When my brother and I were younger we did not get along. Not even a little bit. We were constantly bickering about pointless things. My brother is a bit of a hot head and does not take teasing well. This does not mesh well with my personality as I am constantly teasing the people I love. I would mercilessly pick on him. My brother never learned to take a tease and it led to many conflicts. To put it lightly we butted heads. After growing up this way almost as soon as I moved out of the house our relationship grew closer. Funny how that works.
One thing we we’re both interested in at different times in our lives was Legos. Some of the few times we got along really well were when we were playing with Legos. We would build castles and new sets together. I loved having a creative building buddy in the house as I was a Lego freak all my childhood. My brother enjoyed playing with them and my already large Legos. He was constantly trying to use the Lego figures I was partial to.
One of the times I came home a couple of years after I first moved out. I started working on a case for my raspberry pi built out of Legos. I had the Legos out in the living room and my brother and I spur of the moment started building this boat out of a couple different boats. We combined parts from three different boats to make a super boat. We got to a certain point that it could have been considered done. However we just didn't stop. I’m not sure who said it first but one of us said “We can make it better.” and continued to add more stuff to it. We added a jail to the boat, a treasure area, a mast with a cannon on top, and a steering wheel. You can see a picture of it below.
This went on for a while and made me realize that it is a vague metaphor for life. Changing it a little to “I can make it better” allows it to be applied infinitely to any situation. No matter what you do, you can always make it better. There is always something you can improve. It applies to your job, relationships, free time, and anything else you are involved in. After that exchange I have tried to live my life this way. I still sometimes say, “We can make it better” to my brother in random conversations as a sort of inside joke. He doesn’t know how meaningful it has become to me.
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Live images broadcast by the California aerospace company showed a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned X-37B drone lifting off at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
then landed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station less than 10 minutes later.
There were concerns SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, would be forced to postpone the launch as Hurricane Irma threatens to batter Florida.
But skies were clear Thursday and the company managed to complete the launch ahead of the expected weekend arrival of Irma, a powerful Category Five hurricane.
It was SpaceX's second mission for the Pentagon this year following a secret satellite launch in May and the private company's first launch of the X-37B.
Previous X-37B launches had been performed by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
The X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is one of two known craft of its type in the US Air Force's fleet and part of a classified program whose details are shrouded in secrecy.
A resuable shuttle, Thursday's launch is its fifth mission since its maiden flight in April 2010.
"The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B's performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads," the Air Force said in a statement.
"This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies."
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On its last mission, the solar-powered X-37B stayed in orbit for 718 days before returning to land on May 7 -- longer than any of its previous flights.
Some 29 feet long (nine meters) and 15 feet (4.5 meters) wide, it resembles the space shuttle, the last of which flew in July 2011.
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