NASA Funding Problems Slows Space Progress

Space.com reports, “…at the dawn of the 21st century, with hundreds of people having now circled our planet, just what trajectory is human spaceflight really taking? Apollo, for all its glory and foot stomping moonwalks, is today a dusty, historical artifact of the Cold War.

As the International Space Station faces size and budget reductions and as human missions back to the moon or on to Mars are put on the backburner or dismissed, human spaceflight appears to have been placed into a neutral parking orbit.

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Monty Python Tops Poll of Favorite Films Lines

Monty Python’s cult comedy “The Life of Brian” has topped a poll of UK internet users’ favorite film lines.

More than 20 years after it was banned in parts of Britain for its supposedly blasphemous content, the biblical satire dominated a survey for online shop bol.com.

Director Terry Jones, who played the mother of Brian, a young man mistaken for the Messiah, delivered the winning line to a crowd hoping to catch a glimpse of their idol — “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”

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Glow In The Dark Graves Attract Crowds

Word has spread that the al Qaeda graves in Afganistan have magical healing properties, and scores of people congregate there every day, some to pay their respects, and others hoping their diseases or disabilities will be cured.
“One man buried electric bulbs in the graves and told people it was magical light that could heal them,” a senior police official said. “He has been arrested. We respect the graves but we do not respect such people.” More weirdness here.
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Weather Balloons – The Next Wireless Satellites

Weather balloons launched every day would be used to provide wireless telephone service in rural areas under a plan devised by a Chandler, Ariz., company.

Space Data Corp.
, which is located at the Stellar Air Park, demonstrated its SkySite concept this week at the IDG DEMO 2002 conference at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs resort in Phoenix.
Space Data has not yet finalized negotiations with the National Weather Service on joint use of balloons, and it has not yet completed any agreements with wireless carriers. Still, the company hopes to begin commercial service in the southwestern United States in 2003.
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The Segway Auction

This is your exclusive opportunity to be one of the very first consumers to own a Segway Human Transporter. The first-ever consumer models of the Segway HT are now available in this exclusive Amazon.com auction. The Segway HT is the first self-balancing, electric-powered personal transportation machine. Don’t expect a bargain. As of this writing, all three have bids over $40K.

Women love a man and his Segway.
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Disinformation.com

Slashdot reports, “Sure, we are being lied to by bloated, corporatized media all the time. What else is new? The great promise of the Net and Web has always been more truth: a great, hyper-linked network of diverse, individual expression, a vast, linked alternative subculture. There is hope. You can go to the Disinformation Web Site to see that idea in action, despite the AOL-ing and MSN-ing of cyberspace. This trove — its content ranges from “The X-Men” and “Space Mutation” to “The Matrix” to pieces on Radiohead — is what the Web is really about.”
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Leech Computing – Sucking the Life Blood From Your Computer

Leech Computing is ‘a program running on a client computer without user knowledge that can process data and report back the results, but otherwise does not effect the usability of the client computer and makes no changes to the client’. This leech program runs only in memory, and does not access the client’s hard drive at all. In animal terms, the leech needs the animals, so it chooses large animals and only takes a little blood at a time without harming them. Can you spare a drop?
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Inventor Boot Camp Nears Launch

This one-day intensive workshop is designed to give serious inventors the straight scoop on how to take an idea and bring it to market. The Inventor Boot Camp is a one-of-a-kind event with one of the best presentation staffs in the invention industry. Created by a crack team of innovative thinkers, the Boot Camp is an extremely powerful event.

The Boot Camp launches March 9, 2002 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO.
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Remote Lounge – High Tech Geek Night Club

In New York’s East Village Remote Lounge 60 cameras cover every foot of the place, sending footage to the 100 monitors and projection screens throughout. Each bar-goer sits on a stool at a control pod, a cross between Star Trek’s bridge and an arcade game. On top of the control pod is a camera with a joystick so you can control any camera in the room – or any else can aim your camera at you. It’s just a new way of meeting people for the ultra-introverted geek generation.
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