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Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 22:47

That's the kinda story I want to hear. Post it on Poe News please.. we need greybeards to tell us just how it felt for the world to watch a human step onto the Moon.

The fucking MOON. Jesus Christ. And in 1960-fucking-9 no less.. theres a lot of pointless LJ that will get laughed at, but I swear to God, describing what it was like to watch the moon landing with your family will NOT be laughed at, unless it's some real high class comedy.

Were you old enough to realize that they'd probably die? Or young enough to just be stunned by your family's awe? Holy crap make with the Apollo stories on P_N for all us young'uns.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 22:42

How could a flag unfurl in a vacuum? Obviously it has ripples, so it must be fake etc etc.. Youtube comments are unusually depressing here.

You can't beat stupid. That's like trying to outbark a dog. The great thing about science is that you don't have to believe in it, it is still there.

"No moon landing" kooks are great, because there's no way you can disbelieve that and not have several other severe forms of retardation. It's tough to believe, true, which is why it's so amazing. Any "moon hoax" site is no more than 2 clicks away from "PURITY OF ESSENCE".
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 22:34

He never GAVE that speech of course, but he had it handy, because he didn't expect them to make it back. Really, the odds were against them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/390634.stm

If they'd crashed, landed awkwardly, died, whatever.. he'd have gone before the world on live TV and delivered that speech. In private I'm sure he'd say "Those sons of bitches dying up there was the best thing to happen to the Presidency", but Nixon soberly delivering that speech would have been a moment that the whole world would remember forever. Maybe the greatest US presidential moment ever.

Heh, Neil and Buzz sure knew it was a possibility. In leaving the lander someone broke a crucial engine switch with their foot. When they were doing the final liftoff checkout, Buzz noticed that there was no knob left on a vital switch. He and Neil looked at each other, and exchanged a novel full of thoughts in one look.. then Buzz pulled apart a pen and used it as a replacement switch.. it worked fine. But he and Neil had that one moment where they thought.. nahh, astronauts are not trained to think about death, they're trained to solve problems. But they did both for a moment.

It says a lot that the most historic achievement in human exploration is not believed by many people, maybe even most. It's just that in-fucking-credible.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 21:53

Oh I'd have been totally on his side if he'd given that speech instead of "Lets all just not have sex for a while, for EVOLUTION."
Fox News Reports on Cyberbullies Targetting Young Girls.
05/30/08, 21:39

TITS OR GTFO PLZ KTHX
Water powered car
05/30/08, 21:37

Glasseye's last sentence is all you need to know.

The 3 Laws of Thermodynamics, abstractly simplified:

#1: You can't get ahead

#2: You can't break even

#3: See rules #1 and #2
Water powered car
05/30/08, 21:33

We went over this on Poe News. Smellvin is right. Any electrolysis engine would be more efficient by just using the electricity to drive the goddamn car. There are a few specific scenarios where off-site hydrogen production might have its uses.. but every step between "raw power" and "make the car go" is a loss of efficiency.

But the Gee Whiz factor will get you $billions in investments because people are pretty retarded, all in all.
Am I Being Detained?
05/30/08, 21:27

On second thought, fuck +3, that'd be 5 straight stars right there.
Am I Being Detained?
05/30/08, 21:27

I'd give it +3 stars if she had a thick rural Canadian accent, and went all Trailer Park Boys on his smart-ass.
Am I Being Detained?
05/30/08, 21:25

I dunno.. a rule of mine is that the difference between insanity and creativity is that the creative can act normal when the cops show up.

I'd like to think he's a hero, but he was just BEGGING for it. He was being an asshole. An asshole making a point is still an asshole. Would it have KILLED him to show her his ID? Was he detained? What did he prove besides "border patrol agents will respect your privacy and not taser you for being an incredibly obnoxious ass, which pretty much makes them useless"?

