Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

NASA "Mohawk Guy" To Host Radio Show

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the it's-all-about-the-hair dept.

NASA 93

An anonymous reader writes "NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' Bobak Ferdowsi, a flight director for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that lowered the Curiosity rover to the Martian surface in early August, will host a two-hour online broadcast on Internet radio station Third Rock Radio at 4 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 30. The show, entitled 'Getting Curious with the Mohawk Guy,' will feature Ferdowsi discussing his experience with the landing of Curiosity, NASA’s evolving image, and renewed interest in science and exploration."

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Should be a good show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174895)

Unless they scare him off with a boomstick

What a wonderful face for JPL (5, Insightful)

wb8wsf (106309) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174925)

I wish Boback the best of luck on this show, and lots more in the future.

Imagine, if people start thinking of science folks as neat...

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41174941)

My grandmother would not call him "neat". She'd use words like hippie slacker disgrace who will amount to nothing.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174947)

And what does she know?

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175003)

Not much. Her perception is only clean cut men in suits are successful. Any deviation in hair cut alone branded one as a hooligan.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175033)

She sounds exactly like someone the world no longer needs, and will not miss.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (2)

cachimaster (127194) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175057)

Not much. Her perception is only clean cut men in suits are successful. Any deviation in hair cut alone branded one as a hooligan.

To be fair with your grandmother, her generalization was correct during most of her life. Until 2011 spacecraft were designed and controlled by clean cut men.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (2)

mcvos (645701) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177205)

I recently read that Apollo 13 was actually saved by a hippie, and NASA quickly buried that fact, because they only wanted it to appear as if spacecraft were only designed and controlled by clean cut men..

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (2)

rommi04 (2368482) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175445)

If I were an astronaut I would want guys in the control room to have the clean-cut NASA-circa-1969 look. I would not trust my life to the guys that were in the control room during the Curiosity landing. I'm sure they are good at their jobs but they just don't look very professional to me.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (5, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175563)

If I were an astronaut I would want guys in the control room to have the clean-cut NASA-circa-1969 look. I would not trust my life to the guys that were in the control room during the Curiosity landing. I'm sure they are good at their jobs but they just don't look very professional to me.

I have a picture of my father when he was a NASA engineer for Apollo. Ponytail, beard, work shirt and jeans, which was pretty typical for those in his age group (the older engineers did tend toward the crew-cut-and-starched-shirt look). Yeah, the guys in the control room where the TV cameras could see them looked clean-cut and "professional," but a lot of the ones who actually built the machines and made them go didn't bother with that crap, because they knew--as any sensible person should--that real professionalism isn't something you can put on like a costume. This is as true now as it was then.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (2)

Sigg3.net (886486) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176091)

Where I work, everyone wearing suits wants to be bosses, everyone wearing loose shirts and baggy pants just want to get the job done.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176643)

You know, the whole 'ponytail and beard' thing has become a code of its own these days. Add big black nerd glasses with no lenses for that extra authenticity.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41178943)

I would love to see a new docu-dramady about NASA from that era that highlights the contrast between the clean-cut controllers/managers and the "hippie" engineers/workers.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175927)

I'm sure they are good at their jobs

Say no more, because that's all that matters.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

Feyshtey (1523799) | more than 2 years ago | (#41179005)

If I were an astronaut I wouldnt particularly care if the people in mission control showed up dressed as Little Bo Peep, sucked on passifiers and refused to eat anything but blueberry waffles. If they were the most capable human beings on the planet of getting me safely home I'd completely support them, including buying them a herd of sheep, a baby stroller and lifetime passes to IHOP.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (2)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175189)

your grandmother does not need to find science appealing, a generation still in school does

the mohawk is a gimmick. a gimmick in the service of good

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176885)

I doubt this dude thinks of his hairstyle simply as a gimmick.

the dude thinks his mohawk is just a gimmick (4, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41180055)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobak_Ferdowsi [wikipedia.org]

Ferdowsi became a media "sensation", or "meme",[8] when during the August 6, 2012, landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, he wore an unusual mohawk hairstyle that was seen on NASA TV's live broadcast of the event. As the Flight Director he was in a prominent camera position and his mohawk unexpectedly became an iconic image of the landing.[9][10][11] Ferdowsi explained that he wore a new haircut for every mission and the mohawk was chosen by his team by popular vote.[12]
When President Barack Obama called to congratulate the team, he noted the popularity of the "Mohawk guy," saying "You guys are a little cooler than you used to be."[13] Ferdowsi said in another interview that he did it to help lighten the seriousness of the workplace and "If my mohawk gets a few more people excited about science and this mission, that’s awesome."[6]

