Por Favor, Nanny

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4. We'll even latch onto the prequels

A May 1999 press release was predicated entirely on how NASA technology was like that seen in the upcoming masterpiece The Phantom Menace:

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Who's directing traffic? In the 21st century, the U.S. skies could look a little bit like a scene in "Phantom Menace" where everyone seems to by flying around town. NASA's Advanced General Aviation Technology Experiment is developing the tools that could make it possible.

No Jar-Jar references, however.

3. Sure, we'll take up a lightsaber if it gets us some pub

In 2007, the space shuttle Discovery took up the lightsaber prop from Return of the Jedi on a mission because...because...ummm...

Astronaut Jim Reilly, who flew three missions and has conducted eight spacewalks, said there is a symbolic tie between the lightsaber and the real-life work NASA does in space.

"There's a kind of a fine line between science fiction and reality as far as what we do and it's only just time really because a lot of what we're doing right now was science fiction when I was growing up," he said. "I think it's a neat link because it combines two space themes all at one time."

Oh, okay.

2. Double promotion

The space robot that looks quite human is called Robonaut 2, which can be shortened to...R2!! Imagine!

NASA took the opportunity to trumpet this advance with heavy product placement: The headline on the press release was "Star Wars Meets UPS as Robonaut Packed for Space." Brought to you by Valvoline, it somehow didn't add.

1. Hyperdrive, emphasis on the "hype"

How do you get anyone to finish a press-release sentence that begins "Scientists and engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are developing propulsion technologies"?

Easy. Tack on the magic words!

Scientists and engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are developing propulsion technologies closely akin to the "hyperdrives" of "Star Wars" fame.

Don't forget the scientist quote! "Achieving the level of technology portrayed in 'Star Wars' is quite a challenge. It will require very powerful fission, fusion or antimatter-driven rockets for rapid travel within interplanetary space," George Schmidt, deputy manager of Marshall's Propulsion Research Center, said in the release.

In other words, forget about it unless you want to actually up NASA's budget.

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Ignacio Carrion
Ignacio Carrion

Maybe they can sell "Por Favor, Nanny" at the Bass Pro Shop. Seems like a good fit...

TexasC
TexasC

This is the rationalization of slavery and bigotry. Sorry to say, but this book is nothing but commands to check up on and order your subject around. Are there any phrases for "What are your goals in life" or "What can I do to help you raise my kids?" SMH...

guest
guest

Por favor white woman, quit being so stuck up put you ipad down and spend time with your children instead of writing books to help other airheads like you avoid being a real mom and PLEASE do not disguise it with "these wonderful women" its BS ..this is offensive, racist and shows how shallow yall are.

Guest
Guest

So Talbert you're going to ask your mom and dad to bring you the receipt and if they washed their hands before they prepared dinner for you and your children?

Teach Your Children Well
Teach Your Children Well

You hire people to care for your children and you can't even communicate with them? You need more than a book. Stupid rich people>

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

Don't hire illegal alien nannies and you won't have to worry about bending over backwards to communicate with them in their language.

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

Don't hire illegal alien nannies and you won't have to worry about bending over backwards to communicate in their language.

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

"white woman", quit being so stuck up put you ipad down and spend time with your children instead of writing books to help other airheads like you avoid being a real mom and PLEASE do not disguise it with "these wonderful women" its BS ..this is offensive, racist"

The hypocrites live amongst us, people.

TexasC
TexasC

Good Point. You would not ask those questions to an "english speaking American"!

MadMac
MadMac

Said WFaFF, the bigot among us.

 
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