Thursday, January 15, 2004

I am thrilled we’re making plans to return to the moon.

Why? Lots of subtle reasons. Space is far more than the “Earth’s backyard” that a lot of people seem to think it is. It’s not just another place to explore.

As Solomon Short wrote, “Space is not the final frontier. The final frontier is the human soul. Space is merely the place where we are most likely to meet the challenge.”

As James Lileks wrote, “Not because it is easy, but because it is hard and expensive and boring and lethal and just might – might – give people something to watch that’s more important than Paris Hilton pitching a fit because she chipped a nail.”

In other news, I was endlessly tickled when I flipped open my copy of The Wall Street Journal this morning to see Astro Boy on the front page, at the bottom, with a reference to page B1. And on page B1 was a huge, full-color action shot of Astro Boy zooming through the air, accompanied by a solid article about the anime industry.

How nice of them.

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