We went to NASA (Johnson Space Center) recently (first time for me and the kids), and the last stop is Rocket Park where they take you into the building the Saturn V rocket is laying down in. Cool thing is it's not a mockup, it was the rocket that would have been Apollo 18 had that mission happened.
Anyway... IT'S FREAKIN HUGE!!! It's taller than the Statue of Liberty!! UN-believable. They shot that thing into space?!
Very much worth the trip to see it. Here are some pics which will utterly fail to really convey the size of this thing...
This is a shot of the first two stages (there's another almost half of the rocket to the left, not in the shot):
A quick plug for the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in Houston... really cool building and very cool people. I did an engagement shoot there on Sunday and they were super friendly and helpful, well worth the $2 (!!) admission. Go check it out.
We're still without power... I can understand a storm doing immense damage to power infrastructure, what I can't really understand is the total lack of information coming from Centerpoint Energy. I don't really care if you take a week to get my power on, as long as I know to expect that. I could arrange a work trip, or something, if I knew when power would be on.
Ostensibly Centerpoint knows what the problems are in each area now, and could communicate that along with completion estimates. So far, they haven't, they've only communicated where outages are, which helps absolutely no-one. I KNOW my power is out, thanks.
I realize this is a massive undertaking, but they have all the data in databases... if you call their automated reporting system, it knows my power is out, when it was initially reported, and what outage its a part of. Based on other people's experiences, that info comes from internal tickets that have all of the necessary data. It's just a matter of exposing it. Detailed web-based outage reporting should be a matter of course for regulated utilities. Sad that it isn't.
But, I gotta take this opportunity to rant at people who stop liking a band because they "sold out" (i.e. got mildly successful and maybe aren't dirt poor anymore). This is pretty simple, folks...
If band good, band get fans... band make new record, band still good, band get more fans... pretty soon, band get big record deal... band still good! If band good, want band have good things, no? Why want band have only bad things? Why want band poor all life? Band work hard for long time get record deal, why hate band now? Band still good! Fickle hipster bad.