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LEGOoooos In Spaaaaaaace

NASA launched a spacecraft today destined for Jupiter. It should get there in 2016. (Watch the launch here, or follow the Juno mission on Twitter).

And it’s a manned flight! Kinda. They’re sending these three custom LEGO figures along. Jupiter, Juno and Galileo. Because forrrr the chilrunnn or something.

Oh, come on…you didn’t really want to talk about the econopolipse, did you? I’ve come to the conclusion not a single one of the bozos up on his hind legs flapping his gums about the global economy has the slightest-effing-idea what he’s talking about. Bad shit coming. That’s all anyone knows for sure.

Who cares? Custom LEGOs! In space!

Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Alice
Time: August 5, 2011, 10:40 pm

So, thunderbolts for Jupiter – check. Telescope for Galileo – check. And for Juno… what is that? A magnifying glass? A racket ball racket? Frying pan? Birdbath on a stick? I’m at a loss.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 5, 2011, 10:44 pm

In Greek and Roman mythology, Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief. From Mount Olympus, Juno was able to peer through the clouds and reveal Jupiter’s true nature. Juno holds a magnifying glass to signify her search for the truth, while her husband holds a lightning bolt. The third LEGO crew member is Galileo Galilei, who made several important discoveries about Jupiter, including the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honor). Of course, the miniature Galileo has his telescope with him on the journey.

Because she’s a grrrrl!

Comment from Alice
Time: August 5, 2011, 11:05 pm

Given how obsessed I was with Greek and Roman mythology when I was in elementary school, it is simply not possible I never knew that, but I don’t remember that at all. However, it’s a fact that I am (very slightly) older than the president; therefore, I blame the Tea Partiers.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 5, 2011, 11:06 pm

I’m slightly older than the president, also. We need older presidents.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 5, 2011, 11:08 pm

It’s a handbag mirror.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 5, 2011, 11:25 pm

It’s the big iron skillet I’m fixing to smack upside your head.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: August 5, 2011, 11:59 pm

Oh come on. We can’t let girls handle important and expensive stuffs like lightening bolts & telescopes. 🙂

*Ducks iron skillet*

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 6, 2011, 12:06 am


Oh, THANKS Mitch. JUST when I had FINALLY gotten the stitches out from the LAST lady who smacked me with a frying pan……

Anyone got som Neosporin?

Oh, Stoatie. Book recomendation. I don’t know if you’re interested in the whole Harry Potter or Old style Detective genre, but if you’re interested, try the Dresden Files series from Jim Butcher.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 6, 2011, 12:24 am

Juno, in many of her forms, is looked to in matters of feminine physiology, sexuality, and fecundity. So, I think she’s holding a diaphragm on a stick preparatory to poking a hole in it.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 6, 2011, 5:54 am

Arrgh, I am totally hooked on Euler Project problems. Thanks, Stoaty, for decreasing my productivity below its traditionally meagre levels. I’ve done 26 of them so far, so I’m level 1. Yay! God I love Mathematica. Here’s problem 34: find the sum of the numbers which are equal to the sum of the factorial of their digits (behold the awesome power of Mathematica as a programming language):

Plus @@ (#[[1]] & /@ Select[{#, Plus @@ (#! & /@ (IntegerDigits[#]))} & /@ Range[3, 50000], #[[1]] == #[[2]] &])

Runtime: 718 milliseconds (within the one minute rule by quite a hefty margin). Brevity is the soul of wit, and of mathematics.

Also, Hera, whom the Romans expropriated as Juno, was renowned as the most percipient of the major deities, surpassing even Artemis the Huntress (who mutatis mutandis* got turned into Diana.)

* since we’re all up in this Graeco-Roman mythology shit, yo.**

** God I sound like I have Asperger’s

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 6, 2011, 8:12 am


Need Another Seven Astronauts
Need Another Space Agency


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 6, 2011, 8:12 am

They sent my Census form back!! In answer to the question, ‘Do you have any dependents?’

I put, ‘Asylum seekers, gypos, smack heads, unemployable bastards, the cast of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” ,some punk rock band, every aboriginal tribe in Australia and half of the fu*kin middle east!’
…apparently this wasn’t an acceptable answer.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 6, 2011, 8:33 am

On the 21rst, I will be as old as the POTUS.

