Jump to content

  • Log In with Google      Sign In   
  • Create Account


Mars-One


Old topic!
Guest, the last post of this topic is over 60 days old and at this point you may not reply in this topic. If you wish to continue this conversation start a new topic.

  • You cannot reply to this topic
88 replies to this topic

#1 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 12200

Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:41 AM

As some may remember I applied for Mars-One some time ago.

With over 200,000 applicants and an average-at-best video I had given up hope.

 

This just in: Only 1,058 people were selected for round 2.

One of them is L. Spiro (that’s me).

 

I am completely floored.  Getting to round 2 is the hard part.  From here out there will be other elimination processes, but if it comes down to physical endurance and health, well my health problems are all slowly going away and will continue to do so if I put more focus on getting back into good health (which I now have motivation to do).

 

 

Perhaps I will be posting here from Mars after all.

I am told their chief medical examiner will contact me within a few days.

 

I haven’t been this excited for anything since finally getting a job in Japan.

Next stop: Mars.

 

Also, we need your support:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mars-one-first-private-mars-mission-in-2018

Every little bit helps.

 

 

L. Spiro


Edited by L. Spiro, 30 December 2013 - 10:52 AM.

It is amazing how often people try to be unique, and yet they are always trying to make others be like them. - L. Spiro 2011
I spent most of my life learning the courage it takes to go out and get what I want. Now that I have it, I am not sure exactly what it is that I want. - L. Spiro 2013
I went to my local Subway once to find some guy yelling at the staff. When someone finally came to take my order and asked, “May I help you?”, I replied, “Yeah, I’ll have one asshole to go.”
L. Spiro Engine: http://lspiroengine.com
L. Spiro Engine Forums: http://lspiroengine.com/forums

Sponsor:

#2 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3173

Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:44 AM

congrats L. Spiro, hope things keep going for you=-).
Check out https://www.facebook.com/LiquidGames for some great games made by me on the Playstation Mobile market.

#3 _greyfox()   Members   -  Reputation: 1128

Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

That's great and all. But do you really want to do this? You do know that you will not be going back to earth right? Well, if you already registered, and even got to round 2 you must know that. I'm not trying to talk you out of it. But I'm little concerned. Could you share little bit more info with us? This is interesting stuff. I would like to know more about this, and more about this project. I wish you good luck and good health :)


“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.”― Nigel Marsh

#4 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 12200

Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:39 PM

My mind is quite made up (as in decided, not fictional).

I know I will not be coming back, but back to what do I have to come?  I have no earthly attachments.  In the last 10 years I have seen my friends once and my family twice.  If I am going to be alone, I may as well be alone on the journey of a lifetime.

They have Internet and I will still be able to stay in touch and even post here.

 

I have moved around the world several times to keep up the change in pace.  Moving to Mars would be a final change in pace but it would be so major I wouldn’t need any more changes.  Different sky, different moons, different gravity, a life of exploration and discovery, and being part of a major milestone for humankind.

 

I’m alone no matter what.  May as well do all that.

 

Everything you want to know about the project itself is on their site: http://www.mars-one.com/about-mars-one

 

 

L. Spiro


Edited by L. Spiro, 30 December 2013 - 12:40 PM.

It is amazing how often people try to be unique, and yet they are always trying to make others be like them. - L. Spiro 2011
I spent most of my life learning the courage it takes to go out and get what I want. Now that I have it, I am not sure exactly what it is that I want. - L. Spiro 2013
I went to my local Subway once to find some guy yelling at the staff. When someone finally came to take my order and asked, “May I help you?”, I replied, “Yeah, I’ll have one asshole to go.”
L. Spiro Engine: http://lspiroengine.com
L. Spiro Engine Forums: http://lspiroengine.com/forums

#5 Erik Rufelt   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3030

Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:53 PM

I can't help but think that the most unlikely outcome of all is them actually sending someone to Mars. But good luck :)



#6 Samith   Members   -  Reputation: 1913

Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:51 PM


Different sky, different moons, different gravity, a life of exploration and discovery, and being part of a major milestone for humankind.

 

Blech, those two little space pebbles are a disgrace to real moons everywhere wink.png



#7 Bregma   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4747

Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:03 PM

Fantastic.  I'm jealous, but I'm too old and have too many dependents to even apply, otherwise I'd be there too.  Best of luck getting to the next round.


Stephen M. Webb
Professional Free Software Developer

#8 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 17035

Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:11 PM

Gratz!

It's perfectly fine to abbreviate my username to 'Servant' rather than copy+pasting it all the time.

