Archive for January 28th, 2004

. . . 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.

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. . . 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.