Recommended reading / viewing / listening

Life for Los 33 … The scent of history … Strange asteroids … A smaller astronaut corps … Celebrating voyeurism.

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1. Whither astronauts? Corps shrinks as shuttles stop
By Marcia Dunn | Associated Press | July 17
“NASA’s mighty astronaut corps has become a shadow of what it once was. And it’s only going to get smaller.”

2. The 7 Strangest Asteroids in the Solar System
By Adam Hadhazy | Space.com | July 14
“[S]ome notably strange ones have popped up over our two centuries-plus of observations since the first asteroid, Ceres, was spotted in 1801.”

3. Savoring History Through Its Smells
Big Think | July 17
“[S]everal organizations want to preserve the scents of today and revive the ones of yesterday.”

4. Eric Foner on the Evolution of Liberalism
FiveBooks Interview :: The Browser | July 2011
“The historian chooses five books illustrating how concepts of American liberalism have changed over the past 50 years, and tells us about the tension that lies at the heart of liberalism today.”

5. Voyeurism, Exposed
By Sandra Phillips and Mark Murrmann | Mother Jones | June 2011
“In the age of Weinergate, we are all lookers and watchers.”

6. Online reputation will shape our lives more and more
By Omar L. Gallaga | Austin American-Statesman | July 16
“Think of it as a new version of your credit score. And in the near future, your digital reputation could affect your life even more than that score.”

7. Honey bee hive removed from East Austin house
By Farzad Mashhood | Austin American-Statesman | July 15
“Beekeeper Walter Schumacher of Central Texas Bee Rescue said the 7-foot-tall hive probably housed 250,000 bees and is among the largest he’s seen.”

8. Chilean miners face up to a strange new world
By Angus MacQueen | The Guardian | July 17
“The rescue of 33 miners from Chile’s San José mine after 69 days trapped underground was a triumph shared with the whole world. But the transition back to normality is proving difficult for both the men and their families”

9. John Glenn: A Journey
NASA
An interactive special report on the astronaut and legislator.

10. The space shuttle
Witness :: BBC News | July 8
“It is more than 30 years since the launch of the first space shuttle. Milton Silveira has been involved in the programme since the very beginning – long before the first shuttle ever took off.”

Author: Fernando Ortiz Jr.

Handsome gentleman scholar, Civil War historian, unpretentious intellectual, world traveler, successful writer.

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