Moments — into the blue


Say what you will about Artificial Intelligence... the algorithms that YouTube uses are really impressive.

A case in point —

One of my sources for news is YouTube — it consists of watching cable news outlets and late night talk show hosts (no judging). As an added bonus the feed also seems to offer up random videos that more often than not catch my interest (as I said, the AI is impressive).

Last night was no exception.

After satisfying my thirst for the local and global "drama" of the day I noticed the musical video "Space Oddity" was waiting. Not only is it one of my favourite songs, I will also say I've always seen it as an anthem for taking on new challenges and stepping into the unknown.

Serendipity became the word of the evening as I thought of some of the things I have on the go.

I'm not able to interpret the genius of Bowie but will tell you his song ignites my imagination about heading into the blue, taking on new challenges, and overcoming any problem that may stand in my way. More importantly, it reminds me that it's important to have a soft place to land because even the most exciting adventures can tire a person out. What that soft place looks like... well... ultimately that is for you to decide.

And as a reminder — those hard landings really hurt.


Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, 
engines on
Check ignition
and may God's love be with you

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control
to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past
one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.