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Me, and machines, soon
I wonder how long until you just shout Fried Cheese and a drone gently places it into your face.
I am stunned. And I like to think I do not stun easily.
I find myself at moments almost speechless – granted not a quality one associates with former or even current news anchors.
This is a story unlike any I have ever seen. Its contours seem to entangle this administration like a giant squid around a submarine in an old science fiction film, tentacles prying apart what once seemed solid. With a spectacle like this, it’s sometimes important to pause and try to take in as wide a picture as possible. There is so much we do not know, but what we know already is gravely striking. What the president, his lawyer, and others have already copped to would be enough to almost roll credits in a mob film. I apologize for the multiple cinematic allusions, but this story defies the imagination normally required for real life.
For most of my life, my job was to try to make sense of events, big and small, in real-time. Sort of like a play by play broadcaster relating to an audience what is transpiring, often ad-libbing as new details emerge.
I find myself wondering what it would be like to be in the midst of this story, either on the ground in Washington or in an anchor chair, tapping the incoming rivers of information from reporters, on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at other perches necessary for covering this rapidly metastasizing narrative.
What I return to, as I think back at other moments of crisis and uncertainty, is the need as a reporter and as a citizen to remain steady. Now steadiness should not be confused with apathy or detachment. We need to be engaged, with a steely determination to get to the bottom of what seems to be but the tip of a proverbial iceberg. There are many leads to follow, many new angles emerging. We cannot afford to lose grasp of the threads of the much bigger story arc.
This is unprecedented. This is dangerous. But this is also necessary. We cannot panic in the face of what we confront, or get overwhelmed by details. We must breathe deep, take stock, see all for what it is, methodically and fairly uncover right from wrong, truth from fiction, and ultimately we must persevere, for the sake of our nation.
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WASHINGTON—In an effort to hold those responsible to full account, congressional Democrats issued a resolution Monday condemning Ukraine for its role in making it harder to avoid impeaching President Trump. “It’s completely unacceptable for Ukraine’s leaders to engage in these potentially criminal talks that have…
I really need to write a book of dating advice.
I love this so much
I may be killed for revealing the truth.
Oakland, California is home to a real gem of a storybook theme park. Located next to Lake Merritt, Children's Fairyland has been delighting families of young children since 1950. As the story goes, Walt Disney himself visited Fairyland in 1955 and soon after built Disneyland, incorporating ideas he learned at the park. He also hired Fairyland's first director, as well as one of its puppeteers, to work at his new amusement park in Anaheim.
While Disney's parks went the commercial route, Fairyland turned into a nonprofit after many years of being managed by the city. It remains the charming, lakeside mid-century park where no adult is allowed in the park without a child** and no child is allowed without an adult.
How do I know all of this? Well, I'm excited to share that I've started working with Fairyland. When I first moved to the Bay Area in the mid-1990s, I lived across the street from Lake Merritt and, as a childless young person, I often wondered what was going behind the giant (Old Lady in the) shoe. I remember devising ways to get in, eventually waiting until I had a baby to pass through its gates for the first time. When my daughter (who's now a teenager) was little, she and I visited many times together. Believe me when I say that it's a great thrill for me to be on the "inside" of this Bay Area institution.
Bert, Fairyland Master Puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann, and Frank Oz in August of 1970. This photo was shot when Frank brought Bert and Cookie Monster to Fairyland for a special visit.
In my short time there, I've learned that Walt's visit isn't the only interesting Fairyland fact. East Bay Yesterday podcast host Liam O’Donoghue recently interviewed the park's executive director, C.J. Hirschfield, and asked her many of the questions his listeners had. The questions ranged from, "Is Fairyland haunted?" to "Did Frank Oz begin his career there?" (spoiler: yes!).
Listen in. It's good stuff:
Got more questions about Fairyland? Ask me in the comments. I'll do my best to answer them.
The poster from Bert and Cookie Monster's Fairyland visit.
[**Yes, there are exceptions to this rule. Grownups can enter the park without a child in tow for three scheduled nights per year: the park's Gala Fundraiser in late May, Oaklandish's annual 21+ shindig called Fairyland for Grownups (TBD date in August), and the live-art event called Drawn Together (TBD date in September). The park can also be rented for weddings, birthdays, and other events.]
That guy really gets around.
I feel like Taco Bell is missing an opportunity to market themselves as a source of 'rock bottom.'
