Credit for header art

I had been thinking about what image or art to use for the @C blog header.  Since this blog is predominantly about humans and space that some graphic representing the two would be appropriate.  To get ideas I searched the web for space, space stations, humans in space, living in space, satellite, dogs in space,  and you get the idea.  I just could not find my feeling on the subject.

Then the Cassini mission caught my attention.  What wonderful images of the planet Saturn, the moons, and rings.  Sifting through the thousands of images I accidentally came across some poster art for the moons of Saturn.  The Titan poster caught my eye.  It shows people in boats riding the tides through the Throat of Kraken with Saturn in the background.  It was perfect!  The colors are fiery yet beautiful like a sunset.  There are people in boats that conveys the concept of visiting an off world location.  Also, that we all may not be in the same boat but we can get to the same destination.

I choose to focus on the top most area of the poster with the people and boats to use for the header.  For now, the header captures my mood.


Well, this seemed like a good idea.  How hard can it be to put down some ideas in a blog?  I have lots of ideas and it would seem thinking of ideas and writing about those thoughts would go together naturally.  Nope.

The way we think and how we write are very different.  Thinking is more like objects or images.  Writing about thoughts is more like trying to boil down the entire essence of a painting to a few sentences.  The object or image of the painting in our brain includes colors, smells, textures, the frame, “I’m hungry”, “My feet hurt”, “When does the gallery close?”, “Is that a pigeon?”, etc.  Basically, the entire thought which needs to be described in words needs a lot of sifting through to make sense.  In fact, the transcribed thought must make sense to other people not only the writer.  Which is why this whole blog thing is starting to seem much harder than I had anticipated.

I think the best place to start would be what I know the most about, me.  I am AC Crocker, a husband, a father, dog lover, scientist, engineer, omnivore, and human.  I am not lying when I say, I am married to Betty Crocker.  I am also the son of a preacher man.  My nearly six month old puppy finally learned to catch a flying disk.  As a scientist, I worked in many aspects of medical imaging specifically in oncology and cardiovascular research.  My engineering path is in software engineering currently focused in sustainable energy.  I love barbecue.  I am a human, always.

Which gets us to what I’m really interested in writing about, humans.  Humans are such a broad subject and quite frankly not everything about humans do I find interesting enough to write about.  What I do find fascinating is how humanity will move out to the stars.  Actually, that is pretty much what this blog will be about.  How do we humans start living among the stars?

I believe that to move out among the stars will not only be a technological paradigm shift but also how we humans think of ourselves in the universe.  There are some exciting new technologies I will explore and some not so new that could have new applications in space.  I will delve into how we humans have a tendency to not worry about very real dangers of extinction level events.  Or more appropriately, events that may not kill all the humans but will make getting a cup of coffee difficult.  Relocating humans to space should be a fairly interesting topic.

Now I would like to thank you.  Thank you for reading my first blog post on  I will be working on new posts and content as often as possible to share with you.  Thanks, may you find space.