Space Geeks Geek Out On A History-Filled Friday Afternoon

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Dartht33bagger

Also the 25th anniversary of Death's "Scream Bloody Gore" album.

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Engelsstaub

God, I remember hating that album back in the day when my brother used to subject me to it. Wasn't as bad as Venom though. :P

In retrospect, Chuck Schuldiner was very good at what he did and the metal world did lose a great person.

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Budman_NC

Thanks Brad for posting this article on MaxPC. The historical implications of today's events cannot be over stated. America is BACK!

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someuid

I hope this really leads to a resurgance of getting into space. Every time I hear the estimates of what the space station cost ($100 billion over 10 years) and what we have had to spend to bail out the banks (trillions) I want to scream. We spend peanuts on space. Thankfully there are people out there still pushing the envelope and chasing the dream of space.

How much did we spend bailing out our banks?

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Total_Wall_Street_Bailout_Cost

$4.76 TRILLION DISBURSED

And we could be on the hook for more if the banks screw up again:
$13.87 TRILLION AT-RISK

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JohnP

Thumps chest... "Only TRUE space nerds watched the docking live on NASA TV". And its was BORING, snails and Canadian robotic arms don't move very fast.

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alexw1234

Hey, lets see you design a faster working arm than us Canadians. Make sure you remember the weight, power, and space restrictions.

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Budman_NC

John, I was one of those nerds... and guess what, I was not bored. Slow progress allows us to light up the chat rooms and exchange conversations with folks from every major country on the planet. The US space program is loved by and inspirational to the people of all nations. A very powerful camaraderie among like minded people.

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vrmlbasic

So what did they think when we went and effectively canned the US space program?

I agree that this was a snoozefest. The video of the space shuttle's "funeral procession" as it was flown low over DC a few weeks back was much more entertaining imo.

I see parallels between the ponderous Canadian robot arm and Canada itself: Canada isn't known to me as an overly driven, ambitious, frenetic nation; I've never heard of a "Toronto Minute", for example (as opposed to a "New York Minute"). The Canadians are the Ents of North America (Other nations in our hemisphere are pretty ponderous too, but Canada at least has the ability to kick ass if it ever got around to it.)

Note that I say this all facetiously ;)

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JLloyd13

Canadians are like americans that dont invade everybody and arnt batsh** crazy. Canada is an ambosish country, were just 1/10 the size (population wise) of the usa and the gov pays the health care, so the government just cant drop the kind of money america can.

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JLloyd13

Canadians are like americans that dont invade everybody and arnt batsh** crazy. Canada is an ambosish country, were just 1/10 the size (population wise) of the usa and the gov pays the health care, so the government just cant drop the kind of money america can.

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JohnP

Surprise! The country the US has been at war with for the MOST amount of time is, wait for it, CANADA! And you have whooped our asses every time we invade!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_military_victories

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vrmlbasic

Sometimes you gotta invade. After "Team America:World Police" came out, we've been expected to live up to that. ;)

Say, if you're Canadian, you might want to grab a us citizenship or residency as I don't think Canada is a great fit for you. Belligerence isn't a Canadian trait, as weird al said, "break their nose and they'll just say sorry; tell me what kind of freaks are so polite?"

America is 16 trillion in debt and ~50% of Americans don't pay taxes, yet we're still maintaining a reasonable level of ass kicking preparedness (which is surprising, given our history). If we can do this with those handicaps, Canada had no excuse not to join in on the fun.

Again, facetiousness.

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