February 19, 2013 |
In what could be called a three-hour space oddity , the International Space Station lost communication with NASA's ground control in Houston on Tuesday while the station updated its software. Its astronauts, two Americans, three Russians and a Canadian, were left sitting in a tin can far above the world, and there was nothing they could do. Luckily, the spaceship knew which way to go. Thanks to its quick, 90-minute orbit around the Earth, the crew members were able to occasionally check in with engineers on the ground as they passed over Russia and got directions on how to fix the problem.
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May 4, 1986
Military public relations has advanced remarkably since Douglas McArthur discovered what a little newsprint and film could do. Wednesday, April 23, the Marines at Tustin's air station mounted a unique frontal assault. In face-to-face communication with the community, the Marines demonstrated that the explosive situations they're capable of defusing aren't only in combat zones. They can definitely hold their ground in their own neighborhood. With their second "flight operations seminar," Col. David McEvoy and staff demonstrated that eyeball-to-eyeball communication improves relations with citizens unnerved by the noise of helicopter operations.
September 29, 2011 |
"Only connect," E.M. Forster advised. He had no idea. I once worked for a company so wired that the boss told me, "The real test of a relationship is how quickly you can get out of bed after making love to check your email. " That was a decade ago. Now almost everyone I know is armed with an iPhone or a BlackBerry, and the better question is whether you'd interrupt sex to read a tweet or respond to a text message. My bet: Most would. Indeed, as I watch people madly pecking on tiny keyboards or announcing their locations as if they're human GPS devices, there's really nothing people won't interrupt in order to connect with … well, just about anybody.
June 12, 2012 |
A late-night comment by Albert Pujols in the wake of a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Monday shed some light on one of the problems that plagued the Angels during their dismal April and that may have contributed to the dismissal of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May. “One thing we've been doing over the last two months is we're really communicating well - that's something we weren't doing,” Pujols said after the Angels improved to a...
June 29, 1997
Fine articles like that of Miles Corwin on the Loved Ones of Homicide Victims group ("For the Longest Time I Just Wanted to Die," May 18) can help open the lines of communication and humanity among all of the L.A. area's communities so we can reach over the boundaries that have separated us for much too long. I'm sure I was not the only person deeply touched by this heart-wrenching story. Can you tell us where we can send donations to the Loved Ones or to Virginia Davis so that she can buy a headstone for her son?
December 4, 2010
The quirk factor Re "A husk of its former self," Column One, Dec. 1 I find it so sad that roadside attractions such as the Corn Palace in South Dakota are battling for their survival. Speaking as a foreigner, I must say that these quirky attractions are part of what makes the United States appealing to the rest of the world. The U.S. has had a long history of tolerating and even embracing the eccentric. These imaginative places should not be allowed to vanish, as already far too many have.