First of all, I want to thank everyone for the amazing response I got to my Can I REALLY Just Be Myself?. It took all night (Tuesday into Wednesday) to put that together, but when it came time to “Publish” button I found myself filled with serious reservations about posting it. Thank again, for being so gracious!
Anyway, despite that exhilarating “roller coaster ride” and my severe need for sleep, I still intended to post something about yesterday’s incredible-yet-depressing Washington D.C. Space Shuttle Flyovers. Hell, one of the reasons it was so easy to stay up all night the night before was because I was also waiting for PBS to post their report on it to YouTube!
But then the death of Dick Clark splashed all over the TV news and Internet like a sucker punch from nowhere. Somehow, doing a post about space shuttle flyovers just didn’t feel right. I was, in fact, so deflated that everything I thought of to honor Dick Clark just seemed so… weak. Fortunately, others were able to do him justice. Our friend Pied Type’s Dick Clark was my VJ is an excellent example. I highly recommend it.
Here’s my small contribution:
So, after a day that was already chock full of loss-induced sadness and philosophical debates about world views, I decided that I what I needed most was to just relax and recharge by falling asleep to some good TV. But that isn’t what happened my friends. Oh no, not by a long shot…
Because I ended up watching, for the umpteenth time, the one movie that symbolizes to me, beyond all others, all the emotions of the day about reason, faith, loss, and the highest of human aspirations: Contact! I kind of doubt Mr. Sagan would agree with me, but Jodie Foster’s performance in that movie is like my vision of the ultimate Carl Sagan meets Ayn Rand love child come to life!
Well, today is a new day, right? Time to get on with it, eh? Well not so fast my friends, because Pied Type has also reminded me of another sad event we should never forget, in her Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing post!
Being late to the job, again, here’s my tiny input:
But, to paraphrase one of my old bosses, “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never ship anything!” Well that’s certainly as true for posting blogs as it is for shipping controls systems. So on to the space shuttle flyovers, eh? Well wouldn’t you know it? Pied Type has beat me to the punch again with her Shuttle symbolism post, which, in turn, links us to these awesome videos. Argh!
But I STILL think the PBS Newshour coverage was the best!
Not enough? Well check out these related links:
Of course, this awesome imagery, and those still-fresh post-movie emotions, reminds me that I STILL haven’t done a post to induct Sagan’s heir apparent, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in My Heroes hall of fame!
I want ice water.
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