June 7, 2008 |
For all but a few select humans, the way to outer space -- the real outer space, not the one where the Cylons live -- has been through a TV screen. You can climb to the top of Mt. Everest, or trek to the South Pole or go down under the sea and see it for yourself, but space is still the province of professionals: We know it only by the pictures they take.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 |
Private eye T.K. Davis has worked his share of oddball cases. Once he tracked down a one-armed woman wanted for child endangerment. He staked out a backyard to catch a guy throwing dirt clods into a pool. When you make your living answering life's mysterious questions at $100 an hour, you take a few calls out of the blue. He works the streets of this suburban town near Santa Cruz, where dog-walking mothers and aging hippies compete for beach time.
October 25, 2007 |
Half a century after the Soviet Union beat the United States to outer space, China blasted off its first lunar orbiter Wednesday, catapulting the Asian nation onto the front lines of a new space race aimed at giving it bragging rights as a rising world power. The Chang'e 1 satellite, named after a mythical beauty who flew to the moon, lifted off under cloudy skies in south-central China's Sichuan province aboard a Long March 3A rocket.
October 8, 2007
Re "The shadow of Sputnik," Opinion, Oct. 4, and "Beep. . . beep. . . beep," editorial, Oct. 4 Am I disappointed in The Times. Not one news article about the event that so dramatically changed the course of national and international events; only an editorial calling NASA an "arcane bureaucracy" and a "Cold War relic," and an Op-Ed from a military man who sees space primarily as a battlefield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2007 |
You may recall the story of Van Halen's contract, which stipulated that the group be served M&Ms backstage -- minus the brown ones. Well, a bidder at a recent auction wanted a brown M&M -- wanted one so badly, in fact, that he or she paid $1,500 for it. Of course, it wasn't just any brown M&M. This one had ridden in 2004 aboard SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed craft to leave Earth's atmosphere.
August 30, 2006 |
The biggest gambler around these parts is not a high roller going all in with a pair of deuces. He's a real estate magnate who's betting $500 million that he can open the first inflatable motel in outer space. As far out as the idea sounds, multimillionaire Robert Bigelow has already launched a one-third scale model of his inflatable space module called Genesis I. The spacecraft was launched in July atop a Russian rocket.
April 13, 2006 |
A meteorite believed to have come from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter sold for $93,000 at an auction of rare space sculptures. The 355-pound chunk of iron, thousands of years old and discovered in the Campo del Cielo crater field in Argentina, was one of 10 meteorites that went for high prices at a Bonhams' New York natural history auction.
March 26, 2006 |
I was teaching creative writing and literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., where Dick Diver goes to die at the end of "Tender Is the Night." After spewing my 27-year-old wisdom to frozen students, I'd traipse through 40 or 50 inches of snow to my little apartment, where I was writing a script from my yet-to-be-published novel, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches."
December 4, 2005 |
I ALWAYS THOUGHT Stanley Tookie Williams wanted to kill me. I thought he wanted to kill all of us pootbutts who didn't gangbang, and that fear informed how I lived my life as a boy. Thirty years later, I don't believe in the death penalty, and I don't want the state to execute Tookie. But I do want the people who grew up in better neighborhoods and now want to lionize the gangster to understand just how hellish he made many people's lives.