Meeting the Man on the Moon

by Mary Tennyson…Twenty-three graduates of my alma mater, Purdue University, have gone on to become astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 and Gene Cernan, the last.

Spacewalk Update

US astronauts to step out on spacewalk for repairs (via AFP) Two US astronauts are preparing to step out on a brief spacewalk Wednesday to install a backup computer at the International Space Station after one failed earlier this month. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson are to embark on the 2.5 hour…

Online News Boosts Media Industry

Digital ventures boost ailing news media, study shows (via AFP) Online news ventures have added nearly 5,000 US media jobs in the past few years, boosting an industry that is still reeling from technology changes, a study showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media 2014” report said these…

World Wide Web Timeline

Timeline of World Wide Web (via AFP) While some concepts of the Internet date back to the 1950s, the public-facing World Wide Web traces its history back 25 years. Here is a timeline: March 12, 1989: British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee circulates his “informational management proposal…

Tech Giants in Search of Lost Glory

Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola search for lost glory (via AFP) Once the mobile world’s pioneers, Nokia, Motorola and BlackBerry are now the industry’s sorry laggards, searching for lost glory. As they struggle to get back in a game now lorded over by Samsung and Apple, however, analysts hold out little hope for…

Jelly Donut Rock on Mars

Mars ‘jelly doughnut’ rock intrigues scientists (via AFP) A strange rock that looks like a jelly doughnut has appeared on Mars, and scientists are closer to figuring out how it got there, a top NASA expert said Thursday. The small, round object suddenly popped up in pictures taken 12 days apart by the US space…

Note to The Jetsons: Move Over!

Trend Whisperer, A blog by Sherri Scheck-Merrill…The chaotic Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014), kicked off this past week in Las Vegas and the world is closely watching to get a glimpse of “the future” for technology.

Internet Access or Food & Water: What Do you Think About Zuckerberg’s Latest Venture?

The Internet as a Human Right: Zuckerberg’s Plan to Connect the World (via Nvate) Bobby Miller Some people in developed countries tend to take privileges for granted. Some don’t think it’s a big deal when they turn on a faucet and get clean water, that they can get many different kinds of food from their […]

2013’s Most Influential Tech Figure: Edward Snowden

Snowden: The Year’s Most Influential Tech Figure (via slashdot) Lots of CEOs, entrepreneurs, and developers made headlines in 2013—but in hindsight, Edward Snowden will likely stand as this year’s most influential figure in technology. In June, Snowden began feeding top-secret documents detailing the National…

More on Google Glass

This app shows Google Glass’ potential (via Pando Daily) By Carmel DeAmicis On December 25, 2013 When Google Glass first came out, people didn’t get the point. There didn’t seem to be much you could do with it. Shoot videos and pictures from your perspective. Check your email. Navigate on Google maps…

Amazon Tests Delivery by Drone

30 Minutes or Less: Amazon Tests Delivery by Drone (via Bloomberg TV) Dec. 02 (Bloomberg) — Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of presents the company’s plans for drone delivery to Charlie Rose on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg) — Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube:…

Turnips on the Moon?

NASA plans to grow turnips on the Moon by 2015 (via Raw Story ) Scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center have proposed an experiment that would put a garden on the moon. The lunar “greenhouse” will likely arrive on the moon as payload on an unmanned Google Lunar X-Prize mission in 2015. In it will […]

Tweet: Bumpy Week on Wall Street

Twitter IPO highlights bumpy week for US stocks (via AFP) Twitter held center stage on Wall Street in a week of rocky trade that ultimately held up against sell-offs of bubbly tech shares to produce a new Dow record. Twitter’s long-awaited IPO dazzled the market as the company jacked up its first offer price…


Very often my posts are precipitated by something in the news or an issue my friends and I are having in the sandwich that we call our lives. Sometimes they are very personal and very often, I pontificate about how smart we are, now that our experience has outlived our hair color.

WiFi Via the Flip of a Switch? Yes!

I am excited to share BREAKING NEWS via a “live” TREND ALERT from product development duties in China! The Media Rooms at the China Fairs, (Hong Kong and Guangzhou), are buzzing with insight about the “latest and greatest” product innovations which eventually will find their way to a store near you