How To Get A Job With NASA As A Research Assistant

Gringa of the Barrio

If you have dreams of outer space like the gringa, just what opportunity is there at NASA? Who are they looking for? What qualifications should upcoming NASA employees plan to pad their resumes with? How much does such an interesting and dynamic job pay?

Over half of the jobs available with NASA are at the professional levels for engineers and scientists. If you plan to have a top notch job application for one of these positions, be sure to take as many classes as possible in mathematics, computer and aerospace engineering, meteorology, and even accounting.

About twenty-five percent of opportunities are for administrative staff. This kind of NASA role involves analytical skills, top notch researching abilities, specialization with information technology, and budgeting experience. These are college graduate level careers and critical for project management.

There is high level competition to get coveted aerospace industry jobs. One of the things to…

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When Power Plant Durability and Automation Goes Too Far

Power Plant Men

Everyone expects when they enter an elevator and push a button for the 3rd floor that when the doors open they will find themselves on the third floor. It doesn’t occur to most people what actually has to happen behind the scenes for the elevator to go through the motions of carrying someone up three stories. In most cases you want an automated system that requires as little interaction as possible.

I have found while working in the Coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma that some systems are better off with a little less than perfect automation. We might think about that as we move into a new era of automated cars, robot soldiers and automatic government shutdowns. Let me give you a for instance.

The coal trains that brought the coal from Wyoming all the way down to the plant would enter a building called “The Dumper.” Even…

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Long day

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

What do you do
when not in the mood
To see, to say,
to yes to nay
To walk the bridge
To climb the ridge
To move the fate
To love to hate
To crush to grind
To sweet revenge
To push to shove
To almighty love
Words don’t come
Tunes won’t play
No sleep for some
No grass no clay
No days of fun
No dawn with sun
No laughter or tears
No courage or fears
Patience o patience
It will not last
Greetings dear friend
the Clock has struck
The day has passed!

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In Line With The Coffee Girl

corngoblin

clueless

She wore a pink dress, the kind I imagined you would wear to a sorority recruitment party, or maybe a little soiree to a Connecticut country club. She had a pearl necklace, and smelled like lilacs. She was on the phone.

I was working customer support, restocking things, making whipped cream and caramel, and pre closing the store, so I was walking by the register right when she said it.

“I’m sorry,” she said with that bitchy sort of lilt Emma Roberts would use in a Ryan Murphy show, “I’m with the coffee girl, one second.”

The coffee girl.

My manager is in her thirties, and she wears a special black apron that says Coffee Master. It’d be difficult to mistake her as the “coffee girl,” unless of course you weren’t even paying attention.

Which she clearly wasn’t. Which tickled me all the more.

Working the support role at Starbucks…

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Missing that tune

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

I am waiting and wondering
Water doesn’t flow
Rain isn’t thundering
Play that tune again
my darling, my love
I wish I could hear it
one more time
Time is passing,
losing my prime
I wish I can take it all back
bad judgment, big mistake
almighty forgives, could you?

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The Maine Potato Incident

Pacific Paratrooper

USS O'Bannon USS O’Bannon

USS O’Bannon (DD-450) Eye Witness Account — Ernie Herr

On 5 April 1943, DesRon 21 was returning from a night of shelling Japanese shore installations deep in the
New Georgia area of the Solomon Islands. Our destroyer, the O’Bannon, as part of this force, picked up a
radar contact that turned out to be a large Japanese submarine cruising on the surface and apparently
unaware of our presence. The Japanese lookouts undoubtedly were fast asleep.

We approached rapidly and were preparing to ram the sub. Our captain and other officers on the bridge were              trying to identify the type of sub and decided, at the last minute, that it could be a mine layer. Not wanting to                  blow up ourselves along with the sub, the decision was made that ramming was not…

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8 hurricanes that almost packed the punch of Patricia

PenneyVanderbilt

Hurricane Patricia is now the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the eastern Pacific Ocean — and made landfall with 165 mph winds.

The storm is now rated a category 5, the highest on the Saffir–Simpson scale. Before landfall, it had sustained winds of 200 mph, and gusts of up to 250 mph. “This makes Patricia the strongest hurricane on record in the National Hurricane Center’s area of responsibility, which includes the Atlantic and the eastern North Pacific basins,” said the National Hurricane Center. Patricia currently has a minumum central air pressure of 880mb, the lowest air pressure ever recorded in that region. It had “weakened” to 160 mph late Friday, according to the hurricane center.

In fact, Patricia is so powerful, the name Hurricane Patricia may be retired.

US Air Force pilots from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron out of Mississippi experienced that power first-hand. They flew directly into Patricia. This storm is so powerful…

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With help from Penney Vanderbilt