Light at the End of the Tunnel

So much for writing more here. It's been almost a year since the last post however I've been busy with school and obtaining my private pilot certificate.

The light at the end of the tunnel is my undergraduate degree in computer science. Just like this image that I took of the first Space Shuttle launch I saw in person in 2010. That launch occurred in the year that kicked off this amazing journey back to finishing my degree and beyond. I never thought I would be in the process of preparing for a Masters or Ph.D.

If all goes well I'll obtain my Bachelors degree in December of this year (2014). I'm taking some refresher courses in calculus and physics in the fall semester. These classes will get me back up to speed for my pursuit of an advanced degree.

My current plan is the masters program in Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Check out the class list! - some amazing things to learn!

Go big or go home, right?

I hope you all have a great summer and I'll see you in orbit ;)


About One Year to Go

I finally have some time to write a little something.

This semester resulted in a 4.0! Pretty excited about that. With that semester under my belt the end is almost in site. I should graduate from the University of Illinois at Springfield at the end of the Fall 2014 semester with a bachelor's degree in computer science - really the last piece of the puzzle I need to apply to be a NASA Astronaut.

I know it's a long shot, but one has to follow one's dreams and that's mine.

Checking out Drupal 7 and Drupal Commerce for

Since I don't return to class for another 10 days or so I've been looking into putting some time into updating the website for the clothing line I started with my dude QB from The Websters.

Currently the Music Integrated Clothing (MIC) website runs on Drupal 6.0 with Ubercart. The system runs just fine but the site needs a freshening up and I figured I would update the underlying infrastructure while I'm have time.

Welcome 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

One of my New Year's resolutions was to write more - both online and in a personal journal. Expect to see more regular updates regarding my thoughts on things topical and probably space-related.

I'll also be updating my Information Technology blog at least once per week. If you are in the IT industry or like tech, check out that site as well.

Thanks to everyone who made 2012 an incredible year for me.

Wishing you all a joyous and prosperous 2013.


Endevaour's Final Ride

Thanks to NASA once again I got to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: Space Shuttle Endevour's final flight en route to the California Science Center (

She landed at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base near Lancaster and Palmdale California (note: Palmdale is the site where all of the space shuttle orbiters were assembled).

I'll have a much longer write-up soon, but wanted to get something up.

Thanks again to all the great #spacetweeps with which I had the pleasure of experiencing this event.

My quest to become an astronaut - Thanks #NASATweetup #NASASocial

So as most of my friends and family know, I've return to university to complete my Bachelor's degree. This degree will give me the ability to apply to become a NASA Astronaut - a dream of mine since at least age 8.

How much would you pay for the Universe? #Penny4NASA

If you are a United States Citizen, I'd like you to sign this petition: - At least double NASA’s annual budget to one penny for every government dollar spent.

If you'd like to know why I think this petition is a good idea, continue reading ...

How much would you pay for the Universe? The whole thing? Every galaxy, every star, every planet, every moon - everything!

NASA Tweetup at NASA's Glenn Research Center

In my quest to see all of the NASA facilities, I am honored to receive a special tour of the NASA Glenn Research Center near Cleveland Ohio as a result of being selected for NASA Tweetup in celebration of John Glenn's 50th Anniversary of orbiting the Earth.

Thank you once again NASA - STS-135 Tweetup at NASA HQ

It's NASA Tweetup Year for me!!! YAY! :)

I'm lucky and honored to have be selected to attend a tweetup at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC hosted by members of the STS-135 Mission Crew on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Thank you once again NASA and the NASA Tweetup Team.

Another NASATweetup - GRAIL

Well I'm headed back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for another NASATweetup, this time for the GRAIL mission to the Moon - yes, I'm addicted! If you've ever been to a NASATweetup then you know how I feel. Once you get bit by the bug, you're pretty much done. You want more NASATweetup.

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