Friday, February 27, 2009

"The orbiter is programmed to go into safe mode when it encounters an unknown event."

Does this happen to you? Were you strolling merrily along, getting things done, and then WHHIIRRRRRRMMMMMMOOOOOM... [click] [click] *safe mode*. You don't even know what hit you. Thankfully, your brain decided to shut everything down before your consciousness realized it. Good lord, if that happened, why, we'd have a massive FREAKOUT, and then we wouldn't be able to get anything done!

If you're like me, then no, you are not programmed to go into safe mode, rather, you power on through right to utter despair mode. God bless the engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for thinking this up. I mean, what would happen to that hundred million dollar space investment if, when it got T-boned by a few cosmic rays, it just spun wildly out of control 35 million miles from earth? More cool-headed spacemen calling the shots, that's what we need.

And fewer "unknown events". These are the things in life that really confound, and if you're not questioning God's existence as a result, you're certainly wondering about his powers as the cosmic chef. I swear He's up there looking down at the cutting board and He thinks, That guy needs more Tabasco... and then the lid isn't properly screwed on and half the bottle comes out. Know what I'm saying? Sure you do. Unknown events.

I'm not going to get into the specifics. Frankly, I'm not sure I can focus on them at all, anyway. Gonna cruise in *safe mode* all weekend and reboot on Monday. You should too.