Ok, we got time for dat

From Eclectic Method

Published on Jul 15, 2019

This week is the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon. I’ve turned a bunch of NASA’s footage into a rhyming remix tribute to the historic journey by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

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38 thoughts on “Ok, we got time for dat

  1. Each of the denizens of WUWT who are say 60 yrs and older know what the others were doing on those incredible days.
    For me, I also remember watching Sputnik with awe

    • We’ve come a long way since that Greek fellow tried to fly to the sun. It’s easy to forget what an incredible achievement that mission was.

      • Actually, the first person to build a functioning man-carrying heavier-than-air craft, and work out the mathematical principles of flight and control was Sir George Cayley, between around 1800 and 1850.

        And he’s completely forgotten nowadays….

    • “For me, I also remember watching Sputnik with awe…”

      I remember Sputnik, and I remember watching the first Vanguard launch attempt end in ignominious failure.

      What I remember best, though, was watching a black and white TV one of the mothers brought in to my second grade classroom on May 5, 1961. At 8:34 am Central Time, Alan Shepard took off in Mercury Redstone 3, to become the first American in space. At that moment, I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and have been doing it ever since.

  2. What a horrible waste of time and electrons.
    I believe videos of this ilk are what is known as a “mashup”. Take some random video, mix it with the most horrible excuse for music you can find, ripping off both the creators of the video and the “music” at the same time. Once done, call your plagiarism “creative”. Describe your artistic abortion with terms like “edgy”, and “ground breaking”, and “transgressive”. Insist that all around you bow to your genius.

    Western Civilization is doomed.

  3. America’s greatest generation defeated the Nazis, split the atom, and put a man on the moon.

    Generation X’s great achievement was………putting grown men in little girls’ bathrooms…..

    Oh, goody….

    • America’s greatest generation defeated the Nazis, split the atom, and put a man on the moon.

      Well…

      Defeated the Nazis? I think the Russians had something to do with that… and the Brits..

      Split the atom? That was Rutherford, an New Zealander, working with his team in the UK. if you’re referring to the atomic bomb, that was Leo Szilard, a Hungarian…

      Put a man on the moon? Werhner von Braun was German…

      • We supplied the Russians, with, you know, material, to fight the war (and, of course, England as well.)

        Face it, w/o US involvement Germany would quite likely have put a man on the moon instead of, well, the US.

      • Dodgy-san:

        You seem to need a history lesson….

        1) The Soviet Union was Hitler’s ally until the Nazi’s invaded them in June 1941.

        The USSR’s reign of terror murdered an estimated 60 million of its own citizens from 1917~1989…. Not exactly the world’s Greatest Generation..

        Of course Britain was America’s closest and best ally during WWII.

        2) The US developed the atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project.

        3) It was America that funded the Apollo mission, not Germany or Wernher von Braun, and developed all the technology to put a man on the moon…

        After Apollo, US space development should have been turned over to the private sector…

        NASA eventually became a black hole of government wasteful spending, and is the driving force behind the stupid CAGW Hoax with the help of NOAA and the EPA….

      • Leo Szilard built a functional bomb?
        Werhner von Braun put a man on the moon all by his lonesome?
        Russia would have survived and defeated the Nazis without massive materials and weapons from the US?
        And the UK could have built the bomb and there was no need for the massive Manhattan project in the US to do it.

        I read new history all the time. Here is some for you Dodgy Geezer

        In 1944 the US built more aircraft than the rest of the world combined.
        The program to build the B-29 that delivered the two bombs cost more than the Manhattan project.
        In 1944 the US built more shipping tonnage than the rest of the nations of the world combined.
        They had to. It wasn’t Russian ships that carried all of the following lend lease supplies to Russia.
        When Stalin’s troops had to make the long trek through the mountains to get to Austria they did so using lend lease M-4A2 Sherman tanks and not their far less mechanically reliable T-34s. The US, Britain, and Canada supplied the Soviets with a total of 22,800 armored vehicles during the war. The Soviets did not make a single armored infantry fighting vehicle during the war.
        The Russians produced only 343,624 cars and trucks during the war. The US alone supplied the Soviets with 501,660 tactical wheeled and tracked vehicles, including 77,972 Jeeps, 151,053 1.5 t trucks and 200,622 2.5 t trucks. The Russian models were built based on 1930’s western technology and were no match for the newer and far more capable vehicles the US supplied them with.

