Went out to Moffett field with ~20,000 other people this morning to see the Shuttle on its trip to LA. I never thought of myself as a NASA or space shuttle freak like some of my friends (+Iwan Axt and +Dan Wiesen) but it was emotional to see it. It's a weird mix of nostalgia, excitement, longing, and despair.
I wasn't quite one year old when we first left footprints on the Moon. The Shuttle was a mainstay in any science-oriented kid's life when I was young. Launches and missions were nearly commonplace by the time I was in High School. The Challenger exploded when I was a senior, as if to shake us out of our complacency. It reminded us (or at least me) that these were modern-day explorers and adventurers as much as they were scientists and engineers (and teachers).
The span of my life (plus just a bit more) has been the length of Man's time in space. Seeing the shuttle retired isn't necessarily sad, considering the age of its design. Seeing our space program constantly under threat does make me despair a bit. I see it as a harbinger of the death of futurism, of then end of believing in a "big, bright, beautiful tomorrow", or that we can't be the ones to bring a better future to fruition. I am weary of defeatism, irony, and nihilism.
I didn't know until I was out on the runway this morning that my feelings have crystallized in such a way. We need more FUTURE in our lives. We need more Curiosity rovers, more engineers with stars and mohawks on their heads, more exuberance, and more adventure.
Syfy's lineup today: Dinoshark, Sharktopus, Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus, Malibu Shark Attack, Shark Zone, Sand Sharks, 2-headed Shark Attack, Super Shark, Shark Swarm: Part One, AND Shark Swarm: Part Two
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At an art installation in Kiev, "there are five Sleeping Beauties total; each takes turns, sleeping on the raised white satin bed for two hours at a time. ... Participants sign a legally binding waiver which states that they will wed the Sleeping Beauty if she awakens to their kiss."
It turns out that her prince was a woman, to the surprise of both. They'll need to travel elsewhere to get married because the Ukraine doesn't allow same-sex marriage.
In Canadian-Ukranian artist Taras Polataiko’s exhibition Sleeping Beauty at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev, which continues until September 9, the artist positions himself as a postmodern fairytale mythmaker, a Brothers Grimm of the internet Age. The exhibition