In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.
In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.
Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.
A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.
could we finally be on the Brink.
Sci Fi Channel
Well, the network execs over at the Sci Fi channel have finally gone all the way with destroying a once great network. As of yesterday Sci Fi became SyFy, which in Poland is slang for syphilis. It?s been a long slow downward decline and this is the nail in the coffin. There was the addition of wrestling, which I still haven?t figured out how that fits into a Sci Fi genre. Then there is the fake reality shows, like Scare Tactics, and Ghost Hunters. No one should ever take a group of plumbers and try turning them into Blair Witch style ghost busters. Then worst of all is the constant string of monster/horror movies that show up every Saturday. The quality of these movies make the old B movies look like works of artistic genius.
Last night?s defacing brought along with it a new show called Warehouse 13. I watched it this morning on Hulu, I refuse to actually watch the network live any more. The show drags on for much of it, almost as if they really struggled to fill the 2 hours the premiere was slotted for. The show is basically a remake of the 1980?s show Friday the 13th, with an X-Files style wrapping.
It starts off with a long slow dull opening that lays the overextended back story for the Mulder / Scully wanna be duo and sends them off to the pawn shop, I mean government warehouse, in South Dakota where the third wheel is added by way of the Warehouse curator. Once there they pair is sent on their first assignment, which is to investigate a girlfriend beating university student in Iowa. The student apparently attends a made up University of Southern Iowa, which for some odd reason, is located in North Central Iowa, based on the map location the curator circles. I guess it fits well with the made up Seever County and Seever City. 99 counties to choose from in the state of Iowa and they had to make one up? At least in the The Puppet Masters they used real town names. As an Iowa resident I almost find it insulting. Warehouse 13 feels like a ?Been there, Done That, Didn?t care for the T-Shirt,? kind of show. The over used premise, the bad script, misplaced comedy, along with an apparently geographically challenged writing staff has certainly turned me off. Warehouse 13 will not be getting added to my list of regularly watched shows.
Somewhere Asimov is rolling over in his grave, and he is angry.