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1, Troll)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175439)

Which goes to show you that your grandmother probably should be in a retirement home spending her last demented years try to stick nurses with knitting needles.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41177889)

Well then she'd be an idiot, because he's already amounted to something. He landed a rover on mars which is more than you or your grandmother will ever do in your pathetic lives.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175293)

I for one find these actions deplorable.

This only delegitimizes the agency, and will only turn NASA into some short-lived fad.

The exploration of our solar system, and the face of the United States should be that of a professional one.

Call me old fashioned, but the popularization of the agency through the embracing of pop-culture causes me to take the United States of America less seriously, and causes me to question my support of the country by continuing to conduct business within it.

Trying to doll up politics, science, and business with this bullshit is deplorable at best.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175365)

>> the embracing of pop-culture causes me to take the United States of America less seriously, and causes me to question my support of the country

Yes, clearly a man with a mohawk is what makes America look bad. Not our war on drugs, wars on brown desert dwelling people, repression of gays, electing of disgraceful politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum [spreadingsantorum.com], or the fact that just weeks ago the civil rights debate in this nation hinged on buying a fucking chicken sandwich?

What. The. Fuck.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41186917)

eat more kale.

google "eatmorekale" + chik fil-a or whatever that chicken thing is.

We have met the enemy and it is us....

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176193)

Yeah, that whole popularization of the agency through publicity stunts like the Moon Landing was a big mistake...

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (3, Insightful)

overlordofmu (1422163) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177373)

You do realize that suits and ties are dress-up costumes. They are in no way functional or necessary. Just like judge's robes are costumes.

Business and law both rely on a great deal of theatrics to present the image of legitimacy. And these theatrics are enough for people like grandma and you that would prefer to make snap judgments based on illogical assumptions in place of actually thinking.

Your apathy and love of tradition is holding the world back. Please begin to question the basic tenants of Western civilization so we can fix it before it is too late.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41186975)

Around 1979 I read "Dress for Success." The male book promoted the 2.5 piece business suit, the rep tie, and the advice on shoes was: don't wear funny shoes. This was 'business' attire. The author backed up his ideas (it was a 250 or so page book) with 'research.' For example, strangers approached by a man wearing the above plus a tan trenchcoat were more likely to respond in a cooperative fashion than if the same stranger was wearing a dark blue trenchcoat. Dark blue trenchcoats had a history of use by lower class people compared to tan trenchcoats. The dark pinstripe male suit works for bankers, but not so good for other businessmen or professionals. It reeks of money; people want and expect a banker to reek of money, but resent it if their doctor does.

My first thought was the pendulum would swing the other way. It has and it hasn't. There has certainly been a rise in casual, even 'slob' attire, but at the same time the power suite (for men and women) is holding it's own.

In my field, a chiropractor, I tried both ways. The advice was that as a not-official-doctor, sticking to the power suite was recommended for added credibility. Over the years I've found that almost everyone I deal with assumes my credibility. (I guess the sekptics who harp on subluxations on /. don't show up in my office). I've also found that a modified version: short sleeves--long sleeves get in the way of me treating, I skip the tie, sometimes funny shoes but dress slacks. It just feels different than chino pants and polo shirts, especially a new patient.

And when I go see a doctor or lawyer, I feel better if they have dressed up a bit. It's a sign of respect, a sign that they or I, are taking the issue at hand seriously enough to dress the part.

I would love it if we could all wear denim shirts and blue jeans, or at the other extreme that I could dress up like David Bowie 1971-77. Not yet.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 2 years ago | (#41179021)

I agree 1000%. NASA grow up. The Will I Am broadcast pissed me off. What an incredible waste of taxpayer resources to promote a shitty pop star. What the fuck was wrong with transmitting 'America the Beautiful"? or something not under copyright so EVERY american could enjoy it for free.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175341)

StarHawk is the first celebrity NASA has produced in generations. I think he's doing something right.

