October 23rd, 2003

Yue grim

Well FIX the Thing! Sheesh!

Washington Post:
Space Station Mission Opposed
Despite Safety Concerns of Some Experts, NASA Decided to Send New Crew


It boils down to: the International Space Station hasn't been properly maintained since the grounding of the shuttles; a lot of the internal life support monitors aren't working, stuff is breaking down, and so on. Some mid-level analysts are basically saying, "this isn't safe, we should abort," and the people above them are replying, "pfft, everything will be fine, and if we don't keep sending people up, things will just get worse." The net result is that the teams that are going up are doing minimal amounts of science, and actually spending most of their time jury-rigging fixes.

Is it my imagination, or isn't "pfft, everything will be fine" the attitude that ended up grounding the shuttles in the first place? Instead of wasting time and money (not to mention risking lives) sending up half-@ssed science missions, wouldn't it be better to send up a couple of missions that have the sole objective of getting everything fixed?

C'mon, people, PLEASE don't screw this up!

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    Houston, we are a problem
Drezzer cool

The Cheese That Goes Crunch

Normally I'm cooler than the other side of your pillow, until I see-those Chee-Tos! Then I get loopholes in my scruples, and my cool turns to drool. I think my calm and serene just up and split the scene 'cause I just got a crazy craving for that dangerously CHEESY snack!

-The Gneech, can you dig it?
  • Current Music
    Dave Brubeck -- "Take Five"
beachy

A Bit Pessimistic, But Worth Thinking About...

As Concorde Goes, So Do We
Have We Humans Peaked as a Species?


The Concorde is being retired, without anything that could be considered a successor. This particular article seems to take that as a watershed event, along with things like no more trips to the moon and the fact that most men no longer wear suits and hats, as evidence that humanity has topped out and is now beginning to slide into some sort of miasma.

I think that's a bit of an extreme reaction, sort of like the famous prediction of "the end of history." It is possible that we've hit a plateau -- but it's like the economy, and investors who treat anything that's not a boom, as a bust. The past 150-200 years have been a major 'growth spurt' on the part of humanity, and who knows, maybe we just need to catch our collective breath before another wave of the best and brightest come along. People are working on hotels in space -- how cool is THAT?

I am also reminded of a prior generation's version of the Concorde -- namely, the Pacific Clipper. This plane, the Orient Express of the Air so to speak, was the symbol of class, luxury, and aeronautic excellence from 1931-1946 -- only 15 years -- and no doubt when it ended, people were saddened by the end of an era.

Little did they know, the Concorde was on the way!

And how little do we know, what's just around the corner for us!

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    The Art of Noise -- "Robinson Crusoe"