Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Free Space
  You might be a space geek (Page 3)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search


This topic is 9 pages long:   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 
next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   You might be a space geek
Moonwalker1954
Member

Posts: 236
From: Montreal, Canada
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 07-24-2007 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonwalker1954   Click Here to Email Moonwalker1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every weeknight you try to go to bed at 10:56...

Rick
Member

Posts: 298
From: Yadkinville, NC
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 07-24-2007 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by WSTFphoto:
Does this qualify me as a space geek?
I make it a strict policy NOT to call people with tatoos geeks!!!

WSTFphoto
Member

Posts: 70
From: Las Cruces, NM, USA
Registered: May 2005

posted 07-25-2007 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That cracked me up, Rick! My office is a bit space-geeky, too:

Max Q
Member

Posts: 392
From: Whyalla South Australia
Registered: Mar 2007

posted 07-27-2007 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a Space Geek if you buy a N1 wireless system hoping your home network would take off like a rocket... Only to have an expensive and disappointing failure.

garymilgrom
Member

Posts: 1724
From: Atlanta, GA, USA
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 07-27-2007 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NavySpaceFan:
...and keep a stone from the Crawler/Transporter track on your desk.
Hey that's me you're talking about!!

mikepf
Member

Posts: 369
From: San Jose, California, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 07-27-2007 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While passing a bank, my daughter asked me what the letters ATM stood for. I replied Apollo Telescope Mount.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 07-27-2007 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by WSTFphoto:
Does this qualify me as a space geek?
That's acceptable! But a Microsoft Zune tattoo? No.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 07-27-2007 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Impressive stuff guys! I need to take some pictures of my living room, dining room, and family room. You'll then see that I'm right up there with the geekiest of the geeks. Heh!

MCroft04
Member

Posts: 1260
From: Smithfield, Me, USA
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 07-29-2007 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're a space geek; If you drive around the area surrounding JSC looking for the old homes of the astronauts, and taking pictures of them. I only have addresses of those that have been published in books (Aldrin, Cernan, a few more); anyone aware of others?

SpaceCadet114
Member

Posts: 41
From: UK
Registered: Apr 2007

posted 08-12-2007 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the parents evening at your school your 4 year old cousin gives your teacher a five minute run through of a space shuttle crew because she mentioned the word Endeavour.

Jay Chladek
Member

Posts: 2267
From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 08-13-2007 01:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a space geek if...

You build stuff like this (guilty here!).

uk spacefan
Member

Posts: 100
From: London
Registered: Jan 2007

posted 08-13-2007 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you cannot wait for the next Aurora or Superior Galleries Space auction and then wade through the brochures only to find that they don't have the items you want to add to your collection.

Spacepsycho
Member

Posts: 736
From: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 08-13-2007 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know you're a space geek...

When you've having a fun evening EVA with the wife and you yell out, "We Have Hard Dock!"

Jay Chladek
Member

Posts: 2267
From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 08-13-2007 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you first went to see Space Camp back in 1986 as a young lad and called out "Panel C3" about 15 seconds before Kate Capshaw's character did to Tate Donovan's when she was telling him which panel had the switches to dump the solid rocket boosters.

...if you read the Space Shuttle Operators Handbook cover to cover when it came out (also a reason I called out C3 in the theater).

...if you go to a book store and go right to the Science section to see if there are any new decent books about current space travel and/or astronaut biographies or similar non fiction books about astronauts.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 09-12-2007 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tegwilym:
I need to take some pictures of my living room, dining room, and family room. You'll then see that I'm right up there with the geekiest of the geeks.
Here are the photos. Did I win as the top geek here? Or just a cry for help?

Living room

Dining room

Dining room - the shuttle stuff.

Collection of 1:18 models in family room (more out of view)

How many of you have a 1:96 Saturn V above your couch?

That's just some views of the house, there is a lot more crud out of view in the photos.

Jay Chladek
Member

Posts: 2267
From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 09-12-2007 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Tom, did you build the Monogram Columbia, Estes Spaceship 1 and Revell Saturn V yourself? They look nice man (even if the NASA "wurm" logo on the Columbia's wing isn't quite right)!

