For a suitable donation, a question could be put to the Pythia and an answer obtained from Apollo. Since the words of the Pythia were hard to understand, the priests attending her wrote up the answer in verse and delivered it to the petitioner.
Source Public Domain From the start, Stanley — excuse me if I lapse into the familiar — was dedicated to making every aspect of as real as possible.
No detail was too small to consider. We had boatbuilders, sculptors, artists and even metalworkers on set. We had model-makers, for Chrissake.
Truckloads of data and technical drawings and equipment would arrive routinely. Stanley insisted that the space hardware used in the film was scientifically accurate, an almost up-to-the-minute realism acquired from constant conversations with the NASA officials on the set.
My initial six-month term turned into a year, and then three years. I ended up moving my family to London. It was hard work, but those of us on the crew were having the time of our lives. The civil rights movement, Vietnam — the rest of the world just seemed to pass us by. We were focused on the future.
Finally, wrapped in late I felt so relieved, and made immediate plans to move my family back to New York and patch up my fraying marriage. One evening, late, the phone rang. Naturally it was a cover story, much like the one used in the film itself, and Stanley would later confide in me our true purpose — after I had signed a confidentiality agreement, of course.
How did trust and a handful of confidentiality agreements manage to keep a lid on the greatest secret of the 20th century? A mathematician at Oxford recently went through the trouble of figuring out that, given the somepeople who worked at NASA, a moon hoax would last only about three years before it would be leaked or uncovered.
A century-long fraud, however, would require fewer than collaborators.
A true dirty dozen. We just followed the script and rolled the tape. It was truly magic — and we had the right stuff. And why would I join him?
Clues of the hoax do not reflect mistakes, Canard writes, but the very real limitations of the technology he was working with. Source Public Domain Whatever they said in the papers, the Russians were beating us, plain and simple. They had more warheads, more soldiers and a more sophisticated space program.
And then there was the rather nontrivial matter of the Van Allen radiation belts — the rings of charged particles held high above the Earth by its magnetic field.
NASA had covertly tried sending a German shepherd through one of those belts. The poor dog was scrambled into kibbles and bits. And so we improvised, returning to the basics and what Americans really do best: I doubt the whole moon hoax was meant to last forever.
When the Cold War ended, I felt, like the others, that the truth would finally be revealed — one more dodgy but understandable tactic deployed to win a great war. By Christmaswe had once again finished filming a space masterpiece in London.
Now we could only wait to see how our film would play before an international audience that would number more than half a billion.
The Proof of the Pudding Is in the Cheating On July 20,while millions of Americans watched what they thought was live television, I was drinking alone at a corner table at a bar on 57th Street.2.
They see gaming as a way to shape the next generation of men. Just as any act of violence committed by a young man in the early s was attributed to big, bad violent video games – any act of supposed sexism committed by a young man is now the fault of irresponsible game devs.
1: I think you have a point here that SF has difficulty reaching its ultimate potential, falling short in the execution by lack of vision, by its difficulty, and just being satisfied with "Enough".
I. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s catchily-titled Inadequate Equilibria is many things.
It’s a look into whether there is any role for individual reason in a world where you can always just trust expert consensus. Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use.
Worse: it is a near-monopolist, dominating the word processing field. Jul 10, · Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. As with all major events in time, there is always a day of reflection.
I'd like to honor that day of reflection with the top Ken, great post highlighting some of the real issues in a humorous way.
I have to agree that practice is the biggest thing. Elementary kids get English once a week and get to play games, etc.