Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Interestingly, Van Allen (of the Van Allen Belt fame) now questions human spaceflight:

Space Science Pioneer Van Allen Questions Human Spaceflight

The quick no-bullshit translation of this kind of crap is ALWAYS the same:

"Please spend more money on my kind of programs!"

I just sat in on a NASA talk about robotic exploration. Now, it's true that
a robotic probe can do a great flyby of a moon. But when it comes to
actual planetary science, the quote went:

"A robotic probe can do in an afternoon what a human geologist
can do in 45 seconds."

What really irritates me about the kind of evil we're encountering
in the anti-space-exploration movement is its upending of basic
human values. Your tax dollars, my tax dollars are going to fund
both space exploration and space science. But space science
is fundamentally USELESS unless it serves some human goal.

In other words, if we're not going to GO there, don't waste my
money futzing around taking PICTURES of there, because,
"at the end of the day", all you're trying to do is kill human
spaceflight so you can keep taking money from me to pay
for your comfortable academic chair.

Get a life.
-the Centaur


Thursday, July 22, 2004

Mmm... sweet reasoning eases the pain.

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher Hitchens


Sunday, July 11, 2004

What the hell? Visual Basic has gotten C++ style generics?

Visual Basic: Visual Basic 2005: Defining and Using Generics in Visual Basic 2005

Will wonders never cease? What's next, lambdas, continuations,
and currying? I'm almost scared to look. List comprehensions
I could handle, but if they go for APL-style array operations
I'm going to go have to have a little lie down for a while.



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