Jeff Bezos wants to take you into SPAAAAAACE!

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Blue Origin is the company and they've got some images up.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:20 (fourteen years ago) link

they want to take me into space but they can't hire someone to do web design?? worried

rrrobyn, breeze blown meadow of cheeriness (rrrobyn), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:23 (fourteen years ago) link

"hey guys! we're blogging about space! we can take you there!"
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rrrobyn, breeze blown meadow of cheeriness (rrrobyn), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:24 (fourteen years ago) link

LOL

My only job at the launch was to open the champagne, and I broke the cork off in the bottle. : ) Fortunately, our other valve operations went more smoothly.

Not very reassuring.

stoked for the madness (nickalicious), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

"Use 1-Click Shopping to enter low orbit."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Someone check that Emsk is still breathing!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Hey you can laugh all you like but I was kind of impressed. Not by the webpage (although I actually liked the lowtech of it all - how often have you seen over designed flash infested websites selling you nothing) but by the sheer excitedness of it all and eryone involved. Also I thought the rocket was pretty cool looking.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I still want to know exactly what Neal Stephenson's "advisory" role is.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 4 January 2007 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Street cred?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 4 January 2007 16:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Clearly, they believe it's Turtles, all the way down:

http://public.blueorigin.com/img/GFWEB200.jpg

Do Not Feed The Crush (kate), Thursday, 4 January 2007 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Gradatim Overthruster

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 4 January 2007 16:08 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, i'm going to continue to laugh all i like

rrrobyn, breeze blown meadow of cheeriness (rrrobyn), Thursday, 4 January 2007 16:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Also I thought the rocket was pretty cool looking.

And innovative too!

http://public.blueorigin.com/img/pic4.jpg

=== temporary username === (Mark C), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:03 (fourteen years ago) link

let's go! fuck this planet.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:04 (fourteen years ago) link

The photos of the inside of their office (the part with the stairs) look exactly like the inside of amazon's pacmed office. i was searching the photo for a bear skeleton.

lyra (lyra), Thursday, 4 January 2007 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

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Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 6 June 2008 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

there is another thread

jeff, Friday, 6 June 2008 19:02 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

I hope this goes well

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57386049

Alba, Monday, 7 June 2021 12:15 (two weeks ago) link

fingers crossed

rob, Monday, 7 June 2021 12:26 (two weeks ago) link

Why do so many people want to go to space? Is it just that they are so rich they have literally run out of things to do?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 12:59 (two weeks ago) link

important meeting with the Elder Gods

rob, Monday, 7 June 2021 13:03 (two weeks ago) link

Cosmic rays give you fantastic powers

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 7 June 2021 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

"Fantastic powers" is a terrible euphemism for "cancer."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

Giving rays to Jeff Bez’ feels fantastic

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 7 June 2021 13:52 (two weeks ago) link

Why do so many people (billionaires) want to go to space?

Guillotines need gravity to work.

BlackIronPrison, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:03 (two weeks ago) link

It's not just billionaires that want to go to space!

https://i.insider.com/5858374bca7f0c5c008b69c1?width=1200&format=jpeg

Though yeah, undoubtedly right now it's only rich people that have the option. But perhaps also the only ones with the desire, too.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

I'd go to space tbh

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

Me too, though not at the expense of $2.8m or being Jeff Bezos's brother.

Alba, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:47 (two weeks ago) link

Indeed.

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

i would love to go to space, that would be everything

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

but first i need to become one of the richest people

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

I don't get it, but I get that some people clearly dig the idea.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

Going to space, that is, not getting rich. Me, given the choice? Just write me the check and I'm happy to stay down here.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

There are no laws in space so you can murder Jeff Bezos and get off scot-free.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

I’d much rather than go to space and have no money than the other way around. Money is bad

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

There are no laws in space so you can murder Jeff Bezos and get off scot-free.

Sure way to get Space Force on your tail, imo.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

I'd rather explore the deep than space, really. James Cameron is the rich guy for that one iirc.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, I'd rather go to the bottom of the ocean than to outer space.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

idk they scare me about equally and in space there are no fish to laugh at me as I die

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:03 (two weeks ago) link

There’s nothing at the bottom of the ocean except for trash and blind minibosses. In space there is absolutely no trash, zero debris, and the lack of gravity makes you strong and hardy

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

@milo - not sure if the fact it's a private craft changes things at all, but:

According to Article VIII of the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies whenever one of the nations that's a party to the treaty launches an object — i.e., a spacecraft, satellite or space station — into space, or builds one on a celestial body, that nation retains jurisdiction and control over it.

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

So we need to wait for a rocket launched from Peter Thiel's floating microstate to start murdering?

