…and for those who have questions concerning my “credentials”— I AM POSTING A NUMBER OF PROJECTS THAT I WORKED ON DURING MY TENURE AT NASA- GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER. I AM DOING THIS AS A WAY TO “ANSWER” THOSE WHO DOUBT AND/OR CLAIM THAT I AM LYING ABOUT MY WORK AND/OR THOSE WHO ARE JUST CURIOUS.
I will also include that I am a musician – since I also was the recipient of a TELLY AWARD for a piece of music that I composed, performed and produced for NASA Explorer Schools (which makes me “an award winning composer” haaaa- tickles me every-time I say that)
Here is a better quality video of the production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OhMF9jXPe8
And speaking of awards – several years ago I decided that I was completely disinterested in “accolades of men”, which lead to my decision to throw away ALL OF MY NASA AWARDS (except my little gold statue….) I also spent any and all of the “cash awards” that were included.
I have recently tried to start a series of “impromptu” teachings on musical improvisation:
I am posting a few of the many awards given for job performance and such. “Right click” on the images and select “save as” if you must see them in all their glory…(that was sarcasm, by the way)
I used to play country music for a living. The country guys always said I was “too rock-n-roll” and the rockers always said I was too country. So I attempted to get a gig for Donny and Marie ( I am kidding… but I digress) Here is another video of me sitting in with a rocking christian praise band called HOLY SMOKE:
Instead of trying to answer each question individually – as a way to save time (MINE) I am posting this information. It is not at all comprehensive – I am just including enough as to possibly satisfy any doubts about what I claim concerning my career.
Why would I even bother to do this?
Because the community of people who spend MANY MANY HOURS of effort to come to truth – want to be able to know that they can trust their sources. I do not “blame them” – I encourage them to continue in their personal searches for truth. TRUTH is priceless – and quite difficult to find in this age of GREAT DECEPTION(S).
I do have to admit – that I am taken aback ever so slightly, because it never occurs to me to lie about these things. I have for the majority of my life attempted to tell the truth in everything. I am not at all perfect in this, but truth always seems tome-to be easiest – Even the times that I might cause myself pain. One of my favorite scriptures states (paraphrasing) — “who can stand on God’s Holy hill?….. one that tells the truth even to his own hurt” (in Psalm 15)
Psalm 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the Lord
A Psalm of David.
15 Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
Psalm 24:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O God of Jacob.
This is for everyone that thinks that JUST BECAUSE I AM GREGARIOUS – that I MUST BE LYING — (God help us all) a few projects that I worked on during my 12 years tenure at NASA Goddard: Iterralde Crater Expedition: http://www.blueiceonline.com/blueweb/ice2002.html http://www.blueiceonline.com/blueweb/team_bios.html
The first time that I traveled to the NORTH POLE:
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/NorthPole/ A direct page to a TINY image that has my credit and pic – https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/NorthPole/northpole5.php
To be honest – I really don’t have much in the way of photos from McMurdo – because I was ticked off the entire time I was there. I didn’t want to go, but I was the only guy to do the job. I created the technology that we deployed.
I can understand that people would have doubts – even to the point of “flippancy” and being rude. We live in a terrible age of GREAT DECEPTION – so ALL OF US SHOULD QUESTION EVERYTHING. As the scriptures state: test all things to see if they be true.
Maybe I should have kept better records of my work over the years? When your life is full of such “over the top” experiences – I suppose you take them for granted. I have done things that most only dream of – I have been very blessed. I used to think that it was all for “resume fodder” – but not so much today. God had other plans for me.
Incidentally – Here is my resume:
I suppose that I would be called-out by my current employer (the State of South Carolina) if I were lying about my work experience – don’t ya think? I should add that I removed a bunch of experience AND salary information – because many in SC thought that I was overqualified when I was interviewing for jobs in SC. I’m just sayin…
I am also a published NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST – I am linking to several iterations of the column, most likely in PDF format:
There are MANY, MANY more. On many other subjects – I have been in IT since the beginning. Before there was any formal training and “certs” —
People have a tendency to question my intelligence – I get that. I like to kid around. I am the last person to take even myself- serious. IT IS ALL GLORY TO GOD! IN THE HIGHEST! The JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH! If it wasn’t for my wack-ado sense-o-humor – I’d go nuts. These are difficult times, at best.
Add to that -the profoundly dark, foreboding subject matter that God has called me to familiarize myself with – I have to laugh or else I’d cry. He has also blessed me with an innate, natural ability to “know” — I have no other explanation. Am I supposed to apologize for that? I did not make my mind. HE did! For a purpose. For a time “such as this”
By the way – I didn’t even interview for my job at NASA – they called me and took me to lunch and asked me how much money did I need to make. Yeah …. that happens everyday…
Here is a conversation where I give a testimony about that day
Goddard_View_V11_I3 This is a link to a PDF of the NASA publication – Goddard View – I am pictured second from right, back row.
I recently remembered that I could visit the WAYBACK MACHINE – the Internet archive effort @ web.archive.org and look up (now) defunct projects that I worked on 15-20 years ago.
The team I was an integral part of was called: “Special Projects Initiatives” (SPIOffice) – we had an effort that included many other smaller scale projects under the moniker of COOLSPACE – Communications Over Obscure Locations, Special Projects Advanced Communications Equipment. (How’s that for an acronym?)
COOLSPACE archive website: