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Jan. 28th, 2011

Never Forget

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the worst disasters in NASA history.  There have been others when we have lost several people, and even, ultimately, one where we lost people returning from orbit, but none of them touched us so deeply as that day.  That day, one of us was going into space.  That day, most of us watched as Crista McAuliff waved before getting on board the Challenger.  Teachers everywhere paused their classes so their students could watch.  This was a learning experience.

It turned out to be a very different learning experience than expected.  We learned to be scared.  We learned that Astronauts aren't safe.  That they can't be safe.  We learned that they are as mortal as we.

The nation pulled back after that.  Scared to make the same mistake again.  It took us three years to finally allow a new Shuttle to go up.  I remember sitting between college classes, listening as it did.  I remember crying because I was so relieved that this time, it made it.

We should never forget them.




The Shuttle is to space flight what Lindbergh was to commercial aviation.
— Arthur C. Clarke

Let's face it, space is a risky business. I always considered every launch a barely controlled explosion.
— Aaron Cohen, NASA administrator

This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. We've talked about it before and speculated about it, and it finally has occurred. We hoped we could push this day back forever.
— John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, regards the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger, the New York Times, 29 January 1986

All of a sudden, space isn't friendly. All of a sudden, it's a place where people can die. . . . Many more people are going to die. But we can't explore space if the requirement is that there be no casualties; we can't do anything if the requirement is that there be no casualties.
— Isaac Asimov

We have to stay here and there's a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu, Einstein, Morobuto, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars.
— Jeffrey Sinclair, Babylon 5

The dream is alive.
— John Young, after landing the first Space Shuttle STS-1 at Edwards Air Force Base, 14 April 1981

Mar. 22nd, 2010

[No Subject]

So, trying something new for a bit in an attempt to get myself to post more.  I have a bunch of different things I'd like to post about, but moving (a little) away from fandom.  Slightly more personal, but still doing my at-least-monthly fic and also doing more pic-spams and lists for people to enjoy as well.  I'd love to get back to my Seattle posts.  So wish me luck.  We'll see how this goes. :)

Plans for the week:
* Call temp agency to get back on the books, if they'll have me
* Possible Jaye Davidson picspam
* Start thinking about next month's D_D
* Read Foodie's second chapter
* Type up my grandmother's story of my grandfather's life and post to Genealogy blog

I've been trying to get my cooking mojo back.  I've never been a great cook, but I used to be okay at it.  Now I suck.  So I've tried a recipe that was quite good.  Very basic, and actually worked out quite well.  Still trying to get the hang of timing, but I think I'll get there.  Just need to get around to doing it.  Might try something this week, or I might wait until next week, but if I find good stuff, I'll definitely share it here.

Johnny Weir...Though I didn't talk about it here, I'm one of the many who fell for him shortly before/because of the Olympics.  I adore him, and I've loved seeing the Johnny-love all over my flist, though it was hard to watch the men's skating because he wasn't given a fair shake.  I don't know where this sudden urge for "Maleness" in men's skating came from, but it's obviously an attempt to rewrite history, because men's skating has always been a little swish.  And I love that Johnny went through all that with not only a smile, but he was fantastic.  Maybe not gold-calibur, but I think he did better than some of those who scored above him.  So in his honor, a Johnny quote--"Out of ugly, I think the most important thing to do in life is make something beautiful."
And a picture of Johnny on the ice with his beautiful pink tassel:


That's all for now.  See you all on the flip side. :)

Oct. 14th, 2008

In the news

I'm not the sort who normally does this kind of thing, but I just have to link to this case. A father and stepmother abused their two children, giving them only the minimum food and water they needed to survive. The girl is 14, but news reports say she's under five foot, and around 50 pounds.

My take, aside from pure disgust that things like this still happen? This is the kind of thing that will continue to happen until we live in a world where every child is precious. And while some people do see their children that way, there are far too many parents having too many children in a world filled with too many people and too many distractions. In a world where people are still being forced, whether by law or peer pressure or parent pressure to have children that they are in no way ready to have, you end up with children who are neglected, who then have more children that they can't handle.

Perhaps the situation isn't quite as one-to-one as that, but I can't help but believe it's a good part of the problem.

I'd much rather see a child abandoned at a church or hospital, where someone can take care of them, as happened last week (the mother was subsequently arrested for abandoning the child) than something like this, where the mother has some very obvious issues that were ignored by the husband because he either has his own disassociative issues, or because he really didn't care. And as for CPS...obviously, as long as you make above a minimum income, they don't bother to look too hard. And that disturbs me as much as the rest. Obviously training wasn't enough in this instance. Maybe it's easy to say that now, but...

Still, at least they managed to save the kids before one of them died.