January 22nd, 2005

krazy koati

The spaceship is ready to chart the stars

I got a space toy. I don't know which. It's something from the (Japanese) Royal Museum of Science. The box shows all the toys in the line, but doesn't identify which is inside; the clerk said that's just something some Japanese toymakers do, trusting people will either buy a whole set or will buy and trade with friends.

Still, almost all the models are under-represented items. The possibilities are: Sputnik 1; Ranger 6-7-8-9; Gemini rendezvousing with Agena; Lunokhod 2; Saturn V just cleared the launch tower; astronaut just stepped off the Lunar Module landing leg; Apollo CSM-LM; and Viking Lander. I hope it's the Gemini-Agena (I have never seen an Agena toy outside of resin models), but it's hard to go wrong with any of them. Maybe the astronaut and LM leg is disappointing, but the rest look fun to play with.

I discovered on further cleaning I'd left a book out of my quixotic pile; please consider The Get Fuzzy Experience by Darby Conley to be in there somewhere. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Trivia: Lunar Module developers explored making select structural components of edible materials. Source: Chariots for Apollo, Charles R Pellegrino and Joshua Stoff.

Currently Reading: The Micro Millennium, Christopher Evans. A 1979 book about how computers will revolutionize everything, with considerable insight (``Would people really spend their money eagerly on a computer gadget which they didn't need? The answer is that they undoubtedly would, provided that the gadget was properly dressed up.'' He also notes IBM's dominance of the computer industry is likely to top out soon) and Asimovian clarity. I'd thought it would be funnier-in-hindsight than it's proving.