I am a huge fan of the space program. In a world full of fantasy outer space adventures, man's real-life quest to venture beyond our planet is a terrific story. I have always been fascinated by the events and the people involved in this most heroic phase of human exploration.
Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft travelled to the moon. The men who occupied those vehicles were gathered together to give their recollections of the time in the documentary - 'In the Shadow of the Moon'.
From the initial training to standing on the surface of the moon, they men tell stories that are funny, touching, tragic and above all, inspirational. This time was truly America's and man's finest hour. There was hope and a belief that we could do anything if we set our mind's to it. It's sad that spirit is all but dead these days and has been replaced by personal destruction over societal enrichment.
The astronauts they interview are old men now but they still have the same glint of adventure in their eyes. I dare anyone to look at them and say that man never went to the moon - that is was all one big hoax. They have that look of men who truly did something special.
You get a real sense in the documentary of the sheer scale and complexity of the Apollo program. I was constantly impressed with how complicated these machines were that carried men to another celestial body and then brought them safely back to Earth. No team was ever lost in space.
There is much footage of President John F. Kennedy who rightly deserves a lot of the credit for inspiring his nation to achieve the major goal of landing on the moon before the end of the 60s.
I loved how this documentary used fresh footage that I had never seen before. New angles and slow motion shots of blast-off and landing really kept me focused on how beautiful the whole adventure was. The music was also inspiring. The film lets the incredible images speak for themselves. Beautiful.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.