If anyone is going to get into space, it will be people who
like building complex, hairy systems for the sheer joy of it,
and who aren't afraid to take some risks and use the stuff
while they're building it. In other words...
When you're building complex systems there are
two ways to
safe and sane and
cautious road, or go flat out for
leave it to the bureaucrats we'll
never get to
turn some crazy
hackers loose and
see who wins the
Let the laser launch you skyward with a
blasting into Heaven on a
billion watts of
committees squawk of safety, let the
bound for Hackers'
Ten-G cargo launchers never were designed to lift a man,
But when you're in a hurry you'll grab any ride you can.
Use a waterbed for padding, throw some algae in for air;
It may not look like a spaceship, but just ask me if I care.
And when we reach high orbit, we'll hack around the clock
With shuttle tanks and baling wire and melted lunar rock.
It would take too long to balance, so to spin it we'll not try:
Besides who wants to walk when we've already dared to fly?
So pack up all your memories, your programs and displays
Leave the losers down on Earth to go their meek and cautious ways
Let the politicians tell them to stay safely in their beds
We'll be hacking out our dreams here in the sky above their heads.