Comment from some vegetable
Time: August 6, 2011, 1:28 pm

The citizens of Jupiter will soon (well soon in planetary terms) be complaining about three economic asylum seekers who will claim they’re fleeing something (perhaps mythological) they call the obamalypse which they calculate will happen on the President’s birthday in 2012.

There! 🙂 I think I’ve gathered all the loose ends of this thread together nicely. Did I miss anything?

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: August 6, 2011, 2:57 pm

I am substantially more mature than the current occupant of The White House (both chronologically and intellectually – probably psychologically, as well, but that’s a different kettle of neurons…), and we don’t necessarily need older Presidents, but “smarter and more adult-like” would be extremely well received.

“More experienced at intelligent decisions” would be good, as well.

If you need (or simply desire) addition employment for that fry-pan, Oceania’s alleged head would seem to be a useful target…

Re: The mission to Jupiter – any truth to the rumor that the LEGOs were sent ’cause G.I. Joe refused to volunteer for this one? Also, WRT Galileo, I understand the telescope – but howcum he’s also carrying a bowling ball? And what’s that doodad on top of his head – swivel-mont for the ‘scope?

Inquiring minds want to know…

Cool rocket-launch – always fun to watch.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 6, 2011, 4:07 pm

He’s eight years older than me but he acts like an infant. Given the level of contumely that is heaped on politicians on a daily basis, I simply cannot understand how he rose so far. Now, whenever he is thwarted in even the most minor of matters, he bawls, bangs his rattle on his high chair, and refuses to eat his apple sauce.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 6, 2011, 4:19 pm

For David Gillies:
He’s a Preferred Species. All bow before him, especially ABCNNBCBS and their dead-tree fellow travelers. THAT is how he rose so far.

Well, that, and also the fact that he is at LEAST a Marxist, and more likely a Muslim Communist. Those are, after all, the LSM’s idols…

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 6, 2011, 5:08 pm

Correction, Mark. Obama isn’t a Marxist, he just uses Marxist drivel to support his actions. This is easy because so much Marxism is meaningless drivel, which can be applied to almost any circumstance.

Obama wants all economic activity controlled by a single entity, with himself in charge; he is thus a monopoly capitalist. Karl Marx would shoot him out of hand.


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 6, 2011, 8:33 pm

For Ric Locke:

I would posit that The One would have Karl shot instead.

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: August 6, 2011, 9:42 pm

As the sound of the good Rabbi Mossberg’s 12 gauge chamber racked in a 3 inch round of “00” Buckshot, these words echoed across the heartland:

What Jefferson spoke 230 years ago: ‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.‘.

Of course such words were reported to have been mumbled by unshaven, uneducated, bible and gun clinging, racist, homophobic, Tea Party Hobbits! — And therefore must be dismissed as drivel from a small minority on the fringes of this brilliant post-modern One World society.

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: August 6, 2011, 9:53 pm

As for the Jupiter mission….God bless um. Its always a wonder to watch and, in some small way, partake in mankind’s insatiable desire to explore and conquer.

As for the damn Lego Lumps…

I would have preferred Odin, Thor, Freya, Heimdall… maybe Loki and a full compliment of Valkyrie, fully articulated and well endowed GI Joe style mannequins!

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 6, 2011, 11:40 pm

J.S.Bridges–Oooh! Glad someone else was puzzled by the fact that the human is holding two (presumably) symbolic objects, and the two deities only one each. . .and that the human appears to have a bottle opening at the top of his skull. Not to mention, well, geez–what the hell is the symbolism they think they are establishing? OK, I get it that they are sending a mission to the planet named after Jove. And I guess I get the concept of including Jove’s primary-bonded female mate although. . .really, given his roving proclivities, one has to wonder a bit about the Jove/Juno marriage bonds. But. . .there are marriages in worse trouble, no doubt. On the other hand. . .what the devil is Galileo doing in that whole mythic situation?

Sigh. Logic. Why do I try to apply it?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 7, 2011, 11:34 am

I can’t escape the image of some puzzled space alien, a few trillion parsecs and years away… “Damn me, Frank, these ABS lifeforms were small! How ever did they manage to build this thing?”

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 7, 2011, 12:25 pm

Ahh, lighten up.

