Before we get to the posts, take a look at some amazing pictures of that Utah salt flat NASA tried to sucker us into believing was the moon forty years ago.
I wish the photo at the link would have focused more on the West Crater so we could see the Monolith. Wait — It’s buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Forget I said anything.
UPDATE: The 2001 reference got me surfing, and I made it over to the “memorable quotes” section of the IMDB page for the sequel, “2010.” This passage stood out:
Heywood Floyd: I’d love a hot dog.
Walter Curnow: Astrodome. Good hot dogs there.
Heywood Floyd: Astrodome? You can’t grow a good hot dog indoors. Yankee Stadium. September. The hot dogs have been boiling since opening day in April. Now that’s a hot dog.
Walter Curnow: The yellow mustard or the darker kind?
Heywood Floyd: The darker kind.
Walter Curnow: Very important.
It’s not quite 2010, and neither of those stadiums exist anymore. I can’t help but think the writers of the flick, back in 1984, thought “well, the Astrodome is totally futuristic, so it’ll still be around 25 years from now. And Yankee Stadium is freakin’ Yankee Stadium. Let’s go with those references.!”
And while I’m rambling, allow me to go on record as absolutely loving “2010.” No, 2001 didn’t call out for a sequel — quite the opposite actually — and it’s not as good as 2001, not does it even attempt to be. But it works on its own merits, and has a bunch of nifty performances by actors I really like. Lithgow and Scheider mostly, but the always welcome Bob Balaban as well. I probably watched that flick on HBO 100 times when I was a kid, and if it’s ever on now — usually SciFi or some other low rent channel — I’ll watch it all the way through again.