The Onion though
HINSDALE, IL—Moments after wrestling the Switch controller from Dylan Wheeler’s hands and pushing the child towards the door of the intensive care unit, Wheeler’s parents mollified the 9-year-old Monday by promising him that he could go right back to playing video games once he had given his dying grandfather one last…
Computer me with my computer kids
Did Eve eat the whole apple? Like, seeds and all? If not, I feel like we shouldn't be on the hook for all these curses.
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WASHINGTON — Relativity, the startup developing a small launch vehicle using additive manufacturing technologies, announced Jan. 17 it has won approval from the U.S. Air Force to build a launch site at Cape Canaveral.
The company said it had received a “Statement of Capability” from the 45th Space Wing, which operates Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, allowing the company to develop a launch facility on the site of Launch Complex (LC) 16. The agreement gives Relativity exclusive access to the site for a 20-year term.
The agreement permits Relativity to proceed with construction of infrastructure at the site to support launches of its Terran 1 rocket. That includes a payload processing facility, a vehicle integration hangar, a horizontal transporter/erector, propellant storage farms and other equipment needed for launches there, said Tim Ellis, chief executive of Relativity, in an interview.
“We’ve been thinking about launch sites since Day 1 three years ago,” he said, but only formally kicked off a launch site selection process six months ago. The company considered a number of launch sites in the United States, but considered Cape Canaveral their top choice.
“The clear winner to us was partnering with the U.S. Air Force at Cape Canaveral,” he said. “We really view it as the most elite launch site in the world.”
LC-16 was built in the 1950s for tests of Titan 1 and Titan 2 missiles. It was later used to support NASA’s Gemini and Apollo program, but hosted no launches for those efforts in the 1960s. It was then used to for test launches of Pershing missiles, the last of which took place there in 1988.
The dormant facility is one of the few available existing launch sites at Cape Canaveral. It is located north of the former Launch Complex 13, now used by SpaceX for landing Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters, and south of Launch Complex 20, which Space Florida, the state’s space economic development agency, is planning to convert into a small launch complex.
Ellis said that Relativity sought to have exclusive access to a launch site, as its agreement for LC-16 allows, rather than sharing a multi-user site elsewhere at the Cape like LC-20 or Space Launch Complex 46, another pad operated by Space Florida. “It gives us schedule certainty and higher frequency” of launches over a multi-user site, he said.
Despite growing launch activity at Cape Canaveral overall, particularly from SpaceX, Ellis said he wasn’t concerned about range conflicts, citing the 45th Space Wing’s “Drive to 48” effort to be able to support 48 launches a year from the overall range. “By using technology and being creative with the licensing regime,” he said, “it’s becoming far more like a commercial entity.”
LC-16 should be ready to support launches by the end of 2020, he said. There’s no firm estimate of the cost of developing the launch site, but he said it would likely be more than $10 million. “We’re going to dedicate significant resources, both in capital and in personnel,” he said. “It will be a significant investment.”
The site will be able to support launches to low and mid-inclination orbits, but Ellis said the company will need a second site for missions to polar and sun-synchronous orbits. He said the company is conducting a search for such a site but didn’t mention specific locations under consideration.
Relativity is one of a growing number of companies seeking to develop small launch vehicles. The company, which raised a $35 million Series B round in March 2018, sets itself apart through the use of the additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, technologies, to manufacture most of the components of the Terran 1 vehicle. That vehicle, with a payload capacity of about 1,250 kilograms to low Earth orbit, is also significantly larger than other small launchers under development.
Work on Terran 1 is going well, Ellis said, with the company performing a series of engine tests at a site it is leasing from NASA at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. There’s also strong interest in the rocket from potential customers. “The reaction has been fantastic,” he said, given the large payload capacity and list price of $10 million. “We’re able to launch an entire orbital plane, or an entire constellation, in one launch, and that ends up being very cost effective.”
Relativity has undergone a growth spurt since closing that funding round. Ellis said he just signed an offer letter for what would be the company’s 60th employee, up from 14 last March. The company is also looking for a new, larger headquarters in Los Angeles big enough to support initial launch vehicle production.
“I’m quite pumped,” Ellis said of winning the agreement from the Air Force to build at LC-16. “Every launch company needs a launch site, and due to the hundred-plus companies that now say they want to develop a launch vehicle, to be the first venture-backed company to get a site there is a huge testament to our team.”