Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Vacation Photos!

Well, much like July 4th two years ago, Snuffles, Lucky, and I met up with Trisha the Triceratops and Hans the Bear.  This year, however, instead of an ill-fated trip to the Fairy Wood, we made a rather more exciting journey.  Hans revealed that he had finally, after many embarrassing mishaps, eliminated the bugs from the Graviton Teleporter, enabling us to transport ourselves instantly to any place in the multiverse.  This transportation is surprisingly efficient and causes only a small entropic "cost" to those being transmitted via graviton re-encoding.  Unfortunately, this cost comes in the form of severe flatulence, so it's a bad idea to try to impress friends by teleporting straight into a party.

For our first rather uncomfortable yet exhilarating trip, we went to Mars:

Here I am looking out over the barren Martian landscape.

Here I am relaxing in the barren Martian landscape.
I'll never get that red dust out of my clothes.

After our Mars trip was over (there's surprisingly little see there, and there are no restrooms), we decided our trip would be incomplete if we didn't visit the Moon.

 That's Buzz in the background there.  He's not with our
group, but as you may recall from your Garfield cartoons
from way back in the day, NASA now has a requirement
that all astronauts be named Buzz.

Here I am looking out over the barren lunar landscape.

I considered going over to talk to Buzz, but he looked
kind of busy.  Also, he made fun of my hat.

This is one small step for geek, one giant leap for geekkind.
Look--all that hard travel and my pants are still creased!

You may be wondering about my light mode of dress in such extreme environments, but keep in mind it's summer now, so I didn't really need a coat.  Also, while tinkering with the Graviton Teleporter, Hans developed these handy personalized environment-regulating force fields similar to what you may remember from Star Trek:  The Animated Series.  They only have a few drawbacks:  the force field is impermeable but frictionless, so it's impossible to pick anything up.  Also, the frictionless force field covering my shoes made it hard to stand upright for more than a few seconds.  The other problem is that it that the force field can short out if it contacts anything metallic.  I took a big risk with those Martian rocks.
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