What's in a name? - IDU Curiosity

HI! You may have noticed IDU has had a slight name change. What was once IDU: I Don't Understand is now IDU Curiosity.

The reasons for this are few and simple. "I Don't Understand" is a terrible, terrible phrase to search for online. Google pretty much ignores it, and there are a million videos on YouTube with "I don't understand" as the title, which completely drown any search results for the term. This makes it really hard for anyone to find IDU videos on YouTube. And that's not a great outcome for an online project that takes a lot of time and effort to produce.

So, instead of "IDU: I Don't Understand", we now have "IDU Curiosity", which is unique enough to allow visitors to find it in a YouTube search, and eventually google.

It's also a far more positive title than "I Don't Understand". I chose "I Don't Understand" because from an educational and discovery perspective, "I don't understand" is one of the most powerful phrases you can ever say, because it can lead to experimentation, learning, understanding. Acknowledging ignorance is an important step towards discovering how the world works. However, in the context of presenting information to an audience, it's not necessarily an ideal name. So, now, IDU Curiosity retains the IDU theme and branding, but gains the word "Curiosity", a far more fitting descriptor of the kinds of videos I make, and will continue to make in future.

I hope everyone understands, and I hope no-one is confused by the change. 

Extras: A Space Shuttle, But Not

In July of 2017, we were lucky enough to spend some time in the United States, thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the Parker family. As a result, we got to visit awesome places like the Kennedy Space Center, the US Space and Rocket Center, and the National Air and Space Museum, all of which share the responsibility of being custodians to a full-sized (and in two out of three cases, flown) space shuttle orbiter. 

The US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is home to Pathfinder. You can watch Pathfinder's story here:

Here are some bonus photos from Huntsville, Cape Canaveral and Washington D.C.:

 I found a space shuttle -- Pathfinder at the USS&RC.

I found a space shuttle -- Pathfinder at the USS&RC.

 Pathfinder mounted atop MPTA-ET and two filament-wound solid rocket boosters.

Pathfinder mounted atop MPTA-ET and two filament-wound solid rocket boosters.

 Getting photo-bombed at Pathfinder.

Getting photo-bombed at Pathfinder.

 The orbiter.

The orbiter.

 The south end of a north-bound Pathfinder.

The south end of a north-bound Pathfinder.

 The Saturn V rocket re-creation at Huntsville. Don't worry, there's a real one, too.

The Saturn V rocket re-creation at Huntsville. Don't worry, there's a real one, too.

 No parking. Unless you're a space shuttle.

No parking. Unless you're a space shuttle.

 Entrance to the USS&RC, with signage for two key exhibits: Pathfinder and the Saturn V.

Entrance to the USS&RC, with signage for two key exhibits: Pathfinder and the Saturn V.

 The Saturn V in Huntsville. Fun fact: It was 117°F the day we visited. Fun, fun.

The Saturn V in Huntsville. Fun fact: It was 117°F the day we visited. Fun, fun.

 The Apollo 16 Command Module.

The Apollo 16 Command Module.

 I, too, like rockets.

I, too, like rockets.

 A Saturn I-B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Saturn I-B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 I approve.

I approve.

 I found JFK.

I found JFK.

 I also found Atlantis.

I also found Atlantis.

 Looking up Atlantis's skirt.

Looking up Atlantis's skirt.

 Here's Discovery, OV-103, at the Udvar-Hazy Complex of the Smithsonian Institute, near Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport.

Here's Discovery, OV-103, at the Udvar-Hazy Complex of the Smithsonian Institute, near Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport.

 While I didn't get to visit the shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 (which is on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York), I did get to see the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, which is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

While I didn't get to visit the shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 (which is on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York), I did get to see the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, which is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

 Discovery.

Discovery.

 I also found an A-12. In fact, I found many A-12s, SR-71s and variations thereof. These things are  everywhere .

I also found an A-12. In fact, I found many A-12s, SR-71s and variations thereof. These things are everywhere.

Stay tuned for more videos relating to stuff we saw. There was much to see.

Extras: Unboxing the Past

The Australian Opal Centre has an amazing collection of opalised fossils (among many, many other things). In Unboxing the Past, Dr. Elizabeth Smith uncrates a collection of pieces donated to the Centre and demonstrates the amazing diversity of prehistoric life that existed in the area surrounding Lightning Ridge 110 million years ago.

Here are a few extra photos from behind the scenes:

 Dr. Smith prepares to discuss the contents of the plastic crate.

Dr. Smith prepares to discuss the contents of the plastic crate.

 Demonstrating the catalogue listing the items in the box.

Demonstrating the catalogue listing the items in the box.

 Examining the spectacularly beautiful turtle fossils.

Examining the spectacularly beautiful turtle fossils.

 And the incredible lungfish toothplate.

And the incredible lungfish toothplate.

 Dino tooth.

Dino tooth.

 Incredible lungfish toothplate.

Incredible lungfish toothplate.

 The most spectacular turtle fossils on the planet.

The most spectacular turtle fossils on the planet.

 More incredible turtle pieces.

More incredible turtle pieces.