September 30th, 2004


Tonight I saw the International Space Station orbit over my house. A friend at work told me when to look for it - 7:09 pm. It had been a while since I'd watched the sky for a satellite. The space station is a really BIG satellite, I'll tell you that. Even with just my eyeglasses I could see it wasn't a sphere.

But the really big space news was this:

"Private entrepreneurs again have triumphed! On September 29 SpaceShipOne, built by Burt Rutan's company Scaled Composites and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, completed its first flight in pursuit of the $10 million Ansari X Prize."

That particular quote comes from Ed Hudgins of the Objectivist Center, but the news was all over the internet today, and what glorious news it is!

The private effort hasn't actually put a ship in orbit yet. It's all suborbital. But orbit is on its way. And from there... the sky's the limit.

Rhyme of the Day:

This planet's a great place,
But our destiny is space.

(Well, you can tell I grew up reading a lot of science fiction, can't you?)

postmodernism poem

With apologies to Stephen Hicks and his book, Explaining Postmodernism.

The socialist left
was bereft
of success.
But they didn't say "Yes,
We were wrong."

Instead they sang this song:

"Of perception, let's be leery,
Since it's simply based on theory,
And the law of contradiction
Is a frightful sort of fiction,
So we're opting for defiance
Of the principles of science.
Which enables us to say:
Socialism's here to stay!"