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The new name? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27556941)

The USS Jon Stewart.

Re:The new name? (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 5 years ago | (#27556961)

I would like to see The USS Slashdot

Re:The new name? (4, Funny)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558093)

They should send USS Goatse to check out some black holes.

Re: The New Name? (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558335)

They would never name it after a bunch of terrorists [slashdot.org] !

Re:The new name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27556973)

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Go onto the Colbert Report to name something for the show that comes before him? Sorry, Try Again.

Re:The new name? (1)

rackserverdeals (1503561) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557229)

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Go onto the Colbert Report to name something for the show that comes before him? Sorry, Try Again.

Good point. They'll probably name it the USS Manilow.

Re:The new name? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557261)

Yeah, that'd be funny. Can't have comedy on a comedy show.

That's what Fox news is for.

Re:The new name? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557359)

Right, because there's never been any good natured ribbing between those two shows before. They've certainly never played off each other for laughs.

Re:The new name? (0)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557309)

Me

Thus Just In... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27556971)

Anonymous resources report that the new module will be named the "Stewart Module," in reference to Stephen Colbert's bitter rival, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show."

I know the name (5, Funny)

reidiq (1434945) | more than 5 years ago | (#27556987)

Ok, everybody. There was a lot of talk about the name of this module. We are on the Colbert Report tonight to talk about what name we picked after all the submissions. Tonight, we are glad to announce that the name will be, Jonathan Stewart!

Re:I know the name (5, Funny)

stereoroid (234317) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557413)

The module won't be named after Colbert, because NASA has already found a place for his name: a new commode [space.com] . As in "back in a few minutes, I need to go and use the Colbert".

Re:I know the name (3, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557949)

This reminds me of the Howard Stern Rest Stop controversy in the middle 1990s. When Christine Todd Whitman was elected governor of NJ, one of her campaign promises was to name a highway rest stop after Howard Stern. The designated rest stop ended up being one that is notorious for anonymous gay sex.

Re:I know the name (1)

Chupathingy (1367637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558541)

Ok, everybody. There was a lot of talk about the name of this module. We are on the Colbert Report tonight to talk about what name we picked after all the submissions. Tonight, we are glad to announce that the name will be, Jonathan Stewart!

Actually, since we already call all of our Earth-bound toilets "Johns". Maybe we should start calling the ISS toilets "Colberts".

It's a shame (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557011)

That we would name something that should engender pride in America after one of the most seething, America-hating liberals on television.

I voted to call it the Dick Cheney.

Re:It's a shame (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557087)

that the same person Colbert would vote for if he himself were not running.

Too "Colbert".. (2, Interesting)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557029)

It would be too "Colbert"...for NASA to come on his show and announce that they decided to name it "Tranquility", or whatever else they were planning on actually naming it anyways.

You'd assume this means they decided to name it after him...wanna bet?

Re:Too "Colbert".. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557353)

Yeah, I do wanna bet. More likely, coming on the show is a consolation prize for the fact that they're going to name it something else, despite the fact that he got the most votes.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557371)

Not Tranquility, Serenity.
As a member of both the Colbert nation and the Brownshirts, I'm torn.
But, since it is essentially a toilet, I think Colbert should get the honors; Serenity should be the name of a spacegoing vessel.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557527)

But, since it is essentially a toilet, I think Colbert should get the honors; Serenity should be the name of a spacegoing vessel.

Amen to that. Let me try this comment again, I think it got modded down by the dumber side of the Firefly fanbase (you know, the side I'm not on) last time: Serenity is a spaceship. This thing is not only not a spaceship, but its ass does not glow. It does not make any sense whatsoever, whatsofuckingever to name it Serenity. I know a lot of you loved the show, so did I; I know a lot of you voted for that name, but it was silly. Don't get your back up because you're wrong :D

I do have to admit to liking the idea of naming just the toilet after Colbert. He likes to twist people's dicks after all (metaphorically speaking, so far as I know) and it would only be justice. But then we'd probably end up with a toilet module named Serenity which is just not much of a tribute. Sorry.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (2, Insightful)

clintp (5169) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558011)

I'm reminded of the dumbasses that lobbied to get the shuttle prototype named "Enterprise". Due to design changes, it never went into space. Nice tribute.

On the plus side, it didn't blow up either.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27558203)

Ohhh, Browncoats. The brownshirts [wikipedia.org] were a little different.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (1)

wezeldog (982156) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558269)

I think you meant Browncoat.
Brownshirts have a completely different initiation ceremony...