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (4, Interesting)

wmac1 (2478314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175385)

FYI The correct name is "Babak Ferdowsi".

Both first and family names are famous Iranian names. "Babak" is the famous Iranian revoloutionaray leader (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babak_Khorramdin ) and "Ferdowsi" is perhaps the most famous Iranian poet ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi [wikipedia.org] ).

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176521)

As the saying goes, a wonderful face for radio.

You don't get to work in Mission Control without being pretty good at your job, but that isn't what he's famous for: his hairdo..

Re:What a wonderful face for JPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41178603)

I wish Boback the best of luck on this show, and lots more in the future.

Imagine, if people start thinking of science folks as neat...

Imagine people start thinking of science folks as neat, no matter what hairstyle. He got all this publicity due to his Mohawk? That's really a shame for all the other scientists. Do they all need to sport a Mohawk?

Yes (1, Flamebait)

tanujt (1909206) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174927)

Let's make a celebrity out of this guy with hair a little out of the ordinary, while the rest of the team, who worked just as hard, goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. Also, let's praise this guy so much that the only thing he has to be thankful about is his decision to get a mohawk, and not his engineering degree.

Re:Yes (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174967)

To be fair, lots of engineering goes into the formation and maintenance of a proper mohawk. I should know, I had a green one myself when I was still a stupid attention seeking twit.

Re:Yes (0)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174969)

There are plenty of other directors who have been interviewed on curiosity and other rovers. You should be proud of their diversity.

Re:Yes (5, Insightful)

afgam28 (48611) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174975)

Ridiculous isn't it? A bunch of people land a fucking robot on Mars, and everyone's attention is on one of the guys' haircut.

Re:Yes (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175115)

There is precedent, though. Look at all the fuss they made about the inadequacy of Gabby Douglas's hairdo when she won her gold medals. We're one big country full of don't-give-a-fuck-about-anything-but-your-hair.

Re:Yes (1)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175599)

Bingo. Best post in here.

Re:Yes (1)

bitingduck (810730) | more than 2 years ago | (#41178435)

Ridiculous isn't it? A bunch of people land a fucking robot on Mars, and everyone's attention is on one of the guys' haircut.

Not just a robot, but a robot with a death ray

Re:Yes (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41182193)

“Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

The take home message is if you want people interested in a robot on mars, give the robot a mohawk haircut

otherwise, you just need to make peace with the fact the greater mass of humanity just doesn't care, and will never care, unless it has kim kardashian's ass

Re:Yes (1)

acjacinto (1170951) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175009)

"We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job, and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected" -- Neil Armstrong

Re:Yes (1)

CanEHdian (1098955) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175089)

Let's make a celebrity out of this guy with hair a little out of the ordinary, while the rest of the team, who worked just as hard, goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. Also, let's praise this guy so much that the only thing he has to be thankful about is his decision to get a mohawk, and not his engineering degree.

It's just ye olde Standing Out In The Crowd. That is why a lot of "artists" nowadays don't know out of craziness what to do anymore: outrageous clothing, outrageous behavior, stupid-looking sunglasses, something to do with jewelry, etc. etc. Are they still good? Likely (sometimes with auto tune). Are there many, many artists who are far more accomplished but unknown? Absolutely. They just don't stand out hence are not noticed.

Mohawk Guy got noticed. Great! Perhaps it goes to show that you don't have to look like a nerd to be an engineer or a scientist. If that inspires people to follow in his footsteps: mission accomplished.

Re:Yes (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175259)

"It's just ye olde Standing Out In The Crowd. "

Lord Gaga's Radio Show.

Re:Yes (2)

paleo2002 (1079697) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175099)

Remember when you were in school and bored? You'd look around the room or out the window for anything remotely distracting because you didn't understand or didn't care about what was going on in the classroom.

Welcome to the current state of science journalism.

Re:Yes (4, Interesting)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175145)

Well, he was actually interviewed on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me a few weeks ago (you can find it online at npr). Evidently, he gets a different haircut for each mission and it was the team who voted him the Mohawk.

It's the other guy - the former rocker turned physicist who managed the landing of the rover - who I find to be the interesting one of the bunch.

But really, I don't care who's getting the camera time. so much as the mission hasn't been forgotten.

I swear, the landing of the rover reminded me of the ending of the truman show. Everyone goes nuts at Trumans escape, and when the show ends, some dude asks, "whats on next?"

