What Was It Like to Work at NASA During the Challenger and Columbia Disasters?
I witnessed both of these disasters live but in very different contexts.
For Challenger, I was not yet an astronaut. I was still an aerospace engineer, working in the mission planning and analysis division. We were devising ways for space shuttles to approach and dock with some of the new (and quite varied) space station configurations (Power Tower, Delta, SOC, etc.). I was seated in a meeting—discussing various aspects of how to safely approach and dock while using minimal fuel—on the sixth floor of NASA Johnson Space Center's Building 1, the administration and management building, on launch morning.
What Was It Like to Work at the Original Napster?
Answer by Ali Aydar, first nonfounding employee of Napster:
There were three distinct phases of Napster, and working there was different in each one.
Phase 1: Preinvestment from Hummer Winblad (before Q1 2000): At this point we were a small team, made up mostly of engineers. Our CEO was an energetic former venture capitalist named Eileen Richardson, who was primarily working on raising money. A successful money raise was predicated on growth of the service. At the time I joined in September 1999, there were only 40,000 registered users and only a few hundred connected simultaneously at any given time.
What Is It Like to Film Scandal?
How Do People on the Autism Spectrum Navigate Long-Term Relationships?
Answer by Marcus Geduld, former dateless nerd, now 20 years into a relationship:
In a relationship, both members must collaborate on coping.
It's true that I can't multitask. So, for instance, if I'm writing a Quora post, I can't listen to my wife at the same time. I'm either 100 percent absorbed in writing or 100 percent absorbed in listening. Half-listening is something I've never experienced and can't even imagine.
Why Do People Love Frasier?
Frasier is one of my all-time favorite TV comedies. It aired in 1993 as a spinoff fromCheers (another good show), but it is completely different from Cheers—almost incomparable. Kelsey Grammer's character Frasier is the longest-running (noncartoon) character in prime time.
How Difficult Is It to Make a Film About a Person Who Is Still Alive?
Answer by Anthony McCarten, producer and screenwriter, The Theory of Everything:
I would liken it to walking down the street and looking into the window of a house that’s illuminated. You see two people dancing, but you don’t know what music they’re dancing to. The process of script writing, whether it’s about real people or not, is about imaging what music they’re dancing to.
How Did The Hobbit’s Smaug Get His Weak Spot?
Answer by Thomas Snerdley:
I don't know exactly how Smaug got his weak spot. But I'm more than happy to speculate.
Tolkien faithfully continued the time-honored tradition of ancient European myth and legend in assigning his nearly invulnerable dragons with a single weak spot: “the underbelly.”
How Do Teachers Kill the Joy of Reading for Students?
Answer by Peter Kruger, high school English teacher:
Here are 10 easy steps for destroying all love of reading and instead instilling a lifelong hatred of otherwise amazing literature (even books the kids would enjoy reading on their own):
What Is It Like to Be an Egyptologist?
I have a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and have worked as registrar on an excavation at Abydos, photographed in closed tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and cataloged objects in the Egyptian department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.