Thursday, July 31, 2008

Much Ado About Slacking

Intense fanfare today, what with us being on the top front of the Fox News 26 Houston website for 16 hours. Candidate Obama finally unseated us. This was the piece on the local 9 O'Clock News yester eve:

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Very special thanks to Reporter Ned Hibberd
and photographer Mike Foster for making our week!

Another story with quotes, "NASA Test Subjects Paid to Stay in Bed Three Straight Months" hit the general Fox.com website in the early afternoon -- and then it immediately hit Slashdot, at which point my blog hits and email went HAYWIRE.

I got a ton of good questions and comments that would make for interesting posts about life here in the study, so I'll be going through those tonight and hopefully posting again. If I don't address yours or answer email right away, please don't think it's anything more than sheer VOLUME at the moment! Also putting together some new photo galleries. Stay tuned :)

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the "job" (and I mean that seriously) and thanks for writing an interesting blog about your experience. If you get *really* bored, web surf over to Watching ... Grass ... Grow! ;)

Melissa said...

well good luck! I just ran across the article on cnn and thought i would take a look at your blog! I LOVE to lay n my bed all day, but i dont think i could for 3 months...well if you get really board make a "myspace" lol...that keeps me busy for hours and hours when im really board! <<3

Anonymous said...

Like many others, just discovered your blog through the news story. Love it!! In addition to the contributions you're making to science, you and your cohorts are doing an excellent job educating us about the important work NASA is doing. And entertaining us in the process. Hang tough (sorry, bad pun ...couldn't help it)!.

Anonymous said...

Well you're famous among geeks because you just made Slashdot: NASA "Bed Rest" Contractor Blogs the Days. Congrats! And best of luck with this whole thing. You're definitely earning your pay.

Jason Miller said...

I would like to know what you miss most about being upright. Thank you

Shelly said...

Cool that you're able to blog while doing this study. I think I have some photos of the original bed-study at JSC in the 1960s at the JSC History Collection (Archives). I'll see if I can't find a way to get them to you. They should be on the Roundups online.

Alex Gravlin said...

Has NASA given you any of that awesome freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, or food paste in a tube?

And please don't tell me they give you all-you-can-eat beef jerky, because I'll be really jealous.

Sarah Jones said...

Hey again!! I'm so glad you've got the publicity! You deserve it! Hope you are doing well...

Andrew said...

That sounds like a cool job :)
Good luck with it.

Cortney said...

I just found your blog yesterday but I love it. You've won an award! Come by my blog and pick it up!

Ronnie said...

Found your blog yesterday at work (whilst in the midst of one hell of a hangover) but couldn't read at that moment. Once I got home and in bed I read the whole thing as I'm pretty sure had I done anything more than breathing/blinking etc would have cause some kind of organ to fail and I must say what you're doing, and your sincere motivation, is really cool and quite inspiring.

Elizabeth Camp said...

Slashdotted! You're famous.

I've been angling for a ride on the centrifuge, but still haven't gotten it. Have you done the vertical treadmill yet? That's an odd contraption.

Lee said...

I am enjoying reading about your horizontal experience. I took a look at the NASA menus spreadsheet and I have to believe they worked hard to make it so bad. Pork sausage for breakfast? As a vertical, active human, I just couldn't eat most of that stuff. Wish you well.

SB-Gal said...

Still very cool - glad you guys were able to take over the headlines for awhile :).

I have two questions

1) How are you guys using the bathroom?

2) Do you have to eat all of the food they give you as part of the experiment?

Thanks for your service to our country and the space program.

PillowNaut said...

Re: I've been angling for a ride on the centrifuge, but still haven't gotten it. Have you done the vertical treadmill yet? That's an odd contraption.

Follow-up to Elizabeth! looked around for an email for you, but cannot seem to find one. Sounds like you're in the building right beside mine! Come see me if you have time, would love to meet :) The centrifuge is so cool! The vertical treadmill is also cool, maybe I can come back next year for that test...