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Special Update - Don't Force It

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A brief programming note and some words of wisdom that have served me well in life. Thanks for all the support and understanding. I’ll see you all in a couple weeks.

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NOTE: This transcript was made by me just copying and pasting the script that I read to make the podcast. I often tweak the phrasing on the fly and then forget to update the script, so this is not guaranteed to align perfectly with the episode audio, but it should be pretty close. Also, since these are really only intended to be read by myself, I might use some funky punctuation to help remind myself how I want a sentence to flow, so don’t look to these as a grammar reference. If you notice any egregious transcription errors or notes to myself that I neglected to remove, feel free to let me know and I’ll fix it.

Hello, and welcome to The Space Above Us. Special Update #2: Don’t Force It.

Uh oh, it’s a really short episode. That must mean something is up. Yeah, something’s up.

First, to answer what is likely your first question. What was Special Update #1? Well, I didn’t actually remember to say out loud at the time, but that’s how I categorize that pathetic-sounding appendicitis announcement I recorded from my hospital bed four years ago. Amazing how that’s been four years already.


I’m sure folks have noticed that the podcast has been a little more sporadic than usual over the last month or so. I’m never happy about that but it was just normal stuff. I had two back to back weddings, work entered a sort of crunch period, and I basically just had too much real life stuff going on to put the required hours into writing the episode scripts with the quality that you all deserve. This weekend we entered the realm of “not just normal stuff.”

So.. last night my Dad died. It had been a long time coming and to be blunt, there wasn’t much of him left in there. We had known this day was coming for years now. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few days it’s that there is quite a difference between “it’s coming” and “it’s here”.

It’s funny what life lessons stick and what don’t, and for whatever reason, one of the life lessons from Dad that became firmly lodged in my brain is “don’t force it”. Stop, think about it, do it right. Forcing it will probably only make it worse.

Which I guess is just my overly poetic way of saying that this next episode is going to go up when it goes up. Probably in a little over a week, but I’m not going to force it. I’m sure a lot of you are shaking your heads at the idea that my Dad died last night and I’m sitting over here thinking about podcast schedules even a little bit, but what can I say. I like routine. And this is a nice way to talk about him to folks who didn’t get the chance to meet him. I just wanted to let people know what was going on. We’ll all get to hear about Valery Ryumin’s big giant head soon enough.

So thank you for understanding, thank you for listening, and just generally thank you for making this project so much fun to work on. In the week to come, if you find yourself frustrated or stymied or stuck, remember my Dad’s advice. Don’t force it. You can do it.

Ad Astra, catch you on the next pass.