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Out of the Blue

Well, today kicks off the Labor Day weekend here in the US, a holiday large enough that it would normally suppress game news a bit. On the other hand, today also kicks off Penny Arcade Expo 2009, an event large enough that it would normally produce a load of game news. It seems pretty obvious who will win in this conflict between an irresistible force and an immoveable object, and I imagine we'll see a good deal of news out of the show.

Laborious Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: DAZ 3.5.
Civiballs 2.
Puzazzle.
Links: Fantasy Telemarketer.
Honolulu Council Considers BO Ban. Thanks Boing Boing.
Stories: Men lose their minds speaking to pretty women. Thanks Ralph.
Tron Legacy- Hits December 2010. Thanks nin
Science: Lasers Can Chill Stuff Super Fast.
NASA teams to build pod-like, high-speed everyday transport system.
Bats Sing Louder than a Rock Band.
Images: Colleagues Fail. AKA Congress FAIL.
Media: Kirk and Khan SALSA!! He tasks me!
100 Ways to Die in Oblivion.
Rock Band- Radiohead Edition.
Follow-ups: Orbiting junk approaching Discovery, ISS.
Notes from the Space Elevator Conference.
The Funnies: Penny Arcade! - Rightsizing.

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13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 5, 2009, 11:49 Old_Geezer
 
Nope, they'd probably do things more efficiently (and hopefuly as safely), but again, with only the bottom line in mind. Pure sciences would pretty much disappear, that is, unless universities could get the same kinds of government handouts to do science research (at the tax-payers' expense) that NASA gets today, and hire private firms to get them into space.

But then, this virus that is slowly overpopulating and polluting Earth known as humanity, sooner or later, is going to have to spread outward to survive. In that regard, who knows...maybe if the corporations see hotels and casinos in orbit as a viable goal, they could end up pioneering in ways NASA hasn't.

Whether or not they can succeed without "cost overruns" (ie. whether or not they realize it ain't as easy or as profitable as they thought) will have to be seen (if it ever happens).

But looking at what scientists say is happening to our environment because of corporate greed and short-sightedness, I can't help but wonder what will happen to our skies above once we open the door to big-business in space. Toxic waste in orbit or simply crashed onto the moon or mars? Space-based weapons platforms to anyone who can afford it? Super-villains putting "giant lasers in space?"

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12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 21:37 Cutter
 
I believe that's a overly simplistic way of looking at it Geez. There are all kinds of reason the private sector would want to go to space, and not have to do it on the taxpayers dime. Nor would we see SNAFUs like the ISS. You think any consortium of private companies would allow cost overruns to the magnitude we see with government?
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 20:31 Old_Geezer
 
@Cutter

Careful what you wish for. Privatizing space "exploration" would mean bye-bye to research sciences and hello corporate assholes focusing on nothing more than making a buck. You'd end up with rent-a-rocket trips to space for the rich and famous, and satellite launching services...probably with corporations trying to figure out how to put big laser billboards into orbit...heck, maybe they could paint "Pepsi" on the moon! Seriously though, without NASA, you could pretty much kiss space-sciences goodbye, coz the bottom-feeder corporations certainly wouldn't bother with it.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 19:24 Pigeon
 
Oh hey, MTV making fun of a pricing system that doesn't gouge the customers, imagine that. And Thom's a mumbler and a moaner, so far as I've heard he doesn't make strange beeping sounds in his music, that's for Prince to do.  
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9. Re: Rock Band- Radiohead Edition Sep 4, 2009, 17:09 Cutter
 
Radiohead's cover of George Harrison's Something is just awesome.
 
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8. Re: Rock Band- Radiohead Edition Sep 4, 2009, 16:30 PHJF
 
So... Radiohead is an experimental, noise, art rock project? I like me some satire, but I had trouble making the connection here.

I have a few friends that really love Radiohead, but, as I tell them, it's all "beeps and boops" to me. I actually really liked In Rainbows because it was more "mainstream."
 
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7. Re: Rock Band- Radiohead Edition Sep 4, 2009, 15:59 mag
 
"Creep" is in Rock Band 1. But Radiohead hates "Creep" because it's so, like, mainstream, man.  
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6. Rock Band- Radiohead Edition Sep 4, 2009, 15:05 FatalTourist
 
So... Radiohead is an experimental, noise, art rock project? I like me some satire, but I had trouble making the connection here.
Isn't there a Radiohead song on Rockband 1 anyway?
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 14:21 DangerDog
 
Looking forward to Tron, will it live up to the original though?

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4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 11:59 Cutter
 
I just find the concept of a space elevator absolutely wild. Much as I'm all for space exploration, I'd rather see it privatized with tax-dollars being used for problems here on Terra Firma, but I do admit I'd love to see a space elevator become a reality.

That aside, it was painful watching the Quack Attack play Boise St. last night. Not only did they play like chumps, that whole demonstration by that idiot Blount was embarassing. That kid was already suspened for behavioural issues. I say they drop him entirely, kick him out of college. This idiot has a free ride and doesn't understand what a priviledge that's been given him? And Boise, get rid of the blue field, it's even more painful trying to watch football on that ugly thing. For anyone who didn't see the incident, check it out.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/LeGarrette-Blount-punches-out-opponent-remainde;_ylt=A0wNdbjGN6FKYpkAzQYcvrYF?urn=ncaaf,187235

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3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 10:13 InBlack
 
I would love to travel up the space elevator some day, perhaps as an old and very rich man  
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 09:59 TangledThorns
 
Tron Legacy comes out pretty late next year. Beyond Ironman 2 it doesn't look like much of an interesting 2010 Summer then.  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2009, 09:58 nin
 

I would love to go to PAX or Blizzcon one day...

 
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