Re:Yes (2)

_Shad0w_ (127912) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175763)

So basically he's doing what Gene Kranz used to do with waistcoats, but using his hair instead?

Re:Yes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175413)

You miss the point entirely friend. The rest of the team goes unnoticed and under-appreciated anyway. Do you remember anyone from the previous launches? Probably not, but you'll remember the guy with a mohawk.

By making himself a symbol he has forced people to recognize the rest of the team as well, something that simply would not have happened otherwise and historically has not happened since the Challenger blew up. Most people gloss right over the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster if they even remember it at all.

That a single man with a mohawk managed to focus the country's attention on NASA is not a reflection of NASA, it is a reflection of everyone that simply did not care until something unexpected and unprecedented happened. A man came to work at 1am with a goofy haircut. That is what made everyone take note of NASA again for the first time in decades, and that is the embarrassment, not the haircut but those that judge it as more significant and news worthy that the 1 ton SUV we just landed on another planet with fucking rockets.

And the worst part is that had he come to work with a "standard" haircut the coverage of this Mars mission would have ended 16 hours after touch down with the 5pm news that day.

Re:Yes (1, Troll)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175451)

Anything that might convince the next generation of voters that space is cool gets my vote. If having a Mohawk and being "hip" or whatever does the trick, then so be it.

You sound like one of those guys that was all pissed off that it took Harry Potter to get kids reading again, instead of "real literature".

Colorful Metaphors (5, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#41174995)

Some of you may not know who this "Mohawk Guy" is. He was originally born and raised in San Fransisco. By his early 20's he was a drifter, directionless and alone. He'd ride the bus all around downtown San Fran playing his boom-box too loud, much to the annoyance of the public. His spiked hair and bracelets discouraged just about everyone from voicing their opinion on the noise level until one day he met his match. Two brave men, both with thousands of hours of flight experience, boarded the bus and sat across from him. One man, noone ever knew his name, politely asked that he turn off that damn noise. He gestured rudely and turned his music up. The other man reached across the aisle and firmly pinched the man's neck, instantly rendering him unconscious, the boombox silenced the moment his head landed on it.

This unexpected event gave him a new direction in life to pursue. He went back to school and studied hard. Twenty years later he found himself working on the Curiosity Project. And the end result of that goal? He broadcast that damn noise as loud as he wanted where it would bother nobody: Mars. [telegraph.co.uk]

Noone knows the fate of the two airmen that boarded the bus that fateful day. Rumors persist that one was a burnt-out hippy that went to Berkley. However, noone was able to find any documentation of a man entering the hospital overdosed on LDS.

One thing is certain: It will be centuries before we see all the profound effects this guy has had on the timeline.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175055)

They both turned to a singing -- which was enough to discourage anyone turning their boom-box up.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (0)

Riddler Sensei (979333) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175275)

Spok? [youtube.com]

Re:Colorful Metaphors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41178047)

Have you ever noticed Spok is one letter short of Spook?

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 2 years ago | (#41189745)

I think you might be one letter short yourself. It's Spock.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175339)

"no one" is two words, dipstick.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175625)

Well... double-dipstick on you!!

Re:Colorful Metaphors (3, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175519)

As opposed to the guy who invented transparent aluminum, and ended up floating face down in the swimming pool of his sprawling Bel Air mansion, a pound of cocaine on the patio table, fourth wife, a 21 year old named Bunny passed out in the living room after a two-day long crystal meth binge and a couple of beach bums living in the guest house and using the hot tub to wash their clothes. Poor bastard couldn't deal with success and in his last months was heard blaming his out of control irritable bowel syndrome and his wife's predilection for cheating on him with the entire male staff of a nearby Starbucks on some crazy Scotsman who had given him the secret formula for transparent aluminum, talked into computer mice and consulted some grizzled-looking weirdo about the effects of time travel.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175951)

He is an Iranian-American.

I am curious whether he is allowed to buy an iPad or not. Because the other Iranian-American was declined of that.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

GiganticLyingMouth (1691940) | more than 2 years ago | (#41183093)

They were denied the iPad because they expressed intent to send it to a family member in Iran.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176303)

However, noone was able to find any documentation of a man entering the hospital overdosed on LDS.

