I’m currently reading Michael Crichton’s “State of Fear”. I mention this, not because I expect you to be following my fiction habits but because at 798 pages it happens to be a long book by my standards.
Anyone who has read the Lunar520 story produced as last year’s Novel In A Day (http://www.pigfender.com/index.php/2012/10/lunar520-niad-2012/) will be aware of some of the dangers of spending a long time locked in space with other people.
Still, the idea of going and living on Mars is really cool, and now you can actually apply to go. The Mars One project is planning to send up some people in 2023 and is accepting applications from anyone who would like to go!
I’d personally be pretty tempted except for one small thing: Have a look through some of the applicant videos on the Mars One website (http://applicants.mars-one.com/). Forget the hostile environment. Forget the fact that it’s a one-way ticket. Can you imagine having to spend the rest of your life living with any of these people?
Today I got an email from you saying that my profile was one of the top 5% viewed in 2012, and that you now have 200 million members. You were also kind enough to thank me for my unique contribution to your community. Your exact words were: “Thanks for playing a unique part in our community!”