There have always been cranks. Probably there always will be. I think fondly of many of the cranks on Usenet, though, because I got to see the medium at its height. And these were people who brought such zeal, such determination, such relentless willingness to write in bulk about how everyone else was covering up the truth that it’s awesome to witness. Brad Guth is one in that fine line. I don’t know if he’s still around. Some of me hopes so. A good, compelling, non-traditional prose style is such a wonder.
At the risk of making you think everything else is anticlimax, I should say my favorite joke in this piece was in part 1, the line about getting some relief from smart Venus.
> Interplanetary travel capability and especially that of interstellar
> also represents
CROW: Interplanet Janet!
> more than sufficient technical expertise to deal with
> any hellish planet like Venus,
JOEL: It also represents being able to get through La Guardia.
> or even those of whatever cryogenic
CROW: Such as your Liquid Nitrogen Beetles or your Frost Rhododendrons.
> because that=92s what advanced physics and good science is fully
> capable of doing in spite of the odds against us.
JOEL: They can live on Venus yet they still cannot tell a cabbage from a lettuce!
> If anything, the metallicity of Venus is somewhat greater than Earth,
TOM: But it’s still not greater than the good old U.S. of A, am I right, folks?
> and its ability to create and maintain its substantial atmosphere of
> mostly CO2 as having such an abundance (12 ppm) of helium that=92s
CROW: That everyone talking about Venus has a silly voice.
> offering roughly 200+ times as much as Earth,
TOM: 210 times as much if you don’t count Iowa.
> and having sustained its
> terrific atmosphere without benefit of any moon or
CROW: Or even Moon Helper! Make your moon into a meal!
> the geomagnetic
> protection like our planet has to work with,
JOEL: The invaluable help of Earth’s jaunty Madagascar.
> is truly an impressive
TOM: Even bigger than that guy who ate 40 White Castle burgers at one sitting.
> and especially for a smaller than Earth like planet w/
> o moon and managed even though it=92s so much closer to the sun.
CROW: And even though it’s in a region zoned “light commercial/sulfuric acid”.
> Firstly, our mainstream eyecandy cache of science infomercials via our
> public funded NASA and otherwise NOVA as owned by Google,
JOEL: Google, run by Rankin-Bass, operated by Cougartown, a division of RCA.
> could just
> as easily help with exploiting this ongoing research if they wanted
TOM: But they’re too busy making up Twitter accounts from Mars probes.
> and otherwise without their assistance you might try to understand
> that we really do not need to use microscopic or even much higher
CROW: Wait, you’re bringing a microscope out to look at Venus?
TOM: I’m picturing a flock of astronomers with those little toy microscopes pointing up at the sky and looking at their fingerprints.
> than 75 m/pixel imaging when the items of most interest
> have always been so extremely or unusually big to begin with.
JOEL: It sounds so obvious when you hear it. Just look at Big Venus instead!
> So, you
> can continue to argue that these images as a derivative from a 36
CROW: Or you can have the halfback sneak around the corner right after the snap and run over to the concession stands.
> confirming look or scanned composite offering this initial 225 meters
> per pixel format are simply not good enough,
JOEL: But they made an honest effort and we appreciate them for that.
> but you=92d only be proving
> to yourself and others as to how unintelligent and/or obstructive that
> sort of closed or naysay mindset really is stuck in denial more than
TOM: This is that new shame-based astronomy you hear so much about.
CROW: It’s all the rage among space geeks with low self-esteem.
> Venus is perhaps not unlike hell,
JOEL: What isn’t?
> but otherwise its unusually high
> metallicity as indicated by its radar reflective attributes and its
> considerable surplus of helium
TOM: And excessive supplies of silly bouncy balls.
CROW: Venus leads the inner solar system in paper cups with jokes written on the bottom!
JOEL: No other planet has so much Mork And Mindy themed bubble gum!
> plus the mostly geothermal driven
> environment, is at least technically manageable
CROW: For all those planets that need PERT charts.
TOM: They’re hoping to be the first ISO 9001-certified space thingy.
> as long as you have a
> functioning brain of at least a 5th grader
CROW: Or a third and a second grader put together.
TOM: Or a seventh grader and a minus-second grader.
JOEL: Two tenth-graders and a minus fifteenth grader.
> without all the usual
> mainstream status-quo tumors that disable your investigative skills
> and deductive reasoning,
JOEL: Have all your astronomy questions answered by Mark Trail!
> that=92s otherwise considered as human
CROW: We’re looking for the thinking men’s tumors here.
> Of course to most of you that have taken a basic look-see at this old
> Magellan radar obtained image of Venus,
TOM: You’re a bunch of peepers!
JOEL: Want to be a peeper too.
> and especially of the fuzzy or
> blocky pixel image of =93Guth Venus=94 or =93GuthVenus=94,
CROW: Guth Venus ’94!
TOM: He’s running with Vermin Supreme.
> is perhaps
> suggestive of nothing more than offering a nasty looking terrain of
> random geology
CROW: Just throw that glacial moraine anywhere. I’m kind of living out of my asthenosphere.
JOEL: Vermin knows better.
> with piles of extruded hot rock that just so happen to
> look as though artificial or as having been intelligently morphed into
> what seems to offer rational patterns.
TOM: Well, sure. Look at that big ‘EAT AT ZERBLATT’S’ sign on the equator.
> However, within these highly
> confirmed patterns of such mostly hot rock are several odd geometric
JOEL: Like the sulfuric acid parallelogram.
CROW: Finally my geometry teacher will respect me!
> of somewhat large scale and offering us those extremely
> interesting formations,
TOM: Marching in uniform and playing brass instruments!
> that at least on Earth or upon any other
> imaged planet or moon
CROW: Or accretion disc!
TOM: Or black hole!
> hasn=92t come remotely close to offering this
> level of sophisticated geology complexity
JOEL: They had little cozies for their martini glasses.
> and rational community
> looking configuration or modification of such a mountainous terrain
TOM: Perfect for filming Venus Car commercials!
JOEL: You’ll love cruising in the new Buick Aphrodite 8.
> This makes GuthVenus into a one of a kind off-world location,
> at least up until other better resolution images become available.
TOM: But you can join and operate a GuthPlanet Franchise today!
CROW: Prime locations still available.
JOEL: GuthSaturn closing soon!
> Besides merely following my deductive interpretations,
CROW: Socrates is a mortal.
JOEL: Planets will not last forever.
TOM: No two-headed person has ever been Vice-President.
CROW: The owner of the dog does not have a job as a plumber.
JOEL: Therefore Socrates is a mermaid!
TOM: Logical, logical.