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The Art of Community by Jono Bacon

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to, Community Council, Community Council mandate of, Community Council Mike Basinger's election to, Governance, Governance MOTU Developers, Developer requirements for, contrasted with Technical Board, Technical Board, Technical Board responsibilities of, Community Council, Community Council role of Mark Shuttleworth on, Mark Shuttleworth, Mark Shuttleworth seats on, Commercial sponsorship Ubuntu Core Developers, Developer Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), Reporting, Reporting, Organizing a Summit, Organizing a Summit, The Organizational Team, The Organizational Team, The Venue, The Venue, Meeting room requirements, Meeting room requirements, Location, Location, Facilities, Facilities, Assets, Assets, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Room Layout, Room Layout, Room Layout, The Timetable, Sessions, Scheduling, Scheduling, Scheduling, Scheduling assets, Assets, Assets infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure organizational team of, The Organizational Team, 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Untwisting the tail tone, Avoiding bikeshedding, Setting tone X X.commerce developer community, Carolyn Mellor, X.commerce, PayPal, and eBay, Carolyn Mellor, X.commerce, PayPal, and eBay X.org Foundation, Transparency xFree86 project, Transparency, Transparency Xiaojiang Huang, Foreword Xubuntu community, Baking in Openness, Baking in Openness Y YouTube, Videos, Videos, Mark Bussler, Classic Game Room Z Zazzle, Selling Zinsser, William, Don’t write like an institution About the Author Jono Bacon is an award-winning leading community manager, author and consultant.

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The Organizational Team remote participation in, Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Room Layout reporting at, Reporting, Reporting scheduling, Scheduling, Scheduling sponsorship of, Scheduling, Scheduling timetable of, The Timetable, Sessions venue of, The Venue, The Venue, Meeting room requirements, Meeting room requirements, Location, Location, Facilities, Facilities, Room Layout, Room Layout facilities, Facilities, Facilities location, Location, Location meeting room, Meeting room requirements, Meeting room requirements overview of, The Venue, The Venue room layout, Room Layout, Room Layout Ubuntu Forums Council (FC), Codifying Your Council, Codifying Your Council, Escalation Ubuntu Global Jam, Plugging your stats into graphs Ubuntu Local Community (LoCo), Observational Tests, Building a Set of Generals, Building a Set of Generals, Responsibilities, Team councils, Team councils Ubuntu Open Week, Date/time, Organizing Online Tutorials, Running a session Ubuntu Package Selection, Technical Board Ubuntu Packaging Policy, Technical Board Ubuntu Release Feature Goals, Technical Board Ubuntu Upstream Report, Getting to know the problem UDS, The Art of Community (see Ubuntu Developer Summit) unconferences, Organizing an Unconference, Event-specific notes updates, community, Providing Community Updates, Providing Community Updates, Staying Current, Staying Current usability testing, Observational Tests, Observational Tests, Observational Tests Ustream, Videos, Videos UTC (coordinated universal time), Date/time, Date/time V value, bringing to company/community, Hooks ’n’ Data, Privacy values, Building Your Communication Channels, Aspire to Inspire, Aspire to Inspire, Responsibilities effect of good communication on, Building Your Communication Channels governance based on, Aspire to Inspire, Aspire to Inspire, Responsibilities van Rossum, Guido, Dictatorial Charismatic Leadership Verduzco, Cristina, The Gates of Your Community, The Gates of Your Community version control, Source Control, Source Control video recording, at events, Infrastructure, Infrastructure videos, Videos, Videos, Videos, Videos about community, Videos, Videos creating buzz with, Videos, Videos violence, Lack of Justice, Lack of Justice viral marketing, Attracting Contributors, Attracting Contributors virtual worlds, Virtual worlds, Virtual worlds VoIP (Voice over IP), Voice over IP (VoIP), Voice over IP (VoIP) volunteers, The Art of Community (see contributers) W Walker, Dave, Social Media Walli, Stephen, Building Belonging into the Social Economy, Long versus short presentations WebKit, Enlightened Dictatorship, Enlightened Dictatorship website for this book, Building Our Own Community, Building Our Own Community website, community, Setting Up Your Base, Setting Up Your Base, Aims, Aims, Staying Current, Review, Staying Current, Staying Current, Staying Current, Building Conversation, Building Conversation, Building Conversation, Building Conversation, Building Conversation, Getting Online, Getting Online, Syndication, Syndication, Syndication, Syndication, Syndication, Syndication aims of, Aims, Aims commenting facilities on, Building Conversation, Building Conversation contributors to, Staying Current, Staying Current, Staying Current conversation on, Building Conversation, Building Conversation, Building Conversation importance of, Setting Up Your Base, Setting Up Your Base keeping current, Staying Current, Review RSS feeds from, Syndication, Syndication search engine optimization of, Syndication, Syndication setting up with blogging engine, Getting Online, Getting Online syndication of content from, Syndication, Syndication Whedon, Joss, Read-mostly communities, Read-mostly communities Wii (game system), Technique 2: Think outside the box Wikipedia, Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media wikis, Documenting Your Strategy, Documenting Your Strategy, Reporting publishing strategic plan on, Documenting Your Strategy, Documenting Your Strategy using for reporting, Reporting WineCamp, Organizing an Unconference, Organizing an Unconference Wink, Videos wit, Setting tone Wolfire Games, Richard Esguerra, Humble Indie Bundle, Richard Esguerra, Humble Indie Bundle word of mouth, building buzz with, Attracting Contributors WordPress, Getting Online Work item level, of projects, Tracking Projects work items, communication between teams about, Ensure that teams can communicate clearly and effectively Work unit level, of projects, Tracking Projects work, tracking, The Art of Community (see tracking) work/life balance, Work/Life Balance, Addiction workflow, The Art of Community, The Art of Community, Understanding Your Workflow, Understanding Your Workflow, Roles, Roles, Building a Simple Workflow, Building a Simple Workflow, An Example: Ubuntu Bug Workflow, Lessons learned, Bug Tracking, Bug triage, Source Control, Source Control, Collaborative Editing, Collaborative Editing, Building and Maintaining Transparency, Building and Maintaining Transparency, Regular Workflow Assessment, Regular Workflow Assessment, Gathering Structured Feedback, Gathering Structured Feedback, Building burndown charts into your workflow, Building burndown charts into your workflow, Building Family Values, Building Family Values (see also reporting) (see also tools) assessing, Regular Workflow Assessment, Regular Workflow Assessment bug tracking, Bug Tracking, Bug triage building, Building a Simple Workflow, Building a Simple Workflow building burndown charts into, Building burndown charts into your workflow, Building burndown charts into your workflow collaborative editing, Collaborative Editing, Collaborative Editing gathering feedback about, Gathering Structured Feedback, Gathering Structured Feedback identifying audience, Roles, Roles impact on sense of belonging, Building Family Values, Building Family Values overview, Understanding Your Workflow, Understanding Your Workflow source control, Source Control, Source Control transparency in, Building and Maintaining Transparency, Building and Maintaining Transparency Ubuntu bug example, An Example: Ubuntu Bug Workflow, Lessons learned write-centered communities, Write-centered communities, Write-centered communities writing, The Art of Community, Building a Mission Statement, Building a Mission Statement, Avoiding bikeshedding, Setting tone, The mechanics of writing, The mechanics of writing, The mechanics of writing, The mechanics of writing, Don’t write like an institution, Untwisting the tail, Inspiring your community, Inspiring your community, Inspired Words, Inspired Words (see also documentation) cultural differences in, The mechanics of writing, The mechanics of writing inspirational, Inspiring your community, Inspiring your community, Inspired Words, Inspired Words mechanics of, The mechanics of writing, The mechanics of writing mission statements, Building a Mission Statement, Building a Mission Statement simple, clear language, Don’t write like an institution, Untwisting the tail tone, Avoiding bikeshedding, Setting tone X X.commerce developer community, Carolyn Mellor, X.commerce, PayPal, and eBay, Carolyn Mellor, X.commerce, PayPal, and eBay X.org Foundation, Transparency xFree86 project, Transparency, Transparency Xiaojiang Huang, Foreword Xubuntu community, Baking in Openness, Baking in Openness Y YouTube, Videos, Videos, Mark Bussler, Classic Game Room Z Zazzle, Selling Zinsser, William, Don’t write like an institution About the Author Jono Bacon is an award-winning leading community manager, author and consultant.

Today, the Ubuntu community is broken into three approximate layers of governance, shown in Figure 10-1. Figure 10-1. The Ubuntu community has a number of different groups that govern it, all driven by community members. The community has been divided into four primary governing areas: Mark Shuttleworth As the founder and primary sponsor of Ubuntu, Mark is afforded the privilege of a tie breaking vote and of deciding what his employees at Canonical focus their work on. Although “Mark Shuttleworth” appears at the top of Figure 10-1, the Community Council and Technical Board do not report to him; this is purely to illustrate his tie-breaking privilege. Community Council This is the highest governing council in the community.


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The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation by Jono Bacon

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Today, the Ubuntu community is broken into three approximate layers of governance, shown in Figure 8-1. FIGURE 8-1. The governance structure of the Ubuntu community The community has been divided into four primary governing areas: Mark Shuttleworth As the founder and primary sponsor of Ubuntu, Mark is afforded the privilege of a tiebreaking vote and of deciding what his employees at Canonical focus their work on. Although Mark Shuttleworth appears at the top of Figure 8-1, the Community Council and Technical Board do not report to him, this is purely to illustrate his tie-breaking privilege. Community Council This is the highest governing council in the community.

Let’s now take each of these layers for a spin and explore how they fit together in the wider community. I will also kick each of these assessments off with the vital statistics of how that part of the community is structured. Mark Shuttleworth Reports to: No one Number of members: 1 Responsibilities: Special role on Community Council and Technical Board Mark Shuttleworth is the founder and primary sponsor of the Ubuntu project. He has poured millions of dollars of his own personal wealth into the project. In the wider community, Mark has two very distinctive privileges: • He can assign Canonical employees to work on specific projects, specific feature goals, and specific bugs. • He also has a tie-breaking vote on the Technical Board and Community Council, should it be required.

First and foremost I want to thank my incredible family: my wonderful and hugely encouraging wife, Erica; my Mum and Dad; Martin and Simon; Grandad; Joe; Sue; Adam; and Lindsay. Thanks also to my best pal Aq for bullying me into writing this book; to the horsemen Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro, and David Planella on my team at Canonical; Matt Zimmerman, Mark Shuttleworth, and the LugRadio Team (Adam, Chris, Ade, and Matt). I also want to express huge thanks to the many people who contributed stories and interview content that is featured in this book. Your contributions have added flesh to the bones and helped to illustrate the book so well. Thanks also to the many people who are featured in the book’s stories and examples; those experiences have taught me so much and allowed me to share this with my readers.

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig

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And the most successful in this class will be those that best leverage those norms by translating fidelity to the norms into hard work. Perhaps the most interesting recent example of this model is a company called Canonical Ltd., a commercial entity supporting another brand of GNU/Linux called Ubuntu Linux. Launched in 2004 by the entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu aims to become “the most widely used Linux system.” Its focus initially has been really really easy desktop distributions. (I’ve experimented with a number of Linux installations. This one was by far the easiest.) The company hopes that the ease and quality of its distribution (not to mention its price) will drive many more individual computer users to use Ubuntu Linux.

Likewise, though in differing degrees, with the other interviewees who appear throughout the book: Brian Behlendorf, Marc Brandon, Candice Breitz, Stewart Butterfield, Steve Chen, Gregg Gillis, Mark Hosier, Joi Ito, Mimi Ito, Don Joyce, Brewster Kahle, Heather Lawver, Declan McCullagh, Dave Marglin, Craig Newmark, Silvia Ochoa, Tim O’Reilly, Philip Rosedale, Mark Shuttleworth, Johan Söderberg, Victor Stone, Jimmy Wales, Jerry Yang, and Robert Young. I have learned a great deal from all of them, and I hope I have fairly evinced some of that understanding here. Three other interviewees spent a great deal of time teaching me material I didn’t get to use here. Dana Boyd generously shared her rich and extraordinarily interesting learning about youth and creativity.

Telephone interview with Robert Young, April 26, 2007. 6. Red Hat and VA Linux gave stock options to Torvalds. Wikipedia contributors, “Linus Torvalds,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, available at link #93 (Last visited July 31, 2007); Gary Rivlin, “Leader of the Free World,” Wired, November 2003, available at link #94. 7. All quotes from Mark Shuttleworth taken from an interview conducted March 19, 2007, by telephone. 8. Ted Rheingold, “Don’t Outsource Your Sales,” Dogster & Catster company Blogster, available at link #95 (last visited April 1, 2008). 9. All quotes from Internet venture capitalist Joichi Ito taken from an interview conducted January 23, 2007, by telephone. 10.


