Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Panic was my first reaction to the headline, “Electronic Arts Warns of Weak Holiday Sales.” Forget about failing banks, automakers, mortgage lenders, homebuilders and all those horrible retail sales numbers. If the videogame industry is starting to tank, then it’s time to put away the Great Depression comparisons and start invoking the Day of Judgement.
But a closer look reveals that not all videogame companies are in trouble.
The Wall Street Journal:
Other games companies like Japan’s Nintendo Co. and Activision Blizzard Inc. still appear to be doing well with a collection of products that include music games like Guitar Hero and Wii Music.
“People are buying games,” said Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter. “They’re just not buying EA’s games.”
I can testify to this with some first-hand observation. During his allotted daily “screen-time,” if my 11-year-old isn’t hunched over his Nintendo DS-Lite, he’s deep into Blizzard’s “World of Warcraft.” Meanwhile, his grandmother has invested in the Wii. Neither are at all interested, however, in EA’s premier game, “Madden Football.”
So if you’re looking for companies that can resist a bad recession, just follow the grandmothers and the eleven-year-old boys. The games they play are the keepers.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.