I rarely if ever get really personal with you all. I have to share my current thoughts with someone before I explode. Sharing my story with the internet just seems easier than bothering my ma during such a rough time or waking up those I know.
My god-father (my ma’s youngest brother and in the white shirt in the image above) passed away this morning. It still sounds surreal to me. He was still so young and full of life.
The picture above was taken an hour or two before the most terrifying experience of my life. A little after this was taken we were all (along with my sister and ma) pulled out of that tiny car with all sorts of guns pointed on each one of us by guerrillas in Colombia. We were held hostage all night along with who ever was unlucky enough to be driving down the mountain we were on. I watched so many families and people just drop dead. At one point the Colombian army became involved and that’s when it turned into a mini war right in front of me. If it hadn’t been for my ma and god-father we wouldn’t have been one of the few that made it out alive.
I still can not believe it. Even looking at that photo and realizing I am now the only one still breathing in it is blowing my mind.
Thanks for the all the laughs, smiles, and chocolates you’d sneak for me when I was a kid. Rest in peace, padrino.
Jenyffer, I’m so sorry to hear about your godfather. And what an incredible lady you are to have come through something so traumatic and become such a positive, kind and strong person. I admire you so much. Thank you for sharing. <3
Lunar Lion is one of only eighteen remaining teams.
Lunar Lion is the only university team in the entire competition.
Even without context that all sounds cool, right? Right. So what’s the context?
Not heard of GLXP? It’s one of the Google XPRIZE Foundation’s challenges and in order to win a non-government team has to get to the moon by the end of 2015.
Lunar Lion hails from Penn State and is one of the eighteen remaining teams. It consists primarily of kids without degrees (undergraduates) with side of grad students. Ya know, all of those millennials who’ve been ragged on so hard by the mainstream media as of late.
With a spot reserved on a rocket and some thrusters test fired, Lunar Lion is well on its way to soaring to the moon. But the biggest challenge for the team remains: funding. Money is such a pesky thing.
And that, our dear fellow Tumblrers, is where we come in. \o/
On January 20th Lunar Lion kicked off its first crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub. The goal is monies. Lots of monies. Because getting to the moon is totes expensive. Russia, the USA, and now China are the only folks to have done this. (We hear ya. Like wut? Only three?!?)
So obvis, we’re asking for donations here! The min donation is $10 for a sparkling and fab digital membership. But, if you have the bigger bucks lying around, you could have your name engraved in gold on the lander!!
Agreed, little dudes. Agreed.
We understand that money doesn’t grow on trees. (Donate) But don’t you want to be a part of history? Don’t you want to be part of what could be our generation’s Apollo 11 moment?
The cheapest option by far is reblogging and posting. Basically getting the word out like we’re doing. (Donate)
Because STUDENTS are sending a lander to the MOON, which is pretty damn awesome. And you can help! :D
Morning Music! *makes you feel happy*
Hitrecord / Metaphorest - iterations
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'After' on hitRECord
My contribution to RLP #23 on hitRECord <3
For Marie Bee’s RECordographic project on hitRECord <3
Put some cog photography on hitRECord <3