Enjoyed yesterday’s broadcast of the ultra-super-secret Zuma launch:
Beautiful launch. Perfect return.
We were never made privy to what the super-secret military satellite was, but I didn’t really care that much. I just love a good launch. Prefer the daytime ones when you can see lots more detail, but since this was a super-secret military launch I was watching on public internet streaming, I understood the discretion of launching at night so that nobody could miss it lighting up the night sky.
So, imagine my curiosity when I saw this headline this morning:
October 15, 1997. Cassini made a beautiful and perfect launch. I had just met my wife-to-be. I had no kids of my own.
January 14, 2005: Cassini drops Huygens probe on Titan. One of my all-time favoritest moments:
September 15, 2017: Cassini’s fuel has finally run out. It will take an intentional dive into the atmosphere of Saturn. Taking pics and measurements along the way, it will very doubtfully reach anything resembling a surface. Instead it will burn up and disintegrate along the way, just barely scraping the highest of Saturn’s mostly Hydrogen, incredibly windy atmosphere. I just celebrated my 16th anniversary, my son is fourteen years old.
The very simple solution is this:
These are very simply welder’s goggles. Get them now, they are getting more expensive every single day getting closer to August 21. August 22 I imagine they’ll be next to free.
Just for chucks and giggles, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite science fiction songs that I’ve redone. As usual, there’s no vocals. You have to sing them yourself. See how many you can actually remember ( or ever even knew ) the words to:
Ziggy Stardust – Alien “Invasion”
The Man Who Sold the World – Afterlife
Starman – Aliens
Space Oddity – Space Travel
Science Fiction, Double Feature – A song about sci-fi. Duh.
Saviour Machine – Artificial Intelligence
Rocket Man – Space Travel
Oh! You Pretty Things – Making movies about science fiction
Moonage Daydream – Possibly android sexual gratification
Memory of a Free Festival – Alien contact
Me, I disconnect from you – Androids
Little Neutrino – Physics
Life on Mars! – A song about a movie about going to Mars.
Down in the Park – Future visions
Cat People – Eternal Life
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Crafy – Alien Contact
Ashes to Ashes – Space Travel
Are Friends Electric? – Androids
Also Spach Zarathustra – AKA, theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Joy – Used extensively during the Apollo missions
Enjoy. And don’t forget, I only do these for fun.
Get the much better, sometimes much different, originals here:
Ever wonder when the Internet went bad? When ads started infiltrating every single aspect of your cruising experience? Are you like I am and remember a day when the internet was still a bastion of eggheads that ruled the planet via 600 baud dialups? Well, if you’re like me, you’re older than you think. That image in this post header set me back a little longer than I expected. What it is, you see, is the first documented banner ad.
Now, Hotwired still exists. You can visit them and thank them for what they, along with AT&T, brought forth. I’m not sure they ever contributed anything else to the Internet, but, that was probably more than enough. Now, what Hotwired did not bring to the Internet, but the people crediting Hotwired with cursing us with banner ads in October 1994 did, was give us good reasons for hyperlinks. Their address is:
The Hormone Hostage knows that there are days in the month when all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his life in his own hands. This is a handy guide that should be as common as a driver’s license in the wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant other.
What’s for dinner?
Can I help you with dinner?
Where would you like to go for dinner?
Here, have some chocolate.
Are you wearing that?
Wow, you sure look good in brown!
WOW! Look at you!
Here, have some chocolate
What are you so worked up about?
Could we be overreacting?
Here’s my paycheck.
Here, have some chocolate.
Should you be eating that?
You know, there are a lot of apples left.
Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
Here, have some chocolate.
What did you DO all day?
I hope you didn’t over-do it today.
I’ve always loved you in that robe!
Here, have some more chocolate.
This guide was sent to me by my wife. Trust me, it works.
Is this supposed to be a sequel? A prequel? A re-imagining? A remake? Or, a ripoff? I’m a sci-fi junkie, but I won’t be wasting my time with this. I didn’t even enjoy Capricorn One that much. But, it did the conspiracy theory justice.
So, this happened yesterday:
They’re calling that an “anomaly”. That folks, is complete failure. There was a $200,000,000 #Facebook satellite on that rocket. I’m sure the rocket itself was rather expensive as well.
We are still obviously not ready for manned missions.
Obama will be the first president to leave office without the ability to put a man in space since John F. Kennedy over fifty years ago. The decision to end the Shuttle program may have been made before he was elected, but he killed off the replacement plan with no plan B. Starting the private sector essentially from scratch AFTER ending the Shuttle program was stupid. Nothing else but stupid. Paying the Russians millions to get to a station we paid the heaviest burden of building was a stupid plan from the get-go. Putting a man in charge of NASA who thinks stroking young Muslims egos and promoting global warming propaganda is more important than actual space travel just showed the contempt Obama has had for science in general his entire presidency. The entire science community gladly jumping under the Obama bus is even more disappointing. They still see Republicans every time Obama cuts NASA’s funding. With this political climate, and the complete sell-out of the astronomy sector, we can’t even put a big satellite in space reliably. If Clinton gets elected, it’ll be my kids’ generation before they even have a chance to enjoy the thrill of watching a heavy-lifter sending a crew into space.
That was in response to my criticism of Charles Bolden announcing NASA needed to focus more on a destination for tourist travel. I thought that was a clear indication of his ineptitude given the fact that since 2011 we’ve had a destination with no ability whatsoever to get people there.