Re:Too "Colbert".. (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558799)

Ooops. Thats gonna get me kicked out of the fan club.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (5, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557401)

NASA has done segments with Colbert before, such as when the astronaut aboard the ISS was interviewed on his show. I would imagine Colbert's core audience of young college students appeals to NASA quite a bit. The trick, as for anyone that shows up on his program, is to go with a good non-ridiculous name and present it in a funny way on his show.

I think their best bet would be to name the node itself Serenity and name the actual urine recycling unit inside "Colbert". That should appease his audience and make for good TV as well.

Re:Too "Colbert".. (1)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557643)

I think the worst part of it is - the name "Serenity" is so damn boooring - as were all the other "NASA" names. It's grey, meaningless, and forgetful - just like all the others. Committee decided and approved.

The Simpson's said it best:

"Todays [astronaut] crew is a real diverse bunch - we have a mathematician, a different kind of mathamatician, and a statistician."

Re:Too "Colbert".. (2, Insightful)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558213)

Serenity is as meaningful as "Enterprise". Hell, the name "Enterprise" is pretty damn boring without the back-history. It conjures visions of boardrooms and suits, "enterprise-wide mandate", "enterprise agreement", "enterprise regulations".

Re:Too "Colbert".. (2, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557695)

I think their best bet would be to name the node itself Serenity and name the actual urine recycling unit inside "Colbert".

I think the node should be called Colbert and the commode/urine_recycling_unit be named Serenity. Don't you want to experience Serenity on the Colbert as well?

common sense people! (1)

meow27 (1526173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557033)

If the toilet can be named the "crapper," the urine->water module can be named the "colbert" with no problem!

Re:common sense people! (3, Informative)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557415)

Thomas Crapper [wikipedia.org] helped popularize the toilet, as well as come up with a few innovations. I am not sure what Stephen Colbert has done in the same respect to warrant comparison.

Re:common sense people! (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557513)

The fact that someone named Thomas Crapper came up with an invention called the ballcock has to be the greatest semi-useless factoid ever.

Re:common sense people! (1)

Exawatt (1463719) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557531)

His show turns mainstream news (urine) into hilarity (water).

Re:common sense people! (1)

davidphogan74 (623610) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558825)

Oddly enough the article you cited explains that the phrase "to crap" existed before his inventions. Further reading indicates it came from crappe, a "grain that was trodden underfoot in a barn, chaff." (c.1440)

Crapper? (1)

coryking (104614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557783)

Bloody yanks! The proper term is crappiæ.

Re:Crapper? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558145)

I like to call my toilet Australia.

Anyway, I'm off, got to send some Brits to Australia.

A Strategem (0, Troll)

agorist_apostle (1491899) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557043)

NASA actually needs to start moving more into the public eye and pop culture again. The general public won't care about space exploration until there's a joint mission with Britney Spears and Dale Jr. onboard (I'll wait for the obligatory Challenger-type jokes). Otherwise, people will go "WTF are we spending money on space for?" I'm no fan of government spending for anything, as it involves confiscated taxes, but at least space exploration might lead to some real progress again.

Re:A Strategem (4, Funny)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557361)

Wow, you obviously didn't get much out of that tax funded public education, so I can see where your "ideals" come from. /burn karma burn/

Re:A Strategem (1, Insightful)

agorist_apostle (1491899) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557481)

You're right. I didn't want to be in school, however since we live in a "free"* country, government enforcers made me attend so tax-funded bureaucrats in my local school district would be able to keep their educational budgets intact even while making do such rudimentary things as coloring maps in a CP-level History Class or trying to learn German from the woman who'd been the Spanish teacher the year before. I found it was far more effective to pursue an education by exploring on my own, coupled with finding mentors who knew a great deal about certain subjects. Maybe that sounds elitist, but the same path is open to anyone with a little curiousity about the world. Crazy idea, I know, not wanting to use tax dollars taken from other people for my own benefit.

Re:A Strategem (2, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558121)

Well, you didn't get much of a sense of humor in your intellectual wanderings, did you?

Re:A Strategem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557591)

Did they teach you to use such broad strokes when painting your generalizations in your bigoted ivy league school? Seriously, WTF!?!?

Re:A Strategem (1)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558831)

Nope, product of a public education, I just value the access of everyone to a decent education for free if they want one. I think we can do better, but "libertarians" tend to be those who think they didn't get much from their eductaion (and usually didn't).

Re:A Strategem (5, Insightful)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557647)

I said it before, and I'll say it again:

The public's lack of interest in NASA has nothing to do with pop culture, it's that NASA isn't doing anything interesting anymore.

In the days of the space race, it was very exciting. The "us vs them" competition with the USSR, people doing things never done before, going to places nobody ever went before. And all that done by launching people with experimental hardware done on monumental scales.

