Oct 17 Reblogged
John Glenn attempts to study, 1960.
WAKE UP, JOHN. YOUR TRANSFIGURATION OWL EXAM IS TOMORROW. YOU NEED TO PASS IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO THE NEWT COURSES.
Oct 13 Reblogged
“10/26/68, Wally the Prankster: Always good for a laugh, Capt. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Apollo 7 spaceflight commander, releases a raccoon tail from a box which, he told newsmen, contained a mongoose. Schirra gathered the reporters and photographers covering the astronauts’ return to Houston around him while he told them how dangerous the animal was. When they came in closer for a look, he tripped a spring on the lid, sending the raccoon tail flying in the air and the newsmen into a hasty retreat.”
You guys, the space nerd in me is really excited about this picture. I didn’t know that there was photographic evidence of The Mongoose.
Wally, you’re the best.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF WALLY’S HORCRUX.
May 11 Reblogged
Mar 20 Reblogged
Tumblr won’t allow me to respond to my own replies (WTF) so I am just gonna make a Return to Earth post. Yeah, I think I read this hot mess of a memoir when I was around 9 years old. I don’t have it anymore but I should probably revisit it.
I mean, I admire Buzz for his achievements, I really do, don’t get me wrong. I also support his decision to go public about his battles with depression and alcoholism (I think these are things that are under-reported in the military in general, and Buzz was a long-time Air Force guy). However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the book was incredibly self-involved…I thought he really had his head up his own ass a whole lot of the time, to the detriment of his poor first wife and kids, probably. Like I said, I respect his achievements and intellect, but this book made me think that maybe he was slightly arrogant. I felt like his first wife really got screwed in the book. It’s kind of bad when you’re nine and you feel like this throughout reading the book. Hmmmmm.
I did get the impression he was sort of bothered by being “second” to Neil. But whatever.
I never really got that feeling from other astronauts’ memoirs…I’m sure Gene Cernan has a huge ego, but his autobiography generally was pretty funny and bittersweet, and not all about himself.
Have you read Magnificent Desolation? Because he readily admits to having had his head up his own ass at that time and for a good long while afterward.
And I’m with you, as much as I love to take the piss out of Buzz, I think it’s awesome as hell that he’s so open about all his problems. Respect.
EDIT: or I could just scroll down slightly farther on my dash and see that not only have you read that book, you’ve written a review. WHATEVER OKAY.
I love and hate Buzz at the same time. But, honestly? Arrogant, self-sustaining bastards are the only ones you could get to do something as dangerous as landing on the moon with tin foil and a computer no more powerful than a calculator. The believed they could do it, so they did it. Buzz is a great man, there is no doubt about it. But he made no friends in the process of becoming great. And that’s okay. Some of us need our Dekes, some of us don’t.
Respect? Certainly. Short of killing bunnies for pleasure, you can’t fault the man. But he alienated himself from his brethren in hundreds of ways. And he makes no excuses…Just because I’d want to hang out with Gus and not Buzz doesn’t mean a thing. I respect Armstrong, but I don’t worship him either…Nor would he want me to.
We sent a vast array of humans on this impossible mission. That is what made it so wonderful.
Is it out of line to want to call Magnificent Desolation “Magical Me”?
Just putting this out there.
Mar 16 Reblogged
Buzz on WWE. Yeah. With his wife, Lois. And all of his “Rocket Hero” swag.
Would now like to redeem the cultural quality of this blog by putting up pictures of John Young from the 1960s. Just because
Buzz Aldrin: The Spencer Pratt of NASA.
Or, in keeping with all of my Harry Potter tie-ins, the Gilderoy Lockhart of NASA.
Is it rude, that I want the Edgar Mitchell Lovegood meme to catch on? It’s no “HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” but it’s a start.
So we’ve established that Jim Lovell is Neville Longbottom, but we haven’t decided who Buzz is. But then in occurred to me…
BUZZ ALDRIN IS GILDEROY GODDAMN LOCKHEART. 4REAL.
Is it just me, or is Jim Lovell a total Crouching Tiger, Hidden Badass? I want to say he’s our Neville Longbottom.
Nov 25 Reblogged
You guys, I take back what I said. John Glenn isn’t Cedric Diggory at all - he’s
hermione def would have told Shepard he had to keep it in his pants.
AM I RIGHT OR AM I RIGHT!?
OH MY GOD HERMIONE SHUT UP.
You guys this is PERFECT. “We can’t drag race in our Nimbus 3000s and date the hot veela women at the Cape Colony Inn! What would
GilruthMcGonagall say? You’d better keep your robes zipped!”
Al and Gordo wanted a puppy for Christmas. John got them a book.
(Gordo is Ron now. I do what I want.)
“Weeellllllll….things are beginning to stack up a little on this horcrux situation.”
boss Zefron postermoon golf ball is a horcrux.
What would be Gordo’s horcrux? I dunno, but I feel like it should be UFO-related.
(Oh no…there were seven horcruxes…and seven astronauts)