Flu shot!

Flu shot week. If you follow the herd at the UMN and get one (free to staff and students) you also get a fun cow sticker and Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop. Luckily they still had purple left, as its the best one! How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop answer? Apparently 250+ according to the internet.

Drone World Expo, Day 2

Day Two of Drone World Expo was also filled with great talks on drones and security, drone in the insurance industry, drones in film and television, and drones in business. I also found the one booth selling books and bought a book on drones (haha what kind of book do you think I would buy at a drone conference). It was a very good conference, but it went by too quickly.

Talks attended:

10/4/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Drones in the Insurance Industry

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 2: Remote Identification for Unmanned Aircraft

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Aerial Artistry: Exceptional Film and Television

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Optimizing Drone Surveillance for Security and Business Uses

Drone World Expo

I am in San Jose to attend the 3rd annual Drone World Expo from October 3-4, 2017. The schedule was filled with too many fabulous talks (sad to have that problem at a conference) and the speakers were individuals that ranged from the FAA to AOPA to NASA to private industry to even a few people in academics.

It was an action packed first day and by the end of the night I was in information overload. There was a fantastic ‘Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables’ event and it was really fun to talk to some inspiring women doing amazing things in drones. Other great talks include talks on air traffic control and drones, security and drones, law enforcement and drones, and the news and drones. The Kratsios talk was the most disappointing talk of the whole expo, as he just kept repeating the party line and offered no relevant drone information.

Talks attended:

10/3/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The State of UTM: Policy and Air Traffic Management Updates from Around the Globe

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 1: Counter Measures for Unmanned Aircraft

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Drones and Law Enforcement: What’s Now and What’s Next?

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Industry Standards for Newsgathering

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Off to the Drone World Expo in San Jose, California.

The photos are of the flight over San Fransisco. I didn’t get any photos of San Jose. There were mountains. It was dry, but I did see some palm trees. The television in my hotel room knew my name! Weird.

Baby steps!

This week is the eight week mark for foot surgery. Today I was given the doctor’s ok to finally start to move from the surgical boot to the surgical shoe! One small step for Melissa, one…

The new kids on the block

You might not believe in global warming, but global warming believes in you.


Three hurricanes/tropical storms now in the Atlanta, from the left: Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Maria, and Tropical Storm Lee.



















From left: Tropical Storms Otis and Norma! I wonder if we will run out of names this year?

Goodbye Cassini

Every time we see Saturn in the night sky, we’ll remember. We’ll smile and we’ll want to go back. 13 amazing years exploring the planet with @CassiniSaturn #GrandFinale #GoodbyeCassini #Cassini. All images are from @NASA. The blue dot is us, so small and alone in the universe. The middle photograph is the last image Cassini took. The third and fourth photos just shows off the beautiful rings.