More grab bag…December 18, 2009
Well, not really. Just random stuff because I’ve not had time to do much. Final editing of TRS continues, off and on. The Michigan Enclave novel work continues. I’m writing more background and notes. Otherwise, it’s Christmas Time!
So on to the random stuff:
I recommend the book Kings of the High Frontier, by Victor Koman. (No dead tree version here.) It’s about ten years old and a little outdated, but not where it counts. NASA is, if anything, more screwed up now than it was then. We’ve had the Columbia accident as well as Challenger. The private launch initiatives are going on, slowly. Maybe what will finally make it happen is market pressure. We still need satellites, and the government won’t be able to do anything about it. They’re not really in the satellite-launching business now. Boeing can’t do it all, probably. Who knows how stable the Russian launch business is. The Europeans want to do it but I think they are still subsidizing things. Anyway, the book is pretty well done, although marred by a number of typos. It promotes a private human presence in space for all the right reasons, and Koman makes some pretty good arguments. It’s also a pretty good read. Check it out.
Time Magazine named Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Person of the Year. Right. But then, last year they picked Obama, so they apparently don’t know much. I heard Steve Jobs was in the running. He’s a better pick.
I’m not surprised by any of the deals that are being cut in the Senate so that the Demon-crats can pass something they can call a health care bill. Establishing term limits would fix 90% of what’s wrong with Congress, you know.
I heard Karl Rove on Hannity’s radio show last night talking about how many of the Demon-crats in the Senate might lose their seats in the 2010 elections because they are voting for the health care not-a-bill. It’s possible the Republicans – who have been far too timid in this Congress, in my view – could pick up 5-6 seats just due to the self-destruction of various Demon-crats. I think Joe Lieberman got Harry Reid to elect him Big Chief Super Dude or something in return for his support, with a shiny new Lexus promised as well. Maybe even a pony.
The Demon-crats are in such disarray over trying to pass this crazy health care thing that even our boy Al Franken got involved. Better watch out, Edward Muledeer! Don’t screw around with Big Chief Joe! (BTW, I googled al franken muledeer and got nothing…I know I’m remembering the skit correctly. It was a “Masterpiece Theater” kind of thing on SNL. AND I MENTIONED MULE DEER, SO WAY MORE HITS FOR THIS POST!!! YAY!)
My prediction: Avatar is going to be gorgeous to watch and very predictable in plot and characterization. It will still make a butt-load of money.
Posting here will be light until after Christmas. That’s the holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Redeemer of Man, for those of you who don’t know. It’s also a time for gift-giving and getting together with family, two things I will be attending to over the next week or so. For the rest of you, check out this book to find out more. What can you lose? Only eternal damnation.
Have a very Merry Christmas!