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We ended up laying low last night, and will go out to celebrate Valentine's Day over the weekend (after being married for a while, practicality starts to influence the romance). This weekend is also the President's Day weekend, so hopefully we won't have trouble getting into a restaurant amid all the celebrations this will inspire.

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16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2013, 20:25 jimnms
1badmf wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 19:36:
Yosemite Sam wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 18:34:
It's Xur and the Kodan Armada, they've broken through the frontier!

Meteor finally does some damage, now suddenly everyone is all about increased funding and space vigilance. Watched the news for 20 minutes today and already saw the calls going out for it.

I've always said they are wasting money searching for extrasolar planets that we will more then likely never ever be able to actually visit when we should be mapping out our own system. This isnt about funding in general, but on what they are spending the funding they already have. Messed up priorities IMO, hey I think it's really cool too that they are finding planets around other stars, but it's trivia with zero benefits or applications in our world.

doesn't have to be one or the other, and in fact there have been several programs to map the debris in the solar system, each more sensitive than the last. i remember seeing a time-lapse animation of our knowledge of the solar system not too long ago, and the dots swirling around the sun grew exponentially as the 90s rolled around and those programs went underway.

we've mapped everything down to a few hundred feet across that's within the orbit of our planets; the real problem is we don't have the tech to see all the big bastards that are out in the kuiper belt and oort cloud. it's not a matter of funding - our technology just doens't have the sensitivity.

Typical media overreaction and blowing shit out of proportion getting people scared for ratings. This afternoon I over heard a news report on a TV that it was the size of a school bus. From what I've read on astronomy sites and blogs say that the meteor was less than 2 meters in size and wouldn't have been detectable anyway.
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