No conventional way to get to space from North America

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Yesterday was the last launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. This is significant because after the space shuttle programme ends, there will be no conventional way to leave the planet from North America. By “conventional way to get to leave the planet,” I mean things like rockets and space shuttles. Of course I can’t rule out, a priori, the possibility of things like inter-dimensional portals, unguarded Tardises or magic wardrobes.

I believe the date for the last planned flight of Atlantis is June 28th, so if you really need to get off the planet and you don’t want to book a seat on a Soyuz capsule (and you don’t have access to a non-conventional method of leaving the planet), this is the way to go. That said, the shuttles will be sent to museums after they retire, so you might try hijacking one of them if you are really desperate.

In related news, it turns out that Gliese 581g still probably might not exist maybe, but Gliese 581d might have liquid water.

“This discovery is important because it’s the first time climate modellers have proved that the planet is potentially habitable, and all observers agree that the exoplanet exists.” (Dr Wordsworth, a member of the team from the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1776,
    title = {No conventional way to get to space from North America},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-05-17,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/17/no-conventional-way-to-get-to-space-from-north-america/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "No conventional way to get to space from North America" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 17 May 2011. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/17/no-conventional-way-to-get-to-space-from-north-america/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, May 17). No conventional way to get to space from North America [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/05/17/no-conventional-way-to-get-to-space-from-north-america/

Why isn’t William Shatner the Governor General?

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Mock Outrage from Shatner

Mock Outrage from Shatner

My mother sent me this article that she clipped from the Stratford Beacon Herald. I was definitely in support of Shatner’s bid to become the Governor General of Canada.

William Shatner as Governor General would have made me so much more proud to be Canadian than whoever it is that was actually appointed to the position. I’m not even going to take the time to look up the guy’s name in the article attached to this post.

And the reason for that is because I’m pretty sure that the Governor General doesn’t actually do anything. It’s a ceremonial position, like that of the Queen. The Queen doesn’t actually do anything; her role in government is symbolic. And the Governor General is one step even further removed from any actual power—he’s a symbol for the Queen. I don’t think that Shatner could have done any damage as the Governor General, but he would have been much more entertaining as our vice-regal leader.

We really missed out on this one. We could have had Captain Kirk as our head of state. You don’t even have to be a trekkie to see how that could have been fun.

Oh well. Maybe next time!

True story: Shatner was a McGill student, and a few years ago, the student body at McGill had a vote to try to name the student centre after him. Due to McGill policy, the building’s name has not been officially changed—buildings can only be named after dead people, or people who have given a lot of money—but the building is still referred to as the Shatner building by most of the students.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-872,
    title = {Why isn’t William Shatner the Governor General?},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-08-19,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/19/why-isnt-william-shatner-the-governor-general/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Why isn’t William Shatner the Governor General?" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 19 Aug 2010. Web. 19 Jan 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/19/why-isnt-william-shatner-the-governor-general/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Aug 19). Why isn’t William Shatner the Governor General? [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/19/why-isnt-william-shatner-the-governor-general/

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