A New Life Awaits You

At the risk of being a #spacedad (those people I lovingly taunt on Twitter for commentating blow-by-b


February 14 · Issue #12 · View online
A periodic look into research threads on critical futures, strategy, post-normal innovation, providing a look over the shoulder of the team at Changeist. Each issue includes brief analysis, links, updates, and occasional auditory hallucinations.

At the risk of being a #spacedad (those people I lovingly taunt on Twitter for commentating blow-by-blow on any and all SpaceX/NASA/ESA/Blue Origin/etc test or launch as a multi-nerd multicast), this week’s newsletter is a clutch of space/astronomy-related items. Having been on the road the past two weeks, my external research topic kungfu is weak at the moment, and I’m holding back a few things for a larger thread on dark data for a future issue.
Having grown up in the end of the 60s and 70s, I was a child of the peak NASA period—the later Apollo years through the early Shuttle program. I’m one of a small number of Apollo-Soyuz hipsters (I had the mission crew photo on my wall at the time, and learned the first of my eventual Russian language education reading the mission materials). I’ve had the privilege to do a little work on behalf of the agency, and have a particular fascination for nascent space programs beyond the dominant US-Europe-Japan-Russia quadrangle. I have a hard time working up enthusiasm for private space exploration though, which I know appeals to many with as a pungent cologne of Starkian sci-fi/startup woo. I’m not a big comic reader or TV series consumer, so that’s lost on me. Perhaps it’s also a suspicion of the private exploitation of public space, literally. I still see space as commons more than underexploited territory. Which is, of course, ridiculous when you consider nobody asked me/us, and for all we know, something else has been down to the deed office before us, filing the proper paperwork. Space is hard, not a skip-and-jump to the outer planets as some would like to imagine. The effort, and the benefits, should bring returns to all, not a few. And cultures other than the usual suspects should have room to express their own aspirations for space exploration. Even non-humans. 
Lastly, as 7,463 people have pointed out in the past 36 hours, today is the incept date of Tyrell’s finest black-eyed assassin, Pris Stratton, so a big happy bootday to her. Tyrell taught Apple everything they know about built-in obsolescence.  

What We've Been Up To
Lift16 - Natalie Kane
Museum of the Future 2016
A New Life Awaits You
A Lord of the Rings-inspired space opera wants to connect you with African mythology - Quartz
Radha and the space-time illusion
Mangala For All
Luxembourg launches plan to mine asteroids for minerals - FT.com
DeviantGlobalization on Twitter: "Best. 519. Email. Ever.
Meteorite Kills Man in India, Authorities Say : Discovery News
The Network
Designing for a science fiction future
Situated Systems
Theory of Change and the Futures Cone
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