April 13th, 2010

krazy koati

I'm zero to 60 light-years in the blink of an alien eye

Regarding Homesteading Space, by David Hitt, Owen Garriott, and Joe Kerwin:

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The book gives, among other things, the best feel for what-do-astronauts-do-all-day that I remember reading. And it is the leader of the pack of Skylab histories. I figure to rely on it for reference in future petty squabblings, for example.

Trivia: Fire burned down the Polo Grounds the night following 13 April 1911, Opening Day. One proposed solution for where the New York Giants were to play was to install lights in the Brooklyn Dodgers' Washington Park and play night games; the Giants instead shared the American League Highlanders' field. Source: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball, Frank Deford.

Currently Reading: The Space Station: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Editor Theodore R Simpson. 1985 publication about how awesomely awesome the awesome American Space Station is going to be and how it's going to change just everything. You could probably form a game of Space Enthusiast Bingo using quotes like ``endless frontier'', ``national pride'', ``microgravity biology research'', ``new materials science techniques'', ``failure of imagination'', ``possibility of life on Mars'', ``T minus the future and holding'', ``crossroads'', and Kennedy's Lunar Challenge Speech. Though it also throws in Reagan's space-station-in-a-decade challenge, and isn't that just adorable?