Jul 23, 2006

Odds and sods...

* The $20 million trip to the ISS got an additional $15 million spacewalk option. From the article:

A NASA spokeswoman, Melissa Mathews, said the agency had not been informed by Russia about any intention to sell EVA’s.[sic]

Man, how much fun would THAT have been, to suit up and head out while Ground Control collectively dumps themselves? And using an apostrophe to indicate plural? For shame, NYT, for shame...

* I saw Clerks II yesterday, and endorse it wholeheartedly. Maybe it's because I was a twentysomething vulgar scifi geek from Jersey when Clerks came out and now I'm a thirtysomething vulgar scifi geek from Jersey but Kevin Smith really speaks to me. Anyway, it was funny, revolting, and surprisingly touching in spots, and much, much more successful at it than the basically unwatchable Click was.

* Look, I know the subject of stem cells is more technically complicated than what Congress is used to, but you would think they'd be more factually accurate than progressive rock bands.

(By the way, the veto was bullshit, and the song is terrible.)