I’ve always been a sci-fi person…spaceships, robots, planets, black holes…all that stuff has fascinated me since I was kid. While some kids were chasing dragons and wizards, I was shooting lasers and building space stations. I remember watching space shuttle launches on TV when I was little, a few times in elementary school. I even remember when the Challenger exploded, I was watching at home sitting in my TV chair. I don’t think I understood the gravity of that situation but I remember the event. Since then the space program has had some ups but a lot more downs. Space travel lost some of its luster and mystique…it wasn’t exciting anymore. I still paid attention to NASA and what was going on but shuttle launches ended up being like NASCAR races…you were just waiting for a spectacular crash, but that’s not something you want in space exploration.
But this week space travel got a HUGE shot in the arm when SpaceX completed their to-and-from mission into space. Shooting something into space and having it come back is nothing new, really, but this is difference because SpaceX is a private company that made their own rockets, own capsules and ran the whole thing themselves. We expect governments to be able to get into space, but a “small” private company? That’s cool…that’s exciting. Space travel is interesting again.
Yes, the future is finally here…privatized space travel. It makes me smile not just because there’s some excitement back in space exploration but because one of the common themes in science fiction is the privatization of the future. A lot of great, fun sci-fi movies predicted a future of privatized government. The Running Man, Robocop, Death Race…they all show a future where companies run jails, police and other institutions that were previously managed by the government. Not only does SpaceX open the door on new era of space travel but I think it could pave the way for more privatized government. I can’t say that I think privatized government is a good thing, but I can’t help but laugh if it starts to happen if only because science fiction has been saying we would end up that way for more than 30 years. Life imitating art.
I am a soda drinker. I probably drink my weight in soda every week (which probably makes my dentist very happy). And while I have a favorite, root beer, I’m open to just about any other soda there is to be had. Brown, clear, red, b lue…doesn’t matter…and that’s why the new fountain drink machines at Wendy’s are awesome. Continue reading →
I have a confession to make. I love shoes. You probably know me for my thoughts on video games, Hot Wheels, cartoons and other forms of entertainment, but I also long to have a collection of really awesome shoes. However, fortunately for me (and you) shoes are pretty expensive and thus prohibitive for me to constantly purchase. Frankly, I have enough frivolous expenses, so I’m happy that shoes are more or less out of reach…but that doesn’t stop me from wanting them.
This year’s vacation was back south, to Nashville this time, but the motivation wasn’t because we couldn’t find a better city to visit, it was toys. Nashville was home to a diecast car convention and I was excited to attend. I went ready buy more Hot Wheels and get the word out about Redline Derby…neither of which really happened. But Nashville was great. Continue reading →
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the announced Call of Duty Elite service, which is seemingly nothing more than a stat tracker, but as I analyze it more and think about what it’s doing, it made me realize that for many (most) games, the stats ARE the game. Continue reading →
I still have my original Nintendo and it still works. It’s more than 20 years at this point and has only required a single $10 repair. That’s about 50 cents a year in maintenance and that’s impressive. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my Xbox 360, of which soon I will be owning my third. Continue reading →
There are relatively few events in life that beg to ask “where were you?” The thing is, more often than not, I’m on the couch with my laptop when these historic events happen. It sounds sad but is it really? Continue reading →
When people ask what I do for a living, I usually say “web designer”. Unfortunately, after years of calling myself such a thing, it’s finally hit me that what people hear is not what I want them to hear…at least not entirely. Continue reading →
The one thing about a writing a blog is that you can easily go back and see all the crap you said. In most cases, this is a good and fun thing, but when it comes to new year resolutions, it’s not. A new year is coming next week and I can unfortunately see what I did and didn’t do in 2010, and what I (still) need to do in 2011. Continue reading →