summary of the astounding things happening in Bakken. Continue reading “The frontier is open again – the oil field is “the gold rush of our generation””
The privately developed and funded SpaceX Dragon docked with the international space station.
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The frontier is a major part of American history. It is a huge factor in our identity.
From about the end of the American Civil War in 1865 until around the turn of the century, the frontier was wide open.
What was the appeal?
Continue reading “The frontier is open again”
First privately designed, funded, operated, recovered, and paid space ship splashed down May 31. SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returned from its resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will be towed to Los Angeles. How’s that for a more efficient recovery methodology?
See Space.com’s article – Space Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific, Ending Historic Test Flight.
The article points out this is the first resupply ship that brings things back. It returned with 1,367 pounds of cargo, including completed experiments.
On Saturday, astronauts on board the International Space Station docked with and entered a privately designed, built, and funded resupply ship. Count that as a major victory for SpaceX specifically and private space travel in general.
The Wall Street Journal has two great articles:
Here is a one paragraph summary of the plan:
Continue reading “SpaceX’s Dragon capsule docks with Space Station and the cost per pound for delivery”
The Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station.
This is significant because SpaceX privately developed and funded the Falcon 9 lift vehicle and Dragon capsule.
The Dragon had to pass quite a few tests before it was allowed to draw near the ISS and then be grabbed by the remote arm.
Very cool. Congratulations to the SpaceX team.
AP has an article – Dragon arrives at space station in historic 1st
Previous post discussed the huge impact from having zero cost to produce and distribute one more item.
On a long-term basis, what does this do? I think several entire industries of delivering mass content are in serious trouble. If those industries don’t figure out a new business model, the overwhelming change that is taking place will sink them.
Think about this:
Continue reading “What does radical change in technology and mass media mean to those of us who are undiscovered, unpublished, or small fry wanting to follow our own path?”
Amazon is moving into the publishing arena. Not just e-publishing books in Kindle format, but the full-blown publishing gig.
I’ve only started to understand what they are doing, but it will be one more radical change in the publishing world.
Continue reading “Another revolutionary step in the publishing industry – Amazon.com becomes a publisher”