        20% of the fighters and 30% of the bombers the Soviets used were US Made. Another 10% of the fighters were supplied by Britain. So a total of 30% of combat aircraft the Soviets used in the war were supplied by her allies.

        Mega tons of vital raw materials were also shipped to Russia and almost all of the locomotives used to haul the stuff once delivered and over plus over 1/2 of the steel rails the locomotives and rolling stock ran on were supplied by the US.

        A vitally important lend lease contribution, and one that most people don’t really know about but without which it would have been impossible for the Soviets to win their victories once they went on the offensive was in the realm of communications and signal intelligence. No modern Army can function without these assets on the vast scales required on the eastern fronts and the Soviets simply did not have them and had to rely on the allies for virtually all of not only the equipment but the techniques to use them for most of the war.

        None of the above is intended to belittle the vital contribution of the Soviet war machine during the war or the accomplishments of it’s people at a cost in lives that is almost incomprehensible to most people in the west. But the simple fact is that it is highly doubtful the Soviets could have victorious without the contributions of her allies to her war effort. An effort and cost that may not have been necessary if Stalin hadn’t such an ass in the first place.

    • A few other people were involved in defeating the Nazis, with the Russians doing most of the heavy lifting. But putting twelve men on the moon between 1969-1972 was certainly a fantastic achievement. Perhaps Gen X would have been more ambitious if the USA hadn’t given up on space exploration and got bogged down in interminable pointless wars?

      • Tom- Gen X’s biggest problem was the awful indoctrination and Leftist propaganda they were taught at K~12 public schools and the deplorable “education” they received..

        US “education” spending per pupil is one the highest in the world, yet we’re ranked around 30th in the world in math, science and language skills after HS graduation.

        They’re taught a steady diet of Leftist dogma: intersectionality, CAGW Hoax propaganda, Critical Race Theory, The US is an awful country with a disgusting history, moral, ethical and empirical relativism, everyone is a racist, free-market economies and business are evil, Socialism is fantastic, everyone deserves a trophy, no need for competition, no need for grades, merit is a racist construct, everyone needs to waste money for a worthless college degree in unmarketable subjects, I’m owed a living and lots of “free” stuff paid by others, etc…

        I agree with you that the US wasted $trillions on senseless wars, however, 66% of the federal budget, all of the $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities, and most of the $22 trillion federal debt was caused by just two failed and bankrupt Leftist programs: Social Security and Medicaid/care Ponzi schemes…

        US Defense spending is only about 15% of the total federal budget and around 2.5% of US GDP, which is about right.

        I really feel sorry for this brainwashed generation…

      • Hey! Those wars have not been pointless!

        They have been something of a fruitful cottage industry for our federal elected officials, (D) and (R), and their cronies.

    • America’s. “Greatest generation” raised the hippies of the 60s and voted time and again for more gov’t power and robbing the coming generations to pay their social security and late life medical bills. Spare me the grandiose hyperbole.

  4. I think you’re all being really horrible!!! This First Year student could be depending upon some seriously mediocre grades to further his career with this effort in an attempt to secure funding, & all you can do is run it down as if it’s just crap, pulp, noise, 1980s auto-keyboard set to auto drum pounding rubbish!!! This kinda stuff takes real creativity & effort & talent!!! 😉 Do I really need to say Sarc Off? I’m sure the young person concerned was doing what they thought was a respectful tribute to those three great men, who just happened to be from the Colonies (oh where on Earth would you be without us? 😉 )

  5. Let’s face it. If you weren’t around for the actual event, you end up projecting something else onto it.

  6. Some may take this as sacrilegious, but that is not the intent nor does Rammstein intend it that way –

    “Rammstein – Amerika”

  7. Quality, profound music is dominated by a score or so of composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Bach – you know the names and the era.
    Why did the quality stop? Two main possibilities occur. 1. The social circumstances that encouraged these greats has changes. Rich sponsors now fund other matters, schools emphasise dfferent topics, musicians no longer have to have a streak of produce or starve, for some examples. 2. Society no longer thinks that there is value in the recognition and fostering of excellence; and might have forgotten how to recognise it.
    I favour the latter, because it can explain social change in other matters like painted art (Rembrandt, other “Old Masters”), craftsmanship (artistry in precious metals, woodwork, oriental lacquer work and ivory carving).
    There have been “scientific” studies that suggested trace metals like chromium, lead, aluminium have had adverse effects on human intelligence, but these do not tick the boxes for me. My private conjecture leaves open the widespread pernicious effects of alcohol and drugs. But overall, I favour explanations that implicate a society becoming too comfortable, too lazy from abundant good living opportunities, to bother with such issues.
    Now please select a classical music recording and resample high quality and near genius at work. Just to remind you of excellence as you struggle with the pathetic avalanche of advertising and propaganda that names itself climate science. Geoff S

    • Another issue in “classical music:”
      There was a major change in the early part of the 20th century, giving us the “modern,” calamitous, discordant version of “classical music.”