Maybe he didn't go to hospital, maybe he went to Utah where he now lives with his 3 wives and 11 children.

Re:Colorful Metaphors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176803)

While I appreciate the joke you were going for, one does not simply overdose on LSD. The LD50 is very, very large in comparison to a normal dose (by a factor of around 120). You'd almost have to do it intentionally, and at that point it's not so much LSD use as a suicide attempt by rather inefficient means.

Source [erowid.org]

Re:Colorful Metaphors (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41182137)

someone overdosed on Latter Day Saints?

I didn't know Mormonism was that powerful

Oh for God's sake (0)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175037)

This guys claim to fame is he had a Mohawk! If someone else in the room has a Mohawk, would they be famous too? Is this all it takes to be famous in America these days? (Answer: YES!)

Re:Oh for God's sake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175257)

There aren't enough faces to palm in this world. I thought the song they did was bad enough. "We're NASA and we know it!" Really? Are you sure about that? ;)

Re:Oh for God's sake (2)

jon3k (691256) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177903)

Wow you really don't get it do you? This is about changing the image of a group of people who've typically considered boring. It was INTERESTING because it was DIFFERENT. Not sure how you don't understand that.

Cool! (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175039)

Maybe he can shed some light on sugar around a planet [youtube.com] Organic origins or just dumb luck, formed by a shock wave from nova/super nova.

Or Galactus having a quick one for tea

Re:Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175117)

Organic origins or just dumb luck, formed by a shock wave from nova/super nova.

You insensitive clod! Every kid in Texas knows it was intelligently designed that way!

Umm... (-1, Troll)

MusicOS (2717681) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175183)

I don't remember if the mohawk guy is gay, but this article says "gay curious". Once in a while a person gets very unluck in how they phrase things. When I was younger I was oblivious. Gays exist and have every right to exist, especially, if they're not blabbing about gayness all the time... like they usually are. I hired a gay artist and he couldn'[t resist putting all kinds of gay art in my art. Was that necessary? Women don't put penises on everything but they like penises. Why is it gays can't shut up? It's nasty. That's why people hate gays. Obnoxious gays are obnoxious in so many ways.

I dont care if you call it Radio (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175199)

if its internet only its a live stream or a podcast, for it to be a radio show it needs to be broadcast on ... I dunno RADIO?

any moron can stream audio on the internet, its not quite the same as fighting for limited air time.

Re:I dont care if you call it Radio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175317)

*rolls eyes*

Re:I dont care if you call it Radio (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175501)

why AC why

rolls eyes?

cause anyone with a phone line can upload a podcast, thats the same as being somewhat significant enough to warrant even 10 seconds of real time live broadcast even on AM radio?

yea I am stupid happy anyone can have a voice, but anyone's voice is useless in a sea of noise, hince why people seek out beacons, those beacons happen to be in realtime radio where people still go out of their way to listen to someone speak when they speak, instead of downloading a mp3 and calling at a cute name at leisure.

Re:I dont care if you call it Radio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175611)

Whoa, calm down dude.

Geez, what atrocity happened to you to turn out like this?

Re:I dont care if you call it Radio (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#41185415)

dumbshit AC's on slashdot

Re:I dont care if you call it Radio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175379)

does the local wifi count? :-)

"renewed interest in science" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175279)

Dream on. A couple of weeks of being on the pop-culture radar maybe...

Move: the President and Security Have Interest (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175375)

Change position quick!

The President of USA and the DoD have been outed in the Killing of Osama bin Laden: They did not do it.

Given your name and nothing else, the President authorizes himself to put you on his kill list.

Since He, the President and DoD are shown not to be responsible for the murder of Osama bin Laden and what
the killing has for Obama's chances for re-election, the President is now Fighting Mad.

So, any Muslim or Muslin 'sounding name' though not Muslim will enrage the the President and send forth
domestic kill teams to appease the flaming desires of the President.

Run. Run now! Time is short.

Re:Move: the President and Security Have Interest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175531)

so ... what did the last president do

attack the wrong fucking country?
fingerbang your grandmother in the airport?

whats the republican stance?
anything but Christianity is wrong? (which is funny cause Mormons only believe half that, and make up the rest)
that the last decade was IS the only way to proceed, though they flushed a surplus to a depression?
more war, support the dropout dumbshit troops cause they volunteered to go to war rather than prison?

your call

So what? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41175415)

I know several of the guys on the Curiosity team have shaved assholes. They misunderstood that Curiosity referred to a spacecraft.

