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Mundane Musings April 24, 2011

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Excuse the delay in posting, this next book I’m (re-) reading is a handful. It’s an intense read and I can manage only a few pages at a time. It’s one of those that I like and appreciate more the second time around. (ought to be really good the third time…)

I went out this weekend and got a couple more books on my list, The Fountains of Paradise and Ender’s Game. Only 38 more to go. I also picked up something by an author that I like, Solis by A.A. Attanasio. I’ve read his Radix tetrad and a couple of others, including his interesting take on the Arthurian legend. My sole provider for books is Half-Price Books, they have several locations in the vicinity. Maybe I could get a sponsorship…. But I think some of these books are going to be virtually impossible to get there, I might have to turn to (gasp!) Amazon.

I’m looking forward to the new series Falling Skies. Anything with Spielberg’s name on it usually turns out to be excellent. On the subject of TV shows, I still kick myself everytime I think about Battlestar Galactica. I didn’t watch the show until the last five or so episodes, and thought to myself, “Hey, this show is pretty good. Too bad I missed it.” And I’m surprised that there haven’t been any reruns. I know, I know, I should go buy the DVD. But I’m not the DVD sort. I mean, I owned Serenity for three years before I finally got around to watching it, and then only because I saw bits and pieces of it on TV and remembered that I had it.

Meanwhile, mark the date of June 28 2011. It’s the scheduled liftoff of the final Space Shuttle mission, and what appears to be the end of America’s manned space program, almost fifty years to the day after it began. A dark day indeed. It fills me with great sadness that apparently very few people are interested in the almost limitless resources and opportunities that await mankind beyond Earth’s orbit. I find the “wheel in the sky” space station scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey to be somewhat prophetic, but for reasons of melancholy. We could have that today, and more, if only there was a will to make it happen. Too many people complain to their congressmen and senators about “all that money being wasted” on the space program, without stopping to think about all the benefits which that research and exploration has brought about. Let me here state for the record that the entire Moon program, Mercury through Apollo, cost 5¢ per citizen. If you’re here, you’re probably aware of at least some of these benefits, but I invite you to Google “space spinoffs” to find out even more of these things. The list is too extensive to go into here.

Sorry, I’m climbing down off my soapbox now.

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1. Neil Fein - May 8, 2011

If you’re up for having your heart broken a little bit more, have a look at this XKCD comic.

2. Jeff - May 8, 2011

Too true, Neil, too true.


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