Where is all that now? NASA keeps shuttling people between ground and space station, where they do amazing experiments, such as how spiders react to a lack of gravity. The hardware is still big and dangerous, but now if something goes wrong it's not because it's new unproven tech, but because the management at NASA is stupid. The Mars robots are about the most interesting thing being done these days, and even that isn't all that exiciting.

What's needed is not nonsense like Britney getting involved in the space program, but a space program that does something the public would be interested in. A colony on the moon, and astronauts on Mars would be a start. Sure it's dangerous and expensive, but it's also very much exciting, and the danger didn't stop anybody in the race of getting to the moon.

Re:A Strategem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557737)

Britney Spears and Dale Jr.

What is this 2002? Get with the times.

Nice Summary (5, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557049)

The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs."

The paragraph, which will not make sense until this sentence is substantially revised.

Re:Nice Summary (3, Informative)

olddotter (638430) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557123)

For the record, that is a cut and paste from the NASA announcement.

I love your comment, ROFL.

Re:Nice Summary (2, Funny)

Refrag (145266) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557163)

That sentence is straight from NASA. LOL! Come on, y'all, this isn't rocket-science!

Re:Nice Summary (5, Funny)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557473)

Well, that's the problem. NASA does rocket science, not grammar!

Re:Nice Summary (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558383)

Overheard at JPL, while working on a problem with entry on the next Mars rover project...

"Come on, people, it shouldn't be this hard! This isn't exactly talking to the opposite gender, you know."

Re:Nice Summary (1)

Predathar (658076) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557645)

What is rocket science?

via failblog [failblog.org]

Re:Nice Summary (4, Funny)

RasputinAXP (12807) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557193)

Shaka, when the walls fell!

Re:Nice Summary (2, Funny)

Hottie Parms (1364385) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557265)

Wow. I got this joke immediately. I feel uber-geeky.

Re:Nice Summary (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557389)

I got it too. I had to watch the whole TNG series last month, after seeing that they were available as a torrent. To be sure I did not miss a single episode back in the days. And this was one of those that I missed on TV.

Re:Nice Summary (1)

Tteddo (543485) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557851)

Now that was funny!

Re:Nice Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557945)

http://abstrusegoose.com/68 [abstrusegoose.com]

Re:Nice Summary (2, Funny)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558043)

I wonder what they call toilets in that language.

Parenthesis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27558309)

These mistakes would be less common if people would use parenthesis where they can be used.

It's unlikely that anyone would write:

The name (which will not be publicly released until the program airs).

Commas are often seen (and taught) as superior to parenthesis in style. I disagree. I've been pleased to find that some authors use parenthesis. I've noticed in particular that the Nobel price winner Orhan Pamuk used plenty of parenthesis in his book "Istanbul".

Re:Nice Summary (1)

Etherized (1038092) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558707)

I tried to wrap my brain around that wording for a while, and just decided to give up.

Editors are supposed to edit... (0, Redundant)

kclittle (625128) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557061)

"The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs."

I know this is slashdot, but can we at least have complete sentences? Please?

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557297)

I know this is slashdot, but can we at least have complete sentences? Please?

The sentences, that won't be completed until slashdot gets pro editors.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (5, Funny)

alta (1263) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557621)

Wrong wrong, I'm using the 'Pro' version of slashdot.
In the Pro version, all grammar is corrected. There's also the political distortion field. There's a slider at the top of the page that lets me choose ConservativeLiberal.
By moving the slider everyone's comments are automatically refactored to reflect my beliefs. Go ahead, say something positive about B.O. I'll never see it!
It also merges duplicate stories, merging their comments.
And best yet, I NEVER have any missing poll options. It gives me a text field where I right in the correct answer, and then it's always the most popular.

This is great, you should get the pro version.
 

I can vouche for this (5, Funny)

coryking (104614) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557951)

There is a slider at the top of the page that lets me choose "American Fat-Cat" / Communist. By moving the slider, everyone's comments are automatically refactored to reflect my beliefs. Go ahead, say something negative about Fidel Castro. I will never see it!

Good to see you agree! Fidel isn't some capitalist pig-dog like Obama. Amazing that this site is so full of people who agree!

Did you mention the cameo appearances by Sean Hannity and the Back Street Boys?

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558089)

Wrong wrong, I'm using the 'Pro' version of slashdot. In the Pro version, all grammar is corrected...where I right in the correct answer

Ouch.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

aquatone282 (905179) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558141)

Obviously you're not using the Pro version.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

alta (1263) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558229)

Seeing that your posting this comment you obviously aren't using the pro version. I through in a little bad grammar to test who was pro and who's not. However, I will have to assume that's what you are commenting about, because pro corrected it for me automatically.

