January 28, 2004

Bounce

Mars rover

Two dear friends became first-time fathers this past weekend. It was a very reproductive weekend.

I spoke with one, and he described, or tried to describe, what it was like seeing a head coming out of his wife’s vagina. What he ended up saying (and I totally trust him on this) is that you can’t fucking imagine.

After we hung up I read an article that explained how NASA landed its rovers on Mars. They did it by wrapping each rover in a skein of giant airbags. The rovers bounced to the surface. Spirit, the first to hit, bounced more than thirty times. Its twin, Opportunity, bounced once and landed in a crater.