There's a lot of ways to show that this is a worthless show of pseudo-fascist govt. force, but I was cheering for him to get tasered, so this is not a good one.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 21:16

Psychosis doesn't count. Anyone can do that. Hell, I've been to other universes on DXM. Doing that kinda shit for REAL.. now that takes the kinda guts you can't fake or chemically induce.

Sorry you can't comprehend triumph. And good luck with that AIDS.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 21:01

ps. Nixon's speech, if they had died:

"These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding. They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man. In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind."

Imagining Nixon delivering this on TV just.. tears me up. Odds were in favor of that happening.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 20:58

I think they were willing to die. Nixon had a whole speech, in his pocket, to read if they died in the landing. It's a fucking tearjerker.

I think we lost that crazy edge.. NASA gets so little funding, and a 1% failure rate is terrifying.

Makes me think about some news article where Russia proposed a manned Mars mission that could be done now with the NASA budget. Their idea is to make it a 1-way mission, which trims off 90% of the cost and complexity. Cosmonauts and astronauts all say "Hell yeah I'd do it", but that's just unacceptable.

My Dad said that back in the 60s, you KNEW the astronauts by name. They were a select few, they were heroes, they risked their lives and sometimes died because that was their job. They lined up for 50/50 death missions. We don't have those anymore. It's expected to become safe and routine.. no "Col. Smith will get launched to Mars to die, because real explorers are that badass!" or "We'll put 10 people on the moon, we expect 5 to die, but the other 5 will be motherfucking colonists."

We don't NOT do this because the astronauts are unwilling. It's all the rest of us who are scared.
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 20:47

I hope they will. I'm not optimistic about us making it that far, but at least we have a fighting chance. This was the first step.

I don't think we'll be around much longer, but even if we aren't, we made it to another world. We stood upright on a world not our own. If we ever survive, ever spread.. it all started there. One small step, one giant leap.

I'd not give good odds on us going any further, but if we DO.. how great is it to be alive at the same time as people who walked on another world. I'm not as hopeful as you, but we share the same genuine sense of awe. May we travel further!
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 20:32

A long strange road from wielding a tree branch to bouncing gaily on the lunar surface, but at least we could tell the other animals on earth "Hey dudes, we finally did it. We made it off this rock. Terrestrial mammilian life has gone ON TOUR."
Apollo 11 landing
05/30/08, 20:18

How was this not here? Well, that's fixed now.

If humanity dies out and disappears, at least we made it off the planet. That's something.

I cannot imagine what it was like to watch this happen live. We'll never do anything like this again. We can land on Mars, colonize the solar system.. but unless we get a human to another star (we wont), we'll never have a moment like this again.

The flag was jury-rigged out of a telescoping car antenna. Officially there was to be no flag, because that would be insensitive. But NASA asked the astronauts to bring one as a "personal item", it's a cheap Made in China flag with a radio antenna from a junkyard to hold it out that one of the guys put together one evening. Probably Buzz.

Yeah, planting the US flag there was a bit of a dick move, but seriously.. if you want to go take it down, you're more than welcome. It's fair.. and it's not so much "USA we own the moon motherfuckers" as "Your pal the USA, that loveable superpower, was here.".
'Please Don't Touch'
05/30/08, 19:34

Well Hell, you can't find the original on PoeTV, it's there but even if you can find it it can't load the page. Shame, it was fierce.

So here they are again, like 30 years later, proving that old farts can still rock.
City Kids
05/30/08, 18:22

2 of these sweethearts would go on to join their mate Lemmy in forming a band called "Motörhead", but quit after the record label refused to release their debut album. So they re-joined the Fairies, and Lemmy got 2 other mates to re-record that album, and the rest is history.

Some good and heavy glam rock.
Barbara Anne
05/30/08, 18:10

He's your wicked Uncle Ernie
Amok Time
05/30/08, 16:54

Speakin' of which.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1RDwOUfSe4

Hate all you want, that film had its moments.

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