Thanks for playing.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

tag (22464) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558301)

Wrong, wrong. I'm using the 'Pro' version of Slashdot. In the Pro version, all grammar is corrected ... where I write in the correct answer

Ouch.

If there's an ouch there, those of us with the Pro version aren't seeing it.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27558433)

You're obviously not using the Pro version.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

Briareos (21163) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558175)

Go ahead, say something positive about B.O. I'll never see it!

To be honest, I'd rather they did something about body odor instead of talking around it...

np: Denzel + Huhn - Kinogat (Time Is A Good Thing)

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (2, Funny)

black_lbi (1107229) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557383)

So you can accidentally the whole sentence? You'd wish!

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557433)

Well. If there was a sentence before that, that included that same, it makes sense. But maybe it is some German thing, because in spoken German sentences like this are not that rare.

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557741)

It is a complete sentence.

The name
which will not be publicly released until the program
airs.

The name airs.
The name will not be publicly released until the program.

They could have used an extra comma maybe, but it still makes sense.

(FUCK SLASHDOT "EDITORS"! THEY FAIL EVERY TIME!)

Re:Editors are supposed to edit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27558181)

It's called Crowdsourcing [wikipedia.org] .

The name (4, Funny)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557099)

The summary, which the editors did not read.

Is this some sort of crazy neo-yoda-speak? Am I missing out on a new meme? :(

Re:The name (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557345)

Is this some sort of crazy neo-yoda-speak?

Nah. Neo-Yoda speak would be something like "Kung-fu, know I."

Re:The name (3, Funny)

Binestar (28861) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558481)

Nah. Neo-Yoda speak would be something like "Kung-fu, know I."

Whoa.

Re:The name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27557533)

The name, which will not
be publicly released
until the program airs

...what? Too many syllables? Oh well, I thought it was pretty... almost mystical.

Re:The name (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557707)

Am I missing out on a new meme?

Behind the times falling, you are, hmmm?

Re:The name (1)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558349)

I think you meant, "The times, which you are falling behind."

Re:The name (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558355)

All the cool kids, who use subordinate clauses.

Glad they are playing along... (4, Insightful)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557159)

This is probably the first time in 10 years news about NASA has stuck in my mind. Sure some scientific stuff is interesting to read... sure I hear press releases and news tidbits, but those go in one ear out the other. This is the best "stick to your ribs" news (aka marketing) NASA has made with the post baby boomers.

Re:Glad they are playing along... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557397)

2003 called. It says we lost another Space Shuttle.

Re:Glad they are playing along... (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558185)

2001 Called. It said it's sorry, Dave, but it's afraid it just can't open the pod bay doors.

Re:Glad they are playing along... (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558223)

This is probably the first time in 10 years news about NASA has stuck in my mind. Sure some scientific stuff is interesting to read... sure I hear press releases and news tidbits, but those go in one ear out the other. This is the best "stick to your ribs" news (aka marketing) NASA has made with the post baby boomers.

This says something sad about you but if you are representative of the rest of the population as well, it says something sad about all of us.

Personally, I've been luvin' me some NASA news for ages. Between Hubble, the mars landers, greater internet access to space imagery, the ISS... Shit, losing a shuttle didn't garner your attention?

I will agree that huffing some goof-balls and going on the Colbert Report is good PR but I'd be sad to think that circus antics is the only way we could interest people in space. If that's the case, may as well rent the module out to Vivid and shoot some zero-g porn to get funding for the new moonbase.

Ship's toilet - head: Space toilet - colbert (5, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557241)

Land toilet -> crapper, ship's toilet -> head, space toilet -> colbert

Let's start a campaign. From now on a space toilet shall be a "colbert".

Re:Ship's toilet - head: Space toilet - colbert (2, Interesting)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557375)

Sorry chap, I'm going to have to take a short break from this experiment. I feel a most dire need to drop a deuce in the Colbert, lest I drop a deuce in my suit, and we know what happened the last time that happened.

Re:Ship's toilet - head: Space toilet - colbert (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558299)

Land toilet -> crapper, ship's toilet -> head, space toilet -> colbert

Let's start a campaign. From now on a space toilet shall be a "colbert".

That really does fit. Space toilets are odd machines to begin with. They actually use an impeller to move the waste into the collection unit since there's no gravity to rely on. So in other words, the shit hits the fan by design! If that doesn't sound like a Colbert device, I don't know what does.

