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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell
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I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.
I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.

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I am totally doing this.

Via +Andres Soolo​.
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<sniff> I suppose this is equal parts beautiful and morbid.
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:-D :-D I sure hope +The Onion​ keeps mining this vein. It helps.
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Another end-of-the-world prediction, so I'll make my usual bet: I'll give you $5 right now in exchange for everything you own on September 24. If you believe the world's ending on September 23, then logically you should take that bet.

I've lost track of how many times I've made this bet, but curiously, I've never had a single taker yet.

(Admittedly, my own followers are a self-selecting sample of folks who are generally too sensible to believe nonsense such as this. But you'd think that somebody it's been reshared to would've taken me up on it by now!)
Proclamations of doom are perennial flowers which have sprouted in the garden of human imagination since earliest times. Oracles appeared whenever turmoil caused nations and peoples to feel uncertain about the future. From ancient Sumer, to India, to Iceland, astrological portents used to set off recurring waves of public hysteria. In honor of the coming (or not-coming) Rapture event... may I reprint an article of mine from the last century? It seems even more relevant today. Alas.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/05/whose-millennium.html

Here's a very tiny sampling of past apocalypse ravings. Maybe 0.0001% http://www.abhota.info/end1.htm

In case you missed the reason. Here's the latest silliness. There has got to be a way to corner guys like this into making a bet on it! Better yet, go to his followers and offer pet-care contracts... we'll take care of your pets after you rapture. But pay in advance!

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/15/biblical-prophecy-claims-world-will-end-on-sept-23-christian-numerologists-claim.html
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Presented without comment. (Incidentally, de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics is a great, illuminating book.)
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Here's approximately what a single iPhone X would've cost in 1957.

I'd probably have dropped it and shattered the screen on the first day, too.
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Thanks, America's finest news source. I needed that. :-D :-D :-D
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For 13 years, humanity has had eyes at Saturn. Tomorrow, those eyes close. But it's been grand.
Don't cheat yourselves of joy and pride. See just a glimpse of the marvels revealed by your Cassini mission to Saturn, the most discovered by curious humanity since God asked Adam to "name all the beasts." We're fulfilling that mission, and magnificently, gorgeously. You have reason to be proud to be a member of a species, civilization and nations that do stuff like this!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/14/16298350/nasa-cassini-probe-saturn-enceladus-titan-end-of-mission
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Here's a fitting goodbye to NASA's Cassini spacecraft -- opera, sung by The Planetary Society's (and Star Trek's) own Robert Picardo. :-)
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Here's a great oral history of the development of NASA's Cassini spacecraft -- which, as many of you will know, is doomed to end early Friday morning, plunging into Saturn and sending us data with its last breath.

I was running the test software in the testbed when they hooked up the first two pieces of the Cassini engineering model, the Attitude Control Subsystem (ACS) and Command & Data Subsystem (CDS). And the launch remains the most breathtaking I've ever seen -- that huge orange-tongued rocket backlighting a massive cloud, which till then had been black in the Florida night.

What a sight that was. It's still seared into my memory after two decades.

So I'll be there at the end, to say goodbye -- not farewell, I'm afraid; this is a true goodbye -- to a fabled explorer of a beautiful place. So long, Cassini. Job well done, and thank you.
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