[Fly with me on Twitter] [Google+] [My broken website]

All glory be to the Man at the right hand... On David's throne the King will reign, and the Government will rest upon His shoulders. All the earth will see the salvation of God.                                                                                                                                                       [Need free cloud storage? I personally like DropBox]

Of Stranger Flames - [indie turn-based rpg set in a para-historical French colony] | Indie RPG development journal


#9 rpiller   Members   -  Reputation: 655

Posted 30 December 2013 - 03:29 PM

First off, congrats to you!

 

Secondly, 

 

"Before they leave the Earth’s atmosphere to travel to Mars, each astronaut will be put through the required eight years of training. They will be isolated from the world for a few months every two years in groups of four in simulation facilities, to learn how they respond to living in close quarters while isolated from all humans except for the three crew members. In addition to the expertise and work experience they must already possess, they have to learn quite a few new skills: physical and electrical repairs to the settlement structures, cultivating crops in confined spaces, and addressing both routine and serious medical issues such as dental upkeep, muscle tears and bone fractures. - See more at: http://www.mars-one.com/mission/humankind-on-mars#sthash.c1naKpky.dpuf"

 

Wow. Is this for real?

 

I can already see a rescue mission from NASA coming...



#10 Khaiy   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1342

Posted 30 December 2013 - 05:15 PM

Congratulations!



#11 Dwarf King   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1692

Posted 30 December 2013 - 05:34 PM

Gratz! :)

 

How about your engine and your firm?


"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education"

Albert Einstein

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education"

Albert Einstein

 


#12 rip-off   Moderators   -  Reputation: 7640

Posted 30 December 2013 - 05:51 PM

1,058 successful applicants? Surely they could have culled another 34.

 

Um, sorry, um, I mean, congratulations! Why, I imagine a thread about the Martian dating scene will be following in due course.



#13 Oolala   Members   -  Reputation: 703

Posted 30 December 2013 - 09:56 PM

Anyone else get nervous when the description page of something is written in really terrible english?  Extra-nervous when that thing is also a space shuttle intent on taking human beings to another planet?

 

Extra-extra-nervous when that space shuttle is crowd funded?

 

Extra-extra-extra-nervous if that organization is willing fill that space shuttle with a "Medical Abomination" with no legs?



#14 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 12200

Posted 31 December 2013 - 03:38 AM

Fantastic.  I'm jealous,

I find it amazing I could make it to round 2 of Mars One yet never been able to start a family. In many ways I am jealous the other way around, but either way is a rewarding adventure!
 

Gratz!

First off, congrats to you!

Congratulations!

Gratz!

I mean, congratulations!

Thank you.
 

Wow. Is this for real?

Yes. But no NASA rescue missions; we are already resigned to die on Mars.
 

How about your engine and your firm?

10 years of training while still on Earth gives me plenty of time to finish the engine before I go, but I will still have some programming project to do while on Mars. Probably related to hacking.
And I can forget about starting a company if I am going to Mars.
 

1,058 successful applicants? Surely they could have culled another 34.

At first I wondered from where that arbitrary number came as well, but it makes sense not to prioritize a simple number (which is arbitrary no matter how it is chosen) over “take as many as we need to reasonably guarantee there will be enough left after all the tests to actually have someone to send.”
And lots will be cut.
 

Why, I imagine a thread about the Martian dating scene will be following in due course.

“And then she e-mailed me to say, ‘Before we meet, I need to tell you, I have 3 arms.’”
 

Extra-extra-extra-nervous if that organization is willing fill that space shuttle with a "Medical Abomination" with no legs?

Did I not make it very clear in that topic that that was all for the filming of a TV show?
My legs are fine. I said clearly in that topic another chat room that I was just sitting on my feet (I thought I said I was sitting on my feet here, but looking back it seems everyone understood it was just staged for a TV show and I didn’t need to explain it here).
Come on kids.


L. Spiro


Edited by L. Spiro, 31 December 2013 - 03:40 AM.

It is amazing how often people try to be unique, and yet they are always trying to make others be like them. - L. Spiro 2011
I spent most of my life learning the courage it takes to go out and get what I want. Now that I have it, I am not sure exactly what it is that I want. - L. Spiro 2013
I went to my local Subway once to find some guy yelling at the staff. When someone finally came to take my order and asked, “May I help you?”, I replied, “Yeah, I’ll have one asshole to go.”
L. Spiro Engine: http://lspiroengine.com
L. Spiro Engine Forums: http://lspiroengine.com/forums

#15 Bacterius   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 8133

Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:20 AM

Congratulations. So when will the final selection round happen? They're only planning on sending a handful of people there, aren't they. I imagine they are going to want to keep potential candidates around until the last few months in case anyone happens to want out or gets hit by a bus or whatever.