The medium is the message (5, Insightful)

rlseaman (1420667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557263)

The real news was that this was announced on the NASA Facebook page. The medium is always the message - as Colbert's success demonstrates.

Re:The medium is the message (2, Informative)

lbk70 (1229872) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557537)

This information is on the NASA home page, right at the top.

Pro-Science Colbert (5, Insightful)

Mordac (1009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557385)

I know its been covered a lot elsewhere (scienceblogs.com) but I don't think it can be understated. Colbert Report is a great venue for science, a wonderful public face. He's had on lots of scientists, more than any show I can recall in a couple decades.

I don't recall the last fun show that had the host actually talking to an Astronaut in orbit.

So even if NASA goes with Serenity for the name, I'm glad they went onto Colbert to announce it.

Re:Pro-Science Colbert (4, Insightful)

spydabyte (1032538) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557567)

It's exactly what NASA wanted with this contest. Publicity. They couldn't have done better...

Fairly obvious name... (5, Insightful)

paralaxcreations (981218) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557671)

I think, judging by their chosen venue, the name they release will be obvious. To do otherwise would just be tacky.

"Yes, we'll get all the recognition we can from your show, but not scratch your back in kind."

Glad they went with it, as it was the winner. Aside from that, the name marks much more than anything like Serenity would.

Serenity shows the world what? There are a few scifi geeks in NASA? At most, maybe that they find inspiration in grand goals. Naming it Colbert, on the other hand, signifies a return to pop-culture significance. That the people are excited about space again. Or at the very least, naming it after Colbert will ensure that the module stays in the public eye as he continues his "status updates" (like he did for his baby eagle and a few other stunts). It would be a huge missed marketing opportunity NOT to name it after a television host who has supported science more than any other in recent history.

Of course, they already know this. That's why it's being revealed on his show.

Re:Fairly obvious name... (4, Insightful)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557967)

Not sure I'd declare victory until the facts are in. I don't know which way they'll go, but if I were to bet, I would bet against the name being Colbert.

Saying it would be "tacky" to announce a name other than Colbert on Colbert's show misses the entire context in which this is happening. Colbert doesn't take these stunts seriuosly. If anything, the Colbert character needs things to be outraged about.

Re:Fairly obvious name... (1)

paralaxcreations (981218) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558287)

True. But the character also needs things to be egotistical about. And let's face it, NASA needs all the public support they can get. And I think they know it. Their job has - regrettably - primarily been justified by the government as a morale builder. It's in their own best interest to keep people excited about space. If they had a vote that they didn't plan on upholding, that would just cause those that participated to lose faith in the organization.

Outside of the tongue-in-cheek nature of the show, it still wouldn't be "kosher" to announce the name is something other than the host's when on the host's show when said host was in the running and your organization has faced criticism for considering other names when the host's name got the most votes.

Also, I think the "we can name it whatever we want" clause was primarily stuck in there to prevent the next module from being named something like "PissFountain 9000"

I don't think so. (1)

ishmalius (153450) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558651)

Actually, I think that announcing it on the show is an attempt at a graceful way to say "no."

Watching it online? (3, Interesting)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 5 years ago | (#27557689)

I'd like to watch this show, but I don't have cable. It's very nice that they have full episodes available on Colbert Nation [colbertnation.com] . However, is there any way to watch the show online Tuesday night? Does anyone know how long they wait before putting that night's show onto the web?

Re:Watching it online? (1)

akzeac (862521) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558035)

Here in Germany I watch it around 9 - 10 AM. Sometimes the page gets updated a bit later. That would mean usually before 3 - 4 AM in US time.

Re:Watching it online? (1)

mdielmann (514750) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558689)

Just scream "RAIN!!!" every time someone tries to tell you about it until you can watch the torrent. That's what I plan on doing.

Who else hopes it's Serenity (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558217)

Serenity now! Serenity now! SERENITY NOW!

Hehe, I loved that episode. What is this "Firefly" you speak of? Was it on before or after Seinfeld?

I'd give them extra brownie points if.. (2, Funny)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558303)

NASA guy introduces Patrick Stewart who walks out in robes and a crown and says, "From this day forth, all the toilets in space shall be known as... Colberts!" Then he beams off the stage. They don't even have to name the module just all the toilets. I'd be happy even though I voted Colbert.

Colbert should have asked... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558329)

...his followers to name the module after one of the phrases flashed during the opening sequence of his show. I would have loved to see it named "Multigrain".

It's rather obvious (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 5 years ago | (#27558595)

The name to be announced will be "Colbert's Serenity", as in being in the the state of "serenity" while sitting on the "Colbert".

If this shows up in tomorrow's episode, Colbert owes me $50,000 for my writer's fee.

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