Archive for August, 2006

Perhaps It Was All On A Soundstage Afterall…

August 15, 2006

This ought to provide some fuel for the conspiracy theorists — which I dig. And not only that, it brings to mind a mediocre movie from the seventies — Capricorn One.

NASA can’t find original tape of moon landing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” a NASA spokesman said on Monday.

Armstrong’s famous space walk, seen by millions of viewers on July 20, 1969, is among transmissions that NASA has failed to turn up in a year of searching, spokesman Grey Hautaloma said.

“We haven’t seen them for quite a while. We’ve been looking for over a year and they haven’t turned up,” Hautaloma said.

The tapes also contain data about the health of the astronauts and the condition of the spacecraft. In all, some 700 boxes of transmissions from the Apollo lunar missions are missing, he said.

“I wouldn’t say we’re worried — we’ve got all the data. Everything on the tapes we have in one form or another,” Hautaloma said.

NASA has retained copies of the television broadcasts and offers several clips on its Web site.

But those images are of lower quality than the originals stored on the missing magnetic tapes.

Because NASA’s equipment was not compatible with TV technology of the day, the original transmissions had to be displayed on a monitor and re-shot by a TV camera for broadcast.

Hautaloma said it is possible the tapes will be unplayable even if they are found, because they have degraded significantly over the years — a problem common to magnetic tape and other types of recordable media.

The material was held by the National Archives but returned to NASA sometime in the late 1970s, he said.

“We’re looking for paperwork to see where they last were,” he said.

Well as long as they’re not worried. All they need to do is a look up on some paperwork as to where they were last. That wold probably be a yellow post-it that was stuck to the side of a NASA administrator’s computer monitor that has since been disposed of after it shorted out due to a spilled Venti Mocha.

So let the conspiracy theorists… um, theorize about the moon landing conspiracy.

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Please… Indulge Me.

August 15, 2006

Well, the novelty of owning a new cat hasn’t rubbed off yet — and hopefully it won’t anytime soon. So you have to endure another “ain’t my new kitten swell” post.

Quint and I are still getting along swimmingly. He’s getting used to more of the house — and Rusty. He has pretty much been confined to my room while he gets used to his new home and canine “roomie.” He should be prowling in and around the house soon.

I promise, I’m not going to become a “weird cat-person.”

Hey! That’s “Nacho” Cheese!

August 14, 2006

Unbeknownst to border police–a mule managed to smuggle forty-two gallons of salsa in hallowed ceramic surfing monkeys across the California/Mexico border.

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) – Puzzled U.S. border police arrested a Mexican smuggler with 88 pounds (40-kg) of cheese hidden in a special compartment in his truck, police said on Friday.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier said officers at the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico, referred a Chevrolet pickup for a routine secondary examination on Wednesday.

Officers using an X-ray machine saw the outline of 16 bulky packages stashed in a secret compartment behind the seat, which they initially believed were packets containing illicit drugs.

“Generally if you see something (with the X-ray machine) you expect it to be narcotics, but this turned out to be cheese,” Maier told Reuters by telephone.

Officers regularly impound drugs including marijuana, heroin and cocaine at border crossings from Mexico, although Maier said the smuggled cheese haul was unusual.

“It looks like it was destined for people who wanted a taste of the old country,” he added.

Police arrested the 38-year-old driver, seized the cheese and confiscated the truck because he failed to declare his cargo.

In 2003, border police in the area impounded nearly 800 pounds (360 kg) of bologna as it was being smuggled across the border from Mexico.

Mmmmm… bolongna smuggled across a sweltering desert. Now that’s good eats.

Advance Copy Hot Off The Presses

August 11, 2006

I had a pleasant surprise at work today… The advance copies of Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode arrived at the office today — and damn, they look good. Quality wise this is definitely the best Hero Happy Hour yet — velvety smooth cover, slick paper, and with 64 pages it’s meaty in weight.

The book is scheduled to drop onto shelves of neighborhood comic book stores on September 13th. Be sure to tell your local comic book retailer that you expect to find a copy or two waiting for you when you show up.

And you can be sure to dress for the occasion with an official Hero Happy Hour t-shirt.

Yesterday was a Good Workday

August 10, 2006

Not every day is a grind at work. For those that don’t know I work at IDW Publishing as an Editor. It’s a job that I enjoy — even if I have at least an hour and a half commute each way every day. I’m not going to make a lot of posts about work since it’s — well work. And this isn’t the forum to discuss or share everything at work. The comic book industry is real hush-hush. We’ve got all sorts of secrets.

But yesterday was good. It looks like I’ll be writing a new series that we’re starting. And it looks like it’ll be a lot of fun. I’m not sharing any details now — so stay tuned.

If you want complaining — I’m sure I’ll be griping plenty about the commute.

Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode Sneak Peek

August 9, 2006

Second day with the new blog, so it’s time to plug my upcoming comic book — Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour: The Lost Episode. A few readers might remember that this was the comic that I self-published under the GeekPunk label with my co-creator Chris Fason. Well after about a two year hiatus, The Hideout Bar & Grill is reopening. This time around we’re being published by IDW Publishing (one of the perks of being an editor with IDW). And what better way to promote the upcoming release — September 13th at your local comic book retailer by the way — than to offer a sneak peek.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Quint!

August 8, 2006

Quint-ALet me introduce you to my newest best friend. This is Quint — a four-month old tabby who moved in last week.

I figured what better way to kick off the new blog than by introducing my new cat? So far things could not be going better. He appears to be very much a “people” cat with a sweet disposition. Not quite a shared quality of the character his namesake. He still needs to get used to Rusty (my roommate’s golden retriever), but all in good time. The little guy can eat. And it didn’t take long for him to claim my office chair as his own.

It’s been about twenty-two months since I’ve been a cat owner. And while I’ve missed my cats I believe Quint and I are going to make a good team. It feels good — I could already feel my blood preasure begin to drop the very first night.

Back to the Blog

August 8, 2006

Well, I’m back at it. I’m going to start a fresh new blog — and attempt to keep it going. Now I’m not going to outright admit that I’ve failed in my previous attempts to blog on a somewhat regular basis (with interesting material at that), but let’s just say the last two years have been somewhat hectic.

I let my old site of danltaylor.com expire and then I gave the whole myspace.com blog a try — which I really didn’t dig all that much. Then I came across that wordpress had free blogging — so what the Hell? That was as good enough as any reason to give a blog another try.

So, what is the over/under on how many posts I make before this blog slips into obscurity?