November 18, 2004

Pete and Repeat

Here's my attempt at trying to pull a sly childish trick on Vicky:

Pete: "Pete and repeat were walking down the street, Pete fell down and who was left?"
Vicky: "Huh?"
Pete: "Pete and repeat were walking down the street, Pete fell down and who was left?"
Vicky: "You didn't tell me who was on the left or the right."
Pete: "Ok fine, Pete and repeat were walking down the street, Pete fell down and who still stands?"
Vicky: "Re"
Pete (slower this time): "Umm Pete and repeat were walking down the street, Pete fell down and who still stands?"
Vicky: "Wouldn't it be funnier if the question was this: 'Pete and Pete fell out of a car on the highway, who was left?'"
Pete: "Repeat?"
Vicky: "The Driver!"
Pete: "OMG The question is 'Pete and repeat were walking down the street, Pete fell down and who was left?' and the answer is repeat... REPEAT DANGIT!"

I repeated the question ten times and all for the wrong reasons =P

Posted by peter at 04:59 PM

November 15, 2004

HIC Claims the Lives of Millions. Prevent HIC. Start now!

As I sip the thousandth cup of tea and chug the ten-thousandth can of Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, or other brand, I wonder what the long term impact will be? I am fighting an inability to stay up during classes and an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. I am receiving an immediate benefit of additional energy and productivity. I can sprint from meeting to meeting. I can do one more problem before calling it a day. I can feign another time-wasting nap. Sweet! (Maybe there needs to be an adjective to describe something as being extremely caffeinated like dang thats "on point" man.)

But wait... is this going to lop off 10 minutes of my life? Am I going to see less of my grandchildren because of Coca-Cola products? When I am lying on my death bed am I going to regret each and every caffeinated beverage I had? "Damn you Coca-Cola! Give me my health back!" Maybe it's not such a far stretch, I don't know. Maybe some groundbreaking research will reveal that we are all really dying from High Intake of Caffeine (HIC). HIV? Cancers? Please, step aside and make way for HIC. It's slowly widdling us down until it extinguishes the human race.

Hmm maybe not. But let's see what those armies of nutrionists, biologists and doctors come up with. After all we're paying them a heck of a lot of money. Produce something!

Posted by peter at 06:11 PM

November 14, 2004

Space Vision 2004

As the Space Vision 2004 conference comes to a closing, I realize that there is a lot of great research left to be done. Despite the fact that everone seems to have nearly the same Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) design approach, there still is a lot of opportunity for innovation.

For example, today I saw several graduate students present a concept on 100-200kW Nuclear Fission Reactors to be used on the Moon, Mars, and possibly a 2015 Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter mission. Weighing in at about 8.5 metric Tons (18,800 lbs), this bad boy would provide power for 5 years of exploration of the moon or Mars, without ever having to touch it. Just plop it there in a crater and bam plug yourself in. And by the way, 100-200 kW sounds like very little power here on earth (your hairdryer or microwave eats 1.2 kW), just know that the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) only consume about 300W of power. This type of power supply would enable 8 human explorers and a myriad of robotic helpers to freely explore the alien terrains.

For my PhD research, I would like to do something with that magnitude of "dang, thats cool" in human and robotic exploration of space. I am glad to have attended this conference. It has given me a fresh perspective on what is being done out there, and that the research is not being done in some far away off lab but right here at MIT! So I am excited to be able to participate in this and hope that I can make a big impact.

Posted by peter at 04:13 PM

November 07, 2004

Valkurm Dunes = Hell

Tried to resist posting FFXI stuff... but I have failed.

Valkurm Dunes = HELL!

Posted by peter at 05:25 PM