Friday, July 28, 2006

How's the Temperature?


This bar is called MINUS 5 because the temperature never gets any higher! Today the thermometer says -12.7 degrees Celsius. The furniture, sculptures, and even the glasses are made of ice. The fountain is made of antifreeze. Fortunately, alcohol has a low freezing point. Vodka, anyone?
In the aftermath of the successful Discovery mission, I would first like to quote Ad Astra Online:
"The difficult decision made recently by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery, despite objections from NASA's safety chief and top engineer, demonstrated solid leadership and the very qualities America has always embodied - boldness and daring in the face of calculated risk.
Leaders make decisions. Great leaders surround themselves with discipline specialists and rely upon their expertise to guide those decisions. Those leaders have to factor in competing recommendations of many experts, weigh the various risks and opportunities against the goals and objectives and make a choice."
Some of you may have been in the room last December when I personally asked that of Michael Griffin. I thanked NASA for inspiring children like me to explore Space. Then I said what we need is Leadership. That goes straight down the line from a president saying "We choose to go to the Moon". I mean Eugene Krantz in Mission Control saying "Failure is not an option," or Alan Shepard in the spacecraft saying "Let's quit screwing around and light this candle!"
Dr. Griffin, are you out there? Perhaps some other NASA employees will read this. You made the decision to light the candle and were right on. I would fly with you any day.
Thank you ST LOUIS and WASHINGTON DC! You have joined SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, LONDON, and SYDNEY in reaching hundreds of viewings! This blog will continue to talk about boldness and leadership in the face of adversity. How is the temperature where you are?

5 Comments:

Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Love it!
Better than the huts.
So who designed & built those.

8:10 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thank you Q9, you are a one-man fan club! I appreciate your believing in me and my unusual ideas. I will look for technorati. More links are good; should I add the Reference Frame too? Saturday morning in Tasmania is the Salamanca market, maybe I can make it.

1:12 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Well he (Lubos the Motl) was good enough to put a picture you with the water dragon on his post. lol!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog, interesting information... Keep it UP »

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Health said...

Great leaders surround themselves with discipline specialists and rely upon their expertise to guide those decisions.

2:28 AM  

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