What “The Martian” Can Teach Earthlings.

October 6, 2015

In which an international community of very smart, very brave, very passionate people set to work on a task where the stakes are survival.

If you like this blog, you’ll like this movie.
Like this blog, it involves severe weather, terra forming, innovative agricultural techniques, international cooperation, a global view, NASA, and solar panels.

And, like this blog, it is relentlessly optimistic, even in the face of devastating events, tall odds, and seemingly endless bad news.

Power quotes:

“I guarantee you, that at some point, everything is going to go south on you, .. you’re going to say, “this is it,.. this is how I end.’ Now, you can either accept that – or you can get to work.”

“I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.”

I’ve been playing “movie catch up” this week.

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7 Responses to “What “The Martian” Can Teach Earthlings.”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    I made the following comment on another Crock thread. Yes, if you want to be “relentlessly optimistic”, you can take it as a tale of “an international community of very smart, very brave, very passionate people set to work on a task where the stakes are survival” and feel very good about it on that basis. On the other hand, one should look beyond that and notice what I talk about in my second and third paragraphs. The two I named would understand this movie completely.

    “The Martian is an absolutely terrific movie. Ridley Scott does it again. It is full of mostly very good science and only a little bad science. And the Mars landscapes seem real enough if nothing like reality. I enjoyed it immensely, way more than Gravity, which I thought was a pretty good flick even if it had a lot more “bad science”. If you know any science at all, you have to sit there and keep saying to yourself “It’s a movie, I came here for entertainment, not truth”, but The Martian didn’t require all that much of that. Unless of course, you want to talk about the BEYOND astronomical odds of a marooned astronaut surviving beyond a few weeks on Mars as Matt Damon did.

    “What the movie is besides a great way to spend two hours is a propaganda piece that Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl would have been proud of. It is full of great looking “gear” of all kinds, and the number of NASA emblems that appear is beyond count. There’s a real love affair between this movie and NASA, and it will have lots of kids saying “I want to be an astronaut and go to Mars!”.

    “It’s interesting that was released within days of the announcement of the “discovery” of water on Mars, AND that there are now articles appearing in the paper quoting NASA types saying “We’d really love to go to Mars and a lot of our programs are pointing in that direction, but we just don’t have the $$$$ in the budget” (HINT-HINT, Teddy Cruz, are you listening?).

  2. omnologos Says:

    alals, dumbold has gone south and accepted it. RIP his hopes.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Alas, Omno has appeared after a long absence and has made one of his typically obtuse comments, eliciting another WHAT?? from me.

      Welcome back, Omno, and if you care to CLEARLY state whatever the heck it is that you’re trying to say, I’ll respond.

      Accepted “what”? What “hopes”?

      (And I would NEVER “go south”, because that’s where YOU live—-it’s kind of “There be dragons here” and Flat Earth land for me, so I avoid it)


  3. Truth….science….and facts are beginning to win out. The tide HAS turned for the better. Even though we have a LONG WAY to go to get ourselves out of the mess we made for ourselves…..I feel pretty strongly that we will indeed pull ourselves out.

    The truth NEVER goes away. It just sits and waits to be discovered. The tide of people discovering the truth……as well as those facing up to the truth….is growing. Momentum has taken hold…and there will be no turning back.

    People and organizations like FOX News, Sean Hannity, George Will, the Heartland Institute, and a long list of others……have either been lying, or closing both eyes to science and facts. They are the same in my eyes.

    But their moment in the sun is slowly coming to an end…..

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    Gingerbaker and I also got to ruminating about propaganda on another thread about VW and Musk, but that discussion really belongs here. Those who live in the DC area and have the WashPost for a daily paper are inundated with “propaganda” of all kinds, since someone is always trying to influence the Congress. Here are some recent articles relevant to The Martian and what we can learn about how it’s being used to manipulate us..

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2015/09/30/can-hollywood-save-nasa/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/10/06/the-martian-nasa-and-the-rise-of-a-science-entertainment-complex/


  5. Another thing The Martian has: nuclear power.


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