An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth |

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into Hadfield’s years of training and space exploration. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

It was fascinating to read about the details of living in space. Hadfield manages to answer every conceivable question you might have about life aboard the ISS.  He even gives you some insight into what astronauts do when they are not flying around the earth at 7 kilometers a second. As it turns out they spend most of their time studying.

Tracing his ascent from dreamer, to fighter pilot, to commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield shares his story and friendly advice about life on this planet of ours. But the thing that really makes this book a worthwhile read is the hundreds of behind-the-scenes vignettes about life and training in zero-gravity.

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Currently Reading #3

Currently Reading #3 |

Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer.

Acts of Contrition is the latest book in the Star Trek Voyager reboot series. The series takes place after the finale of the show. This book sees Admiral Kathryn Janeway along with a fleet of ships back in the Delta Quadrant. Their mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

I will admit these books are not amazing works of literature. They are practically fanfiction, to be honest I’m not even sure if they are considered canon. But I love them anyway and this latest book ends in the mother of all cliffhangers. Call me a nerd all you want but I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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Chunky Shortbread Recipe

I love chunky shortbread however most of the stuff you get in the shops are thin “rounds”. So for the past month I’ve been looking for a really good chunky shortbread recipe. As it turns out, shortbread is really simple to make.

Chunky Shortbread Recipe |

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • 1 cup of butter.
  • 2 cups of plain flour.

1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas mark 2.

Chunky Shortbread Recipe |

2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Sift in the flour. Dough will be stiff.

Chunky Shortbread Recipe |

3. Press into a 9″ tin lined with baking parchment.
4. Prick the dough with a fork then press dents in with a knuckle.

Chunky Shortbread Recipe |

5. Bake until a pale golden brown on the edges, approximately 1 hour. If you think its getting too dark cover with tin foil.
6. Sprinkle sugar over the top. Cut into squares then leave to cool.


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Currently Reading #2

Currently Reading #2 |

The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.

I had a slight problem with The Rosie Effect. I won it in a Goodreads give-away and didn’t realise at first it was a sequel. I had originally planed on reading it without reading the first book, but I am so glad I didn’t. The Rosie Effect is a good book. But it does refer back to The Rosie Project quite a lot and I think readers could end up confused if they didn’t know what happened in the first book. But apart from that small problem I really enjoyed these books.

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Book Depository Links

On my unemployed post I mentioned that I was going to look into becoming an affiliate with the book depository. Well I did that and it turned out to be much easier than expected. So now I have a link which you can use to shop on the book depository.

I haven’t got everything worked out yet but I am probably going to have a link on my sidebar and possibly in any book related posts. So if you want you can use those links to buy yourself some books. The Bone Clocks is one I have been particularly enjoying just now.

The book depository will also leave a cookie on your browser so if you use the link but don’t want to immediately buy something, I will still get a commission if you go back within 30 days.

You would think after 5 years of computing I would be tired of making cookie jokes.

TL;DR. Use this link to buy books if you want to help support my blog.

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