Virgin is that much closer to a full fledged commercial space flight having completed a successful test of their Space Ship Two. The craft remained in Earth’s atmosphere for this trip but success here assures we will soon hear news of Space Ship Two taking the big leap. Here is the press release with all the nasty details:
It’s becoming clear that as many Sci-Fi works have foretold, the private sector, commercial entities will lead the way in our forays into space. Immense sums of money and freedom from the fetters (read ethics) of government control will surely push the boundaries of what is possible in space travel.
You may remember that James Cameron invested in a venture to mine Asteroids on the heels of his film Avatar. It seems the loss of NASA has only emboldened the private sector. Things like the X-Prize set great wheels in motion. NASA seems to have definitely achieved the aim of firing our imaginations, if nothing else. Of course, there is much more they have achieved and we have learned from NASA missions. And when I see “we” of course I don’t mean “us”, just the collective scientific mind if you will.
It is really Launcher One that is the business here. The Launcher is key. What you launch into space is academic… to a point. You of course have to create a craft that is not only safe but somewhat comfortable since paying civilians are the payload instead of trained Astronauts. Not to mention that we’re talking about Virgin here, so it’s going to have some poshness. This is no doubt a bit more difficult than just shooting cargo into space.
At any rate, it would seem that Virgin Galactic could make a good deal of money just having passengers onboard Launcher One. I believe it soars high enough to get the average (wo)man that much closer to space than they could ever imagine and I’d hope at a much lower price tag.
As we say at dotunuk, “the future is now.”
It’s interesting but it’s going to take much more to impress me. Many an event film is ruined by poor plot, poor dialogue and poor… poorness. But Guillermo Del Toro has not let me down in any of his films so there is no reason to believe he will do so now. So, my excitement for this film continues. Can’t wait.
I am a moderate fan of Ursula K. Le Guin. This means I really like her work but have only read two of her books. This is more to do with opportunity than taste. The first book I read of hers was The Dispossessed. It was a reading assignment for a very awesome Sci-Fi Literature course I took in college in 2002. At first I wasn’t too excited at the prospect but once I cracked it open, I was hooked. Definitely a life changer for a writer and reader, in my opinion. The next suggested read of Le Guin’s was The Left Hand of Darkness which I never got around to until recently. I lost my entire library of books in my various transitions around the world and my great loss is apparently Edendale Branch Library’s gain. That’s a good thing. Anyway, the streets of New York offer among other things vendors with a great selection of old paperbacks at $2 – $5 bucks a pop. This particular vendor a few steps from the Union Square Subway station had Le Guin’s whole Bibliography. So I jumped at the chance to get my hands on The Left Hand of Darkness, and cracked it open on the ride home.
The most difficult thing about reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the names of people and places. I could riff on the multi-syllabic, consonant laden monstrosities but funnier people have done it before me. ”Left Hand” isn’t too bad but there were some words like, “Erhenrang” and “Orgoreyn” were difficult. Like a lot of great books, you spend the first few chapters somewhat confused. Some things I’m still not entirely sure of but as the story unfolds, you come quickly to a great “aha” moment. Like the “battery” conceit in The Matrix film, discovering just who and what the Protagonist, Genly Ai is fires you into the narrative and into a frenzy of page turning.
This girl has got some stamina… and moves. I could watch this all day.
Now what’s messin’ with that?
Here is a great interview of Suda 51 with Adam Sessler from X-Play fame. Just about all you need to know about this game is covered by the dude who made it up. Plus you get to see some of the awesomeness that is Killer is Dead. ROCK IT!
Killer is Dead looks to be slated for a Summer release. I can hardly contain myself in the waiting. Apparently we’ll be getting a series of trailers leading up to the release so I’ll be on the look out for them. For now, check this one, ROCK IT!
That’s right. If you were around dotunuki a few years ago… I mean, like mad years, then you may remember how I gushed over “It’s Blitz” the last outing for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Admittedly, I’m not into music news and gossip as I was at a younger age, so I’m not up on band break ups and all that kind of stuff. I came to hear that the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s had their problems, broke up, whatever. It’s really not news. The story is the same with bands. Especially awesome ones. Everyone gets tired of each other, everyone thinks they’re more responsible for success, whatever, choose your band beef. But you should also know… they’re gonna get back together for subsequent albums… that’s just how it goes. Of course, this depends on how many albums the band has put out. It’s kind of like a physics problem. Suffice to say, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s don’t have enough albums to call it quits legitimately, it’s just physics. Anyway, when it comes to them, I’m a sight unseen guy. I’m gonna buy it. I never buy preorders but the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s are the only group to make me bow to the pre-order. And I did, maybe you should too… Hell, maybe I should pick up a Rolling Stone or something… resubscribe to Nylon? NME?