      Where did this come from? From the spreading influence of Marxism. To Marxists of that day up through the present, their Enemy Number One is Our Prevailing Society. Our prevailing society is the instrument of oppression.

      As noted by Wikipedia, Marxist philosophy states that the oppressors arrange and sustain society. And, society has been progressing historically, as such:
      “Primitive communism: as in co-operative tribal societies;
      Slave society: a development of tribal to city-state; aristocracy is born;
      Feudalism: aristocrats are the ruling class; merchants evolve into capitalists;
      Capitalism: capitalists are the ruling class, who create and employ the proletariat.”

      Further, per Marxism, there can be expected a next stage. Per Marxism, it will arise from a Hegelian dialectic, with a “synthesis” arising out of a “thesis / antithesis” conflict. The prevailing conflict is ruling class / proletariat. So, a synthesis can be predicted to be: all are owners and also laborers. In short, Communism.

      Once you begin “seeing” our Prevailing Society as inherently bad, and destined for the dust bin of history, and a more virtuous society, curing all ills, on the horizon, it makes sense to Push Things Along.

      How? By upsetting all of the Pillars of the Prevailing Society.

      Including the Arts.

      So, we got Dada. Wikipedia:
      “The Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. The art of the movement spanned visual, literary, and sound media, including collage, sound poetry, cut-up writing, and sculpture. Dadaist artists expressed their discontent with violence, war, and nationalism, and maintained political affinities with the radical far-left.”

      You could no longer study classical music at college or grad level without being “in” on the revolutionary “progress.”

      Not that this is all bad. We humans are clever an artistic. From this, we have gotten Minimalism, Industrial Music, etc. But what we lost was the strong vein of great Classical Music as we had known it. No more Benefactors, either from Nobility or University.

    • Why did the quality stop?

      What makes you think the quality stopped? It didn’t, but other genres of music became more popular.

      composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Bach – you know the names and the era.

      Those names are from 3 different eras.

    • Autopsy revealed that Beethoven had severe cirrhosis along with other indications of alcohol abuse, Berlioz took opium as did Chopin.

    • re: “Why did the quality stop? ”

      I don’t know that it did, and I bought a classical CD collection decades back now, and used to only listen (while at work doing coding, engineering work) to the only classical station in town, WRR (City of Dallas owned).

      To the point “did the quality stop” I would recommend this “playlist” from The Danish National Symphony Orchestra for their music:

      The Morricone Duel – playlist
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdZkFXiiio8&list=PLysPxrQwj2YdDTZusQ77kLaprOpWQh-Bg

      This was particularly good:

      “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enuOArEfqGo

      Note: If your computer system as no low-end response in the amplifier or speakers, you will be missing out on the quality of the audio big time!

  8. I ruined the moon landing for my family. My excited 7 year old self stood up in front of the TV right as Neal took his big step. Sorry again, everybody.

  9. Dodgy Geezer I think you are suffering from some sort of mental disease that has also infected Wikipedia, and a lot of misguided millennials, where under no circumstances can your minds accept the possibility that Americans did some great things.

  10. To me the most incredible fact about the Moon landings, was that all the engineering was done using very primitive computers, both in the moon craft and on the ground. It was mainly slide rule stuff.

    MJE VK5ELL

    • Now that we have much more advanced computers, we can compute with much more certainty the risk involved with going to the moon, and avoid it altogether!

    • Even in 1980 my physics teacher was still using his slide rule and could get most answers faster than his students using calculators.

  11. 60 years ago, none of the schoolmates had a TV at home. And in our time zone, a live broadcast was not possible: after 22:30 CET, the stations were switched off during these days. But we had a very young very enthusiastic teacher fresh from the academy who brought her own small portable TV and a program magazine for the 2 Austrian and the one German state broadcaster which regularly repeated the broadcast of the recording during the next 2 weeks.

    Times ago and worlds apart.

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