No offense to the guy... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#41175873)

But, I think he got a lot of unwarranted attention; possibly at the expense of other coworker due more credit for the success of the landing. Another note, I was disappointed at the casual dress in the mission control center. Jeans and shirts, etc. Seems like they could have at least gone business casual for one day. It just looked unprofessional to me.

Re:No offense to the guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176019)

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3qp063/

Re:No offense to the guy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41176157)

oh, stop bitching. they were there to get the job done. dressing them as monkeys would not make them do it better.
i'm sure they all are more professional than many slashdotters, especially those who whine about "suits !!!". they put a damn car on mars.

i'm starting to suspect that all this complaining is coming from those who are forced to wear suits and are jealous of others :>

Re:No offense to the guy... (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177313)

It just looked unprofessional to me.

They landed a robot on the moon. Maybe we should be taking tips on professional dress from them. It seems to have worked out.

Re:No offense to the guy... (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177367)

on the moon

On Mars. On Mars. That's what I get for switching the order of Slashdot and coffee.

Re:No offense to the guy... (2)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 2 years ago | (#41177411)

When I read posts like yours, I can't help but see a Dalek screaming: "Conformity! Conformity!"

You may want to consider just to what extent you've been programmed to automatically associate certain looks with certain values. While prejudice saves a lot of time, it tends to make one miss out on a lot of interesting folks.

Re:No offense to the guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41178009)

Stop whining; it is all good. JPL needs all the publicity it can garner and Bobak's mohawk is a hit.
And remember that this is JPL / CalTech, NOT the staid NASA/Houston; there is a huge difference in culture (and success rate--guess which is vastly more successful...)

Re:No offense to the guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41178609)

That *is* relatively dressed up for JPL, especially in the summer.
 

How should NASA reach out to adults in tech? (4, Insightful)

trout007 (975317) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176393)

I am curious to hear what /.ers would like to see from NASA in terms of outreach. It seems most of the work goes towards kids. I'm not against that but many technical people would like to know more about what NASA is doing at a more technical level.

What types of things should NASA be doing? For instance release CAD models of rovers so people can build one in ther 3D printer or release the code for the software flight systems.

Re:How should NASA reach out to adults in tech? (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 2 years ago | (#41179073)

I recently wrote a letter to NASA asking them to step up their 'adult' coverage. Kids are great but god damn it, i love space too.

Re:How should NASA reach out to adults in tech? (2)

trout007 (975317) | more than 2 years ago | (#41180921)

Please give examples of what you want.

Re:How should NASA reach out to adults in tech? (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 2 years ago | (#41181051)

What i want is for them to NOT cut coverage of the lander SECONDS after we got confirmation it was safe. The landing team checklist was valuable info and they cut out to the NASA TV anchor. What I want is to NOT focus on a team members haircut to pander to kids. What I want is for them to realize sending a teacher to space is stupid. I want NASA to be NASA, a bastion of science, not pandering

Re:How should NASA reach out to adults in tech? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#41186685)

Watch the Curiosity press conferences, then. Nice and adult.

Also, for every person who says NASA should be a bastion of science, not pandering, there's another who says that NASA needs to sell itself to the public to keep interest up and thus Congress willing to give NASA money. Since despite their attempts at popular outreach NASA is still undoubtedly, unequivocally, unassailably, a tremendous bastion of science, I think the latter has the better point.

Skip a few steps (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#41176763)

OK, now that the "Mohawk Guy" is on the fame conveyer belt, how long before he's on Dancing with the Stars?

Maybe we can just skip straight to the Mohawk Guy porn parody.

Rule 34 in ...3 ..2..1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41180439)

Rule 34 in ...3 ..2..1

Re:Skip a few steps (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41182235)

how does the robot on mars figure in the porn parody?

i need to know

no, i mean, i really need to know!

tell me, please

(breathing heavily, sweating)

The guy does have a name, you know. (1)

loshwomp (468955) | more than 2 years ago | (#41181929)

We're not second graders. Neither the radio program title nor the slashdot headline could be bothered, but why not at least give him the respect of using his name?

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?