A historic moment in space history went almost unnoticed very recently. The first commercial launch of a space shuttle was made by Space X, an independent contractor who are now looking to expand the influence of the ground to outer space. If you doubt the importance of this first successful mission of Space X’s Dragon shuttle launched to the International Space station, to return to earth 2 weeks later safely having orbited the plant hundreds of times, this short video will help to give you a sense of it’s importance.
If you are wondering why this moment is important it is that historically, the pursuit of exploration and expansion for the Human race does not accelerate fully, and never has, until the common man, unallied to any government or political power chooses to take control of the technology and advancements that will allow him (or her) to see new, uncharted frontiers. While you can call it commercialism, commercialism is funded through people’s aspirations and dreams. The founding fathers of the New Land (although already occupied) went because, they, as individuals could see the value in a new frontier.
The passionate and dedicated team at Space X have done this and the pride and joy they have in achieving this, the first of so many goals is obvious in this speedy recreation of what happened just a few short weeks ago. The importance of this movement forward in the history of human culture comes through loud and clear, as one solitary space shuttle broke the blue sphere that houses us and moved us forward quietly into the future.
Sorry if it’s a little over the top but it’s early in the morning, I can’t sleep and this moved me more than perhaps I expected. Just thought I’d let you know that while most of us were sleeping, the universe around us got a little closer without us knowing…
In today’s email-centric world there doesn’t seem to much place for the humble letterhead, but in decades gone by they were as essential a business tool as a phone or a pen. A quality letterhead was a way of verifying the authenticity of a letter as well as the credentials of the sender and as a result, everyone had them.
This week Retronaut has been showcasing the letterheads of everyone from Adolf Hitler to David Bowie and, while they’re all fascinating, some of the most creative ones come from the legends of the entertainment industry. I’ve pulled out a few choice examples which I thought would be of interest to you dear Bunkerites. Who knows, if you’re old enough to have written a fan letter to one of these people, you may even have a genuine one of these kicking around somewhere!
Fawcett Comics - 1942
Charles Schulz - 1958
The Star Wars Corporation - 1976
Paramount Pictures - 1978
The Muppets Show Fan Club - 1981
Marvel Comics - 1982
Lucas Film - 1982
You can view the full collection over at Retronaut.
Shameless fame hungry animals that we are I thought I’d check up my own name on Yahoo (powered by Google). Couldn’t simply look mine up though now could I. Good news! After a mere 247 hits we are officially the first thing to come up on Yahoo when you type in ‘Beyond the bunker’. If you type in even a slight variation than that by even one letter you could get anything but we are the most popular search response with exactly our name!!
But woah. Hold your horses what about those within Beyond the Bunker? Where does Dan get exactly? Thought I’d check and the results were encouraging.
There he is! 2nd page of searches when you type in Dan Thompson. Its his comedy page on Myspace.com.Go to http://www.myspace.com/danthompsoncomedy to have a look. We intend to get a page up on Myspace.com soon. He’s the first hit if you type in ‘gay pirate’ but many might not make the association with him. He also shares a search name and was slightly pipped to the post by this guy and his timelapse experiments on Vimeo.
Me, I checked. Turns out I specialize in the social, cultural, and political history of twentieth century Canada/ North America, with a particular interest in the great lakes region. Happily, I wrote a book called The Donut: A Canadian History in which I put the Donut into its historical context. I was fairly sure everyone knew what that was but there you go. Even got a review in the Guardian in which the reviewer hoped ‘Steve Penfold will only stay famous for his passion for doughnuts.’ I do like doughnuts.
While I do appear on page 1 below the pastry historian its for an obscure ad I posted up for myself on Mandy.com which got me NO jobs (score for Mandy!!). But on page 3 there I am, in a link to the Scipulse.net website for an interview I did with Martin Conaghan and Barry Nugent about Fallen Heroes – http://scifipulse.net/?tag=steve-penfold. It also appears I’ve been brought in to encourage Safe Sex. It makes me worried I’m a contraceptive.
Be safe, people.
So there we have it! A lot of work to do. Can we get our names to the top of Yahoo searches for us both using the very material you will find here? It hardly matters but its worth a crack!