With these things it is always fun to go back to the very first post and look at the date: 2008.
Here is a recent article on the subject:http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3006/1Fly me to the Moon
by Dwayne Day
Monday, June 13, 2016
It has been many years since I have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but there is a scene in the book that I still remember: Huck and Jim fall in with a couple of con men, the duke and the dauphin, and the duke stumbles upon a religious revival meeting. He tells the parishioners that he is a pirate returned from sea and has been so moved by the preacher’s sermon that he is going to go back and try to save his fellow pirates and turn them to the Lord. The assembled are so moved that they take up a collection and give him money to use for his travels. The women folk ask to kiss his cheek, and some of them he decides to kiss multiple times.
Shingles started by saying that “you have to disrupt before you are disrupted,” and then added that you have to “Uber before you are Kodaked.”
For some reason that scene popped into my head Tuesday evening as I sat in a meeting room in the Library of Congress as Marcus Shingles, the Chief Executive Officer of the XPRIZE Foundation took the stage. The occasion was a presentation of short films about Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) participants, part of a project called Moon Shot and started by J.J. Abrams, who, we were told, loves space (just not Star Trek). Moon Shot is billed as “a space story about life on Earth,” which sounds nice enough, until you start to understand what it actually means.