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May 26, 2023 Quick space links

Courtesy of BtB’s stringer Jay.





Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • James Street

    “Kamikaze Marketing: Why One Corporation After Another Is Falling on Its Woke Sword”

    This article gave an interesting explanation as to why company after company (Disney, Target, Anheuser-Busch…) keep doing woke advertising that causes them to lose billions of dollars.

    Part of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies are CEI scores (Corporate Equality Index) where a company scores points for how woke they are on the CEI Index. A company will get 25 points if they have “Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care” and 15 points if they have “LGBTQ employee recruitment efforts with demonstrated reach of LGBTQ+ applicants”.

    Investment companies like BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Bank are the top shareholders of most American publicly-traded corporations. They are driving this woke agenda and their approval or disapproval can make a company succeed or fail. “So investor money is more important than consumer money.” These woke power brokers investing are more important than consumers buying.

    (Note, this only makes sense if you’re insane so I may have gotten some of the facts wrong)

  • D. Messier

    The lander’s sensor accurately measured the change in altitude. The software judged the accurate data as erroneous and disregarded it. It kept descending as if it were just above the surface instead of 5 km high. Ran out of fuel.

  • Bob. Wilson

    Famous last words. Let’s go take a look over there.

    “ispace chief technology officer Ryo Ujiie noted that this fatal discrepancy came from a last minute decision to move the robot’s target landing site from a flat plain on the Moon called Lacus Somniorum to the Atlas

    Ujiie told reporters on May 26 that the change in destination was prompted by the fact that the crater was considered more scientifically interesting than the plains, which can be more easily examined by telescope.

    Asked if the vehicle might have landed at the original site, Ujiie said that “it is very hypothetical, [but] yes, we might have had a chance to successfully land on the Moon.” 

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