I just spent the weekend at Defcon 19, a hacking convention here in Las Vegas. Defcon, coupled with my experience at the STS-133 NASA Tweetup, gives me hope for the future.

People are creative. People are amazing. We build. We make. We create. We break things and build them up again.

Although we are living through some of the worst economic times in almost a century, I have hope for the future. This country has some amazing young people that will get this country back on the right track again. They will do this with sheer guts, determination, and home-brewed engineering skill.

We are going to be fine.