"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way." (Mark Twain)

I am that man who learns lessons the hard way.

"Buy the ticket, take the ride." (Hunter S. Thompson)

I believe in letting it all play out.  It's about being fluid and adapting.

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." (Albert Einstein)

Standing in a room, I would not stand out.  Sometimes it is better that way.  However, this is not say I am without interest.  Most of the time, it is the quiet and unassuming individuals that will surprise you.  I am one of those surprises.  

"I could have gone on flying through space forever."  (Yuri Gagarin)

I work at NASA and love all things space.  If given an opportunity, I would go and never return.  Yuri was the first human in outer space, and for him to say that, I think it encompasses the best of the human spirit.  If only we could all be so lucky... 

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.(T.S. Eliot)

Exploration is what has driven mankind since the dawn of time.  I am no different.  In fact, I believe exploration to be the "purest" form of living left in this universe.  To explore is truly difficult, but it is always worth it in the long run.  It is only through exploring that we can really know where we have come from, and where we can ultimately go. 

What the hell is going on in my profile picture?  I have gotten this question a few times...
-yes, that's a man in a yellow chicken suit in the foreground
-yes, that's a ski resort mountaintop
-yes, those are 2 guys flying by in wingsuits, buzzing the mountain top and spectators. 
-yes, it's pretty much one of the coolest pictures ever

What is the picture used for that little icon in the address bar? 
That is a picture of our sun, from the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft (SDO).  SDO was launched in February of this year, and this was one of the first images it returnedThe image is "a  full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are relatively cool (~60,000 K); blues and greens are hotter (> 1,000,000 K)."  High Resolution Image