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A Response (part 1) May 6, 2009

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A number of recent commenters/visitors to the Space Cynics blog have asked if we could put forward our view of what “should” be done, rather than simply critiquing what we see out there in our (somewhat) regular postings on the blog.

Initially, I was going to respond “if you read the damn blog, you’d see that we actually do this, across many posts.”

The reason? At some point even Sisyphus has to get tired of pushing his rock, and I get tired of saying the same “here’s how you should do it, here’s why A won’t work but B has a shot, etc” mantra.  It’s a key reason why I walkd away from the industry for so long (and remain detached from it other than to stay connected with the many good friends I made whilst working in old and new space).

However, that isn’t fair  to the readers…

Before I get to that, though, let me just say “Thank You”.  Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this blog, to listen to the contrarian voices in the wilderness, to challenge our thinking and our positions, and for adding to our perspective on space.  At our cores (surrounded by that caramel and nougat goodness, of course) we are passionate about space, and really want the frontier to open.  Not speaking for the others, but only for myself, I will reiterate that if I had $35,000,001, i would spend $35,000,000 on a ticket to ISS – even if it meant starting over building my retirement again.  I have always been a space tragic, and will have it carved on my tombstone someday.  While I may disagree with many of you on the details, I believe we all share a common goal, which is why we come back and push the rock, week after week.

When I get to a new blog, one that is “new” to me but may have been around for years, I am often frustrated by having to go back through months (or years) of postings simply to get up to speed on the POV of the author(s) and feel like I can join in the discussion.  And yet, to an extent, our response to you who have asked about our position on X are often instructed to do the same thing (go back and look it up).

In order to be fair to our readers, occasional visitors, and accidental link-clickers (welcome anyways!), I have decided to put up a static “page” that will list out our positions and suggested approach for all to reference.

This may take a little while, though, and will require the input of my fellow Cynics.  As such, I have named this “Part 1”.

Consider it the equivalent of a movie trailer – although not nearly as cool as the second trailer for Star Trek, with the great line “Why are you talking to me, man?”.

I can’t WAIT to see the movie this weekend!

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1. Thomas Olson - May 6, 2009

I have a ticket for the 6:15 PM showing Friday eve in Midtown. It’s not IMAX, but the AMC on 34th St. Has a HUGE screen and a phenomenal sound system – more than good enough. I’ve been waiting for this over 2 years – “The wait is over.”

But seriously, give me an outline of where you’re going with this, Shubber, and I’m happy to make my contrib.

2. Eric Haynes - May 7, 2009

I live in South Korea and I just saw Star Trek as it opened today (7 May). Korean Movie Theaters are state of the art and the movie was very, very good. It certainly ranks as the best or 2nd best to TWOK.

I will say they tried to pack EVERYTHING that was/is legendary to Star Trek but hey, if you’re going to start from the beginning you have to do this. I am highly impressed with JJ Abrams, he’s a creative genius. The cast is nearly perfect, a couple of them will have to grow into their roles. Nobody really sucked.

There will be many more Star Treks!

3. Bart L - May 13, 2009

Thanks, Shubber. Looking forward to it…the blog, that is. Already seen Star Trek. 🙂

4. Matt Colborn - May 18, 2009

Thanks for responding so positively!

I realize that you DO put positive points across in scattered posts — but I also think that it’s useful to have it all together in a coherent post. So thanks.

I think that my concern really is as much about presentation as anything else…. I too was a ‘Kool Aide’ saddo twenty years ago, the previous time they cancelled a human moon/mars initative, and I’ve been fairly ‘cynical’ (sceptical is a better word) about glorious promises of our future in space ever since.

However, part of me (the little boy part!) is still, and always will be in love with the idea of space travel; it’s why i like doing space art, reading, and too occasionally these days — writing science fiction.

‘Cynicism,’ — like despair — also troubles me, because it can, if one’s not careful, become paralyzing. As a point of view, it can also distort reality just as much as mindless optimism. I think a middle way is important…. But as I said, I think you’re largely right about the US not being able to afford these efforts….

Still,

Thanks, .

Matt.

PS: Saw Trek: Good in parts, effects great, plot sucked, but liked Simon Pegg as Scotty (but then I’m a Brit….) Nice to see Nimoy out there, one more time, too…


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