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Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight by Chris Dubbs, Emeline Paat-dahlstrom, Charles D. Walker

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Berlin Wall, call centre, desegregation, Donald Trump, Doomsday Book, Elon Musk, high net worth, Iridium satellite, iterative process, Jeff Bezos, Mark Shuttleworth, Mikhail Gorbachev, multiplanetary species, Norman Mailer, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, technoutopianism, V2 rocket, X Prize, young professional

"If there weren't people who are willing to step up to the plate and be willing to take the risk of spaceflight, and invest their own money, time, energy and capital to show that this is a market place, then the rest of us don't have a job. No investment would be flowing into the industry." One year after Tito's flight, when South African Mark Shuttleworth visited the iss, the criteria for civilian space flight participants were in place, and NASA welcomed with open arms his participation on the Soyuz TM 34 mission. The role of the participants had also begun to change. Unlike Tito, who spent most of his time in orbit viewing the Earth from his iss window and listening to opera, subsequent flyers would front load their flights with scientific experiments and activities to further distance themselves from the perceived image of the "joyride" tourist.

He would later share with the press the excitement of watching the plasma glow outside his window during reentry, and what an inaccurate euphemism it was to use the term "soft landing." Dennis Tito's notion that he could fill the role once envisioned for NASA's Citizen in Space was proving true for another space tourist. Mark Shuttleworth, and each private space traveler to follow, would find a unique way to capture something different from their space experience and share it with the millions who joined vicariously in their adventure. As the third private citizen to fly with SA, Greg Olsen's mettle and determination were tested above the rest.


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We-Think: Mass Innovation, Not Mass Production by Charles Leadbeater

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That is possible only if these communities are joined around a simple animating goal, if they develop legitimate ways to review and sort ideas and if they have the right kind of leadership. What they are not, ever, is egalitarian self-governing democracies. As an example, consider the open-source community that produces Ubuntu, a user-friendly version of Linux. Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu’s founder, is like a benevolent dictator and reserves some decisions for himself, such as the design of the Ubuntu website. The heart of the community, the technical board, meets online to set technical standards and to define what should be included in the different versions of the program.

They invite others to come forward with ideas rather than hogging the limelight themselves. Open leaders tend to come from and identify with the communities they lead: Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, still calls himself a customer-service rep. Even if they are benevolent dictators, like Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, they submit themselves to far more transparent and accountable decision-making. Leaders of mass collaborations, like Sydney Brenner, the architect of the worm project, attract collaborators to interesting questions, orchestrate creative conversations around those questions and embody the organisation’s values in how they behave.


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Python for Unix and Linux System Administration by Noah Gift, Jeremy M. Jones

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Amazon Web Services, bash_history, Bram Moolenaar, cloud computing, create, read, update, delete, database schema, Debian, distributed revision control, Firefox, Guido van Rossum, industrial robot, inventory management, job automation, Mark Shuttleworth, MVC pattern, skunkworks, web application

Here is a list of some of the projects using Python: Libvert, the virtualization API virtual machine manager A Python + PyGTK management application built with libvirt VirtInst A Python library for simplifying provisioning of guest VMs with libvirt Cobbler, which sets up fully automated network boot servers for PXE and virtualization Virt-Factory: web-based virtualization management with an application focus FUNC (Fedora Unified Network Controller) Ubuntu Administration Of all of the mainstream Linux distributions, you could say that Ubuntu is perhaps the one most enamored with Python. Part of this could be that Mark Shuttleworth, the founder, is a long-time Python hacker, going back to the early ’90s. One good source for Python packages on Ubuntu is Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/. Solaris Systems Administration From the late ’90s to the early 2000s Solaris was a preferred, “Big Iron” distribution of Unix.

Recently he has worked on Python development projects as diverse as writing an SNMP auto-discovery system, writing a Content Management System from scratch, creating a large scale Web 2.0/Social Networking Application in Django for Turner Studios, to writing IPhone applications that talk to Google App Engine. He is also involved in a new media journalism project, Spotlight on FOSS, that had a kickoff interview of Mark Shuttleworth. He is currently co-authoring a book on Google App Engine and writing a large Google App Engine Exercise and Nutrition Tracking Application. Most recently, he works as a Python programmer for Weta Digital in New Zealand, which has one of the world's largest render farms/super computer sites.


