NASA kitsch from the Space Coast of Florida where I spent my vacation:
A ticket booth in Kennedy Space Center. It’s a great symbol of all government space programs.
This obscene looking 3d mural greeted me in the airport. This is a great illustration for this proposed technology.
A phone booth in a shape of a Mercury landing module. Classy.
It’s awesome that I didn’t meet the mascot that I’ve seen on the KSC brochure.
I would have kicked him in the nuts.
Oh, did I mention that they piped horrible Christmas MuzakTM everywhere?
Well, on the other hand I’ve seen some cool things there. But that’s for another post.
You know, it’s winter solstice and stuff. So on our lunch “hour” me and my wife went to see the Sun Triangle sculpture in front of McGraw Hill building do it’s thing.
Here’s how it’s supposed to work:
“In winter the Sun’s path across the sky stays low. Its rays align exactly with the lower side of the triangle at noon on the winter solstice (December 21), when the Sun ascends no higher than 23Â° in the sky. At noon on the spring and autumn equinoxes (March 21 and September 21), the Sun’s elevation is intermediate, aligning exactly with the third (upper) leg of the triangle. No side of the triangle is verticalâ€”for good reason. At no time of day and on no day of the year is the Sun directly overhead in New York City.”
Major disappointment. First of all it was cloudy. Second of all the lower edge of the triangle points directly at an ugly wedding cake skyscraper which name I don’t know.
Besides maybe I got the date wrong. According to most tables I’ve seen solar noon occurs on December 22nd in 2003, but I see a lot of references to it occurring on December 21st.
Here’s a dream I had recently:
A girl that was partially my wife and partially somebody else got a hold of an incantation that could destroy the world. She pronounced it and world destruction began. My former English teacher uploaded an “antidote” function into my Powershot G3. I tried to execute the function. I kept pressing buttons and scrolling through menus, but could not find it. A popup window (which happened in the air, not on camera’s screen) gave me an ominous warning “World destruction in progress. Now only elementary math functions and the contents of this room remain”. The lens and the electronics of my camera were gone, leaving only a shell with buttons. Even though a bit of time remained, I could no longer access the menus. And that’s when I woke up.
Interesting, this is at least a second dream with a camera that refuses to work.