Monday, August 16, 2010

Live Chat with Mary Roach

Eeee! Mary Roach answered one of my questions during the live chat at Goodreads - She said that she did NOT vomit on the "Vomit Comet."

I like that she talks about persistence - that if you can find the reason behind the "no," sometimes you can work around it. And sometimes if you ask multiple times (presumably nicely) people will go from "no" to "yes."

Yay! She also answered (or, well, at least addressed) my question about rapid decompression. Apparently if your suit rips in space you actually have a little bit of time to get back in the ship before you die horribly! There was a movie... gosh, I can't remember the title... where the guy gets too far away from the ship and to prevent another astronaut (his wife) from sacrificing herself to save him, he pops his helmet open.

She likes Bill Bryson because he mixes information and humor.

Just so neat. Her enthusiasm for discovering new things and exploring is just ... encouraging? I'm not sure that's the word I'm looking for, but it's close. Not quite inspiring or endearing. Something along those lines.

Oo, she got to go on The Daily Show, "face spackled with the makeup (thank God)" hahaha... she got to talk to JS in makeup and as he was leaving he said "with this audience... we're gonna be talking about poop." and it made her a bit less nervous. *grin*

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