Engineers are just as prone to whimsy as any other identifiable subgroup. If the joke isn’t evident to you, it just means you aren’t knowledgeable on the subject.

I can visualize a table at a bar in Pasadena or Long Beach, surrounded by JPL geeks: “Hey, I wanna put Barbie and Ken dolls in astronaut costumes on the probe.” (laughter)

(sourly) “It’s for sure we’re never gonna get to send people, let alone go ourselves, so yeah, do it.”

“Nah, too massive, and if the Suits find out we’re all in the s*tter. Have you looked for a job lately?” (murmurs of agreement)

“Something else, then. But what?”

(many suggestions are offered, most of them at least vaguely obscene. Serious consideration is given to sending dolls representing Barry and Michelle, eventually shot down over the mass issue and how to costume them. Pete Worden with a stake through his heart is Right Out.)

(some time later) “OK, LEGO people it is, they’re only a few grams. But we gotta have some high-sounding excuse for it. Any suggestions?”

(there follows a long discussion of the possibilities and refinement of the final suggestions, which continues until the bar closes. Next morning somebody remembers it…)


Comment from some vegetable
Time: August 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

Ric –
I think you have it just about right; the only thing I’d add is the part of the discussion about what a beautiful slap in the face it is for the suits by reminding people that the guys in the Whitehouse et al have plenty of money for trailer park voters et al but are cheap bastards when it comes to the future of mankind.

Some Vegetable worries: “do I sound too much like a certain troll when I mutter things like that?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 7, 2011, 1:00 pm

Ric Locke, that sounds about right. Although I suspect the FIRST suggestion would be sending the REAL Barry and Michelle. They would have noted that, without life support, the added mass MIGHT be reasonable. Especially if they were only going to LEO.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 7, 2011, 2:42 pm

Off topic again (Quelle surprise!), but I see your piddly banjo and raise you one 27-string guitar:

Think the string manufacturers salivate over THAT thing?

Comment from JuliaM
Time: August 7, 2011, 6:02 pm

O/T: weasels – only animal to plan for the future!


Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: August 7, 2011, 6:51 pm

Great link JuliaM.
It is all coming together now. Last time I was frolicking in hay with a 6’1″ athletic South African weaselette (circa 1989) she was enthusiastically hiding the sausage because of the awareness of the future.

I suppose the Egyptian scarabs roll the dung balls uphill because they are fascinated by the elegance of the concept of sphere and need exercise for the pelvic appendages.
These scientists just ruin it for everyone with their theories, discerning minds, peer review, NSF grants, fancy lab coats, etc. Why can’t we just believe what the elders say around the sooty campfire. It’s only natural!

It is an insult and a thinly-veiled anti-Semitism to dispatch Roman characters in the universe created by Supreme Hebrew. Israel is our friend in an unstable region while I cannot think of what the Romans have done for us recently (apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order and bringing peace).

Comment from Mrs. Hill
Time: August 8, 2011, 1:21 am

Love it!
The Mister and I, who are both older than the president, were just wondering if, at a certain level of, ahem, maturity, do the weasels stop picking green bananas? Now that would be planning!

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 8, 2011, 5:29 pm

Hopefully Castle Mustelidae has not been directly affected by the Obamas runnin’ wild over there in East Pondia…

Comment from Mitchell
Time: August 8, 2011, 6:52 pm

So how are the London riots being reported?

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: August 8, 2011, 7:56 pm

This is Mongoose Heavy, come in Weasel One.

This is Mongoose Heavy, come in Weasel One.

Weasel frequency is silent Mitchell. I am fearing the worst. The chooks flew to the top of the electric wire pole and the Local constabulary gallops in the wagon to intervene.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: August 8, 2011, 8:58 pm

“So how are the London riots being reported?”

By the media, with extra lashings of ‘what are the root causes?’ and ‘are these people rioting because of the government’s cuts?’. Yes, even Sky and other independent channels.

On Twitter and blogs, there’s a clear split between the left, doing it’s best to incite the riot (and Jody MacIntyre was just canned from the ‘Indy’ for this) and everyone else hooting in derision at the limp-wristed, lily livered response from the ACPO top brass and the useless ‘community leaders’.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: August 8, 2011, 9:36 pm

I’m heavily armed AND I can make booze. I’m kind-of looking forward to the poopstorm that’s a-coming. (In an odd way.)

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