Before starting my new job in early September, I made sure to find a ton of new music to entertain myself on the one-way 1hr commutes in the AM and PM. My first thought was to find mixes that were 60 minutes long – perfect for one leg of the trip. I can thank A Strangely Isolated Place for sharing his findings with us all! I intend to review various mixes he’s posted, and explore more from the producers themselves. All I can say is WOW! If you love ambient, electronic, shoegaze, space rock, soundtracks – the whole blog is full of download links to mixes of all these things! GO GO GO!!!
Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space, 1951
“The crossing of space … may do much to turn men’s minds outwards and away from their present tribal squabbles. In this sense, the rocket, far from being one of the destroyers of civilisation, may provide the safety-value that is needed to preserve it.”
Robert Zubrin, Entering Space, 1999
“Today the human race is a single twig on the tree of life, a single species on a single planet. Our condition can thus only be described as extremely fragile, endangered by forces of nature currently beyond our control, our own mistakes, and other branches of the wildly blossoming tree itself. Looked at this way, we can then pose the question of the future of humanity on Earth, in the solar system, and in the galaxy from the standpoint of both evolutionary biology and human nature. The conclusion is straightforward: Our choice is to grow, branch, spread and develop, or stagnate and die.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring–not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive… If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”