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

Getting a letter of marque to assassinate Elon Musk on his rocket to Mars.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

"Why did you murder Mr. Bezos?"
"I'm a legal scholar"

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

Karl, pretty sure space is *nothing* but orbiting trash.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

Soon including Bezos.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

(i know :))

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

anything within visual distance of earth is bound to be full of trash soon

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

(xp the lack of gravity makes one weak and cranky, too, i suspect)

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 June 2021 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

didn't realize this company was from 2007!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 7 June 2021 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

I'm all for this-- as long as Bezos has to pee into a bottle for the entire trip

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 7 June 2021 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

the superrich probably have less access to the sublime than the average person, ordinarily. the world feels malleable to them, small. this probably produces a severe sense of despair, you know, the unfathomable loneliness of god and all that, so they are trying to heal themselves by going into space and experiencing a reality that makes them feel small again.

treeship., Monday, 7 June 2021 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

what he should do instead is give away his money, change his name, and get a job at the burger king in paramus.

treeship., Monday, 7 June 2021 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

Rockets are explosive and inherently dangerous. So is falling to earth from a great height. I would like Jeff Bezos to experience this situation as often as possible. Once a day would be excellent.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Monday, 7 June 2021 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

idk they scare me about equally and in space there are no fish to laugh at me as I die

― intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, June 7, 2021 12:03 PM (one hour ago)

a good one for the 100 drawings thread

rob, Monday, 7 June 2021 17:40 (two weeks ago) link

I'd like to go into space if the spacecrafts weren't blowing up all the time

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Monday, 7 June 2021 17:40 (two weeks ago) link

https://t.co/cN3nzyBCwr pic.twitter.com/uytubJ02ho

— hollywood brett thousand (@BrettThousand) June 7, 2021

global tetrahedron, Monday, 7 June 2021 20:50 (two weeks ago) link

This could be excellent fodder for the Punky Brewster reboot.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Monday, 7 June 2021 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

men will literally go to the edge of space with their brother instead of going to therapy

— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) June 7, 2021

This could be excellent fodder for the Punky Brewster Fantastic Four reboot.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 7 June 2021 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

"There's nothing."
"I know. Have a good journey, Mr. Bezos."

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 June 2021 22:04 (two weeks ago) link

the superrich probably have less access to the sublime than the average person, ordinarily. the world feels malleable to them, small. this probably produces a severe sense of despair, you know, the unfathomable loneliness of god and all that, so they are trying to heal themselves by going into space and experiencing a reality that makes them feel small again.

I hear making minimum wage and shopping at the dollar store gives you direct access to the sublime. Like literally downloading Barnett Newman into your optic nerve. You should try it some time.

Vin Jawn (PBKR), Monday, 7 June 2021 22:23 (two weeks ago) link

thoreau thought that poverty helped make one more receptive to aesthetic experience. it's not an insane idea. but i was sort of being semi-ironic. like, i do think it is true that the space thing has to do with bezos feeling dead inside, but also whatever.

treeship., Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

or *could* help rather. and maybe not poverty, really -- the brutality of lived poverty -- but simplicity, which is different. either way, i feel like it probably is a little disorienting to wield the kind of economic power bezos does.

treeship., Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:56 (two weeks ago) link

Fuck amazon

calstars, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 01:23 (two weeks ago) link

thoreau thought that poverty helped make one more receptive to aesthetic experience.

Come on

calstars, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 01:28 (two weeks ago) link

treeship badly paraphrasing thoreau isn't the same as what thoreau thought or wrote -- and treesh amplified and corrected his bad paraphrase,

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 02:59 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, poverty means living in a state of constant stress and uncertainty. often you have little control over your own life. i wasn't trying to romanticize that sort of condition. but i also think vast wealth, on the order of what bezos has, is corrupting in a different way.

treeship., Tuesday, 8 June 2021 13:14 (two weeks ago) link

The poor get their rewards in heaven iirc

While for Bezos, heaven is a place on earth.

(By "on," I mean slightly above, looking down with contempt.)

treeship is otm about extremely rich people having no access to spirituality and otm about why bezos is doing this imo. it's also extremely pathetic and funny.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:25 (two weeks ago) link

it's not necessarily that the wealthy can't access spirit but that obsession with money/capital/exploitation is incompatible with it.

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:26 (two weeks ago) link

exactly. thanks map.

treeship., Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

I remember an interview with some Japanese shipping magnate who had spent years in a Zen monastery before coming back to run the family business. The interviewer asked him how his spiritual training informed his shipping magnate-ism. The guy said, "Zen is good for many things. But not so much for business."

odd then that spiritual people tend to gravitate toward money/capital/exploitation

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:29 (two weeks ago) link

o rly

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

If by "spiritual people" you mean "religious institutions," sure. But that's probably not the best way to define that.

society is sick in a lot of ways, fabrication of spiritual well-being for capital is one of them

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

prosperity gospel, sea org, sexual exploitation of followers, etc. etc. etc.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

i don't think cult leaders who sexually exploit their followers are necessarily spiritually enlightened either.

i was talking about the sublime specifically, or an aesthetic/spiritual intuition of infinity. it requires a kind of humility and an ability to step beyond your immediate attachments and strivings.

treeship., Tuesday, 8 June 2021 14:46 (two weeks ago) link

anyway, I told my 6 yo that Bezos was going into space and he said, "I guess the people on earth will be free for a few days then."

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

lol for real?

im dum (rob), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:04 (two weeks ago) link

I guess when your dad's the president you get political at an early age

im dum (rob), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:05 (two weeks ago) link

yes, he hates Jeff Bezos. Not sure where he picked that up.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:14 (two weeks ago) link

it's only human to hate these motherfuckers

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:20 (two weeks ago) link


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