Brass Ones

I recently picked up a deeply discounted book from Amazon / Kindle store: Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz.  Kranz served as flight controller for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions – you likely remember Ed Harris playing him masterfully in Apollo 13.  His autobiography is a bit hard to read – it is quite technical but look beyond the jargon and the passion of the man, the team and the nation appears.  Humans do not belong into space because space is useful, strategic or creates jobs.  Humans belong into space because we are programmed with the desire to push beyond the borders.  So, here is to all those space experts commenting on the futility of NASA’s aim to reach Mars – instead of commenting on TMC, write your congressman, tell him to grow some brass ones and stand up for a large project that can unite a people, breach the frontier, get people of this rock and reach for the stars.

What does this have to do with EVE?  Well, CCP has grown brass ones, that much has been clear.  They have a plan, they have a mission and they are going after it with passion, clarity and certainly plenty of raw talent.  Whether its the upcoming expansion (Rhea) or the cancellation of a relatively new feature because “in its current state it is adding the wrong type of complexity“.  Those are words of an organization that has matured, has a goal and has the brashness paired with the confidence of Gene Kranz’ Mission Control.

Of course, one can go full-cynic, EVE is just Excel in space. The race to the moon was just a whim to bankrupt the Russians.   We will never make it to Mars.

But those thoughts are poison.  I spent ~ 10 years of my career in a series of start-up companies and saw more failure and disaster than one should think possible.  Sometimes we didn’t recover.  Most of the time, we did.  We did because we truly believed that what we were doing was “right” in the absolute meaning of the word.  While harsh words have their place, wavering in the fundamentals has never created anything.

So, to all you sissies out there.  EVE will succeed as a game.  We will go to Mars.

Make it happen.

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8 responses to “Brass Ones

  1. Well damn, well said. I was having similar thoughts today about the difference between the EVE we have today compared to where we were just before the Jita riots. It’s almost not the same game.

  2. OK first, my son, AINeumann, the CEO of my home corp is HOME from Korea!!! He is a Marine, currently separating from active duty to go to college. So we are planning a Droam (Drunken Roam) in his dis-honor! (…this means I have already begun the imbibing and hence this comment is being typed under the influence…)

    YES yes and Godsdamned YES!!!! to quote myotherself:

    These are the ramblings, recountings and tales of my exploits, adventures, wins & losses and the friends, and enemies, I have made, met and will meet in the time I spend in EVE Online.

    These are the publicly private musings of a man who watched Neil Armstrong walk upon the face of the Moon LIVE as a young boy….

    And then watched the politicians take away his future and birthright…

    Let us pray, that one day, we will once again reach for the stars and get off this one lone rock…

    And the human race will find adventure, again…

    and… we need to be <A href=http://vimeo.com/108650530<Wanderers

  3. OK first, my son, AINeumann, the CEO of my home corp is HOME from Korea!!! He is a Marine, currently separating from active duty to go to college. So we are planning a Droam (Drunken Roam) in his dis-honor! (…this means I have already begun the imbibing and hence this comment is being typed under the influence…)

    YES yes and Godsdamned YES!!!! to quote myotherself:

    These are the ramblings, recountings and tales of my exploits, adventures, wins & losses and the friends, and enemies, I have made, met and will meet in the time I spend in EVE Online.

    These are the publicly private musings of a man who watched Neil Armstrong walk upon the face of the Moon LIVE as a young boy….

    And then watched the politicians take away his future and birthright…

    Let us pray, that one day, we will once again reach for the stars and get off this one lone rock…

    And the human race will find adventure, again…

    and… we need to be Wanderers

    • Good to hear your son is back home – I’d love to buy him a Quafe and get cruising. Lets see what the evening brings…

      With respect to going to Mars, a lot of people (and yes, some politicians qualify as such) believe that humans are near-sighted, only care about Obamacare, gay marriage and gun laws. But they do not understand that we only focus on these pathetically tiny issues because there are no big ones. We have become a society of risk aversion.

  4. Hello, now I have not looked really deep and im sorry if i missed it, but I have seen no mention of your eve name or corp name and i am a WHr myself and am quite interested. So hit me up char – Yiliana, would love to talk to you and ask some questions.

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