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.
August 22, 2007 |
Second in a series of occasional Web Scout mysteries, in which we investigate some of the questions haunting the Web entertainment world. In this installment, we get to the bottom of the UFO videos currently raging on YouTube. -- Though the island in the Caribbean shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Dean this week, it may be that other, stranger entities made landfall there.
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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.
September 25, 2005 |
All companies set goals, but the newly formed 4Frontiers Corp. is eyeing some pretty expansive horizons. The company's mission: to establish a small human settlement on Mars within 20 years or so. Sure, it may sound far-fetched. And the company's initial plans are more terrestrial than ethereal, such as to develop a 25,000-square-foot model of a Mars settlement here on Earth, then charge tourists admission.
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July 31, 2005 |
For reasons that probably don't reflect well on me, I've lost interest in outer space. From a kid caught up in America's space race and who ditched a summer job to watch the 1969 moon landing, I've morphed into an adult who pays semi-attention to what NASA is up to. My only consolation is that lots of other Americans feel the same way. I didn't even know the Discovery shuttle was set for launch last week until the day before it went up.
October 17, 2004 |
"We made this thing called ... hang on," executive producer and writer David Kemper says. "I always get it wrong. 'Fire Escape?' It stars Benji something." In case you can't guess from Kemper's attitude, the mood is pretty easygoing among the cast and crew of "Farscape" (he was close), the outer-space saga that was supposed to be dead.