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(Space Daily)   Headlines that were science fiction not that long ago but now are barely even noticed: "Spacewalkers fix robotic arm in time to grab next cargo ship"   ( spacedaily.com) divider line
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2017-10-22 10:43:56 AM  
I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.
 
2017-10-22 12:35:46 PM  
Ain't that the truth.
 
2017-10-22 12:41:06 PM  
I saw that movie. The earth gets infected with something from mars that looks like a killer homicidal dishcloth.
 
2017-10-22 12:43:28 PM  
FTFA: During Friday's outing, astronauts replaced a poorly focusing camera system at the end of the robotic arm -- necessary to get a good view of the approaching cargo ships -- and fixed a fuse on the robotic arm's extension, called Dextre.

You know where a great place for a fuse to be? On the end of this really long thingy in outer space...

Placed there by the same guy that buried the oil filter on your car deep inside the labyrinth of the engine block.
 
2017-10-22 12:44:59 PM  

Fizpez: FTFA: During Friday's outing, astronauts replaced a poorly focusing camera system at the end of the robotic arm -- necessary to get a good view of the approaching cargo ships -- and fixed a fuse on the robotic arm's extension, called Dextre.

You know where a great place for a fuse to be? On the end of this really long thingy in outer space...

Placed there by the same guy that buried the oil filter on your car deep inside the labyrinth of the engine block.


Ah, I see you've experienced the Subaru "ring of fire" oil change.
 
2017-10-22 12:54:26 PM  

BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.


The story does sounds like something from Heinlein's "Future History" timeline.
 
2017-10-22 01:04:04 PM  
I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.
 
2017-10-22 01:10:55 PM  

BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.


Jubal (farker Jubal J Harshaw) is, as you might suspect, a huge fan of Heinlein.  He was *not* amused when I told him that "Green Hills" can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island":

"The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade
'All Hands! Stand By! Free Falling!'
And the lights below us fade,
the lights... below us... fade."
 
2017-10-22 01:11:29 PM  
The headline I want to see is actually an ad for a $8,999.00 used flying car from Cal Worthington Ford.
 
2017-10-22 01:13:35 PM  

DannyBrandt: I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.


If you kick the side of the space station you better hope you're tethered to it else you'll go floating off.
 
2017-10-22 01:15:49 PM  

DannyBrandt: There was a surprising lack of swear words.


Have you listened to the way these guys sound when they're talking to mission control?  They're strapped to gigantic rockets going 18,000 mph and I've walked more-flustered people through restarting a cable modem.

That said, yeah, we are in the future.  Too bad so many people are dragging the past with them.
 
2017-10-22 01:16:10 PM  

Smoking GNU: DannyBrandt: I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.

If you kick the side of the space station you better hope you're tethered to it else you'll go floating off.


According to the third law of motion, the space station would go floating off.
 
2017-10-22 01:43:32 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: He was *not* amused when I told him that "Green Hills" can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island":


I can understand his pain. But it is pretty damn funny.
 
2017-10-22 01:52:29 PM  
Nope, not the future I want. In my perfect future such an activity would be considered so mundane it wouldn't even count as news.
 
2017-10-22 01:53:15 PM  

Fizpez: FTFA: During Friday's outing, astronauts replaced a poorly focusing camera system at the end of the robotic arm -- necessary to get a good view of the approaching cargo ships -- and fixed a fuse on the robotic arm's extension, called Dextre.

You know where a great place for a fuse to be? On the end of this really long thingy in outer space...

Placed there by the same guy that buried the oil filter on your car deep inside the labyrinth of the engine block.


The arms are less than 12 feet long.
 
2017-10-22 02:07:33 PM  
Canadarm 2 is pretty cool. It isn't actually attached to the space station - both ends grip, and it can walk end-over-end around the space station, depending on where it needs to be used.
 
2017-10-22 02:13:35 PM  

drumhellar: Canadarm 2 is pretty cool. It isn't actually attached to the space station - both ends grip, and it can walk end-over-end around the space station, depending on where it needs to be used.


Nope.
 
2017-10-22 02:20:04 PM  

DannyBrandt: I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.


At some point they've all learned radio discipline, like I did in air traffic control. Swearing on a recorded FAA channel can get you a fine up to $10k. I went from swearing like Bill Burr on his podcast to being squeeky clean before I have a pint of rum.
 
2017-10-22 02:28:19 PM  

wildcardjack: DannyBrandt: I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.

At some point they've all learned radio discipline, like I did in air traffic control. Swearing on a recorded FAA channel can get you a fine up to $10k. I went from swearing like Bill Burr on his podcast to being squeeky clean before I have a pint of rum.