I also see I am not the only one who has 1/18 scale 21st Century Toys jets hanging from the ceiling. But in my case I am limited to just two planes, the F-86 (same as yours) and the Tigermeet RCAF F-104 Starfighter. Now if only 21st did a 1/18 T-38, I would be all over that, especially if they did one in NASA colors.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 09-13-2007 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
So Tom, did you build the Monogram Columbia, Estes Spaceship 1 and Revell Saturn V yourself? They look nice man (even if the NASA "wurm" logo on the Columbia's wing isn't quite right)!
The SpaceShipOne actually belongs to a friend. I had it signed (on the top) by Mike Melvill, I just hung it up to keep it safe. He still has to come get it.

Yes, I built both the Saturn V and the shuttle. I know the decals are wrong, but that's what I had to deal with so I just used them.

I also got so involved with painting the Saturn that I screwed up and painted the first stage as the 500F version - I was looking at the box. Then I realized that it wasn't painted like a flight version, so I just painted the rest as one of the flown Saturns. Oh well, only a geek would catch that so I left it that way.

I do have several other 1:18 planes but they aren't in the photo. Those are great models, they just take up a lot of space!

Jay Chladek
Member

Posts: 2267
From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 09-13-2007 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And now you know why I don't plan to get their 1/18 F-4 Phantom when it comes out as it will be just too dang big!

Nice work on the models in any event. I've got a couple big Revell Saturns waiting in the wings (actually, three of them) for the day I can devote my full time and energy to them. For now though, I am just having too much fun with shuttle models.

Do you think this might qualify for Space Geek?

You might be a space geek if you are building a Monogram 1/72 shuttle with boosters and decide the cockpit is just too empty without a couple astronauts in the pilot seats

These are kitbashed from the Airfix Apollo astronauts (for the bodies). I ground off the PLSS chest packs and swapped the heads for ones from the Monogram spacewalking astronauts as those helmets looked closer to the ones used on the LES and ACES suits. With the model sitting vertical, light will be hitting the interior in such a way that the astronauts should be visible, especially the US flags on their shoulder patches. I just think a "manned" spacecraft is so much cooler, that's all.

derek
Member

Posts: 297
From: N.Ireland.
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 09-23-2007 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for derek   Click Here to Email derek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When -- like me -- you've just bought a Virgin Galactic Pioneer-class ticket.

Max Q
Member

Posts: 392
From: Whyalla South Australia
Registered: Mar 2007

posted 09-23-2007 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well if you change your mind at the last minute I would like to offer my services as camera bearer for you. But seriously Live the dream brother I think you win the Space Geek comp.

Prospero
Member

Posts: 90
From: Manchester, UK
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 09-30-2007 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you've just done a parachute jump and not only do you rationalise it as "going EVA", but you think of the guy doing the radio talkdown as "CapCom", it might actually be helpful to be a space geek.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 09-30-2007 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does naming your sailboat "Delphinus" count as a geek? It's named after the dolphin constellation.

SpaceCadet114
Member

Posts: 41
From: UK
Registered: Apr 2007

posted 10-01-2007 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Weird coincidence here! On friday we had a non-uniform day at school for the same cause as your parachute jump! It's a brilliant cause WELL DONE!!

Prospero
Member

Posts: 90
From: Manchester, UK
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 10-03-2007 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheers Space Cadet, I hope the non-uniform day also went well.

Philip
Member

Posts: 4944
From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 10-03-2007 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're having a space cake for the 50th anniversary of Space flight

Jake
Member

Posts: 452
From: Issaquah, WA U.S.A.
Registered: Jun 2002

posted 10-03-2007 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, (tegwilym), you didn't even mention your backyard observatory, knowledge of the subject matter, book collection, and girlfriend who LOVES spaceflight. You top my space geek list - in a good way my friend!

By the way, I do not have a 1:96 Saturn above my couch (a 1/100 Saturn is on my fireplace mantel) because I have an 11 foot Wright Glider above my couch. :)

Prospero
Member

Posts: 90
From: Manchester, UK
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 10-13-2007 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're pleased as Punch to pick up a copy of Jim Lovell's book about Apollo 13 for 99p in a charity shop...

