May 14, 2013

Simply Amazing

How is this video not being hailed as one of Humanity's Great Accomplishments?

It's worth watching in HD... go ahead, I won't mind
In my lifetime, we've gone from grainy black-and-white video of Neil Armstrong's small step that the entire world watched... to a Canadian mission commander in a more-or-less permanent space station orbiting the Earth, just shortly before he returned to Earth in a Russian capsule, singing a song originally recorded by a Brit a month before that first moon walk.  And it's all in glorious high definition video.

When did the world get so blasé about stuff like this?  How did we let it get so jaded?  What's wrong with us???

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:09 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 And he posted it from orbit.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 15, 2013 08:46 AM (+rSRq)

2 Yes, it's probably one of the ultimate cool things. But once something gets into the range of possible, it also tends to become something normal. And we react appropriately.

This is simultaneously one of the high points of art and technology ever, and just some guy singing folk/filk while stationed faraway, which is totally normal; and passing the tapes along, which is also totally normal.

I'm still worrying about the spinning guitar thing. Guitarists are usually more protective of their instruments than that. But it was cool.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 15, 2013 01:06 PM (cvXSV)

3 I _am_ very happy to see that the views went from a couple thousand to eleven million since my first viewing. I mean, that was a bit weird.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at May 15, 2013 01:08 PM (cvXSV)

4 Banshee, don't make me lecture you about raw URLs.  Use the buttons and everything'll be cool.

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 15, 2013 05:21 PM (Axk8h)

5 Frankly, I'm depressed that we have had to settle for 'dude in low orbit (instead of on the moon) doing silly things on camera'  for longer than I've been alive.

Posted by: Karl at May 16, 2013 10:41 AM (eiQvN)

6 I think I rather liked Commander Hadfield's video of wringing out a towel in zero-g.  I never would have guessed how it played out.

(For those interested, click here)

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at May 16, 2013 11:35 AM (T5fuR)

7 Curious as to what Bowie has to say about it.

Posted by: Mauser at May 17, 2013 04:20 AM (cZPoz)

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 17, 2013 06:50 AM (Axk8h)

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