That guy looks a bit slick to be a hipster. Earrings don't really have anything to do with being or not being a hipster, but that guy's shirt looks far too crisp, and his hair far too gelled and styled to fit the title. Hipsters are typically ruffled, scruffy, unstyled, and the stereotypical ones wear oversized horn rimmed glasses, ironic tshirts and disheveled scarves. Sorry, Adam,you're just not hipster material.
Sylvie, I am curious what you think of the story. He's not hip and he may not be a hipster.
Perhaps it's a generational thing but anyone that old with earings on is either trying to be hip, once was hip and trying to keep up with hipness or is really for his age a hipster.
But what really qualifies the guy for hipsterdom in my book is what he's doing. Anyone that can get a robot to land on some planet gazzilion of miles away is doggone hip as far as I am concerned.
Sorry Sylvie, I just remembered one more thing. The greatest hipster that ever lived was . . . . . drumroll please . . . Elvis Presley. He was never (ever) disheveled. His shirts were also crisply ironed and his hair . . . oh la la! The only thing he lacked was a Phd!
Bolaji, I'm not saying the guy isn't doing cool things, nor that he's not a rockstar in his, erm, space :) .... he's just not a hipster. The definition of a hipster to today's youth is not what this guy is.
He IS a very fascinating sounding guy, and seems to be doing some amazing things at NASA. I just want to make the point that if you tell a group of young people today that this guy is a hipster, they will raise an eyebrow.
It's used all the time... and I personally have used the word to describe people a lot. Most people my age in the tech space living in the California bay area can be described as "hipster". Do a google image search and you'll see for yourself.
In complete agreement with you on the whole "hipster" debate. I would say my 30 yr old cousin in the Echo Park section of LA is more of a hipster. Technically very savvy, entrepreneurial and business agile, who dresses the ruffled and unstyled way. I guess anyone who is media articulate with a tan and an earring at JPL will make the cut ;-)
I agree with this Sylvie Barak. To further this point, go to http://hipsterorhomeless.com/. It will show you the true hipsterdom.
And, I'm sorry but the whole hipster thing is taking away from the actual heart of this article. I think you might mean "Adam Steltzner, NASA's hippest rocket engineer."
Michaela, Glad you got the jist of the story. He's not a "hipster" but he's the "hippest" rocket engineer.
I agree. He's the "hippest" because he's doing really cool things. There are other hip guys with guitars, etc. but this guy is awesomely hip in the engineering community where they do really cool and hip stuff, like land a hunk of machine on some faraway planet.
Did I mention Steltzner is also a "rocker" with Elvis haircut who happens to have given up "sex" and rock-n-roll to get a Phd?
More to the point, JPL mission managers said Thursday that the Mars Science Laboratory remains on a "consistent and stable course" as it enters the realm of Mars. Therefore, they canceled a scheduled flight path correction maneuver.
So far, so good.
This is a good news! Wish all the best to the Sky Crane landing system team for a soft landing on 6th. Today, this has taken place on the front page of the major news papers in India...I thing the whole world will be witnessing this event on 6th making a mark in history.
"7 minutes of Terror" seems to be morphing into "as many as 8 hours" after landing until we get word from Mars. Between the relay satellites being pressed into service to do something new and the earth setting over the Mars horizon just after landing, there may be a delay in getting clear word. In any case, we will be waiting.
To the contrary, it took only minutes to receive the first "thumbnail" pictures from Curiosity on the surface via the Mars Odyssey satellite. A satellite maneuver just before the landing to realign Odyssey's antenna worked perfectly. Hell, the whole thing went like clockwork.
I was fortunately enough this morning to 'chance upon' the LIVE screening of the Mars landing, that of Curiosity that is!!! To see the guys at JPL voice out aloud how everything was going on with pin-point precision sooo many thousands of miles away: It just amazed me with how far we have progressed where we can plan things at such a distance and not miss a single detail in PERFECTION! :)
People who reinvent themselves are relatively rare. Those who achieve mission success for an orgnization that has come under much public scrutiny lately, are truly 'stellar'.
Question I'd have for Dr. Steltzner was how he managed to endure going back to school with kids at least a few years his junior. He had to have been in school a while to get a PhD.
It appears Steltzner was so supremely focused on engineering physics that he never noticed the age difference of his classmates.
Speaking of kids, he and his wife are expecting their second in about three weeks.
Oh well, I must be getting older...Even so, was it not James Dean who was known as a hipster. Myself, I would call this guy retro, in style. Something like an extra out of a happy days tv series. Anyways, hat off to the guy that can bring any of this or any science look 'cool' again and give engineering of any type, a boost. And just remember, it was a New Zealander who headed some of the JPL projects over 40 years ago during the Space Race.