10.31.2012

Bits and Pieces 5

The Missus cut her hand retreiving a toy from an air vent and got an infection something fierce, so I've been doing double duty of late, hence the dearth of posts. There've been a few interesting odds and ends worth pointing out this week, though ...

  1. Please let the Mayan calendar be correct and the world end in December ... according to an article in Forbes Magazine (LINK), Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and, already, "[a] new film is already in the works and slated for 2015 with plans to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years." A new trilogy. So much for Lucas' protestations that the six films would be it. This could either be really, really, bad, or surprisingly good. My comic book geek friends all say they did a good job on the Marvel adaptations. I've only seen a few and they were decent, but I never was that big into the superhero scene. I'm thinking that best case scenario, too much of a good thing is too much, and they'll ruin the franchise. Unless maybe they hire Timothy Zahn to do the screenplays ...


  2. Some more mainstream love for Warhammer 40,000, via the Family Circus comic (not a parody, this was the real clip run in papers across North America today):


    It also highlights one of the risks of Warhammer going into computer games ... now people think that it is a computer game, and that guys "into" WH40K are gamers. NO! Warhammer was a boardgame way before it went mainstream and we're geeks, thank you very much. Have to say that Dawn of War II is a pretty solid game though.
  3. Eric Anderson, of a company called "Space Adventures" has "absolutely no doubt ...that there will be a space hotel within the next ten years, in orbit around the Earth." Seems rather overly optimistic to me. Sure, I believe him when he says studies show 40% of people would like to visit space in their lifetime. I sure would. But I just don't see the resources being there and anyone other than the richest of the rich being able to afford it. After no meaningful advances in manned space flight in 50 years, great leaps allowing affordable space tourism in 10 seems a stretch.

1 comment:

Sophia's Favorite said...

I have described what Space Adventures is talking about as "the Scrooge McDuck method"—the assumption that the correct way to interact with a resource or location is to turn it into a tourist trap.

As for "no meaningful advances", there actually have been many. The facilities on the ISS are far more advanced than those on the Apollo missions or Skylab. Living in space now is easier, safer, and more comfortable, for longer periods of time.

Of course, that doesn't make space tourism any better of an idea—somehow I doubt there's much market for a trip that combines all the luxuries of a trip to Antarctica, a tour of Chernobyl, and a coach-class trans-Atlantic flight.

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