If you actually do own a (very small) piece of moon rock...

And if you tell your workmates that you're going to a talk being given by Alan Bean, resulting in blank looks all round...

You're a space geek and proud of it.

Russ Still
Member

Posts: 526
From: Atlanta, GA USA
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-02-2007 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ Still   Click Here to Email Russ Still     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, if you're a friend of mine, you just might be a space geek!

music_space
Member

Posts: 1065
From: Canada
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 11-04-2007 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...when it's fall time as right now in Montreal, QC, and during daytime you keep the doors and windows all open, when dusk comes you close the house up, crank up the furnace and call this "repress"...

contra
Member

Posts: 301
From: Kiel, Germany
Registered: Mar 2005

posted 11-07-2007 02:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
... you travel all the way from Germany to the States 5 times before you turn 25 just to see a shuttle launch and to shake some hands of some people who have walked on the moon...

star61
Member

Posts: 269
From: Bristol UK
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 11-29-2007 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Driving into Wales the other day with the family. Noticed on the overhead traffic info board, the time. Four small glowing numbers indicating it was 1202... yes you can see where this is going... with out even thinking, i called out, "somebody give me a call on that 1202 alarm... 1202 alarm... are we go?"... family was just staring at me, heads slowly shaking.

It's quite sad really... :( ...NOT. I love it and don't care a squat. :)

Super Nova
New Member

Posts: 5
From: Morristown, NJ USA
Registered: Jul 2007

posted 11-29-2007 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Super Nova   Click Here to Email Super Nova     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When the guys you drooled over as a teen were named John Young, Bob Crippen, Dick Truly and Gordon Fullerton, not George Michael, Prince or Sting.

NavySpaceFan
Member

Posts: 638
From: Norfolk, VA
Registered: May 2007

posted 12-01-2007 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While petting your kitten, MECO, you hear him purring and say "We have main engine start!"

Kirsten
Member

Posts: 512
From: Delft, Netherlands
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 12-04-2007 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Super Nova:
When the guys you drooled over as a teen were named John Young, Bob Crippen, Dick Truly and Gordon Fullerton, not George Michael, Prince or Sting.

You must be of about the same generation as I am. (35 years now) I felt just as strange at that age, having the early ESA astronauts as my heroes...

Atlantis
Member

Posts: 109
From: Cullman, AL
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 12-05-2007 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
You build stuff like this (guilty here!).
Or this:

This is the AXM shuttle paper kit in STS-117 guise.

Also, my favorite book when I was very young was Astronauts on the Moon, a Hallmark pop-up book from the mid to late 60's (it belonged to my dad) showing the sequence of events during a lunar mission.

tegwilym
Member

Posts: 2293
From: Renton, WA USA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 12-06-2007 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice model! I like those paper models that can be downloaded and printed. I just hate cutting them out. My patience for all that cutting tends to wear thin... then I got back to plastic.

FutureAstronaut
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 12-14-2007 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If in when your bored in your free time, you sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and see how many astronauts/cosmonauts you can name in one sitting.

Guilty... I got 184.

TellingHistory
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 12-15-2007 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TellingHistory   Click Here to Email TellingHistory     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you remind your child that they better study for their test next week "because failure is not an option," then you follow that up with, "I think this going to be your finest hour." - you might be a space geek.

music_space
Member

Posts: 1065
From: Canada
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 12-23-2007 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...you velcroed on your sound mixing console a checklist wich looks like this:

music_space's console checklist

Mary13
Member

Posts: 24
From: Vienna, Austria, Europe
Registered: Mar 2007

posted 12-24-2007 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mary13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FutureAstronaut:
If in when your bored in your free time, you sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and see how many astronauts/cosmonauts you can name in one sitting.
I do something similar:

...if you try how many complete space shuttle, apollo or gemini crews you remember during a boring lesson at school.

...if you look at the picture of a space shuttle in your physics book and tell your classmates that the picture was taken in 1981 (of course because the ET is white)

...if you're asked at school or at work why you look so tired and you answer is "I watched the NASA/ESA/JAXA webcast the whole night - didn't you hear about the launch?"


This topic is 9 pages long:   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2014 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement