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(The New York Times)   Mars rover Opportunity lives past its use-by date, like your cranky great-grandmother who hates your mashed potatoes and hates having to come over every Christmas to your dirty house and brat kids   (nytimes.com) divider line 23
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2012-12-11 10:47:02 AM  
Well to be fair, the kids are brats, and they're the reason the house is dirty. But don't insult my mashed potatoes!


/doesn't actually have kids
 
2012-12-11 10:58:42 AM  
Naming every damn thing the same Adjective.

farkin' Nerds. Read a GOOD book sometime! Name a rover Columbus or Ericson or even Kirk!
 
2012-12-11 11:52:44 AM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-12-11 12:14:21 PM  
Spirit however, still having a crisis of purpose.
 
2012-12-11 12:22:23 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
 
2012-12-11 12:41:19 PM  

Tax Boy: [imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]

/oblig


Yeah, but that's the Goofus twin; we're talking about the Gallant twin
 
2012-12-11 12:44:06 PM  

Tax Boy: [imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]

/oblig


Updated...

i865.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-11 12:45:48 PM  
Ohhhhh damn that cartoon!

I can grab my own snoot and wring it, thanks.
 
2012-12-11 12:49:58 PM  

phalamir: Yeah, but that's the Goofus twin; we're talking about the Gallant twin


That's actually kinda unfair. They may have been built with identical specs, but they had significantly different mission profiles.
Opportunity was sent to the equivalent of a Sandals resort while Spirit was sent to Mars' Camden.
 
2012-12-11 12:50:40 PM  
thanks Maud Dib :D
 
2012-12-11 12:53:17 PM  

The Bestest: phalamir: Yeah, but that's the Goofus twin; we're talking about the Gallant twin

That's actually kinda unfair. They may have been built with identical specs, but they had significantly different mission profiles.
Opportunity was sent to the equivalent of a Sandals resort while Spirit was sent to Mars' Camden.


I'm now picturing a Mars rover on blocks with its wheels missing.
 
2012-12-11 01:06:03 PM  
Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.
 
2012-12-11 01:07:59 PM  

Maud Dib: Tax Boy: [imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]

/oblig

Updated...

[i865.photobucket.com image 639x862]


Whatever you do, just don't tell the new guy the truth, let him find out on his own.
 
2012-12-11 01:26:48 PM  

Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.


uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring
 
2012-12-11 03:21:05 PM  

Tax Boy: The Bestest: phalamir: Yeah, but that's the Goofus twin; we're talking about the Gallant twin

That's actually kinda unfair. They may have been built with identical specs, but they had significantly different mission profiles.
Opportunity was sent to the equivalent of a Sandals resort while Spirit was sent to Mars' Camden.

I'm now picturing a Mars rover on blocks with its wheels missing.



Prolly out in front of a Martian single-wide.
 
2012-12-11 03:26:56 PM  

The Bestest: Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring


That whishing sound was something going over your head.
 
2012-12-11 04:14:53 PM  

SewerSquirrels: The Bestest: Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring

That whishing sound was something going over your head.


I heard something whish also... I don't get it.
 
2012-12-11 04:32:13 PM  

old_toole: SewerSquirrels: The Bestest: Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring

That whishing sound was something going over your head.

I heard something whish also... I don't get it.


I could be wrong here, but I don't think Nurglitch was referring to anything concerning Mars.
That may just be my interpretation considering that Opportunity hasn't put so much as blip on my radar in years.
 
2012-12-11 05:26:53 PM  

SewerSquirrels: old_toole: SewerSquirrels: The Bestest: Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring

That whishing sound was something going over your head.

I heard something whish also... I don't get it.

I could be wrong here, but I don't think Nurglitch was referring to anything concerning Mars.
That may just be my interpretation considering that Opportunity hasn't put so much as blip on my radar in years.


The original rover missions are the very story of my life: Half dead, stuck in a desert, Spirit gave out years ago, Opportunity is out there, but is always somewhere else far away, and it's all gone on much, much longer than anyone expected.

Also, I have the brainpower of a potato bug, sleep for months at a time, and my idea of cleanliness is to let nature knock some of the dirt off of me if it wants to.
 
2012-12-11 06:13:38 PM  

Grotesk: SewerSquirrels: old_toole: SewerSquirrels: The Bestest: Nurglitch: Spirit is up and roving, but Opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

uh.. Spirit has been declared "dead" (offline with no prospect of reactivation) since 2010, and this very article is about a new site Opportunity is exploring

That whishing sound was something going over your head.

I heard something whish also... I don't get it.

I could be wrong here, but I don't think Nurglitch was referring to anything concerning Mars.
That may just be my interpretation considering that Opportunity hasn't put so much as blip on my radar in years.

The original rover missions are the very story of my life: Half dead, stuck in a desert, Spirit gave out years ago, Opportunity is out there, but is always somewhere else far away, and it's all gone on much, much longer than anyone expected.

Also, I have the brainpower of a potato bug, sleep for months at a time, and my idea of cleanliness is to let nature knock some of the dirt off of me if it wants to.


I have just met you, and I love you.
 
2012-12-11 06:14:43 PM  
Cool Things to FindLink
 
2012-12-11 08:05:07 PM  
use by date....lol

*Warranty only valid on Earth.
 
2012-12-11 11:00:07 PM  
I wish I had mashed potatoes. And a grandma. And even the slightest hint of an opportunity to do something other than one vile farking task after another.
 
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