To send man to the moon? Pffft, that was one of the great achievement of mankind in the 20th century, but the 21st century – we’re looking farther and farther away. Enter Mars One, a privately-funded company that intends to send humans to colonize the Red Planet by the time 2025 rolls around. Such an undertaking is more or less a one way trip, but it has seen quite an enthusiastic response, with more than 200,000 people signing up already to date. Mars One, however, must have been disappointed with the numbers since they were looking forward to at least 2,000,000 applicants. Still, there is a different plan that is being prepared by Mars One, that is, to launch an unmanned lander to the surface of Mars by the time 2018 rolls around.
This unmanned lander will be working in tandem with a geostationary satellite, where it will be able to provide the public with a live feed from the surface of Mars. It will take several years after that for the colonists to arrive if all goes well, such a live connection would be able to show those of us on earth just how life on Mars would be like. Another reality show that is set to experience high ratings, except that it will be a setting that takes place far, far away from the comforts of our living room.
The lights go out, and then his face looms, grinning on the big screen. The little hero stands in the center of the ring looking like a David making his stand against Goliath. Daniel Bryan is a wanted man, and the ones that want him are Bray Wyatt and his insane company that follows him.
But WWE is going to let this story sit.
HBK superkicks his way in to the main storyline, revealing to wrestling fans why he was allowed to be involved in Hell in the Cell and adds to the array of events leading up to WrestleMania.
The culture has changed over the years. We want cheap entertainment, and we want it instantly like we are waiting for our syrupy burger to be slapped on a bun and drowned in some secret soupy sauce. This fast food style of entertainment hasn’t been more prevalent than in the WWE lately.
The stories are constantly being changed at the last minute, and instead of quality drama we are seeing superstars flying diagonally out of the air like someone were playing Marvel vs. Capcom. Just add superstars and watch the numb WWE audience swallow it, smile, and slap their fins for more fishy product from the creative team of Vince McMahon and Triple H.
Well I’m not buying it.
TNA has a messier product in many ways, but they are at least sticking to the storyline. They aren’t just adding an exploding car because exploding cars look really awesome on television, but this is exactly what the WWE is doing. The faster the deadline approaches to WrestleMania the more they scurry to find a story and stick it together haphazardly. This is a cheapened appeal to fans which is designed to cause people to run to their cable providers or satellite companies to purchase the next pay-per-view. Is this working?
I turned off the unification ceremony on Raw because my brain cannot take anymore of Orton or John Cena. Now that CM Punk and Bryan are involved, I’m sure they will try to squeeze the Wyatt’s into the already jumbled mess. My hopes no longer lie in a Daniel Bryan turning temporary heel and fighting CM Punk at WrestleMania. Instead, I will try to play ignorant and watch the faceless wrestlers try to convince us they don’t like each other.
As much as I respect Shawn Michaels I am afraid that the WWE is not going to give the mentor-protege story adequate justice. Cena will hog the spotlight, Punk will be cast as a guy that just wants to fight somebody, and Orton will continue to strut around boring me out of my skin. TNA Impact cannot come soon enough for me this week.
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Jules Bianchi and Pedro de la Rosa are to test for Ferrari in the upcoming Pirelli tire test in Bahrain. With Pirelli furiously working away at its new-for-2014 tires, the FIA has gifted them a pre-preseason test to develop the prototype tires the company hoped to try out in free practice of the 2013 season finale in Brazil.
However, it has emerged that Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will not take part in the test, therefore leaving the seat open for their test driver, de la Rosa and Young Driver Academy member and Marussia F1 team driver, Bianchi.
De la Rosa is set to drive on the first two days with Bianchi taking over on the third and final day. This is a good opportunity for both drivers as it will validate and confirm the work de la Rosa is doing on Ferrari’s revamped simulator and will also give Bianchi an opportunity to continue his work with Ferrari as he aims for a race seat with the team in the near future — it is rumored that the Frenchman could be racing for the Scuderia as soon as 2015.
Pirelli has complete control over this upcoming test. They will designate what tires will be used at what times of the day, and they will also set the parameters for the cars’ set ups as well as fuel levels.
McLaren and Force India have also confirmed that they will, in fact, not partake in the test next week, while Sebastian Vettel will also not be driving for Red Bull at the test. Mercedes and Toro Rosso have not confirmed who they will be fielding in Bahrain, but it is expected that the former will have Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg split the driving duties.