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2020-05-25 12:22:23 PM  
Flying cars and a holographic Jaws movie were for comedic value. Mr. Fusion and a small paper book that held 50 years of sports history were plot devices.

But they got video conferencing and a fat con artist rapist ruling the country right.

Except Biff could run a casino.
 
2020-05-25 12:29:03 PM  

Mugato: Except Biff could run a casino.


Only because he knew all the box scores from the previous 50 years and could adjust his odds accordingly.

Plus he wasn't laundering money for the mob (presumably).
 
2020-05-25 1:05:02 PM  
So Crew Dragon is hi-tech and reliable, but it's too much of a "retro" look for TFA?

SMDH
 
2020-05-25 1:07:15 PM  
Actually, Bill Tannen would be an improvement over our current one.  Actually, a can of cream of artichoke soup would be in a improvement.
 
2020-05-25 4:31:38 PM  
The worm logo is back, baby!
 
2020-05-25 4:31:55 PM  
Biff Tannen was actually written as a caricature of Trump in the first place, so its no surprise there are parallels.
 
2020-05-25 4:34:07 PM  

TommyDeuce: hi-tech and reliable


Touchscreens.

I know they've tested it...I'd hope a lot. But for actual human input, touchscreens suck farking ass.
 
2020-05-25 4:36:28 PM  

Psylence: TommyDeuce: hi-tech and reliable

Touchscreens.

I know they've tested it...I'd hope a lot. But for actual human input, touchscreens suck farking ass.


All the really critical things - like "deorbit now" have hard-wired buttons below the touchscreens.
 
2020-05-25 4:41:55 PM  

FrancoFile: Psylence: TommyDeuce: hi-tech and reliable

Touchscreens.

I know they've tested it...I'd hope a lot. But for actual human input, touchscreens suck farking ass.

All the really critical things - like "deorbit now" have hard-wired buttons below the touchscreens.


Thats good to know; some things you just need immediate, tactile feedback on.
 
2020-05-25 5:59:56 PM  

FrancoFile: Psylence: TommyDeuce: hi-tech and reliable

Touchscreens.

I know they've tested it...I'd hope a lot. But for actual human input, touchscreens suck farking ass.

All the really critical things - like "deorbit now" have hard-wired buttons below the touchscreens.


What about obscure things like "SCE to Aux" that saved Apollo 12? Just because its not something normally put on the first page of "Troubleshooting tips for your spacecraft Volume 1" doesnt make it less important.
 
2020-05-25 7:06:34 PM  
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2020-05-25 7:22:55 PM  
This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions they're setting into motion as NASA's commercial crew program finally takes wing.

If the name is Earth Blower-Upper, I might be a little concerned.
 
2020-05-25 7:41:00 PM  
This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions they're setting into motion as NASA's commercial crew program finally takes wing.

I don't care what anybody thinks, I hope it's a Starship name.
 
2020-05-25 7:48:49 PM  

Dryad: Biff Tannen was actually written as a caricature of Trump in the first place, so its no surprise there are parallels.


That's not what the Bobs say. But whatever.
 
2020-05-25 8:01:22 PM  
Bob and Doug?

Let's get the heck back to space, eh?

/koo loo koo koo koo koo koo kooooo
 
2020-05-25 8:26:16 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions they're setting into motion as NASA's commercial crew program finally takes wing.

I don't care what anybody thinks, I hope it's a Starship name.


If you don't mind going old-school, one of the first really diverse exploratory starships in fiction was the Flettner ship Marathon.  It may well have been an inspiration for Roddenberry's Enterprise.

Check out the short stories of Eric Frank Russell.  His stuff is a good read.
 
2020-05-25 8:51:02 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: AtlanticCoast63: This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions they're setting into motion as NASA's commercial crew program finally takes wing.

I don't care what anybody thinks, I hope it's a Starship name.

If you don't mind going old-school, one of the first really diverse exploratory starships in fiction was the Flettner ship Marathon.  It may well have been an inspiration for Roddenberry's Enterprise.

Check out the short stories of Eric Frank Russell.  His stuff is a good read.


The landing barges are named after ships from "the culture".
NASA loves is Greek/Roman names tho.
 
2020-05-25 9:27:01 PM  
Sweet! Hope this turns out safe and successful. SpaceX has been doing a ton
 
2020-05-25 10:59:00 PM  

way south: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: AtlanticCoast63: This Dragon now has a name, courtesy of its crew. Hurley and Behnken promise to reveal it on launch day, one of many traditions they're setting into motion as NASA's commercial crew program finally takes wing.

I don't care what anybody thinks, I hope it's a Starship name.

If you don't mind going old-school, one of the first really diverse exploratory starships in fiction was the Flettner ship Marathon.  It may well have been an inspiration for Roddenberry's Enterprise.

Check out the short stories of Eric Frank Russell.  His stuff is a good read.

The landing barges are named after ships from "the culture".
NASA loves is Greek/Roman names tho.


If it's "Falling Outaide the Normal Moral Constraints" we'll know we are well and truly farked.
 
2020-05-25 11:56:36 PM  
Chicago wants to turn the Thompson Center (formerly the State of Illinois Building) into a casino/hotel, so that's close.
 
2020-05-26 2:31:53 AM  
Biff's Question Song (Stand-up Comedy)
Youtube iwY5o2fsG7Y
 
2020-05-26 9:30:34 PM  
I rather prefer the NASA "worm" logo.

\Get off my lawn.
\\Or mow it.
\\\Can you trim the palms while you're at it?? Thanks!!
 
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