The terrible live stream is precious because, of all the formats available to us now, it selects least. It resists the narrative compression of “news.” It shows a scene that, for all its intensity, is mostly slow-moving and confusing. It forces us to sit through the in-between minutes that an editor would cut. The live stream, uniquely among formats, is free to be muddled and boring, with no clear storyline and no assurance that This Is All Going Somewhere.
Just like life."
"An ambitious plan to revive a forsaken NASA satellite and return it to Earth orbit ended in disappointment Wednesday when engineers conceded that a failure in the spacecraft’s propulsion system made it impossible to fire thrusters and alter the probe’s flight path. "There’s only so much you can do before you have to say, ‘It’s dead, Jim,’ " said Keith Cowing, a former NASA astrobiologist and a spokesman for the privately-run ISEE-3 Reboot Project, which operates out of a converted McDonald’s restaurant"