Saturday, April 07, 2007

Pauly Shore... your agent is calling

In the "life imitating art (imitating life)" category...

Saw this news item in the Dutch News this morning.

Space Agency Wants Mars Volunteers

Seems the European Space Agency, having missed the whole Biodome saga here in the US back in the 90's, wants to run an isolation trial of 6 victims/volunteers "isolated in metal tanks for 18 months."

Granted, i'm guessing they won't have to grow their own food, but I have a feeling that even if this actually gets kicked off, the simulated "mission" is going to quietly be "cancelled" somewhere along the way when either (a) the Jack Nicholson character goes nuts and tries to kill his fellow mars explorers, (b) they realise that they forgot a recharger for their iPod or some other key techno device they'll need to keep from dying of boredom, or (c) a real emergency actually does come up (although apparently appendicitis is not considered such an emergency....). Even so, I suspect such a cancellation will occur with the usual self-congratulatory kudos for all that they have learned even though they didn't complete the mission.

Because, you know, in real space, you get do-overs too.


Blogger Alfred Differ said...

Stock the place with USBcells while you can. 8)

Charging units will go the way of the dodo. It can't happen fast enough for me.

I'll bet on (a) except that I think the doors will be opened to stop the killing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 9:40:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You do get do-overs in real space. It's called sending more people to replace the corpses.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 8:54:00 AM  

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