Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Far Out Sci-Fi #6

Having some Sci-Fi fun on the bayou...


AMC's "Humans" - The Future is Here

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From the perspective of an old Dude, if I were to write a simple account of my daily life and send it back to myself at age ten, it would read like the most extreme science fiction that no-one at the time would believe possible. 


Today, we take for granted the ability to send photos halfway around the world in an instant.  But a century ago, getting a photograph across an ocean was a much more involved process than simply snapping a selfie and publishing it to 3,000 of your closest Facebook friends. 

As it happens, during the rescue someone on the S.S. President Roosevelt snapped a photo of the sinking Antinoe. Soon after, that same image would be seen in newspapers across the United States. But how did the photograph get from the London to New York City before the existence of things like satellites, smartphones and transatlantic fiber optic cables? 

The April 1926 issue of Science and Invention helpfully illustrated the process, detailing everything involved in getting that photograph from London to New York City. As you can see from the caption in the Laredo Times, the way that the photo made its way across the Atlantic was as noteworthy as the rescue itself. And it owed most of the debt to a monster transatlantic cable.


Astronaut Survival Guide Tip#1 - 
It's fallacious to say "There's no sound in space" 



Inside a remote rusting warehouse in the Kazakhstan desert that once housed the Soviet space shuttle program, Russian photographer, Ralph Mirebs, managed to gain access inside the hulking building to find not one but two spacecrafts, sleeping under layers of dust and twenty years worth of bird droppings. 


These spacecrafts were built for the Buran orbiter vehicle programme, the largest and most expensive program in the history of Soviet space exploration.

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The reusable spacecraft project that cost billions of rubles was officially terminated on 30 June 1993, by President Boris Yeltsin. 


The UFO phenomenon does seem to reflect, at least in part, on the popular cultural conceptions of the time, and as those have changed, so too, have the reports. 


Okay, this is well into tinfoil territory. Could the collective governments of the world organize something that looked enough like a real alien invasion to convince the drones the green men are coming?


Katy Anders said...

Those are some fantastic UFOs!

Soylent Green said...

You can't fool me, that third one on the left is one of the pie tins from Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space"

Ron Russell said...

Interesting post. As I noted in my email, use to teach history. The first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid back in the late 1850's and although only operational for a few weeks there was a message sent between President Buchanan and Queen Victoria. Noted you used the term "bayou" in this post---I'm originally from Louisiana and taught school there and a big LSU tiger fan. Well back to work. Before I forget, did you get my email off the site I use to post my Gif---built that several years ago for my Buddy how owns a small company in Little Rock. The pages I use there cannot be accessed unless you have the full url as they are not linked to other pages---just in case you were wondering. I have a .net "Guns and Bikinis" site through the same server, but unfortunately it does not have a feed so I redirected my old blogspot guns and bikinis site. I post a short version there so as to get the feed out to those sites that have linked to me at, but the actual full post is at Just a few extra steps, but hell all I have is time. By the way, I've linked to you there if you choose to reciprocate please be sure to use the "" address and my latest posting will show in your blogroll when in reality it is coming from the ".net". Damn gets my head spinning sometime.

Proof said...

Amazing how much some of the Russian orbiters bear a striking resemblance to our own space shuttle. No chance at all that any plans were smuggled to the Russkies!

Anonymous said...

Actually, we took the idea of the shuttles from Russia after they stated that the orbiters were not safe.