Would you volunteer to die on mars?

If you had the opportunity to travel to a planet 140 million miles away from earth and uninhabited by any other human or known animal life, would you take it? You will travel through space for 7-8 months in a small capsule before arriving on Mars. Once there, you will need to readjust to gravity and complete the setup of the life-sustaining units that you will now call home. The only catch is that this trip is a one-way ticket, once you leaveĀ on the Mars Transit Trajectory, there is no going back. You will have to say goodbye to all of your family and friends as the only video call from Mars will have a seven minute delay one way.

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Oral Presentations: How They Make Me Crazy

1600 Potatoes: 1 Potato = 1 Audience Member

1600 Potatoes: 1 Potato = 1 Audience Member

I generally hate presenting anything to anyone. So, I wrote and read a poem with two friends in front of 1600 highly expectant people during a very important ceremony (hence the 1600 potatoes above which I now realize is a terrible metaphor). Those are two sentences that definitely go together…

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