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COntent... or is it contEnt?

Yeah, so I have an author website launching soon and a website designer who wants that launch ASAP and I am floundering pulling my cOntent together. I mean, talk about your writer's block suddenly hitting, your word-smithing skills crapping out, and your total lack of Photoshop-fu being your undoing.

That. Me.

So I remind myself, you know, self, when you launched All Things Philosophical on Jan 1, 1999 (!), the show was in frigging season 3 and you were still sweating over your desperate need to prove the philosophical genius that was I Robot, You Jane. People still visited your site and came back when there was more to see. Having more to see is what brings people back.

Yeah, okay, fine, but... if I take too much time coming up with a description of my new writing project, it will have sucked all of August into a giant black hole the way it did this ENTIRE PAST WEEKEND. I need to just write something and fiddle with it later.

Actually, it sucked up almost the entire past weekend. It turns out I have Google TV with a Chrome App that lets me stream NASA.gov's feed on my television instead of having to shove it into one corner of my 13-inch computer screen while I Photoshop stuff badly in another window. So I'm photoshopping and Curiosity-geeking, and then around 9 or 9:30 I discovered Twitter. Yeah, if you have no one else to geek with over the Mars Rover, there's always #msl #nasa #jpl #curiosity #marscuriosity.

The photoshopping and summary writing sort of petered out at that point. And joining the world in cheering on the most harrowing long jump of the summer helped put the petty little stresses of my every day life into perspective.

Now it's time to go for a ride on a dune buggy.


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Aug. 6th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)

Yikes, am I getting old! Not only did I not stay up for the landing, but I had the feeling all day yesterday, "If the design is good, it'll work. If not, it's not my fault."

When I was a kid I had that wide-eyed anticipation. Later when I was an adult working on projects like that, I was pretty defensive about things not working, even when it wasn't anything I had any control over. Now? "If it doesn't work this time, tomorrow is another day... They can fix it."

Keep that youthful awe as long as you can!
Aug. 6th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
That's what I am going to thank Twitter for. The oozing youthful awe from kids of all ages that made you want to paint your face funny two-tone colors and W00t! between anxious cringes while you watched the real-time computer simulation barrel its way down with JPL commentator backdrop giving you the real thing.

As a grown-up who has seen the space race flounder and go into a coma not once but multiple times, you know what's at stake if they f&ck this up. But the sheer number of people rooting with you gives you hope, too.

And grown men crying when it landed safely and started sending back pictures.

What is this thing called 'the Olympics'? Never heard of it.
Aug. 7th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Landing on Mars.
The sad thing is, this will be seen in future as no big deal. The way I saw the Vikings 'discovering' America. It IS a big deal.

I'm just not sure that our children or grandchildren after us will get it. This is so important, if only because NASA probes' "life" has lasted so long after it was supposed to.

I mean, c'mon -- did I foresee that 'Voyager I and II' would actually leave our solar system? NO! I was sure they'd be dead by then and we didn't learn anything that would make the price worth it. I know different now. I'm just not sure that our children know. Of the things I hate witnessing the most, the shuttles' explosions were it. But we went on... just like our parents did after the nuclear crisis in Cuba, or JFK's assassination. We need our kids to go on, despite the doubters' public speeches.

Teach your kids y'all. Teach 'em to be awed by space exploration - even if you've found yourself to be kinda blase' about current space flight (guilty -- until the Shuttles went so wrong, anyway). They are going to be the future.
Aug. 7th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Landing on Mars.
We come from a generation that wants Star Trek but "only" gets robots on Mars. Time to appreciate all the genius and hard work that went into last night's triumph, and the days to come.
Aug. 7th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Landing on Mars.
So true, masqthe....

My father was sure we'd have flying cars by now. I was sure we'd have a moon city by now.

It's easy to dismiss what we have accomplished, when we want to believe the Sci-Fi (which never has to deal with realities). What happened with that landing... it was monumental. So is our believing that 'space' isn't just a backdrop, but is actually 3-D a sky beyond our own. So is understanding that Earth isn't the center of the galaxy. So is seeing the Moon isn't made of cheese and we could actually send people there. So is sending women in space. So is....

There is always a step. And, there is always those who would like to reduce space-exploration spending to ZERO because "it isn't providing anything concrete".

We must fight that view. But, more urgently, those of us having children or in contact with kids must continue to stress that this has meaning and value... even when our hearts break in two at the tragedies (I've rarely been more emotionally devastated than seeing the Shuttles end -- I wish I could erase those images from my mind's eye.), but it is urgent that we know how valuable this is. And that our kids know how valuable this is... beyond the video games they play.

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