The 2011 International Space Development Conference

ISDC 2011

Widge here. Okay, first up: we’re about to get a guest post from Bart Leahy, who’s the Conference Chairman for the 30th International Space Development Conference–and he’ll be explaining shortly just what the hell that is and why you should care. But let me set it up pretty quickly for you–those of you who might be wondering why such information is here on Need Coffee: as Larry Niven said (although it was quoted by Clarke, from what I can tell), “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right!”

This planet is what the geeks and other technical types among you would recognize as a Single Point of Failure. Granted, it’s a very large SPOF, but that’s it nonetheless. So one of the things I earnestly believe in is we have to get off this rock. Not you and me, I mean we as a species. These are some of the folks that are working on that. So they deserve a bit of attention. From here on out, it’s Bart.

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Your Weekend Justice #92: Giant, Smoking Crater

It’s the podcast that crashes and burns, killing everyone aboard. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that has been known to spontaneously combust while carrying a truckload of baby seals and kittens to the Safe Zone. This week’s episode we contend with all manner of technical difficulties. Plus everyone sounds like they’re dying, thus making it even more wrong and unsafe than usual. You have been warned.

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Johnny from Airplane

Agenda:

  • The alcohol report
  • Scott vs. Upton Sinclair
  • The Vibrating Touch
  • Pink Floyd throat spray?
  • Scott wants to go to the ER
  • Leigh, meet Skype
  • Jon, the spelunking mime
  • Jon vs. Blue Screen
  • Gamecocks revisited
  • Random sports talk
  • We think there’s a Randomizer on Saturday. But don’t quote us on that.
  • Doctor Who on Xmas
  • Fail Kraken
  • The recap of stuff you didn’t get a chance to hear
  • Scott’s links
  • Soul Sister
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A Visit to the Space and Rocket Center

Space and Rocket Center

When it comes to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama (my hometown), I do have some fond memories of the place. As mentioned on a recent episode of Weekend Justice, I went to Space Camp the first year it was available. The company my parents worked for used to rent the whole place out for their Xmas party. It was the place where I first encountered IMAX. And it was just, in general, a badass place for little kids to run around in and get excited about space and space exploration.

So for the first time since moving to Atlanta, I went back and walked around the outside of the Space and Rocket Center. After seeing the sad state that everything in the old main building and the outside was in, there was only one thing to be done…

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Your Weekend Justice #64: Funk Hamlet

And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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Olivier Hamlet

Agenda:

  • Eastwick vs. The Sound Board
  • The Mirror Universe Rob
  • Rob’s doctor
  • Rob’s wife vs. Julian Casablancas
  • Din vs. NASA engineers
  • Rob vs. his neighbors
  • Rob’s neighbors vs. Olivia Newton-John
  • Rob vs. Tuffley’s fan
  • Widge vs. Rob’s rambling
  • Inexplicable hockeycast!
  • Latin, the undead language
  • ScottC, lost
  • Leigh vs. Jamaica
  • Leigh vs. reggae
  • Odd segue into Torchwood from Jamaica. Go figure.
  • Widge vs. Doctor Who…again
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