Monday, November 21, 2005

I was talking to Jeff "Crackbass" Wilson this weekend about space elevators and how cool they're going to be, and how once we have a few of them going, it'll probably only cost a few hundred dollars to go into space, and Crackbass rained on my parade by saying, "What kind of material do you think they're going to be able to use to make these elevators? Nothing is strong enough to stretch from earth all the way into space."
And briefly my hopes were crushed. No space elevators. No trips into space unless you're a billionaire with a few million in cash sitting around to help pay for gas money on a shuttle ride.
But then this morning a quick Google search turened up a potential answer to the materials problem (carbon-nanotube-composite ribbon), and we're off again on the great space elevator race. Who wants to ride up to heaven with Steanso on the great space elevator?!

7 comments:

The League said...

Hey, Earth-Traitor...

Why are you trying to make it easier for the aliens to invade? I am firmly against space-elevators. I don't need the evil Globieans of Voxon IV docking to our elevators and dropping in for a visit.

Say "No" to space elevators.

CrackBass said...

I don't believe I actually rained on your parade. You left out the fact that I offered suggestions, such as the webbibg of space spiders as the material, or perhaps a large grouping of rubberbands and a human sized sling shot to thrust people into outer space.

Also, why does The League think aliens haven't already invaded?

The League said...

I said "make it easier for aliens to invade".

I've spent all afternoon in a Carputhian Thumb-Wrestling match with a 5-thumbed Gleeospore for control of Southern Arizona, you bastards. I'm sick of constantly waking up to find some smelly xenomorph headfirst in the icebox. It's damned inconvenient.

lee said...

My Uncle Spook (for the uninitiated, he was born on Halloween) works on space elevators in Los Alamos. I think his role may be limited strictly to what kind of music is played in a space elevator, but he does work on it. No foolin'. He says it could happen.

I'm not sure what kind of music they should play on space elevators to set the mood. I'd lean towards the Alan Parsons Project. Maybe Santana.

CrackBass said...

What about Man or Astroman?

The League said...

I was pretty sure that Tangerine Dream would be the required listening for ascent in a space elevator.

Soooo... Spook is at Los Alamos? I thought he was in Waco for some reason.

Cobra Kai Dojo said...

I think the band Air would be quality.

Or mebbe a little Explosions in the Sky. (I for one, would take that ride.....)

I saw a show last night featuring violin virtuoso and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird. Kicked arse. Highly recommend his lastest CD The Mysterious Production of Eggs. I was talking to him post-show and he lives a few blocks from my former apartment in Chicago. Of course, I live in f---ing Nashville now, so ES SPIELT KEINE ROLLE.....
Crackbass will be happy to hear that Calexico/Iron & Wine will be here in a few weeks. I'm there with big jangling bells on.

Oh the aliens are here, meine Freunde. How do you think Jim Belushi still has a show on the air?
HAPPY TURKEY DAY...

POPE