Heh... I worked as a construction grunt every summer during high school, with associated construction-worker language going on around me. Then when the semester started I accidentally dropped an F-bomb during a discussion in English class. The teacher let it slide, but ever since I've disciplined myself to say FISHSTICKS and DARN!
 
2017-10-22 02:54:23 PM  
When did the future get so boring?  Everything from working on huge intranets, LEO space vehicles, flying into the Oort belt or stem cell breakthroughs;  it's all become mundane.
 
2017-10-22 04:18:10 PM  

Man On A Mission: BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.

The story does sounds like something from Heinlein's "Future History" timeline.


Our Veep is a wanna be Scudder.
 
2017-10-22 04:23:37 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.

Jubal (farker Jubal J Harshaw) is, as you might suspect, a huge fan of Heinlein.  He was *not* amused when I told him that "Green Hills" can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island":

"The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade
'All Hands! Stand By! Free Falling!'
And the lights below us fade,
the lights... below us... fade."


There's TANSTAAFL
And Mycroft too
The warrrrden and his goons
A one armed man
The Professor and
Wyoming too
Here in Luna City!
 
2017-10-22 04:40:00 PM  

RJReves: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.

Jubal (farker Jubal J Harshaw) is, as you might suspect, a huge fan of Heinlein.  He was *not* amused when I told him that "Green Hills" can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island":

"The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade
'All Hands! Stand By! Free Falling!'
And the lights below us fade,
the lights... below us... fade."

There's TANSTAAFL
And Mycroft too
The warrrrden and his goons
A one armed man
The Professor and
Wyoming too
Here in Luna City!


That's Great!

Change 'Wyoming' to 'Wyoh', and it scans a little better.  Other than that, I can't see anything wrong.
 
2017-10-22 04:48:01 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: RJReves: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.

Jubal (farker Jubal J Harshaw) is, as you might suspect, a huge fan of Heinlein.  He was *not* amused when I told him that "Green Hills" can be sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island":

"The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade
'All Hands! Stand By! Free Falling!'
And the lights below us fade,
the lights... below us... fade."

There's TANSTAAFL
And Mycroft too
The warrrrden and his goons
A one armed man
The Professor and
Wyoming too
Here in Luna City!

That's Great!

Change 'Wyoming' to 'Wyoh', and it scans a little better.  Other than that, I can't see anything wrong.


After I posted it I thought "Wyoh Knott" would be better.
 
2017-10-22 04:51:07 PM  
Nicholas D. Wolfwood:

There's TANSTAAFL
And Mycroft too
The warrrrden and his goons
A one armed man
The Professor and
Wyoh Knott
Here in Luna City!

Cleaned up for better scansion.
 
2017-10-22 04:59:51 PM  
What's the deal with that? I don't think that this kind of local colour was even news in the science fiction stories of the Thirties. Yes, I wrote it out in full and did not abbreviate it to to SciFi or SF or SiFi, which is even more absurd.

Call me old-fashioned, but I am like that. Nothing is really science fictiony that would qualify for a good day at work, even in the space age. The Space Men who snatch rockets from the void and their green space babes, who are built like Diana of Ephesus, have their good days and their bad days, but mostly their real work is just busy work and there to give a veneer of verisimultude to a story as outrageously melodramitic and over-wrought as anything your great-great granny enjoyed in the privacy of the Privy.

Sincerely, your Space Man Andy Rooney, still crotchety after being dead for years. Say Hi! to the triple-breated ho's of planet Gargomel for me. An old newspaper man doesn't get out to outer space like he used to, and has to enjoy a fine whine whenever he can, Foot-y de mieux.
 
2017-10-22 07:50:42 PM  
Still no Shipstone.

/get cracking, boffins.
 
2017-10-22 10:08:12 PM  

DannyBrandt: I was watching a program yesterday that included the space walk where that astronaut lost a camera. It just slowly drifted off into space.

There was a surprising lack of swear words. I guess the kinds of people NASA chooses to be astronauts have better filters than I do. Because I would have been all "goddamn it, f*cking hell, I lost the f*cking camera! F*cking bullsh*t!!!"

And then probably kicked the side of the Space Station.

I wouldn't make a good astronaut.


Oh come on... Do you really think NASA is playing the real comms from the astronauts? That's all done with previously produced ADR, directed by Ron Howard, in the Disney Studios. There's a guy in Houston that has all the clips set up on a soundboard and the video is on a 6.25 second delay.
 
2017-10-23 08:42:32 AM  

Man On A Mission: BalugaJoe: I pray for one last landing on that globe that gave us birth
Let us feast our eyes
on the pale blue skies
and the Cool Green Hills of Earth.

The story does sounds like something from Heinlein's "Future History" timeline.


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