 

To be completely honest I am rather skeptical that this project will be actually carried out on schedule (or even remotely on schedule, if ever) but if it does, it'll be great achievement for mankind to set foot on another planet, and the first step towards taking control of our solar system before moving on to bigger and better things, like the conquest of our galaxy.. or something. In any case, good luck :)


The slowsort algorithm is a perfect illustration of the multiply and surrender paradigm, which is perhaps the single most important paradigm in the development of reluctant algorithms. The basic multiply and surrender strategy consists in replacing the problem at hand by two or more subproblems, each slightly simpler than the original, and continue multiplying subproblems and subsubproblems recursively in this fashion as long as possible. At some point the subproblems will all become so simple that their solution can no longer be postponed, and we will have to surrender. Experience shows that, in most cases, by the time this point is reached the total work will be substantially higher than what could have been wasted by a more direct approach.

 

- Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis


#16 rpiller   Members   -  Reputation: 655

Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:28 AM


Yes. But no NASA rescue missions; we are already resigned to die on Mars.

 

I feel like that's easy to say this now, but it could be a different story if things go wrong and the sh!t hits the fan in some way. When people start dying because of Mars Disease or something :)



#17 L. Spiro   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 12200

Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:55 AM

Congratulations. So when will the final selection round happen?

Thank you and not decided.
Phase 2 should end fairly quickly, as I think its only purpose is to immediately weed out anyone who can’t go due to diseases etc.
They seem to be mainly hung up on phase 3 where the remaining among us get to go to their training facility and get to work. They have to make a deal with TV sponsors for that phase so it seems to be taking some time, but it should be finalized this year.
I think they will have it down to a handful in 2015.


I feel like that's easy to say this now, but it could be a different story if things go wrong and the sh!t hits the fan in some way.

Everyone dies, not everyone lives.
Every time I move to a new country that recurring nightmare comes back where I awaken in America and have no job there so no way to get back to Japan/Thailand/France and it is such a terrible dream I awaken shortly after a few minutes of desperation at my situation.
Living a boring normal life is literally one of my worst primal fears.

With no guarantee of a premature death, the choice is obvious for me, but even if I was guaranteed to lose 10 years off my life I would do it. 6 months of such an adventure is worth more than 10 years in a cage.


L. Spiro
It is amazing how often people try to be unique, and yet they are always trying to make others be like them. - L. Spiro 2011
I spent most of my life learning the courage it takes to go out and get what I want. Now that I have it, I am not sure exactly what it is that I want. - L. Spiro 2013
I went to my local Subway once to find some guy yelling at the staff. When someone finally came to take my order and asked, “May I help you?”, I replied, “Yeah, I’ll have one asshole to go.”
L. Spiro Engine: http://lspiroengine.com
L. Spiro Engine Forums: http://lspiroengine.com/forums

#18 rpiller   Members   -  Reputation: 655

Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:13 AM

I don't want to get too deep, but life is what you make of it. Perhaps you are running away from something? I just think it's a long shot that you'll find it on Mars. Reading that website has me convinced that you've all but signed up for a suicide mission (if it happens) in hopes that at least you'll get to see something cool before you die. However, being dead isn't living either.

 

If this is truly what you want to do then I wish you well, but given some of the things you've said/posted, it seems more like you are depressed and I just don't think it's because you live on earth. Just make sure you aren't doing this because you are trying to run away from something here on earth.

 

Again, I don't know you personally but from the little I've read there seems to be some red flags. I could be wrong, but that's just my observation.



#19 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2661

Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:14 AM


6 months of such an adventure is worth more than 10 years in a cage.

 

Having lived in a cage just shy of 20 years I can reassure you of one thing, adventure in life is not absent unless you choose it to be so.



#20 szecs   Members   -  Reputation: 2092

Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:37 AM

He has made up his mind pretty long ago, so I don't think a few Lounge posts will make him rethink his life, if he needs that at all.

 

And what's wrong with running away, if he's really doing that? Running away from a shit place to live seems pretty reasonable to me. I was running away from living with my parents and from my perspectives in my country, and it was a pretty cool and usable experience. Much better that trying to make something out of that shit.

Okay, Mars is a one way mission, but I can imagine dying for much lesser things than that.

My only fear would be about a mission like that is that it can be actually boring as shit, not something you dream about.

 

But one thing is sure, L.Spiro had thought things through.

 

EDIT: congratulations!


Edited by szecs, 31 December 2013 - 09:48 AM.





Old topic!
Guest, the last post of this topic is over 60 days old and at this point you may not reply in this topic. If you wish to continue this conversation start a new topic.



PARTNERS