One Small Step for Man…

Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon.

Saw this video on Jason’s blog, thought it was awesome, put it here for all the shinies to see.

Over the weekend Neil Armstong passed away. For those of you who haven’t heard the name, Armstrong was the mission commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing. Leading fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, he became the first human to set foot on the Moon and is one of only twelve individuals who have done so in the history of our planet. He also was a Navy officer, served int the Korean War, and was an aeronautics test pilot. Armstrong was, and still is revered as a hero to the common man, because he showed everyone that if you try hard enough, you can do amazing things. Rest in peace Neil.

Commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins leave Earth for the moon in their Saturn V Rocket, the only vehicle to ever launch humans beyond standard low-Earth-orbit flights.

The Apollo 11 mission provided us with the first picture of Earth floating in space. The photo shows Earth as a very literal, small blue ball of life, surrounded by empty blackness. This photo prompted the eco-wave. Once provided with a visual stimulus showing us “This is the only home you have. Take care of it.” green technology began to flourish, including more efficient energy production and alternative energy research.

Neil Armstrong steps out of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander and becomes the first human to ever set foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant the US flag on the lunar surface.

After launching off the lunar surface, Apollo 11, along with all three astronauts, reentered Earth’s Atmosphere and, using parachutes and flotation devices, landed in the Pacific Ocean, where it was then retrieved by the USS Hornet.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins aboard the USS Hornet after being retrieved from the North Pacific Ocean. The Hornet then carried them and their spacecraft to Pearl Harbor, where they were then airlifted to the Johnson Space Center.

One last thing Shinies… leave your mark on history, okay? 🙂

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The New N-Strike Elite 18-Dart Quick Reload Clip

Hello all! This is a quick opinion-seeking post. As many of you know, the new Nerf 18 round clip (the one being released in the Elite line) has one solid side (on the left) and one clear side (on the right). Cool right? Well, here’s where the opinions come in. My thoughts are that the clear part would be more useful on the left side of the clip. Reason being that in a Nerf war or HvZ event, most people are right handed, and will be pocketing their blaster into their right shoulder. When they look down at their blaster, they would be seeing the left side of the clip (the solid side). So in order to use the functionality the clear side offers, the player would have to un-pocket their blaster and turn it on its side so they could see the clear section of the clip. BasicNerf tells me that this isn’t a big deal, and I trust him, but I can foresee that “let me check my ammo really quick” scenario leading to someone being either stunned or zombified!

On the bright side, any section of the clip being clear is still an improvement over the old, solid Stampede clips. And you have to admit, rather than either emptying your clip to know you’re out, or taking it out of your blaster and counting the number of darts you have left through a TINY little window, checking your remaining ammo now only takes one second. Un-pocket, flip & check, Re-pocket, done. Also, now we can get 18 round clips without buying a huge Stampede or ordering them online! That in itself is just plain awesome!

So what do you think? Is the lefty-favored aspect of the new clip offsetting to you, or does the sheer fact that you can now buy them separately and the faster ammo check feature make up for it? I’m leaning towards the positive side of the argument. Leave your own opinion in the comment section below!

The new N-Strike Elite 18 round clip will launch with the Elite blasters this August. It will include 18 rounds of Elite ammunition, and will retail for $9.99.

Watch BasicNerf’s unboxing of the new clip here.