Back to the Moon

DragonCon is enormous. If you haven't been there, you have no idea how big it is. But, over in the Hilton, is a small (but overstuffed) set of conference rooms that host the "Reality Tracks." These tracks are for a different kind of fan… those who want to build science fiction, not just read about it. … [Read more...]

Spaceport Camden Legislation

Last Monday, I attended a hearing at the Capitol on House Bill 734, the Georgia Space Flight Act. This legislation is being led by representatives from southeastern Georgia, the proposed site of Spaceport Camden. (You can read more about the spaceport at … [Read more...]

These Candidates Need Jobs!

Based on last night's debates, here's what I'd like to see each of the 17 GOP candidates doing two years from now: (in alphabetical order) Jeb Bush - Secretary of Education Ben Carson - Surgeon General Chris Christie - Secretary of Labor Ted Cruz - Senate majority leader Carly Fiorina - Vice President of the United States Jim Gilmore - … [Read more...]

My Talks at Dragon Con 2014

My annual post in response to the people asking me "What are you talking about at Dragon Con this year?" … [Read more...]

Cakes Baked at Gunpoint

I don't often do unabashedly political blog posts. If you're looking for the latest in my "indefatigable" posts about the Atlanta startup community... come back next time. … [Read more...]

I Made Drudge!

So, yesterday I read a news story about a Tampa woman jailed for feeding bears. (She's an idiot. But there are ways of dealing with idiots that don't involve throwing 81-year-old women into jail without bond. Somebody in the chain of events should have found one of those ways.) … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on (co)lab

On Sunday and Monday, Leadership Atlanta hosted the first (co)lab event... pitched as a "Collaborative Leadership Summit" that would help Atlanta connect, communicate, and collaborate on issues vital to Atlanta. It was a very well-produced event, with extraordinary speakers. If you weren't there, I recommend you peruse the Twitter stream (hashtag … [Read more...]

Against Going to War with Iraq (2002)

Lots of discussion on Twitter and Facebook about the steady drumbeat of war, war, war against Syria. The Internet Wayback Machine has the text of a speech delivered on 2 October 2002 by an obscure Illinois State Senator named Barack Obama. I wish we had a President who could give a speech like this about Syria. … [Read more...]

Bitter Pill of Healthcare Costs

In its March 4th issue, TIME magazine published its "longest single piece ever published by a single writer": Steven Brill's article on healthcare costs. It's available free online, even if you don't subscribe (click here). I started reading it, then backed up to the beginning and started taking notes. Brill did a great job of reporting with this … [Read more...]

Prizes in Economic Development

Some of you know that I was one of the original backers of the X PRIZE that awarded $10 million to the first private team to build and launch a piloted spacecraft to 100 kilometers above the earth's surface, twice within two weeks. As far back as my undergraduate days at Georgia Tech, I wrote a paper on the British Crown's establishment of a … [Read more...]