Having Been Human
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Wed Aug 8 14:55:50 2012
A New grab-bag

The most amusing thing in common between NASA rover missions (and NASA's observation missions in general; the sats are pretty grand) and Wikileaks is that it's one of those news stories that never ends; we can't get all the awesome in one sitting (unless we're willing to wait a long time); we need to remember to come back many times and make it a routine.

Maybe this is a lot like other big parts of life, and puts a natural human failing in the spotlight.

I suppose there's also the similarity that a lot of the mundane details are not that interesting, but that's much more true of Wikileaks than NASA's stuff. Yes, in theory the leaks give context for all sorts of things, and we might decide that that's a lot like all the awesome science that NASA does, but the organisational details of random organisations (even government organisations) are things which most of us have the opportunity to see legitimately many times over our lives, while NASA's stuff is out of this world. Or at least an angle on our planet we don't normally see (NASA engineers recently pointed out that a large percentage of their observational missions they do are of Terra). At least to me, the NASA stuff is interesting more often than not, while now that I have a pretty decent idea how governments and international orgs work, the details revealed by Wikileaks are not often unexpected. When they're interesting they're usually of things that everyone knew anyway but couldn't prove.