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Friday, October 19, 2012

Something Shiny on Mars

Posted by on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM

It looks kind of precious.

  • NASA
Humans love objects. The philosopher Graham Harman:
We [humans] are not more critical than animals, but more object-oriented, filling our minds with all present and absent objects, all geographical and astronomical places, all species of animal, all flavors of juice, all players from the history of baseball, all living and dead languages.

Most of all, humans love shiny objects.


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1 do crows and pack rats
Posted by crow fan on October 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
It would be funny if it's gold just lying all over the planet. There's no cost effective way of getting it back here.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM · Report this
TVDinner 3
And squirrels. We love squirrels, too.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
Well, there were diamonds just laying on the beach when South Africa was first colonized. I don't suppose it would be impossible for that to happen on Mars also.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on October 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
If Mars were covered with precious metals, they wouldn't be precious anymore. The only reason gold is valuable is because it's (relatively) rare. If we found a planet covered with it, the future of gold as a valuable metal would be nonexistent.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 6
What qualifies you to speak about humanity?
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
I just went to an art exhibit about shiny objects. They claimed that humans are naturally drawn to shiny things because it reminds us of water and sunlight.
Posted by Nancy Hartunian on October 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 8
Bower birds, packrats, magpies, and many other creatures love and collect shiny objects too. Almost nothing humans do is unique, except perhaps destroying our own habitat.
Posted by thatsnotright on October 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
venomlash 9
@5: Nope. It does have substantial use-value (as opposed to its considerable fetish-value). It's quite important in electronics as a coating for connectors and suchlike, as it is easily worked, conducts electricity well, and does not corrode.
Posted by venomlash on October 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
What worries me is what ever happened to the secret NASA mission to send gold-seeking squirrels to Mars.

We managed to adapt them to the atmosphere, but I'm not sure if their laser eyes are functioning correctly.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM · Report this
It's obviously magnetite, from a wayward meteorite --- don't ask me how I know these things, I just know them.......
Posted by sgt_doom on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 12
So that's were I dropped the conductor flake for my Flux Capacitor!
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 13
Yes, you're right of course. Gold has great practical value as a conductor.

I was only speaking of its Fort Knox, Glenn Beck, shiny thing value.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 14
@8- Almost every other animal will destroy their habitat if their population isn't controlled. Humanity managed to throw off the shackles of most population controls in the past ten thousand years.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on October 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@14 good thing we sent the kangaroo-coyote hybrids to Mars too. That should keep the gold squirrels in check.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Fnarf 16
Oh shit, that's my tooth!
Posted by Fnarf on October 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this

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