SpaceX chooses Texas for its futuristic launch complex

spacex-2SpaceX has been launching rockets in Florida or California for quite some time, but Texas will likely see most of the action once the company finishes building its new spaceport in Cameron County. While SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hasn’t made an official announcement yet, a Florida official (who’s understandably disappointed by the development) confirmed that the Lone Star State has indeed landed the contract. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration already gave SpaceX its blessing to do 12 launches per year (mostly of its Falcon 9 and upcoming Falcon Heavy rockets) from the 56.5 acre site. Musk plans to make it the main launching site for space tourists and missions funded by companies and foreign governments in the future, while still sending NASA-funded rockets off to space from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Chinese meh-nufacture

Planner-Day-TimerThese are letter-size day planners. On the left is Day-Timer, on the right at the bottom is Cambridge by Mead. The similarity in cover design is because they’re both Acco Brands. Mead, Day-Timer, Day Runner and At-A-Glance used to be separate companies prior to the merge. It’s like this was just thrown together in a design app and plans spat out the back end for the factory. It’s kind of Chevy vs. GMC with these. The brand distinctiveness isn’t really there. Granted these are day planners at the Target/Walmart level. For about $19.95 you get a binder and a weekly/monthly insert covering July until December of the following year. It’s an affordable, entry-level system and a useful tool. There has been increased interest in the past 10yrs or so, since school systems started requiring the kids to have day planners. It would have been nice to learn prioritization back then. I suspect parents are buying these since their kids have to have a smaller one.

If you want to spend a few extra quid and see differences in brands, I can take you to one of the OfficeShack stores where we can burn easily through an entire paycheck. You’ll come out of there leather bound with a year’s worth of 2pg/day Planner-Cambridgepaper, an accessory pack and a nice pen to write in it. The cost for an upper-tier planning system is about $100-150 depending on the binder. Refills run about $40 for 2pg per day.

I see a lot more app use nowadays. The PDA which gave way to the smartphone now has people making calendar entries instead of writing notes.

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