Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Xena Reborn

Congratulations to Anousheh Ansari, on her recent vacation to the ISS.

There, now that i've got that out of the way, I've got a message for all you Anousheh-is-the-second-coming-of-Xena freaks out there.

She went on a (very expensive) VACATION to an extreme destination.

This isn't HISTORIC.
It WON'T get you to space.
She's RICH, you AREN'T.
She isn't the first person to BLOG.*

While we all here at the Space Cynics are certainly envious of her rarely-experienced vacation, and would love the chance to go (so any of you wanting to donate $80m - so we can all go - to the Cynics... make your checks out to Cash, or just paypal us.) we aren't buying this drivelish worship fest that seems to have infected you.

Go take a cold shower and get a life.

The Management

(*note, in case you missed it, the Space Cynics is a blog too. Duh.)


Blogger badger said...

Yes Joe Page did say it very well. What an odd guy he is -- he actually reads! ;-)

That emotional rollercoaster stabilization device is a handy gadget -- thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger badger said...

P.S. Badger on Space-Cynics is known as Ground Ops on the vacation blog in question.

-- Robin

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jon Goff said...

Prof L,
I have to say I much prefer your comments to Shubbers. I was kind of disappointed that your blog's first post in a long time was one that came off as childish and immature. I'm glad to see that at least some of you realize that being a cynic doesn't imply being obnoxiously controversial just for the sake of controversy.


Friday, October 06, 2006 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Shubber Ali said...

Jon Goff said...
Prof L,
I have to say I much prefer your comments to Shubbers. I was kind of disappointed that your blog's first post in a long time was one that came off as childish and immature.

My blog post was a response to the reading-comprehension challenged twits who seemed to inhabit the land of Xena worship known as Anousheh's blog. Obviously you appear to fall into that sad group of people, since you don't have the ability to grasp the actual points I made at that site - something that WAS obvious to at least one person involved in the blog itself, and for which I was thanked.

I'm glad to see that at least some of you realize that being a cynic doesn't imply being obnoxiously controversial just for the sake of controversy.

I'm not being controversial for the sake of controversy. If my comments are controversial, so be it. If you prefer your kool-aid, you are free to not visit this blog and live your fantasy in peace.

Saturday, October 07, 2006 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Shubber Ali said...

There really isn't any reason to add anything, except for the friendly advice that if something doesn't float your boat don't assume that it is invalid. If we (and we number in millions) are inspired by Anousheh and you are not, there is no need to be confused.

I'm not confused by what Anousheh did, as badger rightly knows :-) I am saddened by how childishly simplistic you members of the congregation appear to be. Perhaps I should sit back, wait two years, and watch the kool-aid effect slip away until you are fully caught up in the glow of the latest will-o-wisp and stop dreaming about going to space as if dreams were the only thing we were short of in our quest for permanent cheap reliable reusable access to space.

Sunday, October 08, 2006 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Shubber Ali said...

After all, the hurt you've caused will be soon forgotten, but many thousands will never forget the name - Shubber Ali.

Well, that's a brave comment coming from one so cowardly as to not be willing to post their own name. I'd respond to the rest of your missive, but i'm afraid of hurting you even more than i apparently already have done.

Monday, October 09, 2006 3:21:00 PM  
Blogger Shubber Ali said...

Cowardly you may think, but I'm not the one looking for publicity.

Obviously you are, but in the standard 12-year-old internet chat room kind of way. That's a very clever name you came up with - did you think of that all by yourself or did you get mom to help you out?

Tell me one thing though.

I'll tell you two - first, you're an idiot.

Were you surprised by the reaction to your comments, or was that exactly the reaction that you encouraged. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking "troll".

Second, no, i wasn't surprised, because it reinforced for me my understanding that the average person is a moron. Think about it - if the average IQ is 100, that means half the population has an IQ under 100 - which, I'd hazard to guess, includes you.

As for thinking - i don't believe most of the people who posted on that blog in response to my comments were actually thinking at all. If they did, and if they had the most rudimentary grasp of the english language, they'd actually get the points I raised, and that I (a) envied Anousheh and (b) would gladly go if I had $20m to blow on such a trip. So comments from those enlightened individuals who thought I was being talibanesque because I didn't think she should spend the money the way she wanted to only confirmed my opinion of how naive and stupid those posters were.

The fact that you all keep coming to our blog, and responding to our posts, be it on spaceports, space tourism, elevators, solar power satellites, or Anousheh's vacation, makes me ask again - why do you care what we think? Are you looking for some sort of approval or "atta boy"? Well, it ain't going to happen, so get used to disappointment.

Monday, October 09, 2006 4:29:00 PM  
Blogger Shubber Ali said...

See, you're doing it again. Attacking people when there's no need whatsoever.

My apologies, "Shagger" - i just assumed that you wanted to have a juvenile conversation because that's how you started out, so I figured i'd stoop to your level.

But in reality it's your view that is one-sided and unobjective.

I'm curious - since you seem to think you shouldn't be lumped into the same category as the others whom i've ended up disparaging - what do you think my view actually is?

f I were to be challenged with insufficient intelligence, surely I would have resorted to aggression. Which I haven't.

No, only to facile observations and cowardly posting, but hey, whatever floats your boat. But you must admit you *did* post twice and then delete one.... not the sharpest tool on the blog, eh? :-)

Shubber, the internet is not a new medium to you, but you still act like it is. You still post with the same aggression and lack of sensitivity towards others, and yet in person you're quite different. Why the dual personality? ;)

My house, my rules. I don't suffer fools, or foolish comments, gladly. You are welcome to stay, debate with me if you choose to (although oddly those who seem to disagree with my views on aspects of the space "industry" don't actually stick around to debate - and i have been known to actually change MY point of view if shown another viewpoint that makes more sense....)

As for why a dual personality - i'm a gemini. It comes with the territory ;-)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 12:29:00 AM  

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