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January 19th, 2013

03:35 pm: This was the best skit from SNL this year...........

Current Mood: amusedamused

January 12th, 2013

03:51 pm: This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky -- that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts -- American, Russian, and Canadian -- living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs -- one wielding a laser -- roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo -- and soon, crew -- to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we're building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don't have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke's arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget and this was a real response to an official petition to the White House to build a Death Star........

Current Mood: amusedamused

January 6th, 2013

01:15 am: Free Books!!!

Posting for easy access later on........I love old books

Current Mood: nerdynerdy

January 5th, 2013

03:06 pm: With great mustache comes a great interview
Tim Curry 1975 interview about playing Frank-N-Furter...........


It's not embedable, but it's well worth the look

Current Mood: impressedimpressed

January 1st, 2013

10:32 pm: The Fox
I found the fox in the woods
She was cold and hungry
I gave her all that I could
I was sure that she loved me
And we were thick as thieves

Through the winter I kept her warm
Fed her all she desired
When she told me in so many words
I was the one to save her life
And she would never forget
And I would never be left

But then one day
I ran out of bread
And wood to keep the fire
And when I woke
I found she had fled
To the house down the river
And I cried all night
Because I had thought she was mine

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

December 31st, 2012

05:10 pm: Happy New Year!!!!

Current Mood: amusedamused

December 20th, 2012

11:26 pm: Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Current Mood: pleasedpleased

December 19th, 2012

06:21 pm: ICP Watch The Les Miserables Preview..........

Current Mood: amusedamused

December 18th, 2012

10:39 am: New season of Archer + El Camino = AWESOME!!!!

Current Mood: giddygiddy
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