messier object


a coiling filament glowing within
2009, July 13, 3:45 am
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So this is an appallingly delayed response to New Curator‘s challenge & results, but it’s better than nothing, I think. I’ll admit, I came up with it in the shower today (good for the brain and all), but.

I think the response that came closest to nailing what I think is important without drifting into new age-y hem mehness or the artist is importantestness was (no twitter link) Ariel’s: “Preserve cultural heritage while encouraging us to think critically about the past and present and offering inspiration for the future.” Museums work to create not just a narrative of whatever the collections and exhibits are of but of why these were deemed most important, most worthy of survival and future recognition. Just like any sort of history work, they take the present and ossify it into something you hope the future will not just recognize but still empathize with and want to learn from – that the future will still be pretty much the same as it is now. Maybe I’ve just been watching too many crumbling-of-the-future sorts of things lately (listening to King Crimson a few days ago, which reminded me of the Battersea/Ark of the Arts segment in Children of Men – although that’s a whole separate interesting and not necessarily fictional bit of museums-as-hope-for-the-future/museums-as-hotbed-of-nationalist-tendencies mess; those museum sequences in Fallout 3; finally getting around to watching The Day After) and have started making weird assumptions about the survival of societies, but what are museums when you cut to the bottom but places where we put the past and present for people in the future to reflect on?

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liveblogging “hitler’s stealth fighter”

10:04: Well, that ending was terrible.  Seriously, a Nazi stealth bomber? Even my dad thought that was bullshit.

9:50: ads ads ads ads ads ads ads ads iphone ad

9:48: Has anybody talked up the “legend of the Nazi stealth fighter” before this program? I know I’d never heard of it before.

9:47: I wonder if there are different plans for riggin’ a plane for a radar test range and for hanging in a museum?

9:45: The premise of this program is revealed – “I wonder if it really is stealthy.  I mean, it looks stealthy to me.”

9:44: Oh, c’mon, it’s not like out-dogfighting a Me-262 is tough.  Things could fly fast in a straight line, but they couldn’t turn for shit.

9:42: Shit, the Germans are expecting a NUKE

9:41: They keep saying “generations ahead” but I mean the YB-49 only flew in ’47 and the 229 flew for the first time in December ’44.

9:39: Damn, there are a lot of ads on this.  Maybe Fringe and Kings are spoiling me.

9:33: I’m still here, it’s just hard to say anything about the rush to form a plexiglass cockpit.

9:29: Coatings.  Boo-urns.

9:21: Okay, seriously? 2500 dollars a gallon and that’s easier than a little aluminum pipe?

9:18: I realize there’s a whole history of modeling radar reflection but seriously is it tougher to paint it accurately than it is to fabricate a bit of aluminum piping?  Oh, they’re doing it in three months.

9:17: Plus are we supposed to believe the head of the Luftwaffe had never heard of the preeminent glider designers in all Germany?  And I was under the impression the 229 was designed to be a fighter-bomber, and that the Hortens didn’t claim it could be an interceptor?

9:16: “The Horten 229 was generations ahead of the rest of the world.”  Therefore, it was obviously made for revenge.

9:06:

jeff nagle
stop touching it you dicks

allegra black
eh, at least it’s nat geo and not discovery people
discovery people are assholes

9:05: And it’s right there next to the Mosquito, huh.  But where are the Garber peeps? And why do they keep touching it?

9:04:  Hahahahahahaha, a “secure government facility.”  Thanks for the vote of confidence, guys, but you forgot to mention it’s stored next to a mash tank and the expanded human nervous system.  And then the shot of the cyclone wire, geez.

9:03: Norman Leach’s a Canadian military historian? We’re trusting a Canadian specialist to tell us about German aerospace-science relations?



sharpenin’ stones, walkin’ on coals

The following are excerpts from a recent conversation I had on GTalk with a friend from high school.

jeff:
hey nellis which is more important, as a businessman in the field:
google or digg

nellis:
Google

jeff:
followup: which will be more important in ten years

nellis:
Unless everything goes horribly wrong Google

jeff:
yeah that’s about what i thought

nellis:
Although in all honesty they might both not exist

jeff:
that’s true i suppose too

nellis:
Google probably won’t go anywhere though

jeff:
but which will be more important on the internet, smart searches or community search recommendation whatever

nellis:
Google I imagine

jeff:
yeah
i think this museum blog i’m reading is really overselling social content

nellis:
It is affected by recentism

jeff:
yes
but even in that i feel like they use facebook or whatever far more than i do
i will admit i do not use digg/reddit because they are usually useless and stumbleupon because the interface is terrible but even then i don’t think i feel a need to

nellis:
Yeah I mean honestly
Whenever I am bored enough to want something interesting
I still go to Fark
Fuck all this web 2.0

jeff:
yeah
haha man fark
i have not been there in ages
i mean i basically use a few forums for the same purpose
but none of this drop-down flash applet gradient shaded bullshit

nellis:
Ha
I hear you
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