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Of Interest On January 26th, 2011

Scientific American | Obama spotlights science in his State of the Union address

For innovation, Obama noted how, when Sputnik was launched in 1957, the U.S. did not have the science to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. The space race triggered a series of innovations that created new industries and millions of new jobs. And he gave shout-outs to Google and Facebook in noting how the more recent rise of the Internet enabled new businesses to flourish.

Man, that was one weak, flickering spotlight.

So, does this mean when the Russians make it to Mars, we’ll revive our space program? Until then, it’s Facebook? Lord help us all. Because you know all those Farmville skillz will come in handy come the Martian revolution & we’re the space commissars. *rolls eyes*

Also, if the president uses “winning the future” in a sentence one more time, I am going to hold that he is a Bears fan against him.

Obama: “We will win the future with cheap, flying cars that run on clean coal made by kids with perfect standardized test scores before they leave for Afghanistan.”
Me: “Your quarterback couldn’t even handle a little sprain.”

Jeffrey nicely (and quickly) takes apart the rest of last night’s pantomime.

Does Paul Ryan really sound like an upper-midwestern version of Bobby “Poindexter” Jindal or is that just how he comes across on NPR? As for his rebuttal itself, I love how it talks about limited government over and over again while those pesky specifics are conveniently missing. Mark my words, they’ll never cut Medicare and Social Security.

D and I skipped the SOTU address in its entirety and watched this really cool, three-hour documentary on the making of the Airbus A380, while I made six pieces of jewelry. Talk about time well spent.

3 comments… add one
  • E.J. January 27, 2011, 1:05 PM

    Wow, that WAS time well spent. I feel like a total slacker now for watching the SOTU.

    Has Airbus figured out yet why their planes break apart in the sky and crash?

    • Maitri January 27, 2011, 10:03 PM

      Yeah, EJ, you could have made jewelry with me! Not saying you shouldn’t have watched it, just that it would have been pointless for me. I also didn’t want to have to adjust the hue and saturation on the tv every time they showed Orange Boy.

      Last I heard, Airbus engineers said it was their air sensors. Airbus, however, has a much better track record than Boeing, the quality of which has been going down for years.

  • Julie January 27, 2011, 3:27 PM

    I cleaned the guinea pig cage. I’m pretty sure I got more out of getting rodent poop pellets all over me than I would’ve from watching any political discourse.

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