When Gustav Holst penned his best known orchestral work The Planets in 1913, astronomy was a new and emerging field. So emergent, in fact, that little was known about the planetary bodies at the center of the work – their atmospheres, specific orbital patterns, surfaces, environments – beyond the fact that they existed as spheres […]Read more "Holst’s The Planets at the Nashville Symphony"
When Katherine Johnson, a career research mathematician at NASA Langley Research Center, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2014 (for her calculation of John Glenn’s orbital trajectory, among numerous other technical accomplishments), she recalled a quote from her father that has guided her life: “You are no better than anybody […]Read more "Thoughts on Hidden Figures"
When I did my first internship in Huntsville, Alabama in the summer of 2007, there was only a single brewery. When I did my last internship four years later in 2011, there were two. Fast forward five years later – to an era where I now call Huntsville home – and there are 9 craft […]Read more "Craft Beer Tour of Huntsville, Alabama"
“I’ve got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my […]Read more "Book Review: The Princess Diarist"
To kickoff the blog, I wanted to rundown my top 10 movies of 2016. As a lifelong film lover, I know there’s no better two hours spent than two hours watching a film that will make you reflect, laugh, weep, flinch, and just feel all the feels. Life’s too short to watch bad movies (*cough* […]Read more "Top 10 Films of 2016"
Welcome to the blog! Allow me to introduce myself — I’m an aerospace engineer with a deep and abiding love of food (eating it, not cooking it), film, The Bachelor, books, travel and science. I tend to post a lot about movies, culture, space, and an assortment of other topics on social media, but ultimately […]Read more "Welcome to Space-Aged Bourbon"