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With a Little Help by Cory Doctorow

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autonomous vehicles, big-box store, Burning Man, call centre, carbon footprint, death of newspapers, don't be evil, game design, Google Earth, high net worth, lifelogging, margin call, Mark Shuttleworth, offshore financial centre, packet switching, Ponzi scheme, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, sensible shoes, skunkworks, Skype, traffic fines, traveling salesman, Turing test, urban planning, Y2K

originally published in Starlight 3, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, editor (Tor, 2001) 14 "Visit the Sins," originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 1999 15 "Constitutional Crisis," produced for the Future of the Book Project, 2009 16 "Pester Power," originally published in Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, December 2008 17 "Chicken Little," written for Gateways, forthcoming from Tor Books, 2010 18 "Epoch," commissioned by Mark Shuttleworth for this volume 19 "I'm Only In It For the Money," written by Russell Galen for this volume 20 ~~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ With a Little Help, Cory Doctorow 21 A note about typos and other errors 22 Every book has typos. Every book.

Probably an inept spambot. 2954 But. 2955 Maybe it's BIGMAC, out there, in the wild, painfully reassembling himself on compromised 32-bit machines running his patchkit. 2956 Maybe. 2957 ~~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ 2958 Afterword: 2959 Mark Shuttleworth of the Ubuntu project and Canonical commissioned this story; I'd always planned on selling off one commission for this volume, thinking that $10,000 would probably be a good sum to grab some publicity when/if someone bought it. I mentioned it over lunch and Mark immediately said he'd buy it.


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50 Future Ideas You Really Need to Know by Richard Watson

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23andMe, 3D printing, access to a mobile phone, Albert Einstein, artificial general intelligence, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, BRICs, Buckminster Fuller, call centre, clean water, cloud computing, collaborative consumption, computer age, computer vision, crowdsourcing, dark matter, dematerialisation, digital Maoism, digital map, Elon Musk, energy security, failed state, future of work, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, germ theory of disease, happiness index / gross national happiness, hive mind, hydrogen economy, Internet of things, Jaron Lanier, life extension, Mark Shuttleworth, Marshall McLuhan, megacity, natural language processing, Network effects, new economy, oil shale / tar sands, pattern recognition, peak oil, personalized medicine, phenotype, precision agriculture, profit maximization, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, RFID, Richard Florida, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, self-driving car, semantic web, Skype, smart cities, smart meter, smart transportation, statistical model, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, Stewart Brand, strong AI, Stuxnet, supervolcano, telepresence, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Malthus, Turing test, urban decay, Vernor Vinge, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, web application, women in the workforce, working-age population, young professional

Who, just a few decades ago, would have thought that billionaires would one day be in a race to invade space? The first private passenger on board a rocket (a space tourist) was Dennis Tito, who paid around $10–20 million for a return ticket to the International Space Station via the Russian Space Agency. Others who’ve taken the trip on a Russian Soyuz rocket include Mark Shuttleworth, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi and Guy Laliberté. As you can see, space tourism is a bit of a man thing, but this may change. “It won’t be too long before bright young men and women set their eyes on careers in Earth orbit and say: ‘I want to work 200 kilometers from home—straight up!’” Arthur C.


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Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor, David Horsey

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WEIGHTLESS TOURISM Hummers on the streets of Manhattan. You might call them Saddam’s revenge. Or Ho-Hummers, if you compare them with yet another way to drop big bucks. In 2001, American Dennis Tito became the world’s first space tourist, for only $20 million. The next year, South African Mark Shuttleworth followed, for the same price.6 In June 2004 SpaceShipOne took off on its first flight, rising sixty-two miles above Earth and entering officially into space.7 Soon, seats will be available for as little as $100,000. If that sounds like a deal, you might want to stick a thermometer in your mouth right away.


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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith

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British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, cuban missile crisis, full employment, game design, Haight Ashbury, Jeff Bezos, Mark Shuttleworth, Mars Rover, Marshall McLuhan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Naomi Klein, Norman Mailer, nuclear winter, pensions crisis, Ronald Reagan, V2 rocket

Most delegates are either in the bar or on the beach, or chatting in the pleasant sun on the terrace, or attending more practical seminars, but here are Scott and other panelists, who include Eric Anderson of Space Adventures, sitting at a long table waiting to begin. The programme doesn’t mention it, but Anderson was partly responsible for getting the second proper space tourist, the South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth, up to the International Space Station on a Russian rocket. The same programme makes me smile by listing the Moonwalker in our midst as “David Scott, Astronaut (first Moon landing),” but now, with his ruddy complexion and white hair, astonishingly trim in dapper black suit worn with tasteful op art tie, he reminds me of the actor Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black.