To goofinity, and beyond!
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!
The Buzz Lightyear balloon makes its way through Times Square during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A woman walks into the world’s first inflatable church on a highway near the southern German city of Stuttgart, December 10, 2003. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle