Yeah, and the TV phone that we've all been promised for 100 years.
It's always fun to see what the futurists predicted for 2000, compared
to the way it turned out. We were supposed to have those flying cars
and supersonic air travel and all kinds of other wonderful things.
The very thing that has probably been the most impacting for the masses
(PC's and the Web) wasn't seen coming at all!
I guess the fact that we're still just sending stuff up into orbit is
good, but it would be nice to see some new/better technology. It's
Well, we got the TV phone.......just a couple years late!
General conclusion- some ideas just don't account for the stubborn
limitations of physics and economics and others don't anticipate what's
still to be learned bout em.> Moving info ever faster has proven easier than
putting commuters in the air!
If theres any space exploration, it will be unmanned vehicles, or more
advanced "telescopes" more likely, due to same.
The way a lot fo people drive, do you really *want* commuters in the
air...? imagine the carnage, as crashed sircars hurtle earthward,
inevitably landing on dwellings and so on...
Personally, I'm irritated that I can't travel to a space station and tour
the moon and so on. "2001" was such a huge disappointment - no sffordable
space tours, no jobs on the moon, just a lot of paranoia...
Expanded horizons - but no will to go explore them.
Oh, yeah, and now, sinus/respiratory sufferers have to go through a lot of
rigamarole (and in some states, get prescriptions - don't ask me what
people do if they can't afford medical insurance and/or a prescription
plan) to be able to breathe.
Like, thanks a lot to the peabrained morons with their bleeping stupid
crystal meth, YEESH.
Watch that nauseum, next thing you know, some guano-brained f*** will
realize there's some way to make some hallucinogen or whatever from Pepto
Bismol. What'll be done about that nauseum *then*...?
Ah, you starry-eyed idealist ;) !
I used to expect that. Got older, downgraded to hoping for it. Got older,
downgraded again to wishing for it. Currently, older still, have given up
hope. Too many morons in the masses - and most especially, too many
*elective* morons, i.e., people who *chose*/*choose* to reject whatever
capacity their frontal lobes have in favor of following, stupidly sheep-
like, this or that peopson who stand up and hollers as to how he/she is
some omniscient authority figure. Life is easier when you can blame your
bad choices of someone else (or something else).
...using slide rules and a very few clunkey computers...gee, now just HOW
did they keep miles and kilometers apart?...oh that's right, science used
to use metric almost exclusively, not like the current "improvements"...
...and hands, and necks, and aching backs...
Find? Make. There is no place, except for the space one shapes by
oneself, for oneself.
I always liked the story I read a few years back about tourist in
Alaska......this couple drives into a gas station somewhere up in the
wilderness there.......while the husband is gassing up the land yacht, the
wife lets out little Fifee (some sort of rat dog...I forget which breed) to
do it's business at the edge of the parking lot. While the couple are
standing there, a bald eagle swooped down and took Fifee off for an
unexpected lunch date. :-)
The problem with Space Exploration is that on a litre for litre basis, there
is so little out there. "Hey, where you been these past fifty years?" "I was
exploring space." "Cool, what'd you find?" "Eighteen hydrogen atoms."
"The restless masses; yearning to see what lies beyond the next honking pile
I've saw a show on Discovery recently with the guy that developed that
thing. His design seems to still be struggling with the design a bit,
but it's got the "cool" factor down.
The one I posted has a much higher success rate, albiet with a much
shorter flight time. The downside is the landings are a bitch. ;-)
I often see talk about a space elevator to get out to orbit, using
nanotube cables. If this ever takes off the hardest part about space
travel (getting away from earth gravitational pull) would be taken care
of. Of course I have no idea how feasable these elevators are. So
would it be possible to get to the moon from a space station orbiting
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