I’m no fan of NASA’s flying space bus, but last night’s after hours takeoff was impossibly cool.

The launching pad was once a plain concrete slab. The heat of a launch is so intense, the cement was always ruined and had to be broken up and replaced each time. So some bright spark came up with the idea of launching from the center of a huge pool of water. The result is this ultra cool cloud of instant roiling steam. Double coolness after dark.

My source for that story is Some Guy At Work, so take it or leave it.

As if anyone needed more proof that Bill Gates is a complete dick, can you believe dude looked at his squintillions and decided he wanted to spend it on the 20th Century’s Sacred Venereal Disease? Was there ever a bigger waste of human capital than AIDS? And I mean research and prevention efforts, not the diseased people themselves. We don’t make holy martyrs out of people who catch themselves a dose of the clap, do we? No. We do not.

Think of it…he could’ve funded his own space program! It’s almost thirty forty years after the first moon landing, and we don’t yet have a permanent base on the mooon. That’s such a goddamned shame. He could’ve made it happen and named it after himself and gone to visit and had a permanent suite on the top floor and everything.

Rich people are so stupid. They’re like poor people, but with money.

Sunny in Providence this morning.



  1. Sarah D.
    Posted December 10, 2006 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    If we ever do colonize the moon, it will forever ruin the term “moonbat” and Looney”

    /yes, I wasted my formative years soaking up sci-fi..

  2. Posted December 15, 2006 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    The water dump on the pad has been going on since Apollo days. Back when my family owned the electroplating shop we chrome plated some pivots on MONSTROUS butterfly valves for NASA that were part of the pad flood mechanism.

    They shipped those things all the way from the cape to upstate NY to us.

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