"Our carnal nature wants to take credit for God’s works, like mowing the lawn…"
How a Mexico City marketing company turned one employee’s dream into a reality, and why NASA is teeming with little green men.
Kerbal Space Program is, at its core, a rocketry simulation. When it first became available for download it had a limited scope. There was a large hangar full of parts and little green pilots, a launchpad with a button to push and a patch of sky to fall through when it inevitably all went wrong.
Since the day it was released, less than three years ago, KSP has grown to be so much more. Beneath its childish surface lies a a complex physics system churning through mathematical calculations so expertly, real rocket scientists would blush to see it. KSP has even earned the respect of NASA — many of its employees play it regularly.
These past few months the team at KSP and the team at NASA have developed a professional, although distant, relationship. And this year they will begin to work together.
Wow. Just wow. I knew it was an awesome game; I did not realize it had such a fascinating story behind how it came into existence.
The truth is, a new Tool record is far from completion. It’s been eight years since the quartet put out its most recent record, 10,000 Days. And while both Jones and drummer Danny Carey tell Rolling Stone that they have more than enough raw musical ideas for an album – and one close-to-complete track – a variety of outside forces have stymied the band’s creative progress.
I had a dream last night that my extended family was in town for a Notre Dame vs Purdue football game and everyone HAD to go. ND was getting the everloving crap kicked out of them - seriously, utterly humiliated - and the rest of my family was practically in tears about it and my wife and I were laughing our asses off and shouting “Boiler up!” I don’t even like football.
I wonder what that means…
—March to the Sea
This song will not stop running through my head.