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Apr 17, 2012

The last flight of space shuttle Discovery

I am always a big fan of science and technology, especially in things that move such as jet plane, air craft carrier and space shuttle. They are the vivid examples of what man can achieve and how our life can be changed with the advancement of technology.

When I first knew about space shuttle Discovery was going to fly historically over Washington D.C. – I made up my mind to go.

I took the metro early in the morning to Crystal City station – and walked on this trail to Gravelly Point, the best spot to see air planes taking off and landing at Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport. It was suggested as one of the nicest places to see space shuttle Discovery.

Discovery, NASA’s oldest surviving orbiter, blasted off on its maiden voyage on August 30, 1984. It ultimately flew 39 missions, covering 148 million miles and 5,830 orbits, logging a cumulative 365 days in space, and carrying 246 crew members into orbit.

Ronald Reagan National Airport.


Bolted to the back of a 747, the space shuttle Discovery took its last spin in the air and coming to my direction.

Discovery is the world’s most traveled spaceship and its list of achievements include delivering the Hubble Space Telescope to orbit, carrying the first Russian cosmonaut to launch on a U.S. spaceship, performing the first rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir with the first female shuttle pilot in the cockpit, returning Mercury astronaut John Glenn to orbit, and bringing shuttle flights back to life after the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

It flew right above me and hundreds of crowd cheered along.

It was a spectacular and amazing sight!

A little boy standing next to me told his mum excitingly :” Mummyyyy, it’s so hugeeee!

Discovery, the fleet leader of NASA’s three surviving shuttles, completed its last spaceflight in March 2011. It was promised to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the nation’s official repository for space artifacts.

It’s sad to see this happening,” said NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, a member of Discovery’s final crew. “But you look at it and you just can’t help but be impressed by it. That’s my hope now, that every time someone looks at that vehicle they are impressed, that they feel that this is what we can do when we challenge ourselves.”

Gravelly Point and Reagan National Airport at the background.

Everyone stopped just for this moment.

Did you see it?”

NBC was reporting live at the vicinity.

It’s a very emotional, poignant, bittersweet moment,” said former astronaut Mike Mullane, a veteran of three space shuttle missions. “When it’s all happening you think, ‘This will never end,’ but we all move on.”

Discovery, which first flew in August 1984, was to be transferred to the Smithsonian’s nearby Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

I guess a chapter’s closing,” Steven Lindsey, commander of Discovery’s final flight, said on the shuttle runway yesterday. “We were talking about it last night. We were calling it ‘bittersweet,’ or is it just bitter? Well, not bitter. But it’s just sad to see it go.”

Said Lindsey: “The good news is, it’s going to a good home, and everybody’s going to get to see Discovery for years and years and years in the future.”


 Discovery Makes Final Flight

(This pic is from ABC)

For at least the next three to five years – until commercial passenger craft are available in the United States – NASA astronauts will have to hitch multimillion-dollar rides on Russian Soyuz capsules to get to the International Space Station.

And the debate continues on the NASA budget cut -and whether Russian or Chinese will overtake the U.S. in the space exploration.

Oct 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, you are the legend.

Steve Jobs is dead. The Apple chairman and former CEO who changed this world into a better one passed away today.

We are going to miss him deeply.

He was just 56 years old.

I was reading an article from gizmodo  and I couldn’t agree more.

Bill Gates may have put a computer on every office desk, but it was Steve Jobs who put one in every dorm room and bedroom and living room. And then, years later, he repeated the trick, putting one in every bag and every pocket, thanks to the iPad and iPhone. If you use a computer or smartphone today, it is either one he created, or an imitation of his genius.

He changed the way movies are made, the way music is sold, the way stories are told, the very way we interact with the world around us. He helped us work, and gave us new ways to play. He was a myth made man.

He made Apple the most valuable company in the world.

I just watched again  Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address and it truly inspired me. It is one of the best speeches ever.

I hope you can spend 14 minutes to watch this speech – and to remember him.

What Steve left behind can be found in this Stanford commencement speech.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

He truly reminds us that life is too short and we can do great things if we believe in ourselves.

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” 

I respect him as a legendary business leader, an individual who inspired the world and made our life so much fun with all these Apple products.

Steve Jobs, you are the legend.  May you rest in peace.

iPhone 4S – iPhone For Steve

It’s his last masterpiece and I am going to buy one to remember Steve Jobs – the legend.



Sep 14, 2011

WEPA Cloud Printing at Marymount University

As Apple announced iCloud as the new way to store and access our content – We knew that cloud-based system is going to change the way we live, sooner or later. Bulky hard disk might just go into history like how USB thumb drive replaced Floppy Disk.

Dropbox, the online sharing folder system is just one of the good examples.

In campus, students print a lot for assignments and research papers.

WEPA Cloud Printing at Marymount University is something very student-friendly and documents can be uploaded anytime and be printed out from the WEPA kiosks which are located at library and dorms.

I believe this cloud printing is quite common in US especially workplaces and colleges. Here’s how it works:

WEPA Kiosk is a touch screen machine which prints documents uploaded through internet.

If your college has a WEPA service, you can just log into and sign up a student account.

For Marymount University, it’s free to print black & white documents and 50 pages maximum per printing!

Upload your document to the website and it will be stored in the cloud system.

I just uploaded International Finance homework and ready to print it at WEPA Kiosk in Gerard Hall, where I stay.

Sign in with your Marymount Student Email & Password to access into the account.

Select documents you want to print and click WEPA Account… and here you go!

Assignment is ready!

The purpose I’m writing is quite a number of students in Marymount do not know we can actually upload at laptop and print it for free!

If you’re a Marymount student, printing is all free at least for now! But… do save papers! = )

p/s: Wilson does print a lot of papers especially for his International Finance class. He needs to complete 2 new chapters of homework every week before the class. 

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