Lately it seems like I've slid from not posting to LJ regularly to not even reading LJ regularly, but I couldn't let the day pass without taking a moment out of work and pre-Necro prep to commemorate this auspicious anniversary. 50 years ago today the space race began with the launch of Sputnik 1. Of course, at the time the event was marked in the US with as much fear as wonder, but in hindsight and without the specter of the Cold War I say congratulations to the Soviet Union in general, and to Sergey Korolyov in particular. Korolyov was the primary driving force and engineering genius behind the Soviet space program, often at great personal expense. He would have turned 100 this year.
In lesser-but-still-cool news, the Atari 2600 turns 30 this month! Sweet!!