Friday, April 10, 2015

What can we do against such hate?

Yesterday, I commented that everything seems to keep coming back to World War II, and last week I promised to come back to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' exhibit on The Power of Children. The Children's Museum exhibit has been in place for at least 7 years, with one shutdown to reconfigure the exhibit.

We've gone through it several times when Dear Son (DS) was too young to register what it was about. The exhibit recommends it for children 8 and up, so Spring Break was the first time that DS visited for himself.

The exhibit profiles three children who faced intolerance and hate. Anne Frank, whose World War II diary has become part of the literary canon. Ruby Bridges, who desegregated New Orleans schools as a first-grader. And Ryan White, the Indiana youth who contracted AIDS through his hemophilia medication.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Political culture and the military-industrial complex

Throughout my childhood, I heard references to the Military-Industrial complex. Growing up military, I usually heard them from the Left, from environmentalists and pacifists. Imagine my surprise when I took International Space Politics & Technology, and discovered that the phrase came from a Republican. President Eisenhower, in fact, and a World War II General.  (Everything seems to come back to World War II.)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Design Competitions relevant to Space Settlement

Continuing last week's post about Settling the Solar System, my Engineering Outreach page includes a list of STEM competitions that students could participate in and learn from. (Feel free to suggest others in the Comments.) One of these competitions is the International Space Settlement Design Competition, with regional and local events in many areas.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Gardening Takes Time

I said in my by-line that this blog would include gardening, but I don't have a lot of garden posts up. Gardens take a lot of work, and time to fill in nicely. I wanted to be sure I had something I could be proud of, and show off.

This is one corner of my garden, this week:

It's always nice to get compliments from the neighbors, on one's yard.

Last week, it wasn't quite as filled in: