Author Archives: Kidmat Eden

About Kidmat Eden

Science/tech/space and sci-fi connections; the human experience in the 4th age.

What Would You Take With You to the Past?

This is a time machine (ok, it’s not real, small detail): And this is the house where Steve Jobs grew up: What do they have to do with each other? The town of Los Altos in Silicon Valley, northern California, … Continue reading

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I Dream Of 3-D Printing

“Tea, Earl Grey, hot!” These famous words identify Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the fictional star-ship Enterprise. As he speaks these words to a ‘replicator’ installed on a wall in his room, a steaming-hot glass cup of tea appears to his satisfaction. These words have … Continue reading

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Flying Over Class Charlie

It is not everyday that you fly over class ‘B’ (Bravo) or ‘C’ (Charlie) with a small aircraft. Private pilots usually try to avoid the busy airspace of international airports. But every once in a while you might get to … Continue reading

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Hardware is Hard

The month of May marks every year a very cool/artsy/geeky event to attend in the Bay Area in Nor Cal: Maker Faire Bay Area. Similar events take place around the country spring-through-fall. Robots, home-made machines, metallic kick-nacks, inventions, wearables and … Continue reading

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Apple CarPlay: Just the Tip of the Car-Apps Iceberg

Some call it: In-Vehicle Experience of the Future. I call it Helga. Say ‘Hello’ to Helga, my car’s AI. Helga: “Good morning, girl! Are we going to work? I’m 96% charged so I’m good to go. I sense you got … Continue reading

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2013: 13th of 13 Things I Want to Know: What’s The Deal With Frogs In Space?

Sept 11th, 2013 – NASA carries out the much anticipated LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) launch to the moon on an unmanned mission. The liftoff took place from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. On the … Continue reading

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2013: 12th of 13 Things I Want to Know: How to Deal With Rejection?

I didn’t write this. I have no idea who did, it just amuses me a great deal. –——————– Professor Hombre Chair – Search Committee Department of Biochemistry University of Towanda Health Sciences Center, Towanda, IA Dear Professor Hombre, Thank you … Continue reading

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2013: 11th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Could Superman Help Felix Baumgartner?

An Austrian skydiver broke the speed of sound in a jump from the ‘edge of space’ at 128,000 feet (~40km or ~24mi), as part of a Red Bull promotion, on Oct 14th, 2012, the 65th anniversary to Chuck Yeager’s record … Continue reading

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2013: 10th of 13 Things I Want to Know: What Credit Score Do I Need For a Home Loan on Mars?

Discovery news posted this short news bit earlier this year, summarizing that colonizing beyond our planet is a doable feat. This is based on expectations from private ventures, to be able to run operations much leaner than NASA, mainly relying on … Continue reading

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2013: 9th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Have You Considered the Hyperloop and the Fear Factor?

Much hype about the Hyperloop, the radical proposal for extreme high-speed transit from LA to SF in around 35 minutes, using passenger pods in a low pressure air-cushioned tube.  [Here’s a summary article]. Some of the reactions have a negative … Continue reading

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2013: 8th of 13 Things I Want to Know: How Much Deodorant Will the Winners of the AXE Apollo Competition Get?

At the beginning of this year, AXE brand of men’s personal care products created a sensation with a marketing stunt around a Superbowl ad. The ad presented users of the Apollo scent as heroes.  What can be more heroic than … Continue reading

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2013: 7th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Sending Up a Bag of Light – Why?

9:30 PM local time, a beach on the Pacific; Summer time, completely dark, and I was on my way out when some commotion caught my attention.  A group of people of all ages were gathered around some light source. Suddenly … Continue reading

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2013: 6th of 13 Things I Want to Know: What is the Biggest Eye Ever?

NASA’s 2018 Next Generation James Webb Space Telescope in Full Size Taking place in Austin, TX, the SXSW Interactive Festival Last March 8-12 2013 was to feature many sessions and activities on the topic of space exploration.  One of the … Continue reading

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2013: 5th of 13 Things I Want to Know: Is a Badass Look a Valid Requirement for a Spacesuit?

Rumor has it, someone at SpaceX actually wrote they require a “badass” look in the spec delivered last year to Orbital Outfitters for a pressure spacesuit. I’m curious who…? This is what a normal spec looks like (NASA, Apollo 1, … Continue reading

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2013: 4th of 13 Things I Want to Know: What is The Blackest Black in The Dark?

1905. A youngster named Albert comes up with ideas about the nature of light that change our grasp of the universe forever;  Ideas such as speed limited, distances stretching, and a four dimensional world, where the 4th dimension is time; … Continue reading

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2013: 3rd of 13 Things I Want to Know: What’s The Yahoo ‘Better World Ripple Effect’ Doing at a Hair Salon?

So I learned about the Yahoo ‘better world ripple effect’ in the most unlikely of places: at the hair salon, while waiting to be called upon, with my nose in a pile of magazines. Now I’m sitting patiently, while my … Continue reading

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2013: 2nd of 13 Things I Want to Know: When is Iran’s President Going into Space?

Did an Iranian monkey in fact get to space last month? Will Ahmadinejad in fact be next? There was no independent confirmation to Iran’s claim that they launched a monkey into space, but this story was all over the news … Continue reading

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2013: 1st of 13 Things I Want to Know: Is the Tweeting ISS Astronaut Happy with his ISP?

Is Chris Hadfield who tweets from space on-board the International Space Station happy with his Internet provider? I’m always complaining about my service. Sometimes it’s too slow. Sometimes it’s not available. Astronauts have been tweeting from the space station since … Continue reading

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Open Response to: “How Technology Is Like Bug Sex”

Open response to this article: “How Technology Is Like Bug Sex” Dear Nir, “An insect infestation of scampering masses.”  What a harsh visual. Not just visual, I’m now itching all over. Is that really what we compare with? Consider that the … Continue reading

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1+1=10. Why Should High School Grads Know What That Means?

I showed the ‘About the Author’ page of this blog to high-school grads. They thought the equation 1+1=10 is a typo. If you also think it’s a typo, be advised it isn’t. And not knowing this is not your fault. … Continue reading

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