Finding the Ticket to Ride

Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson

Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson (Wikipedia)

Those of us growing up during the age of the transistor followed by the integrated circuit, polio vaccine, color television, microwave ovens, commercial jets for the everyday traveler, CD followed by the DVD, surround sound, computers which used to consume warehouse size buildings being reduced to the size of your hand, have gotten used to routinely seeing the next ‘big thing’ in technology. Richard Branson hasn’t just satisfied himself building an entertainment empire, air and train transport, mobile phones while naming them under his global banner Virgin, he’s preparing to open space travel to the average, well above average moneyed passengers. It’s not going to be a rocket to the moon or for that matter, earth orbit. It’s a brief journey to approximately 62 miles up and back again. All of that for the economical price via Virgin Galactic of $250,000. In a moment of temporary lack of business sense, Richard Branson let it be known, cheaper fares are coming. Of course to a multi-squillionaire, cheaper fares are relative. Actually that’s sort of pocket change these days as the latest news from the U.S. Debt Clock, total long-term unfunded liabilities are at $126 trillion, a $1.1 million liability for each U.S. taxpayer.

While you’re packing, you can travel light-er with your new slimmed down iPad Air.  For those who must have the latest in techno-trinkets, this super-light piece of digital-gasm will please those on the go. If only they could have foreseen how lightweight and sleek pad computers were going to become by the time Star Trek was more than a 60’s TV fad…

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson 9/29/2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson 9/29/2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, in Wash, D.C. (Wikipedia)

Astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to explore deep space. Professor Tyson wants to visit Europa, a moon of Jupiter because it’s believed to have an ocean of water beneath its surface. As a scientist, “any place on earth we find liquid water, we find life”, so that’s why and where he wants to explore.