Today is a big day, my dear readers. You’ve been with me through trials and tribulations aplenty over the last year and a bit: together we’ve taken on just about every major cultural institution that warrants my considerable attention, and I love you all dearly for it. Which is why I’m proud to inform you that today marks State of Affairs’ 200th official post. You may now commence celebration.
I have to tell you folks, I like this planet. No, I don’t hold a great deal of soft spots in my heart for the human plague that seems intent on eating it piece by piece until nothing remains but a brown rock floating in the cosmos, but Mama Earth is a pretty keen lady in my opinion. I’ve recently gotten back into being outdoorsy – I’m even going to try my hand at camping this year. I mean real camping; previously my experiences have had less to do with “camping” and more to do with “drinking in uncomfortable wooded locales”, so I’m going to do my best to expose myself to something more authentic this time around.
Yeah yeah, I know. Nuclear energy is way more complicated than Hollywood would have us believe. According to movies and the Department of Homeland Security, nuclear energy can be used to do just about anything, and your average ten year-old is fully capable of building one of those nifty Soviet-era suitcase nukes out of nothing more than a smidge of plutonium, a Meccano set and an Easy-Bake Oven.
State of Affairs LIVE is back with part two of my interview with Brent Chittenden and Adam Grant of Two Assholes Talking About Nerd Stuff. Thanks to everyone who downloaded part one; the response to the podcast has been overwhelmingly positive, and as a result the Fixer has given me leave to keep doing this into the forseeable future. I’ll announce my next guest when I have him or her booked for certain, but trust me – if I get the people I want to get, you’re going to be well and thoroughly entertained.
The internet is awesome, but sometimes it pisses me off. “But Alex”, you might be saying, “the internet is your bread and butter! How can you ever be angry at something that loves you so much? Why won’t you love me back? Was it something I said? I’ll make it up to you any way I can, I promise! I’ll nag less! I’ll stop sleeping around! Just come back, baby!”
As promised, you are about to make the transition from “loyal readers” to “loyal listeners” thanks to a new addition to the State of Affairs experience. It gives me great pride to announce the first episode of SoA LIVE, featuring an interview with Brent Chittenden and Adam Grant of the popular podcast Two Assholes Talking About Nerd Stuff.
This just in, courtesy of SoA Correpondent Vee Bloom, who sent me this article this afternoon.
It’s been a while since I wrote about NASA, mostly because absolutely nothing interesting about them has crossed my desk in the last six months, not since I found that proposal about them shooting rockets at the moon to find out if it’s full of water. If you remembered, I questioned the validity of this idea – if by validity I mean “sanity”, which I do. I was thoroughly trounced by reader Linzee who took me to school about the funding problems that have plagued NASA for years now, and I walked away a better person.