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Even in LEGO form, the ISS is an engineering marvel

Even in LEGO form, the ISS is an engineering marvel

I recently sat down and built the LEGO Ideas International Space Station (ISS). Like the Saturn V and Lunar Lander before it, the release of this set coincided with an anniversary.

Released in 2020, the set marks 20 years since the station helped start a continuous human presence in space. LEGO pays another wonderful tribute to the station that orbits Earth 16 times a day and is the work of five different space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

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Amy Shira Teitel delivers the Easily Digestible History of Spaceflight before NASA

Breaking the Chains of Gravity The Story of Spaceflight before NASA by Amy Shira Teitel

“NASA wasn’t created in a vacuum and suddenly tasked with the Moon landing,” writes Amy Shira Teitel in her debut publication Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA.

Without historians and authors, of which Teitel is both, it would appear as if NASA did just appear on the scene ready, able, and willing to start Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. But the truth is much more intriguing and far less polished than pop culture and general history would have you believe.

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Track by Track

Track by Track: Guster - Lost and Gone Forever

Track by Track: Guster – Lost and Gone Forever

Two years after the 1999 release of Guster’s Lost and Gone Forever, my friend Josh handed me a mixed CD full of Guster songs. It was mainly centered around this album but also featured songs from the band’s two previous studio albums and some live bootlegs. I have been a fan of Guster ever since.

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Ethan Gilsdorf builds an Immersive Experience in Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks - Ethan Gilsdorf - Book Cover

More than a decade after its release and the time I first opened its pages, I returned to Ethan Gilsdorf’s Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. The trip back has reminded me why there is merit to rereading certain books.

First released in 2009, when I was just Jason and not Agent Palmer, I had no blog, no podcast, a boring job, and I was really just trying to find my way in the world. It was the perfect time to first pick up this book. This second time, I have a blog, a podcast, no job, and I’m still just trying to find my way in the world.

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What you should listen to: Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald (A Scrubs Rewatch Podcast)

Fake Doctors Real Friends with Zach n Donald

Yes, Fake Doctors, Real Friends is the Scrubs rewatch podcast, but it is more than that. It is two people who genuinely love and respect each other, reliving a shared experience, while sharing their other experiences.

So obviously the official podcast synopsis states that you should “Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time.

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