To goofinity, and beyond!

October 24, 2011

I try very hard to invent high-quality fantasy stuff for my blog, but sometimes I just can’t compete with reality. For instance, I could never make up anything like this actual science story:

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (Reuters) – A start-up space company building inflatable habitats for commercial and government lease has laid off half its staff because of delays developing space taxis needed to fly people to the outposts, the company president said on Wednesday.

Robert Bigelow, a hotel entrepreneur and founder of Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace, had hoped space taxis, also needed by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, would be available by early 2015.

I don’t even know which element is most bizarre. Is it that this guy makes inflatable space houses, or that now the taxis he thought would take folks up to his inflatable space houses won’t be ready on time, or that his business is based in Las Vegas?

I need to start paying more attention to technology, because I haven’t felt this ignorant about current events since a year ago, when I found out the U.S. Navy was shooting off Volkswagens at the speed of light or whatever it was.

I mean, did I fall asleep for 20 years and suddenly wake up in a world where there’s a weekend space house waiting for me, if only I can get a taxi?

Well, why didn’t you say so? Heck, I’ll just see if I can find an assistant on my iPhone, and command her to CALL one for me!

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Inflatable church???? Seriously? Because there aren’t enough brick-and-mortar churches?

I want my flying car…..

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Interesting

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Maybe Bigleow Aeospace could consider building inflatable drive-through wedding chapels, and inflatable casinos?
BTW, is Bigelow a division of Basler Air?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nosmo, yeah, like we have divisions…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Now, why didnt I think of that.. I could carry my taser to outerspace and follow “The Book”, and become the greatest hitchhiker EVER!!!!!
Now, whose calling me a cab?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I think I know why this company isn’t doing so well. There’s no air in outer space to inflate the habitats.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Where’s my Jet Pack? (Alert: Some lyrics may be offensive)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1SCu9yiB lo

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

OK Shra, you’re a cab :)

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

An inflatable bounce house/bar would be more than awesome. Can’t you just imagine a bunch of drunks hobbling around trying to get out of there? You could wait until everyone is sloshed and just turn the thing over so that the door is pointed up at the sky. Man…my next New Year’s Eve party is going to ROCK!!!

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

@justK: I like the way you think. Now, what are your plans for that inflatable church?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Spin – I suggest fill it w/helium and make a rapture prediction…just for giggles ;)

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Now now…at least the Space Church/House/Way Station is mostly pointy for when it has to take off to spatially ferry those people to their other Space Houses, because their very own Space Ferries are called back because of a problem with their Go Pedals.

Also, the only good use for a VW is to shoot it/them many miles, just to get a laugh when they impact in your unfavorite neighbors/bosses yard!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

@justK, I can imagine it and it would indeed be more than awesome! :D

@Dave, there ya go buddy. Enjoy!
http://www.terrafugia.com/

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Oh, a company that makes inflatable homes for outerspace!

Is the president of the company the official Air Head?
Are the space taxi drivers in training Space Cadettes?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

they need to work with these guys.. http://popapub.com/

Posted by dcb3 | Report as abusive

Nosmo, you smarty pants you!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra, I was going to add … you seem more like a Ferrari to me.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive