is this a real thing
it’s how space probes and satellites are generally powered
I guess what they mean is including beaming the power down which is a neat concept but far from practical. It is a thing that is being resarched, though - mostly “how do we get the beam to not hit shit it shouldn’t” and “might we fuck up the ionosphere or other parts of nature if we do this” - but for now, it’s mostly science fiction.
I remember this being one of the “future power plants” in SimCity 2000 as well. And one of the disasters that could befall you if you had them was a tragic beam mis-alignment that would set your surrounding city on fire.
This, ultimately, is Inman’s real failing: his inability to write comics that are his, from him, about him, by him, and not just comics that fill a space he’s identified in the impossibly huge audience for content online. The Oatmeal doesn’t feel like something from its creator’s brain, marked by its creator’s obsessions, driven by its creator’s passions, the way even the worst newspaper strips do. It feels like something written by a committee. Or an algorithm.
"I saw a man wearing construction gear loading something into a rental truck as I was walking to the train, which I thought was a little odd because there wasn’t any construction going on there. I looked at the wall and immediately recognized it, so I looked at the driver and he was a middle aged white man wearing glasses. He smiled and nodded and drove away pretty quickly." (via Photo: Latest Banksy Appears To Be In Queens: Gothamist)
But then imagine an alternate reality in which figures like Joe Lieberman and John Kerry were stuck trying to lead a Democratic Party whose backbenchers were mostly net-roots-funded fans of Michael Moore, and you have a decent analog for where the post-Bush Republicans have ended up.
welcome to America, enjoy your stay
Well, they’re the ones who reported their goddamn cat on their census form.