Help Wanted: Astronauts For Missions To Moon

Surely This Is Not an Astronaut? :-)

NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. On their recruitment page they throw out motivators like “America needs YOU at the frontiers of space and technology!” and “NASA HAS SPACE FOR YOU!“. Heck yeah!

As you’ll see below it may not pay that well depending on your education and experience, but what the heck, at $59k you get to go to space! :)

Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon. From NASA’s Director of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center:

We look forward to gathering applications and then being able to select from the largest pool possible. Continuing our impressive record in successfully carrying out challenging human spaceflight missions depends on maintaining a talented and diverse astronaut corps.

To be considered, a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.

After a six months of evaluation and interviews, NASA will announce final selections in early 2009. Then astronaut candidates will report to Johnson in the summer of 2009 to begin the basic training program to prepare them for future spaceflight assignments.

They’re accept applications through July 1, 2008 at

So I went to that site and found the open job position, where it does call out ISS ops but not the fact that it may end up being missions to the moon once you’ve proved your chops, I suppose it’s a given.

Salary: 59,493.00 – 130,257.00 USD per year

Duty Locations: Houston

Open period: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
to Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Key Requirements:

  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Frequent travel may be required
  • Selectee must pass a pre-employment medical examination

More information is at the Astronaut Recruitment page.

Found via NASA Press Release.

Time to ‘Cowboy Up’ my peeps, let’s ride!


She’s Geeky, Women’s Tech (un)Conference


She’s Geeky started as an idea between women working in technology. If you’re a woman working in tech or just a very geeky girl, they want you to attend and socialize, build a network and learn side by side with others just like you.

Their goal is to provide a forum for women to exchange skills and learn from women in diverse fields of tech, discuss topics about women and tech, connect the diverse range of women in tech/ computing/ entrepreneurship/ funding/ HW.

Topics at this 2 day event range from ‘Dealing with Analysts to ‘Nonprofit Technology Sector Overview’ to ‘Speakers training and the importance of speaking in leadership’ to ‘Hardware Hacks by Women’. They have a Proposed Topics page for more subjects.

Many topics still need to be nailed down and are tentative, but I gotta say that if I was a girl geek in technology I’d think seriously about attending. And for such a small fee you gain so much!


  Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA.


  October 22-23

  Start Time: Noon on Monday

  Ending Time: Close 6pm on Tuesday.

  They will have evening ‘entertainment’ on Monday night.


  $125 until Sept 30, $175 after

Go to the home page for all the ‘about’ details.


Where Is That??

Gamers unite!  Here is a spiffy new subject I’d like to add to GN for a tryout with you guys, and see if ya’ll like it.

“Where is what”, you say?  Your home away from home!  Video games are the virtual homes of many a geek, and I’m here to pick your brain, and see if you can identify those locales where you build your armies, slay your sworn enemy or frag your friends.  Each post, I will display a screenshot of someplace within a popular video game (Mostly PC) and you folks will try and guess where it is ;)

Simple enough you say?  Heh, I’m not gonna make it that easy for you!  So lets get this business going….

 Where Is That??

Stab the comments for your guesses, and show us your stuff!

Where Is That??

The History Of Microsoft Windows Start Up Sounds

This video takes us from Win 3.1 to Vista to relive all the startup sounds, that’s 1992-2007. I learned 2 things:

1. My preference was the NT 4 Workstation, until I heard it again here I had forgotten how much I liked it. So now I’m thinking of making it a ringtone on my Smartphone! :)

2. I don’t recall WinME and Win2K being the same though they came out about the same time. Hmm.

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A Killer Spreadsheet For The iPhone

iPhone charts

EditGrid does online spreadsheets and they now support an online version of a spreadsheet for the iPhone. They specialize in real time update and extensive collaboration features, concurrent users can view and edit your data in real time without conflict. If you’re interested in a comparison of their online service vs. Google vs. Zoho vs. Excel then check out a comparison matrix of features across all 4.

The benefit of this iPhone support by EditGrid is being able to receive a spreadsheet in mail on your Smartphone from your business partner and can open it via their online service. Cool! As opposed to what you’re doing today which is to e-mail the partner back and request they send you the raw data formatted for the mail client on your Smartphone. Uncool!

It’s about data access anytime from anywhere.

Watch a quick Scobleshow Podtech video on this or go straight to EditGrid’s iPhone page for more information and view useful sample templates.

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