Zero Dark Thirty and George Orwell

How many names can you drop in a couple of sentences? Read this snippet (oddly about the movie Zero Dark Thirty): There were few more minute observers of fact than George Orwell. As Timothy Garton Ash has written, if Orwell had a God it was Kipling’s “God of Things as They are.” Yet, as Garton Ash says of Orwell: “One of his most powerful early essays describes witnessing a hanging in Burma.” Only in the NY Times.

Kathryn Bigelow and the International Space Station

Kathryn Bigelow to Build Inflatable Room for the ISS
Kathryn Bigelow to Build Inflatable Room for the ISS

Okay, let’s test your ability to read headlines and determine content. Here is the headline: Bigelow to Build Inflatable Room for the ISS. 

What comes to mind? Bigelow Tea? Kathryn Bigelow? Try Bigelow Aerospace:

SpaceX, Boeing, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada—some of the biggest names in aerospace, newcomers or old guard, are competing to build new spacecraft and rockets to carry astronauts to the International Space Station now that NASA no long flies the space shuttle. But Bigelow Aerospace, founded in 1998, actually wants to add on to the station itself.

Bigelow to Build Inflatable Room for the ISS
Bigelow, ISS

The company builds inflatable orbital habitats, more like balloons than the angular metal modules that make up the space station. For years Bigelow has floated the far-out possibility of combining multiple inflatables to create a hotel in space—lodging for space tourists who aren’t content to simply see the great beyond from the cabin of a plane. NASA, however, has recently announced it plans to Bigelow’s inflatable rooms as add-ons for the ISS.

A SpaceX rocket would carry the first Bigelow Expendable Activity Module (BEAM) to the station in 2015.

Kathryn Bigelow, of course, is the director ofNear DarkPoint BreakStrange DaysThe Weight of WaterK-19: The WidowmakerThe Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty.

SEAL Team Six Movie: Zero Dark Thirty

I’m on record how I feel about SEAL movies: that is, we should not be putting these guys in the limelight. Come December of this year, the SEAL Team Six movie should hit theaters.

Zero Dark Thirty

And it is called Zero Dark Thirty:

The trailer for a controversial new Hollywood film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was released, offering the first glimpse of the project that was made with high-level cooperation from the Pentagon and the CIA.

Zero Dark Thirty, directed by the Oscar-winner Kathyrn Bigelow, is still in production but has already provoked anger among. . .

Ach, Kathyrn Bigelow? Did she not direct Hurt Locker? Although I enjoyed seeing the movie, I knew it was an utter work of fiction. Ask any EOD tech and you will get snorted at. Yeah, we’re all cowboys like that, an Army Sapper told me sarcastically.

I’ll take cowboy over baby-killer. . .