Archive for January, 2004

Fly Me to the Moon

January 29, 2004

Trust me. I’m still working on my “why we go to space” essay.
In the meantime, it looks like Transorbital will launch a mission to the moon later this year. Price: $2500 per gram. I wonder how many spots they will sell?
I like how Space.com frames this news in the context of President Bush’s call for renewed government activity on the moon.

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Asteroids

January 29, 2004

The guys at SFSignal found Neave games, where you can find a true-to-the-original version of Asteroids, right down to the cheesy sound effects.
Neave also has ports of Space Invaders, Pac Man, and Tetris. I love modern gaming technology, and enjoy the many hours I have devoted to beating Halo on my Xbox. But it sure is fun to revisit some of these classics from the past.

Truth is Fiction

January 29, 2004

Growing up in the Cold War, I remember when I first grokked the irony of the communist party’s propaganda rag being named “Truth.” I wonder what old Trotsky would think if he were alive today to see the mouthpiece of the most murderous regime in human history turned into a sad imitation of the National Enquirer: UFOs, dragons, Noah’s Ark, X-ray vision, and other apocryphal or mythical tales reported as fact.

. . . And Touched the Face of God

January 28, 2004

Rand Simberg remembers the Challenger and feels the passage of time. I was a senior in high school, sitting in Latin class 18 years ago when I learned of the Challenger explosion.
Rand also remembers the Columbia and Apollo 1 accidents in this article. And thanks to an article linked by Stephen Green, I now have an even more chilling mental picture of the final minutes of the Columbia astronauts’ lives.
I may be a contrarian about NASA and the politics and purposes of government-funded manned exploration of outer space, but that should never be taken as disrespect for the bravery of these astronauts.

. . . And Touched the Face of God

January 28, 2004

Rand Simberg remembers the Challenger and feels the passage of time. I was a senior in high school, sitting in Latin class 18 years ago when I learned of the Challenger explosion.
Rand also remembers the Columbia and Apollo 1 accidents in this article. And thanks to an article linked by Stephen Green, I now have an even more chilling mental picture of the final minutes of the Columbia astronauts’ lives.
I may be a contrarian about NASA and the politics and purposes of government-funded manned exploration of outer space, but that should never be taken as disrespect for the bravery of these astronauts.

Galadriel vs. Arwen

January 28, 2004

Tim Sandefur is crushing hard on Charlize Theron.
Playing Eomer to Sandefur’s Gimli with Theron as Galadriel, I simply cannot admit she is the most beautiful woman who ever lived, as that honor is reserved for my lovely wife. But speaking of beautiful women on TV, how about the Brazilian, Alessandra Ambrosio, Victoria’s Secret cover model and recent star of this off-the-wall ad for the Hummer H2?

“Oh No, Not Again.”

January 28, 2004

Eeeww. (hat tip: Drudge).
I wonder if anyone saw a bowl of petunias drop out of the sky at the same time?
Update: Picture here.
Another Update: More pictures here.

Kirk v. Spock

January 28, 2004

Check out the new Priceline commercials here.

What’s In Them Thar Hills?

January 28, 2004

Looking at this picture from the Martian surface makes me hope that Opportunity will scrape away some dust and see something like this.
Some more cool sites to see what you might find in limestone beds on Earth are here and here.

Age of Empire

January 28, 2004

Readers of Jerry Pournelle’s weblog know that he believes the USA is well on its way to becoming an empire.
One of his readers sent him a link to this article, which reviews a six-part series on BBC on the subject of American empire.
Even if there is disagreement about whether America actually is an empire, there is agreement that America doesn’t want to be an empire.
Read the whole thing.